06-02-2014

Motivational Monday!

I had such a relaxing weekend and am ready to tackle this upcoming week. Last week, I mentioned being unhappy with myself. I had lost motivation to run and eat right. But I’m working on getting back on track. This week, my mom and I start a 5K training plan to get faster, and this weekend we also started a nutrition plan which I’ll be reviewing at the end of the month.

5K PR I’m coming for you!

I thought that this picture was perfect for how I’ve been feeling recently (and a great reminder):

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In terms of the weekend, I ran my worst 5K ever…but I still had fun! It was a hot race since it started at 12:15, and a hilly course. I actually almost backed out of it because my mom wasn’t around to run or watch the race. But I went anyway and despite a disappointing time, it felt good to get out there and run again.

I also relaxed by a lake with my best friend this weekend. Sometimes all we need is some girl talk :)

Here are my workout plans for this upcoming week:

Monday: Chest/back

Tuesday: Hill workout

Wednesday: Leg day

Thursday: Easy run

Friday: Off

Saturday: Easy run

Sunday: Long-ish run

What are your workout plans this week?

Do you sometimes lose motivation randomly?

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04-07-2014

Fun Fitness iPhone Cases

So, I actually have a Samsung Galaxy S4, so there aren’t many cute case options for me :(

But for all of you iPhone users, I found a few fitness and running related cases on Etsy. I have my own Etsy shop, so I love supporting other Etsy artisans.

If you’re in the market for a new case, and something inspirational, check some of these out! Obviously had to include a cat humor one on here…because I may or may not be a crazy cat lady…

running iphone cases

Here are the cases:

“No Excuses” iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c case

“Fitness Cat I Workout” iPhone 5s/Samsung Galaxy S4 (just realized this is for the GS4 too! Yes!)

“26.2″ iPhone 4/4s

“Run Forest” iPhone 4/4s/5/5s

“Run With Your Heart Not With Your Legs” iPhone 4/4s/5/5s

What is your current phone case? Do you prefer a practical case (like Otterbox) or one with a design?

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11-14-2013

“OK, You’re a Runner, Get Over It.” My Response

I read this article last night after seeing it posted on Facebook. Its tagline is: “Running a marathon is hard enough without also patting yourself on the back every step of the way.”

Hm…

Well…duh ;)

People have commented on the article and on Facebook saying people shouldn’t even bother responding because it is only spreading the author’s piece to a wider audience. But I did want to respond, because I want people to see my side (a runner) of things, especially those who may not share my passion (and I have a lot of friends who don’t) but may read his article.

He basically writes about how people only run marathons and half marathons to boast about it and put those 26.2 and 13.1 stickers on their car. Yes, I have those stickers, because I ran a freakin’ half and a full marathon, I think it’s certainly something to boast about! But to say that people train for 5-6 months solely for a sticker is absurd.

Runners train for many reasons. We train to feel fit. We train because it’s a stress reliever. We train because we want to compete against ourselves. We train to get over hardships. I don’t know of any runner who runs day in and day out, or trains for a marathon or half marathon solely to brag about it.

“But the clothes—well, that’s a different story. Many of the shirts on the racks have running logos, motivational slogans and images of stick people running.

Like the 26.2 and 13.1 bumper stickers, this apparel serves a clear purpose: We can look at them and immediately know that the person wearing it is a runner—perhaps even an accomplished one.”

I like buying these clothes with quotes on the front because it motivates me. I also see plenty of people at the gym who LIFT and don’t run wearing this type of clothing. What’s wrong with wanting to buy clothes that motivate you as soon as you put them on?

“I have a theory. There is no more visible form of strenuous exercise than running. When runners are dashing down a street in the middle of town or through a subdivision, they know that every driver, every pedestrian, every leaf-raker and every person idly staring out a window can see them.

These days, people want more than ever to be seen.”

So basically, we should stick to working out in the gym, because if we exercise outdoors, it’s only because we want attention?

I run because I like being outside and feeling the different seasons. I love feeling the heat and humidity in the summer. I love seeing my breath in the winter. I like that you need no equipment to run outside. All you need is your body. What’s wrong with that?

I suppose what bothered me about this article is that it lumps all runners together, stating that we all just want attention. Yes, I’ve been told by my boyfriend that I post too much about my running on my Instagram or Twitter (he isn’t a runner), but on the flip side, I have gotten so many inspiring comments from followers, as well as tips and advice from fellow runners. We are a community of people who help each other, and the same can be said for any fitness related community (lifting, CrossFit, spin, fitness in general).

I never post things because I want to brag and get a “like.” I certainly don’t run for that either…trust me, there are many days where I hate running and being out there.

And time out, runners are the only one posting on Facebook? What about statuses or tweets about “I’m going to the gym,” “I squatted X amount today!” etc. etc. Those don’t bother me at all, and sometimes they even motivate me to get my butt to the gym.  What’s so bad about that?

It’s like, you can’t win. If we don’t exercise, people write about how lazy/obese America is becoming. When there is a running boom in the US and more runners than ever who are being active, people write about how they only do it for attention.

Sigh.

Update: You need to read this hilarious rebuttal by Runner’s World.

What are your thoughts on the article? I’d love to hear them!

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11-11-2013

Motivational Monday!

I’m back on track today…with blogging, eating, exercising, etc. I apologize for the lack of posts last week, but I was enjoying having some free time with no marathon training ;)

After the marathon, I thought about what do I want to do next…it can be easy to get the “post-marathon blues” since you no longer have a training schedule to follow. But I’m really excited to make a new training schedule revolving around lifting. I can’t wait to get back into the gym.

In the past, after big races, I have taken at least a month off and done nothing. Then, I’d have to build back up from zero and that was frustrating…and my own fault! Now, 1 week after my key race of the year, I’m ready to continue building upon my foundation.

I will be getting back into lifting, while continuing to cross-train to maintain my cardio fitness. As the quote says, you need to put in effort day in and day out to achieve your goals. And I already have a few goals laid out for 2014!

Do you know what you want to accomplish before 2013 is over? Or in 2014?

How do you go about laying out goals and the steps you will take to get there?

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07-01-2013

Motivational Monday!

It’s crazy raining here in NJ currently! I actually ran this morning, and it’s a good thing I didn’t leave later because otherwise I would have been caught in a thunderstorm. I will recap on that run later today.

Here’s a quote I found that I absolutely love:

It’s just cute and inspirational at the same time. I was “bold” today by actually getting up at 7 when my alarm went off to go for a run. I technically could have slept until 9:30 because I don’t have work until 11, and I almost stayed in bed but I dragged myself out and went for an easy 3 miler which felt great!

PS- In case you missed it, last week I did a roundup on my favorite healthy recipes…check it out!

What kind of “motivational quotes” inspire you or speak to you? Do you like just text or an image too? I’m a fan of both!

 

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01-14-2013

Motivational Monday!

Today’s Motivational Monday shows how simple it really is. Whatever your goal or resolution is, it’s simple…JUST DO IT!

We are getting into mid-January now, closer to the time where a lot of resolutioners drop off. Don’t do it! Keep up the good work! When you don’t feel like eating healthy or going to the gym…just do it. You will feel much better, and if you don’t you will probably regret it.

Here are a few times I think will help in keeping your resolution:

  • Set small goals at first. Working out every day is a great goal, but if you’re a total beginner, you may find yourself burning out, which is why a lot of people stop going to the gym by mid-February.
  • Set measurable goals. Saying “I want to workout more” is great but how will you measure that? Take your measurements with a tape or get your body fat tested in order to have actual results and data.
  • Reward yourself…with something other than food! I found a great tip on Pinterest of putting a dollar in a jar every time you work out. Then once you hit a certain amount, treat yourself to some new workout clothes or a manicure or something.

What were your New Year resolutions? Are you keeping it up?

01-13-2013

New Facebook Page!

I finally made a Facebook page for Reach Your Peak. Please check it out and “like” to get updates on when I post on here, tips, workouts, motivation, support and more!

You can find it at facebook.com/reachyourpeakfitness

I think I can handle multiple social media outlets…I think… =)