#WisdomWednesday: Discipline. Yuck.

I’m just going to lay it out straight, I do not like discipline. At. All. Nope. 
I have a hard time with being ‘wrong’. I hate being told ‘no’. Especially when I have to tell myself no. ‘No, Jessica. You do NOT need a 50th piece of chocolate.’ And sometimes my own personal discipline lacks. ‘Oh, I’ll get around to it [laundry, dishes, writing out thank you cards, you name it] later.’ … Like 20 years later.
But supposedly it’s [discipline] good for us. 
It refines us. Makes us better. What would happen if we were never disciplined? We wouldn’t grow. We would become stagnant or even worse. It’s so necessary to welcome discipline. 
So, what about self discipline? Are we able to push ourselves daily to complete needed tasks? 
“You have to learn how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” ~ Lou Piniella
I know there’s many days (including, like, right now) where I’m sitting on my butt when I should be studying, running, doing laundry…but blogging about discipline is more important than actually following thru. Right?! 
I kid. I kid. 
Well…I’ve disciplined myself to drink coffee every morning, religiously. Ha!
It takes serious discipline to achieve goals and dreams. When we look at elite athletes, folks with doctorates, coaches, star musicians, or any other ‘great’, or even the mom with a quiver full of kiddos, we see great accomplishments that come from…slacking off and sitting around. No. From daily discipline. Hard work. Persistence. 
It starts with small steps and then you press on daily. Over and over again. Even if your goal is not to become “a great”, you should strive to be the greatest you, you can be. 
I want to BQ more than I want to be lazy 

One way we can practice self discipline is join in a challenge to help keep you motivated. 
Currently I’m participating in the Runners World run streak #RWRunStreak where I must run at least one mile daily. Do you think run streaking is good for your body? Thoughts?
YOUR TURN! Do you struggle with discipline? With being disciplined and/or keeping yourself disciplined? 
RQOTD: {{new feature! Random Question Of The Day. For those who may not relate to said post(s) :-)}}
What’s one food you CAN NOT live without?
My answer? Peanut butter. I tried living without it for a while but it was death. 
***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***

Motivational Monday: Fear Not. To Watch or Not to Watch?

I’ll have the race review up tomorrow. But for today I’d like to leave you with some motivation:

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough.” ~ Sam Walton
Agree or disagree? I agree. We can be so afraid of failure, we don’t even try to push ourselves to our full potential. During the race last Saturday I would check my watch and think, “I’m running too fast. There’s no way I can run that fast. I better slow down. I’ll never make it.” Fear. Maybe I should toss the watch on race day…

For a brief moment, I thought who the heck am I to try and qualify for such a race like Boston marathon? 

*Do you let fear ever stop you? How do you move past it? Do you race with or without a watch?*
As for Memorial Day..
I wonder if those who fought for our freedom and lost their lives feared before they moved into war? If they did, they pressed on and fought anyway. Because of this we are free to run. Remember and give thanks. 
***Happy (& blessed) running!!!***

Brevard Rotary WS 5k Race Report+Hill Running Tips

Brevard Rotary White Squirrel 5k/10k 

**Please forgive the format! This post was generated from the iPhone device. Blogging on the run!*

1st female

Overall Brevard Rotary, once again, did a great job hosting this race. They host a series of races including 4th of July race 5k/10k and Flight of the Vampire 5/10k. 
If you’re looking a fun, scenic race come visit us. There’s a good chance for an age range place too! Got to love small towns. 
Check out http://www.brevardrotary.org for race into. 
It should also be noted that all active military persons received free entry to this race. Rotary, you rock! Thanks for supporting those who fight for us!

Personal Stats:
22:32 7:16min/mile 

19th/209 total

1st female overall
Let me just say when I saw 22 on the clock my eyes got huge! Halfway through I honestly felt like I couldn’t PR but I told myself, “You’re not slacking, no way. Run hard! And just go. You think your running slower but you can run fast.”
Perfect. Sunny, cool. 50s I believe. Started out low humidity. Most of the course ran through the shaded areas of neighborhoods, so the sun only beat on me once. 
Scenic and pretty. Started at the Brevard college gym, ran through local neighborhoods, past Franklin park. Rolling hills. The hills came about the middle of each mile so the last half of each mile was downhill or flatter. I felt like this was good placement. I read great advice on running hills this morning:
Lead with hips, stand tall when running uphill
“Lean and go” when running downhill.
I just repeated this mantra. Felt like it worked well. 
For a detailed article read Runners Connect:

A few turns. Felt like I nailed the tangents perfectly. 
A few locals cheered us on. 
Plenty of course direction with volunteers, spray painted arrows, and spray painted white squirrels on the road … Only in Brevard. 
{{{Have I mentioned I LOVE Brevard?! Check out one of our local festivals. Post race, it’s fun to mender around town! 

This was an officially timed course by Right on Time Productions 
Bib time chips 
A tee 
Toothbrush. Meh

Pre and post: bananas, orange slices, water, water bottles from PNC bank
Aid station half way through 
They had some really great prizes! As first overall female I received:
$20-25 gift cards to a local restraunt, jewelry store, ladies clothing store, a big box of peanuts, winery (what, what?!)
And of course a big, gold medal. I do it for the tee and medal. 
They did have a kids’ Fun Run one mile
All kids who participated received a medal. Kudos Rotary for keeping it kid friendly! 
A few of SMART girls were there running. When I nabbed my medal they cheered super loud and were like “That’s my coach!” The same girl who I ran with at the Legacy Run was there and scored a PR too. That made my day! Better than any medal. 

The fiancé scored a PR as well. Woot!
Think he’s turning into a racer himself. 

And wait for it… 

And I was worried about those hills…

***Did you do any Memorial weekend racing or running? Do hills get you? Any awesome local races your way?***

Remember those who fought for us so we can run free…God bless. 
***Happy (& Blessed) Running!!***

Hinder. What Stops You From Pushing On?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)

I love this verse. But it wasn’t until today during a morning devotional that I saw something new. It’s easy for the encourager to motivate and inspire others when they are on the mountaintop.
“Yes! I kicked that 5ks tail and so can you. Let me show you how!”
“Love is beautiful and a blessing. You’ll find it too!”
…and you catch my drift.
But what happens when the encourager has lost said courage? How can they press on with perseverance? What happens when their motivation is suddenly clouded and their mind becomes murky?

What entangles you?
Desire to be accepted.

The list is endless. However, we do not have to let those trials hinder us. They may give us reason to pause, but no reason to just give up.
Give your life a good long examination and be honest with yourself. What do you allow to hold you back? Then find a way to push through it.
I believe my calling in life is to lead a life of integrity and inspiration. To make my living by encouraging a healthy and full life. God has placed specific desires in my heart for a reason. Like He has also in you. And my heart is fullest when I am fulfilling that calling. Running is just one small part of it all. I want need others to see a bright light in me that doesn’t come from me. It comes by the grace of God.

Find your calling and charge on ahead. Remember, it is okay to fail or to feel completely lost at times. We all hit rough patches, but what I want you to remember is this: You are priceless. Worth it. You are more than capable. And our God is AWESOME! And He will help you finish your race. 

What hinders you? How do you press through rough patches?

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!!***

Hebrews 12:1 Image source

Tempo Thursday: Tips & Tricks to Overcoming the Mental Barrier

*Note: This post was originally started last Thursday. Yesterday, it was actually sunny. 🙂

This morning I was feeling beyond tired. It had stormed all night so I didn’t sleep well; the cat was going crazy due to the thunder I suppose, and the kid woke up too. When my alarm went off I debated on not getting up and going to the gym. But I got up and went anyway…then beat myself up because my run felt too hard. Running doesn’t always feel easy. Especially when you’re working towards a goal and feeling particularly exhausted. And if I want to qualify for Boston I’m going to have to suck it up and get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Comfortable being tired.

Being sore. 
Overcoming failure.
Like in life. The road isn’t always smooth. 

On the flip side I will need to get comfortable…

Being STRONG. 
Accomplished. Confident. Winning. 
Never beat yourself up for getting up and going. Even if it wasn’t your best. You still got up. 
I think back two years ago when I began training for my first marathon (OBX NC) and how excited and terrified I was. 26.2 is no puddle jump y’all. But after all was said and done, I had done it. I set my goals, worked toward each one, and accomplished my mission. I also look back on just how far I’ve come speed and training wise. My ‘tempo’ pace back then is now my slow, long run pace. Pretty incredible. I’m still not the fastest or will every be the greatest runner, but I can be the greatest me. So when I even begin to think about if I can qualify for Boston I remember just how hard it felt two years ago to even run a marathon but I still did it. And I plan on rocking my little corner of world again.
So according to Run Less, Run Faster, from the experts at FIRST, this is what it looks like I need to be able to run in order to realistically train to qualify for Boston:


 Ouch. This will not be easy. But I want this more than I want to give up.

Tips (& Tricks): Overcoming the Mental Barriers

**Think of where you were one (or more) years (or even months, weeks, days) ago and where you stand today. And not just with running progress. Progress in who you have become. 
8:40 min/mile was like a “medium tempo” pace for me, now it’s a long run pace. What seemed so difficult a year or two ago now feels easier and comfortable. But we can not get there unless we push ourselves daily.

**Surround yourself with a support system of people who love you.
My sister is awesome!! She’s been there for nearly every little race I’ve done and both marathons. She’s the one who’s always believed in me. Keeps my son when I run long. She is my biggest cheerleader.
And this year she ran 5k #2 and PRed herself!! Can I get a woot woot for the sister?! You also need to be a support for others. Let it go round full circle.

**Talk to yourself. Not like out load crazy person talk, When the run gets tough mentally tell yourself to run. Simply put. Just run. Press on. Push hard.

**Smile. It tricks your body into thinking it feels good.

**Read motivational books, quotes, magazines.
I got a lot of mental boost and toughness from the book Mind Gym by Gary Mack 
My friend Michelle found this for me! It’s one of the bests. A trained mind is just as important, if not more, as a trained body. (1 Timothy 4:8)

**Remember your life is not just a marathon. Be a friend. A spouse. A parent. Be whatever it is you are besides an athlete. Don’t neglect the others in your life. Always show appreciation for those in your circle. 

Last Saturday I ran the Tata Trot and even scored a PR. But what I failed to mention was that after I finished I saw a young girl, about second grade age, who was grabbing a cup of water trying to finish her third and final lap. I offered to run with her if she liked, to help encourage her to finish. She smiled and said yes! What does this have to do with anything?

Her name I later found out was, Savanna
Do you remember where the next marathon I wanted to run? 
Savanna, GA. 
I took this as a sign. It 26.2 time, Rock n’ Roll Savanna, Georgia style.
So… I officially registered! That’s right! On November 8, 2014 I will be a Mrs. {{{yaaaay!!}}} and a BQ hopeful. I will start the training June 20th, that’s about a month earlier than I normally would, but this way I have lots of wiggle room to get all married and honeymooned and fun stuff like that.
2014 might just be my favorite year yet.
Your turn! What are your running and/or racing goals? Do you struggle with the mental training part and how do you overcome the mental barriers?

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!***