run for fit

Almost every picture that the Crooked Road 24-hour photographer captured of me was somewhere on the course, running with friends. And while it’s always fun to post pictures of yourself that look or make you feel good or cool or athletic, this one is my favorite. 

I had finished what I could of the race (correction: the race had finished me) and had just emerged from my tent after a couple hours of “rest,” which included several desperate attempts to fix the tent after wind and rain collapsed it. So with no sleep, legs stiff as boards, mismatched clothes and exhaustion written all over my face, I crawled outside. The photographer was standing there and asked to take my picture. My first thought was, “Oh my god, please no.” But in two seconds, the past 24 hours ran through my mind. Every piece of doubt, every little insecurity, every little negative voice in my head — squashed during this race. I threw my hands up, said, “Hell yes” and click. My favorite. 

This is what I will remember once I can walk normally again. 

I’ll be back for that 100.

off road

tuesday

Took the day off from running, the left calf was sore.  Could have run on it but didn’t want to worsen it, not the time to go to anywhere near the well at this point in the season, just try to stay healthy and possibly run hard in Thursday’s Turkey Trot 8k.  The weather sounds cold for Thursday’s morning, somewhere in the 30’s with a little headwind.  Might take tomorrow off to give the calf more recovery time.

september goals

Financial
- No needless spending 
- Pay tuition fees when they come in 
- Some sort of income 
- Email work about reading week shift 

Academic
- Stay on top of online course, work on it for sure Mondays and Wednesdays between classes
- Library 2x a week
- Make guidance appt re: possible second major
- Spend one hour a week (divided if I want) on HESI/EAQ questions

Fitness/Nutrition
- Something active 10x
- Follow new eating plan 
- Stretch daily in morning
- Stay consistent with supplements 
- 3L h20 daily
- Less drinking 
- Less mindless snacking 
- Actually try and meal prep properly 

Apartment Things
- Make bed daily
- Sweep and vacuum weekly
- Clean bathroom weekly
- Empty litter box every other day
- Dishes daily
- Tidy living room daily 

- Deep clean desk and dresser 

Mental/Self-love/All else
- Shower daily
- Begin practicing meditation 
- Lavender tea and diffuser before bed
- Plan for week ahead Sunday nights 
- Text dad every other day at least, call once a week
- Face masks and hair masks and shaving and painted toes and white strips cos they all make me feel good!!!
- Mail cards to L and W 
- Utilize planner 
- Clean makeup brushes weekly 
- Skin care routine nightly

BeaUTIFUL weather today for RUnning! 👻
- I’ve been focusing on speed work and unilateral movements at the gym to help hit some quicker paces. 4 mile run to the gym at a 7:40min/mile pace..did upper pull and lower push movements, then ran home at a 7:45min/mile pace (legs were wobbly lol)

Happy Thursday! 🌟

2

Ok everyone! This is what motivation and determination gets ya!
Here is a before pic and today’s pic of a typical run for me after work.
Same run. Same distance.
My first ever 2 mile run on 6.25.2016… versus… Today!
Consistency is key! Keep at it! Never quit. Listen, I was never fast. I was a complete noob. We all were in the beginning. Look! I didn’t jog 2min straight. Shit, I didn’t even do Jog HIIT in June 2016. I was more concerned on staying alive and breathing and not passing out. Lol …. I would jog 10-15 seconds before dying and gasping for air. But, I kept at it. I got smaller. My legs got stronger. I got faster. And, now I love to run. Tell me that June 25th, 2016, I would have laughed at you! But the joke is on me… Prove yourself wrong like I did. You have the ability. You can do anything. So get up and do it!