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“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at 29 than she was 10 years before” – Jane Austen

Don’t worry, I’m not 29 yet (getting close though!) but this popped out at me, and I felt so inspired to write about it! I don’t know about more beautiful… but I’m certainly more confident.  Does anyone else get that?

I’m halfway to my goals, rather than just starting out. I’ve slowed down enough to realize that it’s not about getting there as much as appreciating the journey. Unless I appreciate the journey, I’m always going to be looking to the next thing! Besides, it’s my training runs that are going to get me where I need to be for my next race, so I might as well embrace and enjoy it! It’s my yoga class that’s going to make sure I’m not too tight and help me avoid injury.

Maybe it’s my training runs, maybe the yoga, or maybe just growing up, I’m learning to love the moment I’m in. I spent my entire undergrad rushing through life to get where I thought I wanted to be, that I missed out on a lot of “in the moment” stuff. Once I graduated, ready to “start my life” I realized that some of my biggest moments had already happened, and I didn’t savor them like I wanted too because I was too busy. So I’m committing this year to learning to dedicate my practice or run to something that I’m super intentional about- like making a decision or processing big news, or loving my hubs in the way that he needs; in the moment. I might not be more beautiful at 29, but I sure want to be more confident, kind and intentional than I was 10 years before!

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Introducing my shiny new Garmin!

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After much deliberation, I finally decided on a running watch. It arrived last night, and I was so excited, I slept with it on! My husband told me I’m like a little kid. Whatever. Anyways, I got up at the crack of dawn to log in a little run, just to hear it beep! It’s pink, shiny, adorable, and I’m so excited to start uploading my runs and tracking my progress really accurately. Don’t worry, I will take at least 21 photos of it over the weekend and post them on Facebook like a nine-year-old. What watch do you use to track your runs?

As is extremely clear, I’ve been MIA the last 2 months. That’s because I took a Biology class that was absolutely awful and every spare second, that I wasn’t working, was spent taking tests, doing labs, and writing papers (my other class wasn’t easy either). Thankfully, I have one more lab due tonight, and I’m done the class! Note to readers: Never take an 8 week Biology class. Online. Hell on earth.

Moving on. Even my running has slowed down, and my love handles are screaming out for attention. But they can wait. I’m more concerned about eating healthy (maybe a little less hot chocolate and wine would be good for me though!) and getting back into running slowly. I started fainting on my runs because of the heat this summer, so I haven’t had a good run in a couple months. A doctors visit, several iron supplement experiments, and cooler weather later, I’m back on the road. So I’m up to running 2 miles a day, making sure to take it slow. While it’s discouraging to pick it up so slowly, it’s more important that I’m healthy and if that means taking a break and doing a lot of yoga instead, I’ll deal with it. Life is about balance.

Are you guys enjoying the cooler weather? Has it affected your running? Let me know how your recent runs have gone!

Getting through the semester

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I’m already in my third week for my semester, and I feel like I’m drownding! Thankfully last monday was Martin Luther King day (a holiday!) and I was able to dedicate an entire day to school and catching up. I knew this was going to be a challanging semester, but I’m determined to keep my head up and get through it without complaint!

All this to say, that if I can balance a crazy work/school schedule and incorporate running into my schedule, I know you can too! We all seem to lead crazy busy lives, and I just want to be an encoragement to those out there that don’t feel like they can fit their workouts into their schedule.

Last week, instead of doing my horrid three four mile run on the treadmill, I said hello to my adopted neice that was born last weekend! Shout out to Ella ❤ Unlike some wrinkly babies, she has hair and already smiles. I’m tellin ya, she’s precious and I wish I could take some aunty duties (we live in different countries)!

So after spending an hour on skype with Ella’s mom, I went and did a short little spin session on the bike in the gym. By this time it was too late and I was too exhausted to lift weights, so that will have to done tonight. I’m determined I’m going to life weights one day per week so that I can get some of my upper body strength back. Starting yoga has shown me how weak I am!

New-found love for Y O G A

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Let’s face it. I’m married, working almost full-time, taking full-time classes, while training for a half marathon. The Shamrock 1/2 Marathon is a mere 10 & 1/2 weeks away, and I’ve slacked off during my entire Christmas break. Well, that’s not entirely true… I spent at least an hour and half (combining my three, 3m runs) on the treadmill, which is almost as painful for me as pouding my head against the wall for the same given time period. Plus another outdoor run for also 3 miles.

See, I’ve got my work cut out for me! I better be hitting the gym hard- which is what I’m aiming to do. It’s too cold (and dark) for me to run outside after work, so my outdoor runs are going to be on the weekend.

And on the treadmill during the week.

While I’m training hard for this 1/2 Marathon, I’m also incorporating Yoga into my workouts. I’ve been a closet yoga-er for about 2 months now, and it’s been wonderful in relaxing my muscles, stretching my hips, and dealing with overall pain I feel in my joints and muscle from running.

I found a little quote on Yoga in the Magazine Runners World, January Edition:

“More than just stretching, yoga gives you whole-body strength, especially in the hips, core, and upper body,” says Sage Rountree, Ph.D., a yoga instructor, USA Triathlon-certified coach, and author of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga. “Yoga’s mental training is ideal for runners because it teaches you to be present and breathe fully even in the face of intensity.”

Now just to clarify, the classes I’m attending are at LuluLemon store (free!), and we get a different instructor every week… and they haven’t incorporated the ‘spiritual’ part of yoga… which I’ve really appreciated. I wouldn’t still be going if they did. It’s a community event, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know women in my community, strength training and stretching out my hips.