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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!

 

 

 

 

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Falling in love again

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.

-SAS

 

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!

 

 

Training Blues.

This post is going to be kind of long tonight, considering I haven’t posted any content since January.

First things first: I’ve been busy. Extremely busy. With that being said I put my blog on the back burner for a few months. I needed to focus more on school, work, training, and all other life related events.

Second: Let’s talk about my training for my fourth half-marathon.

I’m going to start this out by saying the word…difficult.  This is the first time I’ve had an extreme amount of trouble training for a half-marathon. Not only because my schedule has been busy, but because of my own health and Ohio’s INSANE winter. A good chunk of January, and a little into February I was sick with multiple different viruses. [Bronchitis, cold, flu you name it…I had it.] Unfortunately, this put a hold on a good chunk of my training January-February. Although when I was well enough to run, it was on the treadmill.

Which leads me to my third topic: The DREADmill. 

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This winter, I got to know the treadmill a little too well. But for most of January-March the treadmill was the only option. Winter has been brutal this year…for everyone. (I know I’m not the only runner who feels this way and I hope we can all vent back and forth about ice and snow.) Anyway since I’ve gotten to know the treadmill waaaayyy to well this winter, there’s one thing I’d like to tell it: See you in late late late December.
I can’t say I completely hate the treadmill,  but I can’t say I love it either. Using the treadmill for so long, has truly caused so much pain in my shins! Today I had to get off at .3 miles because my left shin was in so much pain. Not only was I frustrated, I was embarrassed. My 3 miles I planned to run, turned into a half hour ride on the stationary bike. Therefore I decided after today’s catastrophe…I quit. I’m giving up on the Treadmill  until there’s extreme ice and snow on the ground again. Luckily, it looks like Ohio is finally warming up. FINALLY! No more below freezing temperatures or icy conditions that will keep me inside this spring! I’m so done with being in a gym! Unless it’s below 20 degrees, you’re about to see my butt out on the road training.

Therefore, that last sentence brings me to my final topic: Half-Marathon Emotions. 

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There is exactly one month until the race. And how do I feel? Scared. I’ve barely gotten any good long runs in and I wanted to PR this half. So far, (as you can tell) my training hasn’t gone smoothly. Because of this, it’s been hard for me to stay motivated and inspired. So I’ll fully admit I’m a bit scared to run in it. I’m not afraid I won’t finish, but I am afraid that I won’t finish strong.  Although, I’m aware that I still have one full month of training left. I still have a little bit of a chance of turning my training around. So here’s to one more month of training!
[Also, I’m asking for some motivation! I’m going to need it! Comment below, Thank you!!]

Now I’ll end this post with my April Training Schedule. Here’s to run-able weather!

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30 Days of Thanks (Catch-up!)

Last week was very busy for me. I was unable to write a post every night;

Therefore, below is what I have been Thankful for in the past week.

Day 19: Today I’m thankful for my Nikon. I love taking photos and capturing moments

Day 18: I’m thankful for my car. Not everyone (or college student) has one, and I’m lucky enough to be able to drive around

Day 17: I’m thankful for GOTR once again. Last Thursday was our last practice, and I was so proud of my team this season. They put in hard work to be awesome!(:

Day 16: To be able to volunteer is such a blessing. I love volunteering and I’m so happy I can help others with whatever it may be

Day 15: To be able to Travel. Not many people in the world are able to travel to new places. I’m thankful and blessed to be able to discover new areas I’ve never been.

Day 14: For Weekend Wrap-up! Which is coming later today(:

I Know I’m A Runner When…

I think: I could be running right now.

When I have my hour and 15 minute lectures, I sometimes calculate how many miles I could complete if I didn’t attend class. (a little over six miles to be exact)

When else do I calculate how many miles I can run in a period of time?

When I have four hour labs. (Insert boredom face here)
I could run a half-marathon in that time. Even PAST 13.1 miles if I was truly up to it.

To sum this post up, running is always on my mind.
Is this a problem? Maybe.
Is it an addiction? Definitely.
Is it healthy? Sure, if you consider paying money to run x amount of miles is(;

As of now I have thirty minutes before my next class. How far could I run in this time?
A: A 5K.

Have a great Thursday everyone!
Thanks for reading my runners rant!

Do any of you do the same thing? Please tell me I’m not the only one!

30 Days of Thanks (Day 25)

No makeup. I love when people (especially woman) embrace their true beauty without it. It’s truly inspiring and important to be comfortable in your own skin. All images posted of celebrities are altered. These images impact our definition of beauty. It’s truly upsetting to see so many young women obsess over looking “perfect.” I will fully admit I’ve done it. It’s hard not too. But what’s most important is to realize that we all have our own kind of beauty. So today I’m thankful for…my own skin. I don’t need to cover up, and neither do you. Embrace those freckles or whatever might make you unique.

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Be you. #ThisIsMe #NoMakeup

Spur of the Moment

Today I signed up for a race that’s on Saturday…completely spur of the moment. (Thanks to my cousins who asked!)

But I can’t tell you what it is  or it will ruin the fun. Let’s just says it’s making up for the two races I missed last Saturday due to my strep throat (which I feel much better btw)

Also know that I won’t be going for a timed distance. All that matter is I finish.

Can you guess how many miles I’ll be running Saturday morning?!

I can’t wait to share with you!!!

30 Day of Thanks (Day 26)

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Let me start this off by letting you know that I do not hate you. Yes, I said it.  I am very thankful to have you in my life. You may be my second choice, but know that you are a truly amazing piece of technology.

You help me cope when the weather’s bad.

You hold my water through my toughest miles

And no matter what you’ll always be in the same place whenever I need you.

So thank you treadmill for always being there, when the sun cannot.

Although we have a love/hate relationship know that I appreciate you for being in my life. Without you, I couldn’t have accomplished the miles I have.

30 Days of Thanks (Day 27)

I am so so so thankful for the Internet.

It may sound geeky, it may sound 21st century, but honestly how else could I find motivational memes and pictures of cute animals? Also how else would I blog?! Or even read all of your awesome posts!

Here’s a few pictures I found on the internet today…

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I’m not even a huge fan of cats…but this one? MELT MY HEART!

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Have a wonderful evening!

30 Days of Thanks (Day 28)

My major is awesome. Visual Communication Technology is exactly what I want my degree to be in.

My whole life I’ve loved technology, design, drawing, photography, and layouts. With this major I am able to do countless things. I am so thankful for being able to find a major in exactly what I want to do. Especially since I’ve been doing similar things my whole life.

VCT is print, photography, interactive media, and video and I love every second of it. (: