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:


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!


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:


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:


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.



#MarathonMonday Week 12 Trust in the Training

22milerun.jpgHey y’all! I’m working on very, very little sleep today. The kid woke up about 12:45 and got, er, very, very sick all over his carpet floor and bed. So we are sitting at home sanitizing every inch of our home. And I’m praaaaaaaaying that I don’t fall victim to the nasty little tummy bug myself.

I’m marathon training. And my son says he HATES missing PE day!!! (he is his mother’s son) Ain’t nobody got time for dat. Get on with yo bad self buggy boo and get outta here!

I keep worrying (they say worry is a sin. and I shouldn’t worry. but I’m having the hardest time!) that I will have this insanely perfect training cycle only to have something horrible cancel the big race or that I’ll get awfully sick. But let’s pray that all will continue on strong and that my little dude will get better soon. I’ve had him re-hydrating his system with NUUN All-Day hydration. Beats pouring nasty chemicals and sugars in his body! NUUN isn’t only great for running and working out, it’s the best way to stay hydrated daily with necessary electrolytes without the sugars and chemicals so many “sports drinks” offer. So, thank you NUUN for keeping the kid and myself well hydrated and healthy.

Fruit Punch

So here we go…

For the past 11 weeks I have been training hard and blogging every Monday about it in #MarathonMonday. Inspired by  #MotivateMe Mondays with Janice at Fitness Cheerleader and Rachel at Running Rachel I decided to take on my own Mondays and remain accountable during my marathon training with YOU. The beauty of #MotivateMe is that it can be motivation for anything health/fitness related. So if you’re not into the marathon thing head over to #MotivateMe Mondays and link-up! I fully believe that linking up with them back in December helped me achieve my base mileage building phase. So if you’re currently training, fixing to begin, or just starting to wet your feet in the fitness area feel free to follow me as I continue on the road towards a BQ in Nashville this April!

I am FIVE weeks away from the big M-day!

For the past 11 weeks my training has been pretty solid. Hitting all key running workouts, enjoying a few easy runs, getting in strength training, and practicing yoga. I feel pretty confident, but not. If you read Sunday’s post then you know we all have a little doubt that likes to creep in every once in a while. I’ve basically been coaching myself with a plan derived from the Runner’s World Big Book of Marathons. I follow the plan near religiously but have been creating my own paces. In the past I have relied on a book of some sort to tell me how fast I should be running my tempos, speed intervals, and long runs. This entire training I’ve  been going solely on feel and what I feel I am capable of. I’m wondering if how I’ve been training myself is good enough… It would be nice to have a coach to tell me to push harder when needed or rest when necessary but I’m trusting in myself to hit all the right paces and recover smart.

Trust myself. That in itself is kinda scary. But if you’re in tune with your body, it will tell you what it needs.

This week is a cut back week, thank you sweet Jesus! I’ve managed three solid weeks of mileage ranging from 51-60 and  my body is ready for a break from the past three monster long runs.

So here’s the goal training plan this week:

Monday: REST/yoga/stretching

Tuesday: 10 miles w/8 @MP

Wednesday: 6 E w/6 strides (NASM CPT exam day!!!!) + upper body strength

Thursday: 9 miles w/4×1 mile intervals

Friday: 7 E + core

Saturday: 14 LDS

Sunday: 8 E + yoga

Total Miles: 54

How my body is feeling: 

Minor fatigue, soreness. But drinking tart cherry juice has been a lifesaver! NO ibu for this gal. Hips are getting more stable with corrective and strength exercises like clamshells, walking lunges, awkward machine...

What I’m thinking:

For the first time during this marathon training cycle I thought to myself, “I am freaking crazy. I’ve lost my mind.” I’ve put my life on hold for a 16 week training plan just so I can try to qualify to try and run Boston. What am I thinking? I’m not. I’m simply following my heart…. and I fully believe there is a reason for this…eye on the prize. Pressing on to encourage the world.


Do you every question your sanity when marathon training? Do you use a coach or self-coached? Have you ever gone through a stellar training season only to have your plans interrupted by illness or a canceled race? Favorite run or workout this week??

blessed and beautiful running.


#MarathonMonday Week 4: Practicing Peace. Om.


Hello happy Monday!

Last week was stellar for me mile wise (work, eh not so much). I hit my mileage goal and even surprised myself in speed. That’s both exciting and scary… It’s like okay, what horrible run is coming next?! Does it seem to happen that way for you? Amazing run, terrible run.

We will think positive though! So as I mentioned yesterday this week will be a “cut back” week for me as far as miles go. The plan I’m following builds up the intensity over three weeks and cuts back every fourth week. I plan on keeping yoga and strength training throughout my training but during the cut back weeks I’m aiming for more yoga and weights to help balance my core and overall strength. Maintaining a strength routine can be key in increasing speed! Check out THIS informative article on all the additional benefits.

I’ve not been as diligent with my yoga. It’s been once a week here and there. Same with the strength training. So this week is a great time to really get more engaged.


photo source a yogi runner is a strong runner.

I came across THIS Runner’s World article about all kinds of yoga for runner’s. It includes various routines like quick CORE strength, PRE-YOGA RUN, and poses I’ve never tried. So I’m bookmarking it and plan on getting my om on y’all. Along with multiple yoga routines this week I plan on re-focusing my energies on positive, mind strengthening, and peaceful vibes. Marathoners are tough.

As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung.  Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear.  You’re not coming away feeling good.  It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days.  It’s not a strategy.  It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort.  Any serious runner bounces back.  That’s the nature of their game.  Taking pain.” – Mark Wetmore, head coach of the Colorado University Cross Country team.

While I may spend much time in pain, learning over and over again what it takes to physically and mentally persevere, there comes a time when we need to feed the peace in our lives. I believe yoga will help with this. And in turn having learned control over my mind in peace, I can control my mind during the battle that is the marathon.

This week’s mileage line-up looks like this:

Monday: total REST

Tuesday: 5 miles hills + 30 min. strength routine

Wednesday: 5 easy + 1 hour of Vinyasa yoga at the gym

Thursday: 4 miles @ tempo

Friday: 4 easy/or XT + 30 min. strength routine

Saturday: 10 LDS

Sunday: 5 easy + 30 min. yoga at home

Total miles: 33 miles

So last week I totally forgot to add the actual link-up button…DOH. Blame it on my oxygen being run out. Click below to add your link! Linking up is a great way to “meet” other runners, bloggers, yogi…and if marathons aren’t really your thing Janice over at Fitness Cheerleader and Rachel at Running Rachel are hosting a great #MotivateMe Monday link-up. I linked up with her all of December and it helped me stay motivated tremendously!

I’m keeping this post short because it’s late, I’ve been at work all day, I’ve had zero run, and I’m kinda sorta cranky.

Jess needs sleep. Namaste.

Do you practice yoga pre or post run? Or at all? How was your weekend? What’s on your agenda this week? 

Blessed and Beautiful running!