Operation Skinny Jeans: Marathon Mondays! NOW a Link up!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Marathon Mondays! NOW a Link up!

So last week I totally failed in SO many ways. With the blog, my running has been fine :D

I posted the wrong post my sister wrote AND I didn't make this a link up! If you are training for a race, even if you don't write about it on Mondays, Link it up! I wanna read about what other people are doing! And if you just watched an entire show on Netflix and wrote about it, link that shit up too. All marathons welcome here :D

Lets be honest- the hardest part about training is fitting it in. If we all had all the time in the world to run for as long as we want, in perfect weather, we would all be marathon runners! This can be said for working out in general, fitting it in is the hardest part.

I have TRIED to be a member of the 5 am club, and in a way, I am. I am a member of an EVEN LARGER 5 am club, the club of us that are still in bed. Because it's 5 am. #thereal5amclub Anyhoo, I just do not have it in me to wake and work. I have tried. The only time this really works for me is if my husband is waking up and sometimes literally dragging my ass out of bed with him. I just don't have that intrinsic motivation to lose sleep to workout. #sorrynotsorry

But after a long day of work isn't ideal either. I am usually fine the second I leave work, but after a 30 minute commute through traffic, I am usually over it. If I could harness that excitement and awake-ness the WHOLE drive home, I could make after work work.

Then there is my lunch break. I didn't even realize this was a viable option until last summer when I was part of the Denver's Healthiest Companies competition putting in 3 a days. I found that my favorite time out of those 3 were my workouts in the middle of the day. It broke up my day, made both the morning and afternoon go faster, and I seemed to elude the dreaded 2 pm slump that had almost always resulted in a trip to the vending machine or 7 11. Sometimes both.

But at my new job, I don't really take a lunch break. Probably my fault, I never made it a point to do so, and since I am an office manager managing employees who work in the field, there is sometimes not a great point in the day to leave and take a break. But I am making it a point this week to do just that. I am going to try to get my runs in during my lunch this week. I work in a safe area, there is a quiet street I can run on, and a loop I have already mapped out. All I need is a little E&E to get me going, my shoes and compression pants (and sports bra) at work, and the courage to lock the door and leave for 30 minutes.

So that is what I am working on this week, training wise. Week 3! WOO!

Here is what is happening on the other side of the Atlantic :D

Hi all!  Pokey again!

I just wanted to touch on something Jess mentioned during the week over her Facebook about setting big outrageous goals. That’s basically what this half marathon is, the big dream.  Something at this point is still realistically impossible, but with that in mind, I can’t believe what I’ve achieved this week.

I completed the first week of Couch to 5K, I ran 5K on Saturday and started the second week of Couch to 5K yesterday.  Last week I had just one run behind me, but they’re adding up and with each one I’m a bit stronger.

I’d like to share a few wee things things I’ve learned this week:

  • The Get Running app is amazing and was worth the purchase.  The voice that guides you through the runs is encouraging and not annoying.  I’ll miss her when I graduate!
  • Running leggings/tights are the absolute best for those of us that experience ‘cricket thighs’.
  • My shoes have one week to stop hurting before I take them back the shop, still not 100% happy with them, but I figure I might still be adjusting to wearing supportive shoes (I spend most of my life in flats, heels and Ugg boots. . . in others zero support.
  • Mornings are my favourite time to run.  It’s cool, the sun is just coming up and the path is quiet.  And I feel amazing about it the rest of the day.
  • I’m sleeping like a boss.

On to destroying week 3 :D

And here is where you link up :D

ALSO! I totally forgot! This is a thing I am doing! 

Have you seen my posts about Shakeology® or P90X3 or 21 Day Fix and are curious about what all that means? I have been a Beachbody Coach since December and it has been awesome. I already earned a free trip to Vegas in June, and I am working my way toward a trip to Cancun next year. I have made enough money to pay back almost half of my debt, and I am finally chipping away at my student loans. I have helped people find their self confidence again and even helped one friend realize she didn't need weight-loss surgery.

It has been an awesome ride and I want to share it with you. So I am doing a Free 3 day "Coaching 101" group to share what it's all about  No pressure to participate, you can join and be a fly on the wall. I will start on Wednesday, but you can ask me questions in there before that if you want 


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  1. I don't have anything to link up yet--but it does inspire me to find something on Netflix to start watching:) Oh, and I'm right with you in your 5am club--snoozing away!!!

  2. I am definitely a part of the sleeping at 5am club! I just can't bring myself to wake up. I've discovered that the best time for me is actually after dinner and right before bed. Is that weird? Run-Shower-Sleep is the best combination that makes me feel good.

  3. Jess you're awesome! Between you and a few other fitness blogs I have decided to get off my butt and start training for a half-marathon. I will let you know how it all pans out. (First I have to drive cross country to my new apt) but then its on like donkey kong!! Keep up the inspiration!
    But I agree 5 am is way too early for anything other than z's....

  4. Working out at lunch is the best! I find my co-workers like me better after I've had some time to unwind :-). Good for you for making a way!

  5. I can't wait to join your group, I have been wanting to be a BB coach for a long time!

  6. I am so glad you made this into a linkup1

  7. I'm part of the same 5am club as you! haha And I do my workouts during my lunch break too. I used to think there was no way I could devote that time to working out and getting sweaty then going back to work. I thought I would be too tired. It's kind of funny now it makes me more awake in the evenings than days when I don't work out. Good luck this week getting those runs in!

  8. Oh sweet! Yea, I struggle with morning work outs too, I should, but I crave my sleep more I suppose. I'm going to throw my hat in this link up because technically I did re-start C25K this week too! (Day 2 yesterday woot!)


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