Stumbled on a cool military college on my long run while on vacation in Kingston this morning 👍🏃
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Getting into the ugly of marathon training - no slacking now! My new mantra for the next few weeks! Thanks @julesgorham!
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One year ago I made one of the best decisions of my running "career". After years of feeling like I was working hard but not seeing (or more importantly, feeling) the results I expected, I turned to my friend @itsamarython for her widsom and guidance.
In just one year, I saw times drop from every. single. distance I raced while my approach to training changed to include:
- Less weekly mileage
- Less 20+ milers (I only did one run over 17 miles before NYC)
- More focus on my health (choosing unplanned rest days over running myself into the ground)
- Smarter racing (I negative split both the NYC marathon and NYC half)
The endstate for Mary isn't about me racing a certain time. I truly believe she has my long term health in mind and works to allow me to safely manage the training load while juggling family, work, a long commute and a social life. (Although to be fair, running faster times doesn't hurt!).
It's also about the excitement that Mary has injected into my training. I wake up giddy to try workouts and anxious to see what the week has in store for me. And it's especially about feeling happy, confident and strong AF during these races.
Sometimes you have to go so far outside your comfort zone to see growth. You have to trust in the process. And sometimes you have to put your faith in someone else.
I did that with @itsamarython a year ago and I've never looked back 💗 #sappypost#oneyearanniversary#marathontraining#liftrunperform#trusttheprocess#cantstop#nycmarathon#chasing3#instarunners
I'm only human. I am the one who gained weight over the summer months rather than lost or maintained. I over indulged at get togethers, I finished off my kids left overs, splurged on vacations, and it took a toll on my body. This goes to show you that working out isn't the only piece to the puzzle. Nutrition has to be a HUGE focus. Fitness AND nutrition go hand in hand. .
When this new program came out, I decided it was time to commit. Not just to the workouts but to the nutrition plan as well. I would push play no matter what and eat from the menus planned. Was it easy to do? No, bc my mind wanted to go bk into the summer habits I created. My willpower was tested daily! Every night that I pushed through, I felt a little better and as I type this on day 21, I feel accomplished and proud! .
What did it take to get results?!?!
It took this...
2️⃣1️⃣ days of following a program
🗓 6 days a week of working out
⏰ 12 hours TOTAL of exercise
🍎 Following the nutrition plan
🚫 Pushing past the excuses
✅ Checking in and keeping myself accountable to my group
❤️ Never giving up on myself
Excited to start round 2 in a week! If these were the results I could get in just 21 days, I can't wait to see where I can be in another 3 weeks. .
Need a little push now that summer is coming to an end? It's never too late to join! Next group is start up on the 28th. Drop a 🙋🏼 below if you want more info!
Marathon training...I had no idea what you had in store for me. Today was one of those days I let the quit win. I wanted to quit before I even started and I know that's what ruined it. I couldn't change my mindset. The whole time I was just over it. The crazy part though is that today was "only" 13 miles. 1️⃣ The fact that when I refer to 13 mile run as "only 13" blows my mind 💥 2️⃣ I did 20 miles last week so 13 should be a piece of 🍰. That was my problem I was approaching this long run like it was nothing. I didn't get my clothes ready the night before, didn't prepare fuel, didn't set an alarm, didn't look check the weather/wind/humidity, didn't hydrate properly beforehand. I got cocky and didn't respect the distance like I should have. And I ended up feel like crap during most of the run. I wasn't prepared mentally or physically. So I ran 11 miles (meaning I felt like I dragged my body along the sidewalk for almost 2 hours) and I only had 2 freakin miles left and I quit. I went home. I was beyond done. So this week I learned respect. No matter what respect the distance. Don't get cocky just cause you killed a 20 mile run last week, training isn't over yet! Ugh. Next week I will not quit. I will not. Marathon training is beyond anything I've ever done before. Challenging mentally, physically, and emotionally. But that finish line is going to taste so sweet. I'm coming for ya Chicago, 48 days!
Smoothie bowl Sunday is here! 🍧 Major acai cravings after having one yesterday 🤗 This baby hit the spot after my 3 mile recovery run on the strand 🏃🏻♀️
1 frozen @sambazon pack, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbsp @earthbalance coconut PB, 1 tbsp @vitalproteins, 1 tbsp vanilla @nuzest_usa protein, enough coconut almond milk to blend ⚡️ Topped with berries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, @purely_elizabeth blueberry granola, & @eatingevolved coconut butter 🌴💜🍓 Spending the day in PV at the wine festival! 🍷 Happy Sunday everyone! #acaibowl#becksliveshealthy#sundayrunday
Half marathon done! 1h43 and 54sec. Two months left to train for #NYC. Right now... nap time!
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One day you will thank yourself for not giving up!! ❤️🏃🏼♀️❤️ 11 Hot and humid miles to start my Sunday! It wasn't pretty! Lol! This humidity is insane, I've been running in it all my life but for some reason it just seems worse this year! You get dehydrated so fast, it truly makes running suck. 😜 When I feel like quitting I always think about how disappointed I'll be with myself, I also think about my goals and how I won't reach them if I give in to that negative voice in my head!! I stopped a few times to guzzle water and stretch my hamstring which was more tight today(dehydration makes it worse) , but I didn't give up. Slow it down if you have to, but get through it!! You'll thank yourself later!!! ❤️❤️ **********************************************