Monday, April 11, 2011

The long run & doing your best

The weekend was GRAND.

Grand I tell you. I didn't do half of what I "should" have, but as my sweetheart would say, I need to stop should-ing on myself! I had a great time enjoying life, having some downtime, shopping with my color analyst and working on my training.

Coming THIS week: blog posts on my color analysis and shopping for a wardrobe with sweethearts mom. It was a blast and I will spill in full detail (2 parts) what I learned and what happened.

The long Run
I was slated to run a 14 miler this weekend, but ended up doing 12 in 2 hours. I felt great when I headed out. I had slept in and went to work for a few hours and then came home, ate and took a little cat nap! I got up to run and was nervous about a long run, but felt good. 

My new workout hat! 

I stopped at the Co-op for some shot blocks and knew that my tummy was off. I figured it would go away or even out, but it just kept bothering me. Not enough to stop or go home, but enough that I took the run nice and easy and cut it about 2 miles short. 

My pace is a little light for me, some of my miles slower than I would like, but I was feeling bad, so I am not going to sweat it. Today's run was about getting those miles in, not how fast I was doing it. Some people have tummy issues after long runs, but today I felt sick within the first block. Usually I don't feel too sick or wiped after a long run, today I was just off. 

Do you feel sick after really long runs or hard exercise? 

 I came home, soaked in a bubble and Epsom salt bath, foam rolled and at a huge bowl of Pasta, zucchini, olives, onions and cheese, refueling is FUN! 

Doing your best

Life is so interesting at times! 
As we go through ALL that life has to offer, we can be our BEST person when we see situations as learning experiences and know that things that happen are not about US. Doing this, we can come away with so much. 

When I am in a growing season of life, which is often, sometimes I feel like saying "one thing at a time, I am doing my best!" And that is OK to feel that way! Personal growth doesn't happen overnight. Weight loss doesn't happen over night. Running a marathon doesn't happen over night. These are ALL made up of small steps creating a whole experience. It's the best we can do some days to handle what we have, learn from it and get up to do our best again tomorrow. 

A few keys on doing our best: 

1) Realistic goals: 
Make sure that your goals are workable and realistic. If you work two jobs and go to school, you may not have time to dedicate to training for a race the way you want. Pick a shorter schedule and give yourself permission to do your best training 3 days a week, not 5. This way you set yourself up to succeed! 

2) Self love: 
Be kind to yourself when you feel overwhelmed with ALL there is to accomplish in life. Remember, you are right where you are supposed to be and your journey is unique. It and you are not like anyone else, so remind yourself daily of that as you breathe in and do your best. 

3) Small steps daily
When you are working toward a goal, you need to take small steps everyday to move forward. As you do one, two or three little things daily to reach your goal, you will feel successful, productive and will create MOMENTUM to move forward! We always want to be moving forward, so take small steps, no matter how small they feel, they are forward. 

4) Right place, right time, right people
Often, the key to being or doing our best is to be around OTHERS who are the people we admire, want to be like or have achieved what we want. Attitudes are contagious, we have to be in the "rights" to catch the right one and experience that run off of others success. Ask for help to be in the "rights" daily. I pray for my steps to be guided and daily say, that I am in the "rights": the right place at the right time & around the right people. 

Other weekend FUN: 
My sweetheart and I went to church and made dinner. He makes the best tofu for stir fry. I am so blessed to have a man in my life that is joyful, believing, ambitious and has fun with life. Time with him is always new and rewarding! 

Stir fry: 
Tofu, carrots, broccoli, pea pods, onions, peppers, pineapple and cashews. 
So good--thank goodness for left overs!! 

What did you do this weekend that was fun? 

What do you do to aim for being your best self? 

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