Day 1: Slow and Steady

So we got a bit of a later start on today because I knew I would have a hard time falling asleep last night (it took me 3 hours to calm my nerves;)). We started at 8am downtown Ft. Wayne and I was blessed to have my mom right by my side. It was pretty incredible to start this journey with the person who I started the journey of life with!! Thank you, momma for all of your support and unconditional love.

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I knew that I wanted to dedicate each day to different people who have impacted my life but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do that. After much thought, I decided to bring back a childhood pastime of mine, making friendship bracelets. There’s a special one that I would make all of the time with the neighborhood kids and to this day have taught several kids at the different camps I’ve worked at!

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So today, is dedicated to my incredible mom, dad, and 2 younger sisters. They have been with me every step of the way. They encourage me to be a better person and support me when I sign up for crazy endeavors such as this!! I can honestly say, I have no idea where I would be today without you 4. I love you more than words.

We walked most of the day because I wanted to take it nice and slow. I tend to go too fast too soon and when you’re running 177 miles, that’s not something you want to do. However, walking is so much harder for me than running. Guess I’ve been a crazy runner for too long!! 😉 We made it to the Ohio border after about 17 miles!!

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Well, we finished around 5:30. It was a very long and toasty day. I will for sure be starting before the sun comes up tomorrow to beat the heat!

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Now, time for some food, shower, and sleep!!


It’s all in the mindset

Phew…month one of training has been completed and oh boy what a month it was. This by far was one of the most challenging months that I have had physically, mentally, and emotionally.

So here are my top 10 take aways from my first month of training for my segment of MS Run the US.

10. Sierra, our dog, is a fabulous running partner who is always up for the challenge of a long run in the dark. She’s always ready to protect!!

9. Stretching and Strengthening is HUGE. Because of all of my running in the past and not taking the time to stretch, I have been in extreme pain in my piriformis (because of weak glute/ core muscles) for the past several months. This has made sitting, standing, sleeping, walking and running very painful. Therefore, I decided it was time to check myself in to physical therapy. After learning different stretches and strengtheners, I was able to graduate within 2 months!!! Thank you Select Physical Therapy for your guidance and knowledge.

8. The strength of my legs and arms is extremely important, but one lesson I have learned this month is the importance of the strength of my core muscles because they affect every movement I make. By incorporating core exercises after every run, I can feel my core getting stronger every day!! Along with my legs and arms.

7.  Stress Management is key to good health. As I have started running again, I figured out where I carry all of my stress and tension…in my neck and shoulders. I have also figured out that I need to find a way to manage my stress because I can’t always rely on running. I have incorporated weekly yoga and incorporating daily personal development to start which is helping.

6. Being a strong runner doesn’t happen over night like I want it to. The Olympics really helped set this straight in my mind. It takes a great amount of hard work, dedication, discipline, and determination to get where I want to go.

5.  I’m not weak, I’m putting strength back into my body.

4.  I truly love how running is a time of reflection and deep thinking for me. It is when I have some of my deepest thoughts and most amazing ideas. Now I just need to start running with a recorder :).

3.Nutrition is HUGE. It doesn’t matter what I do physically if I bomb it with my eating. Thank goodness for Herbalife!!

2. I have the most amazing, supportive, open minded husband who I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without. I am very grateful to have him as a teammate on this amazing journey.

1. Not only is running truly a mindset, but so is life. It can be so easy to let the negative thoughts race through my mind. But what’s even more amazing is when those negative thoughts are kicked out and completely reversed by encouraging, motivating, positive thoughts that will do nothing but make me a better runner and all around person.

I’m so excited to see where this amazing journey takes me, and I can already tell it’s going to be amazing.

Here are a few photos from month one.

photo 1As I was teaching shapes to my first graders, we came across this template. Of course I had them all complete it!!

photo 2Pre-run with my furry child, Sierra. She could hardly stand still for the picture. 🙂

photo 3A little post run pose from one of our late night runs.

photo (1)My reflection from month one to push me into the upcoming months.

Bring it on Month 2…