My motivation. The reason for my drive, dedication and discipline (and occasionally my need to take moments of deep breathing). These two little men are my WHY. I always ask my clients what their WHY is. Knowing that, understanding that and connecting to that is what makes the difference between taking action towards your goals and just simple stating them. We all want to achieve certain things but what gives you the motivation and discipline to make it happen. I remind my clients that their WHY needs to resonate with them on a daily basis to keep them focused on what they are trying to achieve.
Last double digit run until Chicago. This one was AWFUL!! I did all the wrong things to prep for this run:
1. Didn’t eat enough the night before
2. Drank coffee all morning and NO water
3. Skipped out on my usual pre run meal cause I was busy running around with the boys
4. Not enough water during my run…the list goes on
I felt absolutely terrible the whole way and wanted to stop multiple times. But I just keep thinking don’t ring the bell, go as slow as you want just don’t stop. I finished feeling beat up but good that I didn’t give up. Sometimes you feel great and sometimes you feel terrible. And whichever it is that day you just have to keep going. Learn from your mistakes and prepare better next time.
LAST LONG RUN before the Chicago marathon. Running can be more mental than physical. At times during this run I would start to question myself. The lady that just passed on her bike said nice job. Another woman running just cruised past me at a much faster pace. Immediately my thoughts were negative. Why did she say nice job? Do I look like I’m struggling? Damn that woman’s running so much faster than me, I feel like I’m slow as s**t. I quickly switched my train of thought. She could have in fact just been saying nice job and maybe that other runner was only doing a short run compared to my longer run. Don’t let negative thoughts get in your way. My newest mantra that gets me through these long one is “never ring the bell”
JACKPOT find at the grocery store the other night. Ultimate portion control. I was craving ice cream and was about to buy a large container of my fav mint chocolate chip when I started that mental song and dance of “just get it, no don’t get it you’ll eat more than you want” Decided against it, walked away and then stumbled upon this single serve. I always encourage my clients not to deprive themselves but to focus on portion control
Ran my 5 miles fasted this morning so my body was utilizing fat as fuel. I like to run my shorter distances (5 miles or less) because I know I have enough in the tank for them. Its important to optimize your nutrition post run to refuel, recover and rehydrate. When I don’t have enough time for a proper meal I’ll have @gomacro because it has an adequate amount of protein and carbohydrates and @nuunhydration because of its electrolytes. Wore my bada$$ Navy Seal hat in remembrance of the day and to honor all the men and women that protect our country.