I actually have been running since middle school. I received a call from the cross country coach; who was looking to recruit more ladies. I decided to give it a shot…and hated it. For some reason I stuck with it and ended up running cross-country and track all the way into college. My competitive drive, delight for the outdoors, and love for my running buddies have all been major reasons why I’ve stuck with this sport for so long. I really don’t ever seeing myself not running, unless I physically can’t anymore.
I firmly believe that everyone is unique, therefore each individual will respond differently to exercise and dieting. Personally for me, staying healthy is a lifestyle, one that I take very seriously. During my training seasons I usually try to run or cross train 6-7 times a week. In the off seasons sometimes I don’t run for weeks, allowing my body to recover from my last race. When I don’t feel like running, Zach and I enjoy playing a variety of sports and love our walks together. As far as what I eat, that has changed greatly since college. Over the past 2 years I’ve slowly started transitioning to a plant-based diet. The last 10 months I’ve felt amazing and have started to realize the huge significance eating this way has on my body, the economy, and the environment.
I love reading blogs and running books about athletes or fellow runners. They always seem to make me want to lace up those running shoes right away! Make sure to reward yourself when you do accomplish your goals. I tend to reward myself with a new running outfit right before a big race. 🙂 I also recommend logging your miles or workouts online. I’ve used Flotrackr and DailyMile and both have been great resources to track how well I’ve been progressing in my training.
I hope you all enjoyed my running post! Feel free to shoot me an email or Facebook message if you have any more questions. I love talking about exercising and eating healthy.
Anyone have great plans for the weekend?
I’m anxiously awaiting to close on our house tomorrow and start the major overhaul on it! Yippee!!
Have a lovely weekend.
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