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Slogging away…

Ok, so it’s been a minute. Or a month. Whichever. I can’t believe how quickly time flies. I leave for Alaska one week from TOMORROW!

Once again, I’ve been pretty inconsistent with my running and training. I completely fell off the wagon diet-wise, and gained back almost 10 of the pounds that I lost over the past few months.

Last week, I was all set to get back on track. I already had plans to bring my lunch most days, and only eating out at healthier places. The week started out well, but by

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Sometimes you gotta tape an ice pack to your leg and get through the day.

Wednesday, I had pushed too hard and had a minor calf sprain.

I spent Wednesday iced up, and thought I had lost all of my momentum. Nothing makes you want to exercise like not being able to exercise. Of course on Thursday and Friday, I wanted to run, but I knew I had to rest.

On Sunday, I woke up at 6:00 a.m. to go to the Greenway with my sister to run. It was hard getting up earlier on Sunday than I do during the week, but with summer hitting in full force, it was either first thing in the morning or not at all.

My sister’s plan was to go 4 miles, and I wanted to do that too, but I wasn’t sure if I’d make it. Luckily, she was there to push me along. I felt my calf tighten up a few times, but I knew I could keep pushing. I finished all four miles, and I am extremely proud of myself. It was hot and sweaty, but I did it.

Runs like this are so amazing to remind me of what I can accomplish and how far I’ve come. My body can do so much more than I think it can. I am made for more than just sitting on the couch.

I have one more week until vacation, so I have one more week to show how hard I can work. I’m energized to start a new week, and I’m looking forward to see what all it brings.

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Sweaty and tired, but I did it!
personal growth · Uncategorized

Three Questions

img_0554So I’ve been down and out this week with the flu. It seems like everyone is getting it this year. Luckily, I had the “good” strain, so I only had a low grade fever and it felt like a pickup truck hit me, not a semi truck, like those who got the “bad” strain.

I think I’m on the downhill side, but while I was lying around doing nothing, I was thinking a lot about how to improve my life. Months ago (maybe years), I tore this out of a magazine. I don’t even remember which one, so I can’t properly source it.

It’s three questions to ask yourself every morning. I try to remember to do it every day when I’m getting ready, but I’ll admit, it’s really hard.

The first one is “What will make me healthy today?” I try to keep up with this one by running, doing 21 Day Fix exercises and attempting to eat healthy.  This week, it has been sleeping 20 hours a day trying to kick this stupid virus.

The second question is one of the hardest for me. “What will make me feel connected today?” I am an introvert. Probably to a fault. I don’t like interacting with people, and I don’t usually seek out connection. This is an important one for me to keep in mind so that I don’t just shut myself out from the world. I have plenty of friends and family members, but I just need to remember to connect with them on a daily basis and get out of my bubble.

The third question is what has been driving my life recently. “What will give me a sense of purpose today?” I’m trying to learn that I am not my job. Although I can get some fulfillment from work, I need to find purpose elsewhere as well. That is one of the reasons that I started this blog. I need to get back to my passions of writing and reading, and I need to develop my new passion of running. I need things in life to give me purpose so I’m not just going through the motions every day.

Well, this one was short and sweet, but that’s what the flu will do to you. It makes you introspective, but takes away all of your thinking skills.