Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another blog post about running? Really?!?

Sometimes I wonder what I used to blog about!
☺ LOL ☺

If someone had asked me 2 years ago if I would ever be 'that person'...
I would have said absolutely not. Would have laughed in their face! 
It is hard to believe that I was a hardcore NON-runner.
Ok. I was a run hater. Serious run hater.

I have been receiving emails and messages about running and how did I get motivated and how do I stay motivated and things like that.

I have talked about it before; how some friends were running and I ONLY did it to support them!
One friend in particular was the key to all of this for me.
I ran for her. I ran to support her. I never did this for me. 
Ironically, she stopped running some time ago and we lost touch.
I wish her well and I hope she is running again!

Let me be the first to say it...
Running is NOT easy. Don't let anyone tell you that it is.
It is something natural that our bodies CAN do.
We are built for it, we are totally equipped for it.
HOWEVER, our brain seems to believe otherwise.

So, I am telling you it isn't easy...
Does that make you want to give up?
Does that make you not want to try?

Let me tell you the HUGE secret...
The running never changes. It is the constant in all of this.
It is YOU who changes!
Mentally, physically, even emotionally...
YOU will change.
You get stronger.
Your body gets a rhythm that you don't have to think about.
That voice in your head gets quieter.

Yup, there are good running days.
There are bad running days.
There are AMAZING running days.

There are days you just throw in the towel and walk. 
Your body has those days and you will know when that is what needs to happen.
Or quite the opposite...
You will go for a walk and you will end up running. 
Sometimes it just feels right. 

There are so many people that motivate me.
Look, and please don't take this the wrong way...

I can not imagine strapping on 20, 40, 60, 100 pounds to my back and running with it.
Yet, that is what so many people are doing...
It IS possible to run when you aren't at a weight that YOU think a runner should be.

Running isn't a ride at the amusement park!
There is no weight limit in running.
Let me say that again...


The only limits are the ones that you put on yourself.

*Stop limiting yourself.
*Push your boundaries.
*Get out of your comfort zone.
*Find your joy.
*Quiet your voices.
*Be proud of what you did, no matter how short, how slow, or how ugly it may have been!

You ARE capable my friends. 

Don't know where to start?
Send me a message, leave me a comment...
I am no expert but I can be a darned good cheerleader and I have been a new runner, a NON runner and I am a total amateur but that doesn't stop me from getting out there and doing the dang thing!

Come on...
Let's go run!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two Word Tuesday!

Two Words. 
Tuesday fun. 
Miles & Smiles

Hokas & Leggings

Lift & Lunge

Fog & Deer

I had a great start to my day and it continued with some homemade salsa making with my Mom, a little laundry, a little company, a little homework and is about to end with some kitty snuggle.
Yeah, it is kind of like that sometimes.
Make it a great evening!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Marvelous, simply marvelous! ♥

Early morning runs and bright running gear...

To be honest, I feel pretty marvelous and I feel grateful.
I never would have imagined that this year would turn out this way or be so frustrating.
It has taught me patience and appreciation.
This year has brought yoga in to my life and it has also brought a whole lot of soul searching.
I would be lying if I said this hasn't been one of the toughest years I have had in a very, very long time.
But as the days grow shorter and the mornings start with gloves and cold noses, I am grateful.
My life is incredibly full and there are many days that I have forgotten to appreciate the things that I have.

I ran a mile today and then came inside to warm up with a wonderful yoga flow that was gentle and relaxing. I do not relax well and I do not stop very often and just tune in to a little me time.
Yup, we all need to turn on channel MEtv sometimes.
Self love.
Self awareness.
Self compassion.
Self care.

In case no one has told you today...
You, yes you...
You are marvelous!
Not just Monday, but every day!

I hope you have had a marvelous day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Runday - Yay!

I grabbed 2 chilly miles this morning.
I am sooooo not ready for leggings and beanies!
Kind of loving these new tights though, totally forgot about them.

The rest of the day has been laundry and homework.
Ok, some of the day has been procrastination but there has been some homework, too!
I also made a big old pot of soup with chicken and lentils. It smells so good!
Hmmm...I threw together some simple pumpkin oatmeal cookies but no recipe, just mixed them up and they turned out great!
I love when that happens.

I had a little help with laundry today...
Little help, very little help.
And no, this cuteness didn't last for very long as they don't really get along that well.
I am not sure who won the battle of the basket but they were pretty darn cute for a while.

I ended this great weekend with a quiet evening with my honey.
We watched 'Blended' with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, it was pretty cute and no, no pictures to share of that...
We aren't that exciting.

Gosh, I had such a good weekend.
I am so grateful for the people in my life, they make everything better.
My kiddo.
My man.
My kitties.

All the smiles tonight!
Make it a great day!