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I am a See Jane Run Ambassador!

2 May

I am excited to announce that I have been chosen as a See Jane Run ambassador!

 

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AHHHHHH!!! Ok – needless to say I’m ridiculously excited. I applied for the program back in March and have been waiting on pins and needles to see if I’d get accepted. I wasn’t really expecting to get picked. I mean, there are tons of amazing women with inspiring stories and reasons why they should be ambassadors. So I figured it was a long shot.

A little information about See Jane Run (from the See Jane Run website)

See Jane Run is so much more than a running store. As a woman-owned and operated company, See Jane Run reaches out to individuals of all shapes, ages and fitness levels. Yeah, we sell shoes and gear, but we also motivate, inspire and support. Our Train With Jane programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of a Jane who has never run beyond the corner to the seasoned Jane who wants to shave time off her personal best. And we even host our own events. Yep, we like to stay busy! See Jane Run half marathons and triathlons are happening in the San Francisco CA area, Boise ID, Seattle WA and Wichita KS.

And here is the See Jane Run Manifesto

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I chose to apply to be an ambassador because they embrace the female spirit. They celebrate WOMEN. Our hard work, our commitment and every essential part of who we are. They encourage us to strive for things bigger than ourselves. To be part of a running community and to move forward together. They do this through not only their stores but also their events.

And then they reward us with awesome things like champagne and chocolate at the end of our races…I mean who wouldn’t LOVE that?

If you’ve read my blog and about my weight loss journey, you know that I have often struggled to embrace my own beauty. It is something I work on EVERY day. Some days are better than others and I am able to see the beauty in OTHERS much more than I see myself. I’m hoping that by being part of this amazing group of women (my fellow SJR ambassadors) I’ll be exposed to wonderful opportunities to grow and share my journey. Inspire new faces and hopefully re-inspire myself along the way.

Keep a lookout on the blog, Twitter and Facebook page for more posts about my See Jane Run ambassador experience. I’ll be running the See Jane Run Half Marathon in Seattle on July 14th and will post my training stories along the way. My Goal for that race is to hit sub 2:00! (If I haven’t hit it by then!)

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What is YOUR favorite See Jane Run product? What do YOU want to know about See Jane Run? Are you running one of their events?

 

A Reminder…to be the best version of ME

26 Feb
No Race?! What do you mean no RACE?!

This weekend went off without a race for me (tragedy right?!). Which is not a big deal because 1) my body is not made to race every single weekend, 2) I don’t have enough money to enter EVERY race I’d like to if I did I’d be on a plane 90% of the year to some far far away race, and 3) I actually do have a life outside running hard to believe I know. I’m only a week outside of the Austin Full marathon I just ran and giving myself ample time and opportunity to recooperate. After NWM I felt great! No soreness, good energy, etc. I was amazed given it was my first full. So being the superwoman that I totally am totally not I jumped straight back into work, working out, social life, etc. Well I learned the hard way two weeks later that my body hated me and wanted more rest. It promptly went down for about a week and a half. Putting me out of the ability to teach and losing income. NOT This time friends! I’m learning from past mistakes!

So while loading myself with vitamin c, Airborne, Alkaseltzer cold and LOTS of rest, I took the week off from running. BUT that didn’t mean I couldn’t go and be a good friend and cheer on my friend Melissa while she finished her race at the San Diego Women’s Half Marathon!

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Post race and post PR! WOOT WOOT!

My friend ROCKS it! THREE half marathons so far this year and she has PR’d in EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I’m such a proud friend and so glad I could be there to be her support system as she rocks out these races! Everyone deserves to have someone in their corner and I will be there in hers EVERY chance I get 🙂

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Melissa making me jealous of her bling…dang it I should have ran!

Except when she shows me her AWESOME bling that I DIDN’T get…Thanks Melissa. Thanks. Make me so jealous I wish I would’ve just run the frickin’ race! Or grabbed a medal off the table….they had TONS!

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The BLING…so bummed I wasn’t running to get this bling…next year!

JUST kidding! I’m not THAT hard up for bling! Ok maybe I am….runner isssues dudes…runner issues.

So instead of racing today I was the support system, and then GLADLY went out with Melissa for a post race celebratory meal (including bloody mary’s which I’m deeming our official post race drink…done and done…delicious!)

Then I went home and was a lazy butt. I’ve been struggling the last few weeks. Before Austin I started feeling sick so I took every down moment to rest and recuperate. This meant that rather than workout or run I was napping. I know I shouldn’t feel bad. I’m saving myself the problem of NOT being able to do ANYTHING by getting hit with this gnarly flu going around. But I feel blah and just overall down on myself. Lately I keep forgetting what this journey was about when I started it. It wasn’t about getting skinny or to a certain weight. It was about feeling healthy and confident and OWNING my body.

Lately, every time I look in a mirror and think I could do better I start tagging off the reasons I’m unhappy, which mostly concern the dinner I went to with a friend, or the drinks we had, the extra workout I didn’t get in, etcetera etcetera etcetera.

Well on Sunday night (after a day full of thinking poorly about myself) I decided that it stops now. BACK to the POSITIVE mindset where I look at what I’ve accomplished, think about the things I’m ADDING to my life (good food, good workouts) and stop focusing on the negative things. And I knew exactly where to start….

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IMG_3216I made a wall of victories and accomplishments in my bedroom. Yup. I took ALL of my race bibs, medals, running signs, and even the mylar from NWM (my first full…and yes I kept it all this time tucked away in my room) and put them up on my wall. I even included a few of the signs my dance kids have given me this year in class. They’re totally non-running related but they motivate me just the same. To be a good teacher, take pride in my work and my passions. This wall will only continue to grow as I’ve got another 11 races in 2013 alone (holy cow…I’m insane….), but I needed it to remind me of what I’ve accomplished. I still have MANY goals ahead of me, but what I’ve done so far isn’t too shabby either. I’m not perfect. Never will be. All I can do is aim to be the best version of ME.

POSITIVITY PEOPLE! Its what works!

How do YOU stay positive? Motivate yourself?

January Wrap Up – CONSISTENCY is the Word of the Month

1 Feb

It is officially February 1st……WTF??? WHERE did January go?! I’m seriously flabbergasted and am DEMANDING a refund on some of my days! Doesn’t work that way???? Crap….

Ok – well I’m going to then take this moment to recap the month. Because lets be honest….January didn’t go QUITE the way I planned. In fact, it went to hell in a hand basket. Or as my sister’s mother-in-law told me…it went to the bear. And she’s right. January went to the bear. Some days I could fight the bear off, but majority of those days the bear got me.

Stupid. Bear.

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I HATE YOU

As with most Januarys, we all start off with grand ideas of what we’re going to do in the new year. I didn’t categorize mine as resolutions. I put them as goals. Set things I had planned for my year. A LOT of different things (13 races in 2013, 1000 miles in 2013, eating healthier, working out more, streaking (thats 1 mile a day not naked!), etc.

When I started planning this post I thought I was going to be talking about a bunch of failures or missteps (and believe me there definitely quite a few!), but when I look at what I really accomplished this month I’m more proud of myself than anything.

This month was a huge part of my training for Austin Marathon which is on February 17th. It included completion of the 1st in my 13 in 2013 race series, the Carlsbad Half Marathon. You can check out my race recap here.  Most importantly though it was about me GETTING OUT and running consistently. When I trained for NWM (my first full) I was transitioning into a brand new job. A job which had me on my feet all day long. I wasn’t used to doing that AND running the miles. So I would get out MAYBE once during the week and then out for my long run.

For Austin – I am determined to get used to going out 2-3 times a week, plus my long run. And I’ve been able to do that! YAY! Go me! It’s my birthday! The beginning of the month saw me getting out almost 3-4 times a week plus a long run, but as the miles increased I’ve taken it back to 2-3 times a week and the other days I’m cross training (elliptical, walking, etc.) This helped me reach a first time accomplishment…..Over 100 MILES logged in January! (116.77 miles to be exact!) WHAT?!

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I cannot begin to tell you how STOKED I am on this. it means I met the first months goal toward my overall goal of 1000 miles in 2013! It means, that while I may not have been as consistent in my nutrition as I wanted to this month (stupid emotional downfalls I hate you), I didn’t let it get me off track on my running.

My biggest takeaways from this month….do NOT let myself get so down on myself when I have a day or two that is not as successful as I had hoped. Because every day is a challenge. A part of the JOURNEY. I got the below from a fellow runner on Facebook – RUNinspired

Truth – I am NOT working out today. I HAVE eaten potato chips and Doritos the last 2 days. I am NOT ashamed to admit this. Today I choose to be completely GUILT FREE. Why? Changing your entire lifestyle is damn ass hard. It’s blood, sweat and tears. It’s dedication. It’s persistence. It’s day after day proving to YOURSELF that you’re worth it. It’s changing not only your BODY but your MIND. It’slosing friends along the way who don’t “get it”. Maybe even a few family members. It’s finding yourself. It’s MAKING time when there is none. It’s 11pm running… 4am cardio… insane gym time… DVD’s… salads… extra protein… DOMS… sore arms, jello legs and a crazy love of pain you NEVER thought you’d experience. This shit takes TIME. Weight is not gained overnight and WILL NOT come off overnight. Keep up the workouts. Eat clean. Keep it healthy as much as humanly possible. SWEAT. Drink WATER like its your damn job. A few bad food choices won’t undo all your hard work. It won’t make you magically GAIN 50 pounds. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Get up and keep going. KILL your workouts. Work a little harder. Life goes on. It won’t end because of a few slip ups. Keep your chin up and keep FIGHTING. We got this shit ❤

So for February i strive to remember these things. To continue the consistency in my runs and to fight for consistency in my nutrition. Knowing that I am not perfect and I will never be anyone else’s definition of perfect. I will always be just perfectly ME 🙂

How did YOUR January go? What are your takeaways? February goals? Inspire me! 

January Wrap Up – CONSISTENCY is the Word of the Month

1 Feb

It is officially February 1st……WTF??? WHERE did January go?! I’m seriously flabbergasted and am DEMANDING a refund on some of my days! Doesn’t work that way???? Crap….

Ok – well I’m going to then take this moment to recap the month. Because lets be honest….January didn’t go QUITE the way I planned. In fact, it went to hell in a hand basket. Or as my sister’s mother-in-law told me…it went to the bear. And she’s right. January went to the bear. Some days I could fight the bear off, but majority of those days the bear got me.

Stupid. Bear.

Image

I HATE YOU

As with most Januarys, we all start off with grand ideas of what we’re going to do in the new year. I didn’t categorize mine as resolutions. I put them as goals. Set things I had planned for my year. A LOT of different things (13 races in 2013, 1000 miles in 2013, eating healthier, working out more, streaking (thats 1 mile a day not naked!), etc.

When I started planning this post I thought I was going to be talking about a bunch of failures or missteps (and believe me there definitely quite a few!), but when I look at what I really accomplished this month I’m more proud of myself than anything.

This month was a huge part of my training for Austin Marathon which is on February 17th. It included completion of the 1st in my 13 in 2013 race series, the Carlsbad Half Marathon. You can check out my race recap here.  Most importantly though it was about me GETTING OUT and running consistently. When I trained for NWM (my first full) I was transitioning into a brand new job. A job which had me on my feet all day long. I wasn’t used to doing that AND running the miles. So I would get out MAYBE once during the week and then out for my long run.

For Austin – I am determined to get used to going out 2-3 times a week, plus my long run. And I’ve been able to do that! YAY! Go me! It’s my birthday! The beginning of the month saw me getting out almost 3-4 times a week plus a long run, but as the miles increased I’ve taken it back to 2-3 times a week and the other days I’m cross training (elliptical, walking, etc.) This helped me reach a first time accomplishment…..Over 100 MILES logged in January! (116.77 miles to be exact!) WHAT?!

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I cannot begin to tell you how STOKED I am on this. it means I met the first months goal toward my overall goal of 1000 miles in 2013! It means, that while I may not have been as consistent in my nutrition as I wanted to this month (stupid emotional downfalls I hate you), I didn’t let it get me off track on my running.

My biggest takeaways from this month….do NOT let myself get so down on myself when I have a day or two that is not as successful as I had hoped. Because every day is a challenge. A part of the JOURNEY. I got the below from a fellow runner on Facebook – RUNinspired

Truth – I am NOT working out today. I HAVE eaten potato chips and Doritos the last 2 days. I am NOT ashamed to admit this. Today I choose to be completely GUILT FREE. Why? Changing your entire lifestyle is damn ass hard. It’s blood, sweat and tears. It’s dedication. It’s persistence. It’s day after day proving to YOURSELF that you’re worth it. It’s changing not only your BODY but your MIND. It’slosing friends along the way who don’t “get it”. Maybe even a few family members. It’s finding yourself. It’s MAKING time when there is none. It’s 11pm running… 4am cardio… insane gym time… DVD’s… salads… extra protein… DOMS… sore arms, jello legs and a crazy love of pain you NEVER thought you’d experience. This shit takes TIME. Weight is not gained overnight and WILL NOT come off overnight. Keep up the workouts. Eat clean. Keep it healthy as much as humanly possible. SWEAT. Drink WATER like its your damn job. A few bad food choices won’t undo all your hard work. It won’t make you magically GAIN 50 pounds. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Get up and keep going. KILL your workouts. Work a little harder. Life goes on. It won’t end because of a few slip ups. Keep your chin up and keep FIGHTING. We got this shit ❤

So for February i strive to remember these things. To continue the consistency in my runs and to fight for consistency in my nutrition. Knowing that I am not perfect and I will never be anyone else’s definition of perfect. I will always be just perfectly ME 🙂

How did YOUR January go? What are your takeaways? February goals? Inspire me! 

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