Races

Nitro Turkey

This past Thanksgiving, I celebrated my morning being Thankful to have two legs, feet, and the strength to push myself to run 6.2 miles. If you’ve been following my JourneyTo30, running has been a major part of journey to be healthy and happy. Races have been what have been keeping myself accountable to my weight loss and health. Originally, I had planned just to do a Half Marathon during the Thanksgiving weekend (which happened today!) But I’ll post a separate blog post on my reflections of my first half later. This post, I’d like to center focus on training, aging and being thankful for my health.

I’d like to be honest, as motivational as I’d like to be, and to be sharp on my fitness goals, sometimes I’m not always able to run everyday. I’m only human, but I do take note of my slack. If I’m not able to put in my miles, I’ll replace it with a at home work out, weather it’s 2 minute drills, squats, weights, yoga ball workouts, and an intense foam rolling session to loosen my IT bands and other knots. For this 10K, which I signed up for, just about 3 weeks before, I was feeling a little over confident about throwing in a 10K a day and a half just before my first Half Marathon. But I wanted to get it done!!! I enjoy the feeling of running races, its just so raw, and pure to me.

I’ve mentioned this before in earlier JourneyTo30 posts, but I truly enjoy the feeling of running, by myself, at runs, around the neighborhood, and within a community. Many of my elite running friends and family have suggested to do more well known runs, such as the Disney Half, and Nike Women’s Half Marathon, but I have no interest in that at the moment. I like the local runs. They’re not to crowded, trails offered are amazing, and I’m accomplishing the same distance anyways. Plus, I’m not looking to shelf out $120+ for registration fees for a race. I’d rather save that money for a personal trainer right?? Am I right? I don’t know.

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Running, isn’t always about the registration fee, or the medal. Everyone is running for something, and with the same initial goal. It’s a very powerful feeling, and a positive one too. It’s definitely a liberating and freeing feeling, especially once you cross the finish line! Unfortunately, as I’ve said these runs are to hold myself accountable. And boy did it!!! I’ve lessened my running load from everyday to maybe once to twice a week…… Yes! I’ve taken it easy, and became a little soft the past few months! And what a slap in the face this was for me this Thanksgiving weekend! I’m really feeling it in my legs.

#ReallyBad #Hurts #ImDying #SoreAsF$%^

As I compare my other results, from earlier this year, and late summer, my numbers are nothing compared to my last 10K. I’m regressing! It is something I am saddened about, but I know myself, I haven’t been training as hard. Even the boyfriend has mentioned that I’ve gotten soft with my training. I may be on point with water intake, sleeping habits, and dieting, but when it comes to physical fitness, this past fall, I didn’t get fluffy……But just soft with my intensity and training.

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Goals don’t come easy. That’s why I created this blog, to document my health journey, and reasons why I keep signing up for races all throughout the year. What was is for my lack of? Being overconfident? Laziness? Thinking my health, and strength will always be by my side? Probably. But I was wrong. Seriously, getting older, everything not only becomes harder, but there are tons of health points to address if you want to keep your youth. Let’s face it. We’re getting old. And it takes a lot to stay healthy. Lifestyle choices have to addressed. Gaining new routines, new regimens, and that extra time and effort to restore our health is important. I’m glad to know I have the legs

 

Here are my results of my 10K. It’s ok. But comparing it from my Summer Breeze and Nitro Trail in July…..One minute could have been easily avoided. I am happy I crossed, but now, I want to keep signing up for another 10K to beat a personal record for myself. It’s this competitive game I like to play with myself. Call it silly and a waste of money, but I really enjoy it. It’s a fun factor, plus all next year for 2016, I’m including my son 8 year old son. 5Ks & 10Ks will be our thing. He see’s me after every race, and I could tell he’s drooling over my medals. I told him he could get one, but there’s no walking to the finish line. Surprisingly, he’s accepted.

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Have you started running like me this past year? How do you keep yourself motivated and hold yourself accountable to your weight and fitness goals? Comment below!

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Thanksgiving Runs

Turkey Runs

While some may be preparing themselves for Thanksgiving, my main focus this week are my two upcoming Thanksgiving races!! Earlier this year I signed up for a back to back Thanksgiving runs –The Nitro Turkey, and Quarry Turkey hosted by Brazen Racing. As I’ve sticking with my new years resolution of becoming a healthier and happier me, I like to put my new evolved body to the test. Pushing it in something performance wise, in a community of others with similar goals. I love the atmosphere and energy races bring. It’s a great positive gathering who are all running for something or another.

I’ve strategically planned out my races all of 2015. The turkey races are the third and second to last races of the year, and I plan to crush them completely! I’ve been pushing myself so hard this year to keep a healthy mind and body, and I’d like to thank my success to that to my dedication and focus to running. The planned out runs holds me accountable to my fitness goals, and training. This Thanksgiving will mark my last 10K before entering the world of Half Marathons. I can’t be anymore excited. I’ve ran 10Ks well enough everyday that I know my body is able to handle the entire 13.2 miles.

If you’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle this year I applaud you in your achievements!! It’s very hard to stick with your fitness goals because of all the temptations of sweets, carbs, and all naughty foods out there! Especially now, during the holiday season — which is the primary reason I planned out my races during this time!! Once you block out all the temptations of naughty foods, stress, and control a strict sleeping schedule, you have everything in the bag..

Good luck to those who have upcoming races this holiday season! I digitally cheer you on, your focus to a healthier and happier lifestyle!

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