Life’s short. Don’t stress over things that haven’t happened. Find joy in each moment. Forgive- especially yourself. Remember, you never run out of love. And always, always, buy those shoes you want. 🥰 #glycerin17
My previous post, from Tuesday, was after a job interview for a position I thought I’d really enjoy. Yesterday, another company contacted me about 2 possible positions, and I couldn’t believe how my luck was turning around. After 3 weeks of no leads, I went to bed last night wondering what the immediate future would hold - more interviews, an offer, nothing? Well, today dawned on a beautiful first day of spring, with the moon setting behind trees lit by the morning sun - a promising start for sure. Shortly after breakfast, I got the call that my first choice of job, from Tuesday’s interview, was being offered to me! Woohoo!! Best part, it’s a 4-10 schedule, so every Fri/Sat/Sun off! Four 10-hour days, with an hour commute each way, is not the best schedule for weekday runs, but the weekend run schedule will work for sure! Speaking of running, I managed to get in a short afternoon run after doing pre-hiring paperwork; the high I was on carried me through a poor run and I still felt great. The flowers and creek waterfall even looked better today! Thanks to those who sent me well-wishes and good luck on Tuesday! Great day, and tonight @myadventures_now and I will celebrate for sure! 🍾🥂 🏃🏻 🏋🏻♀️ #newday#newcareer#letsgo#run#runner#runningman#runnerscommunity#runningchangeseverything#runnersofinsta#runnersofig#lovetorun#runtolive#runthisbody#skyabove#earthbelow#firewithin#brooksrunning#runhappy#adrenalinegts19#shokzsquad#dontgiveup#neverquit#fightmywayback#discipline#dedication#determination
6 MILES of hills @ 8:50 pace! . . . First day of spring! Sunshine! Shorts! Having a job where I can go out for a run during lunch!! The grateful vibes are real again today. 💛💛💛 Happy Wednesday darlings!
Feeling much much better today, thank you to everyone for the well wishes! 🤗 Appetite came back this afternoon, and I’ve had a couple small meals without any trouble. Felt well enough to get in a fun strength workout at the gym! . . . Did you know tomorrow is the first day of spring?? I’m super excited. Like, I might wake up early and go run somewhere beautiful to celebrate. Spring is the BEST. 🌷🌞🌸
I feel like a proper runner 🏃🏃🏃 now I've got this watch 😂 I was using my phone before no pausing at traffic lights, app getting stuck etc. Lovely run with #horshamjoggers and the best thing my knee was fine!! 😀🙏👍💪💯 I'm so happy I run with no pain. Whatever I'm doing is obviously working, rolling my buttocks on a teniss ball (ouch), doing my strengthening exercises my physio gave me, still doing my spinning classes and lots of stretching. I'm feeling so much more positive today after this run 👍😁 Doing it for my son and @clicsargent Please 🙏😊 sponsor me if you can link in bio 😘
When you have a million things planned for Monday, and then you get food poisoning. 😭😭😭 I had a workout, shopping, meal prep, and a host of other things I wanted to get done yesterday, and instead I was sick until 2am. Feeling very weak and icky today... hoping I can get some food into my belly and get back on track! #runnernotrunning
Medal Monday!! Thank you Tobacco Road for making this an amazing race! I kept pretty quiet about running this because my training hasn’t been 100% lately. I’ve been very scared to push myself for fear of another injury. I went into this race with pretty low expectations. The goal was to just finish. It was an awesome race every step of the way. My legs felt strong and my fuel was perfect. I managed to pull off a 12 minute PR. My finish time was 2:12:34. Definitely the motivation I need to push forward and not be too scared of challenging my body. The body is more capable than the mind! #brooksrunning#garminconnect#tobaccoroadmarathon
It took me waaaaaaaay too long to get my butt outta bed this morning. I’m still not quite adjusted to daylight savings. But Week 3 Run 1 done ✅. Again, running outside was way better. It was kinda freaky dark when I started but I know it won’t be like that for long. Good luck to everyone starting the #csespringchallenge today!
10 WEEKS FROM EDINBURGH. . . . One of the things I really love about running is how it creates Gratitude in me. The places I get to run through, the people I meet, even things like sunshine, being out in the woods, the food I enjoy afterwards, the way my body feels, and just the very fact that I’m RUNNING. I still get excited that I get to run 3 miles, never mind 26.2. I feel so grateful for so many things when I run. It reminds me that I’m very lucky, and very blessed, in so many ways. I simply have to choose to notice. 🤗
6 recovery miles ✌🏻 . . . Weekend style: Bra? Only if it’s a sports bra. Makeup? Only if it’s sunscreen. Clothes? If it doesn’t stretch, it doesn’t happen. Hair? BUN THAT SNARLY MESS. Weekends are for running and resting. Fashion can wait till Monday. 😂
14 MILES avg 9:02 pace 🌞 . . . WOOOOOOOO!! Okay guys, NOW it feels like we’re freaking training for a marathon. 😄 After a couple faster runs this week, my right shin was feeling a little sore, so I wanted to take this one slow. Add in hills and headwinds, and I’m still pretty proud of this pace. I ran by feel, not letting my heart rate get too high until the last mile, where I kicked it out @ 7:58. . . . Also... SUNSHINE!!! I can’t even describe how happy spring makes me. It’s literally like coming to life again. I’m not sure yet, but I’m really hoping I’ve got my first hints of tan on my pale ole legs, instead of just windburn. 😂🌷🌞
My lipstick 💄 is matching my #clicsargent Brighton marathon 🏃 vest 😁👍 I'm still feeling positive although it's been a bit tough last 4 weeks my knee hurts everytime I run and the pain gets so bad that I have to stop. I'm not able to run pain free :( I have been to sports therapist and he said what I expected I've done too much too soon. I have never run before I signed up. I started at the end of September and my first run was nearly 5miles!! So I thought hey I might be natural to this running thing. 🏃😂 I started training realy hard in Jan this is when I thought let's do this and take this training seriously 🏃💪 I'm told now to take it easy to slow down and no long runs, I'm doing strengthening exercises. OK so this week I've done 3 runs and 2 spinning classes and I'm planning to try a longish run 🏃🤞 tomorrow 10miles slow pace if I can and yes I've been told to do only 2 runs a week, but it's just too hard for me to take it easy 😂 I know now that maratonam will be most probably not pain free for me and it will be toughest physical chalange I've done so far, but I'm determined to cross that finish line no matter what 🤞🙏😀💪🏃 Doing it for my son and @clicsargent #younglivesversuscancer Please sponsor me if you can 🙏🙏🙏 link in a bio. It's less than one month left till the marathon 😱🏃💪
First outside run since last fall and IT. FELT. AMAZING. Waaaaaay better for my mental health to run outside. I am so glad that little by little it’s getting warmer and warmer outside 😍. 2.5 miles ✅ #rebelrunner
Papa was with me today. 💙🙏 . Soooo I just ran my first ever 10k!!! 😬 I came home with first place Female and fourth place overall with an automatic PR plus a 5k PR in the second half of the race! I am beyond happy with how today went. When my coach told me he wanted a 6:05 pace I was so scared because that pace, only a few months ago, was faster than my 5k pace!! I can’t thank my coach @boydmiler72 enough for believing in me as always and making me into the runner that I’ve always dreamt of being! 🌟 . . Also, a huge thanks to @peejay425 for pacing me and always motivating me to be stronger!! . . Guyssss! Did I really just do that?? 😯
One more freaking month. One month from today the streets of Boston will have all of my heart, energy, and my strength. Take it all, because I’m taking all the pride home with me. . . #bostonbound#bostonmarathon#finalcountdown
I was one of those people who was terrified of pregnancy. THE UNKNOWN. What would my body feel like? What would I have to adjust? Will I be able to run and work out? Will I be exhausted all the time? How will I survive for 9 months without sushi? How in hell will I squeeze that thing out of my body????? 🙅🏼♀️ . While I was so selfishly worried about all the changes I'd undergo...I didn't spend any time thinking about how cool growing a human actually is. Earlier this week, I proudly donned a bare belly while running in Florida - something I never thought I'd EVER have the balls to do. On my run, I passed many pedestrians. Most of them smiled at me...some looked at me disapprovingly. But as my run went on, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride for what my body is able to do. I knew pregnancy would make me feel a lot of things...I never thought one of those things would be feeling like a badass. . As more time passes, I'm fearing the unknown of pregnancy less and less. At the beginning of this journey, I underestimated how strong I really am. I think this self-realization is something a lot of us struggle with, whether you're pregnant, or training for a marathon. So next time you forget that you're a badass, just give yourself that reminder that you've got this; you're way stronger than you think.
7.6 MILES @ 8:45 pace!! . . . I feel really lucky to be living as close to the city as I do these days. A quick trip takes me to some of the most iconic running spots in the country, and there are so many other runners in Boston, you can just feed off the energy of everyone around you. A warm-ish run along the Charles last night left me feeling very blessed!! #timeflieswhenyourehavingfun
NEW 5K PR- 22:55!!!! . . . What do you do when you have a track workout planned for lunch, then someone throws a meeting on your calendar, cutting your anticipated free time in half? You decide to beat your 5k time from last summer! I’m not going to be running a lot of races this year, so I’ve decided not to wait for chip timing to get excited about PRs. As long as I’ve measured it in a reliable way, and I’m not pausing my watch, I’m gonna count it. 😎 The best part about this run was... I could have gone -even faster- 🤩 . . . 1.5 mile warmup 3.1 @ 7:30-6:30ish pace 1 mile cooldown
What a difference a year makes. On left, March 9, 2018; 188 lbs, ran 4 miles at 9:30 pace that day. Today, March 12, 2019; 223 lbs, struggled to run/walk just over 2 miles at a 13 min pace. What happened? A lot. In the end, I only have myself to blame. While I’ve lost all feeling in most of my left hand, and the pain in every other running step reminds me of disc issues and bone spurs in my neck, I have to stop making excuses and start making progress. I may be staring at cervical spine surgery soon, and I’m now on blood pressure medication, but my only restriction is me right now. I can’t blame my weight and lack of fitness on the issues in my neck. I got stressed, I got lazy, life kicked me and I didn’t kick back, but laid there and ate too damn much. So now I have to live with the consequences and get my ass back to work. As I find the neck and head positions which cause the most pain, and those which don’t cause any, I will start working my way back in the gym and on the road in hopes I can improve before potential surgery lays me up for a bit. Time to #showup and #dowork 🏃🏻 🏋🏻♀️ #run#runner#runningman#runnerscommunity#runningchangeseverything#lovetorun#runtolive#runthisbody#skyabove#earthbelow#firewithin#brooksrunning#runhappy#adrenalinegts19#feetures#shokzsquad#dontgiveup#neverquit#fightmywayback#discipline#dedication#determination
It’s amazing how busy we can get. I haven’t posted in a few day because sometimes you just forget. Friday was my first attempt at a stroller run...props to all you moms and dads out there that run with a stroller. I have to admit it was fun she kept me laughing the whole time. I’m definitely not used to pushing all the extra weight while running. That just means we’ll have to run more together. Sunday was a wet run. I waited until the rain stopped. At least I thought it stopped. Oh well. I got wet. It made for an uncomfortable 5 miles. It can only get better!! #garminconnect#brooksrunning#strollerrunning
Woke up 5am to do this run thing 🏃🏃🏃As soon as I started running my knee started aching and got progressively worse until I couldn't bare the pain I had to stop and running through pain is not a good idea anyway. I'm so frustrated!!!! 😢😢😢 One week of rest hasn't helped so I booked myself sports therapist today hopefully he can help me 🙏🙏🙏 I've got half marathon in 2 weeks and Brighton in less than 5 weeks 😱 Fingers crossed 🤞 this therapist will help me. On a positive note my new trainers felt good 👍 apparently my old ones were too small and that's why my toenails are black 😂
Today I got the clear to do 4 minutes running and 1 minute walking for 20 minutes and it was pain free. Also, all the swelling in my face is almost gone thanks to a rotation of antihistamines + sinus medicine! What a great start to the week.
Week 2 Run 1 done ✅! My boss told me to take a mental health day and I’m glad that I’m working on making exercise part of my mental health. We also had the #notyouraverage5k call today and I was able to ask our coach Jill about endurance. I’m finding that once I hit the 20 minute mark I get bored and want to quit. She suggested lowering my Intervals to help increase endurance. I also happen to think that running outside with help with boredom and I am looking forward to running outside again. I think I’ll take my long runs on the old trail and my workouts before work at the park near my house. #runyourbestlife
So I was excited this morning to try out my new trainers after not running for 1 week, but life has other plans. Before I signed up for the marathon I knew that I will face challenges not only in terms of training but actually fitting it all in to my crazy busy life! My daughter has ongoing hronic bladder and bowel problems since birth and needs constant care. Her condition is complex and doctors still not been able to find a correct treatment for her. She has got 2 surgeries coming up one of them just days before my marathon which does worry me a bit. Like today she's woken up with lots of pain constant diarrhoea and vomiting bile it's not sickness bug it's just part of her condition and this happens regularly. She's still in nappies (she's nearly 5)and I have to see her suffer and feel helpless a lot of the time. So she misses school frequently and I'm not able to work or train on these days. My eldest son is a goalkeeper and trains a lot and just signed up for a second team so I'm forever driving him to and from training, games and waiting in the car it takes up large amount of my time. And there is also Christian who I'm convinced due to the treatment he had for Leukaemia is left with psychological issues like OCD, sleeping and eating disorders, and other things list too long to mention and he also requires a lot of my attention. And then there is only one me :) and I'm trying very hard to fit everything in and I shall say successfully most of the time I'm coping and doing a good job I hope I am anyway. I can't say it's easy it's hard it's non stop no brakes for me no time out, except when I'm running that's why this running has been such a good thing for me it's the way to escape and just be in that moment with myself and my thoughts. So yes training for this marathon is a massive challenge , but I'm not going to stress myself out I can only do what I can do in my current situation and yes probably I won't be able to fit in as much training as I would
12 MILES @ 8:48 avg . . . I’m getting real sick of pics of my dumb face in the gym mirror, so here a pic of my dumb face at the Angry Unicorn Half in RI last year. 🙃 I’m not doing a lot of races this year, really just because of financial reasons, but I miss it. . . . It’s pretty sweet to be able to run 12 miles at that pace and not even feel like I’m trying real hard. Hurrah, body!
I had to contend with snow, rain, wind, flooded roads for my 10k run today. Didn’t go further as my mileage crept up a this week, so trying to reduce injury risk. Legs felt so heavy when I got to the 1 mile mark. Shins felt tight. As I got to about 2.75 miles I felt my legs ease off and wake up, so I decided to try and turn it into a negative split run from miles 2-6. I learned today that I am less precious about running through floods after the first couple of times of my feet getting a soaking! Roast is in the oven and I’m off for a bath to warm up! Happy Sunday all. 😀😀 #running#runhappy#runthisbody#halfmarathontraining#runningmotivation#couchto5k#runit#runningcommunity#10k#brooksrunning#womenwhorun#runningmama
Since I am not allowed to run right now, I had Greg set up my bike trainer so I could at least be somewhat active as I recover from plantar fasciitis. My legs + foot felt great riding but my butt not so much haha. Hopefully it gets better over the next few days.