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.


The Rawness of the Road — Thoughts for Thursday

Today’s thought for Thursday came to me on a run. It’s a bit lengthy and deep but I believe most runners can relate on a personal level. If you read through the end congrats on sticking with me! 😉
The Rawness of the Road

The road is open and the run is freedom.
The road doesn’t judge or criticize.
The darkened pavement doesn’t speak to tell me the things I should do or should not do.
The road doesn’t demand permission to just be.
It let’s me be.
The road listens to my thoughts without complaint or annoyance.
The road isn’t constantly thinking of a reply to my words.
The road allows me to
Breathe. Freely.
The road allows my heart to
Beat. Strongly.
It allows my soul to
Sing. Wildly.
It doesn’t mind if I need to cry or wimper.
It allows me to scream if I need to let the stress or anger loose.
It doesn’t judge my grumbling.
It catches me, albeit roughly, if I should fall.
The road encourages me to think and clarify my thoughts.
I ponder aimlessly without care of solving anything…and then I do solve my puzzles.
The road allows me to feel every single emotion.
It never judges my feelings or emotions.
The road doesn’t instruct me on how I should or shouldn’t feel.
It let’s me be imperfect, insane, impossible, impulsive.
I am allowed to run without reservation.
The road allow me to be
A sinner. A saint.
The world is God’s playground for my feet.
The road reminds me that He loves me deeply no matter how inconsolable I get and that I can always be greater in Him.
The road doesn’t assume I’m wrong, ignorant, or careless.
If my heart is broken, my soul is crushed, or my spirits are low, I run.
If I’m on top of the world, have everything under control, or zealous beyond words, I run.
The road doesn’t care if I should change my mind and choose the road less traveled.
It allows me to carry on.
The road will not condemn me.
It isn’t prejudice against how small my account is or how much education or ‘religion’ I have.
The road doesn’t hold me to the worlds impossible standards and demands.
It doesn’t mind if I’m feeling weak, worn, weary, and broken down.
Or if I have to
The road doesn’t imply that I’m not good or strong enough.
The road keeps my secrets and never questions my thoughts as if they were illogical.
Because I’m sure they are.
But the road doesn’t mind.
It allows me to pound step after step
And if I’m a little crazy?
It’s raw. It’s real. And it’s beautiful. And it’s ok.


What is the road to you?

Blessed and Beautiful Running.

Thoughts For Thursday: Turkey Trot

Gobble, Hobble, Wobble, get in my belly!!! So it’s almost Thanksgiving, our most beloved glutenous holiday of the year. We all know why we truly celebrate, to be thankful, reminded of the Indians and corn and stuff.
But we all know, it’s all about the pumpkin pie! Or maybe that’s just me?!
Anyway, in my three years of running I’ve yet to participate in a Turkey Trot, mainly because I didn’t want to drive to another city. But this year our college in town is hosting a 1st annual Turkey Trot that supports our local Sharing House. There are so many folks out there who don’t have the luxury of big fancy Thanksgiving dinners and this is a great way to give back.

What: 5k Turkey Trot

When: Saturday, November, 22 registration on raceday at 9:00 am race starts at 11:00 am

Where: Brevard College Brevard, NC

Benefits: Transylvania County Sharing House

There are so many people who may never even have a Thanksgiving dinner because they have so little in terms of funds and food.
Running is a beautiful thing and runners tend to have the biggest hearts. Run for a great cause! Plus, you could pre-burn off some of that delicious grub!

Do you participate in Thanksgiving Day races?

Blessed & Beautiful Running.