If we wait…

so.very.true

so.very.true

This is one of my absolute favorite quotes. In my opinion this is so true. Here’s a little something about me and this quote. Last year in November my ex and I decided to break up. We had been dating almost fourteen months, we had a dog together, and we basically lived together (until September when we decided to have him move back into his place (he still had it for rent) to see if we could work things out). I decided to go to therapy and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I actually think it was the absolute best decision of my life! I started basically right after our breakup and channeled a lot of my time into positive thinking, yoga, running, family, positive quotes, and figuring out what I needed. I explored things I don’t think I ever would have explored if we were together (part of break up).

I went to a Passion and Vision workshop in January with my younger sister. It was probably one of the best workshops and things I could have done for where I was at. The leader of the workshop, Erin Peluso, is a yoga instructor at the yoga studio I work the desk for. I saw a posting for this workshop on the yoga Facebook page and decided to give it a try. I made a vision board of what I envision for myself; we also took a passion and vision test. It led me to where I am today and I’m not joking (I will be doing it again for 2014).

2013 vision

2013 vision

I put on there I wanted to make $80,000 and even though I’m not making $80,000 this year, I actually went back to school and got my education supervisor certification this past summer (I all ready have a masters degree in sport psychology not education even though I’ve been an educator for 8 years). In order to obtain my supervisor certification I only needed four classes, 12 credits since I all ready had a masters and have been teaching for more than three years. So even though I won’t have made that this year, I am on my way to making that and achieving my goal. I also had a lot more of my visions come true. I ran my 1:27 in the half marathon (and to be honest I didn’t put that on there to run that time, I put it on there because it was a half marathon time, and it was a January date – 1:27:2013 (a day of a race)); my friend actually pointed it out to me when I ran my first half of the season in 1:27:53…mission accomplished. I have found myself with so many more happy moments probably more than I ever could have dreamed. My summer “love” (we met in June) has actually turned out to be an amazing guy who just makes life that much better. I’ve learned to have more patience and so much more.

I walked out to a rose on my windshield this morning. It made me realize that crappy days pass and there are far more better days!

I walked out to a rose on my windshield this morning. It made me realize that crappy days pass and there are far more better days!

I remember finding this quote while I was in the midst of deciding to go back for my supervisor certification or not and well I came across this quote at the exact time I needed it! Also at that time, my therapist discharged me (this was back in early May); she told me of all her years of therapy and working I am her hardest working client and earliest to be discharged (I am a runner; runners are overachievers). Her take on therapy is learning how to change our thoughts into positive thoughts; she doesn’t live in the past. She even loved my quotes I would come in with and wrote a bunch down and took down the website I used to find them.

Even though I still share custody my dog (that’s a whole other story) and have my down days (we all have them and I had a major down day yesterday), I remember to look at my vision board and motivation wall daily (I have a wall with quotes, goals, times, and all that good stuff – I have since added to the below picture but again I’m terrible at this). It has helped me a tremendous amount.

my motivation (much has been added since)!

my motivation (much has been added since)!

In other words what I am trying to say, if there is something you want…GO FOR IT. We will truly be waiting the rest of our lives if we don’t. We all have a fear, we all will fail, but we have to take chances. By taking chances it will help lead us to more positive places and situations! Hey, I took a chance and started this blog 😉 !

Any quotes that you have that help you get by?

What do you do for motivation?

Ever do a Passion and Vision Board?

If not, I highly suggest you do!

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Let it Go…

Good morning and happy hump day! It’s all ready been a pretty crazy and stressful morning to say the least. As soon as I start feeling a little bit stressed, I take a step back and remind myself that everything will be ok; I just have to go with the flow and I can only do so much. Here are two quotes that helped me let go this morning.

truth!

truth!

exactly

exactly

After getting to work and unloading some of the stress to my colleague, I felt a little better. I also asked to take my lunch at the end of the day so I can rush out to take care of the things that need to be taken care of ASAP. I am a teacher, but I don’t have a classroom anymore if that makes sense to anyone. (side note: I am a data instructional coach which is now high in demand by districts because everything is data data data. I just finished my supervisor certification and I knew this position would help me move up in the field of education. I do miss seeing my students every day though, they got me through some of the toughest times last year.)

As I said yesterday, yesterday was my first “workout” since the half marathon. It wasn’t really a workout workout directed by my coach because he told me to just do distance this week. I figured I had a race this Saturday and wanted to see how my hamstring would hold up so I decided to through some race pace sprints in there. I did 8×1 minute hard with a 1 minute run between. The hard pace ranged from 6:00 – 5:52 and the 1 minute run in between was a 7:53 pace. My hamstring held up and I wanted to do more but I knew I shouldn’t push it. I just wanted to make sure I could feel fast without passing out before Saturday. A lot of great speedy local runners do this race!

Just remember… Unknown

How do you turn your day around if you’re feeling down?

Who Knows and a Running PR

Good morning and Happy Monday!

Monday

I’m not really sure what happened to my blog over at blog.com. All of the sudden I couldn’t log in anymore and get to my dashboard. I had to go to blog.com, then in the corner click blog, and go directly to add new post. I couldn’t attach photos, links, or even set up draft blogs. It was very confusing and has been way over a week. I tried everything to get that one back up and running but no.such.luck! So here I am over at wordpress.com!

On November 9th I decided to run the Trenton Half Marathon. It wasn’t a real planned half marathon, it was more like a I just ran a crappy race (read here) and I needed to fix that image (I know the weather was a huge impact, but I couldn’t end my half marathon season that way). So I signed myself up and ran the Trenton Half.

It was a cold morning, but perfect for running. In reality, I set no real expectations on this race; I knew I just wanted a PR and would be happy with any time under 1:30 (from my Atlantic City half). I drove the 50 minutes to Trenton and of course got lost (good thing I left early). I didn’t panic and just went with the flow. To be honest, I checked NOTHING out about this race and how it was run prior to signing up (whoops), but I usually do stuff like that. I had to park about 1.3 miles away and wait to be shuttled. I got there early enough where I just jumped on the shuttle and went to the stadium (it was held at the Trenton Thunder stadium). I got over there and picked up my race bib and clear bag to check my items (oh yea, I didn’t go to the expo either!). I looked around for a place to hide out before warming up but there wasn’t, you had to stay outside. No way was I waiting in the cold! I found the next shuttle dropping people off and hopped back on to go wait in my car. Around 7:10 (race was at 8:00), the shuttle dropped me back off, I ran to my car, changed my clothes (decided not to check anything), and did a warm-up (10 minutes). I finished my warm-up, got back in my warm car, and watched the HUGE shuttle line grow and grow! I started to panic and decided to wait on the line. The line was ridiculous and I started to panic; it was 7:40, the race started at 8:00 and I still had to get on the HUGE restroom lines (I didn’t go at that point and usually I go 4 -5 times prior to a race). I decided to just…let it go because I can’t control what is going to happen or my stupidity for not just staying at the stadium (I even said loudly to the spectators and 10k runners to stay behind because it’s  not fair to take seats of runners who had to go off at 8:00; the 10k was 8:30). Finally at 7:45 the shuttled rolled around, I hopped and and just figured oh well! The bus stopped, I literally ran off and to the bathroom (lines were ridiculous, but they had so many I was able to run around and squeeze my way through the crowd). I got to the front of the line and guess what, it was delayed until 8:14 anyway.

Now after my long drawn out of me being not prepared for this race and trying to be very lax, the was off. I ran my first mile WAY.TOO.FAST (5:49 I think), slowed it down. Ran the 3 miles in 18:58, 10K in 39:23, and my final time was a PR of 1:27:43. It was only 10 seconds faster than my PR that started my half marathon season in March, but I started race season with a PR and finished my race season with a PR. I’ll take it (Lets just say the race had some glitches and at mile 11 *mile marker down* I watched two guys that were ahead of my go straight with the 10k crowd and one guy who was a bit behind them but in front of me go left. I literally started shuffling in place for a good 30 – 40 seconds asking the guy with the camera which way to go *he had no idea*, the 10k runners if any of them knew *nope*, I finally saw the mile marker down and just prayed I was going the right way. My thoughts were racing as I thought, I’ve kept my position as second female, I know I am running hard, what if it all went to crap? Then I saw the guy in the green who was a head of me and the stress was lifted. The end was a bit rough too trying to dodge all the 10K runners in a tiny spot to get to the stadium to run around it, but hey it is what it is.).

All races have their glitches, this one was the second one they put on, and for the most part it was a pretty good race! I felt pretty strong except for the 800m incline hill that no one knew existed since it was added to make the course sanctioned. I definitely went out too fast and that’s my fault. The top girl told me she ran a 1:23 on the course last year but it was a bit short; she was looking to run about the same time with it being on point this year (13.16). I decided to go with her and see how long I can keep pace, I figured this race was unplanned, the entire morning was crazy, and what did I have to lose (gain!)? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I love the half marathon and I am just learning how to race them; I am now 7 half marathons deep and can’t wait to run my next one next spring! I am looking to break 1:27 and continue from there.

On that note…sorry for the looooooong drawn out post that was supposed to just say YAY, I ran a PR!

Any upcoming races on your calendar?

I have one this weekend. A 5 mile Turkey Trot and maybe one last 5k to end STRONG!

Did you end your season with any PRs? Share! I love racing stories!