I began running about 7 years ago solely with the intention of aiding in my weight loss journey. As I incorporated the extra cardio into my new, healthy lifestyle, it definitely helped me shed some of those pounds. And I was ecstatic!
But when the weight loss seemed to plateau, I knew it was because I was becoming efficient at running. My body had adapted to what I was asking it to do. I knew that I needed to change up my workout in order to “surprise” my body back into weight loss. I thought increasing my mileage would do the trick and help me drop a few more pounds… Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
I can’t believe that it is already August! This summer is flying by — they say that’s what happens when you are having fun, right? And I plan on August being awesome. There are SO many things I am looking forward to this month. I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you!
But before all the excitement begins, I want to share my August aspirations. Not only does sharing these goals get them “out” into the world, but sharing my ambitions also holds me accountable.
I hope July finds you all happy, healthy, and enjoying the summer months that are finally finding their way to us! I know that I am certainly taking advantage of the warmer weather to get outside and log some miles! And with another turn of the calendar page, it’s time for July goals — and starting out with a BANG!
So you’ve been running for a while now. You have participated in multiple 5ks, a few 10ks, and all the miles in between. And like any natural competitor, you begin to look for the “next” big challenge. Maybe it’s a better time or faster speed… Or maybe it’s distance. The elusive half-marathon is a much sought after race distance but to be successful, you need to enter the race with a plan!
While working the graveyard shift at a Helpdesk in college I tried to teach myself. I’m pretty sure that I would get three tosses in, realize that I’m actually juggling and drop everything.
Needless to say, I still can’t juggle. And regardless of hand-eye coordination, we all balance a lot of responsibilities in everyday life. Trying to find time for fitness can be tough but definitely is a MUST do to live a happy, healthy life.Read More
Once again, April was a fast month (Which one isn’t, right? And when did that happen?? I feel like as a child the days and weeks draaaaggggeeeddd on. Now, they fly by before you even realize that they started.) but it is time to start thinking about May goals!
Time doesn’t stop. And neither will I! I am constantly striving to improve myself –to become a better person, wife, and runner. And I truly believe that running helps me accomplish my first two objectives.
Today was a no good, very bad day. Work was crazy. I burned myself cooking dinner. And don’t even get me started on my run. Tonight’s run was supposed to be a 4 mile run with negative splits. Instead, it was a 3 mile run in which I felt like I was going to die the ENTIRE time.
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” — I heard Jillian Michaels calmly say as sweat poured down my face and every muscle in my body quivered holding the pretzel-like pose she had instructed us to get into. “I’ve never been more comfortable, Jillian” I muttered sarcastically back at the TV screen.
And although at that exact moment I believed it was a terrible idea, her sentiment stuck with me. There is no improvement without discomfort. Challenging yourself is the best way to get better and accomplish the goal you set for yourself. Therefore, I am pushing myself to run a 10k (6.2 miles) in less than an hour. Read More
I’ve said this before but where did this month go? I can’t believe it’s April! April means spring in Wisconsin. It marks the return of longer days, warmer weather, and outdoor activities! It also means that I am another year older today. A friend mentioned the other day that women peak in running performance around 28 years old. I intend to do just that with the help of my April Goals!
Did anyone else feel like February flew by? With vacation, illness, and weekend events, this month vanished in the blink of an eye. A few days before the end of February I was adding up my monthly mileage and was less than impressed. I missed my goal by 5.5 miles — bringing my February total miles to 29.5 miles. While that’s not terrible by any means, it wasn’t my goal. Therefore, I am even more determine to run more and train harder in March!