Brooke’s school is doing ‘Marathon in a Month’ again, which means she is motivated to get out to run with me.
She did 2.3 miles on Saturday (mostly running and some walking too).
I LOVE this program that they do because it gets us all outside moving together more.
We talked all about the importance of getting on different surfaces with our runs. Brooke is a big fan of running on grass.
I predict good things up ahead for her cross-country this year:)
Skye will be coming to cross-country too! She is going to love it… She is our most social kiddo; she needs all of the people!
Rewind to much earlier in the day, and I met up with two friends for trails.
1266 ft of climbing- 10 miles- 9:29 average- so many good conversations!
I was pretty proud of myself because I did strength too! The last few months are the longest I have ever gone being consistent with strength. I think it is becoming A HABIT (which I never thought I would be able to say, ha).
I loved this total body workout from Andrea. Many breaks were taken throughout the workout to keep up with this guy, but I did it!
Our Saturday evening included an end-of-summer party! I can’t believe how quickly this summer went by…
And the highlight for Sunday was delicious food with Andrew and the kids.
I made my first fresh peach pie and it was a winner!
A bit ago, Abbi left this question, “Any tips on getting back into running and exercise? I used to do so much running and yoga and loved it! (and felt so much better for it!). Major lack of motivation and feeling like I ‘can’t do it’ and ‘I’m too unfit to start’ are definite barriers!”
I wanted to talk about this because I don’t want anyone feeling this way. I want everyone to enjoy the benefits we get from movement, to know that they can do it, and to feel like they belong because we all belong.
*I think the first thing to remember is that we ALL have been there. Every single one of us has started off with exercise and had a hard time running a block or lifting a very small weight, or feeling very out of breath with any physical activity. All of us. We can all relate to it, so don’t let the fear of what others are thinking of you stop you! We all get it!
*This quote below is one of my favorites, and it applies to everything we want out of life. Now is the best time to start! Not yesterday, not in a month… NOW:).
*I have no idea if this one will make sense, but just hear me out ha… The other day, Brooke told me about her lunch at school and how she ate it very slowly because it was so good that she didn’t want it to end. I just pictured her taking the smallest bites with a smile on her face and enjoying every taste and texture along the way, and it made me so happy. I think this can apply here. There is no rush for this process. We can truly take the smallest steps. Jumping in and going crazy on this comeback will probably leave you feeling burned out, injured, or frustrated. Savor each small step you take on your journey. Take breaks when you need to. Soak up the experience like you never want it to end! Running is just too good, and I find my biggest success happens by taking the tiniest steps to get there!
*Sign up for a race (make sure to give yourself enough time to train for it). Nothing motivates me to do the hard workouts or stick to goals than having a race on my schedule! I do not want to waste the $$ I spent signing up for it.
*You can do hard things. I am 100% sure about this, and nobody can change my mind about this. One of my favorite mantras to repeat to myself throughout a run is, ‘I can and I will.’ Repeat that mantra to yourself and be stubborn with your goals.
*If you can, find people in your shoes to do it with you. There is something so rewarding about doing this hard thing together. The bonds made and the motivation I find from others in similar situations (coming back postpartum with other moms has helped me so much) make the experience truly the best.
*Forget the past. There are times during a workout where I start thinking about how much faster I used to be and how I’ll never get back to where I once was but I tell myself that those thoughts are the BIGGEST WASTE OF ENERGY. Reset your watch to have it tell you about the new milestones you are hitting. Focus on the achievements you are having now. Life is a lot more fun that way and it takes us so much farther when we do.
*Find inspiration. I have a running friend that started out not being able to run a block, and now he wins ultramarathons. Find those stories (SO MANY ONLINE) and let them inspire you.
*Remember that recovery is KEY! Sleeping well, listening closely to your body, refueling within 30 minutes of finishing, stretching, taking days off, cross-training, stretching are all needed to keep us healthy and running strong.
*Let me be your biggest cheerleader, please. One of my absolute favorite parts of what I do each day is chatting with someone after they message/email/comment with what they are working towards and how they are doing in their training. So do this for me, let me be a part of your journey, and I’ll apologize now for how many exclamation marks I will use;)
Any tips for coming back!? Tell me about a time you came back (or started) to fitness and what helped you the most?
What was the highlight of your weekend?!
Who is one of the biggest cheerleaders in your life?
What is something ‘new to you’ that you recently started?