Motivation, Racing and training, Rando, Uncategorized

Running favorites for the week

Whoop whoop, Hump Day! And it’s wild workout Wednesday guys! A.k.a. the day where I talk about all of my favorite running/workout things for the week! I’m linking up with Fitful Focus, The Fit Foodie Mama, Fruition Fitness, and Pretty Little Grub today.

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First things first: My wild workout for today will be 4 treadmill miles! I know, completely living on the edge.

Yoga pose that I’m all about: PIGEON! Hurts. So. Good.

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Squats or plank?: Plank all day, y’all. I feel like squats give good results, but sore squat legs = miserable running

Morning or evening run?: I’d 100% prefer to run in the morning. But with a 7 to 7:30 am start time at work, it’s rare that I’m up early enough to run first.

Favorite post-run snack: In an ideal world, I’d totally make a protein smoothie. But in reality, I’m lazy

Favorite running shoes: I’ve been running in Brooks Pureflow shoes since model #2. They are my all time go to running shoe.

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Even in the snow!

Music or no music?: Outside = no music. On the treadmill = must have music or a podcast…and that really depends on my mood.

“Guilty” post-workout pleasure: “Guilty” in quotes because I’m one of those people that believes there’s no such thing as an off limits food. But I freaking love a good burger and fries dipped in mustard!

Best race distance: I love the half marathon distance. I’m totally focused on marathoning at the moment, but the half will always have a special place in my heart

Speed work or long, slow distance?: Long, slow distance please! Only half because I loved telling my XC teammates that I was going to do LSD.

What are your favorites this week?

Ok. Now I’m off to survive my Wednesday. Happy day, friends!

♥ Nicole

 

Motivation, TwentySixTwo, Uncategorized

Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do

This post was originally published on TwentySixTwo.com! I am super excited to get to be a contributing blogger to the up and coming running site!

“Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do”

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“Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do” is, and forever will be, my daily motto. (In case you’re not familiar, Leslie Knope is the annoyingly cheerful, energetic, hardworking, and determined heroine of the show Parks and Recreation,sadly now off air). Yes, my role model is definitely a TV show character but for good reason! She appreciates the small stuff, loves her friends to death, and always works her butt off even for the most seemingly mundane tasks.

And of course, I 100% apply that motto to running. But let me clarify: trying to have an unwavering sense of cheer and being hardworking does not equal perfection at all times. Quite on the contrary. Because like every human that ever human-ed, there are days that I really just want to sit on the couch with a pint of ice cream and binge watch some Netflix. I think it’s only natural to lose motivation every now and again.

The key is to not let “every now and again” turn into “every single day”. Which is easier said than done, especially with full days of work combined with a social life and general adult commitments (because groceries unfortunately won’t buy themselves).

How is this even possible, you ask?

1. Have a routine

Having a set list of things to do before running is so helpful. Are you a morning runner? Maybe you need a few extra minutes to drink coffee first. Are you an afternoon runner? If your commute stinks, try listening to fun podcasts to keep you motivated and energized on the way home. Example: I’ve been working early mornings lately so I’ve been an afternoon/evening runner on weekdays. When I get home, I change straight from my scrubs into running clothes before I literally do anything else. I know if I sit down or put on comfy clothes, it’s game over. The hardest thing for me is jumping over that “I’m so tired” hurdle so I bypass it completely.

2. Have a relaxation ritual

Not sleeping well at night? That can totally impact any desire to run, morning or evening. Being tired makes it hard enough to make it through the day, let alone log miles or train hard. Even if you can’t completely detach from electronics at night, find *something* that helps get you in the sleepy time zone. Get cozy. I’m talking fluffy robe and warm socks cozy. Tea + turning off my computer + watching mindless TV

3. Don’t get discouraged

Literally everyone has off days. I’m not even close to pro, but I’m sure that even professional runners have days where their legs feel like cinder blocks and they just feel like crud during their whole run. One bad run does NOT mean that you are a bad runner. Heck, just lacing up and running around the block proves that you are an awesome runner.

4. Have a goal

No matter what the goal is, I strongly believe it’s important to have a goal. Whether it’s to finish a race or be able to run ‘x’ miles, adding a purpose to all of the miles helps tremendously. On the days when I don’t want to lace up, I remind myself WHY I’m lacing up and even if I still don’t want to hit the road I know I’m doing it for a reason. Write it on a sticky note, make yourself a phone background, find a way to always remind yourself WHY.

5. Create a social environment

Running alone all the time can get, well, lonely. Join a running group or find a friend to share some miles. Not only will you have a reason to show up to the run (so you don’t stand up your friend/friends!), but you will also have the opportunity to build a friendship with people who love running as much as you and will help push you to the next level! My personal favorite is a morning weekend run followed by bRUNch!

6. Eat well & stay hydrated

Kind of in the same vein as finding a way to relax, I know if I’m dehydrated or haven’t eaten “well” I will have no desire or energy to run. So, easy healthy snacks have become my bestie and I carry a huge water bottle with me at all times. This definitely takes planning but it’s so worth it…I’m sure anyone who has skipped lunch or hasn’t had water for hours can attest to this.

Bonus: Have fun!

Love what you do and do what you love. If something isn’t working for you (i.e. running on the treadmill) find a way to make it work (create a new playlist, listen to a podcast, run outside if your schedule allows). Run with friends! Run to brunch! Get joy from whatever goal your are working towards. Find a way to make even the lamest treadmill run or hardest hilly run work for YOU.

And always remind yourself to be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do!

♥ Nicole

 

Motivation, Rando

Hummmppp Dayyyy

Ok, so I totally slacked on my 10th consecutive day of posting…but for good reason! I will share soon but for now I’ll just leave my favorite picture ever here.

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Happy Wednesday folks, we’re officially over the hump!

💗 Nicole

30 day writing challenge: day 10

Motivation, Racing and training, Running, Team for Kids

Sunday Funday: Why I Run

Today has been the most epically relaxing Sunday. I was super cool last night and went grocery shopping at 7:30 pm and, since grocery shopping is usually a Sunday chore, that left my Sunday wide open.

Literally the best.

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My day has been solely dedicated to drinking coffee, catching up on my daily reading, watching news, and thinking about running.

Yep, a whole “category” of my Sunday is thinking about running.

Running has been on my mind quite a bit lately. Mostly regarding why I run. For health? Sure. For vanity? Maybe a little. For wine and pizza? Yep.

But Kate’s thoughts on motivation got me thinking a little bit deeper. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the miles and forget exactly why I’m running in the first place:

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Why do you run?!

💗 Nicole

30 day writing challenge: day 7

Motivation

Sunday inspiration + 30 day writing challenge

Happy Daylight Savings! (Not!) It’s a dreary, rainy day here in the ATL which means it’s a perfect Sunday for LOTS of coffee, brunch, and preparing (mentally and physically) for the week ahead.

Today, that means compiling lots of things that make me feel cozy/happy/calm!

1. This picture has so much truth. I woke up yesterday morning feeling so blah about myself, my body, and my running progress lately. It was the first thing I saw when I logged into social media and, for once, it boosted my mood

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Picture c/o Race Pace Jess

2. I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein…I’m pretty sure I learned about this podcast reading Janae’s blog and I love it. Any time I’m doing an easy run on the treadmill or stuck in afternoon traffic, this podcast is playing. It’s like a conversation with friends about running and is so motivating.

3. Salty Running is always such an inspiration. I love reading other runner’s training logs (is that lame?) and I love reading about running in general. If there’s something I want to know about being a badass female runner, I go to Salty Running.

4. Sarah Marie Design Studio has me drooling over runner things all the dang day long. This mug was MADE for my poor toenails. After my first marathon, I had so many toe issues…it’s always nice to find something to make light of serious but hilarious runner issues

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Link to the mug here!

5. A 30 day writing challenge! Inspiration for this came from SoCal Runner Gal‘s day in the life post (which is motivating on its own!!) Starting today, my goal is to write something (anything) every day. It helps to be able to blather on about running and fundraising and future training plans here so my family doesn’t get to eye roll levels.

Now excuse me while I prepare to go eat an omelette the size of my head #brunchgoals

How do you prepare for Monday?

Do you love brunch?!

What are your go-to running podcasts or sites?

♥ Nicole

Giving Tuesday, Motivation, Racing and training

Giving Tuesday: Fundraising Update

You guys, fundraising is harder than I anticipated. I feel like a total newb admitting that because obviously asking people for money is difficult. And coming up with creative ways to fundraise is quite challenging.

Duh, right?

My progress so far:

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What I’ve done to get to this point:

– Donated to myself! $100 to kick off the fundraiser

– Hit up my closest family and friends. So far only a smattering of them have donated so far

– Sent 5 fundraising letters as a “pilot”. I have a huge list of future senders but wanted to get an idea of how effective letters would be.

– Facebook and Instagram…lots of likes

– Started sending emails to local businesses (just one as of now)

So what now?

What would motivate you to donate?! Being able to dedicate a mile to someone? Getting your name on my race day bib? Getting to pick an aspect of my race outfit or picking songs on my training playlist? Or would you want something homemade in return for a donation?

You tell me!!!

💗 Nicole