Yesterday was my last half-marathon of the year: The Hot Cider Hustle in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I couldn’t have asked for better conditions considering it is October — in Wisconsin. It was cool and crisp at start time but sunny and calm. The perfect way to start a long run! But even so, I found myself nervous for this run. The last half-marathon of the year and I still had my “goal” time in mind.
Vinyasa. Savasana. Namaste. They may sound like made-up words but to yogis worldwide, they have great meaning. These words represent their practice. A practice that cleanses, restores, and rejuvenates. The practice of YOGA.
You have just put in endless weeks of training for your half-marathon or marathon. Each week, your mileage increased. You are feeling healthy, strong, and confident. You glance at your training schedule two weeks out, but wait… That can’t be right. You are ONLY running how many miles?
You have reached the TAPER period of your training. And as counter-intuitive as it may seem, the taper can be one of the most beneficial parts of that training.
Monday morning of our Alaskan Adventure greeted us with sunshine and calm ocean waters. The perfect day for a fishing trip! Our charter was set to head out a little after lunch, so we had all morning to enjoy the scenery. I decided to head out for a quick run while everyone else got ready for the day.
The first time that someone asked me if I was a runner, I was speechless. I certainly didn’t consider myself a “runner”. And I definitely didn’t look like a runner. Dumbly, I looked back at the little lady tickling my toes while she painted them and just nodded. I mean, I try to run, I thought to myself. Then pondered on the realization… Maybe you don’t have to have a “runner’s body” to have a runner’s heart.
I have always wanted to learn how to juggle.
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
When I was growing up, the worst day of gym class was the day that we would have to run the mile. I absolutely dreaded it. A mile seemed to be forever. And I hated being one of the last people to finish running it — if I even finished it running. I remember walking. A lot.
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.
Have you ever had a run like that?
“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