We are ALL athletes. The difference is that some of us are in training, and some of us are not.
Dr. George Sheehan 

Back!

Been a while since I updated this, but thought it’s important to share that I completed my first marathon in Long Branch just a few weeks ago in 3:58:26 - so happy!  I immediately signed-up for the Virgil Crest Ultra Marathon (the 50k race - 30.2mi) which will be in September.  I’m so excited for this race - it’s such an enormous high that you get when you complete something that’s such a challenge.  It’s so fun to participate in events that will push my limits - I want to see exactly what I can DO!

The website for the races (50k, 50-miler, 100-miler & 100-mile relay) is:

http://www.virgilcrestultras.com 

As I ran, I thought about the unique power running seemed to have to break down barriers and unite people in strange and wonderful ways, regardless of race, creed, socioeconomic status, or age.
Dean Karnazes, The Ultramarathon Man

Big Day!

Today was big for me: I did my long run by myself!  14 miles of just Jen.  No hubby next to me, no running pals to my right or left. I don’t know why, but running solo makes me anxious sometimes.  It’s an awful feeling, especially considering how much I love the sport.

But I’m happy to report that I DID IT!!!  Running by yourself really allows for a truly cathartic experience… no chit-chat (although I love chatting during runs) - just focus.  Feeling every step (some steps more painful than others).  

So 14 miles after I first stepped outside, I trudged up the steps to our apartment and DOWNED two glasses of OJ.  Later on, I rewarded myself with some Red Mango & am now sitting here, typing this post, hoping that my feelings & experiences are relatable to others…  Because in the world of running, we’re all in this together.  We all “get it.”  

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Key to Success

The key to success is CONSISTENCY.  

If you’re DREAMING about a goal but not actively REACHING for it, then how are you supposed to get closer to your goal?  Let’s put an end to the complaining and start with the DOING!

An inspiration.

I don’t know about you, but I get the best feeling when I’m out running & I see other runners on the road with me!  Rain or shine, those people - all shapes & sizes, all levels - are troopers.  Seeing others out and about running motivates me so much, especially on those chilly days when the last thing I want to do is squeeze into my spandex and not feel my hands or face for the first mile or two.  So, thanks to all you runners out there - you’re not just pushing yourselves, you’re inspiring me, too! 

How are you loving yourself better these days?

Add seafood to your diet!

My personal food challenge is to add more seafood to my diet, because…

  • Medical studies have shown that Omega-3 oils play an important part in aiding the development of our brains.
  • Sea food contains an abundance of essential minerals - iron, zinc, iodine and selenium.
  • Fish is a good source of Vitamins helping to maintain healthy nerve tissues, strong bones and teeth and a glowing complexion.
  • Fish is a low fat and/or good fat source of protein, essential for the healthy growth and maintenance of muscles and body tissues.

Read to learn more:

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/printer/1,7124,s6-242-300—13840-0,00.html

Surround yourself with people who want to help you grow, people who will support and encourage you, people who see your true potential more clearly than yourself.