WOW: Progress- Sometimes its the little things.

Monday & Tuesday were snow days…AGAIN!!! We’ve now had 6 snow days. SIX! It’s only February 3rd…Well, by the time you read this it will be the 4th. But I digress.

This is how you survive chilly, cold snow days…Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup. YUM, YUM, GET IN MY BELLY!!! On a fun sidenote…this was 2 bags of tortilla’s that I sliced into strips and baked for homemade “nacho’s” that you put in your soup…they were AMAZING and mysteriously disappeared within 36 hours…#nachofaceleavesnoprisoners
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And oh! This was my tasty beverage during the Superbowl.. A Cherry Moscow Mole blended with freshly juiced cherries from my juicer. It’s not just for juicing, people. #nerdalert
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Monday, I took off from running and my husband gave me a little workout on our “squat rack” downstairs. (I had to ask the proper name, just an FYI!) You all will be so proud–This girl can squat 100 lbs! I actually think I can do more than that though but he didn’t want me to not be able to walk on Tuesday,Β so we stopped there. 100 felt pretty easy so i’m really curious to see what I my actual squat limit would be. According to my certified personal trainer husband (he does not do that now, but it is really nice to pick his brain!)- I shouldn’t be lifting “too much” weight as it would weaken my endurance and really heavy leg lifting doesn’t align with my current goals.

Tuesday. My coach had me do 7 easy miles. There are no roads right now, so I hopped on my treadmill. This run was my first run on the treadmill that i was actually FINALLY able to zone out on. I finished my book, and before I know it, 8 miles were all done. I accidentally added an extra mile due to the zone-age..that hasn’t happened in a long time! I am really happy about that because I have a few big days of key runs and workouts coming up. I was really happy to finally feel like I had a good run. I haven’t used my new machine for a “speed” workout yet, but it is progress. Sometimes, its the little things that make you so happy!

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This is the face of a happy, happy runner!

Oh yeah, did you like how I slid that “coach” part in there? Yes: I hired a coach. It was time. I will go more in detail on that one day soon, but for now I can tell you that I’m really excited to let her kick my butt!

My WOW Moment (Words of Wisdom, and on Wednesday!)
So. I needed a notebook to jot some notes down in, and I pulled out an old notebook that turned out to be a running log from a few years agoΒ (summer 2012). I only used this journal for about a month or so, and I wish I had kept up with it consistently. (I started using my “BELIEVE” journal about 2 months ago and have been very faithful with writing in that!) Of course I had to flip through it! I knew I had made progress within the past year-year and a half, but it’s amazing to read something in your own handwriting! It’s just a little thing, but it made me so happy to see how far I’ve come on my journey! I get a lot of emails and comments from readers who write that they have hope from reading my blog and can’t believe how much my times have improved throughout the years, so I really wanted to share this with you guys. If being a faster runner is something you strive to be, well let me tell ya its pretty damn possible.

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This is just a couple of pages from it, to put it all on here would REALLY bore you to tears, I know. I wanted to share this log with you to show you that progress is definitely possible-not only for me, but for you too. I worked really hard to get where I am at right now. I have made a lot of progress over the past couple of years and definitely was not an overnight magical thing like POOF! I am faster! Some people are natural fasties, some are not. I obviously was not a faster runner when I started. You CAN DO IT, TOO. It took hard work, lots of sweat, countless pairs of sneakers (I don’t want to calculate how many pairs, thank you very much for asking though!), and an iron will to get me to where I am now. Plus, every freaking fibre in my body has always wanted to be faster. I knew I had it in me, I had have never even consideredΒ “giving up” or that maybe it’s just “not meant to be” for me. NO THANK YOU. Working hard will pay off. I can’t believe my average weekly pace back then was about 9:45-10:00 and now my weekly average pace is typically 7:44-8:00. Crazy how much you can change yourself when you want it bad enough. NEVER stop working on your best running self!

HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

How do you measure progress? Do you keep a journal or log things online somewhere?

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20 thoughts on “WOW: Progress- Sometimes its the little things.

  1. I just saw that you’re working with the same coach I am! Yay! I’ve been working with her for almost a year and have PR’d at every race distance! You are going to kill your upcoming races! I mean, you would have anyway because you’re Nicole! πŸ˜‰

  2. It’s amazing how much you’ve improved these past few years! I hope I can follow suit and progress also. I’ve always been a little inconsistent with logging all my miles, but I got better at it last year, and this year I’m recording it ALL. I like to write it down on paper πŸ™‚

  3. I do keep track of my miles on a digital log (RunningAhead). I love to see the miles add up and get those statistics. I do remind myself often that it takes time to progress, especially when I start a training cycle and feel so slow. It comes with hard work and time!

      • RunningAhead is a free log. Really nice because you track the mileage on your shoes too, and details about runs (temps, effort, HR, etc). Then you get to see a cool graph and summary of your weeks/year etc. I’ve been using it for several years now.

  4. Ummmm yeah first off you totally did not slip the “coach” word past me chica! I locked on that like a heat seeking missile lol πŸ™‚ things just got serious up in here!!! Congrats on that Nicole!!! And this just keeps getting crazier … love ya’ twinnie!!! Would you know that I just for the first time ever have gone to a handwritten journal for tracking my training this year. I wanted to do it for years but this is the first time I’ve committed. I what to see all my miles and workouts on paper because I know I’ve been under reporting using the computer. I will still use the computer some especially for my races but paper is the way for me this year primarily πŸ™‚

  5. Glad to hear you had a great run on the new treadmill! It sounds like just in time also, if all your roads are non-existent thanks to all this snow.
    So inspiring to see how much you’ve improved! You are so right, just because you’re not naturally fast doesn’t mean you can’t become fast. It’s all about discipline and hard work! I think also there are some of us who are just better distance runners and get faster as they train for farther distances.
    And that chicken tortilla soup looks just amazing!

  6. That’s super inspiring about your progress–love the hard work and consistency!

    I love measuring my progress–especially right now in arm strength (kinda weird) in rock climbing…being able to do harder moves that require more skill and strength is a freakin amazing feeling!

  7. I have never been great with measuring progress, at least not consistent. I tend to go by how I feel and if I’m training and tracking, check that my numbers are steady or improving. It’s funny because the times my running has improved the most is when I wasn’t measuring progress all that much. So many factors involved too. I agree that the snow days are out of control!

    • I’m the opposite of you…The more I focus on measuring my progress, the more I improve. There are definitely tons of factors responsible for helping you to improve…I feel like when I’m limited in the time I can run-this lights a fire under my butt. With three kids, I’m sure this has happened to you before. SOmetimes you just GET faster because you odn’t have a choice!

  8. I’m still stuck on the cherry Moscow Mule, sorry.
    I was among the slowest runners in school. Now I am middle of the pack to faster. It still boggles my mind. I am slower than I was a few years ago, but I am running farther, and I am being more careful. I measure progress by my happiness in getting things done. Because if I am “winning” but miserable, then what god does it do me?

    • We are soul sistas. It was so so so good. Boy was I sad last night when I went to the store and there were NO cherries! 😦
      I’m more careful when I”m running farther too. The distances have a way of wearing you out!
      And there is NO use for being Miserable but still winning…I would count that as a loss…gotta have fun and enjoy “the run” πŸ™‚

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