Had to share this quote because I recently ran across it in a magazine article and it was simply just too good not to share.
Some thoughts happened this week and I wanted to share. You all know I'm kinda a fitness nuts - basically it started all simply because I needed a stress reliever in college and through the encouragement of family - running is what filled that space for me. 5ks led to 10ks which led to a couple half marathons and I've even dabbled in a couple of full marathons - the most recent being Twin Cities in 2013 ... can't believe that was over two years ago already!
Runners are they own kind - we are definitely kind of a weird breed and feed off the addiction of the runner's high. (its real, people) There is just something about feeling accomplished at the end of a run, completing your mileage for the week and being able to run one mile farther than before. I have to admit thought that I got wrapped up in the training at one point - when you are training for a full marathon and your easy days become 6 miles - it simply put is just another mindset. At the end there it was like I didn't feel good enough or ACCOMPLISHED enough if I didn't run for at least an hour. It was like the workout didn't count.
After finishing my last marathon I told myself it was time for something new - although I LOVE running and it will continue to be a passion and stress release for me I needed something new and I needed to challenge myself to something different. Want something different..Do something different..right?
It's definitely part of the reasoning why I became a coach - needing to expand my horizons on the fitness front. I needed some strength training and some stretching. I had become so accustomed to running my body needed a different type of challenge. BUT could I simply GIVE UP the fact that I wouldn't be running 30+ miles a week?
At the gym last week I was lifting (yup you heard correctly) and I had a flash back to two years ago - comparing my mindset about fitness now vs then. Turns out you CAN be a runner still and a consistent one at that by NOT putting on a million miles. You CAN get a good burn from a lift - and it actually feels HARDER then a longer, slower run. crazy right? - Here is my week in workouts:
Monday: 8x8 (25 minute full body strength training workout) done AT HOME
Tuesday: Hammer and Chisel (at home workout)
Wednesday: 4 mile run + upper body lifting + 22 min Hard Corps Cardio 1 (at home workout)
Friday: "Kill Cupcake" - HIIT circuit workout (at home)
Saturday: ran 4+ miles
Sunday: ran 5+ miles
As you can see i'm NOT running a million miles..and I'm ok with it. Running and fitness made me feel not good enough..and even trapped. Now I just feel empowered. I want to show other runners and fitness freaks like me how you CAN still be a runner AND do other workouts too - and it will actually IMPROVE your running...not hinder it. I'll be hosting a FREE community group to show you how - if interested simply fill out this form: HERE
Are you currently training for a race?
Are you a runner? - if so have you had those thoughts too?
Any aha moments to share this week?
Cookie and Treats Baker. R.N. Nutrition Nerd. Runner. <3 Coffee. Fitness. Foodie. In pursuit of finding my own kind of balance...
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