A little early morning run up a hill never hurt anyone. Unless the hill is 2 miles up at a 30 degree incline. Then maybe it hurts a little yeah.
Ella and I celebrated training hill Thursdays the only way we know how... running training hill in the spooky darkness.
And quick update: there is 73 more days of 2018! So far I have 1/2 a book down, am keeping up my bible habit, am getting my running mileage up for the CIM half, am stretching almoooost everyday, and am 100% dropping the ball on my gratitude journal. Even though I feel like I have more to be thankful for right now than ever.
So I’m setting a ‘gratitude’ alarm on my phone to remind me to get this done each day, at a time when I know my mind will be available to take on a task. I’m also putting a note on my desk to remind me every time I sit down.
Little nudges in the right direction can move mountains.
Nothing like getting a shirt to fully feel like a business woman. I still can’t believe that my “little” idea to provide free sports bras to school-age girls has turned into a full-blown charity (@empoweredthroughfitness) with an event (Girls Empowerment Health Fair) impacting 100 girls tomorrow. I’ll be a proud, nervous mess until tomorrow (maybe a run is needed? 😂). THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and encouraged me over the past 11 months.
#tbt to the @hauntedhustle last year. I love this event! Last year I ran the 10k as my first race back post injury. This is where I ran my first half marathon in 2011 and my first marathon in 2016. The Haunted Hustle is this weekend and I won’t be towing the line since I just ran a marathon, BUT I will be there cheering on two of my athletes going for their first sub 2 half marathon!!! Heather and Becky have been working so hard and crushing their workouts!!! I’m so excited for them. And the weather looks perfect!!!! #hauntedhustle#throwbackthursday#excitedcoach#wednesdayaddams
If you pay attention to my footstrike in my post from this morning you'll see that my foot has a hard time fully rotating which leads to me striking on the outside of my foot. Part of the reason why this happens is because my hips and glutes are usually tight and immobile - which is also what leads to alot of my little injuries here and there.
So mobility and massaging are the 2 ways I fight that best, especially in evenings after a harder run. .
I've talked about mobility a lot on my page so I won't get too much into the specifics tonight but 5 minutes a day focusing on your tightest areas will do you a world of good. And a nice IPA doesn't hurt either.
I’ve ran 103 races since I started running in 2012. I’ve gone sub-4 in the marathon once (out of 8) and sub-2 in the half marathon three times (out of 31). I love my runner numbers just as much as the next person (I have a spreadsheet and everything 😂), but those numbers don’t fully capture who I am as a runner and I refuse to let those numbers define and limit me. Those numbers don’t tell the story of races ran with others, a defeated mind, a beat up body, or races ran just for fun. Wherever you are in your running journey remember that strength isn’t always reflected in race times and that running has highs, lows, and plenty of plateaus. Just keep showing up 💪🏽 #ChicagoMarathon
The PMS hormones are raging today so I am overly sassy, easily annoyed, and less than inspiring. One minute I'm happy and high as a kite, the next minute I want to tell someone to shove it. 🤭🤷🏽♀️ I am SO grateful that I can walk my girls every morning because being outside in the sunshine, feeling the breeze, and moving my legs heals my heart on crappy days like today. Well I say crappy, but it's not really been crappy. People can be crappy, situations can be crappy, injuries are crappy, and pms is crappy, but LIFE and the ability to WALK is definitely not!
I've been blessed with this setback/injury to show that simple things like walking are indeed NOT simple, and you (runner) probably take it for granted. Whether I get back to running tomorrow, next week, or 2 months from now, I am STILL A RUNNER. I am still very much the same Chelsey, just with a whole new appreciation and perspective. So if you are unable to see me as that, move along. Things happen, injuries happen, and it's how we go through those seasons that define us and show our true character, not the sport itself. There's more to life than just pounding the ground, but until I can do it again, I'm going to prove to everyone that the little things shouldn't be taken for granted because walking, biking, lifting, and ANY movement really, is a blessing. ••
Set out on my long run today not sure if I was going to run for an hour or 1 1/2.
Not having a plan, makes any goal harder to achieve.
Not impossible, just harder than it needs to be.
The entire run I wasn’t sure how to pace or which path to take because I wasn’t sure of my goal.
I just kept chanting to myself... ‘you’ve done this before, just do it again.’
‘You’ve done one mile, do one more. Now do it again.’
‘Ok you’re 30min in, easy enough to repeat”
I hit the one hour mark and one thing about me is I’m so competitive... my inner monologue challenges me... if my mind says “1 hour is good”.. Then it also says... no it’s not.. keep $@#% going! (My inner monologue talks like a sailor. I’ll spare you)
Here we are
1 hour, 30 min
I love running because my competition is ME... and I’m relentless.
Happy hump day! Poor time management meant I had to do a short run to make it to my @soulcycle class on time this morning. I got caught up on all the half marathon responses to my story: Miami, Brooklyn, and Boston’s Run to Remember are the most popular 🏃🏽♀️ 🏃🏽
Track was cancelled last week because of the hurricane so I was super excited to run today. The high school team had practice after us so we got some spotlights during the cool down. It’d be nice to run with some lighting to avoid all the 🐸. . .🏃🏽♀️
Some people like to have a beer after work to help them relax but me I'm more of a "change into your short shorts at the office and run till it's dark out, then eat an entire package of gnocchi on the couch" kind of guy
With 7 days off from running, I’m back at it this week with easy miles only. I was only suppose to do 35 minutes but I am feeling so good so I ran a few extra minutes😬🙄🤷🏻♀️ I can’t believe how well my body bounced back after this Marathon! Boston killed my legs and it took forever to recover.
So after getting some opinions on a spring marathon....I’ve decided to do the Illinois Marathon in April! Thanks @schurunner for the recommendation! I was going back and forth between Wisconsin, Grandma’s, and Illinois Marathons. I don’t like to travel too far and this one is 3 hours away(which is still a hike for me to travel) And what better way to spend my big 4-0 weekend by running a marathon. My birthday is 2 days before the race. Thanks to everyone who gave their opinions! Why am I thinking of another marathon already!!!🤦🏻♀️ #crazyrunner#yesthatsazitonmyforehead#marathonrecovery#ijustwanttogofast
It may be 50 degrees but the rain finally stopped & I literally ran out the door the second I got home before I could convince myself otherwise. 🏃🏼♀️ No phone. No music. No kids. Just me & 30 minutes of prayer. 🙌🏼 3 miles • 10:17 pace & MUCH needed redemption from my struggle bus 9 miles on Sunday. 🤣 Running is so much like life... everyday is new (like every run is new) & even if you had the WORST day (or run where you felt like you were going to pass out or throw up & you couldn’t go another step), there is grace & redemption & tomorrow has endless possibilities. Just keep going & don’t quit! I could’ve kept running if I had more time but mom life was calling & supper wasn’t going to make itself. (Soup for the second night in a row because that’s what Texans do when it’s finally cold!) Ready for week 5 of #marathontraining ... Joseph’s headed out of town later this week so crossing my fingers the rain stops because I’ll have to have the girls with me. Please cooperate for me Mother Nature!