Week 3 day 2 marathon training

Week 3 day 2 marathon training

What can I say about today’s run. Well, it was a rough one. My body isn’t adjusting to the change of weather as well as I’d like it to. My pace wasn’t what it’s been. I had to stop and walk a few times. I ran half of the run on the road and the other half on some new gravel trails. Once I got on the trails I picked up speed a bit. The trails were full of shade. It was great! 🙂 I was getting super frustrated with my pace through out my whole run. I know I shouldn’t let myself get so frustrated…but I was just struggling. I’ve never really liked the heat too much. I know my body will eventual adjust and I’ll bounce back. I was still so thankful for my run today. It was another opportunity to be active and to get fresh air. I’ll take it!! 😀 I’m super dedicated to this training! I won’t lie thought, during my run tonight I had a mini anxiety attack. I had thought of “what if I’m not going to be ready for my marathon” “what if I don’t finish” “what if I get injured” too many “what ifs” going on there. I had a freak out moment because of how rough those 4 miles were for me. But, we all have off days…we all have those days where we question ourselves. I will get through it. I WILL finish my marathon in October. I never thought I would run a half marathon. But I did. And I got a better time then I had hoped for! I’m excited yet very nervous for the rest of my training and for my race. This is what I only dreamed about doing since I started running a little over a year ago. I had NO idea this would be happening. But it is. Because I am MAKING it happen. I have worked for this. And I won’t back down or give up!

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Week 3 day 1

Week 3 day 1

Hello all,
I forgot to post about my run yesterday so here goes! I am on week 3 of training!!!! Woo!!! I couldn’t be more excited! I did 3 miles yesterday. It was an awful 3 miles. It was hot and my legs weren’t having it. My legs were so stubborn yesterday. They did not want to go for some reason! It was frustrating. My mind wasn’t in the game yesterday either. I wanted to be sitting on the sofa or taking a nap. I waited till later on in the day to go out because of the heat. Well, waiting didn’t help…it was still about 88 degrees when I went out. Lets just say I got my sweat on for sure! Haha! I wasn’t displeased with my time. I was a little irritated with my speed towards the end of my run. I was dragging SO bad the last mile. I wish I could say I looked deep inside myself and tried to pull out extra some energy to finish strong, but I didn’t. I finished non the less though. I’m not so sure why my run was so crappy yesterday. I didn’t eat exactly right before and it was so hot. I think those played a factor in it. Today I have 4 miles…I’m going to go run some trails today! Get out of my neighborhood and get some new routes! Because I am getting SO bored with my current route. Here’s for a smooth enjoyable run today!!!

As always, thanks for reading,
Lex

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Week 2 long distance day

Week 2 long distance day

Hey word press and beyond.
Today was my second long distance day of training this far. I did 7 miles. I started off the run not wanting to be out there doing it. I was actually super irritated at the beginning of the run. I didn’t want to run. I couldn’t get my head in it. I was running SO slow. It was at about mile 2.50 when I got a hit of energy. There were other people around me running and every time I ran past someone they would smile and wave and it got my mood up. I became less irritated and started to enjoy myself…this lasted till about mile 4.50 then I wanted to quit. I wanted to throw in the towel and call my husband to come pick me up. My legs weren’t in it anymore and neither was my mind. When I hit mile 5 a song came on that hits me hard and I pretty much hard an emotional breakdown during my run. I started thinking about why I’m training for this run…which I haven’t told y’all on word press about yet so I will share now. A few months back my husbands step mom took her own life…suddenly and it really hit hard. I decided I was going to run my marathon for her and for everyone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide. I am raising money for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. So, as I hit mile 5 today and that song came on…I thought about why I run…why I am doing what I’m doing. I thought about how I run for those who can’t. For those who feel they aren’t strong enough. For those struggling. And I KNEW I couldn’t stop. I had to push on and keep going. I had to finish strong. I pushed though the “I can’t” “I don’t want to” this hurts” “I want to stop” and I completed my 7 miles and even set a new PR for my 10k…56 mins. I finished my 7 miles in 1 hour and 2 mins. It wasn’t as fast as I wanted it to be…but I’m grateful and thankful I’m here to still run…regardless of my pace. The weather was nice…it was a cool day…so I was also thankful for the cool breeze that helped me push through as well. I am so thankful to my legs for putting up with all the miles I want to do. My legs get me through. I love them!!! 🙂 Have you thanked your body today?

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Dedication.

Dedication.

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Hello all.
I did not run today but, I wanted to do a blog post anyway. I was technically suppose to run my 7 miles today…my body just wasn’t up for it. I was feeling drained. So, I decided to take my rest day. It was filled with family time…which is always a great time in our house! Tonight I’ve been thinking a lot about my fitness journey and areas of it where I am learning how to put more effort into it. I feel like a few months back I had a really lazy few months. I didn’t run. I didn’t lift. I didn’t do really any high intensity workouts at all. In fact I’m pretty sure I was eating over 2,000 calories and burning about 200-300 calories. Not exactly anywhere where I wanted to be. I knew deep down I wanted more results. I wanted to be more fit and a hell of a lot stronger then I was. I had to learn that you really have to put in the work. Day in and day out you have to literally work your hardest and push your body to places it’s not always fun to go. I remember during those lazy months wondering why I wasn’t feeling stronger…but I really knew the reason was because I wasn’t putting in the hard work. I lost some dedication and I lost my hunger for giving it my all in my workouts. Now, I leave everything there. Take nothing back. Walk away from that workout feeling tired but amazing. I’ve learned it’s okay to push your body to new limits. It’s okay to break your body down in a workout…and it’s okay to take a few days off to let your body build itself up to be a stronger you. It’s okay to eat clean and allow yourself to enjoy a treat every now and then. It’s okay not to deprive yourself. It’s a learning process…this whole healthy living thing. It’s full of trial and error. One thing I adore about fitness is it’s all about what works for YOU. It’s not about someone else. We are seriously all on different fitness levels…and that’s so beautiful to me. There is always someone inspiring someone else who is inspiring and motivating someone else and so on. It’s not always easy and fun to live a healthy life. But man is it totally and completely worth it. I’ve cried during many workouts. I’ve gotten frustrated over pull ups. I’ve yelled and cried over not being able to do that extra mile….but I have learned that you keep pushing through it. You don’t back down and you do NOT give up. Ever. If you want something bad enough…you’ll work for it till you get it. It might take hours, days, weeks, months, or even years…but you don’t give up. Reach for it and work for it. Have motivation, drive, dedication and passion…and you’ll get there. So, put into it what you want to get out of it. If you want 100% out of it…put 100% in it. Give it everything you have. And I’m done with my speech. 😉 I just needed to get that out. I’m still learning so much about my own journey.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

Week 2 day 3 of marathon training

Week 2 day 3 of marathon training

Today was the absolute bomb digity! I woke up feeling super motivated and ready to run. Well, my husband had other plans…fun plans…but still other plans. He decided to take me and our daughter allie bug to the zoo! We had a blast! She loved it. The zoo isn’t the closest to us..so it takes time to get down there and back…on the ride home I was half ready to run. I wanted to but didn’t at the same time. We had been walking around for 3 hours and my feet just weren’t wanting it. We got home and I was anything but motivated. I decided a nap sounded better then a run. Plus, my nutrition was awful today and I felt bloated and like a huge blob. So, that held me back mentally a bit. I laid down for my nap and couldn’t fall asleep. I decided to check out the Under Armour What’s beautiful page(if you don’t know what that is..check it out at whatsbeautiful.ua.com)…so I checked that out and got REALLY pumped up and inspired to get off my booty and go run. My husband and baby girl were both asleep. So I took off. It was really pretty out..sunny skies and it was cool out. I felt really strong during this run. I figured out that the reason for my bruising was because my shoe was too tight. I loosened it and it felt SO much better! No pain during or after the run! I love finding the reasons behind what’s going on with my body! My head was all in this run. My focus was awesome. I don’t think I have been so focused during a run in a long time. I pushed myself and stayed in it. I got a few more PR’s…I got my mile in 7:31…a few days ago I got it in 7:35…so a few more seconds off! I’ll take it! Then I got my 2 miles in 15:40. My fastest 2 miles was 17 mins or right under. There is about a minute off that! The progress I am seeing in my speed from my eating clean and weight lifting is beyond me! I am loving every minute of this! Sure it isn’t always easy to get my butt up and out the door…but I do it. And every time after I do it I see how worth it it is and I fall more in love with my sport each and every day. I am so thankful and blessed for two working legs and a strong heart!

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Day 2 of week 2 training

Day 2 of week 2 training

Yesterday was day 2 of week 2 of marathon training. It was such a fantastic run! I got my mile in 7:35. That is HUGE!!! I tried to push myself a little bit more then usual. I was able to push myself a little more because I have the Under Armour Armour39. It tells you your will power and intensity. I was able to watch those numbers while I was running. It was cool to see the numbers rise up as I pushed harder into my run. I was also pushing my daughter for the whole run. Which amazed me with the time I had! I have never been able to run that fast while pushing the stroller. I can see my strength building each day. It’s impressive. On another note I am going to have to take off the rest of this week…my foot is bruised from my 6 mile run. I thought my new shoes were already broken in. They weren’t. Oops. So, I have to let it heal up. I just would hate it getting considerably worse and ruin my training. I am going to rest just to be on the safe side. It didn’t hurt too bad yesterday during my run…but it was a tad sore. The weather was great. It was overcast and breezy. As y’all have heard me say before, I love running in overcast weather. Sun is great too…but I just love an overcast run the best. Onto the subject of music. My marathon, like many other races, won’t allow personal MP3 players. I am going to start training my longer runs without music. I LOVE my music so much. This is going to be a huge challenge for me. I do love challenges! But, it’s going to be a rough one. My mind is going to go crazy without my music. That’s one thing I love about my runs. It’s an escape with music. It makes me feel free and to forget the world and some problems. I guess it will help to train without it for a little while. 🙂 Anyway, yesterday’s run was full of PR’s and great feelings. There is just nothing like seeing your times improve and get faster. It’s just great knowing you’re getting better and doing things you never thought possible. A year ago I wouldn’t of thought this possible. Here I am proving myself and my doubts wrong. I ran my 3 miles in 25:50 WITH the jogging stroller and a sore foot. I am for sure proving myself wrong. Going beyond my limits. Pushing further.

Keep going and don’t EVER give up.
Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Week 2 of training

Week 2 of training

Hello all!
Today’s run was quite interesting. Even on my short runs there is always something interesting to write about. I started out my run alone…I decided I wanted to get out and run without the jogger. My husband is home sick from work and my baby girl was so into Elmo ‘s world that it was the perfect time to sneak out and get my run on. I got about halfway through my run when my man called to tell me the doctors called to say that his blood work from this morning wasn’t accurate. So, he had to go back in for more. I darted home and grabbed the jogger and Allie big and headed back out to finish my run. I was feeling pretty good for most of the run. I got a few blisters from my run on Saturday. And my German shepherd, Hershie had stepped on the back of my right foot and cut my heel open. So that was a little uncomfortable. I also bruised the inside of my left foot and that would make me wince every now and then. But, nothing seriously wrong. 😉 The weather was absolutely perfect this morning for my run. It was overcast(which I LOVE running under clouds) and there was a nice steady breeze. It was great! Our mailman is pretty awesome too. He likes to cheer me on as I run past him. He always does this. It makes me smile! Now I am icing my foot and watching the sword and the stone with my sick man. Biceps and abs later. I gotta keep my whole body strong and healthy!

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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