When You’re Doubting Yourself

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Ohhhh, self-doubt. It has the potential of holding us back from things that we really want to do, like following our dreams.  Maybe someone, or more than one person told you that you couldn’t do it (They’re Wrong). Or maybe you feel inexperienced, or that you’ll never be knowledgeable enough to be successful.

Let me let you in on a little secret: you’re lying to yourself. But – nothing is ever going to happen for you if you don’t make it happen. I used to sit at home & pin fitness/weight loss pins on my Pinterest for HOURS thinking that if I pinned enough that I would magically lose 20 lbs & become this fit chick. But I never got off the couch.

Until one day I did. For the most part, I’ve never looked back. I realized you have to be pro-active. You have to be an advocate for your own life. Take control & make your life better.

From my experience, when I’m doubting yourself it’s really because I’m scared of what’s about to come next. I’m afraid of jumping & there not being a ground below to catch me. I’m afraid of attempting to accomplish my goals & failing. What’s worse than that?

What’s worse than that is not giving it a shot at all.

Here’s some tips when you’re doubting yourself:

  1. Say STOP. A lot of us struggle with controlling our own mind & thoughts, but when self-doubt creeps in, tell yourself to immediately stop the negativity. Instead, turn the inner monologue around. Tell yourself you CAN.
  2. Talk to someone. I met Sara for dinner last night & I spilled all of my nervousness & fear to her. She was able to give me tips, tricks, & a lot of knowledge & resources to settle my mind.
  3. Get some motivation. One of my favorite things to do is find motivational speeches on YouTube. Even if they’re short, they can really pump you up & make a difference in your mood. I also like to read a lot of personal development stories. Who better to show you it can be done than by those who have done it so well themselves?
  4. Setbacks are temporary. Even if you’ve given your dream a shot – & maybe it didn’t go the way you hoped – that doesn’t mean you failed. A setback is not a failure. My first go at being a health & fitness coach is not going to be perfect. It’s honestly probably going to be pretty sloppy, but that’s the beauty of life.. we can learn from our mistakes & know that tomorrow is another day to get it right.

Self-doubt is human & normal. But let’s not make it a regular occurence. Know your worth. Know that you are capable of anything if you put the time, effort, & hard work into it. Your biggest dream will not come easy.

What’s your biggest dream & what steps can you take to make it happen?

How do you combat self-doubt?

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Happy Hour Chat

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Hi ya’ll! Pull up a drink (coffee, tea, booze, etc) & let’s catch up!

First things first, I FEEL BACK on the fitness train. It took me three months to find my motivation but I finally did! I joined up with an accountability partner & I started the Shift Shop program through Beachbody. I’m no longer a Beachbody coach, BUT I recommend this program to anyone! I’ve been working out 4-5 days a week & watching what I eat as best I can & I’ve been feeling a lot better.

The first part of the fall semester ends this Saturday & the second part of the fall semester starts Monday with two new classes (Motivational Aspects of Fitness + Legal Aspects of Sport). I’ll be happy to report I’ll still be holding a 4.0 GPA going into Fall 2 🙂

I want to start writing in here weekly, mostly about health & wellness. I go to school for Wellness + Fitness & I ultimately want to become a health coach so I want to start flexing my knowledge muscles. I want to start writing about a specific topic each week, for example, goal setting, meal planning, tips & tricks, mental health, etc. Please leave in the comments if you want to read about anything in particular! I want to start using the knowledge I’ve been learning to help you guys. I’ve started realizing how NERVOUS & SCARED I am of my dreams! I just want to be helpful, knowledgeable, & GOOD at what I do. I can’t wait to soak up as much experience & schooling that I can so that I can help people.

Work is going just fine – I seem to wear multiple hats which I’m used to. I work with really great people (which hasn’t happened in many years)  & I don’t start until 9am which gives me ample time in the morning to work out, eat breakfast, shower, AND catch up on the news while drinking my coffee. Really nice.

I am so lucky to have friends, family & a boyfriend that support my dreams & my busy life.

Look for fun topics about health & wellness coming your way! I can’t wait for you guys to read it.

C

On the struggle bus

Hey guys.

I’m not sure where I got the urge to write – maybe it was my extra long commute home from work. Anyways… ya girl is in a rut. Riding the struggle bus. Off the horse. However you want to describe it.. that’s me.

It’s been 3 months since I’ve really done anything productive besides doing well in classes. I’ve ran maybe a total of 10 miles, got a new job, & haven’t prepped any healthy foods during that amount of time. The truth? I feel like shit.

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge believer in holistic health. When your mind is healthy, your body can be open to being healthy. My body is currently not healthy, therefore my mental status has been something of a mess lately. My confidence is low (although my friends & especially my BF tell me every day I look great), I look in the mirror & curse the places where the 10 extra lbs I’ve gained went to, I’ve been getting more headaches & my sleeping has been less than stellar.

It’s all connected, you guys. Everything! If you put the right nutrients in your body & treat your body like the temple it is – everything else will fall into place health wise. Your mind will be clearer, self confidence goes up, you have more energy for things, & you’re MOTIVATED.

I’ve lost the motivation. I have zero energy to do anything but lay on the couch when I get home. My lower back is starting to hurt again. When I was in shape, I wasn’t in pain doing normal every day tasks like sitting in a desk chair or standing for long periods of time (like when washing the dishes cause you know, I have a lot of dishes). I’ve just noticed that I move a little slower these days.

So, all. How do I get this motivation back? I’m trying to tune into the woman 3 years ago that decided to download the Couch to 5k app & change everything about her eating habits. Where is that woman when I need her the most? AKA: RIGHT NOW!? She’s in there somewhere. I did it once: I lost 50 lbs. I can do it again. And this time I’m just losing the 10 lbs I’ve gained since January. I guess I should count my blessings: it’s only 10 lbs. I’m lucky I didn’t gain more. And I DON’T WANT TO. The treating myself like garbage has to stop here. I saw a glimmer of motivation come back today – I went to the store & got some healthy things. I came home & I made hardboiled eggs & prepped some overnight oats for breakfast tomorrow.

Baby steps, people.

I need to get into working out again – on a regular basis. Not just once a week. I LOVE the way I feel when I’m done. I LOVE seeing progress. I LOVE the feeling of noticing my body doing something it couldn’t do before. I just need to be motivated & committed to doing so. Even if I can’t run, I need to do a work out in the morning. Soon I’ll be starting work at 9am so I won’t have an excuse that I don’t have time in the mornings to get in a 30 minute sweat sesh.

I want to be your motivator. I want to be the one that helps YOU find the healthy, life loving person deep inside of you! I want to be the Queen of Health Knowledge that you all want to come to when you need a kick in the pants.

Time to be that person for myself.

❤ C

currently | august

AUGUST. The signifying end-of-summer month. I feel as though I’ve spent most of this summer indoors because it’s been so dang hot, but also because I’ve had a lot school work to do. Two 5 week classes – it’s been a doozy.

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Planning: This week is my last week at my current job! I’ve been in this specific department for almost 2.5 years – while there are very few things I’ll miss, I am very excited for this new role of mine. I’ll be moving out of the cubicle farm (that I’ve never been out of before) & into a doctor’s office!

*I’m in my last week of my current semester & my final project for my Fundamentals of Speed Training class is to create an 8 week speed progression program for an athlete/sport of my choice. I chose a 100m sprinter (since I am most familiar with running) – this is NOT easy. This class has only been 5 weeks long (4 weeks so far), & every bit of information has been crammed into it. I’m going to essentially be spending every night this week trying to organize my resources & spitting out a 7-10 page paper with this 8 week training plan. YIKES. But, I’ll do it.

*The BF & I are also heading to Columbus for a mini getaway. He used to live in Columbus & he always raves about it. I did the Hot Chocolate 15k there & it was beautiful. I’m excited to drink/eat/sight-see my way through it!

Listening to: A lot of folksy music! At my new job, I won’t be able to listen to music all day (which is one of the things I’ll miss). I’ve also been listening to True Crime Garage on the regular.

Drinking: Fruit smoothies! I bought, for the first time ever, a pineapple at the grocery store. While it was kind of a chore to cut it up, nothing beats fresh pineapple. I threw in some strawberries & 1/2 a banana with it – plus some not-from-concentrate OJ with an ice cube… MMM. Absolutely delicious. I picked up fresh mangos this week so I’ll probably use some to put in a smoothie!

Watching: OZARK. My friend Tara told me she & her fiance started watching it & recommended it to us. The BF & I started watching it on Friday night & WE. ARE. HOOKED. He stayed up til 1am watching it while I went to bed, so he’s a little bit farther along than I am but OMG. Also, Jason Bateman is one of my favorite actors. 5 gold stars for him.

Eating: healthy-ish again! Fruits, lean meats, eggs… but, since I eat everything in moderation, I’m also eating burgers, french fries & ice cream =) and enjoying every minute of it.

Looking forward to: my new job & Columbus! Also really looking forward to finishing this current semester.

Loving: life, my friends, my BF, my family. ❤ In my fitness slump, my running friends came out of the wood work to help me. I am truly grateful. And my BF always knows how to put a smile on my face & knows how to get me laughing – and how could you not love that?

I’m Going Streaking! (August)

Hi guys =)  I’m still here.

Yesterday was the first day I wanted to run in almost 2 months. So, I did. I ran 1 mile. Nothing about that 1 mile felt good, but the fact that I wanted to run was a win in my book. I need to get my mojo back. My desire to exercise again. The good thing is that I can feel it slowly coming back – which is the best I’ve felt in months.

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Chelsea gave me a suggestion – run streak. She said it’s been helping her get her running mojo back. I decided – what the hell, I’m gonna do it. Since I tend to be injury prone & I’m essentially starting from ground zero (I’m not, regardless of how I felt yesterday, I was still able to run a mile), I’m just going to run 1 mile every day of August. It won’t be long, it won’t be fast, but I’ll be running.

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Join me, won’t you? You can do whatever you choose – but move your body every day for the month of August & let’s see how we feel at the end!

❤ C

Happy July! Third Quarter Goals

The days are long, but the years are short. I can’t believe we’re mid-year already & heading into the 3rd quarter. Separating my goals into quarters seems to allow me to conquer them easily & therefore I’m not so overwhelmed with what I have on my plate. So, July-September, what are your goals? It’s summer, everyone is busy enjoying the weather & maybe heading on vacation, but going into the last portion of the year, I’d like to come out of summer knowing that I hit some goals of mine.

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Kayaking at Raccoon Creek State Park

1. I’d really like to put some savings away. Sometimes saving money feels impossible, when really if I stopped spending money on little things, I may be able to. I’m giving myself a small goal for the next quarter: $350. Jessie, the budget queen & I chatted on Tuesday after our 5k about seriously reeling in my spending habits. Yes, I’ve already hired her as my personal budget assistant. No joke, she loves that stuff so if you need advice, hit her up.

2. By the time September rolls around, I’ll be in my fall semester. I’ll have completed 2 classes by summer’s end, & I really would like to finish the summer semesters strong. So far, so good. This is my last week of my first class & while my quiz grades haven’t been stellar, I’ve been making up for it by doing extra credit.

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Had drinks with my friend + her 12 wk old puppy, Kona!

3. Regular work-outs. Ever since my running came to a screeching halt, I have barely been working out at all. I’m still trying to find the balance of online classes, a social life, working, & working out. I recently discovered how thrilling riding my bike is, so hopefully I get to ride my bike & run a few miles each week. This summer heat just makes me not want to run.

4th of July 5k!

4. Meal planning & healthy eating. So, to go along with my non-exercising self, I also have been eating like crap & my body is paying for it. I have been feeling super sluggish. I’m ready to get back to feeding my body the nutrients it needs – fruits, veggies, protein, healthy fats. I love the way my body feels when it’s fueled properly & I miss that! So, I want to focus on getting that back this quarter.

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This quarter is essentially the last bit of summer & heading into the last part of the year & I want to make sure I’m on track to end 2017 on a high note.

What goals do you have?

Do you have a budget?

How do you ensure you stay on top of eating healthy & exercising all while living a busy life?

– C ❤

 

Happy Hour Chat

Hayyyy! I chose to title this “Happy Hour Chat” since it seems that any time I want to catch up with someone, we head out to Happy Hour & chat for hours about what we’ve been up to. So, I want to tell ya’ll what I’ve been up to! Sorry I don’t have drinks to offer. But if you’re Pittsburgh local – lets meet up over drinks! Preferably margs.

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1. I’ve been locked in & addicted to the podcast “True Crime Garage“. My BF gave me a weird look when I told him I bought $8 worth of old episodes to listen to. There are a lot of free episodes on their Stitcher profile, but their old episodes are $1.99. WORTH IT.  Nic + The Captain cover a lot of big true crime cases (Casey Anthony, West Memphis Three, Tupac, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Sandy Hook) & it’s really interesting to hear all of the investigation they do & hear their opinions on the case. They do a lot of other cases that are less well known that are pretty creepy. I’m a true crime junkie – so I love this stuff – and if you do too, check it out! And let me know what you think!

2. I started my first online class at Cal U & because this class is only 5 weeks long, it’s a lot of work. My last 2 quizzes didn’t really yield a great grade, so clearly I need to do something differently. I talked to my Mom (who got her bachelors & masters completely online at Univ of Phoenix), & I told her about how my class was structured, and she seemed concerned that my teacher wasn’t really “teaching”. I told my mom how we only hear from my teacher on Mondays when she assigns us our work for the week. There are no “lectures” or reading supplements. I have an activity, a non-mandatory discussion board, and then I have to take a quiz. The first week – I had to read 6 chapters – and had to take a 20 question quiz on ALL 6 chapters. No reading supplement or study guide or any indication what I should really zone in on & study. I asked my teacher & her response was short – “quiz is on all reading material”. Oki doke.

I totally understand that online school is more so teaching yourself, but if it’s exactly like this – what am I paying the teacher for? Has anyone gotten their degree online & can offer any advice/assistance on this topic? I’m going to e-mail my advisor & see what he/she has to say about the structure of this class.

3. I have Monday & Tuesday off of work this week (I was supposed to be in Tampa right now visiting my brother, but he unexpectedly had to work) so I’m going to use the time off to get a hair cut, do ALL of my laundry, & clean my apt. DEEP clean. I’m going to throw things out that I don’t need & donate clothes that I don’t wear. I’m so over having so many THINGS. Less is more, I’m starting to realize.

4. I do so much mindless scrolling on my phone. After talking to my therapist, I decided to delete the Facebook app. I post on Facebook solely through my Instagram & that’s it. It’s been so nice not to scroll through all of the negativity that is on it these days. Instagram is WAY less dramatic, plus I get to see everyone’s positivity & smiling faces =)

5. Speaking of my therapist, I got a lot of great feedback on my Instagram story last week. If you didn’t get a chance to view it, I essentially talked about how I’ve never been afraid to be open with how I go to therapy & the fact that I have an anxiety disorder. I wanted to speak out – & I got a lot of positive feedback. So, thank you for watching & responding! ❤ my followers! Also, if you don’t follow me on IG, please do so! My handle is: eatrunlove_ciara  .

What are you guys up to? Tell me what you’d tell me if we went out for drinks! And speaking of, let’s hang! 😉

C

DC Weekend Recap

Last month the BF & I planned a mini DC getaway over Memorial Day weekend. My step-mom had the hook up with the Marriott @ Metro Center right in downtown & it was amaaazing.

Saturday we drove to my parents house in Maryland which is about a 4 hour drive. We parked at their house since they were away & we took the metro into the city. The metro was about a half hour ride, but we both said how super clean it was! And it was cheap to get in, about $3.60.

Once we checked into the hotel, we sat our things down & immediately wanted to do some exploring around the area. Our dinner reservation was at 8pm, so we had a few hours to kill. The White House was super close & the BF loves everything Presidential so that was our first stop. It wasn’t too crowded, which was nice – & we loved seeing it so up close!

Once we were done there, we did some more walking around & checking out the area before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

Prior to dinner, we got drink at a bar called RFD. They have a HUGE beer list & we enjoyed some new-to-us beers. The place was pretty empty, but we still enjoyed ourselves. We had dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill & it was absolutely fantastic. It’s the oldest restaurant in DC & came highly recommended. Seating was a little crowded, but we made due. I ordered a watermelon margarita & I forget what the BF ordered to drink but both were super strong & well worth the $10 each we paid for them. The food was delicious – I ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich & the BF ordered the brick chicken. We left there super stuffed & satisfied.

 

Before we headed back to the hotel, we walked back to the White House because we wanted to see it at night.

Sunday we woke up & was out the door early since we had a packed day! On our agenda: the National Museum of American History, Washington Monument & the Holocaust Museum. I was able to snag timed entry tickets into the Holocaust Museum for 1:30pm (I had to wake up at 6:30am to get them!) so we had some time to kill.

It had down poured on us while walking to get to the museum & it sucked. We carried an umbrella every other time we were out except this time & it was the only time it rained on us! So, I’ve been wanting to see the Holocaust Museum for years. It was everything I thought it would be – powerful, tragic, & thought-provoking. I could have done without the huge crowds of people & barely being able to read anything (we felt so rushed!) – but other than that, the exhibit was worth the wait.

Once we got done there, we were wiped out from the day. We headed back to the hotel for showers & relaxing. We had pre-dinner drinks at an irish pub in Chinatown (since it was near our dinner reservation). Once we were done there, we walked along Chinatown to Carmine’s Italian restaurant. On our way there, there were a few guys on the sidewalk playing trumpets to well-known songs like “24K Magic” which was amazing! We are so glad we stopped to watch for a while, it was so fun.

Dinner was amazing. Carmine’s is a family style italian restaurant. Entrees are pricey, but only because it feeds like 4 people! Our drinks were delicious & we ordered chicken parm. It was heavenly!! Our table was right against the window looking out to the sidewalk so we loved our view.

We spent the rest of the evening walking around town, enjoying the evening, & wishing it wasn’t our last night in DC.

Monday‘s check-out time wasn’t until 12Noon so we got up around 9:30am to make a quick trip to the Lincoln Memorial. Round trip it was 3 miles! It was a hot day, but beautiful – there was a lot going on in the city for Memorial Day & we got to see the presidential motorcade! It was really exciting.

 

The BF & I had such an amazing trip – we can’t wait to go back & we also can’t wait to book more adventures together. I sure am a lucky girl ❤

Fitness Challenge + Getting Back to a Healthy Diet

Hey guys! I felt like writing about what’s going on right now so here I am! 🙂

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Monday started a 3 week fitness challenge with my favorite gym, FASTER. From their website:

“At FASTER we specialize in customized small group personal training, metabolic conditioning classes, as well as nutrition consulting. If you are looking to lose body fat, increase strength, elevate your energy and fitness levels in an empowering environment with knowledgeable motivating trainers then FASTER is for you.”

I can’t say enough good things about this place. And no, they didn’t give me anything to write this. It’s the truth. If you’re local to Pittsburgh, check them out.. I promise you’ll be hooked like the rest of us.

Anyways – they do challenges frequently. Most of the time the timing doesn’t work out for me to join, but this go around it just made sense. School is over & I get a 4 week break. Plus, I’ve gained weight in the last 5 or 6 months & I really need to get back to a healthy routine.  With their challenge, you get unlimited access to their fitness classes & you get 6 personal training sessions. They weighed me on Saturday at their meeting (164, YIKES. I was wearing my shoes though. And I had eaten breakfast.. so that knocks off a pound or two, right? In November I was 155. #shame)

My schedule for the next 3 weeks looks something like this:

Monday, Wednesday – EFX

Tuesday, Thursday – Personal training

I don’t have any weekends open from now through the 2nd week of June, so I have to pack it all in like that. This is the first week, so I’m going to see how I feel at the end of 4 days in a row & adjust accordingly. If I need to drop something, I’ll drop the 2nd EFX class.  Monday was EFX & I’m feeling a little sore today.. but I’m really looking forward to personal training after work. I swear the hardest part of the next 3 weeks will be completely changing my eating habits. FASTER gives you nutrition tips & some recipes when you buy the challenge – you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Eating 4 meals a day with a couple of snacks if necessary is what will keep your body in top shape to burn fat during your workouts. It’s only day 2 & I’m craving junk food like nobody’s business. In the beginning of my weight loss journey, I broke the junk food habit eventually & over a couple of years I was able to lost 50 lbs. I know I can do it, but boy when you fall off the healthy eating wagon for 5+ months, it’s really hard to get back on. The cravings are REAL.

On Sunday, I made egg + turkey cups for breakfasts this week. So easy to make & super delicious. I snack on greek yogurt, fruit, string cheese & unsalted trail mix (almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds are among some of the trail mix options I have.) I’ve also been eating tuna, avocado & I just remembered I still didn’t take the chicken out of the freezer. Damn. As a post recovery meal/snack yesterday, I got a PB&J protein shake from FASTER’s Build Bar.    I need to train my brain (and my stomach) to remember what it’s like to be FULL & SATISFIED. I swear I’m always hungry. And I’ve been trying to stay as hydrated as possible.

Check back as the next few weeks go on, I’d like to update here & there with how things are going! Even though I’m hungry & craving junk food, I have huge faith in myself that over the next 3 weeks I can get myself feeling back to normal! I am motivated & committed! I’ve joined up with the best gym around & I know they can help me get started on where I want to be.

❤ C

Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend Recap

This past weekend was highly anticipated by so many Pittsburgh-ers, as well as thousands of other people coming from the 20 countries that were represented at the race.

Pittsburgh was never going to be “my race”. Raleigh was. And I had a great race at Raleigh. I knew no matter what, I’d finish this race, & that was going to be enough for me. I figured I’d finish around my usual 12 minute mile, about a 2:37, or last year’s 2:38.

I hit up the expo a total of 3 times. I took the BF over on our lunch break on Friday & I may have overwhelmed him a bit, but it was great letting him in on a little bit of my life. After work on Friday, I met up with my friend Jen for a real walk around & we both spent too much money.

Saturday morning was the 5k. A “We Run Social” meet-up was schedule for 7:30am & it was FREEZING & raining. It was so nice to catch up with a few of the girls I hadn’t seen since the last meet-up at Just a Short Run! I lined up with a few friends & we planned to take it easy. I lost a few of them when we went over a little bridge thing near CCAC campus – but Jen & I were able to stick together. We took it easy & we were SO glad it was only a 5k! It was just way too cold & we hoped that the weather wouldn’t be anything like that!

After the 5k, I went home & got a hot shower & took a nap until my BFF Rachael’s bus got in at 3:30pm. It was so good to see her. We hit up the expo so she could pick up her stuff & walked around. She’s never ran a race this big so I was excited to show off my city’s big event.

After the expo, we head over to park at the First Ave garage & took the T over to our hotel for the evening, the Wyndham. We had a great view of the Point!

We grabbed some dinner, stuffed ourselves full & came back to the hotel to watch the Pens game. Unfortunately, not a win.. & since then, they’ve forced a Game 7, which I can never watch because it makes me physically ill with nerves.

Sunday morning, the alarm went off around 5:40am. We all got an update from the race to layer up. Local weatherman was calling for 25 MPH wind gusts & real feel temp of 33. YIKES. For me: short, compression socks, ALS singlet, arm warmers, my mentor jacket & a hat. I ate my breakfast, a bagel + PB, around 6:30am, which ended up being too early… I found a few of the girls in the lobby & we waited until the last possible minute to head outside.

The race was supposed to start at 7am. There are 4 corrals, & I was in D, the last one. I knew that I probably wouldn’t cross the start line until 7:25 or so. This year, I didn’t cross the start line until 7:45!

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The first half of the race went well. Spectators were great as always. The sun came out strong & I took my jacket off within the first mile. I swear I’m an oven when I run. Once we hit the West End & turned onto Carson St (miles 7-11 on the Birmingham bridge) the sun was getting a little relentless. I’m so sensitive to the sun & it was draining me.  Carson St is such a long stretch of nothing. At least until you get into Southside, so it was a struggle. I was falling apart pretty quickly. I hit the wall somewhere during this time & I literally thought I might not finish. Thank God for Rachael, if not for her continuing to run, I would have stopped & walked the remaining 3 miles. Truly – she is the only thing that kept me going & had me finish this race.

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The last 2 miles were terrible. It felt like a death march. Coming down the finishing chute, I couldn’t even smile. I was just glad it was over. The medals were so beautiful this year – I loved that they put the incline on it. The BF was at the finish area waiting for me & I was so happy to see him. I had spent 2 hours + 44 minutes slogging through the city + all I wanted to do was give him a big hug!

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Since I ran the 5k on Saturday & the half marathon on Sunday, I got a 3rd medal for completing the Steel Challenge! Such a great medal this year. Although this race didn’t turn out to be anything I’m happy about – I’ve finally moved on after a day or two of moping. Now that my long distance training is officially over (for now, but not forever), I can finally look forward to EFX, biking, & staying in 10k shape. Time to get strong!