04-02-2014

Should You Run Or Lift First?

I have a few random topics I will write about today…so bear with me :)

If you follow me on YouTube (and if you don’t, you should!), you may have seen my first Vlog I posted on Monday. I want to do short 1-2 minute vlogs, which will be different than my workout videos I upload. I’ll share about me and my running partners, and each video will end with a quick workout/running tip or fact.

Which is what the title of this blog refers to. On Monday, I went for a run with my brother before going to the gym to lift chest and back. Check out my video and see what my thoughts are on if you should run or lift first:

And in this one I talk about how to motivate yourself to run or workout when you really don’t want to!

Aannndddd last announcement…I’m going to be coaching Cross Country at the community college I work at! I am really excited. We had a meeting with prospective students yesterday and had a good turnout. We’ll see how it goes! I guess I need to start reading some coaching books huh? ;)

Any big news for you this week? What are you all working on?

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12-09-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone who experienced the snow storm moving across the country is staying safe…and for those of your in warmer states…I hate you ;)

Here’s today’s quote:

I saw this quote on a friend’s Facebook originally and loved it. So often we worry about what has happened in the past, or what we need to get done tomorrow or in the coming weeks. We stress out about it, perhaps take that stress out on loved ones, when there is no need to.

We can’t change the past or predict the future. I’ve been telling myself this often recently. I worry about the future, but believe everything will work out the best it can. I try not to stress, and am thankful for the support of my family and friends. That’s what really matters.

Today is a new day, and a new week…take it one day at a time. Just as marathoners tell each other before a race to “take it 1 mile at a time” – we should have the same view in life :)

Do you stress or worry a lot? How do you de-stress? 

What’s something you’re looking forward to in the near future?

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09-23-2013

Motivational Monday!

I had a great weekend, and will be writing a race recap of the Fifth Avenue Mile for tomorrow (though if you follow me on Instagram you saw all my pics). Now it’s time for a big week of training…This is supposed to be the second highest mileage in 1 week that I will hit in this training round. Ahhhhh!! I hope everything goes smoothly, especially because my shin has been acting up…

Anyway, I found this quote and can really relate to this right now, especially as a lot of people I follow are also in the midst of marathon training:

How many times have you compared yourself to someone else? Whether it’s lifting, running, cycling…whatever. I do it all the time. I read about runners hitting their long run races in 8-9 minute miles and know I am still way far off from that. Sometimes it gets to me, and I get negative…but then…(going along with my recent How I Met Your Mother Addiction)

I remember the awesome things that I have accomplished. Sure, I may not be the fastest runner in the world (but I’m working on it and hope to get there eventually, cough BQ cough)…but I am training for a marathon. My body is running day in and day out to run a 26.2 race.

I know a lot of other runners who have been caught in the comparison trap…and we all need to stop! We are all doing amazing things. We get up to run, we run late, we miss things because we need to run the next day…it doesn’t matter how fast or how far you can run, you are getting out there.

Same thing can apply to anything. When I was lifting regularly, I was frustrated that I couldn’t bench as heavy as other people, or squat as heavy as other people…but again, I was in the gym…my body was lifting more than it ever has, and I should be happy with that.

One of my friends recently pointed out that we should stop saying, “Oh, I only did ______”. For example, “Hey how long did you run today?” “Oh, just 4 miles.” She said, stop saying “just!” you RAN. That’s what matters. (Thanks for this Alicia, if you’re reading).

So this week, I encourage you all to stop comparing yourself. When you catch yourself, think of the above Barney Stinson quote ;) Seriously though, just think of how awesome you are!

Do you compare yourself to others?

How do you remind yourself that you’re awesome? Leave me some tips!

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09-16-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! It’s a rainy, dreary day here in NJ…but I love rainy days, so I’m ok with it.

Here’s a little inspiration for you today:

Be awesome this week!

What is on your to-do list this week? What goals are you working to accomplish?

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09-04-2013

Thinking Out Loud: “Strong Is The New Skinny”

You’ve all seen this quote. It’s been everywhere lately. I loved it when I first saw it, and thought “Yeah, go strong girls!” But is it really the best message to send?

I started thinking about it more when I read this article on HuffPost Healthy Living. The author states:

In the phrase, “skinny” is something to be sought after. Something that’s good. And now, in order to be accepted and seen as beautiful by society, you need to be strong — with visible muscles and the ability to do lots of push-ups and dead lifts and pull-ups. But is this really the message we all want to be sending?

There has been more controversy lately regarding “fitspo” or “fitspiration” where people post quotes such as this one, or pictures of girls they aspire to be. But is that really inspiring? Sometimes I do look at stuff like that on Tumblr or Instagram for motivation…but at the same time, is it causing us to be unhappy with ourselves and what we look like?

Everyone is different, and some of us put on muscle more easily than others, just like some of us are naturally more slender. Does this mean then that non-muscular people are now not as attractive? That they need to change, even if they are living a healthy lifestyle?…Now they get to the feel the pressure that “non-skinny” folks have felt for years, chasing after what could possibly be an unrealistic appearance?

While I think it is great that more and more women are lifting, and not afraid to lift heavy, we should remember why we are doing it to begin with. To feel stronger…to feel healthier…to push your body to it’s own limits (and not compare your numbers to others).

You might look at someone and think, “I wish I looked like them.” I do it all the time! I wish I had more abs…I wish I had stronger arms…but at the same time I remember what my body has done for me. It’s training for a marathon. It has run countless miles. It IS strong even if it doesn’t look strong.

I’ll leave you with the final quote from this article which I love:

The new skinny is no longer putting a label on beauty. The new skinny is being your best self. The new skinny is already you.

What do you think about “Strong is the new skinny?” Do you find motivation from others, or do you sometimes get sucked into the comparison game?

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08-19-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! I’m currently on my couch doing a ton of work, but came across this quote which I love:

I was looking at “entrepreneur quotes” and while this relates to me and trying to start my business, it can relate to anything.

How many times have you said, “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I’ll start Monday” ? Well, good thing today is Monday!

What are you starting today, that you WILL keep up with for the rest of the week? ;)

 

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08-05-2013

Motivational Monday!

I found this quote and love it! While it’s about running, it can relate to anything.

Some days you feel awesome and want to workout for hours, and other days it’s the last thing you want to do. But you do it anyway because you know you are bettering yourself, and you know you will feel great once you accomplish your goal. So, whatever you are working on…keep it up!

How do you motivate yourself when you really don’t feel like working out? What do you tell yourself?

 

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07-29-2013

Motivational Monday!

I’m back! Last week was so nice and relaxing on the beaches of Myrtle Beach…now I’m heading back to work :(

But after a week of splurging (though I did run every day), I’m ready to get back into it. I feel bloated and probably gained 5 lbs! I need to re-focus, even though it’s hard when now my body has a crazy sweet tooth after last week.

I thought this quote was relevant:

The past few weeks I have kept wishing I didn’t gain a bit of weight, and that I could easily lose it. But I haven’t done my due diligence to really work hard to get back to where I was. This week I will start doing. Seriously, why is it so easy to gain weight or lose fitness, but hard to lose weight/gain fitness???

How do you motivate yourself after a vacation? How do you get back on track?

***Also, don’t forget to enter my contest to win 1 free month of online coaching with my running coach Marc. Click here for how to enter!

 

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06-10-2013

Motivational Monday!

I have recently gotten back on track in terms of eating healthy…and it’s felt great! Here is a quote that goes along with that:

While indulging every once in a while is okay, remember to treat your body well by feeding it whole, nutritious foods! I have felt better and have lost 1 inch off my belly in the past week. I don’t eat 100% clean…that would be impossible for me in the summer! But, I do what I can and am trying to get to my goal weight again.

Do you generally eat healthy? Do you give yourself a cheat day/snack/week/weekend, etc?

 

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01-21-2013

Motivational Monday!

Nooooooo…I go back to school and work tomorrow =’(

I know, I know…I had a month off… “cry me a river.” It’s just been so relaxing!

Anyway, here is my motivation for you today:

A lot of the time, in our fitness and healthy journeys, we strive to be the “best” or compare ourselves to others. Why do they look like that and I don’t? How are they faster than me when I put in more work? There are so many questions like that I’m sure we have all thought before. But this quote is true. It’s all about being better than you were yesterday.

Coincidentally enough, my favorite professional runner/running idol, Kara Goucher, tweeted something along these lines yesterday as well:

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Every day, with every extra rep you do or mile you run, you are better than you were yesterday. Just by getting up and going to the gym you are better than yesterday! Forward progress always. Stop comparing yourself to others or competing against others…compete against yourself and strive to be the best you can.

What are your goals this week? Mine is to run 12 miles by Saturday!

 

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