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Rise Above the Negativity

Hi friends!

How is your Tuesday! Mine has flown by…I am already done with class. Woohoo! Now, if I could only muster up some productivity…

Last week, I had posted about a jeans issue I have been experiencing as a result of half marathon training. The muscles in my legs have been working very hard to get me into running shape. I have noticed that my jeans were fitting a lot tighter in my thigh area, leaving me disappointed with myself.After pulling my jeans on, I quickly took them off as I huffed and puffed in anger. Running is supposed to make me thinner…not bigger!

Since I ran an amazing 5 miles on Saturday, I realized running makes me stronger, not thinner. My muscles are there for a reason and I should be proud not angry at them!

It is so easy to get stressed out over things by focusing on everything that is wrong with us instead of what is great! It is a blessing that I am getting strong and I am happy to have legs that will allow me to cross that finish line.

Breakfast

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Today was Quaker Oats, made with almond milk and chia seeds. Scoop of peanut butter and strawberries…Love it!!

I’m off to get some work done…see you later. I hope some of you try the Orange Chicken recipe from last night!

Do you have a favorite way of dealing with self negativity?

What is one part of your body that you are grateful for?

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The Jeans Issue.

Hello, Hello!

It’s lunchtime on campus. I’ve got a two hour window to eat, do homework and prepare for my last two classes, so thought I would blog while I’m at it!

As I have said before, I am training for my first half marathon in November. Running for me doesn’t come easily, but through the weeks, I’ve gotten down the rhythm of how my pace flows with each mile, how long it takes for me to warm up etc.…But, there has been one thing weighing on my mind.

Why aren’t my jeans fitting????

thunder thighs!

Ever since I started running, I thought it would be a great way to get fit, maybe even lose weight. I weight train regularly and do my cardio sessions, so I figured all this extra cardio and training would equate to shedding a few pounds.

This week it has been especially frustrating for me to pull skinny jeans on. They are fitting much tighter in my thighs and calves than usual and to be honest its been frustrating. Now, I know this probably is muscle, but I can’t help but think, Am I overeating? Have I tricked myself into thinking I can eat more?

I know Tina from Carrots and Cake wrote about her weight gain during marathon training, so I don’t feel completely alone in this. Like Tina, I am deciding to really watch my eats for the remainder of my training just to keep myself in check. On long run days, I will bump up the calories, but other than that, I feel like I need to focus on eating clean, quality meals and snacks with a good ratio or carbs, fats and proteins.

I am proud of my muscles and I am so glad that I have been given the ability to become a runner! I am so ready to cross that finish line feeling strong. Sometimes it’s just hard to figure out how and why things are changing as my body adapts to run longer distances.

Have you experienced weight gain during training for a race?

Do you have any tips that would help me to stay on track with eating while keeping fueled properly?

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When a Run Becomes a “Wog”

Good Morning. Today was a pancake kind of morning. Whole wheat banana for me, boxed mixed for the kid I am babysitting…..picky eater, that one.

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I also had coffee….one packet of Truvia and a splash of milk.

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Now, onto our topic of when a run becomes a wog. Brittany over at A Healthy Slice of Life introduced me to “Wogging” which is a walk-jog combo. An interval if you would rather…I just like “Wog” better because it sounds funny.

Today, I was scheduled for a 4 mile run. Since I started my HMT early, I had to repeat last week instead of moving onto 5 miles this week. I just want to take this nice and slow….I am not going to rush things.

Sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan. Things like airports and eating too many Hershey Kisses can get in the way of things…cough, cough. This week has been slightly off for me…

Yesterday I felt all out of wack. I ate too many pieces of candy, too much French bread and I sat around watching movies. I didn’t work out and felt miserable. When my alarm went off at 8 am, the though of running killed me. My stomach felt sour, but I put on my shoes anyway. I felt like I was running through molasses….thus, the run became a wog.

I alternated running for 2 songs and walking for 1 for a total of 4.5 miles. I felt MUCH better after my wog and no longer felt the guilt of my candy/bread overload from the day before. I realize that I should have ran, but sometimes, a wog is all you need to get back on track.

I am off to take the kid to the pool. Then its back to work.

SCHOOL tomorrow!!!!

xoxo-Morgan

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A Running Story: Guest Post from my Aunt!

I am so excited to have my aunt to share her running story with all of you. She really is such a role model for me and a great inspiration as I train for my first half marathon! I hope that her story proves that anyone can be a runner! I hope you enjoy! We would love to hear some great feedback, so don’t be afraid to comment at the bottom of this post.

A Running Story

Hello, fellow blog readers. I am Morgan’s aunt, Hannah. We may be aunt/niece by blood, but our relationship is more like sisters. We are only 7 years apart and share such a close, special relationship. Morgan asked me to write a guest post on her blog about my history of running. It has become a true passion of mine and continues to be a great stress-reliever. I always wondered what people meant by “the runner’s high”, well, I can now say I know what runners are describing.

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Getting Started

Approximately 11 years ago I started running. Now, we are not talking I started running long distance races. I started at a track and would set goals. I would run one lap and then walk two laps. I continued building upon these goals and before I knew it I could actually run one mile without stopping. My freshman year at Berry Collegein Rome, GA, I started run/walking the 3 mile loop on campus. Before the end of my first semester, I was running the entire loop without stopping. The second semester of my freshman year a friend invited me to run my first 5K. I remember crossing the finish line of the race with a huge feeling of success. I experienced it for the first time…the runner’s high! I kept signing up for 5K races. My runs allowed me to clear my head and blow off steam. They started feeling less like a work-out and more like therapy sessions. I would get back to my dorm and feel stress-free while getting a good cardio work-out. Berry College offered great scenery and a wide variety of trails. Just about every run was different and it was extremely easy to add mileage as I continued to set new goals.

Moving on to Bigger Things and Gaining Confidence

My first half marathon was the Atlanta Thanksgiving Half Marathonmy sophomore year. My training was perfect! I used Hal Higdon’s Novice Guide to Half Marathon training program and adjusted the recommended running schedule to fit my school schedule. I did not use anything fancy to train; watch with timer from Wal-mart, running shoes, and an MP3 player. I believe I actually wore cotton T-shirts and gym shorts from TJ max. On my long runs, I would write a Bible verse on a notecard and reflect on the verse as I ran. I found that I was able to enjoy the beauty of Berry’s campus and spend time with God as I trained. I remember crossing the finish line on that chilly Thanksgiving morning and feeling like I could keep running. Again…runner’s high!

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Just Run. It’s That Simple.

You do not need any fancy gear. Although, I do recommend being fitted at a running shoe store for shoes once you decide that you like the hobby. You will enjoy running 10 times more if you have the right shoes and socks that fit you. Music is optional; however, I do recommend it for long runs…especially a good Michael Jackson song on those tough hills. The beat will keep you running to the top! I have a Garmin watchwith a heart rate monitor that I have used to track mileage. When I first started training for races, I would use a stopwatch and see how long it would take me to complete 3 miles, 6 miles, 9 miles. I could then go out without any watch and know what pace I would usually be running.

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My main point is enjoy yourself, set goals, but then allow yourself time to run just for the fun of it. If you get to a point that you stop enjoying the hobby, try backing off for a while, and change up your work out. Try trail running or sign-up for a fun race like the Warrior Dash or even more extreme…Tough Mudder. If you are hesitant to start on your own, then join a running group or grab a friend and start walking together.

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Tackle New Challenges

I have now completed 2 marathons and am now starting to train for my first Goofy Challenge…39.3 miles of fun at Disney World. You run a half marathon on Saturday and then a marathon on Sunday. Yes, it seems extreme, but I am ready to set the bar higher. I love running and I am by no means a record setter. I set my own goals and will run some races without even starting my stopwatch.

Running can be fun if you allow yourself to experience it. Do not be too hard on yourself, but set achievable goals and build upon them. I hope that you are able to enjoy the sport as much as I have. Good luck and remember to have fun!

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Time Flies…

Time flies when you’re having fun!

I had the best week up in Morgantown with Michael! Long-distance relationships are not easy by any means. It really takes a lot of team work, communication and trust to make it work! In my case, I also feel like you have to be willing to be flexible. The LDR is all about making the most of time! That means having fun and simply enjoying each other’s company!

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Even though I was home by myself last week and yesterday, I made the most of my time alone by creating workouts to keep me sane and continuing to focus on my half-marathon training. It was really great to run in a new place like my 4 miles along the river.

In case you missed out on our activities…

We ate a lot of cookies.

We ran in a torrential downpour.

We ate a lot!

The good thing about my relationship is that we are okay with being at home sometimes. The simple act of watching Jersey Shore or cooking together is time well spent. Smile

I am taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi at Pittsburgh airport and just in case you wanted to know…I had a decent piece of quiche and fruit for breakfast. Hit the spot!

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I’m sad to be leaving, but a BUSY week awaits. School starts in a week! Eeek.

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A Less Rainy River Run

This morning I drove Michael to work and on the way home, I stopped by the river trail for a  very dry 4 mile run that I should have completed yesterday. OOPS! The cookies got the best of me!

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Morgantown  is still very much overcast and that made for a slightly breezy and serene 4 miles. All of this cooler weather has spoiled me! When I get back to Atlanta I have to endure the high 90’s again. Sad smile

I looked forward to getting out for some “me time” this morning. I felt warmed up after the second mile or so and this run felt great! The trail was really pretty. There was green foliage everywhere and little hidden water trickles on many of the natural rock walls! It was lovely.

I love running with friends, but sometimes it’s refreshing to run alone. Just you and your music.

I just got home and tried a Muscle Milk in the vanilla crème flavor. It was sickly sweet so I diluted it with cold coffee from this morning a la Tina from Carrots N’ Cake. It was still sweet but drinkable. Don’t think I will buy it again.

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I’m off to complete a list of to-do’s! See ya later for a new recipe! I’ve been in the kitchen a lot this trip! Lucky boyfriend. Smile

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Turtle Running

Slow and Steady..Winning!

I am a turtle runner. I am a new runner. I like to run slow.

This is okay with me, because I am “in training.” I am not a pro at this.

It’s Sunday and I’ve gotten in my FIRST long run of my half marathon training! Yipee!

I tackled a sweaty 4 miles this morning. My alarm beeped at 6:30 and I was out the door! For the first mile or so, my legs felt like tree trunks filled with led. My stomach felt wierd from all the delicious pub fare last night…can we say CARB overload?

Before I knew it I was rounding out three miles and I pushed on through the neighborhood till I was back at the front door.

I patted myself on the back as I walked in the refreshing, cold AC. I showered, dressed and made a batch of whipped banana oats. YUM.

Melty Peanut Butter Goodness

The melty peanut butter that I add to the center is my favorite part. I eat all around it and save the middle for last.

It’s like heaven. You should eat this now.

It’s a lazy day now…its all grey and muggy outside and the couch and Food Network is calling my name!

What is your favorite post-run meal or snack?

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