#MotivateMe Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday! It’s Not the Failure. Sometimes It’s the Goal.       

I am not a cookie cutter woman. I am imperfect, flawed, broken beyond repair, damaged, wild, and chaotic. I can be completely unruly and out of line.

But all of this is what makes me beautiful. Or this:

me on Monday.

Yeeeeahh, last week’s #MotivateMe Monday did not work last week. I did blog more than once though…. there’s something.

You know, sometimes we set goals that seem to be bigger than our own briches. Then sometimes we set goals blindly. Like for example, trying to squeeze in a 40 mile week knowing I had a FULL week ahead with visiting the kid at camp, visiting in-laws, long work week, training clients, picking up the kid from camp… With the 6 hour round trip drive to my son’s camp…twice last week, I think aiming for a 40 mile week was a bit unwise. Then, I fell sick Monday. I think I more or less had  some kind of summer cold I caught from my son’s camp. Also, combined with being over worked and stressed to the max trying to be everything. But whatever it was it caused me to lay out on Monday and feel lethargic Tuesday.

To be totally honest with you all, I was beginning to feel depressed. Of all my great plans and goals…I had stupid thoughts like, “You’re not good enough to pull off this personal trainer gig. Who do you think you are? You SUCK at being a wife and mom. Maybe you should just stop trying. Give up. You’re not a real runner. Those runners this weekend are going to kick your BUTT. You’re not fit enough yet. Maybe you should cook more you lousy ‘homemaker’. You’re just a terrible human being with the worst attitude.”

I know. I know…..But that’s part of blogging. Being real with each other. And thank the LORD it was only a crazy temporary mind battle.

But today is a new day! A new month in fact. I had plenty of solid sleep and this morning I sprung out of bed like a fresh daisy:

I feel recharged and refocused. I know my miles haven’t been high and I’m racing a 10k this Saturday. But it will be what it will be. And it will be just fine. Instead of focusing on mileage or times at this point I will focus on making sure I stay sane and healthy. Then beginning on July 20th I will start focusing on mileage again.

Though I felt discouraged due to my lack of running with an upcoming race looming overhead, I know I have been giving every day my all. And then in my little red book I read this:

“Erase from your mind that your preparation must be perfect. Hard work + dedication =a shot at your dreams. Keep believing.” Kara Goucher

Life is inherently imperfect. As long as you know you are giving each and every day your best, then that’s what it takes to be successful. We are all human. We all have busy lives at times and other things in life must take precedence over the sport of running. *gasp* I know it’s a hard pill to swallow but it’s true. Unless you get paid to run, have no job outside of the home (or in home for that matter), have no family or children at home, trying to maintain solid high mileage week after week will become near impossible at times. And that is OKAY. So bottom line:

Set SMART goals.

Refocus when needed.

Practice enjoying the journey.

Keep priorities straight i.e. family.

Get back at your running/fitness goals ASAP.

Meditate, practice yoga, and enjoy hot bubble baths often.

Know you’re not alone in this adventure. We all struggle from time to time.

July goals
  • Race a strong 10k July 4th. Regardless of time. My goal is to race as strong as I am capable.
  • Hit 40 miles by July 20th in prep for marathon training.
  • Remain focused.
  • I will think harder before setting goals.
  • I may or may not read that book I said I would…
  • Have 5 clients by the end of the month and see my current clients succeed!

This week’s line-up:

Monday: sick day

Tuesday: rest/light yoga and stretching

Wednesday: 4 miles w/hill sprints + yoga

Thursday: Easy 5 miles

Friday: Rest/light yoga stretching

Saturday: 10k race!

Sunday: easy 5 miler shakeout run

On another less serious note:
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just another day at the office.

My office outside of the pharmacy. I’ve been typing up plans and notes for clients for two hours now and I need a break! So I blog. Try blogging on the ball. Nice little core workout with proper form. Oh wait…I need to be typing up my own plan now…I almost forgot…. #PersonalTrainerProblems

Have you ever set unreasonable goals for yourself and then felt like a loser? Have you had similar stupid thoughts? How do you get rid of them? How are your summer goals coming along?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

Weekly Happenings, a Workout, and Would You Race a Kenyan in Summer?!

Hello world! It’s Saturday morning, I’m off work, and on a day like this I’d normally run. However, I’m getting ready to pick up this kid:

  
I know he’s had a blast but I’m missing my little booger!! The house has been too quiet. Shhh. 

So what have I done with my kidless week? Um. Work. I know beyond exciting right? It’s okay to be totally, insanely jealous. 

Monday: work. Post work, upper body workout and I posted Tips on Tuesday about getting it in after a workday. #TheStruggleIsReal #WorkingClassAthlete

Tuesday: run short, work late. 

Wednesday: run short , client meeting ((just love her!!)), and all day drive to see kid at camp day!

Thursday: client session ((love her too!)), work really late. Ugh. 

Friday: morning I got in a 5 miler and lower body workout in. My knee started acting up so I figured my hips needed working! I’ve gotten too slack in keeping my hips in good shape. With leading a busy life it can be a challenge to squeeze all the little important things in. But I’ve said before, if you don’t have time for the little things you shouldn’t try the big things. Make sense?

Here’s what I did:

 

if you try the workout snap a pic and tell the world with #PinkPayneFit 🙂

 
Then I worked kinda late. And here, I may or may not have eaten an entire Kashi pizza. all. by. myself. O.o carb loading for a car ride you know??? Ha!

Saturday: we pick up kid (3 hour drive ugh) and start copious amounts of laundry. Woo! 

As you can predict my #MotivateMe goal of 40 miles will not be met..but getting in my strength workouts were important and getting the kid is WAY way WAY way more important. :-)))) plus, goals come and go. And there’s next week! 

Never, ever totally quit on a goal just because a certain deadline has passed. I know it’s discouraging. But giving up would be worse. Just revise it and try again. Keep going!! You’ll get there. But only if you choose to press on. 

So on another note, a race note finally!!! Next week I’ll be running our local Firecracker 10k hosted by Brevard Rotary. They’ve upped the ante by offering $100 prize to the closest to beat some Brevard College Kenyan runner. Yeeeeeeah I’ll be the mid packer just trying to survive the heat. Should be exciting to see who runs this kid down though! 

  
Go check out their Facebook page, give them a like, and tell them Jess sent you. Then sign up to race with me!! 

Since I realize there’s no chance for a win in my shoes (I checked out times from last year and the women are SMOKIN‘ fast) my personal goal is a nice 45:00 and to not pass out. I’d like that. My 10k PR race was set at a 49:51 years ago…I think… Been a while since I’ve raced a 10k. I ran the firecracker last year but ran it slow because I was terrified of passing out…if you’ve read my blog long enough you understand. But this year I feel ready. I’ve been pushing it outside, getting acclimated to heat/humidity. I think I maaaaaay have a 10k PR in me…

If you’re a parent what do you do when your kid is off to camp? Any exciting happenings in your world? Any fun races? I need to live vicariously through you! Ha! Do you race well in heat? Would you race a Kenyan?!

blessed and beautiful running. 

Jess

#MarathonMonday It’s Taaaaaaaaper Time With CheriBundi

First off, Happy Monday! I know I haven’t posted in for-freaking-ever but life has gotten intensely busier with my attempt at personal training ON TOP of working full-time in the pharmacy. Type A or crazy… either way I’m doing my best to get after it every day. Although I fail often with ‘tude at home. You can only handle so much stress before you go cra cra. Lots of meditation and prayer helps…oh and bubble baths. yes ma’am.

Anyway, we had our first ladies group run this past Sunday. I would say it was a success. I mean, just look at these beauties! Hoping for more ladies next weekend. We all have different goals and ambitions but the thing that ties us together is determination to be the best version of ourselves! Running with friends is motivation in itself I think. I’m excited and hopeful about how Flying Feet Ladies Group will grow in the future!

So….anyway. About that marathon I’m running in two weeks…here’s kinda what’s going through my mind:

Have I done enough? Did I run hard enough? Often enough? Fast enough? Long enough?

I think most marathoners ask themselves these questions about this time.

Taper time. Crazy in the head time. 

Since my thoughts are flying like rockets ships on crack in my head I’ll simply list what I’m feeling. I like lists. They help me organize my crackish thoughts.

What I’m thinking:

I’m too slow to BQ

I’m fast! Like lightening baby. I got this!

Ugh. That 22 miler two weeks ago though… If I run like that … I’m DOOMED.

I’m a freaking rockstar!

I’m fat. I’ve been eating way too much. I definitely gained 5 pounds while training.

Pizza. Is. So. Delish.

My husband will divorce me if I don’t stop acting like a freak.

How I’m feeling physically:

Strong

Fat

Fit

Bloated

No pain or aches to speak of!!

How I’m tapering:

Cutting mileage

Eating cleaner: I LOVE smoothies with CheriBundi! And I recently found it at a Walmart Super Center!! Win. Tart Cherry Juice is the best anti-inflammatory. I haven’t had to take ANY kind of pain reliever during this marathon training as long as I have a bit of cherry juice daily. I even got my hubby hooked on it.

Best recovery smoothie!

Resting more.

Focusing on balance, core work, and light weights.

I’ve kind of been making up my own workouts even though I’ve followed the same plan religiously for 14 weeks…

So what’s on tap this week:

Monday: XT + weights

Tuesday: REST

Wednesday: 8 miles w6 @ MP + yoga

Thursday: 4 easy w/4 strides

Friday: 7 hills

Saturday: 10 LSD

Sunday: easy 4 or rest/yoga

total mileage doesn’t matter too much now.

It’s marathon prep time.

How’s your training going? Do you run with a group? Are you crazy Type A or calm, cool, and collect Type B? Do you like CheriBundi? You should!

blessed and beautiful running. 

jesssig

Marathon #MotivationalMonday: Slowin’ my Roll + #IRun4 Love

Observe & Enjoy. Something we need to do more! Photo Source

Happy Monday! How was y’all’s weekend? Mine was a bag of mixed tricks with trail running with a friend plus hubby and kiddo on bike, working at the pharmacy, and working towards my new career! Last week was also definitely a cut back week for me. So much so in fact that I cut back more than I originally anticipated to… This was the first week during this marathon training that I didn’t run my planned total mileage… But as I stated on Facebook sometimes taking unexpected breaks can be a matter of acquiring an injury or building strength. I chose to build strength. Again, KNOW YOUR BODY!! I truly believe your body will tell you when it needs rest. Don’t wait until it’s screaming at you….training for a marathon does require lots of running, but not every one persons body can handle 50+ mileage weeks. Add yoga, cross training, and strength training throughout to stay healthy and strong. Plus, slowing down gives us the chance to observe and enjoy everyday life.

Mommy, Run Fast hit the nail on the head in regards to signs of over training. I suggest taking a peak HERE about what she has to say!

I was starting to feel overly agitated, lethargic, and hungry-all-the-time. That was my body’s way of telling me it needed rest. So I listened and cut it way back. I’d rather take it easy one week than be injured and out for the big event.

We are now only four weeks away from #RnRNashville!!

So what’s on tap this week:

Monday: total rest

Tuesday: 8 miles hills

Wednesday: 10 miles w/8 yasso 800s

Thursday: XT/core or 6 easy w/6 strides

Friday: 7 easy

Saturday: 18 LSD (plan calls for 23 miles but in using my own body’s judgement I’m opting for 18)

Sunday: 6 easy + yoga

Total miles: 55

Okay so this happened today:

#IRun4Dylan #IPray4Dylan

My #IRun4 buddy mailed me a set of custom shoe tags so that he could run with me. I may or may not have sniffled a bit when I opened it… I immediately laced them on my race day shoes.

Hi Dylan! We love you!!!!

#blessed

We are truly blessed. And today I was reminded again of why we do what we do. My son will run and ride his bike in honor of Dylan occasionally as well. I strive to teach my son what it means to appreciate the things we do have and the bodies we were given. Not everyone is so fortunate to remain in good health all the time. But maybe in their struggles we find that they are indeed the strongest, kindest, and loving people of all. I am proud to be raising a son who is learning daily what it means to give back and love others. Sometimes all it takes is one foot in front of the other and mega doses of daily prayer.

I don’t claim to get it right all the time. I am sure I am the farthest thing from the “perfect parent” image. But there is one thing that is always certain: I love deeply. And I truly don’t care too much about image and what others may think they know. Because at the end of the day I am at peace knowing that I am running this race of life with every ounce of my heart and soul.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us… -Hebrews 12:1

Change one life and you change the world.

Have you every cut back more than originally intended in a plan? Give me one blessing in your week!

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

And The Winner Is… Plus, #FFAprilAbs Challenge

Congrats to Chris! I have sent you an email with details! Woot! Thank you to everyone who participated. If you didn’t win or missed out on participating do not fear, I have even more super-cool, awesome giveaways planned.

Until next time, I’d like to leave you with a thought on running mixed with other forms of exercise {{GASP! The nerve of some so called runner to even mention it!}} and wondered about your thoughts:

In the past I have dabbled in some yoga and other forms of “cross-training”, but I always thought if I wanted to be a real runner I would just run. All. The. Time.  Recently I’ve been devout in yoga once a week every Wednesday, weights (strength training) once or twice a week ((depending on my work schedule…thank you crazy pharmacy career…PS- that’s one reason I haven’t posted too much lately due to working seven hundred million days in a row)), dancing with my honey every Monday (again, until work interferes..*sigh*), and every now and then we go walking or hiking (although hiking with little D seems to always be so dramatic, anyone have hiking tips with kids?! He’s 9 years old so old enough to be hiking a good bit.). And I must say, I truly believe it is making me a stronger runner overall. If it weren’t for my sweet fiancé I would have never ever even considered stepping into the weight room at the gym. I am grateful he turned me on to lifting weights. 😉
I find it makes me a more balanced person overall as well as a stronger and more balanced runner. 
In other fitness news, FitFluential is hosting a plank challenge on Twitter and Instagram during the month of April. It’s not too late to enter!! Use hashtag #FFAprilAbs and plank it out for the prescribed time each day. You can plank however and wherever! 
You can find more info here:

And you can find the calendar here: 
I find that when I’m faced with a certain challenge or goal I’m more apt to get on the ball. I love challenges from other bloggers and Fit Fluential! ((I think hosting a challenge will be in this blogger’s future.. Hang tight!)) I’ve always been a believer in that a strong core= a strong runner. Really, having a strong core will make you stronger in all you do. Your core is your powerhouse and can also be the most challenging part to tone up! Planking is one of the simplist ways to help you strengthen your center.   
**My question to you, do you cross-train, weight lift, or practice yoga at all and if so what activities do you do? Do you find it to make you a stronger runner?**

**Also, what kind of challenge would ups like to see here?**

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