Fitness, Health, running

Motivation in the Midst of Pandemic

Since the pandemic has started, the world of fitness has been in a constantly changing position. For some the gyms have not reopened, for others they have reopened only to close again. For some the communities they have built are trying to exist without physically coming together. The one thing is this, our fitness is struggling.

Prior to the pandemic I was training for the LA Marathon which occurred the Sunday before all races ended up cancelled making it one of the last big races we saw happen in person. I was running double digit miles multiple times a week with no issue. Now with no in-person race to train for even a 6-8 mile run seems like so much and the time is significantly slower. I had originally planned to do more weight training after LA but then the gyms closed and the option was off the table.

I wonder if I am the only one struggling to stay motivated with my fitness with the lack of in-person events. Is it just me that needs the community to keep my motivation? I have started running with a friend or 2 just to keep some level of fitness but those runs are much slower than they used to be.

How is your fitness? Are you staying motivated? How are you keeping your motivation? Let’s help one another out! Message me or comment and let’s chat!

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Fitness and Stuff

In the midst of COVID I know that many people have put their fitness goals on the back burner. The gyms are closed and trying to put together a home gym has suddenly become incredibly expensive. We have seen the price soar as the equipment has become scarce. Some of us are anxiously waiting for our gyms to open back up while others are unsure of returning back to the gym.

We have read all the new requirements that gyms are enforcing with social distancing and limits on how long we can stay there. For some of us we are beginning to wonder if membership at some of the larger gyms will be worthwhile. 24 Hour Fitness has changed their hours as they reopen to 5am to 9pm which makes me wonder will the price be less since I am losing several hours of time to work out. Also only being able to workout for 1 hour is probably going to make it as worthwhile to keep going?

I am not sure your thoughts on all of this but I still want to get back into the gym and lift heavy weights. I want to get back to dialing in my fitness. Throughout the quarantine I have spent more time running and doing workouts without as much weight or without some of the options I had before. Part of me wonders how long will all these weird requirements stay? Will the gym ever go back to normal?

How has this time affected your fitness? Have you gained the quarantine 19? Have you lost weight? Gotten faster? Worked on technique? How are you managing through this? Let’s Chat!

Fitness, Health, motivation, running

Finding Motivation In The Midst Of COVID-19

Just over a month ago I was running the LA Marathon and this COVID-19 thing was just starting to gain some speed. We were being told to use social distancing and we were seeing races being cancelled or postponed. We watched as Tokyo decided to run with only the elite runners. We waited with baited breath to see if LA Marathon was going to go as planned. Then the weekend came and we got to run the marathon. We were told to keep 6ft apart (like that was going to happen, have the been inside of the starting corral?), thousands of people showed up, the race was sold out. We saw less crowds and spectators out but that was pretty much it.

Within a week, the world we knew was far from gone. Every race from the on was being cancelled and postponed and stay-home orders went into effect. Gyms were ordered to close and life as we knew it was changed.

Here we are, after almost a month of quarantine and finding motivation to run or be active seems to be much harder to find. Sitting on the couch and watching Netflix has become the norm. There are no races to train for in the foreseeable future, no meets for my lifting friends, and finding something to train towards is like grasping at straws.

So they question is, where do we find our motivation again? How do we get back to training as best we can?

My answer is to just start a new routine, and schedule in the task. Remember, you don’t have to go all out. You may not have what you need to train at your best and you can train the best you can. If you don’t want to go out and do your long runs, start with having yourself start with 1 mile, maybe it is just a walk, or slow jog. Enjoy the air, some time out of your house, look at the surroundings and see what happens. What do you think would happen if you committed to doing 30minutes of exercise a day? Would it get easier? Yes, once you started to develop the routine it would be easier to get going. For me I start my day with exercise and it helps. If I wait until afternoon or evening it is far harder to get up and moving.

What routine are you going to start with? How are you going to stay accountable? Let me know if you need someone to encourage you to keep pushing yourself.

Fitness, Health, running

24 Weeks!!

Today marks 24 weeks until the Chicago Marathon, you know what that means right? It means that this week I jump back into marathon training. I am so excited to start back into marathon training…. no really I am.

The last past month, since the LA Marathon I have reduced my running a bit. I have been just running for fun, with no specific training purpose. I ran with the local Tuesday Night Run Club, which I have been doing about a 5k each week and I have been running some Saturdays with a new run club the South OC Pacers. This second run is longer as this group is training for an upcoming half-marathon (next Sunday). So this month my mileage is significantly less that the last 4 months.

Since LA, I last minute joined a Ragnar team and ran Ragnar So Cal and signed up and did a relay row because I could. I also have spent more time doing weightlifting.

I learned a few things this past month, my pace is consistently faster now. The goal i had set to reach while training for LA of getting a sub 6 hour marathon time was crushed (5:51:21). In the midst of this, my pacing for my shorter distances got faster and faster. Now I am seeing that the start point is faster than what I was hoping to hit in my training.

So now I am ready to jump back in and continue to improve. I am excited to start. I am also excited to see what other races may occur in between now and then.

Also friends! In case you forgot I am running the Chicago Marathon as a St. Jude Hero and need to raise $1750. Please help me help these families! Did you know that Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Donate to help here.

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Perspective

Two weekends ago I ran the LA Marathon and somewhere between mile 16-20 I started to slow down, and my stomach which had been hurting on and off for some time was very irritated and my knee was also starting to hurt a bit (reasons behind both, may be explained later). As I was slowing down and getting more tired I realized that I was not going to reach the hard goal I had set. Now mind you originally my goal was to finish is less than 6 hours. However due to how my training had been looking, some wise friends told me that a 5:30 would be possible. As I was running, I realized that the I was not going to hit the 5:30 time. My stomach was starting to hurt off and on and my knees were irritated and I was slowing down. I found myself getting frustrated and irritated. Maybe you know exactly what I mean by that. I started to get in my mind about how bad it was and so on and so forth. 

Then a thought made its way in through all the noise, remember last year… remember how bad your time was then? Immediately my mindset shifted. I reminded myself that last year my time was far worse than this year and that I was still on track to finish significantly better. I also remembered how bad I felt along the way the year prior. Then I remembered that I was still on track for a significant time improvement from 4ish months ago when I did NYC. 

Funny thing when my perspective shifted, running went back to being easier. My thoughts went back to more positive thoughts and I continued to make my game plan. I then started back into reminding myself of my mantras while running “I can do hard things…. I do hard things…. I can do all things” and set the next goal for during the race. Smaller milestones were things like in just over a 5k you have a friend in one of the cheer zones, then it’s 5k and the downhill starts and then it’s about a 5k and you finish.

Running a marathon is far more in your mind than on your feet. Your feet with keep you moving, even if it’s very slow but if your mind tells you that you can’t do it your feet will stop moving. 

How has perspective helped you? 

Chicago Marathon St. Jude Giving and Updates

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Reflections

Five years ago I ran my first 5k, it was rough and I walked a huge chunk of it. I remember seeing all the people running and finishing way ahead of me. I thought I will never be fast, and I will never be able to run a 5k for the whole time. Maybe you have been there, maybe you thought you could do more. When I finished that race I thought well I finished and I wasn’t last. The 5k took me 51:25. A few months later I decided to try for a big goal and I registered for a half marathon. I registered for several shorter races along the way and hoped I would be able to finish.

I started running more and more and added Crossfit into my day. Over the years my workout routine has been consistent and then not consistent and now it is back to consistent.

The month I ran another 5k, and decided that I was going to work to do better than my previous best. I pushed my way through and I finished in 32:57. My mind was blown and I was reminded that progress takes time. So today I am reminded that it is important to look back to see your progress.

December 2017

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You Are Stronger Than You Think

I don’t know about you, but I am notorious for doubting myself when it comes to lifting weights.   I think too much for my own good and will do less weight because I think that I won’t be able to lift it. Anyone else in my boat? I like to play it safe, but when you do Crossfit, that does not always work. This week, once again I was reminded that I am stronger than I think I am.

This week, we were doing back squats, which recently I was told I can go much heavier and should be going heavier on. In the process I knew I was going to pass my record weight before finishing building to a heavy set. So on my last set, I went and added 2.5 pounds to each side, you know staying safe, it would still be above what I had previously done so I was happy with that. However, as you can only imagine, that did not fly well, and the trainer saw that I had only put on 2 1/2s, he took them off and put on 5s. Then said he would spot me and did. The funny thing was, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined in my mind. I was able to do it, and thinking back, next time I can probably do heavier.

I have been working recently on my mind when I work out. I tell myself when I walk up to the barbell, that I can lift it, I have done it before, I am strong enough…. I then focus and give it all I have. Some days I am able to do more than I imagined, some days I hit the physical limit. But you have to push the limit to know where it is right? Not that I am the best at it, its still a learning curve, but it is the start of a journey. What are you telling yourself when you are working out or trying something hard?  Lets chat!

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Must be faster…..

Last weekend I ran the Pasadena Half Marathon and I didn’t die! I realized in looking at the stats that in the last year I added 15min to my half-marathon time. I don’t know about you but for me it was very discouraging to see. However, since last years race I have had many changes and am just now getting my footing back in eating healthy and consistently working out. My running, that is just now getting back to being consistent. Sometimes I forget that the process of getting back to where we were seems like it takes longer to get back.

So now, here we are getting back to basics. This month I have been getting my eating on track. I have lost weight, I am beginning to see my clothes fitting looser than before and running does not seem as bad. I am not where I want to be but I will keep pushing to be faster. It’s a good thing I have another half-Marathon in a little over a week. My goal is to faster than the Pasadena Half Marathon.

Where are you at with your fitness? Are you training for anything?

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running

Race Weekend

This weekend is the Pasadena Half-Marathon, and I am running this race as the second of three races for the Conquer LA Challenge. As this weekend is quickly approaching my own doubts are coming into full force. I wonder if any of my runner friends get this way. You know, doubt your ability to run the race (despite running multiple half-marathons in the past and this exact one last year). Thinking that if you finish it will be the worst time on the race than any other race, and having this looming dread about the course.

Maybe it is just me, but this upcoming race weekend is a little much for me. I mean I know that I have not been training as well as I have in the past but I have been eating well, trying to make sure I don’t get my body out of whack. I have maintained my Crossfit schedule of 5 days a week and I have added in some running. As if my mind did not have enough to worry about today I also got a wonderful notification from the LA Marathon which is the last of the 3 races for the Conquer LA challenge.

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This was a nice reminder that I need to get my training on point because the full marathon is definitely going to take a lot out of me. This weekend I will be posting some of my pre-race routines on my instagram @fitnessgalnovice. What are some things you do before your races?

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Community, Consistency and Crossfit

The alarm goes off at 4am (I know 4 happens in both the am and the pm, shocker) and it is time to fuel up for the day. I make my shake and take a bit of time and then get ready to head to the box for 5am class.  The box (crossfit gym) is where I start my mornings, keep myself sane and ensure that I am consistent in self-care.  I know, some of you are thinking that 5:00 should only happen once a day as well and that being when you are getting off work. Consistency is key, so there I am Monday through Friday 5am ready for whatever crazy WOD (workout of the day) we have. I would be lying if I told you there were not mornings I saw the WOD and did not consider staying in my nice warm bed…but I would never hear the end of it from my 5am community. Someone would at minimum text me and give me a hard time, and then I would also hear about it the next morning.

The reason crossfit has grown so much such its beginnings  is because in crossfit you become family, you gain community. With that you have this wonderful thing that is accountability. There are times where I don’t want to lift heavy weights, are push harder because I’m tired, or I just don’t want to but then, there are the friends (classmates) and trainers that push you to try harder, lift heavier (within you actual capabilities) and will encourage you to push through. I LOVE my box, so much so that when it was time for my lease on my apartment to come up and I was considering my options, I knew that I needed to be close to my box because they are a priority for me. People talk and joke about how crossfitters talk about crossfit all the time, and working out and WODs and movements most people have never heard of.  The reason they do this is because they love what they are doing, they love their family and they can’t wrap it around the head that you don’t understand or want to join them.

Now I go Monday through Friday, so you might think I lift super heavy weights and am super fast, but I am not. I am not the strongest in the class by any stretch of the imagination and those gosh darn pull-ups still allude me after years of off and on crossfit (on for 2.5years off and on for 1 year and on for 6ish months). I am often the slowest, but that is ok, because I am getting faster, and stronger and I am confident that this year I am going to conquer those pull-ups.  Why? Because I am consistent in going and putting it out there. I have amazing friends and trainers that are supportive and encouraging and will push me to do more and be better and will not let me settle.

Community and accountability take fitness from just trying to work out to a lifestyle of growth and being healthy. What are you doing to be healthy? What does your fitness look like? Let’s chat! I would LOVE to tell you more about why I LOVE my box!!