Fitness, Inspiration, Monday Musings, Running

Mental Endurance Tips.

With the pandemic and all of the chaos going on in our world today, it is easy to want to slip into a negative mindset. I am thankful I am one of those ‘sunny disposition’ types who doesn’t get easily deterred by trivial things. However…as I talk to different people (runners, athletes who take my classes at the gym etc) I realize there are a lot of hurting people in the world. I’ve learned to have more empathy with others in general.

We all need some mental endurance tips from time to time! Even those of us with a ‘sunny dispositon’.

A big part of racing (and training and day to day STUFF) is relying on your mental strength. As a person who has been running ultras and marathons for a number of years this is something I feel is my strong suit and I love to share the love with others. Here are some things that have worked for me to develop (and maintain) strong mental endurance.

Discipline > motivation. I am a strong believer in this. Motivation to me is not something that is always going to get you out the door in the morning. As a beginning runner back in the day, I was that ‘motivated’ runner. Who was always looking to my left and my right at what someone else was doing. I don’t necessarily think being motivated is a bad thing. As you grow as an athlete and it becomes more a part of your overall wellness and lifestyle you realize consistency and discipline is what is going to keep you pounding the pavement and trails. It is what will keep you ‘rock solid’ when you’re not training, when you just are maintaining fitness. Getting out there, despite what race is on your calendar.

Accountability. For me this has always been about community. I have a group that I run with on Saturdays and I always tell people that my Saturdays are SACRED. For instance, right now I have zero races on the calendar. This may or may not change in the next few months. But for once in about a decade I’m very at peace with this. Because I love to just get up and bang out a double digit run every weekend with my friends and I’ve been doing so for as long as I can remember in my adult life. Community…the running community, is what GIVES ME LIFE. And keeps my mental game strong. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Watch what you consume. Be it social media, incessantly scrolling through your Facebook-IG-Strava feed. What you consume, consumes you. I fill my social media feed with things that inspire me to get out the door. Things that make me laugh. Make me think. I have no room in life right now for anything to bring that energy down. And I feel that as I get older, my tolerance for anything that is draining is less and less. I do utilize Strava however for training purposes but honestly that is about it. I appreciate the Kudos though because I do know that people love the energy that I bring onto that platform so I continue to share.

Sometimes you need a little music! This does and does not work for some. But as a fitness instructor and a music LOVER I crave music all of the time. Even when I am working as a writer for television during the day…when I am writing a promo…or want to get my creative juices flowing. Music MOVES ME. It will always be something that keeps my mental strong.

Feel free to share some things that keep your mental endurance strong for running – cycling – working out – LIFE!

Fitness, Inspiration, Motivation, Real Talk Tuesdays, Running

Real Talk Tuesdays: On Running, Training and Staying in Your Own Lane.

Hey there! So I thought we’d start a little series that I would like to call ‘Real Talk Tuesdays’. Well, for me every day is a real talk kind of day, since this is my little space to rant and talk about training and such. But I always have a few thoughts rolling around in my head that I’d like to share with the blogosphere. So here it goes.

I’ve seen this term come up a few times on social media and it’s just kind of my favorite saying in general. Frankly it is how I like to live my life, and how I prefer to run and train for races. Stay in your own lane.

But what does that mean, really? I think runners are always pretty hard and critical of themselves. I say this because I was once that overly critical and self judgmental person when it came to my own training. I would constantly compare myself – my pace, my weekly mileage etc. to other people’s. Nothing was ever good enough. Every time I DID NOT set a personal record in whatever racing distance, it would JACK with me emotionally. Really, my entire well being was linked to running. This, in my opinion, is not how someone should live their life.

Running is supposed to bring you joy, it is supposed to enhance the amazing life you already have. When I run nowadays, I compare it to like being a child. I go PLAY, and I enjoy my playtime. Some days, I run fast. I do speedwork, strides or what have you. I push my body. Some days I run for hours and hours on end. Because it FEELS GOOD to me – to work hard. Even if sometimes I have a bad run. It is not the end of the world. I don’t log on to social media and complain about it. I chalk it up to exactly what it is, a bad run. Tomorrow’s run will be better.

And as far as the social media world goes, I STAY in my own lane. Meaning, I train my ass off and I keep my head down and try not to compare myself to other runners. When I see that others are successful, I am proud of them and their accomplishments. When I see my fellow run buddies are down or hurting – I do whatever I can do lift them up. Because I see myself in a lot of these people. I’ve been injured. I know how shitty it feels to not be running. It can truly take a toll on you. But sometimes all you need is that encouragement, that things will get better. The storm doesn’t stick around forever. It will pass, you will be healthy and you will run again. Believe it.

But really, I love running for ME. I love staying in my own lane. Doing me, enjoying running – and remembering why I started this journey in the first place. Running has brought joy, blessings, wonderful friendships – and has healed me in more ways than one. And the races, the medals, the amazing ultra WINS – those are just the icing on the cake.

Stay in your lane. In the end you’ll be glad you did.

Thank you, Kanye.

How’s your training going? Do you tend to play the comparison game when it comes to your running or do you stay in your own lane?

Fun, Inspiration, Random, Running

Pinspirations Lately.

Happy December to you! I thought I’d share some of my Pinterest inspirations I’ve been loving as of late. I don’t know about you but I will always and forever be a Pinterest fan. Although I have to say the app itself has undergone some changes lately. There’s just something so therapeutic though about pinning. I know some of ya’ll out there feel me.

Follow me on Pinterest also to get the latest of what I’m loving 24/7 365. Or something like that.

In no particular order…

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Have you been on Pinterest lately? What has inspired you this week?

Fitness, Inspiration, Marathon Training, Marathons, Running

All About This Lately.

Short and sweet post today. I’ve been all about this lately. Learning to trust myself and my capabilities. To push past my doubts and test my limitations. To become FEARLESS. It’s definitely all a work in progress. But I am learning, finally…to trust my power.

I leave you with this quote today. Thank you, Mr. Roosevelt.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

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What are you doing this week to push past your doubts and test your limits?

Inspiration, Music, Running, Spin class

Springtimey Miles and Thursday Motivation.

7 springtimey miles this morning in the Hokas. At the end of my run I caught these beautiful flowers blooming and had to take a shot. I love all of the colors of this season.

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It was a great run and so good to get outside. A few drizzles of rain but it was nice, cool and breezy. I felt like I could have kept going but of course the busy day and work was calling my name.

Tonight I’m teaching my last spin class of the week. I’ll probably dance around and yell at them as usual. We’ll probably do some jumps to the hand clap song. Last night’s happy hour class loved it.

And before I go…a little Thursday motivation from Dolvett’s instagram. I don’t know about you but I can’t think of eye candy that is more motivating than that man.

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Is it looking like springtime where you are? Who still has snow on the ground?

Inspiration, Running, Sunsets

Sometimes I Just Need a Reminder.

Last night I set out for a quick run after work. Yes, this morning girl moved over to the dark side due to a crazy schedule yesterday. 7 miles of rolling hills. Definitely not easy but hills are speedwork in disguise so I was determined to conquer them in the crazy heat and humidity.
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It helps that I had this gorgeous view. Sometimes I just need a reminder of why I run in the first place.
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PR’s are a nice confidence booster…medals are shiny and bling blingy…races are fun and a great adrenaline rush. But at the end of the day…what KEEPS me running is this…
-To chase the sun.
-For the challenge up that hill to make it all the way to the top.
-To compete against MYSELF…and run my fears and doubts into the ground.
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-To sightsee and explore.
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-To clear my head from the cares of the day.
-For that moment of stillness to talk to God in solitude.
-For the RUNNER’S HIGH.
-For those who can’t.
So tell me…why do you run? 
Fitness, Inspiration, Music, Spin class

Get Moving- Wednesday Spin Playlist.

Halfway thru the week! That deserves a celebration of some sort. I taught my spin class this morning and one more tonight after work.
Today’s double day playlist…
For the Rest of My Life- Usher feat. Ludacris & David Guetta: Working up to level 8 resistance, double time it out of the saddle at chorus.
With You- LMFAO: Rolling hills
Electric Feel (Justice Remix)-MGMT: Active recovery/jumps w/ light resistance
Calabria Remix- Keep resistance on, working all the way up a level 9 hill
Pound the Alarm- Nicki Minaj: Flat road then working back up to level 8. Accelerate at the chorus
Started from the Bottom- Drake: Jumps working btwn level 6-8
Wings- Little Mix: Accelerations- 15 seconds on/15 seconds off. Level 7 resistance
Let Me Love You- Neyo: Heaviest hill of the day…level 10/11 if you have it in you!
Here’s a little motivation to get moving from It’s Always Sunny…cracking me up.
What’s your motivation to get moving today? 
Have you bought any Easter candy this year?
Check out how many calories are in that easter basket…then come to my spin class tonight at 6 PM.
Inspiration, Mantras, Marathon Training, Marathons, Running

I just couldn’t help but to reblog this fabulousness…enjoy! Happy running!

PUT THAT IN MY FACE.

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It’s a declaration.

But it could also be a question.

My shoes, thrown aimlessly upon the floor, recovering from their last bout on the terrain, are reminders that I must go again.

Why run.

To be fit. To look good naked. To wear sexy lingerie for a stranger, for the man of your dreams. For the one, or many you desire. To get your pants to fit. To get your pants on, period. To shake away the hatred you have for yourself.

Why run.

To prove that you are not weak. That your mind is strong. Your mind? Yes. Your mind. In running, your mind is either your ally or your enemy. It can tackle you standing if you’re not careful but it can also help you to rise above. Run to prove to yourself that you can do the one thing you never thought possible.

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Inspiration, Mantras, Marathon Training, Marathons, Running

Get Pumped Up and 5 Days.

This morning’s run…3.5 mile loop sans the Garmin with my running buddy in the park. I never get tired of this view.
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It was so nice not running with my watch this morning. Since I am tapering for the race this weekend I just plan to do some relaxed, data free runs this week in preparation for 26.2.
I am also tossing around ideas in my head for an outfit to wear…looking at the forecast for the weekend I am thinking this skirt might make the cut.
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Possibilities for lows in the 40s and highs in the 70s…should be some fun in store for me come Sunday.
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In the meantime I may have to watch this movie a few times to get pumped up…never gets old.
And I am loving these quotes that get dropped in my email inbox daily…keep ’em coming RW.
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5 days til #6.
What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? Do you ever run without your Garmin/running watch? 
How much importance do you place on tapering/recovery?
Check out this post on all of my favorite ways to get some running R & R.