#MarathonMonday, TnT Tuesday, and Wisdom Wednesday. Let’s Play Catch Up!

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baby gym! It’s going to grow!

Hey, hey! Yes, I’m still alive. I’m so alive in fact that I’m having a hard time getting around to the blogspere world. Much of my time has been dedicated to WORK, personal training, and getting ready for my Back-2-School #FitMomsRock event later this month. This is the first time I’ve attempted something like this so wish me luck! The hubby has been helping get the home gym prepped and ready to go. It’s a small start but it IS a start!!! My business has been slowly growing. But progress is still progress no matter how slowly. One step at a time. Just like the marathon.

#MarathonMonday

Oh, speaking of marathon I’m now in week four (how did one month come and go almost already?!) and all systems are still going well. I’ve hit every planned workout. I’ve added two new elements to my training: more strength training (but keeping it lower in weight, higher in reps) and the second element I’ve added this time around is adding in more GMP (goal marathon pace) to my long runs. Before I’ve always just ran my long runs long and slooooow with maybe one or two miles fast at the end. But I am pushing the envelope a bit. For example, my goal this time is to SMASH the heck out of my BQ goal. What is required for my age and gender is this: 26.2 miles in 3:35 which translates roughly to an 8:12 min/mile. But I don’t want to squeek my way in. So my long run this past Saturday was a 16 miler with 10 miles at GMP @ 7:40-45 min/mile pace. I ran the first 6 miles around an 8:10-8:15 and finished the last 10 at goal pace. I did it. I held on strong. It wasn’t easy but I am now more confident in being able to hold that pace for the long haul. I most definitely attribute my pick up in speed to strength training, minding the little things (yoga, core work, stability work), and adding GMP to my long runs. Plus, I’ve been running my last mile slightly dehydrated. Trying to mimic how the last mile or so of the marathon will feel…I’ve ran 4 so I’m very familiar with how my body responds and feels during those last few miles. The last half mile is the worst…That last long run did take a lot out of me… so it’s not something I will do every week. Thank the Lord it’s cut back week!

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I don’t count my miles until it starts hurting 😉

#WisdomWednesday:

In order to achieve something you haven’t been able to do, you MUST do what makes you temporarily uncomfortable. You CAN NOT just go along with what you’re “good at” or what is comfortable. You need to CHALLENGE every fiber of your body, mind, and soul to see yourself grow in greatness. -Jess

#TnTTuesday

Strong core = Strong runner! So I’m working on building my exercise video library! I’m slow but I’ll figure it all out. 😉 Here’s a fun move to try:

And for the random:

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So what’s for dinner?! Man, we have been TERRIBLE about dinner. Like wait till the last minute and decide on cereal or sanwiches…again. #TheStruggleIsReal Partly due to my ridiculous work schedule and tired little marathon body. SO…we invested in a new kitchen toy are going to try it out tonight! One of my favorite dishes is chicken, veggies, and rice. It’s simple, easy, and now it’s going to be super tasty. I plan on making the dish healthier than what the original Food.com recipe calls for … a little less butter and lower sodium soy sauce. I’ve never used a wok before…I guess it’s time for me to take a wok on the wild side… LOL Anyone else love puniness?!

'Don't wait up for me, Dear. I'm taking a wok on the wild side.'

‘Don’t wait up for me, Dear. I’m taking a wok on the wild side.’

Have you used a wok before? What’s your favorite dinner dish? If you’re training for anything how’s it going? Any new training elements your adding??
blessed and beautiful running!

jesssig

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#MarathonMonday DREAM BIG + GIVEAWAY

#Irun4Dylan and Flying Feet in Faith


One for my #Irun4 buddy and one for me 🙂

Happy Monday y’all! What better way to kick off Monday and marathon training than with a giveaway?! Yeah I thought you’d agree it’s an awesome idea. When Christine (an amazing mother runner, blogger, and coach) contacted me via Dream Big Runner about her Dream Big Shop I immediately knew I wanted to partner with her! She has a big heart.  I think of the running community as a wonderful group of generous givers. And what better way to be involved than creating running jewelry and giving back?!

For every purchase off her Etsy shop she donates $2 to charity. And her new shop has taken off already donating over $1000!!

The shipping was prompt, price affordable, and the quality high. And they are customizable to almost any design you can think of! I’m thoroughly impressed and can’t wait to put my buddy’s bracelet in the mail. He lives a few states away so our matching bracelets are a sweet way to connect us. If you haven’t heard of #Irun4 it’s basically a community of runners/athletes who run/workout for a child with special needs who themselves can not run. It has been such a heartwarming journey for me personally and I tell you, my buddy is my hero and motivator!

I had the shoe tags designed after my blog and it’s motto…flying feet in faith.

So you want one too? Good news! Christine is generously giving away a bracelet or set of shoe tags to one of my readers.

***To enter to win: like My Dream Big Shop on FACEBOOK and visit My Dream Big Shop on ETSY and comment below with your favorite design through my FACEBOOOK Rafflecopter giveaway HERE

Contest starts today and ends Sunday at midnight! Good LUCK! 🙂

So marathon training….we meet again….

How am I training for this marathon season? Which plan? What book?!

Yes, I do have a new book. But no, I’m not following it’s plan. I’m reading it for marathon training content and extra lessons to be learned. One can always use a little more knowledge. In an effort to test my knowledge, skill, and experience I’ve designed my own plan. This may or may not be the smartest idea when I’m trying to BQ. You’d think I would trust the professionals. But. I am a professional?? ha.

One thing I have been discovering about myself through it all is that my mind is still weak. I have too many thoughts of I can’t. No matter how much I blog and promote self-confidence it is something I still truly, honestly struggle with on a daily basis. I have told myself one too many times during a race that “i can’t. I’m not strong enough. I’ll never be fast enough. There’s no way I’m capable.”

BULLcrap.

So my biggest goal for this marathon training season is to get out of my head. And deeply,firmly, and passionately BELIEVE that yes, I am capable, MORE than capable in fact. I’m not talking about gaining some sort of alter ego here, rather finally affirming to myself what I claim to believe in  everyone else: YOU are strong and you CAN do this.

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mental toughness..work in progress

I will be going through #MarathonMonday a little differently this time. Last season I logged every week with workout details and I do feel that helped keep myself somewhat accountable, however, I’ve been logging all my workouts in my BELIEVE journal and have really been enjoying my own personal journey. It’s like my little running secret. I intend on claiming my mental toughness to break through some barriers…. let’s do this.

Which design from My BIG Dream shop would you chose? Have you heard of #Irun4? Do you believe you have that mental toughness or is it a struggle for you as well? What are you training for?
blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

Fitness Friday Link-UP! Mind the Little Things and Trust the Process.

Happy Friday y’all! Today I’m linking up with Jill Conyers for the Fitness Friday!

From her website:

What is Fitness Friday About?

Celebrating the one thing we all have in common. A passion and commitment for living a healthy lifestyle.

It’s about sharing progress and successes. Not perfection.

Celebrate fitness. Celebrate good health. Celebrate friends. Celebrate fun.

Link up and check out the great health and fitness blogs for inspiration, motivation, tasty recipes and stories of determination and accomplishments!

I am pretty much excited to link up with her about fitness. Y’all know that running is my most favorite thing but there’s also a few little things that I have to mind….

Fitness is a life long journey. You don’t just wake up fit one morning. It comes from the accumulation over time of every day persistence, hard work, efforts, and doing all the little things.

What do I mean by the little things?

I mean like drinking your water every day, taking time to stretch, remembering to breathe, tracking your nutrition, doing those boring stability exercises…

But by not minding the little things and rushing through the process you are more likely to become injured. The last thing you want is to be sidelined from life. So my thoughts today for you come via complements from my favorite Olympian:

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Every small step has value. Don’t forget that. You may feel as though those boring bridge and clam shell exercises are pointless but they are vital in keeping your hips strong and stable which translates into stronger running. All it takes is one loose screw to mess up a clock…or one oil leak to burn up a car…

Take care of your engine by minding all those little things and trust the process!

I type all this to you as I’m about to venture into marathon training cycle number five with high hopes to finally BQing…I’m trusting the process…I didn’t quite make it with my last marathon in Nashville but I did take 18 minutes off my PR, raised almost $700 for St.Jude Children’s Hospital, and had a blast…so I’m making progress. And that’s what we celebrate!!

Remember progress comes in all forms. Look outside the box. Continue to believe in yourself!

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Before I head out to enjoy the weekend (((which happens to include The Beer Run Relay with the BRF this Saturday! I will be losing the 2 mins and not consuming. I think I’d dehydrate and die if I chose to drink and run. It’s not safe for me yall.))) I wanted to introduce you to the new website One Mother Runner created by Stacy:

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Stacy has created an online community for real mother runners! It’s an open space with real content for us real mother runners! I particularly liked her view of the recent Women’s Running magazine cover:

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Look out for a guest post from yours truly soon!

One final thought:

Each person’s process is different. We all have our unique paces. Let us not compare to another. Your journey is YOURS alone! And it should  be celebrated no matter where you find yourself! In the same breathe we need to celebrate others’ journeys as well!! You are not too slow. They are not too fast. Rather we are just right where we need to be!

Are you good about “minding the little things”? Or do have the tendency to rush through the process? I know I’ve been way guilty! What do you think of the recent magazine cover? I love it! I say let’s celebrate every single body type!! 🙂
blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

#WisdomWednesday Choose To Be POWERFUL, Not Pitiful + Ladder Workouts

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I like how I FEEL powerful here in this photo. Photo Credit: Jenna Leigh Photography NC

Hello Wednesday! Monday has come and gone, Tuesday skipped by, and now we are lookin’ at you humpday! How. In. The. World?! I haven’t posted much in a while but I have been super hard at work that I just didn’t feel as though I should post some haphazard post just to post. So without further adieu I give you my snippet of wisdom for the day:

Choose to be POWERFUL. Not pitiful.

We all have that choice in life. To tackle life’s little annoyances with positive or negative ‘tudes. Recently after having a rough round last week mentally and physically I’ve been forced to ask myself what is worth keeping current in my life? Why am I feeling so pitiful? Have I been putting too much pressure on myself? Piled too much on my plate? Where can I back off? What do I want in life most? Like really, really, really want? Where am I willing to sacrifice?

I believe when we overstimulate ourselves with too much activity in our everyday lives it can cause us to feel pitiful. Forcing us to feel like failures because we simply can’t do it all or do it all well.

The solution?

Choose what’s most important to you in your life and give it all you got.

Like loving your family.

Training for an important race.

Running your own business.

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Whatever it is choose to live powerfully in those areas. I think all the other little things can slide like being on every. single. social. media. outlet. That in itself is enough to make anyone feel totally inadequate when it comes to keeping up with the Jones!

So. On another note, guess how many miles I ran last week?! LESS THAN 15. Let me tell ya, I was soooo not feeling powerful last week y’all.

Wait….what?! Jess? The little happy running freak? Well. I am not sure entirely what went down last week other than the fact that my training journal reads waaaaay too m any rest days. But looking at it with a different perspective I think it’s just what my body needed. I think in all my excitement I may have forgotten that I’ve run a marathon less than two months ago and in less than two months will be putting myself back into the rigors of marathon training. Oh, and still working full-time in the pharmacy while trying to start my own personal training business..  that’s a lot folks. Maybe a total slacker week was needed.

But this week I’m back at it and feeling more like myself again. I ran an abridged ladder workout on Tuesday to ease myself back into speed work in an effort to tune-up for the 10k in July. I like ladders because they keep the workout fresh, varied, and they fly by quickly.

Here’s what it looked like for me:

one mile warm-up easy pace

1200m @ 5k race pace

400m Rest Interval (walk/slow jog)

800m @ 10 sec faster than 5k RP

400m RI

400m @ 30 sec faster than 5k RP

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Then I ran it backwards back up the ladder.

One mile cool down

This is a shorter version of the ladders I will use during marathon training. During my last marathon training I didn’t run any ladders, only a handful of YASSO 800s and mile repeats. Which are good workouts but it’s best to keep things mixed up in training to keep pushing your body. The benefit in the ladder workout is that is teaches your legs to run faster while fatigued from running fast.

And like the ladder workout as in life, you will go up and you will go down, but the key here is to keep on truckin’.
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So this next marathon training I’m bookin’ after it! Here’s to all you powerful people out there! Let’s rock this summer!

Do you run ladder workouts when training or even just to keep in good shape? How was your running week last week? How do you choose to be powerful? Are there things in your life that could probably take a back seat to allow you some stress relief? 
blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

#FridayFive 5 Exciting Things About Running

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Sup y’all, it’s Friday!! So pumped for the Friday Five link-up hosted by CourtneyCynthia, and Mar. Check out their rules and future topics HERE! The BEST way to connect with new bloggers. Let’s just dive right in shall we? I won’t monopolize your Friday morning with too much rambling. Promise. 😉

5 Exciting Things About Running Currently

1.) Okay, so y’all know I’m all registered for marathon number 5 now, right?! Thanks to my sweet husband who gave me his credit card and let me pull the trigger. Mr. P also registered for the half. He was this close to breaking 2:00! Savannah, we are coming back for redemption full force baby!! This right here is exciting enough to qualify for all five exciting things about running…but wait, there’s more…

2.) Pluuuuuus my BRF is signed up too!  Annnnnnnnd another local rock star runner has come back to town from her awesome running, burro racing adventures (yes, it’s a real thing. Check it out HERE!) in Colorado and is running Savannah too! Both A and L and smokin’ fast and strong runners and I’m beyond excited and privileged to run with them!!

Colorado you are on my bucket list!! Maybe not with the burro though… Source

3.) Annnnnnd many of our Transylvania county runners are registered!  I had a great time at our Greenville race so I’m thrilled about the group going!

From our Green Valley Race in SC!

4.) I ran on national running day. Of course. But on that day I also met with a new client who used to run 10 miles a day and wants to get back into running more again. A woman after my own heart…being able to encourage and train has probably been the most exciting thing lately.. It truly fills my soul with joy.

5.) I’m finally, finalizing my marathon training plan and even typing it up all pretty! wheeeeeee!

I can not wait to test my mind, body, and soul again. Test me Lord.

How was your week? What’s exciting about running for you lately?! Have you heard of burro racing? Do you race with friends?
Blessed and beautiful running!

jesssig