My Body Teaching My Mind

This is the best title I could think for this post – my body teaching my mind, because that is exactly what happened on Saturday. My body totally put my mind in its place after my run Saturday morning! Let me rewind a little- I’ve been training for my half marathon for about a month now but I’ve only really been training on the treadmill. I realized that wasn’t going to work much longer, I needed to get outside and train on what I’d actually be running on…the good ‘ol ground. The first time I tried running out side, on the path that I always do my long walks on, was awful! I probably picked the worst time of day to try and run outside. It was 5pm, muggy as hell, along with a storm brewing in the clouds which eventually ended up pouring down on me half way through the run. I could barely even run a mile and I felt so worthless like all my hard work I’ve been putting in for a month now meant nothing. Long story short I made it about a mile and a half then it started raining on me so my discouraged self and I turned around and walked back home. The whole time in my head I kept thinking how I’m never going to be able to do this and I’m just not that person who can run for a long period of time.

The rest of the week was pretty crappy because of the weather so I continued to go to the gym and run on the treadmill. Each time I’d run on the treadmill I’d think about that run I had outside and how miserable I felt. I decided that I was not going to allow the first time I run outside define my running capabilities. I was going to continue pushing myself each day and I was going to train more outside because that’s the only way I’ll get better. So this past Saturday I woke up around 10am (Luke Bryan concert the night before so naturally I needed a few extra hours to recover), ate a protein packed breakfast, digested for about an hour, and then laced up my tenny pumps and headed out on a run. When I first started running I felt good, the sun was shining but it wasn’t hot and there was the most tranquillizing breeze that carried me through the first part of my run. And then….a hill! The first of many hills I might add. I was determined to make it up this baby hill though, even if I had to crawl. I’m sure it was not a pretty sight seeing me trying to run that but man did it feel good to know I did it. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run the entire time but I was happy that I was able to push myself into running more than I walked. And that is where my body teaching my mind comes in. Before and during my run my mind is constantly going on about why I won’t be able to accomplish this and how this is an unfit goal for myself. Then I realized the less I concentrate with the negativity in my mind the more energy I have to focus on my run. Before I knew it I had run 2 miles without stopping. Yeah I was sore and my legs felt like 100lbs each but to know my body knew what it was capable of more than my mind did was an amazing feeling. I finally understand what it means now to trust your body.

So my advice to anyone who’s new to running (or starting anything new in general) is to keep on pushing! Don’t quit just because you can’t run 5 straight miles after a month of training. Focus on all that you’ve accomplished this far. I know, I know easier said than done but trust me you’d be surprised what your body is changing on the inside when you’re constantly focused on what’s not happening on the outside.

Xo Jen

Luke Bryan Concert

Some pics from Luke Bryan this weekend (-;

Training Update

So I’m on my 4th week of preparing my body to start training for my first half marathon in September. I chose to follow the 12 week training guide I found here. Right now I still have 5 weeks until I hit the 12 week countdown so I’m currently trying to build up my stamina to run. I’m not going to lie I’m still not at the point yet where I actually look forward to running but I will say the days that I am unable to go for a run I end up feeling really crappy and guilty that I wasn’t able to make time. The biggest thing I’ve learned so far while doing research for beginner runners is not to run every day! That is something I am certainly abiding by. I’m so dedicated to running this race the last thing I want is an injury derailing me.

My “prepping stage” goes a little like this:
Monday – rest, stretch, or yoga
Tuesday – run
Wednesday – run
Thursday – run
Friday – rest, stretch, or yoga
Saturday – run
Sunday – long walk
When I first started running I was barely able to go 1 mile without stopping. Now I’m up to running at least 2 miles before slowing down, which I’m extremely happy about – it’s the small accomplishments that keep me going each day! Last Thursday I was able to run a full 3 miles without stopping! I couldn’t even believe I was doing it; it was as if someone came down and replaced my big stiff legs with super-fast athletic runner legs! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to run 3 straight miles since, but that’s ok because I’ve learned not to over push myself. Pushing myself got me to 3 miles, not overdoing it has kept me from injuring my body.
There are many days where I just don’t feel like going to running, but I push myself because I know this is what I want in the long run (← ha, see what I did there). It’s easy to get discouraged when you aren’t seeing results as quickly as you’d like to but what I’ve learned recently is that every day I get out there and run my body is making positive changes. I’ve learned to trust my body, not rush it. Yes I want to be able to run for longer than 30 minutes but just because I can’t do that this week doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.

xo Jen

Learning to run…

So I did something I never thought I’d do. I registered for a half freakin’ marathon…wtf! Me? The girl who gets winded walking up 3 flights of stairs every day after work to her car!? Yup that girl just registered for the Run like a Diva half marathon in September! I’m not sure what came over me yesterday when I was on the Diva’s website looking at their races. I mean I could’ve certainly registered for their 5k but nooo something inside of me said to register for the half marathon (only after I paid my dues did I look up how many miles a half marathon actually is, Lord help me!). It could have been the fact that they want you to dress up like a pink diva, or maybe the blinged out diva medal they give you once you complete the race (that’s obviously screaming my name), or could it be that I just wanted to prove myself wrong always thinking I would never be able to accomplish something of this magnitude? I’d say it’s a little of all 3 mixed into 1 but above all I want to do this for myself. I want to train my body to be in the best shape it’s ever been in and I’d love to learn how to love running. When people tell me “I love running 5+ miles a day that’s how I clear my head” I look at them like they’re crazy. Who loves running? My legs start feeling tight, sweat starts coming out of every pore in my body, and the worst part my boobs go crazy like a pair of untamed animals – I mean really what’s to love about any of that?

I have no idea what’s to love about that but I know I want try. I want to try running longer than I ever have at a pace that won’t kill me after 5 minutes. I want to try to look forward to coming home, putting on my sneakers, and heading out for a run to “clear my head”. I want to try and be that person who no one ever thought could push themselves to that level of achievement.

So this is my goal in the next 4 months: To build my endurance so that I’m able to run 13.1 miles under 3 hours. I’ve done research and found a 12 week guide for beginner runners which I’m excited to start using. Having a guide to follow is something that I know will really help me to stay in check with where I should be each week, progress wise.

So if any of you lovers of running out there have any helpful tips for this beginner please do share! I know i’ll need help and motivation throughout this entire process so please HELP!

Xo Jen

 

See I told you cutest medal EVER – I need it in my life!

Diva medal

Busy week…Birthday week…Best week!

When I first decided to start a blog I thought “I’m going to blog every single day, it’s going to be so fun and easy”- ha! Starting a blog has been pretty intimidating. Sometimes I can’t even bring myself to open my computer because I get so frustrated when I can’t figure things out. Luckily I’ve been able to find a lot of helpful blogs and tutorials on YouTube and now everyday I learn something new.

Honestly though it has been a crazy week since my last blog post. I turned 25, work a full time job, had class 2 days, had a birthday party, got snowed in on Monday and then back to work Tuesday.  Ok so maybe it doesn’t sound so crazy but let me tell you it was! At the same time though it was the best week ever!

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I can’t lie, turning 25 frightened me. I can no longer say I’m in my “early 20’s” ahhh! I wanted to make sure this birthday was extra special, for 1 it was my Golden Birthday (when you turn the age of the date that you were born on, for me I turned 25 on February 25th) and second, last year I had my gallbladder removed a week before my birthday so I was unable to do anything fun (or even eat cake for that matter).  So this year I had a plan and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of that magnificent plan!

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I had my birthday party at Bobby McKey’s, at the National Harbor in Maryland, and I cannot say enough good things about that place!!! It was fabulous, amazing, memorable, and so much more! I had a Keg Bus pick my friends and I up at my house that way everyone could enjoy themselves and not have to worry about the hike up to Maryland. Even though renting transportation can be a little pricey I highly recommend it when going out for any occasion, that way no one has to play the “well I had to be the DD last time so it’s my turn to have fun” game.

Nothing like being called up on stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so happy with how the night turned out! Everyone had an amazing time and I was surrounded by the people who mean the most to me. I couldn’t have asked for a better night or birthday and I’m excited to see what this golden year has in store for me!

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Xo Jen

 

Oh and I made up for the cake that I didn’t get to eat last year….

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