#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 ūüôā 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

Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Yoga and Benefits of Easy Running

So the hubby and I have recently gotten back into our Wednesday night yoga routine up in da club and they have a new girl leading class. I LOVE her. I enjoyed the other lady too but our new instructor really challenges us more. She had us try this pose at the end of class:

Photo Source¬†Pop Sugar’s 6 yoga poses to help you train like an athlete.

Yup. Nope. Couldn’t hold this one. I think I made it for like a millisecond. But the point here isn’t that I couldn’t quite hold this pose, rather that I tried something new.¬†Life, like yoga, is all about growth and progress. Yoga is definitely one of the best practices for runners. It’s a total body weight strength and flexibility workout. Post yoga session my abs were on fire! Who needs crunches?! (I actually never, ever do crunches and still manage a tight midsection. There’s other ways to work that out!) Especially after that last pose. I love feeling strong! Even If I might not look strong …

pretty much.

After yesterday’s killer 10 miler and yoga session my legs were feeling super tired. So I decided on an easy run. No really, like a truly easy run. I am so guilty of saying I’m going on an easy run to go out and start at a 7:30 minute per mile. So today I just told my mind to hush, pushed play on easy contemporary Christian music Pandora radio, and gave my legs permission to simply trot. It was nice. I really don’t think I could have run any faster even if I really wanted too. The humidity may be the death of my running career. I kid.

slowin my roll.

slowin my roll.

Why you need to run easy occasionally (if not most often):
  • Recovery for your legs and body. Running hard and fast wears your body down.
  • Taking time to remember why you fell in love with running. When running fast you often run past many beautiful sites.
  • Developing your slow twitch muscle fibers. Especially if you’re a distance runner junkie.
  • Prevent injury.
  • Aids base mileage building. Which is where I need to be until July 20th.
  • Rest so you can be fully prepared to push hard when the hard workouts come.
  • Increase¬†the number of capillaries per muscle fiber. Which means, improving how efficiently you can deliver oxygen/fuel to your working muscles and how quickly they can clear waste products. This is a biggie!
  • Taps into your fat-burning fuel systems instead of immediate carbs as fuel. Which here again, is important especially for long distance runners.
Tips to help you run at an easier pace without guilt or worry:
  • Hit the trails. You naturally slow down on trails so there’s less pressure.
  • Leave the Garmin at home. I know. Easier said than done. I’m a Garmin addict myself…refer to above photo.
  • Stop to smell the roses and take a running selfie. It’s fun and makes your run feel more like an adventure than an act of drudgery.
  • Run with a friend or group who runs slower. Be a pacer for a newbie runner! Not only does this help you, but it encourages others. It’s a win-win in my book!

Running easy also shows your confidence in your running ability. If you run hard and fast all the time it’s almost as if you need to prove to yourself that you can run fast. This is a mistake commonly made, even by yours truly.

Here’s a few snippits from my run today. They (whoever the elusive “they” are) created a new little trail in from of our Silvermont Mansion house in town. So post run I walked back through it to really get a look at it. I know I’ve said this 100,000,000 times before but gosh. I love Western NC! It’s full of many beautiful trails and places to see.

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new little trail in progress.

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I ‚̧ this rock.

So that’s what I thinking this Thursday. More yoga, more easy running, and more enjoying life! Oh, there’s that and I finally got my new personal trainer Facebook page up! It’s a work in progress as is the website I’m secretly working on…all things in life, progress! Enjoy the journey my friends! And go LIKE Pink Payne Fit on Facebook if you haven’t done so yet. I truly appreciate all the support. Y’all rock my world.

How often do you run easy? Do you practice yoga?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

And The Winner Is… Plus, #FFAprilAbs Challenge

Congrats to Chris! I have sent you an email with details! Woot! Thank you to everyone who participated. If you didn’t win or missed out on participating do not fear, I have even more super-cool, awesome giveaways planned.

Until next time, I’d like to leave you with a thought on running mixed with other forms of exercise {{GASP! The nerve of some so called runner to even mention it!}}¬†and wondered about your thoughts:

In the past I have dabbled in some yoga and other forms of “cross-training”, but I always thought if I wanted to be a real¬†runner I would just run. All. The. Time. ¬†Recently I’ve been devout in yoga once a week every Wednesday, weights (strength training) once or twice a week ((depending on my work schedule…thank you crazy pharmacy career…PS- that’s one reason I haven’t posted too much lately due to working seven hundred million days in a row)), dancing with my honey every Monday (again, until work interferes..*sigh*), and every now and then we go walking or hiking (although hiking with little D seems to always be so dramatic, anyone have hiking tips with kids?! He’s 9 years old so old enough to be hiking a good bit.). And I must say, I truly believe it is making me a stronger runner overall. If it weren’t for my sweet fianc√© I would have never ever even considered stepping into the weight room at the gym. I am grateful he turned me on to lifting weights. ūüėČ
I find it makes me a more balanced person overall as well as a stronger and more balanced runner. 
In other fitness news, FitFluential is hosting a plank challenge on Twitter and Instagram during the month of April. It’s not too late to enter!! Use hashtag #FFAprilAbs and¬†plank it out for the prescribed time each day. You can plank however and wherever!¬†
You can find more info here:

And you can find the calendar here: 
I find that when I’m faced with a certain challenge or goal I’m more apt to get on the ball. I love challenges from other bloggers and Fit Fluential! ((I think hosting a challenge will be in this blogger’s future.. Hang tight!)) I’ve always been a believer in that a strong core= a strong runner. Really, having a strong core will make you stronger in all you do. Your core is¬†your powerhouse and can also be the most challenging part to tone up! Planking is one of the simplist ways to help you strengthen your center. ¬†¬†
**My question to you, do you cross-train, weight lift, or practice yoga at all and if so what activities do you do? Do you find it to make you a stronger runner?**

**Also, what kind of challenge would ups like to see here?**

***Happy (& Blessed) Running (& Planking)!!***

Welcome to The Gun Show.

Gardening, SMART Girls, yoga, hiking, and running. That’s my wonderful, amazing and full life these days.¬†
Not the prettiest or largest garden albeit it’s mine. ūüôā work in progress. Like me. Like all of us.¬†
Gardening helps nourish the soul and mind. I should garden more. Soooooo glad spring is around the corner! Let’s pray these grow! At least one would be nice…¬†

Every gardener needs a pair of cute gloves.  Right?!  
Any gardening pros have flower growing success tips?!
From the garden to the gym…

Thanks to the fianc√© I’m no longer afraid of the gym’s weight room. Bam. Welcome to the gun show.ūüėú okay, okay so not an impressive gun¬†show, I’ll admit…but baby steps! You think Oxygen Magazine is looking for models? Ha ha!!

Weight lifting seems to be helping my running…something I never thought would. I mean, I’ve read about it but was against it because I didn’t want to bulk up. I haven’t bulked up obviously. But am starting to tone¬†up a bit. We’ve also started doing yoga together once a week at our local racquet club’s class. It helps tone the bodacious bod and helps with the body’s flexibility.¬†
Ommmm. 

Tone arms+strong core+balanced body=strong runner. 
****What are some things you didn’t do or were against while running or training that you found to be beneficial later? How did you overcome certain fears¬†or skepticism?¬†
What hobby calms your soul and mind?***

{{Happy & blessed running!!}}