Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Motivation

I feel like as the years have gone on, I have been carefully selecting who I surround myself and my family with.  There is a quote from Hans Hansen that says, "People inspire you or they drain you.  Pick them wisely." There have been people that I have discovered along the way that have drained me but I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many that motivate and inspire me each day...two of which have big things this week and next!!!  My BRF Jill who I talk about often is tackling her very first ultra this weekend.  Jill doesn't know the word quit and at 50-something (I'm not outing you Jill!) she is still doing things that would have ladies half her age shaking in their Sauconys!  She's awesome and I am so proud to have her in my life!!  Another blogger friend turned real life friend is Dani!!  The list could go on and on about how she motivates everyone around her but this week she is hitting her 2-Year runstreak....let me let that set in....2 friggin years this girl has run every single day!!!  Amazing!  These ladies have me motivated...inspired to not stop pushing my own limits!!!  Who do you surround yourself with??

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Days before we were back to school were full but I felt like I was able to enjoy them and do the things I needed to do within reason.  Now that we are back to school...and soccer...and tennis...and gymnastics not so much!  I keep saying I need a day...or a few hours sit down and really plan.  I am craving my to-do list and the ability to check things off as opposed to the runaway train that I am currently on!  Case in point I passed 1000 miles and didn't even know it! 

When life feels like you are being shot out of a cannon every morning, I need even more the ability to start it with my workout.  I just feel like I am able to tackle whatever is headed my way when I have sweated already.  This past week was rainy, cloudy, and cold (a change from what October is normally around here) so it was hard to pull myself out of bed at o'dark thirty but it was worth it every time!!

This week was about getting in the miles but it was also about making sure I got in my weights.  I have been keeping a pretty good schedule of doing weights on Tuesday and Thursday and then kettlebells on Friday.

I know that I need to be more mindful when I am doing weights...what I'm training and really pushing myself...but I also feel good about keeping the strength I have now.  Increased strength will come!

I'm also so thankful that I have a bike path and a few quiet streets near my school so that I can get out a few days a week for runch!

Seriously it makes the day so much easier to handle when I can break it up a bit by getting outside and breathing the air with a run!  Yes there are times when I'm a sweaty mess for the rest of the day but my students thankfully don't judge...much!  This past week even though the weather was dicey I was able to runch 3 days and it made so much of a difference.

So this past week my schedule was as such...
Monday: 3 miles easy run with ab/core work
Tuesday: Weight training circuits
Wednesday: 6 miles with 30/60/90 second pick-ups
Thursday: Weight training circuits
Friday: 3 easy miles + kettlebells
Saturday: torrential rain meant no run for me!
Sunday: More rain...basement sprints!

With no race really on the horizon I am just loving keeping my fitness level up and getting in those long runs with my friends.  I don't know what I'll do when they actually finish their trainings!!!  Are all your running buddies on the same schedule?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday Motivation

7 years ago I was a very different runner than I am today...heck I was a different person then too!  I had become a mom a year before (as well as turning 30 yikes) and I was looking for something to get me back to feeling like me again.  I joined a challenge to run 1000 miles in a year.  I didn't know if I could do sounded so crazy at the time.  But if you know me at all you know that once I say I am going to do something, I'm all in!  I hit my goal that year with a total of 1111.9 (yes that .9 kills me!) miles and I have continued to do it every year since then....even when I was pregnant for 10 months of the year!  This weekend as September said her rainy farewell, I went over the 1000 mile mark (1026.6 and counting) for yet another year making my 7 year total 8,929.5!!  How is this my Monday motivation for you?  Because all you need to do it take that first step...take a risk on yourself...push that limit just a little bit farther.  You never know what you are capable of until you try!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Here we are day away from Friday!  My head lately is swimming with dates and numbers and names and meetings so random is really my jam!  Here you are!!

Runch...I've been pretty obsessed lately with my runch time.  Even if I have worked out in the morning, I find myself itching to get outside and run even if it's only a short one.  Could be I'm crazy...could be that I need a release after molding young minds nonstop...could be that I have no windows in my classroom and I need I'm missing outside.  Whatever it is I'm loving it!!  Yesterday was a new one for me though.  I was in meetings right about up to my lunch time and I had about 30 minutes until my next meeting at another school.  What's a runner to do?  Oh yeah I grabbed my pen and I ran there!!
My coworkers already think I'm nuts so why not confirm it!!

Fiesta Time...It makes me stop and catch my breath that this fiery girl is going to be four!!
We are in full party planing mode over know how much I LOVE planning my girls' birthday parties!!  Our usual cake person is not available so I am making the cake....cue hives and flour explosion!!  Can't wait!!

This is us...I'm just going to put it out there that this is currently my obsession!! 

This show is awesome!!  The stinky part is that it is on at 10 which let's be honest...I'm never awake!  Thank goodness for DVR!  I mean's awesome!  Anyone else obsessed with it?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Motivation

The theme of this weekend's long run was being amazed at how one week you can go out and the run just plain sucks start to finish, while the next week you can feel like a gazelle!  We were laughing at how one bad run has us turning in our bibs and calling it a day!  If you find yourself having this kind of day....week...season...breathe!  There are amazing times ahead of you.  You CAN move through this time and reach your goals!  Stay with it!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Motivation

It's been no big secret that this summer I struggled with running.  There were few times where I thought, "Oh I can't wait to go for a run"!  The combination of the humidity and the climbing back after injury really had me questioning if this running thing needed to go away for a bit.  I stuck it out though and I am so glad I did!!  Lately I have been LOVING running again and find myself needing it to clear my head again!  What changed?  Well the weather (with the exception of today) has been getting that crisp, cool feel, and I've started to join people.  I look forward now to my Saturday runs and my runches with Christy!  Feeling in a funk?  Change things up and don't outrun that joy!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Weigh-In Wednesday....The Power of Words

As an elementary school teacher and mom of two young chickies, we teach to be kind with our words.  I explain to my students and children that words are very powerful and to choose them wisely.  I also teach them to be kind with their words.  However, I feel like as we grow older this is a lesson we tend to forget.  That there are times when we get caught up with our day or our job and we forget the power that words can have over someone.  I experienced that this past week.

I had an awesome week fitness-wise.  School started and I was rocking the workouts as well as keeping my choices healthy.  I was able to get in 36 miles this week between runch with my partner in crime...

and a long run around the village with run group!

On Friday I went in for my yearly physical.  I let a lot of things go overdue after having kids (hello roots!) but one thing I always try to stay on top of is my yearly physical.  I eat healthy and exercise but I would hate for something to happen and know that I could have prevented it.  So no big deal I go in with my list of things I wanted to ask her about (I always keep a list so that I don't forget one has time for that!).  We coast through the first few symptoms and she reminds me that I am getting older and these things will happen (YIKES I'm only 37!).  Then I tell her that I get dizzy off and on, usually when I change positions...but I've dealt with it for about 6 months now so as long as nothing serious, I'm good.  Well she gives me the diagnosis of vertigo and has me try taking allergy medication (Fun fact I HATE taking medication of any kind...I'm just not a fan) apparently now I have allergies.  We talk about a few other things that have been happening to which she orders a few tests and then the exam begins.  I'm rocking the pulse at 50 beats per minute and my blood pressure is awesome as is my other stats and blood work.  Basically I'm a healthy girl.

And then she said it.....words that were medical to her and but so completely personal to me...."Well I see that your BMI is in the obese range so you may want to do something about that."   There was very little I heard after that sentence.  Partly because that was the last she said about my weight and partly because that was all I could hear...I'm obese.  I eat healthy...workout every day...gained about 10lbs in 4 months inexplicably...and now I'm obese.

I left the office after and returned back to work.  I told my runch buddy about the visit and that I basically felt like an old, fat mule, and she reminded me of how ridiculous that did my husband and family. 

Saturday came and we had a whirl-wind of activity throughout the day

and I really didn't think twice about the day before....but then those moments came when it started to sink in...when I started to let someone's passing sentence be a life sentence and chip away at me.  To be honest I did something that I never usually do....I ate.  I didn't put any restrictions on what I ate for about 2 days.  I figured if I'm obese and I am working so hard to eat right then I might as well eat whatever I want.  Today I stepped on the scale and was actually surprised that it hadn't the grace of God I hadn't gained!  But it is still there....and it makes me makes me feel like I have failed...

But you know me!  I'm dusting myself off and I'm going to stay focused because it is what makes me feel good.  I'm getting back on the horse and I'm not going to let the words of one person make me stop (even though it still hurts).