Here’s my April Training Plan for the month! It’s crazy how quickly my sixth half-marathon and Bikes for Tikes is coming up!
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.”
“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 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.
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…
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?
Happy New Year! I can’t believe how fast 2014 flew by!
Last year, I made a few running and fitness goals. (Shown below)
Run at least 2 Half-Marathons
- Run a Half-Marathon under 2 hours and 15 minutes
- Run over 200 Miles in 2014
- Eat clean, cut out processed food as much as possible.
- Give up Chocolate for one month. (This will be extremely hard, since I’m addicted)
- Bike 100 Miles in a MS Bike Tour
- 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!
I’ve haven’t blogged for a while have I?
No worries, I was just enjoying my summer!(Full of summer classes and work…yuck!)
So now I’m here to update you on some exciting events!
But first I have a confession…
I didn’t train for any races this summer. Honestly, I barely ran. Oops.
But now, it’s time to get back on track to train for my fifth half-marathon!
Could anything in this world be better?
My best friend (who’ve I’ve known my whole life) is training for her first half-marathon with me! I’m so excited to see how we progress in the next 11 weeks!
Yesterday, we wrapped up our first week of training with a beautiful 5 mile morning run! We even passed Kenyans on the way! (I’m not kidding!) (I may have “fan-girled” a little bit)
So here’s to the beginning of another round of training.
(And junior year of college)
The best kinds of runs are unplanned and unplugged.
It does not matter how far you go, or how fast you run.
All that matters is the enjoyment of the road that lies ahead.
Sometimes, we get too wrapped up in training.
Sometimes, we worry a little too much about pace.
But mostly we forget that…It’s okay to just run.
Leave the headphones and Garmin at home.
Listen, as the earth moves around you.
Feel the sun as it sets and breeze as it blows.
Smell the salt of the ocean in the air.
And let the stars guide you to a place of running bliss.
Don’t stop, until you fall in love all over again.
Tonight, I went on a late-night run when I came back home to my parents house for the weekend. It was my first real run since my fourth half-marathon. I took all of May off to allow my shin to heal. I have to admit going one month without running was tough. Getting back to the running grind was even tougher. I found myself obsessing over how much endurance I would lose, since I took a month off. I also found myself worrying about my pace. I was actually afraid to begin again. Until tonight.
Tonight I had no plans on running when I returned home. But when I found myself sitting on my couch, I had the motivation to lace up. So, without my Garmin or any plan of where I was going, I just ran. I had headphones in for a short time, but ended up ripping them out and listening to my surroundings. I ran under a beautiful star-lit sky and listened to the sounds of crickets hiding in the country fields. I wasn’t worried about time. I wasn’t constantly looking down at a watch. All I did was enjoy this wonderful “hobby” of mine. And for the first time in a long time, it didn’t feel like a chore to me. I fell in love all over again, which is what inspired me to write this whole post tonight.
I’ve decided I’m going to begin running randomly more. The past few months, I’ve lost a good portion of my motivation to run. Most of it was due to the wicked winter and injury recovery. I think “random runs’ will help bring back the motivation. I’ve gotten too caught up in bringing my pace down and running longer distances. Now, it’s time to just focus on myself and motivation to run. (:
Have a great weekend everyone!
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t have a running schedule up for May.
The reason is because I’m taking a month off of running. I’m still unable to run due to my shin, and I’m hoping to have a fast recovery in the weeks to come.
Currently I’m still working out, but doing little work that involves my shins. Mainly I’m focusing on my upper body and stomach area. I just started lifting, and oh do my arms burn. But aside from upper body work outs, today I went back to one of my favorite workouts.
What is that you ask?
This beautiful machine…
Yes, the erg. AKA a rowing machine.
Oh, how I missed this torture device. For many of you that may not know, I use to row in high school. It’s something I truly love to do, and I hope one day I can put myself back in a boat. I love it just as much as I love running(and slightly a little more (maybe)).
Let’s just say erging felt like home.
Anyway, today I rowed a dirty dozen. What’s a “dirty dozen?” It’s 250 meters intervals 12 times. And guess what? It kicked my freaking butt.
Although, I can’t say I’m too rusty with my splits. I didn’t do so bad for jumping back on after neglecting the erg for over a year. Below are my splits, and I’m pretty happy with them. They’re not exactly where I was in high school, but they’re close! Yay for endurance!
Also, if you want to know how to use a machine like this, PLEASE watch a video on it. I cannot stress enough how important it is to know how to PROPERLY use this machine. It’s extremely painful to watch people using it incorrectly. You can do serious damage to your back if you don’t use it the right way.
Here is a fantastic website on how to use this machine properly: http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos
Have you ever had to take a month off of running? How did you deal with it?
Hey remember when I said I didn’t have shin/leg pain? Erase that from your memory.
My leg pain in my right shin, just started setting in an hour after I wrote my last post -_-
It is absolutely painful to put pressure on my right leg.
Now, I can officially say I’ve completed four half-marathons. (what?!?! that’s insane!)
It was a great first race of the year and I’m so happy I was able to run without shin splints! It’s almost as if a miracle happened when I was running today. (No shin pain!)
Here’s a few photos to recap my race weekend(:
As you might be able to tell…I was snapchatting while running. Because, what else is there to do when running 13.1 miles?
End of Race Picture with my cousins who I ran with last year!
This was taken right after I got done running. Yikes! I was freezing and tired.
So since my first-half of the year is over…when’s the next race?!
Have a great week everyone!