Guys, this post is going to be a little different from the norm. I usually post a Blogger Feature on Thursdays, but my week has been all out of whack so I woke up and thought today was Wednesday, thus no blogger feature is prepared! But don’t worry, the fabulous Brooke from Sweet & Sweaty will be on the blog tomorrow! Large and in charge! Head on over to her site and get familiar!
Previous Blogger Features:
Fit Life Forward
Arkansas Runner Mom
Reach Your Peak
Happy Wife Healthy Life
Daily Cup of Kate
More Than Just Dessert
Tuesday I stayed home from work when I woke up with a bad headache, for the third day in a row. I slept in until 11:30, something I don’t think I’ve done since high school! It felt, a-mazing. Truckee probably thought she was in heaven, getting to stay in bed with me most of the day! By the afternoon, I was feeling much better, and was able to get some work done from home. Truckee was super clingy all day, and practically tried to sit in my lap while I worked on the couch. She thinks she’s helping 🙂
By the time Adam got home, I was dying to go to the gym and stretch my legs. I did 4 miles on the treadmill, sans music (not fun!), then a leg workout including leg curls, squats, lunges, and a few crunches to even things out. It was weird to run on the treadmill without music, mostly because I felt like I could hear a million different conversations. I guess that kept it interesting!
I’m starting to think more and more about my half marathon goal for March 2! I know I want to PR again, beating 1:58:13. I’d really LOVE to hit 1:55:00. Based on a pace calculator, my average pace would need to be 8:46/mile. That still sounds so daunting to me, but I think I could do it! Even a 8:50 average mile would put me around a 1:55:48 half time. Getting my half time under 2 hours was tough, but I’m hoping with more strength training it will be easier this go-around. I don’t consider myself to be a naturally FAST distance runner, so each mile I run in the 8’s I’m super proud of! I can’t even fathom the strength and endurance that elite marathon runners have…running 5-6 minute miles repeatedly without stopping just blows my mind! Heck, even running 7 minute miles!
I guess that brings me to today’s topic!
I was watching Biggest Loser this week and couldn’t help but be motivated! The makeover episode gets me every time. It’s just so amazing to me to see how far the contestants come, not just physically, but a complete mental and emotional turn around. They become strong, confident, and proud of themselves! And most importantly, they learn to love themselves and learn to embrace living a new, healthy lifestyle. I think one of my favorite parts about being a healthy living blogger, is when friends and family text me and say, “I just ran X many miles in X many minutes!” or “I’m down X lbs this week and I’ve walked X miles this week!” or “I signed up for my first 5K!” or “Look how fast I just ran!” That’s what it’s all about! It’s not about being the fastest, or showing off my splits and workouts to brag to all of my social media followers, or to guilt trip people into working out. It’s to inspire people to get out there and MOVE, and be active, and to show that exercise doesn’t have to be this daunting task but that it can be rewarding and fun! And if you MAKE time for it, you will be so glad you did. I hope that by being open about my own progress and struggles, and how I workout, that it inspires or motivates someone to exercise as well! Being active isn’t just about looking good, or losing weight, but it’s about feeling good about yourself and being proud of yourself. Exercise is a natural stress reliever, and endorphin producer, and once you catch the “happy” bug, it’s addicting! Not to mention the 98235827489 health benefits of exercise. Yes, there’s that many. It’s hard not to be intimidated by someone faster, or someone stronger, or someone more experienced, but everyone starts somewhere! What matters most is that you try. And not everyone will love running like I do, but my dream is that everyone will eventually find their own form of exercise that brings as much joy to them as running brings to me!
I found some of my favorite motivational quotes that keep me moving, and wanted to share them! I shared some fun ones previously on a half marathon motivation post, but these are a little different. And with the Olympics coming up, (who’s PUMPED?!!) who isn’t motivated to get out there and pretend to be as cool as an olympian?! Just me? Ok…
And if those don’t put a pep in your step, maybe this will…
That smile. I know.
What motivates you? Why do you exercise? How does running make you feel stronger?
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