What Has Fitness Done For Me?

I mean, other than the obvious…

 

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I am grateful everyday for the direction my life has gone. I’ve said it again, and again…but I owe so much to my friend Krysta, who got me into running. I would be a completely different person than I am today if I never started. Other than the obvious benefit of being healthy and staying fit, I have gained so much since starting my journey with running/health/fitness.

Krysta and I

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I used to be one of the most introverted people you would have ever met. I HATED talking to people I didn’t know. Even talking to people I did know was not easy for me. It is sad to say, but I have always felt super awkward used to feel super awkward. I will never forget my mom constantly telling me I need to come out of my shell. Which I hated! I knew I was quiet – I didn’t want to be that way – I just was. Why? I don’t know.

Actually, that is a lie. I was scared. Sacred I wouldn’t be accepted, scared I wasn’t good enough, scared no one liked me…I can go on and on. I had no confidence. As I got older it was easier for me to go outside of my comfort zone, but I still didn’t enjoy it. Fast forward to June 2012. The Women’s Fitness Festival 2012 to be exact. I decided I was gong to run the CIM. I also decided to start a blog to hold myself accountable with my training. If I put that shit out there for people to read I had better be doing it!

Starting my blog was a huge step for me. Again, I thought people would make fun, think I was crazy and of course no one was going to care what I had to say. Then people started to follow my blog, and leave comments. Strangers were encouraging me with my training and telling me I was doing a good job and to keep it up! Then it started with my family and friends. People telling me I was an inspiration. Me?? The girl who slacked off in school and failed PE (yeah, that is totally possible!).

Running has introduced me to new friends and given me opportunities I never thought I would have wanted. I have been an ambassador for ZOOMA, and am currently one for Feetures! Performance Socks . Being an ambassador means organizing/participating in events, and promoting the hell out of a product/race. I am co-leader of November Project Sacramento  where I lead most of the workouts, and will be coaching I Kan Run with Kaia FIT Sunrise  (my dream come true!). I have also started running with Sloppy Moose Running Club. I knew only 1 person there when I decided to show up by myself. Now I’ve met quite a few peeps and look forward to Thursday evenings every week. Super fun running/beer drinking group!

Our first NP Pledge workout!

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Our most current workout

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 In 3 weeks I will be flying to Madison Wisconsin to meet all the other November Project Tribe Leaders, run a relay with them and have a weekend full of workouts, fun and NP business. I am so excited for this opportunity! Me, really? Flying almost across the country to meet strangers?! Like we say in November Project, #FuckYeah.

Benefits Of Massage

Recently I was contacted by Massage Envy . They offered me a massage after my last race, The San Francisco Marathon, in return for a review. Being a runner, and exercising as much as I do, I know there are so many benefits for me. There are many different types of massage as well, from Swedish to Sports or Deep Tissue.

A few benefits of massage:

Helps to recover from soft tissue injuries

Shorter recovery time

Improves flexibility and range of motion

Improves circulation

Lower blood pressure

Decreases stress

Helps with relaxation

We can all use these benefits in our lives!

Upon walking into Massage Envy I was greeted by a friendly receptionist. I was given a questionnaire that asked about my activity level, health, goals with my massage and so on. It was a very helpful way to communicate my needs to my massage therapist.

The overall vibe I got from Massage Envy was clean…sterile? Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I didn’t feel calm or relaxed. When I think of getting a massage I think of being in a relaxed, and a calming environment. I think of soft colors, soft music and dim lighting. Massage Envy kind of reminded me of a really nice veterinary hospital. That may sound weird, but I work in a veterinary hospital so that is why I am comparing it to that. I didn’t like that feeling…again, I want to be relaxed when getting a massage. I don’t want to be in a place that reminds me of work.

Onto the massage. I met my massage therapist and she was very nice. We again talked about what I was looking for and she started my massage.

Here is the brochure I got when leaving.

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I liked that after my massage she talked to me about what she found during the session and marked the areas she recommend I get worked on. Which was a lot! I wasn’t surprised – I just started getting massages so I have a lot to work on.

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 They also marked what was worked on during my session.

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 I personally, have had an extremely hard time finding a massage therapist that I like. I have been looking since 2011 and gave up shortly after I started. No one seemed to be able to give me what I needed. However, I recently found an AMAZING massage therapist and did not purchase a package from Massage Envy.

 I think Massage Envy is a good place for someone to go if they are looking to start getting massaged. They make everything very easy for you. I did not feel pressured to purchase anything and the staff was very friendly and professional. What I liked the most is they take time to explain the benefits of massage to you and how it applies to what you are looking for/needing. Thank you Massage Envy for the experience!

Run-A-Thon

5:55 AM at the California State Capitol. Can you see little me??

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Today I ran 6 hours. Why? To raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society . A few months ago I was contacted by Team In Training and asked if I wanted to participate. They gave me an entry into the Nike Women’s Half Marathon and in return I had to raise $2,500. Yeah, that is a lot of money. I also signed up a lot later than most people so I haven’t had as much time to raise money. I have just over $500 to date.

I came up with the crazy idea to do a Run-A-Thon to raise money for my fundraising. I don’t think the running was that crazy of an idea, but when you consider that I decided to do this a week to the day after the San Francisco Marathon…some might think I am a little nuts.

Here is the course of my run today. It was mostly around Capitol Park. I had to run to Starbucks once to use the bathroom (there is no other reason to go to Starbucks!) then to a local coffee shop to get a bagel – I needed food!

Run-A-Thon by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

I wasn’t really in the mood to run this morning when I started. However, I was going at a super easy pace and just enjoying myself. I wasn’t trying to race this; just going running for fun and to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I was feeling great and time was flying by…then came the 3 hour mark (half way done) and I was at 15 miles. My knee really started hurting. It is the knee that I have fallen on about 4 times in the last 2 months or so. I was a little upset that I had to stop running, but I don’t need a knee injury. At this point my boyfriend showed up and  we walked to get some food for me.

Me and Norm Lopez. I always have to stop and love on him 🙂

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1 1/2 hours later I decided to try to run again. I probably made it about a quarter of a mile before realizing I was going to be walking the rest of my Run-A-Thon. It was right then that I saw a friend – that I recently made – walking up to me. It was super nice to have someone with me the last hour and a half of my run/walk. Of course I was bummed that I couldn’t run the whole thing, but I am not stupid. I know when to take it easy. Thank you SO MUCH Jodie for coming out and supporting me!!

Half-way there! (Gotta represent November Project Sacramento!!)

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So my Run-A-Thon turned into a Run/Walk-A-Thon and I am okay with that. I ran 15 miles, and 10 miles were walked. 25 miles done by noon. Not a bad way to start a Sunday.

When I was done me, my boyfriend, sis & her boyfriend and other friends headed over to LowBrau. I LOVE this place!! Great food and beer! Today I had an extra special reason to eat here. LowBrau was kind and generous enough to donate a portion of their brunch proceeds to my fundraising. I can’t thank them enough for their support. Seriously, how f-ing cool is that?! Huge thanks to you peeps at LowBrau. You’re awesome!

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 I want to say thank you to everyone who pledged me or donated during my Run-A-Thon! I had a ton of support from friends, family, strangers and local Sacramento businesses – Track 7 Brewery was also kind enough to donate.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising there is still time! Click here: My Fundraising Page

Thanks again for all your  support!!