Okay so I know I’ve been MIA. I haven’t had motivation to write I guess. I think the last time I wrote anything it said something like “Hello June.” Soon it was goodbye June and hello July and the vicious cycle continued. I find myself saying “They’re only so many hours in the day and you can only do what you can do.” It’s partially true but quiet honestly, we make time for what we really want to do or don’t want to do. Never thought I would find time to do nothing.
Anyways, this summer has been some what productive. I have been working out in my garage with a few friends, my husband calls it “Garage Pilates” but really, it’s a mix up of pilates with Jillan Michaels with a dab of circuit training. I’ve done more push ups this summer than I have in the last year!! It’s been good for me. I’ve also been logging in low mileage and beyond that…..that’s it.
With that being said, I am sad to say I’ve put back on a good bit of weight that I had so proudly lost. It started with Christmas candy my mother made 2 Christmases ago. And I made an attack plan post Christmas with high mileage involved. I was prepped for beast mode. Then my Dad passed away and I don’t remember much of the rest of 2014. It’s a blur. I wouldn’t say I binged my way through the year or self-soothed myself with food. I just didn’t pay attention to what I ate. I ate whatever. No mindfulness or care. I just ate.
I am grateful for very supportive friends because through the blur they kept me going and encouraging me to keep moving forward. Even if they knew what they were doing or didn’t, they helped me to keep moving forward. I did a half marathon that should have been a full and I did another half marathon that should have been faster. But I finished.
You know, I always thought I was so big and bad and tough and could weather anything. After several rounds with life I’ve learned I’m not as weatherproof as I would like to imagine myself to be. Over the last several years life has thrown some serious upper cuts and sadly I backed into my corner to sit till I saw an apporpriate time to reemerge. The younger version of myself would have kicked my butt from here till the next state if I’d had known I would one day have a spirit of fear and defeat. How awful!!! I’m working on it. Maybe that’s the part of growing up and going through the trials and tribulations of life. Learning to be weatherproof (or some version of it). Anyways, I’ve hidden from you guys because I was so disappointed with myself for A. not weathering life a little better and B. not keeping the weight off. I jusitified a lot of it by saying “Oh, I don’t need to share everything.” Or “I’m just not that into the blogging thing anymore .” I’m so full of crap. I was lying to myself and hiding at the same time.
So I’ve recommited myself to the good fight. To be a better version of myself. Happier, healthier and stronger.
So I guess all that’s left to say is……
Today I’m covering week 2 of my training leading up to the 2013 Dallas Marathon in Dallas, Texas. Each week I’ll do an update so that people will know what training is like for the average runner. I’m not a 2:21 marathon runner. In fact I bring up the rear of a marathon. I’m hear to show you that yes, you can do a marathon. If I can do it, you can to!!
Each week I’ll be covering a different topic, if you have any suggestions or questions please let me know!
Also, here’s a link to few of the brands I mentioned:
Remember, the big thing to remember about nutrition is find what works for you. A lot of people can’t stomach gels but they’re okay with chews. I’ve even had some friends to use gummy bears . Just be sure to take in about a 100 calories every 3 miles. Having a set nutrition schedule when you run helps delay the “hitting the wall” effect.
Tip: Carry peppermints with you when your run. Not only is it great for a slow, easy sugar release but it also helps settle an upset stomach.
A great time to experiment and practice is during your long runs. Not only with gels and chews but also find out what works as far as hydration is concerned. Something to keep in mind is, if you plan on using a hydration pack for your marathon make sure the marathon will allow it. Since the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York City Marathon is not allowing hydration packs. So be sure they’re allowed before you get use to using them.
Also remember, don’t skip your long runs! Your long run is what helps you have a better marathon experience. Next week I’ll touch on what you should do during this long runs to help mimic your marathon day .
Till next time……Cheers!
I’m running so far behind today!! Do you care? Probably not however, I refuse to let today go by without posting. Meanwhile please come back tomorrow night when we talk about where I am in my running program (yes, you want to know) and about gels (the kind you eat and not wear).
So for your viewing pleasure……………….
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If this still doesn’t satisfy you ……………sign up for a race!!
Reason #10 why you should do a marathon.……………
It keeps you accountable!!
Let’s face it, when you run a marathon, you’re going to tell EVERYONE! Even before you’ve laced up your shoes to run, you’ve already told all 500 friends on Facebook that you’re going to be tackling a marathon in the next 18 weeks. By the time you’ve told everyone you have now become locked in to do it. You can’t back out! What will everyone think? (Okay in all seriousness who the crap cares what people think but still, you know you’ll be thinking it).
Accountability is one of the best ways to reach your goal. By signing up for an event (ie. marathon, even better the 2013 Dallas Marathon) you have now mentally taken yourself to a whole new level of accountability. Any time there is an ultimate goal involved, especially one with a finishing date, we as humans tend lock sights into the upcoming goals and the Terminator-like focus comes out in us. Nothing stops us until we’ve crossed either a physical finishing line or the proverbial one. Also by signing up for a marathon, it not only helps keep you accountable to yourself but to others as well, like your friends and family .
Going at goals alone can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. Without any type of support base, on those cold winter mornings when the sun hasn’t come out yet, staying in bed will be a whole lot easier than going running for 12 miles. So find a buddy that will keep you motivated and pumped to finish a goal. Having good friends and family to support you will carry you a lot further than if you go at it alone.
So whats it going to be, another day without a goal or another day filled with many many miles? So what it going to be? Remember…………..
The only way to cross this finish line is how? TO SIGN UP FOR A MARATHON!!
So what are you waiting for?!!?
Hello Monday!! Welcome to Motivation Monday, where we get the week started right! Positive thoughts with positive habits equals a recipe for success!
Remember: Something is ALWAYS better than nothing. You don’t have to run a marathon or even a 5k but definitely go for a walk. Do good and be good! Motivation is a hard, hard thing to keep up. Within seconds a negative comment can ruin the day or a slip of momentary judgement sends all good intentions to the wind and we feel instantly defeated. DON’T!!! You and I are not perfect. We will have moments where our judgment failed us, we will eat a fun size Snickers and like it! It doesn’t mean we’re defeated. It was just a moment, and there will MILLIONS more just like them. Give yourself a little breathing room to make mistakes but the defining moment in it all is when you continue on doing what you know is right. Those are the better and more defining moments in your journey. We as humans are not perfect so why do you expect so much of yourself? It’s okay to expect great things from yourself and it’s okay to give yourself a stern lecture but don’t stop fighting the good fight and don’t become your worst enemy. Love yourself and be kind to yourself.