I’m not a get up and go girl

I admire the runners who get up, maybe drink some coffee and eat some toast, and boom! They’re ready to toe the line at a race.

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Getting ready for a long run or race is a process for me.

It’s amazing how much stuff I need to run a race

It starts the night before
I try to make sure everything is laid out the night before:

  • Race outfit
  • Race fuel
  • Breakfast
  • Teas/Nuun
  • Sunscreen
  • Anti chafe lotion
  • Rocktape (if necessary)

I also charge up my Garmin and my phone. I will load up my hydration vest, if I’m using it, with my sunglasses, pre-race snack (if there’s a long time between breakfast and the race), race fuel and Saltstick chews — but not water, yet, because I want it to be cold (I’ve only done a couple of halfs where it was cold and I didn’t want cold water to drink!).

I attach my bib to my race belt, and usually put sandals, post race snack, maybe a change of clothes in a bag that Mr. Judy can carry when he meets me after the race. I also put water into the refrigerator so it will be cold for race day.

I often eat overnight oats the morning of a long run/race, and if I have a mini crockpot with me, I put my breakfast in it so it will be warm when I get up. If I don’t have the crockpot, I just warm it up in the microwave the next morning.

Most of the time I’ll make a flat me so I can try to check and make sure that I’ve got everything laid out. Doesn’t mean I haven’t forgotten something, but it makes it less likely.

Always Nuun before a long run/race (and after, too!)

First thing in the morning
Usually the very first thing I do in the morning, after getting some warm lemon water to drink, is tape my knees (because you want to do that before applying any lotion). Next I braid my hair (keeps it out of my mouth and eyes — mostly — and apply sunscreen; almost all my long distance races have been warm races in a skirt and a tank top.

Usually some green tea, too

If it’s a later race and I have time, I’ll probably meditate and do some yoga. Otherwise, I’ll eat my breakfast and drink some green tea.

It’s a process
I’ll put on my top first, because then the next thing I do is some foam rolling (helps warm up the muscles).

I foam roll, put on anti chafing lotion, then finish dressing, probably while drinking some Nuun or more tea (depends on how much time I have before the race).

The last thing I usually do is fill my hydration vest’s bladder with the cold water, and, of course, hit the bathroom, which I’ve probably already done multiple times and will do when we get to the race, unless we’re staying close enough that I can walk to the race and only have to use the bathroom in my own room — we’ve done that a few times and it’s heaven.

It’s all about the routine
Having a routine for long run/race day evening/mornings helps take out some of the stress. I know many runners to-do list before a race is a lot shorter than mine. What can I say, it seems to work for me!?

Do you have any sort of pre-race routine?

Are there things you do that I don’t?

Do you get up early just so you can digest your breakfast? I do!

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Do the loco-motion with me

Do I have a favorite running shoe? Bwahaha! You’ve read about my struggles with finding my Newton Motions, which yes, is my favorite running shoe. Why did I have to fall in love with a shoe made by a small company? Then why did said small company get even smaller, the shoes even more expensive — and more scarce? Is the universe trying to tell me something?

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Newton Motions new go for $175. That is just too ridiculous a price to pay for a running shoe that maybe lasts half a year if you’re lucky.

Problem? What problem?

So here I sit, or run, loco for Newton Motions. Why?

  • They’re light. Even Mr. Judy when he picked them up commented on how light they feel.
  • They have a minimal heel to toe drop. Minimalist shoes work for me — but I also use them for speed work and long runs, running in “normal” running shoes for easy runs (and those normal shoes always feel so heavy & clunky!). I think minimalist shoes are great — but not all the time.

Then there are those weird looking lugs. From the Newton Website:

The secret sauce powering the speed of Newton Running shoes is its proprietary Action/Reaction™ Technology. Generated by the active movement of the lugs, Action/Reaction Technology creates a responsive, trampoline-like cushioning system that provides quicker bounce-back and loses less energy than a traditional foam-core running shoe.

Although the Motions are considered a stability shoe (hence the name), I actually don’t need a stability shoe. They still lean more to the side of a neutral shoe, but they have a “firmer medial side post” (again, from the Website) to provide some stability.

They got me through 18 miles injury free

In the years I’ve been running in Newtons, I have stayed pretty injury free. I can’t completely point to the shoes; there are many factors that go into that. I can tell you that if Newton goes out of business I will be heart broken. I also know I should be trying out some more minimalist shoes from other, bigger companies.

Although they finally turned on me in my last half, where I got a large blood blister & lost my first toenail.

Newtons don’t come in the fun designs (for the most part; sometimes they do special edition designs like Boston or NYC); and the range of colors is pretty limited. I have several orange Newtons. They don’t really match my running clothes, but they match my running form and that is more important to me.

Newtons are not for everyone. No shoe is for everyone! I cringe inside when someone says “cute shoes! what are they?”. You’re better off asking “what type of foot do you have? Do you pronate? Are you a heel striker?

What’s your favorite running shoe?

Have you ever had to break up with a running shoe? Why?

Form or fun colors?

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Sunshine of Your Love: July 2019

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I have to admit I didn’t realize what song this was from the title, but when I clicked on the link, yup, I knew it. Who here hasn’t done an early morning run in the sunshine — maybe a bit too much sunshine?

I’m with you my love
The light’s shinin’ through on you
Yes, I’m with you my love
It’s the morning and just we two

July held a race, lots of fun stuff off the road, and yes, plenty of sunshine and early morning runs.

Annual Fourth of July race tradition

Getting in scheduled runs
Slowly beginning to think about running goals for later in 2019, but still nothing big on the horizon, so still maintaining my base with occasional hills and speed work. You’ll notice there are no tempos!

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I’ve been pretty good with recording runs. I like having that to look back at! Those Thursday night trail runs — they keep me up until almost my bedtime! Most of them are at least a half hour drive from my home, some further. Sometimes I just gotta go to sleep not long after I get back home, so yeah, I get to those when I get to those.

Grade Earned: A-

Dynamic Warmup
I’ve been a bit better at getting out there earlier, but it’s still not always easy. It’s not the greatest idea to just run, even in the warm summer, but hey, I’m as human as the next gal. Sometimes that’s exactly what happens.

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
I’m still in “love” (see what I did there?) with foam rolling. Well, love might be a strong word. Any time I skip it, I feel it, and that’s what keeps me rolling.

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition was decent in July, with occasional treats (yup, I still consider sushi a treat!)

 

Nutrition
As I mentioned last month, I took a break from actively trying to lose weight to simply maintain where I am. I am definitely maintaining. That isn’t a bad thing.

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? I had plans to make an appointment, I truly did, but July ended up with a few unexpected expenses. Hopefully it will work into the budget in August.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? I do every other month unless something’s wrong, so there was no need in July.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I think I tipped over on that one — it’s time!

Grade Earned: B+

Bruise on shoulder courtesy of my fall on the trails, but that was about the only thing hurt. Lots of Yoga, naturally.

 

Cross Training
Yoga (for obvious reasons) and strength training are going pretty strong. Pilates has been harder to fit in. At the beginning of the month I realized that strength training had been a bit lacking, so I’ve been doing a lot of Pahla Bower’s shorter workouts on Youtube here, with one or two of the slightly longer ones. The body feels pretty good in general.

Grade Earned: A+

Yup, this was after the fall — still smiling (mainly because I was out of the woods and away from the darn bugs!)

 

July 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. 1 race. More fun with friends. A concert. Short hike. Maintaining my weight. No injuries.

July Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. A little less often, but the foot still feels pretty good.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Nailed this in July.
    • Start extending my weekend runs. Y. I maintained at 6 miles for my long runs, with one 7 miler. Pretty good in a hot, humid summer (most of the time).
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Y. Obviously YTT requires some Yoga practice.
    • Foam roll almost daily. Y. Towards the end of the month it actually did get to daily; I bought a deal from Lauren Roxburgh (her Website is here, but you can find some free videos on Youtube) which includes 3 foam rolling routines that are only 10 minutes or less. They’re quite different so I’ve been doing them daily — in addition to my usual pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. It definitely feels freeing to not be tracking what I put in my mouth, and so far I’m still maintaining my weight without tracking. Always a work in progress.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y/N. It’s been harder with the classes/videos I have to watch, the live calls, working on my practicum (already!). Does thinking about what I’ll eat in the coming week count? Well, I guess it does. I know that I’ll get back to it.
    • Annual Fourth of July race. Y. Indeed, and you can read about it here.

Which leads me to August Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. My feet have been doing pretty good. Sometimes I only do my PT exercises a couple of times a week. As long as my feet aren’t bothering me it’s working for me.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. You may not have noticed, but I’ve actually begun to strength train more frequently — but often for just a little bit. I shoot for two longer sessions (about 30 min) 2 times a week, and short (often just 10 min) about 3 times a week. I like the results I’m getting from that. I might bail on a busy day if I’m looking at 30 minutes or more, but you can always squeeze in 10 minutes.
    • Keep long runs about 6-7 miles. I could be ready for a half in a month with my base, but the reality would be I’d prefer a couple of months to feel well trained and safe.
    • Lots of yoga & studying. I have my written test and my practicum for my YTT in September. I’ve learned a lot, but I haven’t been able to actually study as much as I’d like to because just the course itself is so time consuming!
    • Foam roll almost daily. Continue using my Lauren Roxburgh foam rolling and regular pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I had planned another short detox this month, or as I prefer to call it, a reset. I decided to push that off until September. I’ve been maintaining my weight at a good place (which doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to lose a few pounds, but then most of us would).
    • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. I at least have a plan in my mind, but having written down is much more helpful.
    • Trail race at the end of the month. Depends on the weather.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Why am I here?

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Or finding what I want to be when I grow up. I often tell people that I’m a sort of jack of all trades, master of none sort of person. I’ve dabbled in a lot hobbies, some coming and going regularly, so for just a very short time, others for the long haul.

I’ve spent time working in print shops, as a cashier, running my own graphic design business — which mostly involved writing about graphic design and running a busy online forum as an About.com Guide, as a WW leader, blogging about running (and cats, way back in the day), and now am hoping to add yoga teacher to that resume.

I told Mr. Judy at some point during this training that I feel as though every step of my strange and twisting journey has brought me to this point in time. Being a WW leader, working in a print shop, and even as a cashier put me in positions to train other people.

Blogging and being an About.com Guide helped me to understand the ins and outs (to some degree) of the online world. Being a graphic designer is a creative job, but running my own business made me familiar with what it’s like to run a business out of your own home — something I might end up doing as a yoga teacher.

Pardon this mostly off topic post, although I do touch on running briefly.

Everyone needs a purpose
I believe that. Whether you’re young or old, you’re here for a reason. That reason may change as you change. Just chillin’ and enjoying the fruits of your labor seems like the ultimate goal, and you know I’m all over rest and recovery, but ultimately we need to feel that what we do matters. That our life matters.

I think a lot of people, as they age, begin to question why they are here. Whether or not it truly matters. We get lost in being the support of everyone but ourselves; maybe our career feels stale and unsatisfying; often we turn to instant gratification to make ourselves feel better — often leading to weight gain.

At some point we realize that a change is necessary. I think that’s why there are so many “adult onset athletes” — and I am one of them! Exercise is so important as we age, for our bodies, for our mental health, and to help us feel connected to something greater than ourselves.

Running is something we do, though, it’s not our purpose in life. Even if you’re a running coach; it’s still something you do, not who you are — it says nothing about how you touch other people’s lives (usually), or how you use your gifts (we all have them), how you take care of the people in your life, or how you make a difference in this world.

Remember that, find your purpose, and if for some reason running is taken out of your life, you may be sad, but it won’t define you or be the worst thing that ever happens to you.

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Well, I can always teach yoga to Bandit . . . or maybe he can teach me; he does a good down dog!

Have I found what I want to be when I grow up?
Only time will tell. I loved having my own graphic design business when I started, but by the end, I was so ready to let it go. It’s taken me a long time to find the next chapter in my life. I may or may not love teaching yoga. I have definitely poured my heart and soul into learning more (and trying to retain what I’ve learned, and let’s just say that’s a definite struggle!), but I know that we are always meant to grow and learn in this life and for all I know this is just another stepping stone in my journey to my ultimate purpose.

There are other things I considered training in. Things I may still add in some day. For now I felt that yoga is a way I could possibly make a difference in this world.

Let’s all meet up for a coffee date on Friday (virtual) and then next Tuesday I’ll be wrapping up July.

Have you found your dream job?

Have you dreamed about doing something else?

What do you think is your purpose?

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Flexibly Mentally Gearing Up

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We choose all the right gear for our runs: the right clothes, the right shoes, the right fuel, the right music, etc. Sometimes we have to gear up mentally, too. While we always need to be in the right mind set to have a good run, it becomes more difficult when life throws you a curveball. Even the little curveballs.

How often have you sweated the small stuff? How often did it matter?

Prepping
I usually run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday . . . unless I don’t. That schedule works for me because it allows for one or two harder runs (tempos, speed work) with rest between them, a long run, and one easy/recovery run.

I had every intention of running yesterday. I knew I might get home late due to Sunday’s concert, but it ended up being even later than I thought (half hour break between each of three artists!).

I woke up just a little later than normal, but went to bed much later than normal, even though we left before the concert ended. Could I run? Of course I could. Did I want to? Nope. Especially knowing I’d be up later Monday night too.

On top of that, the rain that was forecast to come in midday started while I was out walking the dogs around 7:30 am. That sealed the deal for me.

Folding Up
I am a person who likes prior notice when something hard or painful needs to be done. I remember back in college, I had a very deep, very painful plantar’s wart on the ball of my foot. When I finally got to a podiatrist, they were ready to do laser surgery on the spot . . . only I wasn’t mentally ready. I came back a week later.

My run Monday? I can run in the rain. I have done so many times. In summer it can actually feel quite nice. I just wasn’t mentally prepared for rain that morning, and wouldn’t have dressed for it either, since I wasn’t expecting it. The truth is I really needed a rest day, so I took it, but I know if the day had been dry, I would have at least entertained the idea of running.

It will be harder to juggle running the rest of the week between a few appointments and a visit from my brother and nephew.

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Training Mental Flexibility
The first step is to recognize where you’re inflexible. Maybe you can’t relax until your kitchen is completely tidy — if so, please feel free to come to my house and tidy up mine, because I guarantee you it’s rarely tidy. Maybe you can’t go to sleep if there are clothes on the floor. Maybe you won’t run in certain weather or at certain temperatures.

The second stop is to let go of your inflexibility — maybe just one or two days a week. Go walk with the family even though there are dishes in the sink. Run in the rain. Leave your husband’s dirty socks wherever they are.

The third step is to notice how that felt. Did it really make you anxious? Were you able to do something fun you’ve been putting off doing, or spend more time with your friends and family? Did you really feel more stressed — or did you actually feel as though a weight was lifted from your shoulders? Did you melt in the rain?

Be brutally honest with yourself. You may tell yourself that you really can’t do _____ until ________ is done, and it might be true — or it might be something that was just ingrained in you as you were growing up, and you never stopped to question it or notice if it was really making you calmer or adding yet more stress to your already stressful life.

The more you practice anything, the better you get at it.

Do you consider yourself to be a mentally flexible person?

Have you ever even thought about the need to train mental flexibility?

What are your tips for maintaining a mentally flexible attitude?

 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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4 Favorite Summer Skirts

I have to admit, I have many favorite skirts. There’s a reason I’m a Skirt Sport Ambassador! There are so many different styles of skirts, it can be overwhelming for someone to choose when they look at the Website.

The End of Season sale may have just ended, but many of my favorite summer skirts can still be found as great deals in the Outlet Sale here. Sizing can be a little tricky, though, so be aware that all sales are final; there are no returns.

Love my Cool It for summer running

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I have run a lot of hot halfs. Ever since Skirt Sports introduced the Cool It Skirt, it’s been my uniform for all those halfs. There’s a pocket on each thigh of the shorties, and there are also two front pockets on the outside of the skirt. While I love my pockets, sometimes having to reach underneath the skirt can get old. It’s nice to have small pockets on the outside for smaller items that are reached for a lot.

Front pocket on Cool It

The real draw of the Skirt is that it’s made of cooling material. Do I feel like it makes me feel cooler? All I can tell you is that I’ve run a lot of strong races wearing Cool It in very challenging conditions. There are also side vents for ease of movement. And no chafing for the win!

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Long Haul might not give me the best silhouette, but it keeps me hydrated

Long Haul
Speaking of pockets . . . the Long Haul has 7. Yes, you read that right, seven! The normal two pockets on the thighs. Then there are 2 pockets on the back each large enough for a 10 ounce water bottle, with a drawcord to keep the bottles in the pockets. And then there are three smaller pockets on the back for things like keys, gels, chews, etc.

Bottles in the back pockets; phone in the pocket on the shortie — so much storage space!

It’s like wearing a fuel belt that’s already built into your skirt. Yes, the weight on the items in the pockets can pull the skirt down at first. There are two solutions for that:

  1. There’s already a belt on front of the skirt that allows you to tighten it up so that it minimizes the bounce (until you’ve drained some of that water, then it naturally stays put).
  2. Many ambassadors suggest buying a size smaller than you normally would.

    Close up of 3 of the back pockets

I love wearing Long Haul for runs that are long enough to require more than one water bottle, but aren’t so long that I want to break out the hydration vest yet. I know runners who have worn Long Haul in marathons and loved all the extra storage.

“Hovering” in Hover

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When Hover first came out a few years back, I wanted to love it like everyone else, but I just didn’t. It just didn’t seem to fit my body right. The shorties rode up. I got a wedgie.

Then they came out with the more comfortable grippers on the legs, and the shorties stayed put. Somehow it seems they also adjusted the fit so it was comfortable on my body. I love Hover because it’s extremely lightweight and great for hot runs.

Touring in Mod Quad (with poop bags in those front pockets)

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Sniff, sniff, Skirt Sports did not bring back the Mod Quad skirt this year. It’s still available in the Outlet Sale. I will admit: I’ve never actually run in Mod Quad. I love to hike in it, or just wear it around the house on hot days in the summer. Because as the name Mod Quad indicates, it has four pockets (somewhat similar to the Cool It skirt).

Front pocket detail on Mod Quad

You could almost say that it has 6 pockets: there are the normal two pockets on the shorties. Like Cool It there are also two outside pockets on the front. Those pockets are actually divided into two pockets — they’re perfect for unused poop bags when we hike with the dogs, as well as a small tin for dog treats. Also good for keys, snacks, water bottles. I love being hands free when I run or hike!

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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I Will Always Love You: June 2019

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Now who doesn’t love this Whitney Houston song? Such a wonderful voice, such a sad ending to her life. My June was not sad, though; in fact, there were lots of fun times! June was about coming back to running — on my terms. Running how and when I want, something we all need to do sometimes to remind ourselves about why we fell in love with running in the first place.

There was fun with friends volunteering at a race
There was a Women’s 5k with friends and a solo Trail 5k

Getting in scheduled runs
Still no big goals in sight, still listening to my body and running when, how, and for how long I want to.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I haven’t gotten back to writing down pre and post run stuff, which is helpful, but I’m still recording my runs. I think that it helps that my planner, journal, and running journal are all one and the same.

Grade Earned: A-

Dynamic Warmup
Running almost completely outside, so in general I’ve gotten back to doing dynamic warmups. Things do get a little tricky as it warms up — you don’t want to warm up in the Winter because it’s too cold (and you need it the most!), and then in the Summer you procrastinate too long, it’s too hot, and you just want to get out there (yup, that happened just yesterday and there was zero warmup).

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
Still rolling, rolling, rolling. Sliding just a tiny bit on PT exercises for my foot (it’s been almost a year!), but it let’s me know when I’ve ignored it for too long.

Grade Earned: A-

Summer treats are in full swing but so far not too far out of hand

Nutrition
I started out the month really strong, seeing a number on the scale I haven’t seen in a few years — and then I got just a little bit off course towards the middle of the month. Next month I plan to give my body a break and just maintain my weight, but I’d like to be maintaining a little lower than where I am right now.

It’s really easy to get loosey goosey with eating when the scale is giving you good reports — I’m still motivated, though, so I’ll tighten things up just a bit. Well, maybe!

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? I actually had a really good (free!) massage after Freihofers.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Why yes I did.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? We are definitely approaching the tipping point there.

Grade Earned: B+

First hike in a long time!

Cross Training
Pilates, Yoga, and strength training, oh my — once I was feeling better! More time on the stationary bike. Unfortunately my shoulder started to complain towards the end of the month, so I wasn’t able to progress my strength training as much as I wanted to. Shoulder is fine now, but ST is still a bit lacking. We even got in one short hike in between all the rain!

And all the waterfalls

Grade Earned: A+

June 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . a A-. 2 races. Fun with friends. Short hike. Maintaining my weight. No injuries.

June Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. A little side tracked but mostly doing good.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Definitely more like twice a week, and usually not too long, but you gotta start somewhere.
    • Start extending my weekend runs. Y. Hanging around 5-6 miles. It’s been a little hard balancing life lately!
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Y. Still enjoying my studio classes & home practice.
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. 
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Weight is maintaining fairly well, but definitely need to tighten up my eating just a smidge.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y/N. I’ve been busy, and while I haven’t completely let it go, the weeks I wing it more generally don’t turn out as well with healthy eating. On the other hand, I even prepped some Mason Jar salads towards the end of the month & that was a life saver!
    • A short race? Y. In addition to Freihofers 5k, which kicked off the month, I also ran a trail 5k.

Which leads me to July Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Whenever I start skipping it, my feet remind me they still  need it.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Muscles atrophy as we age if we don’t use them, folks.
    • Start extending my weekend runs. Maintain about a 6 mile long run once a week. Ok to go a little longer if I’m feeling it — ok not to if I’m not feeling it.
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Yoga just makes me feel good.
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. 
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. So far, for the first time in my life, this is working for me. I spent so many years carefully tracking all my food — I’m okay with doing it again,too, if I get off track — but all those years of tracking have given me a pretty good idea of what healthy eating looks like — that’s really the point of tracking!
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 
    • Annual Fourth of July race. Looks like it will be just me and one friend (actually, 2 other friends are signed up) this year. It also looks to be the hottest day of the year so far, but the tradition will (most likely) go on (and we’ll end on a little Celine Dion).

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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