Treadmill Advice…?

With two younger kids and my husband and I both working, it is hard to get to the gym… so we are finally going to invest in a treadmill, since running is our exercise of choice.

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Victory!

About five years ago I began my journey to better health. After the birth of my second child I was unable to control my blood pressure. My doctor told me “eat right and exercise”. So I started to run and exercise. I was slowly improving my cardio health, but still struggling with my blood pressure. My doctor prescribed medication to control it. It helped me feel better and less tired while running or exercising. I got the exercise part down, but not the eat right part. Read More »

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Travel anyone?

Is anyone else dreaming of warmer weather and destination running….or is it just me? Read More »

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Sugar and I…

Sugar was not just the name of one of my cats. She was a sweetie. But anyway, talking about the sweet stuff…

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Resolution Re-boot

Now that the holidays are over, I’m going to take some quiet time and form my fitness and running goals for the year. Anyone else need a second chance to start the year? Think about how good it will be to announce your plan at the Champions Orientation meeting in a few weeks!

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What the flu?!

After a good 5-day stint of the flu, I finally got a run in this evening, after some motivation from a friend.   Read More »

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2018 Goals

With all that is going on right now, I do have some goals for the new year. Nowhere near as ambitious as last year, and I think that’s a good thing.

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01/01/18 Run

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We decided to do our own 01/01/18 Run! It was cold as you can see from our rosy cheeks,  but we bundled up and had lots of fun.  The five of us are starting out 2018 on the right foot doing a 5k run through our neighborhood. It’s so much more fun to run together, it took the encouragement from all of us to get out in that cold, but we were glad we did it!!❄️‍♀️❄️❄️‍♀️❄️❄️‍♀️

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Why is it so hard to believe?

I have been down with the flu over Christmas break.
I had these great plans to conquer so many things — my messy house, my fitness goals, my stack of “to-dos”.
Almost none of them were conquered because of this darn flu. Not much running, hardly any boot camp, and a LOT of sitting around feeling guilty about all the sitting around.

So what does my mind automatically turn to while I am sick and just sitting? Doubting that I will be able to conquer anything again – EVER! Immediately, I am convinced that all the progress I have made will dwindle to nothing, and I will be back struggling, especially when it comes to anything dealing with fitness. After all, I was down for three days. THREE WHOLE DAYS!! I mean, in that amount of time, my muscles MUST have atrophied, right? I’m sure I’ve gained 30 pounds, at least! I could feel my cellulite growing with every hour. Ugh!

Why? Why do I do this to myself? Am I the only one that can immediately list off all of the negatives about myself?
Why is it so hard to believe the positive? Why is it so hard to believe that I can and will instead of I can’t and I will never? I need to fix this, I realize, and I am making this a 2018 goal.

No more comparing my chapter one to someone else’s chapter five. No more letting myself believe I can’t when I have proven time and time again that I can. No more immediately seeing the two pound weight gain and dismissing the progress in miles run or weights lifted. NO MORE! I start today.

Why is it so hard to believe the positive? Me. The only reason.

I endeavor to get out of the way of me.

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Scared

My 2017 running season formally ended when I crossed the finish line of the Grand Rapids Half Marathon on Oct. 15th.  The year was a rough one for me.  I started the year dealing with a non-running related injury and it just didn’t seem to get any better when it came to my physical self.  2016 had been such a fantastic year and 2017 was not following the same path.  I was a positive Team Leader to my fellow runners at Run Camp, but in my own personal journey this was not the case.  My pace was not allowing me to keep up the way I had been.  I was scared I was loosing my ability to run.

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