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
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, 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!
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 ago (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.
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 considered “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?