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100 Days of Active, Round 2

If you’ve been following the blog for any length of time, then you’ll remember my failed attempt at 100 Days of Active last year. Last year, the idea was to be active everyday in the days leading up to my birthday.

Well, it didn’t happen. I tried. But not hard enough.

So, I’m bringing it back. For no other reason than to give me a good goal, and something to keep me moving.

100 days of active

I’ll be tracking it on here. But I’m not going to be doing it daily. I’ll check in once a week with my weekly activities, and weigh in.

Now you’re probably thinking “Is it 100 straight days?” and the answer is yes. The last time I tried this, I gave myself leeway to skip doing anything active on certain days. Which led to failure. Yes, my goal is something active everyday for 100 days.

30 minutes of activity every day for the next 100 days. Now, it doesn’t mean a hard workout every day. It could be something as simple as a lunchtime walk. But the idea is get me in the mindset of making time for exercise in a busy schedule.

This will run just about 14 weeks. I think it’s like 2 days over. So I’m planning out the first 8 weeks. Weigh in’s will be on Thursday, and the posts will be on Thursdays.

I like having a schedule. Otherwise, I can’t handle life.

The first 50-ish days of 100 Days of Active

Week 1: March 5 – March 11 (Yes. It starts tomorrow!)

Week 2: March 12 – March 18

Week 3: March 19 – March 25

Week 4: March 26 – April 1 – We leave for Las Vegas on March 30th. Essentially my 100 Days of Active for the days we are there, will be walking all over the strip. Seriously.

Week 5: April 2 – April 8 – We are back on April 4th from Las Vegas.

Week 6: April 9 – April 15

Week 7: April 16 – April 22

Week 8: April 23 – April 29

So for the first week or two, I anticipate being very cranky. More because I plan on trying to force myself out of bed in the morning to try to get a walk in on the treadmill when I can. And I really like sleep.

I hope you follow along. This will be a hard, but really good, challenge for me. I need it. I need to force myself to get active and doing something like this will remind me that it’s not about having time, it’s about making time.

I’ll be posting images throughout the challenge on instagram (follow me!) and will be using the hashtag #100daysofactive.

Wish me luck. Here we go!

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I’m jumping on the bandwagon of Five Things Friday!

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So what am I loving this Friday?

 

    • ‘Rude’ by Magic – Seriously, this song is so catchy and fun, and it just makes me want to start dancing. I’ve never been a huge fan of reggae-type music, but there is just something about this song that I just love. I can listen to it on repeat and not get sick of it. Seriously – check it out.

 

  • Active’s RockMyRun app – I tried this for the first time yesterday during my W3D1 run. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know if it was going to be similar to Pandora and just have a bunch of songs in a row with a couple of commercials, or just a giant techno mix. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through a run so fast (well, I guess in terms of the time flew by!) in my life. I chose the Active 5K Training Mix and it was 31 minutes of pure gloriousness. We had 80s music, today’s hits and even some songs I’ve never heard before, but all in remixed forms. The playlist never once stopped, and each song seamlessly flowed into the next. Honestly, if you need music to run, check it out. They have all sorts of playlists to choose from. And you can choose based on music taste or BPM. Definitely worth the download. Just make sure to download your playlist before you head out on your run. You need to have WiFi to do so.

 

  •  Spring WeatherFINALLY! After having the occasional 75 degree day, and the dropping back into the low 50’s, we are FINALLY getting some beautiful spring weather. High 60s today, 70s by weekend and 70s next week. THANK YOU MOTHER NATURE. It was like spring kept arriving, and promptly saying ‘Just Kidding!’ and reverting back to winter.
  • My Current ReadInto the Darkest Corner is seriously so good. I haven’t been able to put it down. Essentially, it bounces between 2004-2005 and 2007-2008, and a woman named Cathy who is in a bad relationship (abusive) and her recovery from OCD and Panic Attacks from said abuse in 2007-2008. I won’t give much away, except it’s just such a great book. Heartbreaking, and sad, but yet so happy and heartwarming at the same time. Sighhhh… just read it so I have someone to talk to about it :)
  • Editing lots and lots of horse photos – I’ve seriously been editing horses for two weeks non-stop and it’s amazing. I had the first round of the High Tail Acres Mini Sessions on May 18th along with the candids from my day at the barn, then horse show last weekend, and followed by more mini sessions tomorrow. If you didn’t know, I love horses. I’ve been riding literally almost my entire life, so photographing horses to me is heaven. (I love photographing people too!). Here is just one of the many from my photo Facebook page.10359522_529067730537045_8071509094974767088_n

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday!!

Learning to Run

At least three times a week, I lace up my teal Nike’s and hit the pavement. In the past, it’s been to walk at least 2 1/2 miles. But now, it’s to run.

I’m not a good runner. I’m not a fast runner. In fact, I’m a pretty awful runner. But for the first time in my life, I’m comfortable with calling myself a runner. I’m not running for a full 30 minutes yet, but I will be. I’m learning to run.

I re-started Active.com’s Couch to 5K program after suffering from a 6 month long overuse injury in which I had numerous diagnoses. First, metatarsalgia. Second, a stress fracture of the navicular bone in which I was booted from September 2013 until November 2013, and finally, after switching doctors, and undergoing 5 weeks of physical therapy and a cortisone shot, synovitis. It is something I will forever have to deal with now. I’ve always been the type to shy away from activities when I’ve had a past injury because I don’t want to get re-injured.

But now, I’m refusing to let it stop me. Sure, it’s still bruising and swelling and yes, it aches from time to time, but I’m not letting this injury win. I’ve been determined to be a runner for the last 5 years, and this time, I will be.

So why do I run? Because I want too. I want to lace up my shoes and run for miles. I want to feel that runner’s high. I want to cross that finish line of my first 5K and bask in the glory of success.

I’m not a good runner. I’m definitely not naturally gifted when it comes to running. I can’t figure out how to get my breathing under control and I land on my feet awkwardly. The whole idea of learning to run is a funny one to me because as humans, one would think we’d all have the gift of running. That’s most certainly not the case, at least for me.

But I’m learning to run. I read, I watch videos, and I talk to people. My legs ache as I work to make sure I’m landing on the mid-point and heel of my foot, instead of the ball and toes, so I don’t hurt myself. I try not to think too hard about my breathing because when I do, I start to panic about it and then I actually can’t breathe and then the dreaded side stitch happens. When I do think about it, the same thing happens. So I’m learning to find a happy medium. Good music helps.

I’m slow. Like really slow. Like barely faster than my speed-walking speed. But if I go too fast, I can’t breathe, and my lungs feel like they might explode. It’s frustrating. Especially reading about those who are running 8, 9, or 10 minute miles. But then I step back and remind myself that I’m learning to run. This is new to me. And just like anything that’s new, there is a learning curve.

I’m self-conscious. I hate running by other runners who have been doing this forever. In my head, all I can think is that they are looking at me going ‘What in the world is she doing?’. I won’t make eye contact with them as they pass by. I’m not being rude. I’m trying to focus. I need to zone out to my music and stare straight ahead so that I can concentrate on what I’m doing.

But what I have found in my short time learning to run so far, is that seasoned runners are always up for helping new runners. Whether it’s helping with footfalls, with breathing, or with position, they are willing to help.

I may not be a seasoned runner, but I am determined to get there. I’ve never wanted to run more in my life than I do now. The second I feel that stitch coming on, I slow my pace down and breathe. Instead of shying away and walking up a steep heel, I charge up it, completely winded at the top, but knowing that I climbed it.

Each time I lace up, put in my earbuds, and launch my apps (MapMyFitness, Active.com’s Couch to 5K and music), I know that I’m one day closer to being a distance runner. And that one day, I’ll no longer be learning to run. I’ll just be running.

100 Days of Active

Ah. The gym. Like everyone else, I vowed to make the gym part of my daily routine during the new year. And like everyone else, that vow quickly turned to a thing of the past. Well, at least until the third week in January. I told myself daily “I’m going to go to the gym.” and by 5 PM, it turned into “It can wait until tomorrow.” and the next morning, it would be, “I’ll go after work“, and needless to say, the same routine followed.

So here we are, almost to the end of February. I was going strong at the gym for about 2 weeks, and it slowly faded off again. Not for lack of motivation, just because things got busy and I preferred sitting at home and reading my latest book or crocheting, then getting to the gym.

The first couple weeks of the month, I was fighting a horrible upper respiratory infection. Needless to say, I waited to start working out until I could actually move without coughing.

Now, I’m back to my slump. But instead of just sitting idly by, I’ve made a new goal.

100 days from today (Okay…it’s 110 days) is my birthday. Today marks my new plan of ‘100 Days of Active’. Every day I have to do SOMETHING active, whether it means heading to the gym, going for a walk, exercising at home… something. I bought a tracker for my phone and I plan to document it on Instagram too.  While the ultimate goal is to lose weight, this goal is just to give myself something to work towards and say ‘I did it!’.

If you haven’t checked out this inspirational story, then please do. LaKeisha Shurn took the 100 day fitness challenge to better her life. It didn’t just help her to lose weight, but helped her learn to love fitness and herself, and she continued her weight loss journey.

I plan to do the same. 100 days is just a fun challenge for me to find my passion for being active. I hope to lose some weight/inches along the way, but the goal is to learn to love exercise.

I was once a competitive horseback rider who was at the barn 4 days a week and was in the best shape of her life. Now with only riding a few times a month, I’m ready to find that competitive spirit again with exercise. That devotion that I had to my sport.

Dawn and I, ASB Hunter Country Pleasure, Twin States '00 - photo by Shane Shiflet.
Dawn and I, ASB Hunter Country Pleasure, Twin States ’00 – photo by Shane Shiflet.

Tonight, I’m also starting a 30 day abs/squat challenge to go along with it. And no, I will not use this as my ‘daily’ active. This is just a supplement. I’ll be doing my before picture tonight, a 30 day photo (when the abs/squat challenge is complete), and then one at 100 days. Maybe another at like 60… but that will depend.

I’ll post updates on here. But not daily. I will be posting daily updates on my activity on my Instagram account – stop by and follow me there if you’re interested!