Long Weekends are for… #ConfessionsofanAthlete

I just love long weekends. It’s a great time to take a break from the hustle and relax. In my case I relaxed by getting in some good quality time at the gym.  Here’s a quick recap of my long weekend:

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Saturday kicked off with a 10 mile bike ride followed up by 6.65 mile run in honor of Meg Cross Menzies. Meg was tragically killed by a drunk driver and runners and non runners from across the country dedicated their run/walk/bike to Meg’s memory and family.

Sunday, was a bit crazy.  My legs were dying from Saturday’s training session but I got back out there for 7.1 miles at a comfy and consistent 7:30ish pace.  I was so tired but some how I kept going. I’m crediting my biking for having more endurance. My legs feel tired but have not had that led feeling yet.  Hmm..I wonder?

I followed up my running with some strength training. Here’s where things get crazy…. My bodybuilding friends are always giving me grief for my skinny legs. So after some upper body stuff I threw down some squats. Shut those guys up by squating 4.5 times my body weight x 10 reps. 7 plates (45lb plate) on each side (initial lift started with 180lbs).

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On Monday, my legs were fried.  I hit the treadmill for an easy 3.3 mile recovery run and then I hit the pool.  I swam a mile and took my time.  I have no idea how long it took me….honestly I don’t.  The focus was on form and getting in a full mile.  It was nice to chill and the water helped my body relax.

That was the weekend..hope ya’ll had a great three day weekend as well.

See ya on roads.

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This is where it begins

Greatness is found by doing the little things. Greatness is found by not being afraid to fail. Folks I’ve been to hell. I’ve seen the darkness and I’ve been knocked down. Greatness is found by doing the little things. Like getting your ass off that floor. Crawling out of the black hole and finding a way to reach your destination.

Whatever your goal take that fear and transform it into positive energy. Where does your road begin?

Surrender #Confessionsofanathlete

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Moments after crossing the finish line I realized I had failed. You work, and work and work. You put in a 100% and you still can’t get the results you want. To get through that next level..You need to go … Continue reading

I can’t fight this feeling… #confessionofanathlete

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I keep fighting this feeling. Maybe it’s time to stop fighting and start kicking some ass. First #triathlon in February and then it’s time…it’s SHOW TIME!

I’m working on my schedule and the plan is to work, show up and get the job done. Period!!!

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Can you see… #Confessionsofanathlete

Ever wonder if all you hard work is worth the time, sacrifice, and effort? Ever wonder if what you do matters? Ever wonder if anyone cared whether you ran a 3:15 marathon, biked 100 miles or spent countless hours in the pool mastering your technique? Ever wonder if waking up at 5am for your training session was worth it?

Time is inconsequential if you or them can’t see the labor of your efforts. If you chose to become #extraordinary rest assured you are inspiring those around you.

Go forth… Seize the day.

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#ConfessionsofaRunner to #OwnChicago

The Journey towards the finish line has always been a battle between me and me.  For 10 months and 13 days I have sacrificed it all. I have reached the depths of hell to find myself and rise to be a better athlete and person.  On Sunday,no matter the outcome…I will   #OwnChicago

Health and Wellness: National Run @ Work Day

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Via Road Runners Club of America:

On September 20, 2013 the Road Runners Club of America will promote the 8th Annual RUN@WORK Day and the 2nd Annual RUN@School Day, nationwide fitness efforts.

The goal of RUN@WORKDay and RUN@School Day is to encourage adults and children to get 30-minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either before work/school, during lunch, or immediately following work/school. RUN@WORK Day also encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity.

Incorporating exercise into one’s daily routine can markedly improve one’s overall physical health. As a Human Resource professional, athlete and health advocate I encourage you to lace them up. Take care of your body, mind and spirit and your body will reward you tenfold.

What are you doing to improve your health?

Run at Work/School Day Planning Kits

National Run at Work Day Fact Sheet

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