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Archive for July, 2011

Half Marathon Training

5.5 Weeks until the big day! Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon. I have been training now for about 2.5 months and I am up to 8 miles on my long run and a total about about 21 miles/week. I am very proud of how far I have come, to be honest if you would have asked me a couple years ago I never would have thought I would be able to do this. Although I have come to the conclusion strictly running is not my thing and I don’t think I will be doing any other strictly running races that are longer then a 10K. I have found that strictly running is a little boring for me. I really enjoy different types of exercise and like to change it up more often. I am really interested in doing more obstacle course type races.

I have learned a lot about myself so far along this journey. Running tests your mental strength along with physical strength and endurance. For me most days its more about getting my mind right to get out and run. Although on the days its the hardest for me to get myself out of the house and get going on the run are the days I really need it the most. Once I have completed my run I always feel much better then before. I feel accomplished mentally and physically.

Having a training schedule laid out for the entire duration of the training has been a major help for me personally. The training schedule is my guide and also it keeps me focused on my goal. I like knowing exactly what I need to do each day and it keeps me accountable. Before when I have tried to run I just would go out and try to figure things about on my own, which is not wonder I never kept it up. I didn’t know how to train for running or how much do each day and when to increase my distance.

This process so far has been anything but easy but it has given me a lot of confidence in myself and what I can do when I put my mind to it. I believe everyone needs to continue to challenge themselves in life. If you don’t challenge yourself you will never know what you can do!

In Need Of Inspiration

Sometimes life feels like things can never go the way I want them to or have them planned to go. Every time I think things are finally going to work out so we can finally move forward with our plans something changes or comes up to throw all of our plans off once again. Lately all of this has been weighing on my mind so much that I can’t seem to feel inspired about things. I try to keep myself motivated to do the things and keep moving forward…it would just be nice to have one thing work out. I know this sounds like a lot of whining and I know there are so many people out there that have thing harder then I do. I just needed to vent to try to get some perspective and get my motivation back.

I need to remember the things that make me feel good about life. I need to keep moving forward and not let set backs hold me back. I am trying to find a way to make each day more meaningful. I want to simplify my life and only deal with the things that are really important.

Remember what inspires me:

My Family
Nature
Health
Learning about going green
Fitness
Helping others
Being frugal

Now those are the things I need to focus on and keep working to move forward through the road blocks that come up.

“Storms make oaks take roots.”
Proverb