#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, 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

Wisdom Wednesday: Just Run With It.

Happy humpday y’all! Oh heavens, I mean happy National Running Day! I’m so belated in this well wishing it’s embarrassing. My entire news feed has been absolutely covered in “happy run day!”s. But I tell y’all I’ve been super, crazy busy all day running around both literally and physically. Between running, meeting a new client, working clients’ programs out, and housework (ew.) I’ve had zero down time. But I must say I’m diggin my new “office” attire, compression and running shoes:

#personaltrainerlife

I only just now have had anytime to sit and type out a few words. I’ve also been thinking about how to celebrate…of course I got a great run in this morning. And as I went on this morning I began thinking about my 10k time goal for July 4th. As I’m about a month out I plan on adding in a speed session once weekly along with a solid tempo for the next three weeks then backing off the week before. I’m seeing this race more or less as a “tune-up”. But I’m also remembering how heat and humidity may affect me. So if it’s not my fastest time no harm, no foul. Given today’s pace I’m thinking a good solid sub-45 race may be in the books for me.

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#GarminRocks #Progress

My first 10k ever, July 4th 2012, was a 56:58 a 9:10 min/mile….So I’m happy to see the tremendous progress I’ve made in the past three years! That’s what it’s really all about anyway. I may not be blazing fast but I am totally blazing fast compared to where I used to be personally! I give my Garmin credit for helping me over the years achieve paces I didn’t think possible.

#personalprogress #GarminRocks

In other news…

It is done. Officially registered for marathon #5!!!!!!

I chose Savannah again because:

  • I need redemption on this course. Feel free to refer HERE to how horrible last year went…
  • It’s flat
  • Seasonably favorable
  • Freaking beautiful
  • First marathon raced as the new Mrs.
  • Lot’s of local Brevard peeps are running it this year as a group! Transylvanians represent!

So of course the game-plan for this year will be to train as hard as I did for Nashville with added measure. I’m currently working on creating my own personal training plan. This is both exciting and scary! I’ve always followed a pre-made plan out of some book. But I feel as though as a more seasoned marathoner I am more familiar with how my body responds to training and what works well for me. I’m excited about pushing myself just a little harder. Y’all know I’m still chasing that BQ time! I have high hopes that if I can crush a tough course like Nashville that maybe, just maybe I could really crush a course like Savannah. So I’m coupling my high hopes with an aggressive plan.

I know that’s right. Photo Source

Let’s do this. Training starts July 20th. And I can not wait! I’ve been enjoying running whenever and all but I need love my training schedules! Now that we have a new(to us) treadmill I can train as much as my heart desires. (thanks hubs!)

I did have every intention of posting some sort of wisdom for y’alls Wednesday but at this point my brain can not handle much more intense thought. So I will just leave you with this:

Whatever state you find yourself in currently, just run with it. Things have a way of working themselves out. And if it’s not working out? Run harder. 😉

Do you thrive off training plans? Do you follow a pre made plan or create your own or even just “wing it”? Any big goal races your way? What’s your “office” attire; are you a high heels and fixed hair gal or shorts and sneaks chick?
blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

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

Thinking Out Loud: Pharmacy Frustrations with Twinkies and Apples

As it already is in my normal life I’m thinking out loud today, only this time while linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons. My poor husband can testify that I tend to ramble on and on and on….generally about all the minuet details of my ever so intriguing life.

So in an effort to stay married I’m going to blog all about the current ramblings in my brain, with you. You’re welcome.

First order of business, as I woof down left over spaghetti in an effort to multi-task, is that I am struggling to keep an order in business! If you’ve been following me for a while now then you may be aware that I have become a certified personal trainer through NASM. woo! While this is exciting I am still intensely frustrated. I’m currently stuck working full-time in the pharmacy so I feel as though I can not devote the much needed time to build a successful career. I know it can be done, but man, it’s such a slow process. There’s just so much to think about. Especially since I’m the primary health insurance provider I can’t exactly just quit my current job. And there’s still that thing called RENT that has to  be paid. Quitting my current full-time, well paying job would be completely irresponsible. But there’s  nothing I desire more than to make a living, while LIVING. Does this make any sense? If not. Oh well. That’s what this post if for. Thinking out loud and rambling. Maybe after all this typing and posting something will come to my brain that makes sense of out all of this.

uuuuugghhhhhhhhhhhhh.

So. In an effort to segway out of pharmacy I have been tirelessly been working on a resume.

It goes something like this:

Pharmacy for 10 years.

marathon runner.

volunteer coach.

Not too impressive. In creating this resume thing I’ve been feeling beyond inadequate. Yes, I do have that lovely cert now. Yes, I do have a strong solid employment with a company.

But I have ZERO college degrees. And this has always been a source of feelings of failure for me. I tried going back once back when the kid was younger but I felt as though I wan’t being a parent. And I think that hurt  me more than not having that degree.

Unfortunately, companies don’t really care too much about how you feel as a parent. They care about experience, education, and skills.

Oh I got skills. I got mad running, marathoner, and motivational skills.

But is that enough for employment? Probably not.

Yes, so let me tell you more. Most days in the pharmacy are high stress, fast paced, and generally crazy with the crazy pubic. Getting yelled at for things out of my control. Watch people medicate while they buy their Twinkies and cigarettes.

I mean c’mon y’all! A bag of apples will last longer than those Twinkies, help regulate your blood sugar, and boost your energy! This is probably the most frustrating aspect of my current career. Watching people throw their lives out the window with band-aid solutions and temporary highs that ultimately destroy their long-term health.

In being a personal trainer I would have that career that would get people moving into their full potentials in life.

So my resume sucks. Whatever. I filled it out. Tried in vain to make it look pretty and sent it in anyway to any and every gym there is. There’s just too much risk in going into business myself for our family. We are simply not in that position. But if I could get hired on full-time in a gym maybe that’d be my meal ticket in the mean time.

In other news…I had an awesome sunny run yesterday and a great track workout this morning. It was a super short and simple track workout. Just enough to get my legs popping for the 5k this weekend while keeping ’em fresh.

Thank you Amanda for hosting this Thinking out loud Thursday so I could have a moment to vent.

And now, I’m off to the pharmacy. Prayers welcomed. 😉

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig