Confessions of a Runner in Training

Screenshot_2015-05-23-16-01-09I started running 8 weeks ago, but the decision to run came much earlier than that. I can’t really remember when I got the running bug, but it really started to manifest last year when I decided to sign up for the Color Run.  That took place in July, and it was a great first-time experience for me. The running bug crept up again last year, around September, when I found out PEI held an annual marathon. I had also seen lots of posts from friends on Facebook who were running marathons, whether they were full, half, 10K or 5K.

U.S. sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner of Los Angeles strides to a world record in a semifinal heat of the Olympic women's 200-meter dash in Seoul Thursday, Sept. 29, 1988.  Joyner's time of 21.56 seconds claimed the record and moved her into the finals in the event.(AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Flo-Jo was one of my idols growing up.

Thinking back, I’ve always been interested in running.  Back in high school, one of my nicknames was Flo-Jo. During one of our gym classes, we had a 100m dash. I can’t remember my exact running time, it was probably 4 seconds, but it was pretty darn quick, hence the nickname. But, I never really pursued running for whatever reasons I cast in my head.

Fast forward to earlier this year, and it was about 10 weeks ago, I decided I was going to run my first marathon. I started asking questions, doing my research, and almost everyone I spoke to said training usually lasts about 3 months. One friend cautioned me that since this would be my first marathon, I should start earlier. Hubby got me a treadmill and I started walking during the winter. Once the weather got warmer, I knew I had to make the transition from the treadmill to the pavement.

But I was going to need help.

This is what I share on my Social Media platforms each time I finish a training.

Not really ready for a trainer, (and maybe a little of my ego had something to do with it) I needed to find something that was easy to do, started off slow and would help me gradually increase my running skills. Enter 10K Trainer from ZenLabs. I saw a few friends using this app and did some research. There are lots of free and paid apps, so of course I know I’m going for the free app. I downloaded the app…and then did nothing for 2 weeks.

Fear and doubt set in.

What if this doesn’t work?

What am I trying to prove?

What will people think?

Why put yourself through the torture?

Is this really worth it?

I then decided that YES, it is worth it!!!

So, on Sunday, April 12, 2015, I started my 10K Trainer journey.

At this point, I was still indoors using the treadmill, but thank goodness it started off real easy – 8 rounds (60 seconds jogging and 90 seconds walking) along with a 5-minute warm-up and cool-down, which lasted for 30 minutes. Each week lasts 3 days, so I would alternate days, and the intervals would increase with each week.

It was around Week 2 or 3 that I started to take my running venture outdoors because the weather was finally getting nicer and I knew at some point, I would have to start running outdoors.

This is my trainer for each run. Was pretty excited to see the “You can now run the 5K” message.

So, here we are, 8 weeks under my belt. When I saw that this was Week 8, I got real excited. I was even more excited because this week is a major milestone, according to my training app. Today’s completed run means I can run a 5K!!!  I’m pretty excited about that.  I mean, I’ve been running steadily for 8 solid weeks. This morning was even more challenging because it was RAINING. I almost chickened out, but before my brain could realize what I was doing, I got dressed and headed out the door.

I’m so glad I did.

I look forward to running. It’s a part of me. I love to run.

Recently, several people have asked me what am I running for; if I have any particuI just felt like runninglar reason. I couldn’t help but think of Forrest Gump when the reporters asked him similar questions and “I just felt like running” kept replaying in my head. Aside from the marathon, I’m doing this for me. I have to prove to myself that I can do this. Winning the marathon is not the ultimate goal – COMPLETING the marathon is. I’m not sure what will come of it once it gets here, but I do know that regardless of what happens, I WILL finish the race.

When you first open the 10K Trainer App, a daily motivational quote pops up to help you start your run.

I am by no means done with my training. I still have another 6 weeks left of my 10K training. What will I do next? I’m not sure. On the app, the next step is to move to the 1/2 marathon training, so I may do just that. Whatever I decide, I know that I have incorporated running as a part of my life because it’s a lot of fun.

The journey continues…

Take Charge of Your Life…Ask the Right Questions

Does the sound of nails scraping against the blackboard just make you cringe? How many of you out there even know what that means? I think I may have dated myself with that one.

cringeThat being said, the biggest thing that makes me cringe is how desperate we can become when looking for the right partnership. All the time I see posts in various groups promoting their opportunity, and it really looks like the person on the street with the sandwich board over their head yelling on the street, “Hey, look at me; I’m so cool. Pick me, pick me.” Even scarier is when someone is looking for help and everyone just POUNCES on that person like they are fresh meat.

Please stop doing that!!!

Recently, someone posted in a group that she was looking for a legit work from home opportunity, and just as suspected, the vultures came out of the woodwork. Don’t be one of those vultures.

When it comes to looking for the right opportunity, ask questions. Here are some suggestions that will help you from making the wrong choice:

Treat this as if it were a job interview.Job Interview

  • What qualities are you looking for in a company?
  • What are the start-up costs?
  • Are you looking for the next big opportunity or something to build that will last a lifetime?
  • Are your core values and beliefs in alignment with said company?
  • What will be your responsibilities?
  • Will you be teamed up with someone?
  • When looking for a coach, what are their credentials?
  • What is their level of experience with this company?
  • Do they have credibility?
  • Does said coach have a specific plan in place for you to achieve your goals?
  • Is there a support team available if your coach is not?
  • What are YOU willing to bring to the partnership?

You are looking for the perfect fit for YOU, so be specific in what you are looking for. When you are crystal clear on what you want, the Universe will then go to work. Realize that sometimes the answers may not come in the way you may expect. Be open-minded and watch for clues.

You are looking to build your DREAM LIFE. Make sure you are partnered with the right people who will help you make that dream life happen.

Worker Bee or Wannabee…Which Are You?

A few days ago, I was listening to a training call from one of my mentors, and one of the things she spoke about was worker bees vs wannabees.  I’ve heard this topic many times in the past, but for some reason, it stuck with me this time.

What are some differences between worker bees and wannabees?

Worker bees dowannabees think.

Worker bees keep going untilwannabees keep going unless.

Worker bees understand success takes time and is long-term…wannabees quit when results don’t happen quickly.

Worker bees help others reach their goals…wannabees only help themselves.

After listening to some of the examples of what separates worker bees from wannabees, I started thinking…have you ever had a friend/co-worker, etc. who always found the negative in things?  Thought their world was always coming to an end? Made excuses or wouldn’t do the work? (“Oh, no one wants to work iwth me”“Oh, you don’t understand what I’m going through”; “Oh, it’s easy for you because…”; “Oh, you’re part of a great team, that’s why you’re successful”; “Oh, you didn’t help me reach my goal”; “Oh, I don’t have anyone to work with/you didn’t put any great people on my team.”)  It’s always a never-ending cycle of woe-is-me.

Do you know ay of these people?  Are you one of these people?

Sometimes we have to be willing to take a good, hard look at ourselves and have that keep-it-real conversation and ask are we worker bees or wannabees?  Have you fallen into a rut and blame everyone around you for your failures?  Do you sit on the sidelines because things have gotten tough or you’ve hit a rough patch?

Remember, the only person who can change you is YOU.  You have to do the work in order to see the results.  It’s going to take time; you’re going to hit some roadblocks and for many, it’s a matter of hitting the “Refresh” button.  No matter what, keep doing the work; keep going until.

Be a worker bee; not a wannabe.

OneWord365 Challenge – Purpose

This year is all about change; challenging myself and creating a better me.  A friend shared with me a website  Instead of making resolutions that end up getting shelved after a couple of weeks, choose one word and let that word Featured imagebe your focus for the year.  I was drawn to it immediately, and decided to join in the challenge.

My word is PURPOSE!!!

I thought about why purpose is the perfect fit for me and here are some reasons.  Ever since I decided to challenge myself, I made the decision and will not look back.  With that, I realize that everything I do from here on out will be on purpose; with purpose; for a purpose.  Everyone I come in contact with will be on purpose; how I live my life will have purpose.  My goals for the year will be on purpose.  I will do it on purpose.

Are you up for the challenge?  What one word would you choose as your focus for the year and how will it impact your life?  I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.  I can already see the changes happening and the steps I have to take to make things happen.

This is my purpose, because I will do it on purpose.

Stay tuned, and enjoy the ride.

Out With the Old; In With the New – Making Changes in 2015

It’s January 1, 2015.  Wait a secFeatured imageond, where did 2014 go?  Talk about gone in a blink of an eye.

So, it’s the first day of a new year, and as always, many of us will be making “resolutions;” vowing to be better, do more, change our habits.  What is it about the new year that gets so many people wound up about change?  What makes today different from yesterday, 2 days ago or even 2 years ago?  You hear it all the time:

“I’m going to go to the gym more and get rid of this extra weight.”

“I’m going to read more books.”

“I’m going to get out of debt and FINALLY rid myself of all this worry and be financially free.”

“I’m going to be a better person.”

And so on and so on.

Hey, I’m no different.  In fact, I’ve said all those things (and more) every year, and more often than not, by March, I’m back to my old habits.  It’s not that I’m a bad person or I suck at resolutions.  The fact is, I, and many others tend to lose focus.  I can’t speak for anyone else, but there are times when I get scared, lazy, act the fool and follow the crowd.  I know bchangeetter than that.  I know what I am supposed to do.  If I want a better life, to lose weight, to get out of debt, and all the other things on my list, I need to CHANGE!!!  That’s it and all there is to it.  If I continue to do the same things I did last year (and the year before,) I’m going to be in the same spot I was last year (and the year before, etc.)

So, what does it take to change?  It takes a driving force within me that’s so deep and profound that regardless of what’s going around me, I cannot stop!!!  It’s like the Nike slogan says, “Just do it!!!”  It certainly doesn’t take doing anything drastic.  By just taking small steps every day, I’ll be that much closer to tackling all the things on my list and moving forward.

It’s the start that stops us.

Take blogging, for example.  I love to write.  I think I’m pretty good with expressing myself though words.  Plus, I really, really enjoy writing.  Yet, time and time again, I will get into a blogging groove, then just stop.  It’s almost sad, when you think about it.  What is wrong with me?  Sometimes, I just need to smack myself in the head.

So, with this being a new day, and a new year, I am going to be that cliche and go for the change.  I am challenging myself to do the things I said I would do and put my best foot forward.  It’s going to be hard; I’m gonna wanna quit; some days I’m gonna cry and may even wanna smack somebody.  But I owe it to my family, my kids, MYSELF to do the things I set out to do.

What do I have to lose?  Nothing.

What do I have to gain?  EVERYTHING!!!

It starts now.  Onward to a better life and great things ahead.