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What A Real Woman Looks Like

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Jochen SchoenfeldJochen Schoenfeld

Real women have curves.
Real women don’t.
Real women have pillowy breasts that move and dance.
Real women have mastectomies to remove cancerous cells.
Real women have skin and bones and a heart beat.
and a softness
Or hardness.
Real women are rough around the edges
or delicate and ethereal.
Real women have a heart that whispers with murmurs and occasional irregularities.
Real women wake up at 5 am to feel their tennis shoes smack against pavement.
Real women wake up at 11 am because they were up the night before
tending to families
or themselves,
learning how to love the pieces they’ve been told to hate.
Real women have 10 fingers
Real women have 9 fingers.
Real women have an amputated arm.
Real women are in wheelchairs
Real women fuck with ease.
Real women wait until marriage.
Real women believe in God
in Goddesses
in a religion…

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Long overdue update! 

Wow this semester has been busy! I’m glad to say it’s over and I’m officially a senior! Where has the time gone?  Over the past month I ran my sixth half marathon and biked 180 miles for Children’s Miracle Network! 

So I’m going to fit a very short and sweet recap on this post. 

Bikes for Tikes: 

Bikes for Tikes is a 3 day bike ride from Cincinatti back up to Bowling Green Ohio. It’s 180 miles total with about 150 college students biking, raising awareness and money for Children’s Miracle Network. The weekend is filled with lots of hills (lots of BIG hills), tears, and emotions as 150 students conquer 180 miles for children in the hospital. 

My personal journey on this ride was extremely rewarding. I was so lucky to have spent the weekend biking for CMN. Although I trained, I was in no way prepared for the hills and wind that became a part of my bike trip. I walked my bike up a few hills on the first day, but rode up the rest on the two remaining days- my legs thanked me for it later. I did better than I thought I was going to. I had some doubts before the ride, but I knew I had the mentality to finish. I powered through on each leg until the last one. The last big leg of our ride- I hit my first wall ever. The wind was brutal, and I wanted to give up. I was by myself in the middle of a farm road. This was my lowest point-my wall. But I pushed through. I was so happy to finally see the break before our last leg. After all the bikers finished that brutal leg, we all rode together back to Dance Marathon in BG. Our “welcome home” entrance was amazing. There was happy tears everywhere. (You can observe my swollen face in the pictures below) I’m so happy I was able to be apart of such a wonderful adventure. 

   
                 And the result? Two  sunburnt biker hands. 😂

Half Marathon: 

Glass City round 3! This wasn’t my best half and it wasn’t my worst. However I did manage to pull my hamstring. But I’m all healed now(: here’s some pictures! 

   
   

Skinny is okay. Fat isn’t.

Fat. Skinny. We have been brought up in a society to where we have learned to overuse these two words. We’ve been “taught” that working out makes you skinny, sitting on the couch makes you fat. We’ve learned from our peers, our mothers, and society that using these two words are okay.

Because it’s describing a person, it’s describing yourself, it’s describing what the media has drilled into our minds.

It’s a mother asking her Daughter “Does this make me look fat?”
It’s the daughter responding, “No, you are skinny.”
Because Skinny is okay, Fat isn’t.

Well if skinny is okay and fat isn’t, then I better start working out.
I better start eating less.
Can’t gain that weight, can’t put it back on.
Gotta fit into that dress.

Because skinny is okay, fat isn’t.

I fit into the dress.
Will they call me skinny?
Please call me skinny.

They didn’t call me skinny.
Am I fat? Am I fat?

Should I tell my mom?
“Mom I look fat.”

She replies,
“No, you look skinny.”

Because skinny is okay, fat isn’t.

Gotta keep eating less.
Gotta keep running further.

Do I look like that model yet?
Am I as skinny as her yet?

I bought new clothes.
I lost the weight.
Am I skinny yet?

“Friend, does this shirt make me look fat?”
“No. You are skinny.”

I’m skinny.
I made it.

Gotta tell my Mom.

“Mom look how skinny I look in this dress.”

“You’re too skinny.”

But skinny is okay…fat isn’t.

Stop using the word skinny. Stop using the word fat. Start using the word healthy, beautiful, glowing, etc. Our body size does not define us. Your body is beautiful. Your soul is beautiful.

This week is National Eating Disorder Week. Please take a moment to educate yourself about the illness and ways your can help. Go to http://nedawareness.org/ to learn.

February Training Plan

Here’s  my February training plan!
January’s plan went very well! MLK week I struggled with following my schedule, but otherwise I’ve been staying right on track! February I switched things up a bit. Yay for fitness! Can’t wait to share some things I’ve done in January! But for now, here’s my schedule…

February2015_trainng plan

New look: January Training Plan

After a very busy 2014, I finally brought back my training plans! They are meant for my personal use, but feel free to always follow along! I also encourage you to make your own.
This year I’m trying to become a bit more organized planning my schedule(s). As you can see, it has a new look! I’m going by weeks instead of days, and I planned my schedule around work, play, and school. January is my warm up month to the start of an exciting year. Check it out…

Training Plan_ January 2015

I also added “Cross Train Thursdays.” My goal is to do a new workout every week, while also cross training for my marathons and bike-a-thon. I hope to post about it every Thursday. Next, I will also have Three Mile Thursdays once a month. This will be my 5K challenge to try and beat my PR. Since it’s the first month of the year, I will be setting the time to beat. (let’s see how this goes)

What’s your fitness goal for the month?
Comment below!

New Year. More Miles.

Happy New Year! I can’t believe how fast 2014 flew by!

Last year, I made a few running and fitness goals. (Shown below)

  1. Run at least 2 Half-Marathons
  2. Run a Half-Marathon under 2 hours and 15 minutes
  3. Run over 200 Miles in 2014
  4. Eat clean, cut out processed food as much as possible.
  5. Give up Chocolate for one month. (This will be extremely hard, since I’m addicted)
  6. Bike 100 Miles in a MS Bike Tour
  7. Run a Marathon.

Unfortunately I was only able to complete one out of the eight.  I had a handful of setbacks in 2014 with running injuries and illnesses. Needless to say 2014 wasn’t my year for wellness.

But that’s okay. Because, now I’m able to stick to the goals I made in 2014 and complete them this year.

Without further to do, here’s my new personal fitness goals for 2015…

1. Run a Marathon
2. Bike 180 Miles for Children’s Miracle Networks. I must raise $450 before I can bike. Here is my fundraising page.
3. Run over 300 miles
4. Run at least two half-marathons
5. Strengthen shins and overall muscles

My main focus this year will be training for my first-ever marathon. I am planning to run 26.2 in the Fall.

So here’s to another wonderful year of health and fitness!

 

 

 

 

Half-Marathon Recap (Round 5)

It’s official! On November 4th, 2014 I completed my fifth half-marathon.
My best friend completed her first.
My cousin completed her fourth.

Oh, and I forgot to mention- I’ve never been so happy to cross a finish line in my life.

Here’s why:

The morning started out great. I bundled up in numerous layers, stuffed large amounts of tissues in my pockets, and put on my “turtle neck scarf”- ready to conquer Ohio’s cold November weather. I then was dropped off at the start, and met up with my bestie and cousin as we warmed up for the run.

At 9:00am the gunshot went off and we began this hilly and cold 13 mile run. Everything was going wonderfully. I was rocking out to Beyonce while running next to my best friend, and cousin. Then at mile 2.5 I passed my Brothers in my co-ed fraternity cheering me on while passing out water. (I even got a little choked up)

Unfortunately, once we hit mile 3, my side cramped up and I had to walk.
The sharp pain didn’t fully go away until somewhere in between miles 6 and 7.
I did a lot of walking in between these miles. Even stopping to stretch my side.

Luckily at mile 7 I took off on my runners high, hoping to gain back the time I lost.

I ran as much as I could- and walked only twice going up two very large inclines.
Then I finally crossed the finish line- with my slowest time ever- but hey, at least I did it right?

About 10 minutes after my best friend crossed the finish line and soon after my cousin followed.

Oh, also…I cried a lot.

So there’s my fifth 13.1 re-cap. Now, here’s some pictures(:

1502513_10205529260818739_8834263634222443967_n This is my WTF where’s the finish line face. ^

 

1470169_10205529279739212_9113703565883630541_nBest Friend on the left, cousin on the right(:


medalkiss

 

Never been so happy to get a medal.

Now onto marathon training!

It’s Time to Begin…Isn’t It?

Words cannot describe my excitement for this announcement.
If you’ve read my blog since the beginning- you should know that this title, means there’s some type of race training coming up.

Since I have no idea how to word this, I’ll just come out and say it….

MARATHON TRAINING. That’s right. 26.2 freakin’ miles.
I’m finally making the time to train for a full marathon in Spring 2015.

My “official” pre-training starts this month- right after I run the Hot Chocolate run in Columbus.  However, since I’m running my fifth half-marathon this weekend and second 15K the next- I think I’ll be running from here on out.

BUT WAIT! There’s more! 

I will also be training the same time to bike 180 miles two weeks before my full!  The event is called Bikes for Tikes. Myself- along with 100 other college students will be biking from Cincinnati, OH back to the University I attend. This event is a part of Dance Marathon- which occurs at many colleges each year. I will be raising money to bike For the Kids, and all the money will go to Children’s Miracle Network. (:
Here’s my donation page: http://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=5101

I’m so excited for training to begin! It’s about to be a wild ride!
And I’ll be posting way more about the ups and downs of my training(:

See ya soon!