This is my first week of training with Neely, and I'm trying to stick to what she tells me and push myself -- right out of the gate. I know that NYC is months away, and technically, I could probably wait to start serious training for a couple more months. But I want to be serious, rain or shine.
Over the past several years, I've run one full marathon and one half marathon. To train for each of them, I've either made stuff up on my own or followed an online plan like Hal Higdon. Now, there's nothing wrong with doing that, but when you want to push yourself harder and when you want to break outside of what you know when it comes to training, you have to bring in other resources.
You did it! You signed up, and you couldn't be more excited about it. You promptly begin to start mapping our your training plan. You buy a new pair of running shoes and a couple pairs of good quality socks and you get to it!
I learned a lot at 18 about failure and not getting what you want or what you think you earned. At the time, it kicked my butt. But now I know that those failures, along with some hard times Matt and I have had over the past couple years with layoffs and money, have made me a better person. I'm more patient. I'm more frugal. I'm more empathetic and understanding. Every part of life can build you up or tear you down. It all depends on how you receive it and move forward -- triumphs and failures alike.
I haven't done a "What I Ate Wednesday" in a while, and I feel like my regular eating routine has changed quite a bit. I'm a vegetarian, and I'm trying to do a little bit of a cut (fat loss) before I start serious marathon training in June. I'm currently shooting for 45% Carbs, 35% Protein, and 20% Fat.
I've been here for less than 2 weeks, and the culture here already has me more motivated than ever about running. I feel like I may not have said this enough yet -- I LOVE IT HERE!!
Quickly, running conversations have ended up pointing me towards Boulder's most popular race, the BolderBOULDER 10k. I've never actually run a 10k for time before, and never really thought about signing up for one. But it came up in conversation so much already that I knew I would have massive regrets and feel left out if I didn't sign up. So I bit the bullet and did it.
Boulder has been called the running "Mecca" of the West. And not without reason. The challenging altitude, the healthy-minded culture, the great climate, and the 300+ days of sun make it a dream home for runners. Pretty much everyone here is passionate about running.
I geeked out the other day when I saw that Neely Spence Gracey got coffee at the shop across the street from my apartment this week. Naturally, I spiraled into researching women doing awesome things in my new town.
As a vegetarian, it can be hard to get a lot of protein in. I've actually changed up my macros so that carbs take up a significantly higher percentage, but I still need some protein to keep building muscle. And that's where eggs come in. I eat a lot of eggs, egg whites specifically (to conserve fat for cheeses, my guilty pleasure, and nuts).
Altitude. Something I knew I was going to have to deal with once I moved to Boulder, but I really had no idea what "getting used" to it would look like.
Boulder is 5,260ft above sea level. I've only ever lived and run in cities that are at sea level (Houston & NYC), where you have access to all the oxygen you could ever want.
The truth is, there are a lot of things about this industry that frustrate the junk out of me. I don't like to be super negative on here, but I just wanted to put my gripes out there so that you're aware of them and how they might affect your mental game.
I've recently gotten really into Snapchat (username: SweatStretchEat). I love that it feels like an unpolished version of Instagram, where people can be their actual selves and not feel pressured to get the perfect lighting or the perfect theme. For whatever reason, it just feels more real to me. It feels closer to actually knowing someone.
Here are some of my favorite fitness-related snappers, in no particular order.
We're quickly getting settled into our new home, and we are LOVING it! Louisville is such a sweet town. I really think Matt and I are going to be happy here. I'm going to get back into a good rhythm of blog posts again, now that all of this crazy moving frenzy stuff is settled.
But today, I just want to share a quick glimpse into our new home.