Goals, goals, goals, baby, baby, baby.

Goals, goals, goals, baby, baby, baby.

Hey y’all! And happy new year to everyone! 
I hope everyone had an awesome time ringing in the new year. I actually forgot it was New Year’s Eve and barely made it to 10 o clock. Oopsies! 
I am 38 weeks pregnant tomorrow and feeling every single one of those 38 weeks! With the end of this pregnancy nearing I have put into perspective some of my goals for this year. Mostly running related goals. 
I’ve decided I am not going to focus solely on losing this baby weight. I have decided to focus on the miles I run and walk this year and put more energy into eating better foods.
I sat down the other night and went over goals for my marathon training. I think it has been long enough since my last that I have forgotten the feeling of my legs falling off after I was done. Ha! Now that I’ve blocked that out…it’s time to plan for my second! 
I am planning on starting my training in the spring. The program I’m doing is a very long and take your time kind of program. Something I am going to need after pushing out a tiny human. I needed one that was going to help me to get back into running after 10 weeks of no running miles. 
So I picked Hal Higdons 30 week program. I will start in the spring and it should put me to being prepared for my marathon by the fall. I’m excited to take this journey again and this time I will be documenting my running journey.
I’ll be documenting what it is like being a mom to a newborn as well as training with my newborn as well. I know adding a new born into my marathon training mix will be a little bit tricky. But I am totally prepared and ready to take on this challenge. I have a ton of people supporting me(including my amazing husband who now runs with me). 
I plan to run numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, a half marathon, and then my full. On top of all that I will be joining in on the Under Armor You vs the year challenge. It is to run 1017km in 2017. It’s going to be tricky to reach that number since I will be starting after I heal from baby. But I will try my best!
I plan to fit into my old clothes again(who knows when that will happen) and I do plan on getting the baby weight off(again, who knows when that will happen).
I’m rolling with the punches here. I have my goals laid out and I really can’t wait to reach them! 
But first, lets have a baby! 
I can’t wait to update you all on my birthing experience and I can’t wait to share the news that our baby is welcomed into the world! A few more weeks till Dday!
Now, enough of this long post where I rambled on about my running goals. Hehe.
Thanks for reading,

Lex

Settle for a slow down 

Settle for a slow down 

  
Day 9 of 100 days of happy.

Exploration.

I love to explore. I absolutely love going places I’ve never been, meeting new people, and doing things I have never done before.

I have a free spirit who hates the constant of every day life. I can’t hardly stand routine. It will drive a person mad.

I love to be surrounded by nature. I love to be in the midst of the woods. I love to be away from all the busy. 

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy being busy most days. But a lot of days it’s so nice to have a slow down. It’s nice to step back and have zero cares in the world.

It’s nice to enjoy what was meant to be enjoyed. The earth wasn’t made for us to sit inside box shaped houses like zombies and watch tv and play video games. It was meant to be enjoyed..it was meant to make us extremely happy. They call it fresh air for a reason after all. 

Plus, the leaves are starting to change. And you all know I’ll take any chance to get active! 

So today, the outdoors and exploring the outdoors is what makes me happy. 

  
Thanks for reading,

Lex 

Those yogi toes.

Those yogi toes.

  
Day 8 of 100 days of happy

Yoga.
Yoga has been a saving grace on more than one occasion in my life. Being someone with high anxiety it does wonders. It’s a natural way to relax my body and my mind.

It calms my soul and helps my brain to calm itself and relax. 

It helps my mind, body, and soul to connect and it helps me to gain control over my body movements as well as breathing. 

The health benefits are amazing. 

It makes you felxible. I mean come on..who doesn’t want to be flexible?! Flexibility opens up new worlds in fitness along with other areas of your life(yes, including your sex life).

It just makes life better all around. Yoga is a great way to detox and to calm yourself all around. It strengthens and lengthens your muscles and is good for your heart.

So grab a mat and get going!

My absolute favorite yogi is yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.

She is funny and has great energy. She is my go to for yoga videos! Her and Tara Stiles is also a great one! Tara Stiles Is who got me into yoga. 

Namaste,

Lex

Day 6

Day 6

  
Day 6 of 100 days of happy.

This kind of ties in with today’s blog post as well. Lifting.

Lifting makes me extremely happy. It gives me tons of needed energy. 

It helps me to get my frustration out and keep a peace inside my soul. It helps me to stay positive and to keep my anger and frustration down. 

It has so many health benefits. One being endorphins. And yes, I believe in those little suckers 100%! 🙂 

If you want more on my expirience and opinion on weight lifting check out my previous blog post. 

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Iron, the good stuff

Iron, the good stuff

  
I know, I know. I bounce back and forth between blogging about fitness to blogging about lifestyle and advice. I guess you could call me a fitness/lifestyle/advice blog all in one. Right? 

Anyways, let’s talk about iron. And no, I am not talking about the mineral found in your body.

Ladies! Have you been wanting to take your fitness up to the next level by weight lifting? But you’re a little afraid you might get “too big”?

Okay look, I promise you’re not going to get too big. The weight lifters that are female that you see packing on the muscle are working their tails off to get there. Hey are eating a lot of food in a day to put on the gains! Trust me, I joined Crossfit in febuary of 2015 and have been lifting weights since consistently. I have put on lbs on the scale but have lost tons of inches. I actually started to eat more because of the intense working out I was doing. And still didn’t get bulky. 

I am not fitness professional obviously. I just learn and share from my own personal expirience. I am not licensed to tell people what to do and what not to do. I do however know what has worked for myself.

Lifting weights is so very good for the body. It burns tons of fat and it actually does it fairly quickly. 

I now prefer lifting weights over cardio. This coming from the former cardio queen. 

My running wasn’t really doing much for me anymore. That’s when I discovered Crossfit. I was a little intimidated at first by the lifting. I didn’t want to look manly after all. And not only that but the thought of throwing lots of pounds above my head and squatting just didn’t seem like a good time. Or possible. 

I am not apart of a Crossfit gym currently. But, I am still lifting that weight! I couldn’t give it up. Lifting heavy is amazing. It gives you a sense of accomplishment each time you are able to lift more. 

Some tips I would recommend to any women…

•focus on the weight on the bar going up instead of the weight on the scale moving

•throw your pride away…push yourself when lifting but do NOT get too cocky 

•lift smart. Take your time. If it takes time to work up to heavy weights, don’t sweat it. You’ll get there.

•make sure you have your form down. Work on form before throwing weight onto the bar. Injury will come if you don’t work on that form.

•make sure to stretch out those sore muscles. Remember to take care of the muscles in your body. Working out is literally ripping and tearing your muscles and breaking them down to build them up to be stronger than they were before. So you most certainly want to help them heal and rest.

•take rest days..rest days are just as important as lift days. Let your body rest when it needs it. I personally take 2 rest days a week. Some times I take active rest days. (Active rest days I do yoga, walk, or something easy on the body)

•eat to perform…you don’t want to lift weights to turn around and eat tons of junk food. Don’t undo your hard work in the gym with nasty food.

•track your weight as you lift. You will want to keep track of PR’s(personal records). It feels really good to see the weight go up. So make sure you’re tracking it. 

•don’t get frustrated. When you can’t hot that next PR or you get stuck at the same weight for a while. Keep practicing. Keep lifting. And don’t give up when you aren’t seeing much in weight going up. It’ll come.

•use the free weights and the barbell. Switch it up. Use Dumbbells. Use the barbell.

•squat. Oh for the love of all things good in the world ladies…squat. Squat. Squat.

•did I mention to squat? Squats are so incredibly good for you. They are full body movement. They work so many muscles. Don’t believe me? 

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/get-stronger-7-reasons-never-neglect-squats/slide/1

Check out that link^

So, lifting weights isn’t going to make you bulky. It will however Ben that fat fast for you. It will lean you out. AND it’ll build a little muscle tone you’ve been wanting! I recommend having a gym partner to assist you in lifting heavy and watch your form and support you of course. 

I will attach a photo of me running miles and miles and being th queen of cardio vs. me lifting weights and doing some cardio.

  
This was only a few months difference. This isn’t even changing too much of my diet. This was going from sole cardio to adding heavy lifting. Can I get a heck yeah?! 

I didn’t get bulky and I didn’t look like a man. I love my strong body that works hard for me. I’ve worked my booty off (literally) for 4 (almost 5) consistent years now. I have worked out almost every day for almost 5 years now. That kind of blows my mind. 

So, how about giving weight lifting a try? It’s completely worth it. I promise. 

Remember, love your body no matter what. It works hard for you day in and day out. Take care of it. It has done nothing but support you since day one. Love it and it will love you right back. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Week 3 long distance day

Week 3 long distance day

Today was week 3’s long distance day. It was a 5 mile run. It was great! My schedule was a little thrown off this week because of weather and my lack of motivation the last half of the week. But, I got it done. It was suppose to be rain and thunderstorms today. There weren’t any thank goodness! It was sunny and breezy when I went out this morning. I ate a nice healthy breakfast and headed out on my way. I took water along with me. It made a huge difference! It wasn’t too bad holding the bottle in my hand. I got use to it and got into a good pace pretty fast. It didn’t take me long at all to get warmed up. I kept my pace around 9 20ish through the run. A nice steady pace for my longer runs. I did my 5 miles in 47:03. I would LIKE to get my 5 miles under 45 mins. I will add suicides to my sprinting days to up the ante a tad bit. It was a fantastic run! There were lots of other folks out running/walking as well. I always enjoy seeing other people being active as well. It always puts a smile on my face! Always! Today those people thought I was crazy I’m sure. The reason why? I had a spray tan done 3 days ago. Lets just say my tan was running down my face, arms, legs and every other visible part of my body. I looked like I was sweating mud. Haha! Made me laugh when I realized WHY I was getting those odd looks! 🙂 I will not be getting a spray tan again during my training. 😉 I am enjoying my longer runs a little more since I found some fun new routes and gravel trails to run on. A change of scenery is always nice and can make the runs much more enjoyable for sure! Another thing, my flyknits are officially broken in fully. They are a part of me now when I run! I love it! I can say for sure my mind was in this run today. I enjoyed myself. A lot. Do y’all remember me talking about how I’m not too excited or thrilled about not being able to listen to my music? Well, during my runs now I am pausing my music for a couple minutes at a time. I am actually starting to like running without my music. I can focus on breathing and I like hearing the noise of my feet hitting the ground. It’s actually really peaceful. I now have to keep my music volume pretty low to be comfortable on my runs. I use to have to have it turned up pretty loud to get my head in the game. It’s funny how your body adjusts through time. It’s pretty neat actually. So, all in all it was a great run today. I paced myself nicely and got it done in a decent time in my opinion.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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day two marathon training.

day two marathon training.

Hello everyone!

Day two of my training is complete. Today was another 3 miles. It was a little more rocky today then yesterday. It was much more hot. The first mile was pretty decent…I wasn’t feeling the heat…then when I hit 1.50 the heat hit hard. Not to mention the bugs, one flew right into my right eye then a few seconds later one slammed into my left eye! The neighbor I ran past probably thought I was crazy. haha! I was swatting all around my face and tripping over my feet since I couldn’t see…not to mention I had the jogging stroller with my 25lb daughter with me again. It was a sight! I had to laugh at myself. I finished the 3 miles in 27 mins today. My pace was a little slower then yesterday. My mind wasn’t in it 100% like it was yesterday. I was distracted by a lot today. It was still a decent run! I enjoyed it and the sunshine. Plus, I am just so thankful for the ability I have to run. SO thankful. My 3 mile route that I have been running is a great one. It has two decent sized hills that I go up and down. Which I need hills because the marathon I will be running is full of them! We are moving in a few months and the area we are moving is decently hilly also. So, I am thankful I’ll be able to train on a lot of hills. All around todays run was wonderful. Just a few little bumps here and there and a little bit distracted and off. Looking forward to tomorrow! Another 3 miler! 

 

Thanks for reading,

Lex

 

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