There will always be someone better than you

Yea, that’s right. Someone will always be faster, stronger, more in shape, prettier, smarter (whatever else you tear yourself apart for) than you. When I run I will often see someone and think “God I wish I looked like her”, or “Why can’t I run as fast as that person?”. I did it on my run today. I saw someone who was obviously in amazing shape and a great runner and wished I was like her. Then another thought came to my head, “Shit, I bet there are people that think the same thing about me.” And I totally did think it just that way πŸ˜‰ I am trying so hard to not compare myself to other people. Instead I try to compare my non-running, non-healthy self to who I am today. When I do that I am totally happy with what I look like and what I’ve accomplished. I mean damn, I used to not even be able to run a mile, but in March I ran 13.1 miles!

There will always be someone better than you. But you know what, you will always be better than someone too. Don’t get down on yourself…and don’t look down on those who are “below” you. You were there at one point! I am just trying to better myself & my life by being healthy. A lot of us are, and we should all support eachother!

Here is my run for today:

Distance 3.25miles, Duration 31:02, Pace 9:33, Speed 6.28mi/hr

It was a beautiful day for a run in McKinley Park. It is a small loop around a park but it is a pretty neighborhood, and there are always a lot of people there running/exercising. Check out my run!

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/107141225

I love my job cause I get to kiss faces like this! Again, nothing to do with running but I LOVE kittens πŸ™‚

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Rest day for training (aka fun hike day!!)

Went on such a beautiful hike today! My friend and I went to Codfish Creek Falls, just a little past Auburn, Ca. My SUV finally got a chance to drive on a dirty bumpy trail like it was meant to! Thank God I didn’t wash it yesterday like I had planned!

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It actually looks cleaner than it is.

It was a nice easy hike, perfect weather, and a yummy picnic when we got up to the falls.

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On my rest days for training I don’t always rest. If I’ve trained especially hard & am sore I absolutelyΒ will, but I like to have “active rest” days. Guess I’m just not one for sitting on my ass on a beautiful sunny day, unless it’s in the sun πŸ™‚

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The best part of running in a race

What is the best part about running in races?? Ummmm…the shirts! Duh!! I love to show off my shirts when I go to the gym. I wear them and think “Yea, I’m a runner!” It’s fun too, when you see other people wearing a shirt from the same race. Also, you get to eat a ton of food (well, I do) after a race.

All my race shirts so far.
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Another favorite part…I get to put these on my car! And soon I’ll have that 26.2 sticker to show off!!

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Alright, on a serious note, I love the feeling – those butterflies in your stomach – right before the start of a race. I love the feeling of accomplishment you have crossing the finish line – whether it’s a 5k or half marathon. I love running races with friends & meeting new people. I love the spectators who are there to cheer you on. I love getting to be outside running beautiful courses.

My first race (running) ever! If you’ve never done a mud run, you need to!

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Women’s Fitness Festival with some ladies from work.

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I am lucky to be able to run. I try to remember that every time I’m having a crappy run. My first ever race was the bike ride in Tahoe called “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride”. It is 75 miles around all of Lake Tahoe. I did it for the first time last year & plan on doing it again. I only finished 43 miles cause my knees had had enough! But jeez…43 miles biking around Lake Tahoe!!! It was amazing. I really pushed myself to do that ride & I push myself in all my training. I don’t want to be a lazy couch potato cause you never know how long you’ll be able to run, bike, swim…whatever it is you do.

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I’m talking about this because on December 24th 2004 my uncle was hit by a car and was a quadriplegic for almost 7 years. And he would always say something that stuck with me & made me realize I owe it to myself to push my limits and achieve all that I can. He always said: “I’ll be alright.” If he can get past what happened to him and have that positive thinking, how could I not push myself to be my best?

I got this tattoo for him. It was around the time when I really started to take my health and running seriously.

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So really, I think the best part of running a race is that I can.

Week 2 of training!

Today is my 2nd week of training. I ran 3 miles – on the treadmill :/ It was a little hot, and I wanted to work my legs a bit so had to run at the gym. Does anyone else find they run better outside??
I used to be waaaaaay too intimidated to run outside. I didn’t know where to go, didn’t know what my pace would be, I wouldn’t always have a bathroom…hehe (seriously though, I think I have the smallest bladder in the world). Then I sucked it up & ran outside. I’ve been learning to push myself out of my comfort zone. Believe me, it has NOT been easy. My mom used to tell me constantly I need to come out of my shell. At almost 30 I am finally doing that.
So I found an app that I really love. It’s called Map My Run. I love it cause it has GPS and maps my route, tells me my current distance, pace, speed also gives me an average pace & speed. It also allows you to post your workouts on Facebook & other sites. It does a lot of other things that I never use, but maybe should cause I’m looking at it now and it’s pretty cool! You can listen to music while the app runs too. I never listen to music anymore when I run though, too distracting for me. Well, unless I’m at the gym cause gym music usually sucks.
Speaking of music…I have a new song that I listen to when I’m almost done with my run & I need a little extra push. Kinda embarrassing but I really like “You and I” by Lady Gaga. It’s the only song of hers that I have liked, go listen to it before you talk shit. Or maybe it’s just me that doesn’t like her that much? Too showy & over the top for me, I just want the music ya know? I’ve also been listening to “Cryin” by Aerosmith a lot. I’ll always love that song!

Here is the link if anyone is interested in checking out my run today πŸ™‚

http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/140548979

Okay, so this has NOTHING to do with running, but I needed a picture…and I think this is hilarious! And I work with cats all day, AND this is my blog so I’ll do what I want!! πŸ™‚

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You like to run?

Yea, I do. Actually, I love it and I am currently training for my first marathon (oh yea!). But it wasn’t always like that.
Long story short I am running thanks to a veterinarian I work with ( I am an RVT. It’s like an RN, but I work with animals and my job is more fun). She ran the California International Marathon last year. My friends and I went to support her and watch the run. That’s when I fell in love. It was so inspiring to watch all the runners and the spectators supporting them. I decided I wanted to be a part of it. That same month I started training for my first half marathon. And in March 2012 I ran 13.1 miles in 2:22:35 without stoping once – which I love to tell people πŸ˜‰
So this blog is to share my stories and what I have learned and will learn along my journey of training for the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life. Although I think of it more as fun, I am well aware it will be a challenge.

My little story for today:

I was getting my hair done (The Colour Bar Salon in Sacramento, they are awesome!!!) I was lookin’ good – yea right – in my gym clothes. My stylist asked if I worked out a lot and I told her I’m training for a marathon. She asked if I had any tips for someone new to running. I’ve been asked this before, which I find funny cause I’ve only been running for 10 months and taking it seriously for only 6 months. However, what my piece of advice would be: TAKE IT SLOW! People wanna run too far and too fast. You will get burnt out that way and hate running. I started running a mile at a time and worked my way up. I was so proud of myself after running my first mile ever without stoping! Now a mile is nothing to me. Well, most of the time. There are hard days and then there are harder days. The other stylist at the salon said she had heard when you run your life gets better, you’re more confident and work hard in other aspects of your life. SO TRUE. I have noticed a difference in myself since I began running. It has made me a more confident, happy and goal oriented person. It has also made me eat a lot more! I’m always hungry…so it gives me an excuse to pig out. I eat healthy for the most part, don’t worry. But I eat a lot. I can go on and on about how much I love food but that’s another topic.
Thanks for reading my first blog!! I’ll keep you all updated on my training!

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My first half marathon. March 11, 2012.

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My 6 month marathon training schedule!!