First little speed session in 6 weeks! Nothing crazy, but it felt SO good to get the legs moving fast again. It’s funny, because for the past couple of weeks I have been feeling nervous about adding workouts in again. Have I lost fitness? Will my hip feel ok? Do I even remember how to run fast?🤷🏻♀️ But, lo & behold, I felt really good! My legs felt fresh & peppy & they were ready to go. This wasn’t a hard workout at all, just a little something to get my legs moving. Our little 40° heatwave sure made things nice too...
Boston training hasn’t started yet, but it’s getting close. I haven’t been feeling super motivated to start the intense training but seeing some of those quick paces on my watch today may have gotten me a smidge excited🙃 Just wish Old Man Winter would consider leaving St. Louis alone while I train. Mmmmkay, thanks💁🏻♀️
Happy Wednesday, friends!
Today is the fourth day in a row that I have ran, which is the longest stretch since Indy. I’m slowly getting these legs back to where they used to be. I even squeezed in 7 miles this afternoon while I soaked in the sun and the 50 degree temps. If they weather could stay like this everyday I’d be so happy. Tonight will be the first and only night this week that I’ll be home and I’m ecstatic about it. I’m hoping to be so productive and hoping to catch up on all of my Bravo tv😂 Have a good night!
Accelerate Running Socks / NEON || This colorway is truly underrated. ✨ Thanks for the share @stephpiruns || Tag @rockay_running in your photos to be featured!
Anybody else check their email 428,612,907 times already today looking for an email from Chicago?🙋♀️🤞
In other random news - My boys and I have discussed at length the sad plight of Tuesday. Tuesday is kind of a nothing day. It’s not the first day of the week. It’s not the hump that says we’ve made it half way. It’s not Friday-eve, and it’s definitely not the weekend. So what is poor Tuesday?🤔 .
Anyhoo... 4 miles today, 4 weeks & 4 days til #charlestonmarathon 💃🎉🤸♂️ Also, 4 is my sister’s lucky number 🤷♀️ and look at all the 4’s in my run stats today! I think that’s a very good sign!!!🤪 Come on Chicago!!!🤞🤞🤞
Let’s make Tuesday proud today guys!🤗😘
9 miles lost in in the forest done on a chilly Thursday and an accidental 6 consecutive days of running. Feeling bloody awesome for it too 🙌🏼
Still cranking up the mileage whilst keeping to mostly easy miles. Being patient isn’t so bad after all, even if I do moan about it 😇
Hope you lovely lot are having an awesome Thursday ❤️
Race pix are up from the Rehoboth Half last Saturday, which worked out perfectly because I forgot to take a run pic this morning🤪 5 miles + strides and a quick strength workout this morning💪 Happy Not-Tuesday guys!!!🤗💕🏃♀️
So thrilled to get my paws on the Lems Primal 2! I just started running in them and will be doing a ‘first impressions’ review soon! But so far, aside from being a sharp-looking shoe with a vibrantly fun color-scheme, the Primal 2 is a strong combination of functionality and durability that overall feels stable and fast for every day running. The Primal 2 really strikes a nice balance between barefoot-inspired minimalism and durability and is a solid choice as a fast-pace running shoe, a long distance running shoe and excellent as a foot-strengthening tool, too! The Primal 2 has a lightweight, barely-there feel that lets you motor like a sports car, yet the upper and sole feels structurally substantive enough to handle long tempo runs on the road. The shoe’s construction draws its inspiration from the barefoot condition which is why the Primal 2 has so many functional benefits, such as a toe-box that conforms to a wide foot, a zero-drop platform that encourages a forefoot strike positioned with accuracy during running AND a good level of flexibility that bends whichever way your foot wants to go. Ultimately, the Primal 2 does the necessary job at continuously forcing the body to balance in natural positions during running and is superb for runners wanting a little more protection for the roads without the added weight!
And there we have it- my best photo from the #Tannenbaum10k. You know it’s bad when the best pic has me *with my eyes closed*. I turned the big 3-3 today. While I appreciate well-wishing, my birthday hasn’t felt like a cause for celebration for the last several years. Due to its proximity to Christmas and New Years, it gets lumped in with them as a giant amorphous holiday, one that creates a lot of conflicting feelings. This time of year stirs up a sense of isolation and loneliness (possibly a holdover from my time in the UK, when I was alone for all three holidays) and a general feeling of being removed from it all. It’s hard to get excited over Christmas when you’re not able to take any holidays and you’re working up to the 24th.
This, combined with my general disdain for consumerism and being the typical poor young(ish) person in Toronto...it’s just a lot. When people ask me if I’m excited for Christmas, I’m past pretending and will usually say no. To quote Charlie Brown: “I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed.” So yeah, that’s my annual unloading of my feelings about the Christmas season. Normally, I’d at least enjoy some Christmas light runs, but that’s out of the question, too- my leg still hurts. It was feeling a bit better but was bothering me a lot yesterday. I’ve been good about going to the gym I’m officially over being injured. Pain without a timeline is as much a mental strain as a physical one.
Got my run in this morning then my cross training after work.
I love to hate this move. But I am getting stronger!
Start today not tomorrow.
Find your baseline.
Start where you are.
Ready, set, GROW from there.
“Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing.”
I used to be so good at taking time for myself and slowing down, but ever since I had Ellie I really struggle with this. I have to work really hard at making sure I slow down, but wow is it so incredibly important! We all need to take time to recharge and NOT feel guilty about it! 🙌
Years ago (in 2008-ish), I thought I had made it big as a fitness blogger when companies started paying me to promote their products. But soon after a big collaboration with 24-Hour Fitness, our little family picked up and moved across the country, and then I neglected the old blog.
I kept thinking I would eventually pick blogging back up. But as it happens, days turned into months which turned into years. 3 kids became 5, and here we are 7 years later.
I’ve often wondered what would’ve happened if I’d kept up with my cute FitMePink blog. But thinking that way doesn’t serve me.
I’ve wanted to run my own business now for over a decade. My path has been kind of all over the place as I’ve explored different avenues. But every twist and turn has helped me learn and grow.
Here’s one of my morning affirmations and I TRULY BELIEVE IT. “I know that where I am in my life now is exactly where I need to be to learn what I must learn so that I can become the person I need to be to create the life I truly want.”
I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life looking back, and I’m ready to keep moving forward. Big things are coming in 2019. I can feel it!
What regrets are you letting go of so you can live the life YOU truly want? I actually really want to know! Let’s do this!
13 miles on Dressember Day 13. —————————————-———————————
Met with my neurologist today. It’s been 9 months since my brain injury. 9 months ago I couldn’t even think about walking let alone running again. Even an inch at a time is progress. Don’t beat yourself up over baby steps. You’re still making progress. You’ll look back in wonder and with a grateful heart. To the person struggling: It won’t always be THIS hard, to whoever you are.
Happy to announce I’ve been accepted to Stockton University for Exercise Science. 9 months ago I couldn’t read, and I still struggle with comprehension, which has felt incredibly embarrassing, and my degree will take me more time than it would have before my injury, but when you have a fire in your bones, you’ll go slow or even crawl to get where you need to go. You won’t take “no” for an answer.
Ran into my night owl workout pal @jackila. We talked about self image. I was reminded and told her of the time I did a mirror fast. I didn’t realize how many times I looked at my reflection, even in store and car windows as I passed. I was obsessed with my image. But what was even more startling was the internal degradation that I entertained while I was looking. I kept fasting for weeks, into months, until I no longer felt the compulsion to question again and again the perfection I am. It may sound proud to some—that’s right, darn proud of the work that it took, baby steps, to freedom. —————————————-———————————
I guess the take away in my blabbering: Baby steps, even some movement, is better than remaining stagnant.
All these are just thoughts on the run, so I share them. Happy Thursday. Here’s your reminder that your baby steps are actually counting for something. 🦶
The mind is so powerful! 😱My treadmill only says the MPH numbers not the paces for some reason, and I messed up by a freaking minute in the treadmill speed work tonight! Shows that the mind is powerful. It felt kind of hard at times for 2 mins at a time at that pace.... but I held that pace for 8 miles on Monday! Lol. (4x2) All just because I read my coach say it would be hard so I assumed it would! Crazy!
My latest blog post is up (link is in my bio) and it’s all about why you should embrace running outdoors during the Winter months.❄️🏃♀️🏃♂️
As a qualified Running Coach and experienced runner, I know too well the strain of Winter training. It takes sheer stamina to even leave the comfort and warmth of the indoors on a bitterly cold morning! But at the same time I have achieved some of my best training runs when I’ve been battling single-digit temperatures and I honestly believe that Winter training in London takes you on some beautiful, scenic runs along the river and in our glorious parks.
If you have been lucky enough to secure a place in the Virgin London Marathon next year, or are starting your training for any other Spring Marathon and need some motivation, then do get in touch! I have trained beginners through to experienced Marathon runners and Triathletes, and can provide training plans according to your goals. I am also qualified in providing you with a full gait analysis, and with that help fine tune your running technique to prevent the onset of common running injuries. Need another incentive? Then just take it from one of my past running clients, Amy (@amygoodgorilla) :
“Yasmine is a great PT - positive, supportive, but also always ready to put me through my paces when I needed it. She coached me through injury and many races, including my 1st marathon, and helped me understand how to become a better runner by working on all parts of my body. She always had a smile and her never-ending enthusiasm made all the pain of her workouts bearable! I would highly recommend her.”
DM or email me for more info. Happy running!👍🏼😊
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Gracias a mi patrocinador #CacahuatesSanchez por este gran regalo!
Es momento de romper marcas! 🔥
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