Conquering that mountain

Truth is… I was terrified to climb up these six flights of stairs to the top of this tower. I already get nervous near the edges when I’m at the top of the mountain, this was even further. I analyzed every scenario of what could happen. My knee was starting to really hurt and the stairs were going to be so hard on it. We still had to go 1.9 miles down. But I did it. I had a mini panic attack at the halfway mark. I didn’t think I could go further. But I kept pushing and then I got there. I couldn’t bring myself to let go of the sides.. but I did it. I was so excited to share my what if I can moment. What if I could make it to the top? I couldn’t help but imagine what that view would be like and I didn’t want to miss it. I was proud of myself. I Couldn’t walk later with my knee, but I conquered my fear and the reward was so great. Who else has had a what if I can moment lately?

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?

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.

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?

Days off

4/22/20 – Faith Marie

How nice it has been to have three days off of work this week. Spending the extra time at home and playing with my pup has really brightened my spirit. The past couple days off I have been doing beach body workouts. It has sucked that the gyms are closed.  Fortunately, I am blessed with options to do workouts at home with minimal weights or equipment.  This morning I did a cardio workout (I do this one a little too much). Cardio has always given me the best release and fulfillment from my workouts. This workout challenged me with burpees and planks and continues to challenge me every time I do it. I am hoping to get stronger and better every day. What workout moves do you struggle with and want to improve at?