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.

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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The fear of the unknown… #confessionsofanathlete

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            While on the west coast I had an opportunity to reflect on the past and ponder about the future. Having a chance to breath and relax I was finally able to 1) organize my … Continue reading

I’m Here to Pick a Fight…

Why go through life and settle for taking the safe road? Why settle for second place?  I’m here to pick a fight…I will not settle for anything then my BEST!

Possibilities are endless…Just Do It!!!

Summer is coming to an end and soon the Chicago Marathon will be upon us.  You have been putting in the time, the miles and the hard work. Sometimes you want to give up, but when you feel the urge..ask yourself: Are you capable of a little more? Can you go a little faster? Are you a little stronger then your last run? When you look back at all your sacrifices and realize how far you have come…well then we realize Possibilities… are endless?

JUST DO IT!!

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