Afternoon happy people! How are you? I hope you’re all doing great as your summers are winding down and starting into the fall mode, at least with school starting up. The weather certainly hasn’t hinted at all that fall is coming.
Anywho, it’s been quite sometime since I’ve blogged. Partly because nothing has struck me as something I needed to write about. Joelle’s birthday was a great success with family and friends. I had a photographer friend, Becky at Rebecca Ross take some really incredible photos of her party. Here are some highlights:
Joelle is such a great walker these days. She’s all over the place! And doesn’t fall too much anymore. So it’s official: no longer a baby, she’s a toddler. Joelle will even try to run after Corrine while they are playing. It’s so dang cute especially when they are laughing so hard.
Speaking of running…. I’ve had these two tabs opened in my Firefox window for 3 days to remind me of something that’s been on the mind. Here’s what the tabs read: “Register – Rock n Roll St. Louis” and “Half Marathon Indianapolis Monumental Hal Marathon.”
I know that if I register for a race, I will find a way to add consistent runs into my workout schedule. Without a race to train for, my runs have been few and far between because I teach so much group fitness. But I can’t seem to pull the trigger and register for these half marathons! Side note: A friend of mine was trying to convince me to train for the full marathon on Nov 5th (11 weeks away) in Indy. That’s a bit crazy!
So what’s the deal with my indecisiveness?
I know why I’m hesitant to sign up and fork over some cash. I’m scared that my race will be less than spectacular. In fact, it will be far from a personal best. So, I figure why should I waste my time (and money) running a race that won’t be my best. And I laugh at myself as a type that because the logical side of me says to shut up and realize that it’s not about the race time. It’s more about getting back into running and it has to start somewhere. I can’t magically be at my best with only 9 weeks of training.
Here’s another thing. I love my classes that I teach but they tend to get stale for me if I’m not actively training for something that I’m passionate about. For example, I push harder in RPM if I know I’m trying to improve my cardio stamina for a race. Or I’ll put more weight on my barbell in lunges in BodyPump if I know that training my hamstrings and glutes will help me run faster on a race. (Don’t mind me, I’m just typing my thoughts to convince me to pull the trigger and get back to racing for real). Did you know that? Probably the best weight training a runner can do is to strengthen their posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes and core)? Lunges are a great exercise for this as are squats, and hovers. It’ll make you run faster, promise 🙂 So get to a BodyPump class or CXWorx class 🙂
Speaking of classes. I’ve been teaching about 10-12 classes a week for about 3 months now. And running only when I can. My classes are a mixture of BodyPump (weights), RPM (cardio cycle), CXWorx (core), BodyCombat (kick ass cardio) and BodyFlow (stretch and tone). It’s a pretty packed yet well rounded schedule. I had a 5K the other night to support my high school band and I wanted to test myself. I ran a 21:44 5K which isn’t my best, but its not too shabby. It works out to be a 7:10 minute per mile.
So, have you experienced something where you know your thoughts are holding you back? How do you get over it? How do you get out of your head and push forward despite the thoughts that are holding you back?
You know what I do? I write through my thoughts. I think it through and I put myself out there. Just like I did in this post. I told you that I’m scared to race because I know I won’t be at my best. But I’m gonna do it anyway 😉
Guess I better go for a run today 🙂