Thinking Out Loud: Running Can Change Instantly, What To Do When…

It’s amazing how you can go from rocking 7:30 minute miles for 10 miles then barely struggle to hold right under 8 minute miles for half the mileage and need to stop a few times just to breathe!! Yeah. That happened today. I was absolutely not in it to win it. My breathing was labored, my heart rate was rising too quickly, and my mind was exhausted. These are all signs of over-training well…or a bad case of PMS. TMI? eh. whatever. It’s my blog and I’m just that real.

rough. rough. rough.

Sometimes your body has other plans. Don’t let this discourage you. It’s important that you learn to know your body’s limits.

Even though I felt like my body was rebelling against me it really was simply reminding me to mind the little things. As a personal trainer I feel strongly about preaching this and I must practice what I preach. So I took my sweaty mess self home and re-evaluated my game plan for the day. I opted for the yoga mat.

Too much sweat.

There is a time for every thing. Including endurance work. But for now my body needs to build strength and stability. And it also is in desperate need of good hydration. I’ve been pouring out a ton of sweat lately and not making hydrating a priority. Partly due to my current pharmacy career and partly due to my excess amount of coffee…

So what do you do when: your body rebels on you on the run?
  • Go home and take care of your body. Don’t punish it and don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes I think we #WorkingClassAthletes push ourselves beyond what our bodies can honestly handle. And I don’t think we are always honest with ourselves…I found THIS short yet precise article about why exercise might not make you healthier.
  • Try yoga and mediation. Calm your mind and body. It’s time to get in touch with your inner core.
  • Work on light flow flexibility/stability exercises. I have one leg that is longer than the other so I’m constantly battling my right knee’s little twinges. By minding the little things, like hip strengthening exercises, I’ve been able to keep myself injury free for the three years I’ve been running. But lately I’ve just felt this ridiculous need to keep pushing. I’m not sure why, the only pressure I have is completely self-induced. And it is absolutely maddening. My main priority is remaining injury free so I can continue to run until I’m 99 years old. Lord willing.
  • Focus on good nutrition and hydration. I’ve been horrible thus far downing too much coffee (trying to remain superwoman) and not near enough h2o. That’s a recipe for a super woman crash.
  • Focus on other things in life that require your attention. Plan out date nights, play dates with the kid if you have those tiny human beings, clean the house (ew. just kidding), try your thumb at gardening, meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Part of being “fit” is also being mentally fit. If you’re constantly running yourself into the ground you’ve lost the true meaning of what it means to be “fit”. I’m preaching to the choir here.
  • Write out future plans. Sometimes you just can not let go of training. So instead of hard core training at the moment write your future plans out. Keep your eye on the long-term goal. Mine would be to eventually qualify for Boston which entails keeping my body healthy and strong, which also means don’t overdo it when it’s not yet time to push it hard.

marathon training plan #5 in progress. I’ve been working out my chicken scratch method for a few weeks now…

How do you deal when you feel like your body is rebelling? Are you good at minding the “little things” like boring stability exercises? Or do you, like me, have this unfortunate “urge” to be on the run constantly? Are you good at staying hydrated daily?

blessed and beautiful running.



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.


Thinking Out Loud Thursday…Maybe It Was the Popcorn and Chocolate.


Thank you Amanda at Running With Spoons for hosting Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud! It’s the perfect link-up to get all my crazy thoughts off my mind.

I’m going to be honest. I struggle. I really, really struggle.

Maybe it was the popcorn and chocolate last night.

Maybe I need new shoes.

Maybe it was the HIGH pollen count in the air.

I don’t get it. It was a sunny, cool, and glorious day here in the mountains of western NC but my run felt HARD. I felt heavy, slow, and out of breathe the entire time. And I kept finding myself angry with my body.

Why is this so hard? I am so blessed to be out here! Did I not pray right this morning? Is it because I got too frustrated with the dog?

Maybe I am dehydrated.

Maybe I am tired.

Maybe I am over thinking the whole situation.

Part of my game plan this week was to hit the weights more and focus on over all strength and total body conditioning. And in my running journal this week I even promised myself to not beat myself up for not running as much. But I fear losing all that endurance I built over the past four months…BUT I also know a.) I will not lose a substantial amount of endurance and  b.) how important it is to remain strong and healthy. My body can not just keep pounding the pavement without a serious break here and there. It’s only been three weeks post marathon and I’m already beating myself up for not running 30+ mileage weeks. Dummy. Get over it.

I know that the body needs rest and a restorative period. Especially if I’m going to ask it to marathon train all over a gain in two months. I keep trying to remind myself that I will have another four brutal months to beat myself up.


Do you struggle running during the warmer months? How low do you keep your mileage after a marathon? What’s on YOUR mind this Thursday?


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.


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.