Thinking Out Loud. They May Write You Off…But I’m ONE Mother Runner! ;-)

I don’t have too much to say today other than my pharmacy’s little online management quiz told me I was not fit for management. Crap. At first I totally freaked out. Not because I desperately wanted to be “lead tech” or anything because if you’ve followed me long enough than you know my first priority is personal training. This is my first love. But because I thought well if the company who I work for doesn’t find me management material than what the heck am I doing trying to become my own boss and CEO of Pink Payne Fit?? Then I thought of Michael Jordan. You know that basket ball rockstar? yeah. He too was also told he didn’t have what it takes. But you know what? I’m going to keep doing my own thing and rocking it out. I plan on becoming great. Cause I’m one bad to the bone mother runner y’all. Nothing can stop a good woman. But add mother and runner to her title and it’s on.

All those negative voices? Don’t give them the time of day. What’s their holy online opinion to you anyway? You are you and you are great. Often it’s those WHO DON’T fit into those cooperate molds are the ones who end up doing brilliant and unthinkable things. I could exhaust a list of examples for you but like I said, I don’t have too much to say other than tell those naysayers to shut their traps and keep pressing on towards that goal of yours. I don’t know about you, but my God is certainly greater than any cooperation.

that’s all.

Anyone ever tell you that you weren’t cut out to be who you say you want to be?
blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

PS Check it out! I’m a guest blogger over at One Mother Runner!! I posted 5 Tips for Beginner Mother Runners. If you’re a mother, you’ll LOVE this new website. Full of tips, stories, and inspiration. Thanks Stacy for allowing me to guest blog!

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#MarathonMonday, 5 Motivational Songs for the Long Run, and a WINNER 

Happy Monday y’all! I had a long but fun weekend. Friday was boring with at home work. Saturday I cheered on my girls at the Color Run in Asheville:

Vixons and Villians!

They are all amazing women and I couldn’t be prouder!! These were some of my Sunday night Flying Feet in Faith Ladies RUN group runners. Go girls!!!

Then, Sunday was my first long run of this marathon cycle with 97% humidity.  As a distance runner I’m so over running through soup. ugh. But. Glad it’s done. And the crazy thing was as I was running I kept thinking “how dear Lord, am ever going to run 26.2 miles any faster than this?!” Funny how with each training cycle I think very similar thoughts. I had to remind myself that I have fun four marathons now. And I always finish them. Not always strong, but, I still finish them. So yes, I can cover the distance! Having my new inspirational bracelet form My Big Dream Shop is pretty motivting too. Oh, and I finally hit my mileage goal I set for myself a few weeks ago! So far week one marathon of marathon training was right on target. Only 15 weeks to go…

I’m digging my new #Irun4 bracelet thanks to Dream Big Runner!!

Then I’ve been thinking a lot about what words I’m putting in to my head. From my own inner thoughts to the words in my earbuds. Sometimes you just need that good beat to get your booty in gear on the run. Especially if you’re struggling through a long tempo run. Finding good, positive, and upbeat running Christian music can be tough to find. Let alone finding any kind of song without copious amounts of cursing. So I’ve compiled five favorites of mine. I hope you enjoy them as well!

5 Motivational Songs to Get You Going

1.) Soul On Fire by Third Day

This one is by far my favorite right now! When I’m having a great run I feel like my soul is indeed on fire.

2.) Brother by Need to Breathe

This one isn’t really for speed work but it’s great for the long run. I am in love with it’s message.  Be a “sister” in the running community!

3.) The Lost Get Found Britt Nicole

This song has been one of my favorites for a few years. It reminds me to be the light of the world! Don’t let your fire burn out!

4.) Overcomer by Mandisa

’nuff said here! Running a marathon is truly a courageous adventure where you will have to overcome many obstacles!

5.) Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave

This one speaks to me when I’m running in the forest. Because I am just absolutely overwhelmed by how AWESOME God is and how MARVELOUS this world is. From the mountains to the oceans His glory is everywhere. And who am I? I am but another small human. And it’s overwhelming. Even if you aren’t a believer, you have to admit that when you stand next to the ocean or great mountain you must feel overwhelmed at some point…

I’ve been known to throw my hands up and praise God during a run…I may look cray cray but I am indeed blessed!!!

Oh yes, and the winner from My Big Dream giveaway is:
Jackie M.

congrats and your info will be on the way soon!!!

How’s your training going? Fav run? Fav weekend happening? Fav song?? What would you add to this playlist? Do you listen to music when you run?

blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

#MarathonMonday DREAM BIG + GIVEAWAY

#Irun4Dylan and Flying Feet in Faith


One for my #Irun4 buddy and one for me 🙂

Happy Monday y’all! What better way to kick off Monday and marathon training than with a giveaway?! Yeah I thought you’d agree it’s an awesome idea. When Christine (an amazing mother runner, blogger, and coach) contacted me via Dream Big Runner about her Dream Big Shop I immediately knew I wanted to partner with her! She has a big heart.  I think of the running community as a wonderful group of generous givers. And what better way to be involved than creating running jewelry and giving back?!

For every purchase off her Etsy shop she donates $2 to charity. And her new shop has taken off already donating over $1000!!

The shipping was prompt, price affordable, and the quality high. And they are customizable to almost any design you can think of! I’m thoroughly impressed and can’t wait to put my buddy’s bracelet in the mail. He lives a few states away so our matching bracelets are a sweet way to connect us. If you haven’t heard of #Irun4 it’s basically a community of runners/athletes who run/workout for a child with special needs who themselves can not run. It has been such a heartwarming journey for me personally and I tell you, my buddy is my hero and motivator!

I had the shoe tags designed after my blog and it’s motto…flying feet in faith.

So you want one too? Good news! Christine is generously giving away a bracelet or set of shoe tags to one of my readers.

***To enter to win: like My Dream Big Shop on FACEBOOK and visit My Dream Big Shop on ETSY and comment below with your favorite design through my FACEBOOOK Rafflecopter giveaway HERE

Contest starts today and ends Sunday at midnight! Good LUCK! 🙂

So marathon training….we meet again….

How am I training for this marathon season? Which plan? What book?!

Yes, I do have a new book. But no, I’m not following it’s plan. I’m reading it for marathon training content and extra lessons to be learned. One can always use a little more knowledge. In an effort to test my knowledge, skill, and experience I’ve designed my own plan. This may or may not be the smartest idea when I’m trying to BQ. You’d think I would trust the professionals. But. I am a professional?? ha.

One thing I have been discovering about myself through it all is that my mind is still weak. I have too many thoughts of I can’t. No matter how much I blog and promote self-confidence it is something I still truly, honestly struggle with on a daily basis. I have told myself one too many times during a race that “i can’t. I’m not strong enough. I’ll never be fast enough. There’s no way I’m capable.”

BULLcrap.

So my biggest goal for this marathon training season is to get out of my head. And deeply,firmly, and passionately BELIEVE that yes, I am capable, MORE than capable in fact. I’m not talking about gaining some sort of alter ego here, rather finally affirming to myself what I claim to believe in  everyone else: YOU are strong and you CAN do this.

mental toughness..work in progress

mental toughness..work in progress

I will be going through #MarathonMonday a little differently this time. Last season I logged every week with workout details and I do feel that helped keep myself somewhat accountable, however, I’ve been logging all my workouts in my BELIEVE journal and have really been enjoying my own personal journey. It’s like my little running secret. I intend on claiming my mental toughness to break through some barriers…. let’s do this.

Which design from My BIG Dream shop would you chose? Have you heard of #Irun4? Do you believe you have that mental toughness or is it a struggle for you as well? What are you training for?
blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig

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:

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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!

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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:

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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:

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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.

jesssig

#WisdomWednesday The Struggle is Real. But Yes, You CAN!

“Don’t say I can’t. Say I presently struggle with.” – Tony Horton

It’s okay to think you can’t until you’ve had your coffee…

This has been me. Every. Single. Morning. Can’t move until caffeine has taken over body and mind…..Wait, what?! It’s Wednesday already? Amazing how time flies by like that. I’ve started my new work schedule where I work longer days but have one more day off to focus on my personal training gig.

So how did I fare with my zero goals for #MotivateMe Monday? Perfectly. And apparently one of my zero goals was to not blog sometime in-between last Wednesday and now. ha! I ran when I wanted. How I wanted. I read a little more. Enjoyed a weekday with my kid, went to the movies, had a date night with the husband at my fav place Olive Garden, enjoyed the pool, ate brownies and ice cream…yeah. I’m a human being!!! Yes, a crazy running machine (LOLOLOL) but also very, very human. I refuse to act like I have all my crap together all the time. Because I don’t. I’m honest. Raw. Real. But I’m also dedicated and motivated. So it really was the best thing I could have done for my overall well being. I tend to push myself to the limits. Since I’m starting marathon training up again next Monday I figured a good mental and physical break was needed. I take my marathon training pretty serious with diet, strength training, and running so taking a few weeks to let the body and mind wonder is a refreshing take from the strict training weeks.

And no. I’m not an Olympian. But yes, I still take my training seriously. Why? Because if you have the mindset of an Olympian you can achieve great things in life. Not just running goals either. But having that dedicated mindset will translate into every crevice of your life creating a bold and confident lifestyle.

I’ve been running super low mileage lately but this past week I’ve been up a bit more and this week I’ll be up a bit more and ready to rock next week! I have a pretty aggressive 16 week plan laid out ahead of me. Which brings me to my main point. Sometimes we become so overwhelmed with everything we “have” to do that we forget that it is a blessing to be able to do so. And even when we do “fall short” on getting things done it’s not the end of the world! The earth will continue spinning and no one will think any less of you if you just couldn’t get to that last load of laundry. I promise. And if they do have a problem with that, then they obviously have the problem and need to live life on the edge a little more like, “ohmygosh I’m a total rebel. Totally NOT washing the dishes today. I’m going on a hike instead. Living on the edge baby!!!!” Life was meant for work, yes, but more for exploring and enjoying!!

After working with my client today I had the opportunity to go for a run since my sister had the kid and took them to an afternoon movie in town. Yay! Run! OUTSIDE! But wait, it’s like almost 11 and it’s really warm outside…so I can’t run outside. I’ll just die! I just know it! #thestruggleisreal

But so is the solution:

I remembered I live next to this incredible thing called the forest, where it’s cooler. Trail running…It’s like pure freedom. A kid with candy running wild without inhibition through an amusement park. That kind of happy y’all! I mean look:

pisgah-trail

you’d run this all day too if you could!

Yes it was still warm but I just slowed my roll and focused on breathing and just being in nature. Trail running is therapy. And on my run today I was reminded of how good God is. And how blessed I truly am! The daily struggle in life is real, but His strength is real too. I need to stop trying to work in my own strength on the daily because I do nothing but exhaust myself and always feel that I come up short.. Running away in Pisgah took me to a place of peace.

hello Pisgah Forest! been too long…

muddy sweaty legs=one GREAT run!

You might not think you can right now, but yes, yes you can! For almost every problem there is a solution. You may just have to get creative. Long work hours? Set your alarm a little earlier in the morning to get that workout in. Stuck eating out too much? Pre-pack a few quick snacks and dishes. The Lean Green Bean has the best food and meal prep solutions!

A few tips on overcoming the life struggle:
  • Plan ahead.
  • Prep foods.
  • Allow yourself some grace.
  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier to take a time out with yourself. Coffee. Tea. Read. Whatever you need to have a quite moment. I can not do my day without this!
  • Break your problems down into bite size pieces. Looking at a weekly mileage log of 50 miles seems like a lot, but if you take it just a few miles at a time each day it’s not so bad.
  • Tomorrow has enough troubles of it’s own for you. Be present in your today.
  • Drumming up problems inside your head will stress you out to no end. So how about you stop that. Right now! Instead drum up positives. Solutions. Ideas. Goals.
  • Remind yourself that you are human and capable of so many great things but not EVERY single great thing.
  • Keep a “blessing” or “grateful for” journal. Write down one thing each day that you are grateful for. Re-read as needed.
  • Take a week to simply enjoy life! Eat the brownies for Pete’s sake! (whomever Pete is. I’ll never know….) But DO NOT eat them daily. Once a month is enough… I usually save my big treats for post race grub.
  • Connect with others who are in similar boats. Link arms with them!
  • When all else fails: just close your eyes and BREATHE.

What do you presently struggle with? What’s one thing this week you can do to overcome that struggle? Anyone else gearing up for a marathon training season?
blessed and beautiful running.

jesssig