I am all about any extra motivation I can get. So, I decided to grab a few of my favorites quotes from Pinterest, and make an inspiration page with them. I picked quotes that directly correlate with my goals for 2015 (more on those later).
After creating the page, I cut it out and stuck it to the back of my 2015 planner - that way I will always be able to look at it when I am needing an extra push! Feel free to print it out for yourself too :)
What are some of your favorite ways to stay inspired?
After completing my first half marathon in May, I decided to rediscover some of my favorite exercises (besides running), like spinning classes, strength training, yoga, pilates, etc. I ended up doing just that. Heck, I even ended up walking quite a bit too. I decided to still run, but not nearly as much as training for the half. I needed a break.
Recently, what I have been struggling with is negative self talk. I think without having a time goal or race to work toward right now, it makes me a tad less motivated to workout to my full potential each day. On the days I would skip a workout or walk instead of run, I would feel very guilty and start to come down on myself. I KNOW that is the worst thing we can do, and it is not healthy.
Some might say that I should sign up for a race in order to work toward another goal - and I might do that, but I want to make sure I am doing it for the right reasons. First, I need to train my mind to think more positively and encourage myself. If I can't do that, that the goals I want to meet with my body will never come.
As I have been working on this mental struggle, I am starting to see the other side. For instance, last night I went outside with the intention to walk and do a leg circuit. I ended up running the farthest since my half marathon in May. It was slow and not easy, but it was glorious.
Happy Friday, friends!
As I was scrolling through my blog drafts thinking of which to post today, my attention was drawn to the side bar of the blog where some of my recent Instagram photos are displayed. I couldn't help but smile, and count my blessings.
I am SO lucky to have some of my family visiting throughout the Summer. I can count on one hand how many times I get to see them throughout the year, so when I say I am ecstatic to have them with me, it is a major understatement.
We have had lots of fun times already, and plenty more to come in the next couple weeks. It is definitely a time where we need to take advantage of each moment!
Have a great weekend!
I might be a little hit or miss with my blogging and social media updates for the next few days, but trust me, it is for a good reason :)
After the completion of my first half marathon a couple weeks ago, I decided to take a few days of passive recovery followed by a few days of active recovery.
For my passive recovery I basically took complete off days. This lasted about 3 days. I wasn't necessarily a couch potato though. I stayed active by doing things around the house and things that got put on hold when running took up a lot of my time. This is also a good time to evaluate your training plan, fuel and nutrition choices, and performance. I was pretty much just thrilled to have completed the race, so I didn't do much evaluating. However, if I choose to run another half marathon, I will definitely take a look back at my plan and notes to see what worked for me and what didn't.
Then came my active recovery. I chose to exercise, but at a lower intensity. In general, I stuck to an hour or less of low to moderate intensity exercises. For me, that consisted of body weight exercises, walking, recreation sand volleyball, and more walking. The goal during this phase is to stimulate circulation to help remove waste products and provide nutrients to soft tissue cells because this accelerates healing. The phase should last about 7-10 days. (That gave me a total recovery period of 8-13 days). Everyone is different, and it is important to note how you feel throughout your recovery.
So, now what?
I have not decided if I want to continue to run half marathons or not. I enjoyed it, but I don't want to jump the gun to sign up for another one quite yet. I want to let the running high wear off a bit before I make a decision. I am going to continue to run my normal 3-6 miles a couple days a week, but I have also decided to mix in something I have been missing... I miss classes. Spinning, boot camp, body works, pilates, yoga, conditioning, etc. These are all classes I took pretty religiously for awhile before beginning training for my half marathon. I probably still could have done some of them while training (I did do a lot of yoga during training), but it was difficult for me to find the time.
I am going to take time to switch things up and explore other exercises I enjoy as I try to meet some goals I made for myself.
One goal I am excited about is to work on lowering my 5k race time! My husband and I really enjoy running 5k races, so we are hoping to sign up for a couple more this Summer and Fall together. It would definitely be exciting to push myself to shave some time off my PR!
Sometimes a good quote or inspirational word can turn my day around. I had a couple days like that this week, and here are some of my favorite that I came across.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!
He is the reason for the season!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Happy Friday, friends! I decided to do a Friday Favorites post, but a quote version this time. I have been turning to quotes on Pinterest for inspiration lately, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of my faves!
Have a fabulous weekend!
A few other of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?"
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”