April 24, 2015

PHOTO_20150414_124631This week has been a struggle. Mainly mental. It’s just like my brain can’t move past the idea of 1.5 miles at a time. After this measly amount of mileage my legs like the load of coal in the above traincar. Every run was between 1.1-1.5 miles, by sheer determination and willpower.

But I will stay positive. I ran every day I was supposed to run this week. I am slowly but surely adding more mileage. Probably around 10% average a week. Seems so slow but {IT IS PROGRESS}.

And wonder of wonders, I am destined to surpass my April mileage goal of 30 miles by 10 more! I am so very pumped about that.

Last night I had to run on the home treadmill instead of the gym’s. Now besides the fact that I’m staring at a concrete wall instead of the gym atmosphere, we also have no fan. I sweated like a pig and it didn’t evaporate in the basement air. No wonder my skin has been so clear lately!!!

Well there’s my latest and greatest. Nothing fancy. But then again, this isn’t about fancy. It’s about logging my journey from a Couch Gal with Lazy Inner Girl Spirit to a Fit, Determined Half Marathoner. And some weeks just aren’t glamorous.

A shout-out to The Purposeful Runner, who has been so encouraging this week and consistently amazes me with  HIS positive spirit and upbeat attitude. Thanks a million!

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April 10, 2015

So I thought for my own clarity I should lay out my weight loss mentality. Kind of a, “Get-Yourself-Back-On-Track” kick, if you will.

First off, I have really given up on “trying hard.” I’ve been on the non-diet yo-yo for over 11 years. That’s plenty of time but no show for any of the yo’s. The willpower just isn’t there if I don’t like it. Call me a wimp, and you’re about right. Instead of focusing on how much unnecessary weight I’m losing, I’m focusing on exchanging my healthy lifestyle for a healthier one. Hence the running.

So in the spirit of wimpiness, I decided there were only 3 main things that I would attempt this year as I run my way toward my sister’s wedding (there–my reason is out! Who doesn’t try to get in shape for a wedding?) I’m no angel at keeping these 3 components in place, either. Anyway, here they are.

1. Running. I’m aiming for a half, I better get ready.

2. No sugar. Not perfect. Occasionally can go a whole week without. But working on it.

3. At least 3 liters of water daily. Flush all them toxins out! Yes please!

And guess what? It isn’t a watershed of weight loss, it’s more like a trickle. But trickles add up!

What’s your mentality? Do you focus more on weight loss or a better lifestyle?

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April 8, 2015

haircutmeWell I have quite an update today. So let’s dig in!

1. I have signed up for my first 5K! It’s the Lemonade Brigade 5K here in Colorado Springs. Unfortunately my running has had a bit of a setback, but I’m determined. I shall be running 3.1 miles by the time May 16 rolls around!

2. I’ve lost 5 pounds since the beginning of the year! This is a huge accomplishment for me. And in celebration thereof, I got a haircut!

3. As a student midwife, I’m constantly having to adjust my running schedule because of incoming babies. Prime example: last week I caught 3 babies in 48 hours. This means 3 nights of hardly any sleep. Which means no runs. Which means, my lungs stop adjusting and return to their pre-running state VERY quickly. Which means, this week’s runs are miserable.

4. Having said such miserableness, I have conquered 2 runs this week. Thanks to my awesome mother for pushing me out the door when I most needed it!

5. My stats are improving! 1-mile PR: 10:26!!!! Pushups challenge: reached 42 pushups nightly before my arms rebelled and now I’m back down to 35. Onward we go! Next stat, a 2-mile PR would be awesome.

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March 20, 2015

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The first day of spring.

{Lovely.}

My hiking pal.Not mine, but my little charge.

{So Adorable.}

ACAI BOWLS! Who Knew?

{NEW FAVE.}

Fellow Geese on Run.

{Awesome.}

And then there are my faithful running shoes. My Adizeros. I’m getting a few twinges in my lower legs, and I think they’ve served me well. Adieu, soon? Perhaps.

This weekend I am tackling a 2 miler! Excited but a little nervous. I am willing my legs to rest well today in preparation for the weekend!

 

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March 18, 2015

After that exultant post I had a rather bad weekend. It consistently amazes me how lazy my lungs are. I really cannot take an extra day off, ever, or my lungs relapse into that “I don’t care about working out” state that makes the next run miserable.

That miserable run was today, and I felt so off.

On the upside, I love running with my second sister. She’s encouraging, a newbie runner (although very fit–gymnast), and just plain fun. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy running behind a lovely girl who is dancing to her jams during the run?

Still searching for a half marathon to do in the fall. My guess is that it will be a local or Denver race, because the midwife side of life doesn’t really allow for travel.

Final random thought…I’m loving seeing my body change! That is one of the most encouraging things. I’m losing weight, yes, but I’m not focusing on the scale…just on the healthy lifestyle of {MOVING}. And my calves and thighs (and arms too!) are showing to the trained, searching eye (mine!) that they are adapting!

{SUCCESS STATS}: Last week ran 3x 1.5 miles each! Also PR on a 1 miler: 11:26.

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March 14, 2015

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I’m still running! This is awesome!

I’m figuring out what works for me!

My lungs are no longer on fire when I run!

I CAN RUN A SOLID 1.5 MILES nonstop 3x a week!

My pushups challenge is now up to 35 pushups every night. Aiming for 40 by the end of the week. And my ankles/shins are doing splendidly!

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February 9, 2014

SnowboarderMe1I’m a snowboarder.

{THAT’S ME ON THE RIGHT.}

I did fall around 200 times (I wasn’t counting, but in the ballpark). But by the end of the second day on the slopes (mostly the bunny slope, but who’s noticing?), I was boarding with ease and linking my turns quite nicely, in my own opinion.

The amazing part of this story is that I never thought I would be a snowboarder. I never thought I would be training for a half marathon. I always subconsciously knew that I wasn’t the athletic type. That I have a slower metabolism, a propensity to gain unneeded padding, and a clumsy sense of coordination to boot.

{THAT’S A LIE}.

The facts are true, but the thesis is a lie.

And I know that now. Snowboarding was so much more than just learning to ride a board, learning to link my heel edge to my toe edge, and learning enough to keep from landing flat on my back.

Learning to snowboard was about conquering my wimp. It was about realizing that God made my body perfect, and it isn’t broken. It was about understanding that my life-long mentality of myself doesn’t have to remain that way.

Snowboarding is about loving my body the way God made it. And He made it just the way He wanted it. I’m fine with that!

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February 7, 2015

PHOTO_20150119_125945-EFFECTSSo I am in week 4 of my #ABRP program, and until now it has been relatively easy. Easy no longer.

{TIME TO DIG DEEP.}

Today’s 2-mile run was a 3-min alternating walk/run, and it was a killer. One of my current issues with these longer-than-1-mile runs is that my leftover lung crap from whooping cough 2 years ago makes for some very nasty frogs that must be spit out every half mile. {MISERABLE}. Add to that the fact that my lungs are just generally very out of shape (although I will admit the 3 weeks prior of speedwalking and small bits of runninghave helped) and my wimpy lungs are what gets me every time.

On the brighter side, my shins are doing splendidly. I have been doing my exercises faithfully, especially if I feel them sore after a run, and they are feeling just fine.

To top it all off, the weather lately has been lovely. Yesterday we had an awesome high of 68 degrees!!! I ran in shorts today, and it was truly amazing.

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January 11, 2015

This is one of the most awesome inspirational videos I have ever seen. First, because I look just about like her first starting whenever I try to feel the beat. Secondly, because it shows just how much you can improve by doing a little a day! Totally coming back to this whenever I feel stuck.

GIRL LEARNS TO DANCE IN A YEAR

Have an inspirational video to share? I would love to see it!

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