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Thank You.

This is a thank you for everyone who has supported me throughout my running career. 

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Pictured above are all of the medals I have earned over the last three years. Nine medals and fifteen bib numbers hang to remind me that anything is possible when hard work is put in.

Running has meant a lot to me since I began back in 2013. It’s allowed me to achieve goals I never thought I could reach. It has also allowed me to fail, more than once. I could go on and on about what it teaches me- and why I do it, but I know I wouldn’t have this pretty display if it wasn’t for the support of my family and friends.

Seriously. You all rock.

So since I have finally completed my first FULL marathon, there’s a few people I would like to thank.

First, I would like to thank my two cousins. Alex and AJ there is no way on earth I would have these many medals hanging on my wall without your support. I am so happy you both convinced me to run my first half back in 2013. Thank you so much for bringing me into this crazy running world.  You both inspire me and motivate me to do my best as I continue to grow, and I’m so happy running has brought us close.

Next, my parents and sister of course. Thank you for supporting my running bug by waking up before the sun, traveling to distant places, training with me and providing me with endless encouragement and chocolate milk. I couldn’t do really any of it without you. Thank you for raising me to believe anything is possible with hard work.

To my best friends and college roommates: Thank you for listening to me bitch over the past three years about what part of my body hurts from running. It was not easy training for these races in college, and I appreciate your support even when… “I can’t stay out late cause I have to run in the morning” conversation came up.

To my boyfriend- who has probably listened to me complain about my muscles over a hundred times. Thank you for always being there for me and using your athletic training skills to fix my aches and pains. I still can’t believe that you flew overnight to surprise me at my marathon. Your support and encouragement means the world to me. I’m very lucky to have you in my life. (p.s. your parents also rock too for driving to see me run) 

Last, to anyone who has given me encouragement over the years and cheered me on from the sides of the road. I can’t wait to share my future accomplishments with you.

They say running is 90% mental and 10% physical when running a race. However, I believe it’s a little bit more about the people who help get you there to the start.

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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…

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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!

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(:


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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!

 

An open letter to “Why we all hate your 13.1 Sticker.”

Today while scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw Hal Higdon’s Marathon post this lovely blog post… https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/why-we-all-hate-your-13-1-sticker-af261799c10

If you haven’t read it yet. I highly suggest you do.
The person’s opinion states that all people who have these 13.1, 26.2, etc. are bragging about the milage they’ve completed in a race. Here’s a piece from the post, that truly makes me laugh…

“You’re only impressing yourself
It would have been enough to have an oval sticker with “RUN” on it, or maybe a picture of a running shoe. Something that simply states, “I enjoy running,” and nobody would have any problems with it. But by putting “13.1″ on the sticker it says that you think that you’re better than everyone else because a) you run and assume others don’t, and b) you run more than other runners. It’s not enough for you to just say you like running, you feel the need to prove it with numbers. Nobody likes a bragger.

Why do you need to defend your interests? How do you prove an opinion? Having “13.1″ or “26.2″ doesn’t mean you like running any more or less than anyone else, or that you’re any better at it. When do we see the “52.4″ sticker? And then what, a “104.8″ sticker? Where’s it stop?”

So to answer your open ended question… I’ll tell you when it will stop.

The answer? It will never stop. People will keep running. And will never stop putting those small oval stickers on our car. Would you like to know why? Because we’re proud. We are proud of accomplishing something we never thought we could do. We’re proud of being a part of such a large supportive community of positive people.
So before you assume that we’re “bragging” maybe you should learn why some of us have these stickers on our car.
Do you know why I have my 13.1 on my car? Of course you don’t- because if you did, you wouldn’t have wrote that article. But let me tell you why 13.1 is on MY car…

I began running my freshman year of college in mid December after going through a very tough time. Previous to that, I was a very unhappy, self-conscious and anxious person. I never thought I could follow through or accomplish anything without the support of someone else. I was dependent on someone else’s opinions and needs. But thankfully, my cousins asked me to run 13.1 miles with them in April 2013. My first immediate thought was that I would never be able to. I gave excuse after excuse, and then after a few days of convincing, I signed up for my first half. So in February, I began officially training with my cousins- and at the end of the first week- I ran my first 5 miles. Those first 5 miles motivated me. After running that day, I knew I could run the half. So I kept training, and I trained hard. I learned to motivate myself and most of all- I learned to be happy with myself. I gained independence. I knew I could do anything I set my mind to. The week before my first half- I ran 12 miles and I cried the last .3 miles because I was so close to accomplishing something I never imagined I could do on my own. I’ll never forget this moment- and I’ll never forget crossing the finish line at my first half-marathon. So why do I have 13.1 on my car?
To remind myself that I can do anything. That I can accomplish goals if I work hard. It’s so much more than a sticker. So what if I am impressing myself? BFD. I can tell you now that I’m not impressed that someone went to OBX for vacation when I see those stickers. I slap my 13.1 sticker every time I’ve completed a run outside- because I know I’m a step closer to my goals. I also have it on my car to motivate and inspire others. Because if I can run a half-marathon, others can too. So before you think a runner is “bragging” about their milage, how about you ask why they wanted to run those distances. Because 99.9% of the time- there will always be a story behind it.

Sincerely,
Running has changed my life- get over it.

P.S. Wait until you see my 26.2 sticker in 2015. I bet that’s gonna really piss you off. #idontgiveAF
P.P.S I love running- like how people love OBX

Update: The blogger has removed his post.