Sunday, September 29, 2013

Half Marathon Training: Week Two

I can't believe that my half marathon is coming up in less than a month!! The best part is that I'm ready, I know it; I can do this!! I know my body is well trained for it (or will be by then!) and I have the drive to finish. This is what I was meant for, but that's not saying I don't struggle!


Here's a recap of my workouts this past week:
Sunday: 10 miles + 2 minute plank (I was at the gym foam rolling so I thought why not?)
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 4.09 miles + weights, squats and planks + Pilates
Wednesday: 5.62 miles + ab work, planks and lunges
Thursday: 4.3 miles elliptical + weights and planks
Friday: 4.5 miles + ab work, planks, squats and lunges
Saturday: 3.65 miles

Total Miles: 27.86 running + 4.3 elliptical = 32.16 miles!!

This week I did struggle a little bit with my runs. I had this nagging pain in the back of my right ankle that would really hurt during some runs, or through part of my runs. Saturday was the worst. The pain started in my ankle, and eventually traveled up into my calf. I had five miles scheduled, but had to cut it short. Thinking I had strained my Achille's tendon or something, I iced it throughout the rest of the day. Luckily, I woke up this morning and felt pretty good!

I'm definitely suffering from low energy. I'm pretty sure it's my eating habits. This means that some of my runs have been slower than I wanted, but I do my best to power through them and push myself. It also means that my weight lifting and Pilates have suffered a bit; I just don't have the energy needed for all of it! I need to get my body used to training this much AND figure out how to eat enough to fuel for my higher mileage. 

I had cut out grains awhile back, but I'm not sure this is the best food strategy for me currently. I feel as if I need more carbs! I've added in a little bit of oatmeal, corn tortillas, corn and sweet potatoes back into my routine. I hope they help, but DON'T cause me to gain weight. I just don't know how to properly fuel with eating such small amounts of carbs. Anyone else run on no grains diet?? I'm open to ideas!


Until next time~ 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Things

Happy Friday! This week has seemed to drag on, but at the same time, I can't believe that it's almost October. Yes, I know that's a slight contradiction! I'm a little weird like that! Luckily, today is Friday, which means link up time for High Five for Friday!

One:
Last night I received an email notifying me that I was chosen to be part of the Sweat Pink Ambassador Team!! I'm so happy! What's a Sweat Pink Ambassador you ask? Well, "The Sweat Pink Ambassador community is a place for enthusiastic, positive, inspirational people to connect and support each other in reaching their goals around health, fitness, life... and more. It's a place where we come together and celebrate what we have and reach for even more. It's a place where new friendships spark and running buddies find each other; where you'll always find a cheerleader or a word of advice." Many of my favorite bloggers are part of the Sweat Pink team and I'm excited to become a part of it!



Two:
Sunday was my long run day. I finished 10 miles - woot woot!! I struggled a little bit because of hunger and not bringing any type of fuel with me, but I made it. My first half marathon is only a month away - eek!!



Three:
The weather this week has been gorgeous! Mercedes and I have managed to soak up some of the sunshine and enjoy these last few warm days before the cooler fall weather hits!



Four: 
I wore my camouflage pants out in public. I really do like them! You have to be feeling super confident the day you wear them though; people do look! The only thing I have to pair with them right now though are this jean jacket and black tank. I don't really like anything with them other than black and this is one of the few black things I own! (And yes, I'm being photo bombed by Mercedes!)


How do people look cute in these stupid mirror photos? I always look weird!!

Five:
You know you're a runner when .... you pass by the normal InStyle and Glamour magazines of your past and buy Runner's World! Yeah, I need to subscribe to this magazine!!



So those are the fun things from this week. I hope you all had a wonderful week as well! Make sure to check out my other posts from this week, please:
Half Marathon Training Week One
Searching for Something (trying to find my faith again)

Until next time~

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Searching for Something

I grew up going to church every Sunday with my parents. It was routine. A normal thing we did as a family. As I got older, I eventually stopped going. Since moving out of my parents' house, I've gone to church off and on. Rod and I used to go on occasion and had even tried to find a church to attend once we moved to our new home. We struggled to find a place where we belonged, and when he passed away, we weren't attending a church. 

The night Rod passed, I don't remember much; my brain has shut that nightmare off finally. I do know that as the days passed by, lots of prayers were said and my parents' church family stepped in and were there for us through the process; always willing to help, pray or just check in. Amazing people they are. 

But I personally don't remember praying. Nor do I remember being angry with God for taking Rod. I never stopped believing in God, but I did lose a lot of the little bit of faith I had left. I didn't understand why God's plan was to make me suffer so much; to have to live through a wife's worst nightmare. My faith, my spirituality didn't really exist after I started settling back into a life without Rod. 



Fast forward to present day, it's been almost 19 months since Rod has passed. And I'm searching ... searching for something. I live a life I'm proud of and have fought so hard to become the person I am now. To overcome all the obstacles and heartache thrown in my path. I love the person I'm becoming; however, something is still missing from my life. There is a piece of my puzzle that's missing. And sorry, mom, but I don't think it's just a man!

I've been feeling extremely stressed out lately, constantly worried, and lonely. Working from home, I don't always get enough human contact daily. But I also think it's something more. I was feeling very discontent with my life even while loving so many parts of it. The best way for me to describe it, is that I feel stuck, not knowing where or how to go from here. 


On Sunday, I tackled my longest run yet as I'm preparing for my half marathon. I got to a point in my run where I was sick of the music Pandora was playing and I unplugged. Just listened to my breathing, the sound of my feet hitting the ground. And then something else happened, I talked to God. Talked to Him about running and how thankful I am that I found something I'm passionate about and helps me find joy. Along the way, I felt His presence. I felt Him supporting me, telling me to just breathe and that I could finish this long run. 

It might not have been the conversation I need to have with God, but it's a start. It's a start to finding my faith again. A start to a path of worrying less and praying more. Knowing that I'm not alone as I often feel. All this time I've been searching for something. Worrying and stressing about everything, and feeling unworthy and incomplete. I'm now starting to believe that I found my missing puzzle piece - faith in God. 



Until next time~

Monday, September 23, 2013

Half Marathon Training: Week One

Although technically I didn't sign up for my first half marathon until last Thursday, I'm still counting last week as my first week of training. It was that 8 mile run last Sunday that me think I'd be able to run a half; got my confidence up and made me believe that I'm crazy enough to run 13.1 miles this year already.



Here is a quick recap of my first week of training:
Sunday: 8 mile run
Monday: Rest Day!!
Tuesday: 1.5 miles (treadmill) + 50 squats, 20 pushups and 2 minute plank
Wednesday: 4 mile run + weights, 80 squats, planks and Pilates
Thursday: 4.3 miles on elliptical + legs (lunges, deadlifts, 50 squats) and Pilates
Friday: 6.3 mile run + weights, pushups, tricep dips, planks
Saturday: 4 mile run + abs

23.8 miles of running + 4.3 miles elliptical = 28.1 miles!!

My eight mile run was my favorite run because I did it to prove something to myself. I had never run that far before and told myself that if I could, I would sign up for a half marathon. I didn't expect that the half marathon would only be in less than six weeks, but I can do it!!



My worst day was Tuesday. However, I was traveling for work and just happy I fit something in before meetings! 

My fastest run was the four miles on Saturday. Funny thing is, I felt like I was going slow. At the end when I closed out Runtastic, I saw my average pace is getting close to my last 5k race pace and I got the biggest smile. Becoming faster on my shorter runs is a huge accomplishment; especially when I feel like they were slow! 

This week I think I have around 26 or 28 miles scheduled, plus a day on the elliptical or stair tread climber (no idea if that's the correct name of that machine!) I will also keep up with weights and Pilates. Because I love them and don't want to give them up! 

So, my question is ... am I training at the right amount of miles? Too many? I've looked at quite a few training programs online and I'm on target for my long runs with how many weekends I have until race day. However, most programs schedule two days of rest, but I've been working out six days a week for awhile now so I think I can handle it. But advice is always welcome since I'm new to this!

Until next time~

Friday, September 20, 2013

I Did It!!! And Other Friday Things

I'm so excited to share my number one thing that I'm just going to jump right into this week's High Five for Friday link up ....

One:
I signed up for my first half marathon!!! Woot woot. I have five weeks to train for the Monster Dash on October 26th. Whoever thought I would be excited to run 13.1 miles? Not me! Who am I?? I decided to bite the bullet yesterday and just signed up. Yes, it's scary. It's a long ways to run! But you know what? I can do it!! I heard it's a fun course and my friend Lisa is going to be there to support me (and run the 5k option!) and I even think my parents will come down for it. 


Two:
Motivational quotes like this will become extremely important as I start my training!


Three:
Last weekend I finished up my art project and got some new artwork on my wall. I love DIY artwork! I cut each petal as a heart shape from scrapbook paper and glued them on to the canvas as flowers. I think it turned out so pretty and exactly what the dark corner needed to brighten it!


Four:
The obligatory picture of Mercedes. :) I love how she can't be too far from me at all times!


Five:
I don't know if I should be embarrassed to admit this, but my new favorite running song is Katy Perry's Roar. The lyrics are perfect for getting me going and I just find them inspiring. (And if you want to know, my other favorite running song is Katy Perry's Firework so apparently I really like her songs for working out!)

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar


Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Make sure to check out my other posts from this week and please follow me on Twitter @PinkCupcakeRuns!


Until next time~

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Past, My Story

This post is a little off topic from where this blog has been heading lately. It's not about running, fitness or anything, but this has been weighing on my mind and I just need to share ....

My past is a story only I can own. It has shaped me into the person I am today. Do I live in the past? No. Do I let it have power over me? Not really. However, I do believe that my past reflects my decisions, my actions and even my fears. 

Recently I was told that I couldn't talk about my past because it's my past and doesn't matter anymore. I think that's a line of bull. My past does matter. It matters to me. I shared quite a bit about becoming a young widow on this blog as I was going through the emotions and I don't regret that. It's a part of my story. It's why I am the person I am today. I learned a lot from it and have become a better person because of it.

When I get into a relationship, I want to be free to share my past. The relationship I had with Rod, what it was like losing him and how that night changed my life forever. I think it's important to share this, for my future partner to understand that part of my life. To understand what I survived, how I moved on from the heartbreak, the pain and created a life that's completely different from the one I lived prior to March 2012. If someone doesn't want to hear my story, then I don't want them to be a part of life because, to me, that means that they don't want to know the whole me, the parts of my heart that ache, the parts of me that make me so driven and the parts of me that are broken.


Yes, my past is my past and I don't live there anymore. But it's my life story and I feel that it's important to embrace, to learn from, to move on from, and use as a lesson to shape my present and my future. It's my story, and I choose to share it with those who are closest to me. I wouldn't be me without it.


Until next time~

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Serious Consideration

I’m writing this post as I’m driving riding through central Wisconsin. My favorite drive ride EVER! Oooh … a cow! A corn field! And a cheese shop, and more cows! Just kidding, love you Wisconsin! Actually, the leaves are just starting to turn color so the drive is a little prettier than normal. In a couple of weeks it will be a gorgeous drive!

So I am seriously (for real seriously) considering running a half marathon this year yet. Which, thanks to Minnesota weather, means at the end of October. That is the latest half marathon I’ve found. The Monster Dash on October 26th. That means I have six weeks to train. Am I crazy?? I kind of feel like it!

Yesterday I ran eight miles. That’s my longest distance ever. I didn’t even take any walk breaks – amazing!! At the end, my legs felt tired and tight, but overall I felt pretty good. Not too tired, I wasn’t out of breath or huffing and puffing. But I still have five more miles I have to add to that for the 13.1! I ran five miles on Saturday, and the eight on Sunday, but not 13 all at once. Can I do it in six weeks??? Can I seriously be ready?? I really want to try though!



However, I was just told that I don't need to train for a half marathon. It's just running after all. But as this person finished their story, they ran/ walked a half marathon, couldn't walk for a week, started to hate running and never ran again. Yeah, I think proper training is important!

I do feel like most people sign up for these events months in advance, not six weeks. I want to decide soon, by the end of the week probably, before the registration fee goes up. It’s already high enough!

Also, I noticed last night as I was packing my Nike’s in my suitcase that the treads are super worn. I’m guessing that means new shoes? Another expense on top of the registration fee! Ugh. However, running is my passion and I see the costs to be worth it.

Thoughts? Advice? Do you think I’m crazy or can I do this??


If I do, I want this diamond half marathon necklace! Along with a 13.1 decal for my car! Is it sad that I really, really want a decal for my car and am jealous of those who have them? Haha!



Until next time~

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Things

Hello Friday! The sun is shining, it's 42 degrees or something very fall like, and I have a delicious cup of coffee next to me with my homemade coconut coffee creamer. Perfect morning to reflect back on the week and find the good things, the things to be grateful for, for this week's High Five for Friday linkup post.



One:
Scenes from Saturday. I had my 5k race, enjoyed my favorite post-race treat, and hung out with a super clingy Mercedes after. Apparently she doesn't like getting up at 6am! Caribou has been my post-race treat since my second race. Love their lattes and I think it's a good reward after a race!



Two: 
New protein powder. I use protein powder on a daily basis and have tried many different brands from GNC, but haven't been too impressed with anything yet. However, I have heard of the Jay Robb brand quite a bit and found it on sale so decided to try it. I have to say I'm impressed! Amazing flavor, blends well, it's made with stevia and is non-GMO. Definitely my favorite out of everything I've tried! Anyone else use a protein powder they love?



Three:
Camouflage pants. I ordered these from Express on Labor Day during their 40% off sale and finally received them. I was a little apprehensive about them, not sure they're my style, but honestly, I love them. They fit amazingly and are super comfortable. However, I am having issues figuring out what to wear with them. Ideas?? I have a black tank I wore with them, but with fall and winter coming I need more ideas!!



Four:
A start on my DIY artwork. Last weekend I started up a new art project for a bare wall in my house. I had everything already and just needed to cut out the petals. I can't wait to finish it up and share the final with you!



Five:
Motivation wall at the gym. I love that my gym put up a chalkboard motivational wall. I think it's a fun think to share with and inspire each other. (It's hard to read, but my says "falling in love with running and my first 5k race.")



Those are some of the good things of my week. Overall it was a very good week. I'm sleeping well again finally, I got in some good runs and workouts, and have just been enjoying my quiet, calm life. What are you grateful for this week?

Make sure to check out my other posts from this week!
Weekend Recap and Disappointment
Choosing to Let Go

Until next time~

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Choosing to Let Go

Today I'm choosing to let some things go simply because they're weighing me down. Each and every day I choose how I feel and I choose to be happy, which means I need to let certain things go ....

I choose to let go of disappoint over my race. 
I need to look on the bright side. I ran a 5k. I finished better than at least two-thirds of the other runners. I did something I wouldn't have even imagined doing a year ago. Disappointment? Gone, and in it's place, pride.



I choose to let go of being a "failure."
This past weekend I was told I was training wrong. That I was never going to get better with the way I'm training. That I needed to push my body to it's max, run until I throw up. That was a crushing blow. I've been doing lots of research regarding how to safely increase my mileage and speed through other bloggers who run marathons and on Runners World website. I'm including advice into my routine and slowly getting better. I'm doing what's best for me and at a pace where I know I won't get injured. I'm not failing. I'm not "doing it wrong." And why would I want to push myself until I throw up? That just sounds awful and a good way to start hating running. 



I choose to let go of people who bring me down.
The drama, the gossip, the negativity, the frustration, the need to impress others - I don't need it. Friends are people who build you up, not tear you down, and those are the people I want in my life ... true friends. I am who I am, and I'm happy with the life I'm building; if other people don't like it or want to judge, go ahead. 



I choose to let go of the guilt surrounding rest days.
I can't keep pushing my body every day; it needs rest. Rest is part of the program!! I need to enjoy those days!



I choose to let go of the pressure of "finding someone."
I believe that the right person will come along when I'm least expecting it and I need to live a life I love. I'm doing that, and I'm happy on my own right now. I'm not going to settle just because everyone thinks I need a partner. I will find someone at the perfect time, and I trust in that. 



Those are the things that I feel as if I need to let go of right now to be my happiest self. We all have things that weigh us down, and sometimes we just need to let go.



What do you need to let go of?
Until next time~ 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Weekend Recap and Disappointment

Happy Monday lovely readers!

I hope you are all have a wonderful weekend! My weekend started out with watching The Great Gatsby Friday night while enjoying a delicious chicken cobb salad (new recipe for the week!) with my cuddly, furry date, ran a race on Saturday and ended with a trip to Dave & Buster's. Not a bad weekend!

Saturday was my Happy Days 5k race. I had high hopes for this race - to run at an average pace of 8 minutes per mile, to improve on my last race time, and to win first in my division. Probably too unrealistic of goals. I don't know. What I do know, is that I ran pretty hard, probably not as hard as I could of, and I finished the same time (or so) as my previous race. I placed second in my division. 


Cue disappointment in myself. 

I know I should be proud of myself just for finishing and doing a great job. I finished at an average pace of 8:35 per mile or so and I should be happy with that. This is only my third 5k. And I should focus on the enjoyment of running and racing. But I felt none of that when I finished. I was very much down on myself. I ran too slow. I felt too sluggish. I let the humidity get to me. This is where the perfectionist in me gets me into trouble. 

I was in a funk and down on myself most of the day on Saturday. I was so tired, too, after not having slept well at all during the week. I stayed in Saturday night, watched the fireworks from my patio and enjoyed some delicious fro-yo since it was 90 degrees and humid (not fun running weather!).

Sunday I woke up tired, my legs sore. I had a long run planned, but I just wasn't feeling it after Saturday's disappointing race. Honestly, I felt severely burnt out. I just didn't want to do anything, and definitely not running. I hit the gym instead doing the elliptical for a mile, then switching to a round of upper body weights then repeated the cycle. It felt pretty good. Loosened up my legs and brought my energy up. The burnt out feeling didn't entirely go away, but it dissipated some. The long run will have to be saved for another day this week instead. I'm not skipping it, just moving it!

Sunday night ended at Dave & Buster's. This was my first trip there and I have to say I had a blast. I found out that I'm much better at the more physical games - basketball, air hockey and race car driving - than the video games like Pac Man. I kicked a little butt! Woot woot! 

So, what do I do about beating myself up over a race? How do I just focus on the fun and not the competition? I'm so focused on being better, faster, more mileage. I see what other people are doing and I want to do that, too. I want to run the 7 minute splits, the half marathons. If they can, why can't I? However, I'm afraid that I really am going to burn myself out if I keep pushing myself and comparing my runs to other people. That I'm not going to enjoy it anymore because the way I felt on Saturday after the race was not fun. I hope that it was just a bad day and that my next run will be fun. That I'll see improving my runs as improving myself, my mind and my enjoyment, not a competition. 



And now, as I finish writing this post, all I want to do is get out there and enjoy a run!

Until next time~

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Things

Friday! This, as I'm sure many will agree, has felt like such a short week with Monday being a holiday. And I am NOT complaining!! The week has been a relatively busy one with some good things, some frustrating things, but always things to be grateful for so let's link up with Lauren and all the other great bloggers for High Five for Friday!

One:
Last weekend I was able to spend a couple days at my parents' house. It was a wonderful time where I was able to put some things weighing on my mind into perspective, got a bunch of fresh vegetables from their garden, had my first and only s'more of the season and spent time with the most amazing people in my life - my family!



Two:
Have you heard of cotton candy grapes? I've seen them all over Twitter lately and finally caved in and bought some to try. They are a little expensive, but after tasting a few last night they are delicious! The first taste is definitely reminiscent of cotton candy, but then you get the grape flavor. Yummo! Now, don't get scared. There's nothing crazy or artificial going on in making these. They're completely natural and are made just by plant breeding. They do contain more sugar though than regular grapes so they won't be a staple at my house, but worth trying!


Three:
Speaking of sugar, I have a severe sweet tooth. I have reigned it in and no longer eat many things with added sugar. However, my Pinterest board is full of sweetness lately! This is what I'll be eating in my dreams, and ONLY in my dreams ....


Four:
This makes me giggle every time I see it ....


Five:
I feel the need to share this article. Even as a "beginner" runner, I am in love with it and can find myself in the post. I haven't shared a lot about my dating life on this blog as of late because I am truly enjoying time by myself. However, I want to meet a guy who believes these things about me. Here's a snippet, but go read the whole thing!

"Date a girl who runs. Date a girl who chooses to move than to let the world pass her by. She will cover the roads with you while talking about the mundane to the profound without gasping for air. She will notice and appreciate the little things: the extra cushioning of her shoes, the softness of the pavement vs concrete, or how much cooler it is to run 30 minutes earlier in summer.
Take her to a race and be there with her 30 minutes before gun start. You will watch her fret over her gels, and her hydration, and the porta johns. You will laugh because she gives so much importance to running as if it was her entire life. But, you will learn later on that it only shows how passionate she can be about what is important for her.
Hold her jittery hands before you enter the assembly area. She will hope to break her PR at the half marathon, but do not wish her luck; she won’t need it after all the speed work and tempo runs. Instead, show her a reassuring smile that she’ll be fine and that you’ll be proud of her whether she finishes first or 50th." 
I hope you all had a wonderful week! Tomorrow I will be running a 5k race (yay!) which I'm super excited for even though it's supposed to be 90 degrees and humid. It's been fall-like in the mornings here all week until today. So thank you, Mother Nature, for being hot and humid just in time for race day! ;)

Check out my other posts from the week: September Goals and Not a Born Runner!

Until next time~ 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Not a Born Runner

So last night I was woken up at 4:45am by every single smoke alarm going off in my house. Talk about a scare!! Jeesh, my heart was beating so fast. After not smelling smoke, I ran around the house checking everything and trying to figure out why they were going off and how to stop them. They finally went off on their own after an eternity a couple of minutes. What the heck?? Why were they going off? I definitely did not get back to sleep after that ordeal and I was sleeping so well! Grrr.

I just started running this past May. Maybe late April? With how late our winter lasted, I'm guessing it really was May. I'm serious when I say that. I never ran much before. I was much more a part of this crowd ....



I lost all my weight doing the elliptical and hiking intervals on the treadmill, never running. I couldn't even fathom running a mile when I started! But once I got going, I loved it. I didn't start it for weight loss, although it has leaned me out quite a bit. I haven't lost a lot of weight, but running has made my legs leaner and stronger, my stomach is flatter and, I guess the saddest part, I lost my boobs! Honestly though, I love my new "runners body" as I call it!


Left is from Sept. 2012, right is from July 2013

However, as much as I love running, it's not always "easy" for me. Some days are definitely a struggle. And it's not even the running that I struggle with. It's the getting out there; having confidence in myself that I can accomplish running. Once I get out there and get going, I can easily do it. But I have mental roadblocks that sometimes get in my way of running. Especially lately. I see that I have five or six miles scheduled and I get a little nervous that I can't finish. A voice inside my head keeps saying "you're not a born runner; why are you doing this? You're tired, or sore, or blah, blah, blah, let's take a break." I take it one step at a time - I put on my workout clothes, I put my hair up, bring Mercedes for a short walk to warm up, and in the end, I lace up my shoes and I go. And you know what? I can do it. I can finish my scheduled miles and I don't even have to take walk breaks anymore. I'm sure I will as I keep increasing my miles, but I can run six miles plus without walk breaks now! Proud moment. 

I might not be a born runner, but I am a runner. I know when I'm experiencing those mental roadblocks or my body is tired, that once I get out there and get running, I will feel great. And when I'm finished with my run, I feel energized, calm and less stressed. I love being a runner.



Do any of you experience "mental roadblocks" when it comes to exercise? How do you get over them?

Until next time~

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Goals

Happy September!! Seriously, where did August go? I feel like it just flew by! I'm not ready for fall yet. I'm hoping summer weather sticks around for awhile even though the calendar says September. 

These past few days I've been up at my parents' house. I love spending time with them, my brother and nephew! My dad and I took a four-wheeler ride around their land and I was reminded how beautiful of a place I grew up. I grew up on a farm with around 250 acres of hunting grounds, fields and just serene Minnesota scenery. I'm so lucky to have grown up the way I did with the morals and love my parents gave me!! Thanks, mom and dad; I probably don't say that enough!

This morning I woke up super tired, my legs especially. However, I put on my hot pink Nike's and headed out for a run. I had my "long" run planned for today - 6 miles. Yes, I realize that many people do long runs of 10+ miles; however, six miles is still long for me. I'm working on increasing that mileage though little-by-little! Don't judge, please! Anyway, I didn't know how my legs would handle the run since they felt so tired when I woke up, but about two miles in I hit my stride and easily ran the six miles. The weather was perfect and I felt great after! The tiredness did get worse throughout the day, but luckily it's Sunday so being lazy is perfectly okay!!


Being that it's September 1st, I want to set some goals for the month. I think sharing the goals is important to keeping those goals so here goes ....

1. Write at least three blog posts a week. I need to stop slacking and build this blog!!
2. Continue working on increasing my running mileage along with race speed with longer runs and speed work.
3. Make one new meal or try a new food every week. (I'm in a little bit of a food rut!)
4. Do some craft projects. I want to make some new artwork for my wall and a fall theme wreath.
5. Do Pilates two to three times a week. I love Pilates, but I don't get to it as often as I wish.


I think that's it. I'll probably come up with some more after I post this, but those are good ones to start this goal setting. I'll check in with you at the end of the month to see how I did! Have a safe and happy Labor Day tomorrow! I know for sure I'll be getting out for a run!!

Until next time~