A New Kind of #MotivateMe Monday. Goal: No Goals!

Hellllllllooooo Monday!! I’m so happy you’re here. What?! Yes. I am. Because, it’s a new week. A fresh start. And I just got back from the gym so I’m feeling all kinds of pumped positivism going on. And after much thought about the race this past weekend, I’ve decided that I’m ridiculous and that I should totally celebrate a new PR…

my good friends at Sports Spot in town have spoiled me again!

So to celebrate a shiny new PR (in every distance even this year 5k, 10k, 10 miler, marathon!!) I splurged on some new running duds. Positive mindset is back in full force friends!! Sometimes you need to sulk for 24 hours or so then you’re recharged and realize how silly you’ve been. We are HUMAN. not machines.

Getting to spend time with this kid helps remind me what truly matters most in life:

Love this kid. We had a fun time uptown during the 4th festivities.

And like cheeseburgers and wine. But seriously this stuff was yum! I was like whaaaat? Cheeseburgers are my favorite thing and now there’s a wine for that?! I found it at our local shop in town, Broad Street Wines. I don’t drink a lot or even very often but a nice glass of red after a hard race was pleasant.

then there was wine…cheeseburger wine.

And like our garden’s fresh blooms. I love, love, love flowers!! God’s creation is pretty much perfect. and we are blessed. so stop and smell the flowers y’all. It’s just good for the soul.

Allow life’s beauty to encompass you. Draw you in. And forget the troubles.

So as far as this week’s line-up for miles, I have zero goals. I don’t care if I run 60  miles or 0 miles this week. I just want to enjoy life as it comes at me. With no worries. No stresses. No preconceived ideas of how life should run.

Goals are important. In fact I strongly recommend having goals, setting them, and smashing them to completion. Goals give us that motivation and boost we need to get things done. On the flip side we can become so dependent on meeting or crippled when not meeting goals that we forget to take life as is. It’s nice to cruise through life one in a while. Allow the scene to take you in where it wants you. In two weeks I will be back at marathon training and giving it all I have. Because I want to qualify for Boston darn it!! But before I get back to serious training or goals I need to be seriously healthy on the inside. That’s a huge part of my personal training regime, making sure women feel secure on the inside!

So here it is, NO MORE negative talk. No more “I’m not good enough” garbage. Just because I’m not an Olympian, elite, pro, or even first place finisher doesn’t mean I’m not great in my own right.

I started running when I was 25. I was that girl who hated running. And now look where I’ve brought myself. I’ve come a long way, baby. And for this, I celebrate! And YOU should celebrate YOU. No matter where you are currently in life. You can only move forward once you’ve accepted where you are currently and have a healthy mindset to tackle life’s challenges.

How do you celebrate life? Have you had cheeseburger wine? What do you purchase to celebrate a running PR?
blessed and beautiful running.

#MotivateMe Monday Fat Legs, 31 miles, and Summer Goals 

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The photo above is not me. Obviously. 

What prompted this post was a recent conversation held between a fellow professional peer and I. We were discussing body image and they told me I had “big” legs. 

Really?! The last thing you want to tell a woman is that she is big. Anywhere. Maybe they meant for it to be a compliment as I am a marathoner and we typically have muscular legs. I prefer the term thoroughbred horse powered. But I couldn’t help but look down and suddenly see my lower limbs as fat stubs, I’m short. Not long and lean. It’s amazing how others’ words can affect you…if you give them meaning. 

  
We women can be terribly harsh with ourselves.  Some people have this idea that we runners are all 8 feet tall, 0.05% body fat, and zero boobs. 

Well, they got the boob thing right with me. TMI? Sorry. It’s still kinda a personal runners blog. Chuckle at it. It’s okay. 

But runners run in ALL sizes and body types. 

I’m short and kinda squatty. But it’s cool cause I’m closer to the ground. So less ways to fall when I trip. HA. 

  
**#MotivateMe Monday is a weekly link-up hosted by Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel!! Join their link-up to help encourage each other to stay accountable with our goals.**

 But aside from that short ramble last week’s #MotivateMe didn’t quite end well. Life was just….busy. I worked overtime, training clients, the kid had camp to get ready and off to, I have a husband I should acknowledge one in a while lol… You know the drill. I made it 31 miles. Not quite 40. But 31 is still more than 0!!! And instead of solely focusing on mileage I have other things to enjoy…

I wanted to check in with summer. It’sofficially  heat wave season!!  Working that golden runners tan. 

Summer Goals

  1. Sub -45 10k July 4th without passing out.  
  2. Hit 40+ miles weekly, end of June. This still needs to happen to prep for marathon training. 
  3. Enjoy Running as a gift. 
  4. Go on a long 10+ mile trail run. 
  5. Go to the pool. Last year we had access and never went. Really?!?! Yeah, that’s gotta change. 
  6. Read a book. A whole. Entire. Book. Maybe. Who has time to read? But it sounds like such a good goal. 
  7. Get together with my girlfriends! Haven’t done this since the wedding. 
  8. See my new clients reach their goals!
  9. Blog more than once a week. Ha. Admirable goal. 
  10. Just practice joy on a daily basis. 

Weekly Workout line-up 

Monday: 30 minutes XT + upper body strength routine. 

Tuesday: easy 6 with 4 x 800s

Wednesday: easy 5 + yoga

Thursday: 8 tempo 

Friday: easy 5 + 30 mins XT + lower body stability workout. 

Saturday: easy 4 or rest

Sunday: 12 long slow miles 

Total miles: 40 let’s try again… 

How do you see yourself in the mirror? Do you think you have the atypical “runner’s body”? How are your summer goals going if you’ve made any? How does summer affect your overall mileage? Have you ever had someone comment on your body size or shape?

blessed and beautiful running.

#MotivateMe Monday Stay The Path

Happy Monday! I know you must be thinking happyMonday? Really?! Who likes Mondays?!

YES! I am saying happy Monday because each Monday means a fresh new start of opportunists. Monday doesn’t have to be the drudgery of the week. Perspective my friends! Now ask me next week before I’ve had three cups of coffee and I might give you another perspective…

This week I am going back to linking up with Janice over at Fitness Cheerleader for #MotivateMe Mondays co-hosted by Rachel at Running Rachel. As I’ve mentioned in the past it’s a great way to stay on the fitness path. Set goals, link-up, and motivate each other! Stop by their blogs if you get a chance to check out what it’s all about.

#MotivateMe Mondays brought to you by Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel

#MotivateMe Mondays brought to you by Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel

So onward to some motivational, inspirational stuff. As being a part of the FitFluential family I receive emails with tons of motivating articles, recipes, workouts, and such. And I uaually just skimp through the articles, but when I read this one I knew I had to share with my readers: Stay the path.

My take away from the article:

No matter how challenging your path becomes stay the path. Remain focused. March on with relentless determination. Often our greatest successes come out of our greatest struggles.

It may take time to see noticeable results but the time will pass anyway so stick with it! This is something I am preaching to myself daily. As I continue to work daily on my personal training career there have been moments where I begin to doubt myself. Then I remember, it’s only been two months! Give yourself some time woman! I’m one of those who wants everything done right now!! It takes roughly four months to train well for a marathon. It takes nine months to prepare a baby for birth. I’ve heard it takes roughly five years to see a new small business really prosper. So why in the world would I expect to see instant results? Life in itself is not instant. It’s a journey. And that’s one thing the marathon has taught me.

Speaking of marathons….

So how’s my mileage? Still super low and creeping back up very slowly. I’m not a running animal who can knock out 50+ miles a week without injury. My body needs time.  I’ve had some great runs here and there including a few fast 10 milers which is a total confidence boost. Since in previous #MotivateMe and #MarathonMonday posts worked so well to keep myself accountable I’m going back to that on Mondays. I hope that’s cool with my readers! I have been diligent with my new Believe journal. It’s kind of hard not to be diligent with it because it’s like my own personal motivation wrapped up in shiny red leather. I don’t miss DailyMile too much since going back to paper and pen…

Mileage goals for this week:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: XT/upper body workout routine

Wednesday: 10 miles + yoga

Thursday: 8 miles

Friday: 4 miles/core work

Saturday: 10 miles

Sunday: 5 miles/stretching

Total miles: 37

It doesn’t look like much but between pharmacy full-time, personal training, family, home…trust me. It’s plenty for me! That’s one other point I would like to make: continue to be the BEST version of you! Do what you can, when you can. STOP comparing to others’ training when they may have different circumstances than you. YOU ARE ENOUGH! AND YOU ARE BEAUTIFULLY STRONG.

What’s on your plate this week? Do you keep any goals over the summer or kind of just wing it? Running lately? What are some of your personal goals in life? Do you feel like just quitting sometimes and if so, how do you remain focused?
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

#MotivationalMonday #MarathonMonday Free Oxygen & Running Battlefield.

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So this week in running… I gave myself two rest days instead of one, using one rest day as a XT (cross training) day on the elliptical and the other day for a short 1.4 mile hike. I feel like my body is simply needing the extra rest. Some people are running machines and I am not one of them. For me, it’s so difficult to not play the comparison game. Like why can’t I push harder when someone else can? Why am I not any faster?  Why have these past two weeks been mentally draining and like a running battlefield for me?! I did not hit my weekly mileage goal and here’s why…

No weekly running selfies or Garmin selfies this week. I just ran when I could. I didn’t get my speedwork in. First speedwork run I’ve missed all training season. I did run on the scheduled day I just didn’t push myself into the 800s…Several factors including: 

Late running start

Temps went up 

Windy as all get out

Read: excuse. after. excuse. 

Ugh

I wanted to run an easy six yesterday but I had to work ALL day. On Easter. I know. (So over pharmacy. Working hard everyday towards becoming a full time personal trainer!) So long run on Saturday plus being on my feet all day Sunday I just felt so sore all over especially my feet. So my hubby and I went on a short hike post work. And after all that hydration talk on Friday, I still have felt dehydrated all week. Why?

So where’s the motivational part of this post, miss negative Nancy??

Read Here: St. Jude.

I thought I would share with you all  where some of the money goes when you donate to St. Jude.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through 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.

So regardless of how perfect or less than stellar my training goes during this marathon season, I know I’m running for a greater cause. If only 22 people donated just $20 dollars one kid could have one day of oxygen. I have free oxygen everyday. My body doesn’t fail me in health. It may become weary and tired at times…like during marathon training…but it is in good health. 

If you are blessed with free oxygen would you consider giving any amount to these kids? Donate HERE.

Perspective.

So what’s on tap for this week:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 7 easy w/7 strides + strength training

Wednesday: Mile repeats 8 m w/3 x 1 m + yoga

Thursday: 10 m w/8 @ MP

Friday: 6 easy

Saturday: 16 lsd

Sunday: 6 easy or rest/yoga

Total goal mileage: 53 miles

I’m betting I’ll add another rest day in on Sunday. So that total mileage will be lower, like this past week. But I’m okay with this. Overall I’ve had a pretty solid training season. Rest is a key element in training. And I’ve almost lost sight of this.

I’m so grateful that all the monster long runs are behind me. We begin the slow taper.

T-minus three weeks!

How’s your training going? Doubts? Fears? Excitements? Do you compare yourself to other runners occasionally?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig