Sleepy Sunday, Self-Doubt, and Why I’m Not Racing…Right Now

be strong in the Lord. more race days will come! trash self-doubt and trust that He has made you strong and beautiful!

I absolutely revel in race day mornings. The excitement, free bananas, cool tees, the people, nerves, energy, the unknown, the run. And yesterday morning in my quiet little town they hosted the White Squirrel 5/10k hosted by Brevard Rotary which I have run a time or two in the past and have enjoyed the races. But I’m not racing this year. Here’s why:

  • as many of you know racing tends to get expensive. So I’ve been very picky and choosey about which distances and which races I’ll be running.
  • There’s that and I’ve run a marathon and a fast 5k all within four weeks of each other.
  •  I’m trying my hardest to focus on the easier runs and strength work.
  • Plus, most elite runners race only a handful of events anyway. There’s a very good reason for that. If you want to give your best at your goal race you must give your body the rest it needs. Not just a day or two either. 
  • I want to be at my peak come marathon day in November. And that means ample rest to be ready to push hard when the time is right. 
  • Racing too often, too much, too long stresses your body and increases risk of injury. 

So what did I do with my Saturday? Well, at 8:00 I met with Jenna at Jenna Leigh Photography ((She is an incredibly talented photographer and I am sooooo freaking lucky to know her. If you’re in Western NC I can not highly recommend her more!!)) for a quick head shot for my Personal Trainer biz, which is a work in progress; check it out HERE so far to see where I am going with it. It’s definitely a work in progress!  We had fun this morning with some quick shots and overdue girl, fitness, mommy chat. Need more of that….

jenna aka best photographer ever

Then right after that I took off on a run to wallow in self pity about not racing clear my mind of a few stresses. I’d be a liar if I told you I totally didn’t run past the race event and whine in jealousy inside my mind a weeeee bit.  I’ve not been feeling my strongest lately mentally. I believe we A-type go getters tend to put too much pressure to be perfect in everything. I’ve come a long ways in growing and becoming okay with relaxing that idea some. But sometimes, every once in a while life just gets to me. Maybe it’s been my current pharmacy job getting me down, or the fact that I’m tirelessly trying to create a personal training biz that seems to be taking too long to lift off, or maybe it’s too much self-doubt. You gotta tell that ish to shut it up. Because ain’t no body got time for that mess. You are stronger than you think. And The Good Lord is even stronger.  Any good biz owner I’m sure will tell you it takes an insane amount of initial ground breaking work and lots of dedicated T-I-M-E to really get the ball rolling. Especially if you’re currently working a full-time job outside of the home. But in the long run it will all be worth it. The long runs always are. 

i don’t always wear makeup when i run but when i do i take a selfie. lol i am no running diva i swear but post photo shoot i wanted to run!


As a fitness professional I am not exempt from feelings of insecurities and today proved that. When trying to pose for the camera I kept hearing those nasty little self-doubt bugs creep in trying to tell me lies. Like your teeth are crooked. Don’t smile. You’re not fit enough yet. Blah blah blah

You know what to tell those bugs: liar liar pants on fire! I may be a work in progress but I am strong and I am beautiful still!!!!

And on a more personal life note the husband and I are celebrating two years of togetherness this weekend! We went on our first date, a hike and ice-cream, two years ago during Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend we celebrated with cruising the town festival eating ridiculous amounts of tasty oh-so-bad-for-you food!

  
So that’s my weekend in a nutshell. I press on. Follow your heart. Never give up and tell those nasty bugs to shut it up! 

I’m working all Sunday then group run Sunday eve! 

What’s on your plate this weekend? How often do you race?

jesssig

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Wisdom Wednesday: The Best is Yet to Come 

#Spring #running !! making wishes along the way…

I’m a girl with BIG goals, dreams, and ambitions. And I believe that the very best of me is yet to come. And I think that YOU should believe that about yourself no matter your age, place, or current position in life. As we get older we tend to think that our “shelf life” is becoming stale or expired. But I truly believe that we can only become better versions of ourselves if we press on each and every day to get the best out of ourselves. Don’t let age, failures, set backs, or other negative distractions stop you from pressing on. With each stage of life comes new challenges and successes. My marathon success most likely will not be the highlight of my 40’s or 50’s but rather other things will become the best of me. Like what, I’m not sure yet. But I do know that ready or not, life is going by and I better be ready to hold on tight! However, in the meantime, I read somewhere that women tend to fully peak at their marathon racing ability in their late 20’s, early 30’s. I’m 29 and been running for roughly 3.5 years. So I feel like the best of me in running the marathon distance is still out there. I’m still going to run that BQ. Bring it.

“Female long distance runners are like wine, they get better with time”

“Most of the time, endurance athletes peak ten years after they begin.” -RunningTips101.com expert resource, Coach Rick Rothman

So like I mentioned yesterday, I have already created a game plan post Country Music marathon. Because without a few goals I am lost. So very lost wondering around aimlessly and I’m already too blonde to be wondering around aimlessly as is, so it’s better to have a game plan lined up.

Summer/Fall Goals:

  1. Journal offline with training. I’ve been logging all my runs/workouts on DailyMile but as I’m trying to re-focus my life and reduce stress I feel it’s best to get off one or more social media sites. And I think this is one that can go. I’ll be training but it’ll be top secret. 😉 This is something I feel like the Lord has led to me let go of.
  2. I’ll be taking the summer off strict training and focus heavily on core strength and yoga.
  3. Test my mile, 5/10k, and half-marathon time
    1. 5k is lined up for May 9th at the Tata Trot in Rosman, NC Find the race on FACEBOOK. This course is notorious for a solid 5k PR
    2. Half-marathon is lined up for June 6th at the Asheville Half in Asheville, NC I ran this race a few years back untrained and just for the fun of it. But I have yet to actually attempt to race a half-marathon. yes. that’s right. I’ve run FOUR FULL marathons and only half halfheartedly ran a half. once.
    3. 10k is lined up for July 4th at the Firecracker Run in Brevard, NC This course has been known to crush me because I don’t do well in heat or humidity. But I am determined to race it strong this year.

      I was all like, “omg I’m NEVEEERRRR running 26.2 miles again.” Then after “MUST DOMINATE AND CONQUER MARATHON NEXT TIME!!!” 

      So naturally you know I’m ready to sign up for my next marathon….

    4. And the full marathon is set for the Rock n’ Roll Savanna November 8th. I loved Savanna so much and regret that I was totally untrained for the race last year. This year I’ve proven to myself that by training hard I can knock off 18 minutes on a tough course. So I’m feeling strongly that I can knock off some more time on a flatter course with cooler weather. I do believe the hubby and bro-in-law have agreed to run this as their first full marathon too…
  4. Creating my own marathon plan. In the past I’ve always strictly followed a pre-set plan. And they have worked. But this last time I just kept feeling like I could push more. So I’m going to tweak what I’ve been currently using to fit my own body and schedule.
  5. Focus on the blog a little more. I’m not the best at blogging. nope. But I love the running/blogging community.
  6. Work on creating more personal training routines for clients. This takes T-I-M-E.
  7. Focusing on nutrition… as I mentioned on Facebook I have a problem:

What is wrong with this picture?? #EatClean ha not. #workinprogress

So I bought this Runner’s World book on a whim since I found it on sale at our local bookstore. I feel like if I could learn to really manage what the heck I’m putting in my body then maybe my body would respond naturally by picking up in speed and strength. But who really knows. I’ve read where some elites have been known to carb load on donuts.

thoughts on that one??

How quickly do you sign up for a race post marathon or any other distance? Are you LOVING spring running? Any spring/summer races? How’s your healthy eating habits going? Mine stink!

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

#MarathonMonday 5 Days Until #RnRNashville and Martina McBride!!

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I started in January…and we are now half way through April?! Time flies…

Hey guys! I can not believe it’s already been 15 weeks ((WHAT?!)) since I started training for Nashville’s Rock n’ Roll Country Music Marathon! Like I mentioned before I have given everything I feel like I could have during this training cycle. Most weeks were strong and I was able to hit all my target paces and in review it looks like I’ve only had about 2 weeks that were kind of funky. And still out of 16 weeks of training the only runs I missed were one speed session and two 16 mile long runs, however they were replaced with a.) Green Valley 10 miler PR race! b.) easy trail run with the hubby. Which is always nice!

I started tapering about three weeks out with a gradual mileage reduction with my last long run four weeks out with a 20 miler. Over the course I’ve run roughly 640-650 miles during this training session. I love how DailyMile adds it all up for me. I’m a logistics nerd and like reviewing my numbers. But I’m too lazy to write or add myself. Thank you DailyMile.

Last week was more slack than I would have preferred…during taper the idea is to reduce mileage while still keeping your legs poppin’. We just had a lot going on with work, my treadmill trying to murder me, home, ball games and personal training. I did do two solid elliptical sessions, a treadmill “speed” workout, and an easy 5k with our SMART Girls with a few easy after.

Could I have trained harder? More often? More strength training and yoga? Sure. But I’m no elite athlete. I am a mom and wife first. I also have a full-time job in the pharmacy on my feet every day while simultaneously trying to segway into my new career path as a personal trainer. Every one has a different journey in life. Some are kid-less and have better opportunities within their careers to train more often. I believe I gave everything I could have while maintaining a family life.

Takeaway: NEVER ever compare yourself to others. You do the best YOU can with what you have. And you should be proud of all you have accomplished! I’ve accomplished more this training cycle then I did in my previous cycles. And for this, I am proud.

supporting a local elementary school with our SMART Girls..I think I need new shades…my Nike’s look like they are taking over my face!

On a side note, I’m thinking I’ll make all my race shirts into a quilt… The, send it so someone special… I have so many tees and like this one, many are too big for me to even wear!

So a few things I’m stupid excited about for this weekend:

  • We are leaving town earlier this time so we will actually get to enjoy the expo, unlike our Savanna trip.
  • Um, I’ll be in Nashville. One of my favorite cities ever!
  • I’m running a marathon. And I’m going to run it strong.
  • We get to stay with family! My new bro-in-law and his family are the coolest.
  • I’m going with my favorite people in the whole world! My hubby who is running the half and going to run it supa fast, but minus the kiddo who was running the kid’s run…however, he didn’t want to miss his two ball games here , and Mrs. A aka BRF who’s going to kill the hills with me!
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    we are preeeeety much awesome. love this chick.

  • Then we are going to eat massive amounts of good food.
  • We get to see Martina McBride in concert!!!!!! Love her!

oooooommyyyygeeerrrssshhh Martina!! {photo source}

What’s on tap for the last marathon training taper week:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 5 easy w/5 strides

Wednesday: 3 easy

Thursday: rest

Friday: 3 very, very easy

Saturday: 26.2 MARATHON DAY!!!!!

Sunday: walking and exploring Nashville!!!

Well, my bags are starting to get packed and I’m not forgetting the sports bra like in Savanna..making a list and checking it twice…, the excitement is ridiculous, and I am driving all my co-workers crazy about now…..

ha. probably not.

So here are my official time goals for this race:

A.) 3:34:59 for the Boston Qualifying time!

B.) 3:45:00 if I am having a rough day and the weather sucks.

C.) 3:59:00 if I am really having a really rough day

D.) just finish. If I am dying.

But ultimately, we all know the main goal of the marathon it to run strong, healthy, and happy. And I am so, so thrilled to be feeling well! Unlike I did last November. Arriving at the starting line healthy and uninjured is an accomplishment in itself!!

ps- Don’t forget to guess my finishing marathon time HERE for a chance to win a tube of NUUN Hydration!!

Anyone racing this weekend in Nashville? We can meet up! What do you do with all your race tees? Do you support St. Jude or what charity do you support? Are you a country music fan? How many miles do you typically run during marathon training?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

Making a Difference Link-Up With Miles-to-Go & NUUN GIVEAWAY!!

Miles To Go Y’all!!! I’m way excited once again to be joining Kelly over at Miles-to-Go for her making a difference link-up! Why? Because there’a giveaway here!! But first…

This is a once monthly event held on Wednesdays about giving back through running or anything fitness related. I had so many things to blog about last time, here, when it comes to giving back so I decided to break it down into four parts. I touched on the topics you can expect from me in the upcoming months last post so today I’m going to start with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital fundraising in honor of the marathon coming up in 10 days!!!!  I had set a personal goal to raise $500.00 and I’m only $75 shy of that.

Why am I so personally passionate about raising funds for St.Jude’s hospital??

  • Children are a precious gift
  • Medical care is outrageously expensive
  • Cancer sucks and it’s unfair that it attacks the lives of anyone, especially little lives
  • It reminds me to appreciate my own child and his health
  • Fund raising for others teaches my son to be grateful for his moving, strong, healthy body and what it means to give back
  • You never know when YOU may need the help someday
  • We can feel helpless in situations like cancer but giving back helps us feel like we have done something.
  • I may not be a doctor and so I can not help those who are ill in that respect, but I can RUN & support those who do have the skills to help heal! We can all play a part in this life to help others. Do what you can, where you are!

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St.Jude HERO! This tank is my super hero cape 😉 Be a super hero and give to kids in need!

From the St.Jude’s website:

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

If this isn’t enough to make you want to support St. Jude maybe this will,

And lastly….If that still isn’t enough to encourage you to give I have devised a challenge & GIVEAWAY for you: Since I am running the Country Music Rock n’ Roll Marathon next Saturday, I am offering YOU the chance to guess my finishing marathon time! Whoever comes closest WINS a free tube of NUUN.

NUUN has gotten me through many tough running workouts and helps keep my hydrated without all the chemicals and sugars other drinks offer.

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You know you want some!!

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The rules are very simple:

*must be a US resident. Sorry my Canadian friends!

*contents runs through April 26, 2015. Last entry must made by 7:00 am. 

  1. Mandatory: Donate just $1 dollar to St. Jude HERE, comment below that you did, and your guess for my projected marathon finishing time to the closest second. (ex: 3:35:00)
  2. Like Flying Feet in Faith on Facebook HERE and share this post.
  3. Follow Flying Feet in Faith on Twitter HERE and tweet about it.

YOU HAVE 10 DAYS TO GUESS AND DONATE! On April 25th I will run 26.2 beautiful miles. I will have my finish time and whoever is closest wins. Simple!

Winner will be announced on the blog the following Monday, but if you like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll have the sneak peak!!!

Prize will be mailed out as soon as I have the winner’s info that week.

Good luck and a HUGE thank you to all those who have supported, encouraged, and motivated me on this marathon journey. I can honestly say I have never trained so hard for a race as I have this one.

Pass on the St. Jude love!!!

pssst….If giving back is your thing feel free to add your link below to join in on the conversation.

Add your link HERE.

Do you give to charities or help fund raise in the running community? Have you ever raised money for a race or event?  

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

#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