My Favorite Things: 2016 Edition

As the year quickly comes to an end, many people are already looking ahead to 2017.  From goal setting to resolutions, it’s all about making the next year bigger and better!  For those of us who are athletes or who … Continue reading

Ironman Louisville: A Training Update

It’s hard to believe that I’m down to only 75 days before I take on Ironman Louisville.  Having missed the first two months of my training because life got in the way, the past two months have been spent trying to make up for lost time.  Well, sort of.  I’ve been working hard but careful not to do too much too fast, in hopes to avoid injury.  I just hope that I’m doing enough.  And, with only 75 days to go, there’s not a lot of room for error.

So, what has training looked like over the past two months?  Well, obviously there’s been quite a lot of swimming, biking, and running.  Probably not enough swimming as there should be, but I hope to change that this week.

Starting out, I spent a lot of time on the struggle bus.  Luckily, I expected that, so I rode that thing like a champ.  A positive attitude is everything!

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And then there have been moments like this.  Moments where you just question everything in life.  These moments are good for the soul and personal growth, although at the time they may not seem like it.

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Finally, there have been moments like this.  Moments that make me feel good.  Proud.  Strong.  Courageous.  Moments that remind me that the tough chick I once knew is still there.  I just have to keep working hard to bring her to the surface again.

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Just finished a 90 mile bike and 20 minute run off the bike.

Oh, and there have been animals, too.  Some people stop to smell the roses.  I stop and talk to the animals.  It’s quite therapeutic on long training days.

 

All in all, I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, and quite honestly, I’m just happy that I get to swim, bike, and run!  There’s certainly more work to be done and I’m up for the challenge.

75 days until IMLOU. Tick-tock, tick-tock…

 

Finding Joy

As race week approached, there was definitely a different vibe in the air.  There’s something that I just love about the week leading up to a race.  This past week was different, though.  I was registered to run the Rock ‘N’ Roll Raleigh Marathon, but with my inconsistent training, I knew that running the marathon would be risky.  All week (and even the night before the race) I went back and forth with with my decision.  Would I take a chance and run the marathon or would I play it safe and run the half?  What kind of goals would I set since I hadn’t really focused on speed as I was just trying to safely build mileage?  I’m such a goal-oriented person that, for me, going into a race without a goal just didn’t seem like an option.  However, some how, some way, I managed to convince myself to just run the half and run it just for fun.  I told myself to focus on enjoying the moment,  the scenery, the people, the fact that I get to run, and most importantly, run every mile for my #IR4 buddy, Sadie.

The outcome?  I had the most amazing time.  I can’t remember ever having that much fun in a race.  My heart was so full of joy from the moment I crossed the start line to the moment that I crossed the finish.  I was thankful for every mile I was able to run, even the ones with the big hills.  I was reminded that being an athlete requires hard work, but playing hard and having fun is equally as important.  Goals are great, but finding joy in what we do is what it’s all about!  #findthejoy