Fall Racing Schedule and a Smoothie

Happy day, y’all!!

Today, I’m talking all about my Fall racing schedule and a bonus!!  My favorite Summertime Smoothie.  Now, I’m not gonna lie.  I just haven’t gotten on the whole make your own smoothie bandwagon.   I know people love it, but I just am not ready to commit to it yet.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good smoothie every once in a while.  I just have to buy mine prepared for me.

So let’s jump in with what’s on my race agenda this Fall.   It’s surprisingly bare which is not like me at all.  Maybe I’m growing up??  I know Nick’s loving it.  Less racing means more money in our bank account.  fallracescheduleSeptember

Right now, I only have one race on my schedule for September: Race 13.1 Raleigh.  Cara, Christine and I are headed back to Raleigh to run this one again.  Cara and I are pacing the 2:15 group and Christine is along for the run with us!  I’m most excited that they changed the course from last year and removed Lassiter Hill.  It was this ridiculously huge hill the last .5 of the race.   We may throw in a last minute race at the end of the month, depending on how we feel with our training.  Salem Lake 30K and Triad 10 Miler are on my radar.

October

I celebrate half number 40 by pacing the local half marathon, Cannonball Half, with Cara.  We’re in charge of the 2:30 group and I’m so looking forward to it.  We have several friends who are running this race too!  It’s a great local event and the changes that happened last year with the addition of the food trucks and post race brews made it super fun!2014-10-12 08.39.36-1

Mid-October? Marathon #7 at 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, TN.  I’m so looking forward to this one.  It’s going to be a great trip with friends.  I’ve never been to Chattanooga so I’m interested in seeing the city while running the marathon.  We’ve rented a cute little house and we’re staying within walking distance to a ton of restaurants and even a brewery.  It will be a gorgeous course especially with the fall leaf colors.

November

The event of all events!!  Crooked Road 24 hour Ultra!  It’s by far my favorite race I do each year.  I’m shooting for a 100K distance this year.   I want it bad, but I also am realistic and know that so much depends on the weather and how I’m feeling.  We have a ton of friends who are going to be out there too so it won’t be without fun!  crookedroadsign

I like that there isn’t too much on my schedule right now.  I’m hoping to head up to Boone for some Appalachian Football games so I’ll work around those if I pick up any races.

Now, for the bonus!!  It’s Summertime Smoothie time! 

As I mentioned, my favorite smoothie comes prepared for me.  It’s my favorite one and it’s actually a tough one to find.  It is… Naked Protein & Greens!  It’s the best of both worlds for me.  I get the protein punch I need for after runs, but all the benefits of the greens.  I’ve tried the Green Machine and it was just too “green” for me.  This has just the right amount of sweetness to combat the earthiness of the all greens smoothie.

What race are you most excited about on your fall schedule?  Do you make your own smoothies?

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Weekly Rundown

Marathon training week 5 is done!  It was a welcomed back down week and I took it easy, rearranged my long runs and had some really good runs late in the week to make up for the mess Wednesday night.  weeklyrundownlogo Fitness

Monday – 3 mile recover run around my neighborhood in the morning.  Solid run given the heat that morning.  3 miles @10:57 pace with avg HR 135

Tuesday – I met Christie and Amy for an early morning 3 miler.  Cara, Hayden and I were going shopping so I had only a little bit of time to get in a run.  3 miles @9:31 pacetuesdayrun

Wednesday – The worst run of all runs!  It was 90+ and 90% humidity.  It was Di’Lishi night with Runnerdude’s group so we met up to run with them!  The only good thing about this run was the company, the ice cold wet towel when we finished, and fro yo. This one counted as my first long run.  5 miles @11:40 pace   It included a lot of walking, some sprinting, and a bunch of complaining.

Picture from Runnerdude's Facebook Page

Picture from Runnerdude’s Facebook Page

Thursday – Cara and I met early to run our second long run of the week.  I wasn’t sure how this would go.  It was really foggy and the air felt thick when we started and it was hard to breathe.  We were expecting it to be a repeat of the night before, but then suddenly around mile 4, something clicked and we felt really great!!  So weird how that happens! 6 miles @10:57 pace avg HR 130thursday8-6

Friday – I ran a 5K on the treadmill in our hotel in Williamsburg.  I upped the incline to 1% and started around 10:30 pace and kicked up the speed over time to where I was at 7:40 pace for the last .10.  I walked just a bit to cool down.  3.14 miles@9:41 pacefriday8-7Saturday – I couldn’t take running on the treadmill another day so I ventured outside and ran in the neighborhood that adjoins our hotel.  It was a great run and I felt awesome.   It’s a lot flatter here in Williamsburg then in Greensboro.  I thought I’d only run a mile, but after I got started I decided to run another 5K.  3.1 miles @ 9:13 pacesaturday8-8Sunday – Mandatory one mile rest day.  I’ve not had a “rest” day since last week Wednesday.

Total miles: 24.34 miles

2015 Year to Date: 891.77 on my way to 1500

Looks like I’ll be hitting 900 miles next week! 🙂

Meals

We again rocked our meals all week.  Just good food from Hello Fresh!

  • Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Lemon Basil Chicken with artichokes and broccolini
  • Shrimp and Chorizo Paella
  • Penne pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce and meatballs at Anna’s Brick Oven Pizza in Williamsburg
  • Mushroom and Spinach Crepe at Busch Gardens

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

I officially enter my last week home for summer.  It’s bittersweet.  I’m excited about starting the school year, but at the same time, we’ve had a lot of fun this summer.  I love spending time with my girl too.  It’s also hard to get back on a true schedule and I’m going to miss some of my early morning runs.  It’s the last week to do it up right! 🙂

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Fitness

Monday – 3 miles early and Body Pump class  I missed BP all last week, so I need to get a class in this week!

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – 4 miles

Thursday – Early 4 miles and then additional miles with my training group.  They are up to 5 minutes running and doing awesome!

Friday – one mile rest day

Saturday – 9 miles

Sunday – 10 miles

Total miles: 35 miles plus additional coaching miles

Meals

We already ate our favorite recipe of this week’s choices, Shrimp and Chorizo Paella.  We have a few more meals left from last week’s Hello Fresh delivery and this week’s meals will be here on Friday.

  • Peach and Prosciutto Flatbread
  • Layered Vegetarian Enchiladas
  • Lemongrass Chicken Skewers
  • Za’Tar Pita Burgers with zucchini fries
  • Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops

What’s on your fitness plan?  How has your training been going?  Any yummy meals planned?

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Saturday Morning Motivation

Happy Saturday!!  I got my long runs done this week on Wednesday and Thursday but they weren’t without some suffering and struggle.  Wednesday’s workout was the worst I’d had in a long time.  Who wants to do a long run at 6:30pm in 90+ degree weather, full sun and humidity?!  Not this girl.  But we sometimes gotta do what we gotta do.  Thankfully, there were about 40 others out there suffering too and the promise of frozen yogurt and a cold, wet towel were enough to keep us all moving.  It’s the little things.

For this Saturday’s motivation, it’s short and sweet.  I thought it was perfect considering how I’ve been feeling running in all this summer heat.  When is fall again!?

Even through all those really tough runs, the struggle is teaching us something!  We are tougher than we thought  We kept going when our minds and bodies were yelling to stop, but our hearts were the only thing keeping us moving.  The work we do today will help us on that first cold day when running seems effortless.  It’s the struggle that makes us better.  If it was all easy all the time, where would the celebrations be?  Celebrate the struggle.  Love it. 

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Rockin’ Running Survey

Hi y’all!  I’ve been a little MIA lately.  Lots going on and I’ve not had the time to sit down and write like I usually do.  I had some quiet time this morning and jumped at the chance to work on a post.

Allison at Inverted Sneakers tagged me in her super fun post to answer some running related questions.  I loved reading through her responses.  It’s an easy way to share some info about my favorite thing, running!

1. Would you rather run along a beach path or mountain trail?

I’m a mountain momma at heart.  I graduated from THE best school, Appalachian State!  But, I’m an awful trail runner…  So I’d have to pick a beach path with one major stipulation, not in the summer.  I always have this great idea of what running along the beach looks like…hair flowing, running along the surf, effortless and in reality, running at the beach in the summer is awful.  Hot, no breeze or you have a headwind?!  Maybe I need to run more trails. ha!

2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

I’d pick between my two favorites, Arctic Cherry or Glacier Freeze.  They are my favorites not just because of how they taste, but that they are almost clear.  Nothing worse than seeing bright red Gatorade at an aid station.  9 times out of 10, I’m gonna be wearing it.

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would you purchase with it?

I’d have to put it towards running shoes.  My go to shoe is the Adidas Boost and they are not cheap.  A new pair costs about $160.  Now, if I found them on clearance like I try to find, I could almost get two pairs for $100. newshoes

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and then decide how far and how fast you want to run?

If I’m training, I follow a plan for sure.  If I’m not, then I usually stick with a weekly mileage goal and fit runs in to meet that goal.

5. Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

I’d rather start both on a downhill and have the hills in the middle.  ha!  I guess that’s not a choice.  I guess I’ll pick uphill at the start and downhill at the end.  I rather finish strong and a downhill would give me the extra boost of confidence to kick it.

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

I run every day to keep my streak going so I don’t have a “can’t run” day.  I have to fit it in somewhere!  I do love Body Pump and stretching.  mixingitup

7. What is your preference—>out and back, point to point, or loop runs?

My friend, Andrea, would be rolling her eyes at that out and back suggestion.  I don’t mind any of them.  For a lot of our second long runs, we do short out and backs to break up the miles.  I like loop runs also.  I don’t do many point to point runs during training, but I actually like those the best for races.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner it would be?

After shoes and clothes, I’d have to suggest an anti-chafing stick of some sort.  The worst pain in the world is finding a chafing spot in a hot shower.  OWIE!  9. Do you see any wild animals while out on your runs?

We see a lot of squirrels, occasionally deer or a groundhog and once in a blue moon, Copperhead snakes.  The snakes are the scariest things to see!

10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

Thankfully, no.  I am the one who maps a lot of our group’s routes, so I know where we are going and make cue sheets for everyone.  I have a good sense of direction too, so even if we get turned around, I can find my way.  Now, lefts and rights are another issue.  I get them confused all the time!

11. If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days…what would it be?

This is a tough one!  I love all kinds of food.  I also wouldn’t want to pick my favorite food because after 30 days of eating it, I’d probably be sick of it.  Hmmm….  I think I’d pick a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich with a pickle spear.  I think it would be the one thing that I would be happy eating every day.

12. Capris or shorts? What do you run in most?

Neither.  Skirts!  I am a skirt wearing girl! I will wear a skirt up until it’s about 45 degrees.  I like having cold legs when I run.  I’ll switch to capris until it’s in the 20’s, then I grab my full leggings. IMG_569413. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

The more I run, the longer I have to run to feel better.  Why is that!?  I’d say 4 miles.  Most of my runs, I feel my best when I finish.  It’s right when everything starts clicking.

14. What do you do with your key when you run?

Because I wear skirts, I have pockets to stash my key.  I won’t buy any running bottoms unless there is a place to put a key.

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one?

I have two to choose from:  Blue Ridge Relay or Gasparilla.  Both races were an experience and were actually more about the people and the experience vs the actual races themselves, though the courses were beautiful too.  I love the camaraderie of a relay, but I loved that we tackled all those miles at Gasparilla.  I can’t pick. ha!brr201216. What type of run is your least favorite?

Hill repeats, without hesitation.  I just don’t like them.  We run so many hills on all of our runs that I feel like I get enough practice.

17. When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or drive somewhere to start?

For some of my solo runs, I’ll run in my neighborhood.  If it’s my long runs or I have plans to run with friends, then I’ll drive to run.  There are more options on routes if I drive to run.

18. When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

I know I should wear sunglasses when I run, but I loathe them.  I have a really good pair of Oakley’s and I can’t stand them.  They fog up every time I run.  I spend more time wiping them off then I do running.

19. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

That four letter word isn’t in my vocabulary…QUIT.  Not an option.  Unless it is something that will prevent me from running another day, I don’t quit.  I will walk miles before I throw in the towel.  I did in Kiawah, at least 7 miles.  Was I mad about what my time was?  Sure.  It wasn’t what I trained to run, but I’d have been more disappointed in myself with a DNF than a bad time.  Always.  So I guess pride keeps me from quitting.

Now it’s your turn! What are your answers?

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Weekly Rundown

Hit my highest mileage this week in months!  Marathon training will do that.  I am happy to have a back down week coming up next week before we start jumping the miles again for a few weeks.  Here’s how my week went. weeklyrundownlogoFitness

Monday – I got up early and headed out for a run around my neighborhood.  I haven’t run this route in a while so it was nice to get out there.  I got in 3 miles @10:14 pace.  Felt really good despite the crazy heat.  The rest of the day was spent painting the kitchen. mondayrun

Tuesday – This run was one nasty mess.  It was hot and humid and we were running with some lead shoes.  Holy smokes!   We got in 4 miles @11:43 pace and it wasn’t without constant beeping from my HR monitor too.

Wednesday – Today ended up being my one mile rest day.  Too much going on so it was a perfect day to have a short run.

Thursday – I got up early and ran from a nearby park by myself.  I ran  4 miles and ran at a solid fast pace, @9:01. I met my friend, Kristen, later in the afternoon for Body Pump, making up from missing on Monday.   Today was also the first day of coaching!  We are the neon green group and we have a wonderful bunch of ladies.  The weather was absolutely awful.  I felt terrible because I knew that the weather was going to have an affect of on our run.  We ran 3 minutes and walked 3 minutes.  These ladies did amazingly well!  So proud of them.  We got in just over 1.5 miles.  thursrun

Friday – The weather was absolutely beautiful thanks to a “cold” front that came in and brought dry, cooler air.  I met my sister to run in the morning.  We got in 4.46 miles. 

July’s Mile Total

 Saturday – Same great weather could only mean that we would have an awesome first long run!  Christine and I met up to run 8 miles.  We rocked our run and finished with 8.1 miles @10:57 pace.  We met up with our friend, Cindy, who was running a local relay race and we ran with her for just a bit.

Sunday – Second long run of the weekend and the weather was again cooperating!  We had a beautiful morning for our run.  We felt really good for the whole run and we could not believe that my HR monitor did not beep at all.  Not a peep.  My avg HR was 120.  9 miles @ 10:55sundayrun

Total weekly miles: 35.26

2015 Year to Date: 867.43 on my way to 1500

Meals

We ended up with a disjointed week, but that’s alright.  We still managed to cook two of our intended meals and then pieced together the rest with leftovers and take out.

  • Crispy Falafel Salad
  • Fussiloni with beef and ricotta
  • Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wrap
  • Greek Salad with Chicken

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Weekly Fitness and Meal Plan

I get to say my two favorite words during marathon training this week.  What are they?!  BACK DOWN!  After a few weeks of gaining miles, this week is a back down week and I am so happy.  I feel really great with all my training so far, not really tired, no aches and pains, but I’m just ready to run a little bit less this week.  And on top of that, we’re headed to Williamsburg for one last summer hurrah!
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Monday – 3-4 miles  With a meeting at school and other appointments, I’m not sure if I’ll run early or later in the day.  I’m thinking later will fit in better.

Tuesday – 4-5 miles

Wednesday – Long run part one, 5 miles

Thursday – long run part two, 6 miles early

Friday – 1 mile

Saturday – 1 mile

Sunday – 1 mile

For Friday through Sunday, I’m giving myself the one mile a day, at least.  I can see that I’d run early all of those days before we head out.  I’m leaving it up in the air, but I’ll get at least a mile in to keep my streak going.

Total miles: 21-23, could be 25-26

Meal Plan

We had another awesome week of choices from Hello Fresh.  We cooked one of our three meals this week already so we have a few more yummy dishes to cook!

  • Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
  • Lemon Basil Chicken
  • Shrimp and Chicken Chorizo
  • Peach and Prosciutto Flatbread
  • Layered Vegetarian Enchiladas

What’s on your fitness plan?  Has your fall training started?  Any yummy meals planned?

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Saturday Morning Motivation

Good morning!  As you are lacing and gearing up for your long run this morning, I have one last thought before you head out the door.

I feel awful because I saved this and I have no idea where I got it from!  I just loved it! I tried doing a Google Image search and just found a bunch of 2015-07-29 09.40.59 The visual I get with this is so strong.  I just see with each step forward erases those things that have disappointed us, caused us to second guess ourselves, and held us back from achieving so much.  One of the things I love best about running!  It’s through running that I get my best ideas, solve problems, and find new beginnings.

When you head out today, think about all the wonderful things running does for us.  It’s so much more than physical.  Is it a clean slate? New insight?  Does it erase failures or Ill feelings?  What has it given you?

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Fitness Traps 2

Last week, I blogged about fitness traps that we all have from time to time.  Those little thoughts that run through our minds or the things that we think or say when it comes to working out.  It’s something we all do, but knowing how to overcome those thoughts before they sidetrack us is so important!

I started with the fitness traps that I had a lot of when I first started running.  Once I got established into a running routine, my traps changed a bit  I was comfortable running, but I was struggling with other things.  Here are some the fitness traps I fell into and ways that helped me to overcome them.  I am by no means an expert; I’m just sharing strategies that worked for me.

fitness trapsFitness Trap #4  “This is boring!”

Once I had been running for a bit, I was doing just that.  Running.  I loved running, but when I wasn’t training for a race, running felt really uneventful.  I liked the rush of a race, but certainly I couldn’t do that every weekend.  Running lost its luster and became boring at times.beatheboredom

How to help overcome these thoughts:

  • Mix it up!  Part of what helped a lot for me was finding new places to run.  Even when we’d travel, I’d look for new places to run.  If you are going to the gym, find other classes to take.  I’ve tried all kinds of classes from cycling to Zumba.
  • Find local running groups to join.  Meeting new people and running might be just the thing to make it more social and fun.  Make plans to meet friends to workout.
  • Try a virtual race or a fitness challenge!  There are some that are free; others have a small fee associated with them.  I participated in many #Anywhere races from Run Chat back in the day.  I loved that it kept my running fresh, but I wasn’t having to pay money to race every weekend.  I also participate in various 30 day fitness challenges.
  • Try something other than your current fitness activity.  It’s okay to take a break from it.  About the time I was finding running a bit boring, I found Body Pump.  It was a great way to mix in something else that would benefit my running and it was giving me another option for staying active.

Fitness Trap #5: “I want a PR!”

At first glance, this doesn’t seem like a fitness trap.  While it’s good to strive for improvement, this one is a tricky one!  I used to thrive off of constantly going for the PR during each race.  Faster = better!  It was easy at the beginning to PR races because my improvement in running was greater.  Now that I’ve been running awhile, the effort to PR is more difficult. I would feel so bummed after running if I didn’t PR.  I realized quickly that if I constantly strive to PR all the time, I’m setting myself up to feel defeated all the time.betteryourself How to overcome these thoughts:

  • Be realistic.  It’s far easier to target one race a training season as the one you are going to PR.  Train and go for it!  You cannot expect to PR every race you ever run.  So many factors pay a part in that from temperatures, race day GI issues, rested legs, etc.  Also, shooting for too many PR’s in a season will wear you out!
  • While PR’s are great, there are other ways to recreate the same feeling.  Try running different distances.  I ran my first ever 12K last winter.  Guess what?  New distance, new PR! 🙂
  • Mix it up on trails.  If you are a road runner, try running trails at various distances.  Again, it gives you a new target to conquer.  I’ve run a road half, what about a trail half?!
  • PR the course!  Take a race that you ran already and re-run it to see if you improve your time.  I’ve done that with a lot of my races.  My goal is just to run it smarter or more efficiently than I did the year before.

Fitness Trap #6: “Um, my leg is kind of hurting.  (ignore the pain)  It’s fine.”

After running for a bit, I naturally started increasing my mileage and training for longer distanced races.  I had twinges of pain and uncomfortableness here and there, but for the most part until it started really nagging me, I ignored it.  I ignored pain in my shins for a really long time.  Blaming it on my shoes, hill repeats, shin splints, etc.  You name it, I had an excuse for what I was feeling.  Needless to say, I ignored it too long, continued running until one day mid-run, I couldn’t run.  I had successfully run myself right into a stress fracture. listentoyourbody How to overcome these thoughts:

  • RICE.  If something starts to rear its ugly head, try resting it.  Ice regularly to see if that helps.  Wrap it, tape it, compress it.  See if that helps.  Elevate and stay off of it.  I tried all four back in the day when I had shin pain.  It made the pain tolerable, but it was still there.  Definite red flag!
  • If the pain increases and never goes away, go to the doctor and have it looked at.  I know the fear of hearing those dreaded two words (“No running!) is enough to keep you from getting something checked out, but the time of no running might become longer without having it looked at.
  • Train smart.  I went from running 3 days a week to now 5 days and most of those days were not easy.  I was running everything at full force.  I paid no attention to the types of runs I was doing and the constant pushing and pounding was enough. I got caught up in the training without realizing it was too much, too soon.

What are some of those “fitness traps” you had to overcome once you’ve been exercising for awhile?  What are some “fitness traps” you are dealing with now?

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Fitness Traps

Happy Tuesday!!  I’m reading a really great self-help book about how to recognize “lifetraps”, those things that trigger you into a negative thinking pattern and how to change your way and mindset before allowing yourself to fall into those patterns.  Just started reading it, but it’s already got me thinking about the ways I deal with things and it’s been helpful.  I feel like I’m on the right path to looking at situations differently.  So a total win!

What it also did was got me thinking about common “fitness traps”, those things that we use as a crutch.  There are all kinds of excuses we allow to become our realities and it just holds us back from doing great things.  Some “fitness traps” are more prevalent at the beginning of our journeys, but others start creeping in as you go along.  I’ve had all of these thoughts at some point and it’s helpful to know ways to get past them and not to let them define you or stop you.  I am no means an expert; I’m just sharing strategies that worked for me personally.

I’m going to start with beginning “fitness traps”.  Next week, I’ll talk about those “traps” that we show up once you’ve being working out for a while.  fitness traps

Fitness Trap #1  “Mommy Guilt”

As a full time working mom, I get this.  You already are away from your child for the better part of the day, only to come home and head out to for another hour or so to go exercise.  The feelings of guilt creep in.  You start thinking, “I should be home.”  ditchtheguilt

How to help overcome these thoughts:

  • Schedule your workouts ahead of time for the week and share them with your family.  The more they know what your schedule looks like the less likely it will feel like it was sprung on them.
  • Ask for support and share why exercising is important to you.  Everyone needs some “me” time.
  • Include your family, when you can!  We do WOD workouts from time, go on walks, etc.
  • Try to find times to workout when it disrupts family like the least.  During the summer, we are a lot less structured, so I run mornings or in the evenings.  During the school year, some days, I go workout right after school; other days, I head out after prepping dinner.
  • It’s a great chance for your spouse and children to hang out without you being there.  That’s a good thing! Just like I enjoy my time alone with Hayden, I know Nick does too.

Fitness Trap #2 “I don’t have time”

With busier and busier schedules, it can seem like it’s almost impossible to fit in just one more thing.  Between work and kid’s schedules, it seems like adding in workout time is just adding to the stress of scheduling it all.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day to get it all done. shattertheclockHow to help overcome these thoughts:

  • Plan ahead.  Look at a weekly schedule and find places where you can fit in a quick workout.  For most of us, there are a few gaps of time somewhere.
  • Prep ahead.  Anytime you can prep up the upcoming day, it leaves more time somewhere else.  Prep school lunches and dinner at the same time.  Lay out school clothes for the week on Sundays.  Pick certain days a week that are cleaning and laundry days.  We actually do a load of laundry a day just so we don’t have to spend a day doing it all.
  • Find gaps.  Your child is working on homework, do a quick set of push ups and crunches.  Your child is at (soccer, softball, baseball, etc.) practice.  Run or walk while practice is going on.  If they have practice at a gym, workout while they are at practice.  Hayden would have swim lessons at our local Y and I’d drop her off and workout.  She was having fun and I was getting in a quick workout.
  • Make working out an appointment.  Just like any appointments we make, keep it written down and in stone on your calendar.  Treat all workouts just as important and necessary.

Fitness Trap #3 “I’m too…(fill in any adjective that fits)”

When I first started running, I’d say I’m too slow.  Heck, I still can say it now too.  When I first started taking Body Pump classes, I’m too weak.  When I first start anything new, the “I’m too…” creeps in.  It’s a crutch that can stop you from every taking that first step. silencethevoiceHow to overcome these thoughts:

  • Realize there is always some faster, stronger, etc. than you.  It’s true.  But what does that other person have to do with you and your journey?  Nothing.  Everyone starts from a different point and it’s your job to only be concerned with your goal and your results.
  • Find workout friends who are around your level of fitness.  There is nothing better than the camaraderie that you find when you meet people who have similar goals and fitness levels.   When I signed up for my first half marathon training, I was soooo much slower than everyone else.  I ran a lot of miles chasing the pack.  Once I became more comfortable within the group, I met Christine and Kay.  I was just always right behind them on most of our runs, so it was finally a relief to talk to them. I wasn’t alone now.  They kept an eye out for me on our runs.  It meant a lot to me to have them do that.
  • Use those feelings as fuel.  When I first started BP, I was using the bar and one small plate (2.2 lbs) on each end for a lot of the tracks.  I felt super silly at the beginning.  I kept at it and eventually went to two small plates (4.4 lbs).  Yes, that extra little bit to jump to a medium plate (5.5 lbs.) was too much.  Now, I’m still working to gain weight on my bar. A few weeks ago, I finally did the chest track with a big plate (11 lbs).  It’s taken me almost two years to get to that point, but it’s the progress that keeps me going back.

What are some of those “fitness traps” you had to overcome when you first started exercising?  What are some “fitness traps” you are dealing with now?

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