Monthly Archives: March 2014

Marathon Monday: If it were easy, everyone would do it

As I walked out to the van (yes, I’m one of those moms) on Saturday night after church cramming another granola bar down, I whined to Kevin, “I’m achy and starving all the time and my legs don’t want to MOOOVE!!! Why did I sign up for the full again?!”

“Babe, you just ran 16 miles. You’re going to feel it.”

“Yeah, I guess. But it sucks. I just want to lay on a beach and eat ice cream.”

“You and me both babe. If it were easy, everyone would do it! Remember?

He is so right. I think I was hoping that since training has been going so shockingly well to this point, I wouldn’t feel much of a physical sacrifice.

But that’s simply UNREALISTIC! I have decided that I will ENJOY stretching my limits, physically and emotionally, even when that stretching brings side effects like fatigue and perpetual starvation. Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 3.46.21 PM

I’m so grateful for the experience thus far, and I don’t want to crawl into a cave (aka. bed) and take more ibuprofen when the tough, teachable moments present themselves.

The last 2 weekends I have broken personal distance records, and as slow and monotonous (15 mi on the treadmill last weekend) and anticlimactic as those runs were, I’m really proud of myself for finishing them! “No pain no gain.” Darn it, that annoying football slogan is true…at least in this case. No pain no gain is also true in the case of waking up before the sun, like I wrote about on Tuesday. 

Sacrifice is often necessary to live the life you truly want to live. Gotta love the real life applications from a physical trial like marathon training.

Quick shout out to my facebook encouragers…THANK YOU! Your words and likes (as dumb as that is) mean so much to me! I am so thankful to be able to share the training journey and what I’m learning along the way. I love that you celebrate with me. It gives me the courage to lace up my shoes for the next run.

Quick shout out to Kev…you’re the best babysitter and cheerleader (sorry) and hubby ever! C bear and baby AB are so lucky to have a daddy who loves to hang with them.

Quick shout out to Karmin, Katy Perry, Lecrae, Michael Jackson, and musical theater song writers everywhere...You rock. And I rock out when I listen to you…You especially help me when I pass the 12 mile mark and my legs feel like they’ve been injected w/lead.

And of course, God, thanks for giving me lungs that can breathe and legs that can run. Thank you for my level headed husband, for GU and Nike run. Thanks for this opportunity to raise money for clean water in Africa. (Would you visit my Compassion team page and consider donating $26.20 toward a well where people desperately need it?! My goal is $500 and I’m already 12% there!)

Shoot this is turning into a grammy speech. 🙂 I think it’s because I feel amazing. It’s my rest day, it’s gorgeously perfect outside, and I’m less hungry and achy.

Here’s to another week of marathon 2014 training! (only 23 down…7 to go!)

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 4.26.52 PM(me celebrating with a classic car selfie after my longest run EVER! Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving…maybe ;))

Transformation Tuesday: The Early to Rise Challenge, a review

WOW. The last week has been life changing for me….hence the new Tuesday tagline: Transformation Tuesday. 🙂

Last week I read a book called the Early to Rise Experience. (I call it the Early to Rise Challenge). If you know me, you know I am easily inspired, easily convinced and VERY easily excited :). I don’t even remember how I came across this book, but I bought it impulsively on Amazon. I would like to say: it is ridiculously awesome to think about how $10 spent on the right book can change someone’s life. (especially to an aspiring Non-fiction author)

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THIS BOOK HAS BEEN MY TICKET TO A BREAKTHROUGH! Maybe you aren’t a morning person and have serious doubts that you could ever become one. The author himself is a self-proclaimed NON MORNING PERSON! It’s not about that people! It’s about…you’ve heard it a million times…creating a habit. I have only been waking up pre-6am for a week and my body is already waking me up before my alarm! (Your alarm clock=your friend Fred who wants to help you have a better life, p55).

I have been waking up anywhere in the window of 5:10am-5:45am and using the hour or two before the kids wake up for a few glorious things.

1) Drinking my coffee while it’s still hot–Need I say more?

2) Spending time with God —Doing a devo and journaling my prayers is the way I ALWAYS want my days to begin. Humbled…prayed up…and with my focus set on the right things. I am no longer being JERKED out of bed and taken ahold of by my day…leaving patience hiding beneath the covers.

3) Writing — Who knew that my brain was so alive and creative pre-sunrise?! Sleeping me did not know. Awake me is loving it. I brainstormed 29 new blog topics this morning!!! Usually I’m so overwhelmed by all the things I should or could be doing that I’m unable to find clear thoughts to pen, or worse yet…never finding the time at all. But before the world wakes, before the sun rises and the world (aka the family) wakes, my idea bucket brims and time to write abounds. I think I might actually finish my first book at some point soon…eek!

4) Running — On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have short(er) runs, so I have plenty of time to accomplish them on the treadmill before the kids wake up. Score! This leaves the whole rest of the morning for me to hang out with my lovies and practice words and walking! (Pre-caffinated–the best way.)

If you don’t feel like you have enough time to get everything done that you want to do (namely, things that matter), I strongly urge you to give this challenge a shot.

I resisted waking up early for a long time. I made a lot of excuses. “I have babies.” “I don’t get enough time with Kevin at night.” “Blah-dee-blah-dee-blah.”

If I can do it, you can do it. Can’t wait to hear what you think.