If It Were Monday This Would Be Called ‘Mantra Monday’

Why can’t I think of clever posts on the actual days that they should be posted ‘Mantra Monday’, ‘Marathon Monday’, ‘What I Ate Wednesday’… Sorry I’m not that clever.

I think having ways to motivate yourself is important and I have found these two mantras to be extremely helpful lately. Any time if get discouraged, lose motivation or need something to help me re-focus I tell myself the following:

The first is from Under Armour and is part of their new campaign.

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From the Under Armour website:

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It’s about working hard and owning your future. If you remember that anything is possible and put forth the effort to make it happen you can go as far as you want to go.

The second is one that I have needed to tell myself a LOT lately. I saw this bracelet and loved it’s message:

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It’s true with so many things, obviously not just running. From the Alex and Ani website (where you can buy the bracelet above):

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Understanding that you are in control of your future is just the beginning. It’s pushing forward and persevering when times get tough that get you there. No matter how many people are there to support you, it’s your own sheer will and heart that gets you there. Remembering that it’s a journey and that everything takes time has been very important for me.

I have come so far since February when I started my 365 days of health challenge. I have proven to myself that I can do so much more than I ever thought possible, and on the other end I have been knocked down and discouraged and disappointed. It’s easy to look at each day individually and see that maybe I didn’t run today, or haven’t been able to go to the gym and cross train due to an injury, but the journey to get here has shown me what I’m capable of and made me that much more determined to complete these goals that I’ve set for myself.

It’s important to find the one thing that really inspires you, cheesy as that may be, and hold onto it for when you really need an extra push. These two mantras have been so powerful in my running as well as my everyday life.

Have a terrific Thursday!

Hello, Old Friends

I was reunited with some long lost friends yesterday (no, one of them wasn’t the gym…).

One was my fave gf/vegan snack:

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No, I couldn’t wait to take a picture before I opened it.

My beloved tea:

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And, of course, drumroll please…

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The good ‘old GVSU business college.

I think I’m really going to like yesterday’s class and got me really excited for the semester! Class #2 tonight and then week 1 of 16 is complete. 🙂

Have an awesome Wednesday!

Better In My Head

That went better in my head…

I had a horrible migraine on Sunday and finally took some medicine around 8pm. Medicine with caffeine. Who does that!? Around 3am I finally decided to let myself ‘sleep in’ rather than get up in less than 2 hours and go to spin… On my way to work I decided to call in some reinforcements:

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Iced coffee with 2 shots of sugar free caramel and soy milk. Get this. Right now. It’s amazing and hit the spot. I don’t drink coffee a lot (although my recent insomia spells are really changing that) and Starbucks can be a little bitter for me, but this was amazing.

Yesterday was officially my last night of freedom before school starts. I didn’t get to the gym in the AM and had a bunch of reading and accounting review. I contemplated spin but was glad I didn’t because it was already 8 o’clock by the time I finished everything. Not that late but late for me considering I slept zero hours. I also contemplated running for .5 seconds but immediately came to my senses when I realized it was 500% humidity. The kind of humidity that made you make this face all day:

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Can’t wait to finish these races so I can get back into my normal workout/life routine.

Happy Tuesday!!

And So It Begins

If it weren’t for this horrible weather it would really feel like summer is coming to an end. I am so over the humidity and sinus headaches that come with it.

My weekend was filled with a Girl Meets World marathon, car shopping (hopefully more to come!), a quick 3-mile run (ya know, because of that whole half marathon thing) and homework to kick off the fall semester that’s beginning this week. I can’t believe summer is over. Okay, so it’s not completely over but ‘back to school’ means no more doing whatever I want every night. As mentioned, it also means structure. I love structure. So I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to it. End of summer also means less time with Bear, so I am really not looking forward to that part of it.

There are a lot of very exciting things going on right now, and I have a LOT to look forward to, so I can’t wait for what’s to come. Some things are still a secret but I hope to be able to share soon (but just so your minds don’t wonder too much…sorry, no babies).

And so it begins. Another busy, exhausting, fun-filled and goal accomplishing semester.

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Let’s do this.

Ab-sessed

The other day I mentioned my newfound forced ‘obsession’ with ab work. I say forced because I really don’t like doing ab work AT ALL but I read this article the other day and think it’s probably for the best.

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This is from the September issue of Women’s Health mag. While I don’t typically make a habit of believing everything I read, I will try just about anything when it comes to avoiding injury.

So, I have added ab work into my daily routine in hopes I get to it every day, but as long as I get in 3-4 workouts a week I’ll be happy. I turned to trusty Pinterest to help with workouts and have just been trying every video I can.

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My experience with workout pins has been that 1 out of about 10 are actually decent, so I’ll be sure to share anything worth trying. I have a pretty weak core, so this is probably for the best all around.

As for my overall workout plans: they are on the back burner for a bit. This is why:

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I keep going back and forth between wanting to cross train and not wanting to cross train right now. I felt like I’d been hit by a bus for about 24 hours after my run on Sunday. That’s not good. The resting in between runs is necessary but means that my muscles are that much more tight and sore when I do run again. So I’m taking it day by day and trying to stay focused on the nutrition side of things, which I really can control right now.. Yay, at least there’s something! I’m just going to do whatever I can to get through these races and then take a little running break (I love it so I doubt it’ll be too long of a break) and pick back up on everything else.

And, for some exciting news, I get to do homework before classes even start.

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That seems unfair. 😉

Happy Wednesday! Sorry for the lack of posts- I’ve had a TON going on behind the scenes that has kept my attention! I’m trying to be better! xo

Run Happy, Recover Happier

Good news… I was able to successfully run 8 miles yesterday.

Bad news… It was a really, really tough run.

Bear and I slept in and woke up to the best running weather ever. We headed to the west side of town, parked and ran to Lake Michigan. The first two miles weren’t bad. It usually takes a couple miles for my body to adjust and get into the hang of the whole ‘one foot in front of the other’ running thing. During the third mile I could feel a blister forming on my right heel. I always get them on the toes of my right foot but never my heels. I picked the worst possible socks to wear on a long run, and should have known better but ignored all common sense. The result was this terribly disgusting blood blister. That’s not ideal.

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My foot was feeling great, but my left knee started to hurt around mile 4. I haven’t had knee problems in a LONG time, so I decided to just try to push through it and see if it would go away. Somehow I managed to finish the 8 miles, but it was pretty painful toward the end. As soon as my Garmin beeped at the final mile marker I immediately stopped and walked. I was almost in tears and my knee would barely bend. We got back to the car, stretched and it was feeling a little better. I think I was babying my other leg because of my foot and somehow tweaked my knee.

I took some tried and true steps for recovery after a long run:

1- Ice. Lots and lots of ice.

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2- Kittens and a protein shake.

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3- Pretty Little Liars and rehydrating like my life depended on it.

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4- Gluten free, vegan burrito (once again, tastes wayyyyy better than it looks).

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5- New Brooks ‘Run Happy’ shirt, which was another bday gift from Bear (don’t tell Mizuno I’m cheating on them).

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In about 2 hours my knee was feeling way better. I have a feeling I’m going to need a running break after these half marathons. My body is really in need of some rest. Yesterday may have been my last long run until Sept 6. We’ll see how it goes.

Happy Monday! Another longggg, busy week ahead!

Follow Through & Red Pears

So I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve been pretty terrible with follow through lately. I know that a lot of things have been beyond my control, but I just don’t like not following through on the goals that I set for myself. I’ve been really laid back this summer, which I love and is so far from from my normal, neurotic self. Now that school is starting back up in 2 (!!!) weeks I am finding it very hard to get back into the normal routine that I had in the winter/spring and, unfortunately, my workout schedule is the first thing that’s suffered. And the crazy thing is that it is 6 months since I started my 365 days of health challenge…. Only 1/2 way to my goal.

So I’m going to try to re-focus and buckle down. Yes, again. I’ve mapped out a daily plan for myself and know that I need to be more strict to reach my goals that I’ve set for myself. I’m going to try to do a weekly recap so I can get a better idea as to whether I’m actually following through each week!

My plan includes daily workouts and meals (oh hey, there’s neurotic Megan!) that I’ll share along the way. I’ve been way too lax with my eating to the point that it’s been making me ill, so that will be the first thing I’ll be focusing on.

Luckily, I’ve discovered a love for red pears. Literally the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.

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It’s like an extra sweet apple. So you’ll be seeing a lot of these in the future.

I’m also becoming more obsessed with green tea by the minute.

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I’ve got some exciting things on the horizon that I can’t share with you quite yet, but having my workouts and meals in place and my mind in a better spot will certainly help!

To recap:
Monday workout: spin and abs video (update on the abs obsession coming soon)

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Tuesday workout: A 4-mile birthday run after work (pain free)!

I was spoiled beyond belief. People really know me well. Gazelle sports and chocolate were among my many birthday gift themes. I felt so incredibly loved and thank everyone who helped to make the day special!

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Chocolate cake pops for the win!

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Happy Wednesday!!

Garmin Frenzy & OMG It’s Real

I’m way too excited to hook up my new Garmin gear!

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As part of my bday gift the hubs bought me the foot pod and cadence sensor that connect to my watch (Garmin 310XT).

The foot pod is so I can run on the treadmill or on an indoor track and still track my speed/pace/distance. It’s also good to have when I’m trail running and lose signal. It’s only happened once but it was no good.

The cadence sensor connects to my mountain bike and tracks my speed and pedal strokes per minute. I didn’t get to use my bike as much as I was hoping I would this summer, but there’s always fall.

Can’t wait to get everything hooked up and take my foot pod and bike for a spin! I love new gadgets. 🙂

I got an email from the Holland Haven 1/2 marathon the other day!!

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It’s getting real. Really, really real. I am so excited but crazy nervous. My foot has been cooperating but is still tender, so I have to find a way to up my miles while also taking it easy and avoiding injuring myself even more. A little counterintuitive so we’ll see how it goes. I have a couple more long runs that I’d like to get in by then, but it’s all a little up in the air at this point.

I had bday party #2 last night.

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Drinking wine out of my new Michigan wine glass is way better than any other wine glass! Also, I need some taller friends. 😉

Have a great Thursday!

Birthday Wish

It’s my birthday!

Here’s what 27 year old Megan looks like:

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Do I look any older?

It’s been off to a great start filled with so much love!

Plus, I’ve already gotten gift cards to Gazelle Sports and Qdoba, two of my favorite places ever, so I don’t know how it can get much better!

My birthday wish is to continue with my 365 days of health challenge stronger than ever. I have reached a bit of a weight loss plateau, so I guess it’d be ok if I can get over that as well! 😉 It’s been an amazing 2014 so I can’t even imagine how the next 4 months are going to be, but I’m definitely looking forward to finding out.

Happy August 12!

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I’m happy to report that I ran pain free last night for the first time in several weeks! My foot has been feeling great and I’ve been continuing to wear the air cast and ice, so I wanted to give it a shot. It was HOT HOT HOT out and I am still sick, which is really wearing me out, but I felt like it was something I really needed to do last night.

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I really need to kick it into high gear and focus on running between now and the 1/2, rather than the cross training that I was worried about before. It’s going to be tough to find a balance of running to work back up my fitness while not overdoing it on the foot. It’ll be an interesting few weeks, that’s all I’ll say. I’m still excited about the race but extremely nervous and I’m probably going to have to re-think my expectations for this first one.

Just in case you had any doubts about how attractive I am 😉 here is what it looks like to run in the heat and humidity with a cold and cramps in your ribs.

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It’s not cute. But I ran!

Happy Thursday!