Last night as I was getting ready to work on today’s post I was out of ideas. I didn’t have anything in particular come to mind that I wanted to talk about so instead I just decided I would talk about what is on my mind lately.

My thoughts are kind of all over the place right now to be honest, so please bear with me during this post.

 

Five Things on My Mind Lately

 

Getting Back in the Swing

I mentioned  a few times on here but I have really had a hard time getting back into it since we came back from Boston. I’m behind on a lot of work so I feel like I have been playing non-stop catch up since returning.

Wednesday the plan was to work in the morning and then get a run in. The work happened and the run didn’t. I gave myself a break and decided a few extra days of rest this week aren’t going to kill me.

Yesterday I went into work and the minute I got home, I slipped on my shoes and was out the door. I wasn’t going to let the time pass me by again.

I ran a total of 5 miles. My husband tagged along with me which made the time pass quicker.

Thursday Run

A couple hours later I headed to the gym to get some upper body training and core work.  I’m happy to report that I am already noticing some great improvements in my increased lumbar lordosis just from focusing on it these past few weeks.

 

The Days are Numbered

I am in shock that next week is officially May! That means that in less than a month and a half we will be packing up and moving out of the city of Erie.

I am beyond excited but I am feeling really overwhelmed.

On the list of things to do before we leave:

  • Pack
  • Find a job (the job search is underway!)
  • Finalize the lease
  • Find a moving company
  • Finalize some odds and ends with the rental home
  • Finalize moving date

I am sure there is much more I could add to that list that I haven’t even thought of yet! I am trying to take things a day at a time and trust that it will all come together.

 

Throw Away the Scale

I’ve come to a new realization. I am no longer going to weigh myself. For years and years I was a slave to my scale. It wasn’t that I wanted to lose weight but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t gaining any.  Any slight change in that scale and it would frustrate me.

As I begin my training I don’t want to focus on my weight. Of course I don’t want to go and gain 20 lbs, but as long as I am in a healthy range and am eating the foods that are good for my body and my running then that number that pops up on the scale doesn’t matter.

The only thing that matters is that I am healthy, strong and my running performance is going well.

Throw Away the Scale

I think it hit me again when I was in the locker room showering after my workout earlier.  I saw woman after woman coming in and weighing themselves.  I know that if you are trying to lose weight then yes the scale is important, but I hate seeing so many that are obsessed with that number.

The truth is that number for me can vary 2-3 lbs per day, so what is the point?

If you are treating your body right, feeding it the right foods a majority of the time and are a healthy weight then that’s all that matters!  It’s so freeing when I finally came to that realization!

 

Dreaming Big Means Taking Chances

Thanks for all your kind words on my post yesterday on my big dream.  It’s not going to be easy, it is going to take a lot of work, a lot of dedication and a lot of focus on doing the things that I’ve always slacked off on.

I realize that going for a BQ in October is a huge leap for me. I mentioned it briefly in the post, but I want to make it clear that I am OK if it doesn’t happen in October.  If I don’t make it to that point and fall short, it will be disappointing but it just means I wasn’t there yet. It also doesn’t mean I’m not going to try.

I have decided to take the chance. I will train smart and do things the right way. I will continue to try to improve every day, and we will wait and see what happens.  If I make it to October and can BQ then great, if I can’t then that’s okay too. I will PR regardless so as long as I am working towards it that is what matters.

I will continue to dream big. It will happen.

I’ve pretty much found my 10k plan and will officially begin it on Monday. It needs a little tweaking based on my level currently, but I’m excited to have a focus.

 

Hydration

This is completely random, but last Friday morning Wes and I went out to run 2 miles before getting on the road to Boston.

The run was awful. Every step felt horrible and I couldn’t figure it out.  I didn’t understand why it was so bad.  The original plan was to do 3 miles, however since I felt awful I ran a mile to where Wes was doing strides, sat and waited and then ran back home with him.

I showered, packed up the car and we took the dog out for a walk. Wes looked at me and said I looked sick. I didn’t feel sick but I felt so off and tired.

Hydration

He immediately told me I looked VERY dehydrated. I hadn’t done much thinking about it, but the more I thought about it I realized I hadn’t really been drinking enough the past couple days. It wasn’t on purpose – I was busy and just wasn’t focusing on it.

I immediately started drinking fluids and within 15 minutes was feeling 100% better.

The moral of the story: HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! No matter how busy you are always carry water with you and drink throughout the day. It not only makes you feel better but your running improves!

 

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