Updates & No Excuses!

I have be m.i.a for quite some time, my apologies. I have been busy with school, getting a summer job, and having visitors! I know, no excuses! At least that is what I have learned from watching this season’s BIggest Loser. I have managed to get my long run of 12 miles in this week! I am glad that I was able to because last week I missed out on my scheduled long run since my parents were visiting from Michigan.

Two weeks from today is my second half marathon, the Martian Half Marathon in Dearborn, Michigan. There are many races going on that weekend, including a full marathon, 10k, 5k, and a kid’s marathon. If you are in that area, I would definitely check out the festival of races! 

I am so excited for this race! I really want to PR and I am pretty sure that I will be able to because my first half marathon time was pretty bad. I will be running it with my cousin and it is her first half! Yay!!! 

That’s all the updates for now. I have to make for time for blogging, especially since I will be training for my first full marathon and maybe a couple other races along the way! Remember, no excuses!! 

Happy Saturday! 🙂

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Heat & I Do Not Get Along!

By looking at the recent weather it looks like the Chicago decided to skip spring and just jump right into summer. And with these record temps Chicago has been having recently, I have come to the realization that I do not handle running in the heat very well. I would rather run in the snow then in 80 degree weather.

It has been a struggle to get a decent run in these past few days. Today I was going to attempt a 6 mile run, but could only finish 4 miles. The heat just got to me. I have no idea why my body can’t handle the heat very well. I am really going to have to figure out how to deal with training for a marathon when I have a feeling that it is going to be a really hot summer!!!!

Good night! 🙂

Motivation Monday!

Good morning everyone!

Today’s motivation has a lot to do with me wanting to eat a healthier diet. I do eat very healthy, but lately I have been eating too much bread, cookies, etc. I really need to focus on eating a well-balanced diet and not eating more than 1 portion, which seems to be a big problem for me! I still need to lose some weight before I start training for the Chicago Marathon because I know that I am not going to be able to get to my goal weight while training!

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This is my motivation. I know that I have posted this same motivation before, but I feel that it is more relevant for today! I really don’t like to repeat but I have a valid point for reusing it!

I don’t want to be on a diet. I have found that there really is no point in that. If you give up food that you love, you can only go so long without it. I believe that all things are good in a moderate amount. I just want to eat foods that are healthier and provide nutrients for my body. I will be tweaking what I eat to be more nutrient dense. I will post some things that I am eating, maybe even some recipes!

 I hope everyone has a wonderful & healthy Monday!

Running Schedule

This week I had a hard time sticking to my running schedule. I was really not really happy about this, but what can you do. Life happens. Moving on from this week, I am looking forward to this upcoming week’s running schedule.

This is what it looks like so far:

Monday-Run 5 Miles

Tuesday- Tempo Run 4 miles

Wednesday- Rest Day

Thursday- Strength Train?

Friday- Run 6 miles

Saturday- Run 6 Miles

Sunday- Long run: 9 miles

I really hope that I can stick with this plan! I also would like to fit in riding my bike if the weather is nice!

I also am still working on the right eating plan for me as I increase my miles. I want to eat as healthy as I can! I just have to work at it!

That is all for now! Have a great night! 🙂

March Goals

I have been thinking of some goals that I would like to achieve in March. I don’t want to have a long list that I know I can’t achieve, but I think having a couple of goals will keep me focused! 

Here is my list:

1. Try and follow my training plan for the Martian Half Marathon. I find it really hard to follow a training plan exactly, but I would like to follow it as closely as I can. 

2. Along with goal 1 I would like to run at least 20-30 miles each week. I think this is completely doable. 

3. Eat healthier. I think that going gluten-free was not for me. I think the best thing is to portion control and eat whole foods, nothing processed. I want to start journaling what I eat daily.

4. I want to lose at least 5 pounds. I have about 15-20 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight. The past 6 months I have just maintained my weight, so it would be nice to lose 5! 

I really hope that I can stick to these goals! 🙂