It’s time for a new goal!

I’m not sure if the iron supplements have started working or not but I’ve been running and going to the gym again! I ran twice last week, and have managed to go to the gym every evening this week for either Body Pump, Body Combat, or Body Flow (and sometimes two in one night).

 It’s still a struggle to wake up in the morning, and more often than not I’m losing that battle, so it’s been a lot of evening runs and gym visits. I miss my morning workouts, and getting home earlier than 7:30 or 8 pm, but I’m optimistic I’ll be able to get back to it once everything with my iron deficiency evens out.

Anyways I’ve been so focused on getting back into some sort of routine that I haven’t had the chance to write any posts. However, I am excited that I’ve started to find my motivation that I decided it was time to celebrate, by signing up for the Baltimore Half Marathon.

And I am so excited!! And nervous, and intimidated, but mostly excited. It’s hard to believe that a little over two years ago completing the 3.1 miles required for the Baltimore Women’s Classic was such a challenge and now I’m thinking about adding 10 miles to that distance.

 CRAZY!

Also I can't believe how tired I looked!
Also I can’t believe how tired I looked!

 Last year after completing the third leg of the relay (which I didn’t realize until race week was the hardest leg, lucky me!) and not feeling like I was going to die, I knew it was time to start pushing myself and go for the half next year. The original plan was to run the Zooma half marathon, but grad classes got in the way and so plans had to be adjusted.

So October it is! This race is going to bring about a lot of firsts for me. I’ve never used any sort of training plan for any races, but I know I’m going to need to for this. I’ll be working on what that looks like in the next week or so, including cross training. Which is another first for me. I’m loving the Les Mills classes I’m taking at the gym and fully plan to incorporate in my half marathon training as I go along. I’ve always wanted to focus on cross training more, and I’ve improved over the last few months, but I want to make it important part of my half marathon training.

Moral of the story? I can’t wait for October!

 Do you have any races that you’re looking forward to?

Non Scale Victory Friday

This was one of those weeks that felt like it would never end, and yet at the same time I can’t believe it’s already Friday! I was so busy and things just got away from me. Proof, I didn’t go running once this week. I don’t usually let this happen but from realizing on Monday I had left my only sports bra at my boyfriend’s place, to having plans after work every other night of the week there didn’t end up being time. I’m just going to tell myself the universe was trying to tell me that if I ran this week then I would have injured myself or been struck by lightning. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Enough talk! Onto the Non-Scale Victories!

  1. Stopped procrastinating and finally registered for the Baltimore Women’s Classic on June 22nd. This was the first race I ever ran and I’m super excited to do it for a second year in a row!
  2. I had to stay late at work yesterday so I could attend orientation for graduate school (How scary/exciting/nerve wracking/I forgot how to study!) and I planned ahead and packed a healthy dinner so I wouldn’t starve. I’ve developed a habit of packing lunch, but I always seem to forget to pack enough for dinner for the few moments I need it!
  3. Despite not being able to run this week I ate so healthily! Lots of fruits and vegetables. LOTS of fruits! It’s strawberry season, my favorite and they’re so sweet! The cashier at the grocery store remarked after ringing up my 2 pounds of strawberries, 16 ounces of blackberries and pint of blueberries “I would be healthy if I ate all that!”

Anyways that’s all for now! Don’t forget to share your personal NSVs below! I love reading them!