#FridayFive Happy 4th!! Five Things I LOVE About the Fourth of July in Brevard

Linking up with Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for the #FridayFive today. Swing by the other blogs and check out all the fun! LOVE Friday’s yall! This post is suuuuper short because I’m short on time but I wanted to play along so here you go!IMG_16055 Things I LOVE about the Fourth of July in Brevard!

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  1. Firecracker run! There’s a 5/10k option. It’s always a hot but fun event.
  2. Family time and cookouts. Burgers. mmm.
  3. Being able to run in freedom and safety. Thank you to ALL who serve our country. We are all truly blessed to run free.
  4. Our little town’s festival with music, food (um, can you say ChubBurger from Oscar Blues?!), dancing, and vendors.Image result for 4th of july festival brevard nc
  5. Our little firework show 🙂 We might be a small town but it’s home. And it’s where I feel safe.

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What’s special about your fourth?! Who’s racing?
Happy Weekend y’all!
blessed and beautiful running!

jesssig

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#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

Missing The Long Run.

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This is the first week I’m unable to get my long run in. This makes me sad.
I’m exhausted from work and there truly has not been any time. I’m not one to make excuses, skip long runs, or training weeks. I can usually find a way to get it done. I’m creative and adaptable. But, sometimes life’s schedules just do not cooperate. I’m not at a total loss though. I anticipated weeks like this. That’s why I started training two weeks early. I added two extra weeks in my training plan for the honeymoon week and an emergency week. Would someone please tell my J-O-B to stop making me work 7 straight days in a row!! I’m exhausted. And while I have run 20 miles before work on Sunday before, in hind site it didn’t quite work out as I was 20 minutes late to work, completely useless, and did not take the proper time needed to recover.
There’s a few key things to remember here so I don’t completely beat myself up for missing a long run:

• Halfway through training and I’ve already had two successful 20 milers,17 miler, and an 18 miler.

•I’ve hit all of my tempo and speed sessions perfectly. Even getting some done on the track

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There’s something about running speedwork on the track that makes me feel awesome! Ha.

• I am not an Olympian. I am just your average, everyday #motherrunner trying to run a marathon.

• I can not compare myself with those who have zero kiddos and can get 50+ weekly miles in. Period. Stop comparing yourself!!! {speaking directly to myself here} my schedule simple is not as free.

• I have already accomplished many great things. As I refer to my backwards bucket list.

• Um, I’m kind of also planning a wedding. That takes T-I-M-E. When I signed up for this marathon I knew what I was getting into. I like a good challenge. When I think back on my last marathon training cycle for OKC Memorial Marathon I had to really get creative. My treadmill broke down not even halfway through my training! With the help of my sister and a 3 month gym membership I squeezed in a few runs here and there; still managed to run a 4 hour marathon. I’m hoping with how much better training is going with this training cycle that a BQ is possible.

• My life consists of more than running.
***GASP***
Oh yes, just said it.
I have a fiancé to love, meals to cook, a home to clean, thank you notes to write, wedding crafts to assemble, a kid to help with homework and play with, friends to visit, wedding vendor appointments, church to attend, a job to make all that money to spend on this wedding, packing to be done, a blog to write…etc. I love running. It keeps me sane. But I also have a life to live.

• I know that next week I have more days off and I’m going to kill it in the marathon training department.

• We all know that success is rarely a straight line of perfection anyway.

• I’m a rockstar. Because the One Who is in me is greater than anything on this earth. And I’ll be just fine. Long run or not.

Your turn! Have you missed training runs or weeks? How many long runs or 20 milers do you get in when marathon training? Do you beat yourself up if you miss?

blessed & beautiful running.

~Jess

A Thursday Thought: Perseverance

I signed up for “Daily Kick In the Butt” emails from Runner’s World some time back and every once in a while they send me a meme that really resonates within. 

{{Photo by RW Photo Director Michele Ervin. You can follow her on Instagram Here:  http://instagram.com/mervling}}

When I come across a quote that inspires me I like to research who said it and why. I like to know who I’m quoting. I used to just fling quotes around like you would burgers but I find it to be so important to understand them. Maybe it’s because I’m a total nerd and a glutton for knowledge. Who knows. But try it sometime before you pass on a quote via social media. You might find the person you agree with to really be worthy of repeating or not. At the very least I find it interesting. Knowledge is power. I’m not saying that passing along a quote without knowledge of the said quoter is a horrible thing to do, I’m just suggesting that really knowing why it was said could deepen your understanding of the words said and potentially translate into your everyday life instead of saying to yourself, ‘oh that’s a nice thought. Maybe I should think more like that.’
Then again maybe I’m reading too much into it. 

And how did I know this one was from a marathon runner?? Marathoners tend to bond and agree with those who seek to get the best out of themselves and push their limits. This also translates beyond running and into everyday life. Marathon spirit is a lifestyle, not just a race. We must be patient in life when we can not see the “finish” line ahead. 

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***Happy & Blessed Running!!***
 

 

Wisdom Wednesday: Perseverance

http://bible.us/Rom5.3.NIV

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;”

Dictionary dot com defines it well here. “Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties…”

Perseverance in part comes through suffering. Suffering in the hard run, the total garbage run, the incredibly long run.
Keep with it. Keep on.  Because through these trials and weak spots, your strength and endurance grow and you will begin to see the fruit of perseverance carry you on in other aspects of life. 

“If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.” -Emil Zatopek

Everything you do should have purpose. Even through the difficult training sessions, the hard mind games, the doubts and frustrations. Learn to take lessons out of those moments and use them to your advantage. Let each obstacle be a learning and driving force that propels you forward. Part of perseverance is not stopping. Rather, keep on through the trials and let them shape you and mold you into a stronger character.
”If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
“Never, never, never give in!” ―Winston Churchill

Happy (&Blessed) Running!