Tomorrow's race day! 10 miler. Goal time 1:27. I'm absolutely nervous for this one...there are hills. Not only that but I'm actually feeling overwhelmed with a different situation. Hoping it doesn't negatively affect me but I don't feel as focused on the race as I usually am.
1 17 minutes ago
When you should have taken the dog for a walk rather than try to use up the carbs you’ve been storing for a race you decided not to run 😂😂😂 Oh Lordy that was a disaster - I’m taking a few days off as there is definitely something not quite right with me. I’ve forgotten how to breathe and my HR keeps maxing out at a snail’s pace. Low in iron perhaps? 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️ Anyway I can unequivocally say I have absolutely zero regrets about not racing this morning 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Bring on Foo Fighters tonight 🎸🎸🎸 Happy Saturday all and thanks for all your lovely comments 💖💖💖
1 813 minutes ago
I didn’t post yesterday’s run bc honestly I felt like 👎🏼 and if I just posted this photo, I’d be a liar. I stopped 2 miles in *swipe left* and wasn’t sure if even make it a mile back to my car. If you can’t tell by that pic, I felt so defeated (as I have been all week #ithappens). I snap chatted Justin to tell him how I felt... he said “I’m proud of you anyway” (can you see why he’s my bf/bestie?)... and that was all the encouragement I needed to get up off my ass and push through three more miles. ✌🏼
That’s why it’s important to share your dreams with people, to make them bigger than just you, to have a support system to push you forward when you fall back, to have people that are proud of you because you’re brave enough to try ☺️ As most of you know, I do 90% of my training alone. I don’t have a coach. I don’t have a consistent running buddy. Aside from y’all, I can count on one finger the number of friends I have that run marathons 😳 and 0 that are crazy enough to attempt an #ultramarathon. So to have that kinda encouragement (from someone other than my amazing parents of course) is a game changer for me.
1 2320 minutes ago
Just a silly #flexfriday photo 😂 But seriously, I love my strong calf muscles!! This week has been crazy with snow and ice days, dr visits, squeezing in workouts (not much rain in this crazy cold - back at it tomorrow) 🙄
Having meal planned and prepped earlier in the week though my meals have been healthy all week. Planning and prepping is the only way to guarantee I stay on track!! Now, time for an impromptu date night 😍
I don’t always workout in jeans, but because I missed my workout this morning over sleeping, I had to get something in. Thankful to have a gym at work. I walked a mile with 8lb weights. Something is better than nothing. #fitnessfriday
When your male running buddies tell you “good for you, keeping up with us”. Yah thanks, I really appreciate your feedback on that buds. Looking forward to my next solo run, and racing season when im going to kick your ass. #runlikeagirl
Day 19: I left work, picked up the kids, got home and immediately dressed down for a quick run before a fancy dinner out. I knew it would be rushed but never worried once that the run wouldn't happen--funny how that's the case when you finally resolve to be the things you want to be. Also kicked 45 seconds off my best time, so it's good to know that's in me. #dailymile
Had a great time hanging out with some of the amazing people at @runningworks today! We were excited to be able to present them with a check from our Holiday Give Back program thanks to the shopping you all did! 😉
We love supporting groups like Running Works who give back to the community and help make Charlotte the great city it is! #cltlife#cltstrong
3 1293 hours ago
🕉 😍❤ 'For the most part, the senses promise us a little temporary happiness, but give us long, lasting sorrow in the end, whereas virtue and happiness within do not promise much, but in the end always give lasting satisfaction. That is why I call the lasting inner happiness of the Soul, “Joy” and the impermanent sense thrills, “Pleasure.” It is better to be unhappy about your own ignorance than to die happily with it. Wherever you are, remain awake and alive with your thought, perception, and intuition ever ready, like a good photographer, to take pictures of exemplary conduct and to ignore bad behavior.
Persons of strong character are usually the happiest. They do not blame others for troubles that can usually be traced to their own actions and lack of understanding. They know that no one has any power to add to their happiness or to detract from it unless they themselves are so weak that they allow the adverse thoughts and wicked actions of others to affect them.
Without inner happiness, one may find oneself a prisoner of worries in a rich castle. Happiness is not dependent upon success and wealth alone, but real happiness depends upon struggling against the failures, difficulties, and problems of life with an acquired attitude of unshakable inner happiness. To be unhappy in trying to find the hard-to-acquire happiness, defeats its own end. Happiness comes by being inwardly happy first, at all times, while struggling your utmost to uproot the causes of unhappiness.
Pure love, sacred joy, poetic imagination, kindness, wisdom, peace, bliss, or meditation, and happiness in serving, are felt inwardly first in the mind or the heart, and are then transmitted through the nervous system to the physical body and outward. Do not camouflage your soul with the veil of sermons and solemn words. Understand and feel the superior joys of inner life, and you will prefer them to the fleeting pleasures of the outer world.'
The biggest thing my husband does to support my love of RUNNING is that he simply understands that it’s good for me💗 He sees that when I’m out pounding the pavement I come back a healthier happier version of ME ✨He tolerates my crazy alarms and my endless talk about hydrating and gels even though it sounds like a foreign language to him 🙊 He cheers me on , celebrates my wins and comforts me when things don’t go to plan 🙅🏼♀️ ( did someone say Sydney😩) So on that note I’d like to wish my WONDERFUL husband 💙 a very Happy Birthday 🎁 I couldn’t go on all these amazing RUNNING adventures if it wasn’t for him, I really am one lucky girl 🏃🏼♀️J x
📷Throw back to the day I became a MARATHONER
When you're just minding your own business, doing your mini-band exercises and you get invaded by the men's soccer team... 🙈
(watch until the end, lol)
24 3561:05 AM Jan 13, 2018
One month post-marathon and finally back on the workout train. 4 mile tempo in 6:11, 6:12, 6:09, 6:09 (6:10 avg) with 2 mile each warm-up and cool down. Felt out of breath and heavy legged but so excited to get this training cycle started! Good things ahead this year! 🤗
5 3275:52 PM Jan 3, 2018
and what do the flower buds pushing up from the broken earth have to say to us?
we break to grow 🌱🌾
All the “this time last year” feels, but with another year come and gone, I started my last semester of school EVER to finish up my doctorate...incredibly exciting and terrifying all at the same time...so here’s to facing whatever grand adventures 2018 will hold without fear to continue to grow through this crazy journey we all call “life” 👊🏼💃🏻
10 19723 hours ago
Me on the left just arriving back to run training now after a total of 5 months off in 2017 and me on the right when at a consistent/decent level of fitness. A couple of kg's heavier but it doesn't matter because you find your "race weight" with the corresponding training. People talk about "weight" a lot in running but that can lead to a negative spiral of emotions and a dark state of mind. Enough with that already. As a female, you can't afford to mess around with your hormonal states by restricting your diet, as that will most definitely lead to a spiral of injury and illness. When my sports doctor asked me last year if I was suffering from a recent eating disorder as a possible cause of your stress fracture, that really scared me. Of course I said NO and we looked at other reasons but it really was a ⚠️ warning never to go down this path. You just arrive at your optimal performance weight through a full and nutritious diet, a healthy mindset and a well planned training program. It takes time! You are who you are and runners come in all shapes and sizes.
13 3918 hours ago
Feeling a little nostalgic for this bump recently. ❤️
When I crossed the finish line at CIM I was overjoyed at my accomplishment! Qualifying for the Olympic Trials is something I've been wanting to do for YEARS! Yet something in me was also a little sad...
This running accomplishment that I am so incredibly proud of threw a wrench in our plans of expanding our family (which we were originally thinking about doing later this year). I loved being pregnant and I LOVE being a mom so its hard to imagine waiting 2 more years to experience that all again.
I'm finding this season to be one of the toughest for me as a women... having to choose between 2 wonderful things I'd love to do that just cannot currently coexist. Being a women is tough y'all, but isn't that what makes us strong?
Has there ever been a time when you've felt strongly pulled in two opposite directions? Let me know👇🏼
Oh hey, sun. You felt so good this morning! A easy paced 5K to warm up the body then a 30 minute legs/glute/core strength session! Pretty awesome early start to the day! 👍🌞
This is my favorite afternoon smoothie. Kind of a treat to myself after today's 3.5 mile run. It wasn't very far but I knew less than a half mile in that my legs were still sore from yesterday's workouts and they weren't going to make it easy for me. Which is why I ended up doing only 3.5 miles instead of the planned 5. Large handful of spinach, 1 banana (frozen is best!), 1 tbsp almond butter, 3 ice cubes, and 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk. Blend and enjoy! #iceinmysmoothie#iceonmyknees
Winter activities has led to the annual chest cold which has me indoor bound & a lil stir cray! So i’m reminiscing on hot temps, hot vibes & running hot trails 😎 Can’t wait to get back out there! #waitingforthursday
5 2714 days ago
Hey YOU! Yes YOU! It’s going to happen for you. Believe it. ✨