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December 2016 – Divas Half Marathon in St Augustine FL

Hey everyone! Welcome to our blog! We are two friends that have been on a fitness journey together for over 4 years now and have been friends even longer. Our hopes are to inspire and connect with others that have struggled to be where they want to be both on a fitness and a personal level. For years we both have struggled with our personal capabilities. We decided to take our first push in 2016 by signing up for a half marathon. Although it was painful, we did it! We have been trying to push ever since but go through the ruts that so many others do too. We look forward to continuing this journey and sharing it with others!

20 miles in 7 days

Last week I set a goal for myself. I’ve been struggling to get my runs in because I keep making excuses. So I challenged myself to run 20 miles in 7 days. A task I knew wasn’t impossible and one that would challenge my consistency. Well I completed it. The lazy side of me took two days off in a row. Not a good choice when I had to average almost three a day. But on day seven I managed my 6 miles and completed my goal. I felt so accomplished that day. Setting small and achieveable fitness goals helps me realize how strong I am…. My next goal is to be able to bench press 100 pounds by July 25th. A task I know is possible but only if I find some consistency in lifting. Wish me luck because I’ll need it.

I Run 4 Wine!

Faith after running our virtual 5K!
Courtney after getting her medal from the virtual 5k!

This weekend we decided to run our virtual 5k that we signed up for a few weeks ago. It was amazing! We picked a day, coordinated our start time, and checked in with silly photos along the way. I would have loved to do an actual 5k together but this was a nice consolation. It felt great to get out and run again. We can’t wait for the next one! Any suggestions on one to sign up for next?

Getting your grove back

It has been awhile since I’ve felt like myself. After the recent lost of my dearest Nana, I haven’t wanted to do anything. Even the things that usually make me happy. I was in such a rut. This might sounds crazy but it was like my dog could sense it so he decided he needed to give me the push to get active again. He has been getting me up at 530 each morning for a walk. I can’t run with this shoulder injury yet but we walk a little over 2 miles every morning now. We recently have been going another mile at night because he so so full of energy. This started to force me back into my workout grove and with that back everything else has been returning too. I picked up biking and returned to the gym a few times a week. I’m reading again, going back to school, and getting my life together to move next May. It’s funny how it only takes that one piece of my life to pull the rest together. As much as I dread rolling out of bed at 530 every morning and beg him to go back to sleep, we get up and go. And I wouldn’t trade a single minute of it. It’s so peaceful and quiet and it makes him so incredibly happy. Really feeling that what if I can vibe the past few days. ❤️

Olly just turned 3! …And still has the energy of a puppy.

Savannah.

Running on vacation has been something that I’ve been making a point to do for years. It’s vital to me that I keep active on vacation to stay healthy and make the most of my trip. This weekend I’m in one of my favorite places. Savannah. So I woke up this morning determined to go for a run in my favorite park in my favorite city. I typically use a run to help my anxiety or stress. But today. Today’s run was just bliss. I’ve been so happy and complete lately. This run was purely for fun and adventure. The view and the history that I encompassed on my run were so fulfilling. it was an amazing three miles with some sites that were gorgeous. What a beautiful run in an amazing place.

Forsyth park❤️❤️
Savannah cemetery.

Sun, stress, anxiety

This post comes to you from my very empty, covered, community pool. It’s crazy to think how drastically life has changed in the last 3 months. This has been a hard time for everyone. It is especially difficult for those of us with anxiety. It took me at least 20 minutes to muster up the courage to come sit outside (and no one is even out here). It took fifteen minutes of getting over what will people think and five minutes of stressing over what I’d wear out there (if I’m being realistic more like 10 mins).

With so much uncertainty going on around me, my anxiety is at an all time high. I’ve come up with my own ways to manage it over the years but all my normal tricks aren’t covering it. I’ve been exercising like crazy and trying not to eat my feelings (key word trying). I signed up for a virtual race to keep me focused and set on a goal! But I need more. I’ve been trying to come up with what else to do. What have others been doing?

Here’s me on one of my many walks/runs per day! Reppin our new hats and my first half marathon tee!

Fasted run

Stomach pains. No pre workout. Sweat band. Currently fasted. Today’s run was not an easy one but a much needed one. Picking out a cute outfit for my run really gave me the motivation I needed. I’ve been going back and forth between buying an elliptical or not to help me want to workout more. But instead of spending $3,000 on the Nordic Track I wanted, I bought a few new workout bra’s and some running shorts. What helps y’all motivate yourself to get out there on your really rough days?

Consistency

So the last three runs I have done have all been great. They have been At least 3 miles and I have had no pain in my hips or knees. Running five days a week seems to be paying off. Along with consistently stretching and using my lactic acidosis roller. I’m so happy I get to do what I love again with no pain.

Finding your center

Today I walked over 10 miles. I’ve been going on walks to try to help my anxiety. I’ve been unable to exercise all week with terrible stomach pain. I finally felt back to normal and it was an amazingly sunny day, so I went for a few walks. One with each dog and then a nice long walk just for myself. My mom told me to start taking a walk by myself every so often to re-check in with myself. I decided to walk until I no longer felt anxious. I walked until I no longer felt the need to run away. I walked until I could breathe again. It has been so worth the sore muscles. What is everyone doing to rediscover their center?

If you didn’t take a picture, did you even do it?

Hip pain

Since I don’t have a day off for almost a week I figured I would start the day off with a decent run. About a mile in and my hip started hurting. It’s been my reality lately. Besides stretching I’m really trying to find something to alleviate the pain so I can run further than two miles. I’ll take any stretching suggestions anyone has.

Running playlists

Today on my short, pre-work run I decided to just shuffle all my songs and run to whatever came on. Well a very old song about Lupe fiasco came on and it really made me think. I always assume my runs will help me clear my head or help me find clarity. Today’s run truly helped me work out some of the crap I’ve been dealing with up in my head. It may have only been two miles but I sure did get what I needed out of it and it helped me beat my step goal. What’s your favorite music to run too?