Posts tagged with "reading"

My thoughts on tomorrow’s half-marathon + tips on long distance running

Posted May 3, 2014 in running, excercise, lincoln marathon and 2 more

The Lincoln Half-Marathon is tomorrow!

I can’t believe it’s already here. I’m excited and nervous just like I have been with every race I’ve done. This will be my seventh half-marathon! It still feels weird for me to write that. It feels like I’m talking about someone else.

I’m definitely not a natural athlete, and running is still hard for me. Most training runs are challenging, and I have to dig deep for some inner strength to get me through them. But that is what I love about running.

The first time I crossed the finish line of a half-marathon, I thought, ‘If I can do this, I can do anything.’ There’s something powerful about pushing your body past physical pain and having mental strength take over.

My training for this half-marathon has been less than stellar. For most of the training, I was teaching five fitness classes a week. Getting in my short weekday training runs was hard. I got in all of my long weekend training runs, but those short runs are just as important.

My goal for the year was to run a half-marathon in 2 hours. It’s not going to happen tomorrow. Without enough short runs and with a lot of slow weekend runs, I know it’s not possible. So I’m just going to listen to my body, run at a pace that feels good, and enjoy the race. Last year, I ran the race in 2:19:53 and the year before it was 2:09:47 (my PR). So I’m hoping I’ll finish in between those two times.

Although my training hasn’t been super awesome, I do feel like my nutrition has been on point. I really focused on eating healthy carbs to fuel my runs and recovering with healthy whole foods. I didn’t rely on bars or Gatorade like I have in year’s past. I drank coconut water to rehydrate, I made protein smoothies to recover after runs and I drank tart cherry juice to help prevent muscle soreness, just to name a few things I did differently.

As I’ve been training, I’ve been reading the book “Eat and Run” by Scott Jurek. He’s one of the most dominant ultrarunners in the world and has won some of the world’s most prestigious 100+ mile races. Although 13.1 miles is not even comparable to an ultra, I have taken away some helpful tips from his book.

  • Nutrition is key. Jurek is a vegan! Most runners rely on animal protein, protein bars, energy bars, protein drinks, etc. to fuel and recover from runs. But Jurek sticks to a vegan whole foods diet. During long runs he eats potatoes, bananas, bean burritos, etc. He also doesn’t take pain-relievers and uses anti-inflammatory foods to help cure his ailments. While I don’t plan to become vegan, I like his food philosophy.
  • Stay in the present. Thinking about how far you have to go can make the run seem daunting. “I try to do so by breaking races up into small digestible parts. Sometimes I focused on the next aid station, three miles ahead. Sometimes I pictured the next shady spot down the road, or the next step.”
  • Long distance running is mostly mental. “That’s one of the great pleasures of an ultramarathon. You can hurt more than you ever thought possible, then continue until you discover that hurting isn’t that big of deal.”
  • Let go of negative thoughts. Having negatives thoughts about how much your body hurts or how much the race sucks, can bring you down. The more you focus on those negative thoughts, the more likely you’ll be to talk yourself into quitting. “Don’t dwell on feelings that aren’t going to help.” I like to have a positive mantra when running. During lots of my training runs this year I keep saying, “This will make you stronger” to myself.

Good luck to you if you’re running the Lincoln Half-Marathon or Marathon or another race this weekend!

October Goals

Posted October 7, 2014 in October, goals, motivation and 12 more

I'm a chronic goal setter. I set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and even life goals. 

I feel like I function better when I'm working towards something. It makes me more productive, and there's nothing better than that feeling of accomplishing a goal!

But lately, I've been making my usual goal lists and then...nothing. The day or week will come and go and my list remains with no checks next to my goals. 

Then I read a post about goals written by a blogger I met at FitBloggin. Brooke Not on a Diet creates daily, weekly and monthly goals each month and decides on a reward if she meets her goals. I totally love this idea, and I know it will help motivate me to get going on my goals!

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October Goals Review

Posted October 30, 2014 in goals, goal setting, yoga and 10 more

Earlier this month, I set some small goals for October that would help me get closer to my overall fall goals.

I used Brooke: Not on a Diet's format for goal setting and set daily, weekly and monthly goals with a reward if I achieved those goals. I think I did OK. I definitely didn't accomplish all of my goals, but having something to check off every day made me work harder to achieve the goals that I had set.

Here's how I did...

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November Goals Review + December Goals

Posted December 2, 2014 in goals, goal setting, Fall and 12 more

For the past few months, I've been setting daily, weekly and monthly goals to help me reach my bigger goals, and I've been sharing how I've been doing.

I hope you enjoy reading these posts. I always think it's interesting to see how people are working on themselves. I want to give you a glimpse into my successes and things I need to work on, but also inspire you to take time to set your own goals. I truly believe goal setting is key to becoming your best self!

Click here to find out how I did with my October goals.

November was better. I did well with two of my daily goals and a few of my weekly goals. My monthly goals...not so much.

Here's how I did...

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New Year's Goals Halfway Check In

Posted June 4, 2015 in goals, 2015, new year and 8 more


Can you believe we're nearly halfway through the year?!?! 2015 is flying by!

The above photo is what I look like mid-2015, in case you were wondering.

At the beginning of the year, I always like to take some time to reflect on my life and set some goals for the year. I try to look back at my goals throughout the year to make sure I'm staying on track. I thought this halfway point would be a good time to share with you how I'm doing.

Read my original post - My Goals for 2015.

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Happy First Day of Fall!!

Posted September 23, 2015 in Fall, goals, gratitude and 4 more


(a photo from the Sweet Success archives! Cabin trip at Platte River State Park in the fall of 2012)

Can you believe that fall has arrived??!? This year has just flown by.

Since it's the first day of fall, I wanted to take a moment to express some gratitude for summer. When spring turns to summer and summer turns to fall, we tend to just keep pushing forward. But it's nice to express a little gratitude for what the season brought to your life.

I also like to set goals for the new season. I like treating each new season just like I do the new year. It's a good time to reevaluate the goals you set earlier in the year and think about what you want your life to look like in the upcoming months.

Today I'm sharing my gratitude list for summer and my goals for fall...

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 27-29, 2015} - Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted November 30, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, Thanksgiving and 8 more


I'm so not ready to resume real life today! My long weekend was so wonderful. It was full of family time, relaxing, putting up Christmas decorations, holiday shopping and eating delicious food.

And when I woke up to the view above...I just wanted to stay in my pajamas, drink coffee and watch Christmas movies all day.

Here's a recap of my Thanksgiving, and here's how I spent the rest of the weekend...

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Books to Inspire You in the New Year

Posted January 1, 2016 in new year, books, reading and 6 more


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Last year, I set a goal to read 12 books...one book a month. I'm usually a novel reader, but I made a point to read a few books that would help me learn and grow. 

I ended up falling in love with personal development books! I felt so inspired while reading them, and they forced me to look within myself more.

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What I'm reading, wearing, watching, eating and listening to

Posted December 15, 2016 in green smoothie, plant protein, Cuddl Duds and 10 more

I wrote a post like this in January and fully intended to make it a monthly thing because I thought it was so fun. 

Ummmm, that didn't happen. It's now December and I'm finally writing the second post in this series.

But I'm bringing it back this week because I need something fun and light amidst my annoyingly long to do list. So here we go!

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Books I Read in 2016

Posted December 29, 2016 in personal development books, reading, books

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One of my goals each year is to read at least one book a month. I've always loved reading, but without a goal it can be really easy to choose Netflix over a book.

I've met my goal the past couple of years, and 2016 was no different. I go back and forth between personal development books, biographies and novels. I also go back and forth between reading books and listening to books on Audible.

I read a lot of personal development book this year mostly because I had a year of self-discovery and personal growth and those are the books I gravitated towards. 

But I also discovered Ruth Ware, who writes hauntingly suspenseful novels that you don't want to put down. 

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What to Read to Get Motivated in the New Year

Posted December 30, 2016 in reading, books, personal development books and 5 more

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I ordered a lot of books on Amazon over the past year...that I never read. 

Don't get me wrong, I met my goal of reading a book a month. You can see what books I read here. But I was on a major personal development book kick, and ordered books I knew I would want to read. 

So I thought I would share some of the books that I purchased and plan to read in the new year and some others that are hanging out in my Amazon cart. 

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