Hi everyone! I can hardly believe that summer has come and gone. There have been some big changes for me since I last posted. I started this project with the intention to run a half marathon. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it. I had reached 8 miles the week before the race, but I wasn’t comfortable going any further. I could feel a lot of pulling on the back of my leg. Last year, I sprained my ankle before my race and I was unable to run, period. I saw myself back pedaling very quickly. So, I decided this time around I needed to listen to my body.
I am not sorry that I decided to sit this one out. The course was a lot of hills and changes in elevation. The bulk of my training consisted of flat terrain. What I gained from my experience is getting back on course with who I am and what I want to become. I don’t need a race to prove to myself that I am improving me.
It doesn’t stop the fact that I want my very own medal that says I completed running a half marathon. I don’t collect things, but I want to collect race medals. I see them as my very own badges of honor.
Since the race I have changed a few things up. I am lifting everyday. I recognized that my core wasn’t as strong as it needed to be to push my body to the limits that I want to take it. Over the summer, I have been reintroduced to why I love running and taking care of myself. I love seeing the transformations and changes that my body is making. I am stronger. I am becoming leaner and getting thinner. My 36” jeans that I bought last winter are getting loose. I am skinnier now than I was in high school.
Things continue to happen that motivate me even more to become the best version of myself. I feel empowered about my life when I choose to make healthier, smarter choices for myself. I am not controlled by food, or seek solace from food. Rather, I find comfort in exercising and training my mind and body to focus on sculpting and creating the best version of myself.
This month my goal is to continue to measure my success and try to improve. I complete a food journal and I am tracking the different exercises that I complete during training. I am excited to continue to see the changes that transpire over the next 4 weeks and I continue to push forward.
I will keep you posted as I keep pushing forward! Until next time!