Friday, July 21, 2017

Rowing Champ ~ Training Days 4 & 5

On the plan I am following currently yesterday was technically supposed to be a rest day for me.
However, after talking to some of my amazing healthy and fitness experts, I decided to do cross training instead.
I figure that once my miles pickup towards the end I will stick to the two rest days instead of just the one.
It's hard y'all.
I never thought I would say that.
I know they are extremely important, but once you are in a routine, it is hard to get out of it.
I am just basing everything right now solely off of how my body feels.

Yesterday I did a 360 class and a rowing class at Planet Fitness.
I gave a whole new definition to swamp ass.
I am not sure I have sweat that much in a LONG time.
I also say this after every workout...

This morning I ran the fastest mile I have to date with my Beast Mode Trainer Jess.
9:56 seconds.
Y'all I am slower than a herd of turtles running through peanut butter...
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For the mile I would say it wasn't too bad but when I do more miles that pace would not be feasible.
We then walked a lap around the gym, then did a 2 lap running warm up, a Dirty Dozen ab/arm workout, and then walked almost two miles afterwards.

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**Me sitting in my car in my driveway refusing to get out**

I won't lie.
I am supposed to do 4 miles either tomorrow or Sunday.
My head is really messing with me right now.
I keep thinking about how hard it is for me to run still.
This is not easy.
Some days even one mile seems daunting.
And I am going to be running 13.1 miles?
I know I need to let it go but sometimes these things can tend to be easier said than done.

At this point my ultimate goal is to cross the finish line.
I am not focused on the logistics.
I don't care about a time.
I just simply want to finish.
And finish is what I intend to do...

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PS I am joining an online Facebook Group Challenge that is running July 31st through September 11th (my 32nd birthday)!!!
It is macro based and I have seen results first hand and they are amazing!
If you are interested find me on Facebook and shoot me a message TODAY!
Here are my personal results from carb cycling which has been amazing as well.

From 2/1/17 ~ Present
Inches Lost~
RA - 2 1/2 inches 
LA - 2 inches 
Chest - 6 inches 😒😒😒
Waist - 11 inches 😳😳😳
Hips - 5 inches 
LL - 5 1/2 inches 
RL - 4 1/2 inches 
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I just feel like I need something to switch things up and I feel like macros are going to be exactly what I need.
A new challenge.
I would love to have YOU along for the ride :)
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I decided that I Thrive on a flat surace ~ Queen Bee Training Days 2 & 3

One thing you will find out quickly about me, if you don't know me already, is I am super transparent.
I am not all rainbows and sunshine over her 24/7, although I strive to be as positive as possible most of the time.

Running for me has NEVER came easy.
It's actually really fucking hard and more often than not I ask myself whyintheflyingfuck  "Why" am I doing this?
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I am still not 100 percent sure I can answer that.
All I know is that this has been a goal of mine for five years and this year is all about facing my fears and crushing my goals.
And the feeling I get after a run compares to nothing else.

Yesterday was a cross-training day for me.
Honestly I find it hard not to want to run on days that I am technically not supposed to.
Yesterday was a 360 and rowing class at Planet Fitness, a 30 minute walk with some girlfriends, and then Barre class last night.
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I was nervous about this morning.
Today was a 3 mile run.
I knew that I had to get up early and go because it is hot as balls in our neck of the woods, as I am sure it is everywhere else, too!
I didn't sleep well at all.
I kept waking up and checking the clock.
I don't know if it was nerves about running or not but every on the hour I found myself glaring over to check the time.
5:30 AM rolled around and I did NOT want to get up.
I had another alarm set for 6:00 AM and decided to roll with that.
It went off and I was literally doing EVERYTHING I could to talk myself out of going.
So many excuses.
A good 40 minutes passed and I FINALLY decided that none of those excuses were good enough.
By 7:35 AM I had put in three miles and was sitting in my car drenched in sweat.
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Those three miles were MUCH easier than they were on Monday.
I won't lie though...
They were still hard.
Hills suck.
I was questioning myself the entire run...
Still left wondering how in the hell I am ever going to complete 13.1 miles?
I just have to keep on keepin' on and putting one foot in front of the other.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Holy Hot Hills ~ Queen Bee Training Day 1

I decided that I needed a purpose to write or I simply couldn't write.
Life hasn't been all that exciting, minus the SPARTAN race I did last Saturday.
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I decided at the beginning of the year that this was MY year to conquer my fears.
To do and try things I once never thought I could.
To start really living.
To live with purpose.
To be intentional.
To be happy.
To smile and truly mean it.

So I conquered the SPARTAN...
And now I feel that it is FINALLY time to conquer something I have been talking about doing for over five years.

My first Half Marathon.

So I figured that I might as well document this experience.
How rewarding it will be to see where I started, and finally where I end.

So here we are.
Day 1:

Of course today started out crazy.
My youngest isn't feeling the greatest, so instead of getting my early morning run in, I was taking care of her and running us to the doctor.
The key here is to not let things that don't go as planned deter us.
Today is a hot one.
It could have been a lot worse, but I wish it would have been better.
I may, or may not, have tried talking myself out of even running the entire way there.
Honestly my goal today was just to finish the 3 miles and allow myself some grace.
I will be completely honest that I probably wasn't as hydrated as I should have been.
Especially for a race smack dab in the middle of the day.
We live and we learn.
This will definitely be a learning experience for me.

I honestly didn't drink enough because I am infamous for having to pee during my runs.
TMI maybe?
Having kids will do that to you and I know my body and I have to be conscious of this.
The last mile was iffy but I ended up making it through without too many issues.
This is why I like to run early.
You also don't realize how hilly a surface is until you run on it.
My sister-n-law's neighborhood seemed pretty flat until today :)

Mile 1:  Stopped once up a hill.  Watch said I was going around a 12 minute pace.  Smiling.
Mile 2:  I am thirsty, my side hurts, why am I doing this again?
Mile 3:  You are almost done!  You've got this!  Don't quit now!

Being fast has never been my strong suit.  I honestly don't have a goal time in mind.  I really just want to finish.

Here is my Nike Running Stats for the first 3 miles of this crazy journey I am about to take you on:

Not too bad considering I was scorching and dehydrated.
I don't think my water bottle could have been anymore accurate for today's run.

Tomorrow is an option day which means I can either run or cross-train on the program I am following.  Honestly I may do a little of both for at least a half hour.

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