Miss Movin’ On

Ok I’m sorry I enjoy that song and it definitely felt like a good title for my post today.  Last Friday my achilles was in so much pain that I literally couldn’t run more than a mile and even that was a stretch.  I took Saturday off, barely made it through 2 miles on Sunday and then took Monday off.  Tuesday it didn’t bother me so I ran a full 6, but by the end it was hurting again.  On the pain scale it was like a 4/5. So I took yesterday off again after the urging of my friend Brett Brett  whose achilles had been bothering him earlier in the season.

Today I ran 6 miles again and no pain! I lifted and then ran a bit more and still no pain! Now that I’ve showered and relaxed a bit its starting to bother me again, but on the pain scale its a 1/2.  So I have to say I’m very happy right now.  Depending upon how it feels tomorrow I’m going to try to run like 3 miles max because we have a meet on Saturday and the women’s race is a 6k and I want to be as ok to run as possible.  So *fingers crossed*

Btw can I just say that I absolutely have fallen in love with this version of the song;

Anywhoser, Kinga, Maggie and I all had a girls night (which is basically every night), but this was legit girls night because it wasn’t in our house… We saw Prisoners- which was so emotionally charged! My emotions couldn’t handle the movie I was legit freaking out the entire time, but it was seriously good!

What else, what else?!?  Oh, so I lifted just a tiny bit today.  But I’ve been really down mentally last week and this week, partially from my injury and partially because I need a break (1 more day!!!!) so my working out mentality just hasn’t been there.  And I’ve felt really down also because sometimes I feel like I can’t see any progress. But I was perusing this Facebook page called BarBrothers that has all this working out motivation and some transformation pictures take like 6 months to really see a big difference. 1230031_209696205872878_889838152_n
I’ve only been seriously working out for what 2 months now? And you know what I looked at myself today in the mirror on the way to the shower (what? other people don’t do that?!) and you know am starting to see more ab definition, which is something I’ve wanted.  Now to work on my glutes and arms and back! Then we will be in business!!

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So that’s basically what I’m reminding myself.  I’m hoping that with this break I’ll be able to catch up/get ahead on some homework and get back into the training mentality more since I’ll have full days without meetings and basically to myself, which is kinda something I need right now.  1239815_208532985989200_1481466130_n

But other than that there really isn’t much going on in my life.  Eating healthy on Paleo- which btw has gotten much easier! I find myself not really having crazy cravings anymore.  I definitely think knowing I have 1 serious cheat day every week makes it easier too.  This weekend I’m going to attempt the Pancake challenge in my town, but I’ll talk about that more on a later day!

So ok, now I’m officially up to date with everything I want to tell you guys! Hahah so with that I will leave you with one final workout type picture and then another video that I’ve fallen in love with. 994942_215335781975587_2119706656_n
So until later, TTFN. 

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Paleo

On being Paleo… so far so good.  Mostly, I’m tired like 24/7 which apparently is normal when you start eating Paleo.  d3dc81b1d6d55e0834b180a8505e429dBut basically the main concept of Paleo is just eating clean.  Not ingest processed foods, which includes things like butter and bread.  I honestly thought that I would be having more like bread type cravings, but so far so good.  I think it helped that I hadn’t really been eating bread/pasta too often as it was.  So anywhosers, I’m like 5 days in and so far so good, as I said kinda tired a lot, but apparently that’s normal (I talked to Jenn whose Paleo and she told me all about what to expect).  So yeah, I’m enjoying that and honestly the amount of protein, fruits, and veggies I get to eat is awesome!

But moving along… I did my first legit Crossfit workout last night with a guy from the gym named Dave that was doing the session.  Individually, none of the moves were difficult, but then he was like; “ok, we are going to do all of this as fast as possible” which makes a helluva difference! I gotta say, he kicked my butt. e79e675992024fa4d5a840542800e8ed

Also moving along… I’m hoping how to learn to jerk and clean tomorrow *fingers crossed*  Since I already know how to snatch I figure that I’ll be able to start increasing weight once I get the hang of it. Basically, I want to become as strong as I possibly can.  I haven’t told anyone in my family what I’m doing except for my brother Jake, but I didn’t really tell him much.  I want to go home over Thanksgiving break and have them be like “Somethings different….” so I can be like; “Yeah, I lift heavy shit up over my head, I can now lift Tim”  That’s my goal anyways.

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But other than that I’m basically just trying to live life to the fullest, and honestly I’m ok with not drinking that much.  Allowing myself only 1 night a week to drink makes that 1 night the most anticipated and fun.  So that’s good.

That’s basically all I’ve got going on right now- I’m not terribly exciting so, if you were looking for that here- SORRY!

So until later, TTFN.

I pick things up and put them down.

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Ok I’m sorry I remembered this commerical and thought it was perfect, plus it’s kinda hilarious.  Anywhoser, so yesterday was my XC team’s 1st meet of the season.  It was a close one (which is pretty unusual) so we actually got back around 2 p.m. Which is fantastic because it’s first Saturday which means all the businesses in town have deals.  And well the grandma in me wants to go get some discount yarn from the local craft store.  Judge me for my grandmotherlyness… I dare you.

Moving along… Kinga, Maggie, and I all 3 actually managed to make it to Rogue together this morning.  I think it’s the one day a week that our schedules will allow it.  To be honest though, most of the time I’m perfectly ok with going without them… I  love Maggs to pieces, but sometimes I need some time away from her.   Anyways, we’ve started to get bored with the basic routine that Jenn has had us doing, so we talked to her after we did our stuff and she gave us new things to do.  Can anyone say wall-balls, box jumps, deadlifts, oh my!  I’m super excited because I’ve honestly been longingly staring at the boxes and wanting to do box jumps.   However, I can tell this is going to be one of the things that will bruise me… badly.  Oh well! I’m growing to love my battle scars! untitled

I had some inner turmoil the other day.  Part of me is like; “ugh I don’t want to get gross like calloused man hands” and the other part of me is like; “look at my callouses, look at what I earned!”.  I know that’s kinda silly to think about, but lots of silly things go through my head so..

Ugh yes, burpees- those are still in our training repertoire. So much love for them… not really, they hurt.

But above all the excitement and learning how to eat better and healthier there lies happiness.  That’s right.  I’m still not comfortable with how my body looks, but I’m no longer concentrating so hard on what I’m eating and I’m not stressing so much about losing weight.  Instead, I’m like; “I want to be able to lift that or do those, etc.” I’m learning to be happy with what my body is capable of doing and in time eventually getting to where I want to be.
I’m excited to workout nowadays.  I can’t wait to go to Rogue, I like to go to our school gym on top of it to use some traditional weights, and I’m running around an hour a day.  And I’m enjoying all of it.  I think re-finding my joy in working out and constantly getting new things to do has really helped me.

So all I can say now is that I’m constantly exhausted from the early mornings and multiple workouts, but I’m happy and that’s what’s most important.

So until later, TTFN.

I wanna be like Maggie.

This is going to be my running mantra I think for this whole next year- I want to be like Maggie.  Because its true, I do.  Alright, for those of you who don’t know me in real life I probably have some ‘splainin to do. 
This is Maggie:  me and maggie

She’s gorgeous isn’t she? Yup she’s the blonde short thing who gets me and herself into all sorts of trouble.  Funny Story; I met her the day I moved back in for pre-season.  I was picking my keys up from our University Police and she was too.  She was with her parents (she’s a freshman, but I try not to hold it against her) and her mom overheard that I was moving in early for xc and she proceed to tell me how Maggie was here for xc and Maggie introduce yourself and oh Maggie’s just so nervous.. and on and on.

Yeah, we became besties.  Haha I immediately texted a bunch of my friends on the team and was like I just met this new girl I love her! Haaha anyways, we’ve become fast friends.  And she’s never really thought of herself as a big runner, from what she’s told me anyways, but man does the girl kick some ass.  maggie and I finishing a race

Yeah that’s her, out kicking me to the finish of one of our xc races.  This girl works her butt off running and doesn’t even think she’s that good! Woman is nuts.

I both love and admire and resent Maggie.  Don’t get me wrong it’s not like I hate her or anything.  But you’ve got to understand, I’ve worked hard the past few years to become a better runner, I’ve dropped by 5k time from high school down 4 minutes, which is pretty damn good if you ask me.  I’ve run 2 half-marathons and a marathon.  But its difficult seeing a girl come into the season behind you in times, and suddenly kick you back to nowheresville by the end.  But don’t get me wrong it’s not exactly like she’s done it by coasting through or anything, she runs like 50+ mile weeks at school. 

It’s been a struggle for me to realize that she is better than me not because I don’t care or am not trying, but because she puts in more time to it than I do.  Which, I’m starting to realize all the places where I could’ve made the time this past semester and simply didn’t.  It’s hard for me to admit that I haven’t worked as hard as her because I love running and its easy to use being busy as an excuse, but I can’t use it as one anymore.  There’s a quote I like it goes something like this “All top runners wake up tired and go to be extremely tired.”  I’ve realized that if my training is something that I really want to commit to then I need to  Be like Maggie.

She’s a personal trainer and she’s being fantastic and creating a training plan for me, like the one she follows.  And then I’m going to tweak it to fit into my schedule (just when I can workout, etc.).  So that’s why I want to Be like Maggie.  I don’t want to use busyness as an excuse anymore, I want to commit and get even better in this next year. 

I have big plans for myself and I have some ideas I’ve been working on, which I will reveal later once I get things all ironed out in my head/on paper.  So my mantra for the year? Be. Like. Maggie.

If its importantThis is the new mindset I’m getting into, running is important to me.  No. More. Excuses.

Oh and in case I need a little extra motivation: no excuses

Haha I thought it was a funny picture anyways.

So that’s all I’ve really got to update you on/talk about right now.

So until later, TTFN.

FINAL stretch

FinalsI emphasized Final because well, it’s finals week for me.

And so I thought this was an appropriate picture for how I feel about the majority of my finals.

I’m kinda joking, kinda not.  I mean don’t get me wrong I’ve been studying like a boss and getting everything done I’m just never confident on exams- especially finals.

Anywhoser, I’ve had 2 1/2 sit down finals so far.  I say 2 1/2 because 2 of them were legit finals and the 1/2 was my 5 minute presentation on the research paper I’m handing in on Friday.  Yesterday wasn’t bad though.  I ended up in Ra Ra’s office for the majority of the day where I read some of the research I had to pick out the relevant stuff.  And then I made him take a break from his paper and finish watching Home Alone with me.

So that’s basically it for my day yesterday.  I just finished an Chem final that I’ve been studying for for 3 days.  And tomorrow I have a Western Political Thought theory exam so we will see how that goes.  So I’m going to get some work done and study some more.  Until later, TTFN.
Home Alone

PREseason

Sorry I decided that I wanted to try to make it cool and somehow related to Prefontaine.  I shall stop trying so hard now…. moving along…

I’ve been MIA do to leaving for school this past Friday.  I went up to my camp for a few days and then headed to good ‘ole Potsdam Sunday morning, where I moved myself in alone for the first time.  And let me tell you, it is certainly a lot easier with someone else to help carry everything  *cough* cough* Daddy, but I managed nonetheless. 
I’ve taken pictures so that you can see my room, in case you forgot I lived in a townhouse last semester and I am living in one again this year.  So I will now photobomb you with pictures… your welcome in advance. 

This is looking into my room, obviously it is my bed, a dresser type thing, and some shelves.  I’m very OCD type organized so I have everything in a particular place. 

This is my closet, I actually had to think of stuff to fill up the shelves this year.  My mom and I were discussing while I was packing that it felt like it was all fitting too well and I must have really cleaned last time I came home and got rid of a lot of crap because I honestly don’t believe I brought as much stuff and I have all the essentials as last time.  I even found more space for my running stuff!  And lastly….

My place of work!! Er… blogging!

There isn’t anything up on the walls yet because I have to fill out a room form to discuss the shape of the room when I moved in so I’m not allowed to until that is filled out.  Oh well, I can wait a few days to go cray cray on the walls in my room. 
Honestly, today’s workout wasn’t too bad, but I’m pooped.  Like I’m about to pass out.  So I think I’m going to end this blog post early and discuss the workouts we’ve done/will be doing more in my next post.  I hope this can satisfy all you hungry blog readers until then!
Until later, TTFN.

I’m losing steam!

Slowly and steadily I am losing steam.  You know what time I got up today? 6:30 am.  You know what time I have been getting up at/should be getting up at? 5:30 am.  What is happening?!?!?

I feel like with every day I get more and more tired and I don’t know what to do about it.  I feel like my lack of sleep these past few weeks is finally starting to catch up to me and so my body is just slowly fading to becoming a bum.  In part it’s my own fault.  I mean I’m so busy that by the time I get to go to bed at night I have like 5 hours before I have to wake up…er…6 as it has been the past few days.  Regardless, I’m just annoyed I guess.  I mean it’s a super busy week this week and I think the stress is adding to my fatigue also.

Whatever it is, it’s almost the weekend and you know what that means? SLEEP!  The weekends are mostly for me to catch up on work at a leisurely pace, sleep in, and work out.  So that’s all I’m going to do this weekend.  And I can’t wait!

On the plus side: I’m super busy, which means I can’t over train at all.  I can get my run in and that’s it usually.  Which is good because you don’t want to increase your mileage from week to week to drastically.  And currently I’m at around 13 miles and last week I ended with around 15 miles.  Considering I still have at least 2 running days left in the week, I’m content to be restricted by my schedule.  I don’t want to get another injury like my stress fracture this past summer.

So I believe that’s it for now, Until later TTFN.