I shared in a previous post about my first half marathon. It was such an incredible experience! Running is something that I truly enjoy and love! It’s a personal thing for me. As I climb to higher heights, I set new goals (big and small). I push myself past limits and boundaries to prove to myself that anything is possible. People often ask me about the races I’ve done in the past or what races I plan on doing. Of course Mercedes Marathon was a big accomplishment, but I found myself being guilty of saying things like, “I only ran the half, not the full”. I would say, “Hold up now!” (to myself of course), “13.1 miles is a big deal!” One day I do plan on running a full marathon; but right now, I’m very happy where I am on this journey. To all of my runners whether it’s a 1K, 5K, 10K, 15K, 13.1, or 26.2…just KNOW “every mile is EARNED, never given”. Sometimes we just need that reminder. Be happy for every accomplishment, PR, health goal, and beyond!
I wanted to share this post via I ♥ to Run:
13.1 Miles… It ain’t half of anything!!!
I remember running my first half and thinking, “Oh, I’m only doing the half.” Excuse me? I’m ONLY doing the half? NO. No, no, no, no, no. I’m running 13.1 miles. THIRTEEN POINT ONE MILES. I’ve trained for 3 months, giving up most of my Saturday morning sleep in time to get up and run. I’ve forgone the Cheetos for Cheerios. I’ve swapped the brewskis for water. I’ve chafed. I’ve been sore. I’ve lost toenails, had blisters, pulled muscles. Basically, I’ve worked hard to get to the point where I can run more miles in one morning than most people will drive the entire weekend. So this is a big reminder to me and to all half-marathoners not to cheapen the distance. It’s COOL to be a half marathoner. No, it’s not the big dog, but that doesn’t make you any less of a runner. Be proud of your accomplishments! You’re able to run 13.1 miles! And that is pretty frickin’ sweet.
- Amy (The Bookworm Wife)
“Success isn’t given. It’s earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat and the occasional tear.” #runningquotes
This has to be one of my favorite smoothie combos! It’s absolutely delish! Great way to get in your fruits, veggies, super foods, and power foods.
Strawberry Peach Smoothie!
- 3/4 to 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup of frozen peaches
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1/8 cup of goji berries
- 2 tbsps of ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup of coconut milk (or almond, low-fat organic milk)
- About 1 cup of juice. If you use a Nutribullet, fill to max line. (I use fresh or 100% juice like Juicy Juice)
Combine it all and blend away! (*If your smoothie is too thick, add water)
I’m so excited because April is here and it’s my Birthday month! Whoot Whoot! The weather is starting to warm up and that’s something to be excited about! I have something exciting planned (well at least to me), but I’ll tell you more about that later. I really didn’t want anything for my birthday, but of course I made a birthday wish list! *wink* I was laughing as I was putting my list together. Everything and I mean everything was health/fitness related. These are things I’m for real-for real excited about! Wait, I did get one non-fitness/health related gift, but it was a must! Let me start off by saying, I kind of already got one of the gifts. Okay, okay…I didn’t “kind of”…I actually did!
Polar Sports Watch and Chest Strap — Love this watch! It syncs to my heart rate monitor (chest strap - seen below) to tell me skinny on my workout progress.
My Birthday Wish List!
Yes, that’s a fanny pack! I’m an 80′s Baby and a Vintage Lover…what can I say!
I added a NutriBullet which I bought a few weeks ago that I absolutely LOVE! I also bought new running shoes (and a few pair of pants) prior to my Half-Marathon back in February, but you can never have enough running shoes or pants right?! And I mean…who doesn’t want kettle bells? I’m thinking they will all come by way of a big, PINK bow!
No seriously, I’m just happy to see another birthday and when you get to the tender age of…(yeah) the simplest things make you happy! Just living, breathing, and being in good health is more than enough for me! So gifts or not, I’m going to have the Happiest Birthday Ever!!!
Can you believe Spring is almost here!? I’m so excited for warmer weather like you wouldn’t believe! With a new season comes new beginnings. I will be participating in a March “Run Every Day” Challenge! I found this challenge via I <3 to Run and here’s what you do:
What: Run at least ONE mile each day
When: Everyday in March
Why: To challenge yourself to get out there and run.
Post pictures of beautiful places where you’re running for this challenge. Your picture could make the next motivational wall poster on “I ♥ to run”!
See…that’s it! Just that simple. I mean seriously…if you don’t want to run no one is going to give you demerits. To me, the idea is to get out and be active. If you don’t like running, go for a walk. Experts say, walking before or after meals promotes healthy metabolic activity. If you eat a big meal, I recommend waiting 45 minutes to an hour — this will help get your metabolism going to burn off those calories. Don’t feel pressured. If you want to walk 5 minutes or 30 minutes it’s all up to you. Either way you’re improving your overall health!
Photo: I <3 to Run
Race week is here!!! I can’t believe I will be running my FIRST half-marathon! Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend is February 15-17, 2013 (race day being Sunday, February 17th). Although I’ve been training for over the past 8 months, I’m still nervous, excited, scared, happy and so many other emotions! I’m stoked that a lot of friends are participating, including my RivFit Crew and Black Girls RUN! — Birmingham. It will be a great, fun-filled day! Right before my trip to Hawaii I ran the trial run and it went well. For those who don’t know 13.1 miles = half marathon. Yes — 13 miles!
About the race:
“Now in its 12th year, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend of events has become a Birmingham tradition. The event has helped to raise more than $4 million for local charities. Our 2012 event was our biggest to date and included more than 11,000 runners and walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes and was used by participants to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various local charities.” You can read more about it here!
This will be such an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line! I’ll let you know how everything goes Post-Race!
My pre-race song! Gotta love the Black Eyed Peas!!!
Here are some moments from my first 10K! In September 2012, I participated in the First Inaugural Black Girls RUN! – Drive to End Hunger 10K in Atlanta, GA. What an incredible experience it was! Seeing so many women of all ages, shapes, sizes get out there for a great cause and most importantly their HEALTH! There were even some men out there participating too!
I have arrived!
BGR ladies before the race
Beautiful morning and we were ready to get started!
Me & my Hubby/Cheerleader!
My Tutu Twinsie!
First medal/bling ever! Can’t you tell, I didn’t take it off! Lol
To find out how Black Girls RUN! got started visit here!
Until next time…
I just finished watching an AWESOME documentary called, Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. The documentary follows Joe Cross who is 100 lbs overweight, dealing with an autoimmune disease, taking various medications, and dealing with other issues/concerns.
Joe’s goal is to kick to the curb all the bad stuff (junk food, bad eating habits, etc) and vow to only juice fresh fruit and vegetables for 60 days. He was on several pills before starting his juice fast and to even consider coming off of them, he must make some serious changes.
Joe will travel from place to place talking to Americans about food, juicing, and living a healthier lifestyle. His journey is no accident. Joe will transform inspiring many to get on the road to living a healthier life!
This documentary is a MUST-SEE!!! It’s also available on Hulu and Netflix. To keep the inspiration going — my HB and I will be kicking off the weekend watching another documentary, Forks Over Knives. I’ll post about it soon!
Watch the trailer here!
Black Girls RUN! Preserve The Sexy Tour is coming to Birmingham (AL) on February 2, 2013! Co-Founders Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks decided to take Black Girls Run! on the road and travel to cities in the “Stroke Belt”. These cities have some of the highest obesity rates in the United States. They will be hosting a day of health and fitness clinics. Their training program “Walk Before You RUN!” will help guide women on their fitness journey from walking to running. It will also include tips on fitness, hair maintenance, running gear and much more!
From Black Girls RUN!:
Join us on Saturday, February 2 for a fun and information-packed day of health and fitness. Black Girls RUN! founders Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks will host a great lineup of speakers and presentations to get you running, including our exclusive “Walk Before You Run” program.
To find out more about BGR, the Tour, Tour Stops and to REGISTER for PTST13 visit here!
I’m super excited about this event and look forward to meeting so many new faces on this journey to better health!
Photo/Image:Black Girls RUN!