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January 12th, 2018

This morning I woke up tired, sore, and unmotivated to do pretty much anything. Initially I was super frustrated with myself. I mean, it wasn’t all that long ago when I could do an easy 4 miler like I did yesterday, and wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day and tackle another run. But I took a minute to take a step back and really look at what’s going on. I did kind of do a lot yesterday! I braved the elements and did an almost 4 mile run (it was 3.89, but that’s freaking close enough hahaha) with ice under my feet and pretty harsh wind gusts which where sometimes at my back and sometimes at my face. It was slow going (it was more slipping, sliding, walking over really bad patches of ice, and stopping for cars), hard work, and most importantly, a lot of fun!

And then later in the day I did a 30 minute yoga sequence and spend 30 minutes on my stationary bike (and it wasn’t 30 minutes of me just fucking around on the bike like I sometimes do, I was actually putting in some work hahaha! 😉 ). And that was all on top of me being sick last week, and being crazy busy with Christmas stuff the week before that, so no freaking wonder I don’t feel like doing anything today!

Sure maybe at one point I could have done a hard workout after everything I did yesterday. And yes, compared to what some people can do/are currently doing, I did hardly anything yesterday. But comparing myself to other people or to what I could do at another point and time is literally going to get me nowhere. It doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

So, this is where I’m at right now and that’s ok. I’ve got some really big goals I want to accomplish and I’m going to have to work really hard to make them happen. But right now I need to focus on even getting to the point of being able to work towards them. I can’t just jump right back into what I was doing several months ago and think that will work. It won’t. More likely than not I’ll just end up burnt out or hurt, and I’m already super injury prone haha. I need to work back up to where I was and then build from there. And if that means having to skip out on a run here or there to rest, then so be it. For me today, not running is a win. 🙂

I know this post is kinda just one big “note to self” thing. But if you take anything away from it, let it be the fact that it’s ok to be where you’re at right now and to work with that instead of comparing yourself to someone else or to your past self (something that I’m super guilty of), and then trying to do too much, or getting frustrated and giving up on whatever your goal happens to be. You’ve got this. I believe in you. Which is also a good “note to self”. 🙂

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!!

~ Ashley

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Friday Fives: Motivational Videos

Back when I was training for my first half marathon I struggled quite a bit to find the motivation to do my long runs and harder workouts. Mostly because a lot of that stuff was relatively new to me and my body was still adjusting to the harder work load. So to amp myself up before these harder workouts that were all new and unfamiliar to me, I’d get onto YouTube and search for “running motivation” and watch a few of the videos that came up. That usually got me excited to get out on the road and made the first step of just getting out of the door that much easier.

I actually haven’t done that in a while though, but getting up at 5 am to get a run in before it gets too hot is kinda draining a lot of the fun out of running for me. So early this morning while I was getting ready to do my run, I thought I’d go revisit some of my favorites and then share them with you guys!

1. Best Running Motivation

This one is actually my all time favorite! All of those quotes and the epic music gets me every time! I like it so much that I ripped the audio from the video and uploaded it to my phone so that I can listen to it while I run haha.

 

2. Running Motivation: Rise and Shine

“Welcome to the grind.”

 

3. Running Motivation

“Anything is possible as long as you want it, you work for it, it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.”

 

4. Best Running Motivational Video – Motivation To Run

“You must now be focused on your why. You must be focused on your dreams. You must be focused on your goals.”

 

5. Motivational Running – Our Deepest Fear

“It aint about how hard your hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.”

 

 

 

31 Day Blog Challenge: Favorite Quote

Oh man, I love a good motivational quote just as much as the next guy, but I don’t know if I have a single favorite. I mean, it really depends on the day and how I’m feeling I guess. So yeah, there’s no way I can just pick one. That would be like asking me to pick my all time favorite song. I just couldn’t do it! How about a nice list of some quotes I really like? Because who doesn’t like a nice list? 🙂

  • “The bigger the risks, the better off you are. Otherwise you’re just boring.” ~ Billie Joe Armstrong
  • “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” ~ John Bingham
  • “Running isn’t about how far you go, but how far you’ve come.” ~ Bart Yasso
  • “I have no control over what people think of me but I have 100% control of what I think of myself, and that is so important.” ~ Beth Ditto
  • “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”  ~ Haruki Murakami
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison
  • “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.” ~ Christopher McDougall
  • “Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.” ~ Lynn Jennings
  • “To do something that you feel in your heart that’s great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that’s successful is a series of mistakes.” ~ Billie Joe Armstrong
  • “Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.” ~ Unknown
  • “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” ~ Robert H. Schuller
  • “Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.” ~ Unknown
  • “Honestly, you just take a deep breath and say fuck it.” ~ Johnny Knoxville
  • “Being a true badass has no weight or gender requirements, just 100% commitment to greatness.” ~ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • “Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving.” ~ Maurice Greene

 

Summer Slump and A Few Other Things

I know haven’t been talking much about running lately, but honestly, lately I haven’t been  doing much running.

Two weeks ago I took the whole week off to rest my foot. It was sore and I didn’t want to risk injuring it, so at least that was legit. Plus I did a sufficient amount of strength and cross training, so at least I was still moving.

Last week I was going about things cautiously. My foot felt fine, but I didn’t want to take any chances. I definitely could have run more, probably should have. But ehhh, it was just too hot and I had been focusing on my strength workouts since I hurt my foot. I also did a shit ton of walking. Thanks to Pokemon go, I hit over 90k steps last week! All those steps may not have been from running, but I feel like that has to help me keep me from losing all of my running fitness.

Now this week I’m just being lazy. Monday I didn’t run, or do anything fitness-wise, because the weekend had been a little crazy and I had a bunch of stuff to do. I could have gotten up early to run, but whatever, what’s one day, right?

Monday night I didn’t sleep well but I still could have gotten up early to run on Tuesday. I didn’t, but I did try to run around 8 am. Not the best idea, considering we’re under a heat advisory for most of the week and I’m a bit heat sensitive. I got a mile in before I felt like I was going to die and then called it quits. I did spend a little bit of time on the stationary bike though, that was a good call on my part. I said I was going to do some yoga too, but that never happened.

Today our heat advisory is still going strong. But I honestly did plan on getting up and out early enough to get a decent run in! Obviously that didn’t happen though. At 5 am when my alarm went off, I shut it off and promptly went back to sleep until 7, which is when I usually wake up. Times like these make me wish I had access to a treadmill, then at least it wouldn’t matter what time I got up…

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Stupid summer. Stupid heat advisory. Stupid Midwest humidity. I want it to be Fall!!!

Part of my problem is that I’m just not going to bed early enough. Usually Luke and I are in bed by 10 pm and asleep by 10:30, but lately we’ve been going to bed half an hour later, and I feel like a 5:00 alarm would feel a lot better if I had gone to sleep around 9:30 or 10 instead of 11. Actually, I know it would, but Luke doesn’t like it when I go to bed earlier than him. I guess because the evening is the only time during the week that we get to actually spend together.

At the end of the day I guess none of this running at specific times really matters though. Hopefully soon I’ll have a job (after 4 years I’m getting back into the world of retail. Fun.), and then I’m going to have to figure out how to make it work however I can. I guess I’ve gotten kinda spoiled over these last 4 years of being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want. But I’ll cross those bridges when I get to them I suppose.

Alrighty then, I’m done with the pity party, I promise! I do have a lot of things to look forward to in the next couple of months and years!

First and foremost; half marathon training starts on Sunday!!! Grant it, i’ll be kicking off my second round of training with a rest day, but still, I’m super stoked for my second half!! And hopefully this will give me some motivation to get out of my slump and start putting in some hard work again. I have a feeling that it will. 🙂

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Secondly; We’re planning another road trip!! Well, Luke’s mom is doing all of the planning right now, but next June she wants all of us to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park together. We’ve never been to Wyoming before and National Parks are lots of fun, so that should be an exiting trip! Hopefully everything works out and we’ll all be able to go!

Thirdly; I updated my “about” page! Rewrote some stuff, added some photos and links, go check it out if you’re interested!

And last but not least; we’ve got some pretty big plans coming up in 2-3 ish years! Nothing is 100% sure yet, so I wont go into any details yet, but just know that if everything goes according to plan I’ll be living out my life dream that I’ve had since I was like, 12 years old!

That would be why I’ve got to go back into retail work. The only places for me to work that are within walking distance are all shitty retail places, but hey, I can live with that for a few years. I mean, I worked at a Walgreen’s for 2 years and survived that, at least now I’ll be working towards making some really awesome things happen!

Welp, I guess I’ve procrastinated long enough. I’m going to finish my coffee then do some strength work, since I skipped out on running again.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

~ Ashley 🙂

Happy New Years Eve! 

My parents drove me back to Kansas last night and they’re staying with us tonight to help us ring in the new year! 

Since it’s the last day of the year I’ve been thinking about what I’ve accomplished this year and what I want to accomplish in the new year.

 
I’ll be the first to admit that a few of my goal times are a bit ambitious, but I think they’re totally doable as long as I work really hard, stick with a plan, and don’t get hurt. 

Anyways, I hope you have a fantastic night and a happy New Year! 😄

~ Ashley