Over the weekend I was sharing with a new friend about my goals for my business, how fitness has changed my life and how the reason I became a coach is because I want to share that with others.
My journey hasn’t been perfect, some days I feel like a fraud because I make a big declaration only to not completely commit myself to follow through. Take for example this last 21 day program, I shared my Facebook page that my goal was to wake up and get my workout done first thing… that lasted about 10 days until my mind and body were telling me I needed a mental break. Then I started having knee issues and now it’s Day 22 and I still have 5 days left of the program, (which I am stil Planning on doing because then I get a sweet tshirt) but have accepted it didn’t work out how I had thought.
Other times I have a great moment with working out and running that I am so thrilled to share. I achieve running goals I never thought I could do. Complete more consecutive push-ups or just make it through a workout easier than the time before.
But it’s all a journey, a journey of perseverance.
Perseverance isn’t something you demonstrate when things are easy. Perseverance is doing the things that matter when it’s the most difficult. It’s what drives you when you’ve got uncertainty and fear. Perseverance is seeing people around you complain (even if it’s your own inner voice – which isn’t you. It’s echoes of the people around you have said cruel or unnecessary opinions that had nothing to do with your potential.) Perseverance means still believing that the opportunity is huge, knowing the struggle is temporary, and remembering the imperative of our work is real.
Perseverance. It’s what matters when your reflex is to quit. Perseverance is the only thing that separates the long-term success from the short term quick hit.
I haven’t given up on my fitness or my business because in my heart I am encouraged to keep going and see what I am really capable of when I fully commit- because I can’t honestly say I have every day. I’m going to keep persevering and discover what I can really achieve.
“Perseverance supersedes talent, genetics and luck. There is no true success without it.”
Two posts in 2 days?! This is what happens when I’m on vacation!
Today is the 1st of the month which marks another month of me taking the leap to become a health and fitness coach. It’s been 10 months now!
When I first started I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, I just knew I was looking for fulfillment in a job. I loved fitness and sharing it with others so I thought this would be a great way to support, share and encourage others in health and fitness goals and find their strength, like I have.
What I’ve found being a part of the Beachbody community is a group of like minded, positive and motivating people. People, especially women, who aren’t afraid to set goals and reach for them. Who want the flexibility of working their own hours and changing lives, including their own. I’ve met new friends from ALL across the country that I would’ve never met otherwise and have the opportunity to earn trips and other fun rewards.
To me, this business is more than just home workouts, it’s making a commitment to yourself to challenge your body, mind and spirit. It’s pushing play on your workouts, and that practice carrying over to other parts of your life, it’s about not giving up. It’s discovering what you are really capable of, and being rewarded for it. It’s building confidence, self-esteem and belief in yourself.
I’ve been afraid to share this opportunity with others for reasons I don’t really know, maybe because I felt embarrassed at first to tell the world that I was one of 400,000+ coaches and I NEVER wanted to be considered a salesperson. Maybe because I was afraid of being judged or hearing “no, that seems like a scam”(it’s not because that’s illegal). But over the last 10 months, I realize it’s SELFISH of me not to share this opportunity of owning your own business, a dream I’ve always had. We are in the business of changing lives and I am nothing but PROUD of that. Even if i wasn’t a coach I’d still want to be a part of this community and go to live quarterly events.
It hasn’t always been easy to be a coach because things didn’t “just happen” and it requires work to be successful, it’s simple work but not easy. But every time I considered quitting, my HEART kept telling me to keep going, that I had a story to share and I needed to keep being that example to the world. “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why”
So this month I’d LOVE to mentor 10 motivated and committed people who feel like something is missing in their life and want to explore an opportunity to help others and earn some income along the way. Once I started getting out of my own way, I started earning enough to cover my utilities, car insurance and cable/internet. What would that kind of extra income mean to you?
(Disclaimer: Beachbody doesn’t guarantee any level of income, its depend on your own efforts)
You don’t need to be a personal trainer, but if you are this is another avenue to help people reach fitness goals without adding more gym hours
You don’t need to be an expert in social media, or even in top shape, just willing to share your journey and life with others. You just have to BE YOU, and that’s how people will connect with you!
Who is the perfect fit?
➖Someone who has a HEART to help others with their health & fitness
➖Someone who feels they are meant to SERVE others but just maybe doesn’t know how to
➖ Someone who is busy but is a hard worker and gets things done,because we’re all busy right?! But we make time for what matters
➖Someone who is self-motivated and wants to work part-time hours on their OWN schedule, right from your laptop or phone to build something substantial
➖ Someone who is serious about their work but also know how to take a break and have fun with earned rewards and incentives.
My current team, Team Exceed the Dream is on FIRE lately and we can’t WAIT to help more people change their life with you.
So if ANY of this interests you, if you aren’t doing work you love and want more out of Mondays, or are looking for a side job, let’s chat and see if maybe this would be a good fit for you too!
Comment below or email me at sarahchasinglife@gmail if you want to learn more and lets chase dreams together!
I know it’s been FOREVER! I don’t have any good excuses. But I’m back, and my plan is to be posting more consistently again because I’ve missed sharing my journey here, plus I’ll have lots to share as I train for my first marathon this fall. So thank you for continuing to follow me.
To get back in the swing of things….
What does strength mean to you?
Strength to me used to mean that I was strong enough to lift a certain amount of weight, do pull up or any other physical activity.
But what I’ve learned during my years of fitness is that strength is as much of a mental gain and is as important in your life as physical strength is.
My fitness journey has never been about weight loss, in fact I’ve gained weight, but has been more about building mental strength more than anything else. Yes I’ve developed muscles, yes I’ve gotten stronger, yes I’ve gotten better at push-ups and pull-ups but what I’ve gained mentally can’t be ever touched. I’m more confident, Im always working toward a goal, I feel empowered , inspired and have a more positive outlook.
What sticks out to me the most when I think about the last six years of my life is that when I first turned to running I found it was the one thing in my life that I could control. I was on the verge of losing my job at the time, working through a breakup and I just felt a little lost. A year and a half later I felt even more lost, I was even more unhappy with my job, I was going through a bigger heartbreak and I felt like as a 25-year-old, I wasn’t where I thought I’d be in life (expectations are bad I know), but it wasn’t helped that I was overly emotional due to side effects of medication from endometriosis. I used to look in the mirror and I didn’t even recognize the person that was looking back at me. I vividly remember spending half days in my bed crying, which isn’t like me AT ALL. Needless to say my self esteem was at an all time low and I could barely get through an every day conversations without crying. It got to a point where I started seeing a counselor because I didn’t know what else to do. Not many people know that, but it’s part of my story and I wanted to share it because I’m not perfect, I have problems too.
After about six weeks of talking, I began to realize that the power to change my life lied within myself and between daily journaling and working my way through P90X (90 day strength program)!I was finding my way again. People around me started noticing physical changes (getting toned) but what they may not have seen was the mental changes. I pushed play everyday on my workout even if Infelt sore, I listened to my youngest brothers advice and I started saying yes to more things, to try to discover that elusive happiness and to do things for MYSELF vs for someone else and one thing I did was decide to pursue my MBA (one of the BEST decisions I EVER MADE) and that sent me on a trajectory to change my whole career and subsequently my life and that was in large part to have the confidence and the mental strength to do it.
I thank the jobs that made me unhappy, the heartbreaks and the tears for leading me to where I am today.
As a result of my fitness journey I have more positivity, I have a stress reliever, a goal to work toward and am a part of a motivated, encouraging online community which carries over to all areas of my life.
That’s why I feel compelled to share my journey with others. In the hopes that you’ll be encouraged to say yes to yourself and discover you are capable of so much more. I’m no one special, just a girl who hasn’t given up.
The first words always seem to be the hardest for me. It has been 3 months since I last wrote, and what it really comes down to is I haven’t made this a priority like I used to. It is currently 5:30am on a Saturday morning, and I figured- “enough procrastinating already just rip the bandaid off and write something! It can be short, long and it doesn’t have to be groundbreaking just get back in the habit.”
The point of this blog was to share my running and fitness journey with a little life now and then, so I thought the easiest way for me to get back into writing is to recap my first race of 2017.
To give a quick recap of my running over that last 3 months it has been ok. I am not where I had hoped I’d be, mainly because I was having some knee issues that lasted for 2 weeks at the end of the February. I haven’t had knee issues for over 5 years so I didn’t know what was causing it. I ended up starting to wear a knee brace, and changed the cross training I was doing, thinking maybe that was irritating it. It’s better now, not 100% but it gets better everyday. I am also nearly 15% of my way to my goal of running 1000 miles this year, I have mapped out the remainder of the year and with a marathon scheduled for the fall I expect to be able to achieve this goal but anything can happen in the next 9 months.
Onto the topic of this post, I ran a 15K on Sunday, March 26th. It was the 2nd oldest race in my area (44th Anniversary) that a few hundred people completed. After running for the last 6 years this is my first time running this race because with it being at the end of March, and a longer distance I wasn’t always trained enough for it. The fun fact is that my Dad also ran this race 4 times in the 80’s, so it was fun to add that to a list of races we have both done.
I arrived at the race about 45 minutes before the start, and picked up my bib. The pick up was in a school, which was nice because it was about 40 degrees out. I stayed inside and warmed up in the hallways, listening to music, trying to clear my mind and get in the right mindset. I was feeling pretty good. I headed back to my car with about 15 minutes to go until start to drop off my race tshirt and sweatshirt I was wearing and then arrived at the start line with 5 minutes to go. Just enough time to get this picture 🙂
This race was my first big test of my last 6 months of training and recovering from a hip flexor injury. Despite my Dad’s warning, I ended up going out too fast on the first mile (I let my ego get the best of me), but found a good rhythm from miles 2-6.
It was a rolling hills course, and I paced with a couple different people until about the halfway point when I ran mostly alone but had others in my eyesight. My legs started to feel a little fatigued around mile 6.5, and then the hardest part of this course was from mile 7.75-8.25, a big hill. At 7.75 it was up and around a corner, and I had hoped it was ‘the hill’ everyone had referenced, but when I got around the bend and saw another hill I had a few choice words! Thankfully that 8 mile hill wasn’t as bad as it looked, after I got over that it was was downhill and flat until the finish. Unfortunately I started my kick a little too early and the last .2 miles I was hurting!
I finished in 1:21:26 (8:41 pace), which I am happy with considering it was my first time running the course, and I didn’t pace as I should’ve, I didn’t remind myself to ‘run my own race’ as I usual do during the early miles. There is room for improvement for my next race in 5 weeks, a half marathon.
Thanks for reading, I’ll post again soon, I promise!
P.S. February 22nd marked my 2 year anniversary of having this blog!
One week into the new year, and as committed to on my Facebook page, I am writing one blog post a week to share my fitness journey, which will include tracking one of my goals of running 1000 miles in 2017.
Sunday 1/1- Happy New Year! My first workout of the year was a Core De Force workout. These workouts are still a fun way to challenge my coordination and feel like a fighter!
My first run of 2017 was on Monday January 2nd. I decided to change up my ‘usual’ route and headed for some hills. My first mile was a steady incline for 330 feet. It was slow and steady but I wasn’t going for speed rather the challenge. During this run I thought a lot about how I made what seems like an ambitious goals with aiming for 1000 miles. But we only grow from our challenges, so I reminded myself that just like running up a hill, I will get to those 1000 miles 1 step at a time.
Tuesday January 3rd, my first day back to work in 10 days! Ugh, I had a really hard time getting up! So I only did about 20 minutes of Insanity Asylum Strength workout. It was better than nothing. I intended to finish the rest of it when I got home from work, but got home late, so that didn’t happen.
Wednesday January 4th I did the “Grab bag:Power” workout by Joel Freeman through Beachbody on Demand. I didn’t have a sandbag so I just used weights. I really liked it though, it was 35 minutes of circuit training.
Thursday January 5th I had an extra hour of time in the morning so I went for a run even though it was 20 degrees out. I was surprised when I started running that I was running an 8:15 pace (my “normal” pace is closer to 8:50-9:00). I have no idea where that pace came from but I was so pumped about it, only to have my watch die right at the end of it! Thankfully the data still saved, because I would’ve been bummed if it didn’t (runner problems!)
Friday January 6th was my last day at my former job, and I went to bed late the night before so had a super hard time getting up. Even an early morning text with my best friend seeing if she was working out too didn’t get me out of bed. I succumbed to the fact that I needed some rest on a day that would feel surreal and maybe emotional. So it became an unplanned rest day, filled with cupcakes and cookies too.
Saturday January 7th became a double workout day (to almost make up for yesterday). My first workout was at a Super Saturday Beachbody event, and after a very informative and motivational morning learning how to grow my coaching business, a group of 50 of us did Piyo Live with a Master Trainer. It was a lot of fun! Throughout the years I have thought about maybe becoming a fitness class instructor, but I am juggling too many other commitments. I talked to my best friend about this (I saw her over the weekend) and her response was ‘of course you would like it, but with what time’ haha. Maybe down the road. But either way it was a lot of fun, because I love Piyo and got great results from it.
Later that afternoon, I visited with a college friend that I haven’t seen in a year and half, and we were able to sneak away from her husband and 2 kids and I introduced her to MMA Speed (Core De Force). Again it was fun to do with a friend.
Sunday January 8th, I was staying with my best friend and we had agreed to go for a run together without realizing that a snowstorm was going through! The roads were COVERED, there were 15 mph winds and it was close to 0 degrees out. But we got 3 miles done, and felt soo much better about our day when we finished up.
Monday January 9th, was the first day of my new job and new schedule when I will be getting home earlier. It was also the first day of my January fitness accountability group. It was the perfect day to start fresh. Over the last few weeks I haven’t been following a workout plan as best as I could be because the routines were 45+ minutes and I wasn’t waking up early enough or the holidays, etc. But there is no benefit in listing excuses, so I decided to just start a new program (p90) in the hopes that the shorter workouts (30 minutes) and new routines would jump start my motivation to get back on track. Plus knowing 6 people are looking at me to be a good example, is keeping on track.
Thanks for reading. Did you make fitness resolutions? How are you doing with them?
It’s that time of year again, a time for reflection and setting new goals. An opportunity to start fresh and make changes.
Within the next few days I will write up my final entry regarding my 2016 resolutions (I have a big announcement to share so stay tuned for that) and share my “life” resolutions for 2017. In the meantime I wanted to write a recap on my 2016 Running Races and share with you my running goals for 2017.
I had hoped 2016 would be the year I became a marathoner, but as many of you know I suffered an injury in August and couldn’t run for 3 weeks, putting that goal on hold. While it would be easy to dwell on the things that didn’t happen or didn’t go right, it’s much more productive to focus on what did go right.
1) Completing my 3rd half marathon in a new personal best of 1:55:22. Bettering my previous time from 2 years prior by nearly 2 1/2 minutes. This was my first race of 2016, and I changed my training to be more speed focused than the previous 5 years I have been running. I still ran 3 days of a week, but instead of just ‘getting the miles in’, I spent 1 day completing a tempo or hill run, 1 day completing intervals and 1 day was my long run. The change in pace paid off.
2) Running a sub-25 5K, a 6 year goal. This was an “unofficial time” on a training run about a week after I ran my half marathon. I was feeling good, and decided to see if I could do it. I never thought I would achieve this goal, even changing it to something more realistic. Read more about it here
3) Completing my first 20K. This was a long standing local race that was really cheap to run, so I figured it was a great excuses to have some company on my long run for the week.
4) Finishing my 5th Boilermaker 15K under my goal time of sub-80, 1:19:30. This turned in a very memorable race as I landed in the medical tent post race.I can truly say I gave it my all during this race, Read more here.
5) I Participated in my first Cross Country series and made some new friends along the way. This was a step out of my comfort zone since I haven’t run cross country since I was in middle school. But it helped ensure I ran once a week, and I really looked forward to seeing everyone every week and mixing up my running.
Some these races seem so long ago, especially because I haven’t been running as much as I should and would like. It’s so easy to forget what my body is capable of, but the pictures, my scrapbook and this blog help to remind me I can do hard things. I just have to believe in myself and stick to a schedule.
With that in mind, and after a lot of thought, I have (mostly) decided on what my race schedule will be for 2017 (subject to change ;)) along with my overall running goals.
My races will be:
2 15ks: 1 new one in March, the other my usual Boilermaker in July
My 4th Half Marathon on May 7th: Goal is 1:52:30 or better.
My FIRST Marathon (take 2): Wineglass Marathon Oct 1st with the goal of finishing with a smile on my face 🙂 A Sub 4 hour would be nice too!
I also enjoyed the Cross Country Series, so I will most likely participate in that again.
Mileage Goal: 1,000 miles. This seems a little unreachable, especially because 2016 I am finishing up around 475, but considering the last 4 months I have only ran 1-3 times per week, I think this goal will help keep me motivated even when I am not training for a race.
What are your goals for 2017?
“If we write our dreams and goals down, we dramatically increase our odds of realization. If we share them with other they become potent and alive”-Kristen Armstrong
I know I am more than a days behind on getting this written, I had 90% of this written last week but I’ve had a lot on my mind and the days just got away from me.
What this process has taught me is that some resolutions are more tangible than others, and easier to track progress and I will be keeping that in mind when I make my 2017 resolutions.
Being nearly halfway through the last month of 2016, below are the steps (or lack there of) I took toward the resolutions I made nearly a year ago.
to train for a marathon- For those who are new to my blog, I planned to run a marathon, but an injury sidelined me. I plan to register for the Wineglass marathon 2017 within the next 2 weeks.
to find my true purpose in my career- I have been using this space to share my experience with the Leadership Program I am participating in and also sharing my progress as a new online fitness coach.
First for the Leadership program update. I have sessions on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, and each session has a theme. The themes for this month were: Education & Sports/Recreation and Government & Broome County History.
On the Education Day we went to our local BOCES and had a tour of the school and learned about the many different extended learning programs, special needs, non traditional and experiential learning classes. It was really interesting to see the different learning environments. I followed the traditional education route, and was successful, but it made me wonder how I would have done had I participated in a non traditional program. It was great to see how passionate and more engaged students become when they are enjoying what they are learning.
After BOCES, we had a session with the local AAA Baseball & AHL team Managers. Both of these teams are going through transitions. Our AAA Baseball just was rebranded/renamed and our AHL team will be relocating. We had the opportunity to learn about how the players between the two teams are different, but have similarities when it comes to temporarily living in my area. It was interesting to have a ‘behind the scenes’ talk regarding these teams.
On the 2nd session of the month, we spent the morning with various panels of politicians, ranging from local to state representatives, and getting tours of county legislative chamber and city hall. The various politicians were very busy so after their intros and learning a little bit about them, we didn’t have a long time to ask them questions regarding what they are doing to improve our area and the state. It was clear that they all had a passion for representing their constituents.
During the afternoon session of that day we spent some time at the county library speaking with the Historian and learned about the many resources available to look up people, places and things that occurred over the last 100+ years. It made me wish that I had family that grew up in the area I live in now, so I could do research about them! After that we went to a local art, history and science center & Museum. It was great timing to go there because the whole place was decorated for their Home for the Holidays exhibit- Trees all over the place, garland, lights, etc . It was beautiful, and it was great we got a free admission into AND all received a free yearly membership. A perk of the Leadership program!
As far as my coaching endeavor is going, I feel A LOT better about it than I did in October. It took me a while to realize how overwhelmed I really was and how I probably trying too hard. I am doing much better at not feeling nearly as overwhelmed (most days) by trying to do too much. Plus, I have connected with a few people so I hope this will be a bright beginning. I have accepted that I just do what I can, when I can, vs feeling pressured to HAVE to do something everyday. I know my business will grow more the more time I put into it, but I have to believe that the consistency will pay off. Plus I can focus on quality vs quantity.
I also had a moment when I was listening to a podcast about ‘Vision’, and I got goosebumps when I heard the quote. “The 2 most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why”, and I am starting to feel like this fitness journey, although has started slow is an avenue which I can help people and help them see they are capable of so much more, not only in their health but their life.
After 3 months of this coaching, I am have grown personally, as I have challenged myself to go outside my comfort zone, have helped 5 people better their health and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.
to treat others better and think before I speak- I feel like November was a pretty good month for this, it could be because I am juggling so many obligations that I don’t have the energy to argue with someone. I also noticed that I hold my tongue better in a professional work environment vs with my family. I have had a lot of thoughts going on though, that a specific instance doesn’t stand out as to how well I really did on this goal.
to do things outside my comfort zone- Besides the steps I have taken to grow my coaching business, I volunteered to give a leadership presentation to female students at the campus I work at. It was based on the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, which I read earlier in the year. The presentation was called “Lean In: Women, work and the Will to Lead”, I had about 15 students attend, and even though I ended up putting together the presentation kind of last-minute (due to being out-of-town the weekend before I had to give it), it went really well. The students were really engaged, and I wasn’t nervous at all to stand up in front of them, something I HATED to do in college. I was terrible at public speaker 8+ years ago, but have learned over the years that the better I know the material the more confident and comfortable I am to present. This presentation was outside my comfort zone because I haven’t led a learning program before.
Read 25 books in 2016- I did not make any further progress in November, I started a book (GoPro) and even though its only 150 pages, I am only halfway through still. At the end of the day, it just isn’t a priority to me. I know it should be, but sleep is trumping reading at night right now! I have read 16 books so far this year, plus listened to hundreds of hours of podcasts.
to reduce clutter in my life- I look around my apartment and see things that I really want to sort through (tear outs from fitness magazines of workouts, unread magazines, unread or unenjoyable books, etc) and I want to spend time clearing them out. But they aren’t a priority for me yet, but it would be great if I could get to them by the end of the year, I’m adding it to my ever-growing list of “do when I have spare time”. I also added more clutter to my life by registering for a bunch free webinars to gain some knowledge but my email box gets filled up. It’s my own fault, but it definitely was not a step in reducing clutter in my life.
to eliminate excuses and procrastination- If you noticed, I mentioned whether an action was a priority or not throughout November and it’s clear that November was full of excuses and procrastination, I would make a list of things I needed to get done, and it would take me longer to get done than it should have. I feel like everyone goes through phases with this, and even though I felt like I had some months better than others, November was not a good month.
I don’t even know where to start on this post. It has been so long since I have written about my fitness progress!! I got off track from writing weekly following my running injury. I didn’t feel I had anything worthwhile to write, then I began exploring a new opportunity (which took a lot more of my time than I expected), I was also coaching on a local swim team 4 nights a week. So needless to say time has gotten away from me. This is the first weekend since September that I feel like I am not playing catch up on things that get pushed aside during the week, and I can actually get some things done that I enjoy- like this blog.
I finished Piyo, an 8 week low impact pilates/yoga program. After the struggle of going through an injury, this program gave me a new spark to working out and improving. I woke up earlier each weekday to get the 30 minute workout done before work. This was a huge gain since I have never considered myself a morning person. I have been on this routine for the last 2 1/2 months now and I am slowly starting to become maybe a morning person (what?!). It does feel great to get my workout done first thing. I started seeing results with this program after two weeks, and it was motivation for me to keep going. When I started this program I wasn’t sure how I would like it since I had never done pilates or yoga before, but the low impact was gentler way to wake up my body in the morning vs a High Impact workout.
So you may be wondering what my results were- I lost 2.5 lbs & around 7 inches overall. I would recommend the program to anyone, especially runners, as it was great for my core, and it increased my hip flexibility. Comment below if you would like more information about it!
I am purposely not sharing a before and after picture because I read an article yesterday that really struck a cord with me. My progress should not be about more defined abs, it’s about the mental gain, excitement about finding a program I liked and the inches lost. Those are the things that can’t be questioned based on good angles or lighting.
2. Even with Piyo, I have been running but fairly inconsistently. Sometimes once a week, sometimes three times. It varies based on my coaching schedule and the cross-country race series I have been participating in since the beginning of October.
I wasn’t sure whether I would like the cross-country series, because I have strictly been a road racer since I started running almost 6 years ago. But I signed up with a team and even though I knew only 1 person at first, I met a handful more and looked forward to seeing everyone every week. Here are a few pictures.
I also had a moment when I really appreciate running with a buddy. I have run with friends here and there before, but this particular moment worked out really well partly because it was unexpected. A few weeks ago I was at my college Alma Mater for Homecoming and I had signed up for a fun run which alumni and students were supposed to participate in. However, only me and two other alumni (a couple- Amy & Zack) showed up. It was windy, but actually turned out to be a perfect morning to run- mid-40s. So after the 2 mile run around campus, Amy and I kept decided to keep going and get some more miles in. We ended up running 6 miles- my longest run since the end of July!! Even though we didn’t know each other before the run, we bonded over running and chatted about our lives. We felt great after the run and it was really nice to have someone to run with that morning, it made the time go by so much faster and was a perfect way to start my day.
3. I have registered for my first race of 2017 and started planning out my races for the year! Some may not understand why I pay for someone to allow me to run, but runners know that it’s not about the money, it’s the experience. It’s having an official result of your accomplishments. Plus having a goal race over the years has helped to keep me motivated on days when my energy levels are low.
I’m aware that I haven’t been writing as much as I was early this year, but as I mentioned in my last post I want to get back in the habit. In all honesty, I just haven’t felt like I have any thing worth sharing. I have been over thinking many things lately, and my brain just feels a little overwhelmed. If you happen to be overwhelmed too, check out these 11 tips to help overcome it.
Writing has always been my outlet to process, but I just haven’t sat down and done it, even though I know it would make me feel better- it’s a bad cycle!
So this is just a general short update on my workout routine (with pictures, so if you can’t see them, be sure to click here).
In general, over the last 10 days, I have woken up early (6:30ish) to get my PiYo workout done before, and if I am not (swim) coaching I will also workout/run after work.
When I started PiYo I was really skeptical on whether I would get the results I wanted. The first workout (lower body) was 25 minutes and I didn’t even break a sweat, and it wasn’t that challenging. But 3 weeks in and I can now say I have not been this excited about Home DVD program in 4 years, when I completed P90x. At the 2 week check-in I had lost approx 4 inches overall, with 2 inches of that being in my hips (every girls problem area!). I get out of bed every morning with little delay because I am excited to try something new, and the workouts are about 30 minutes long (but clearly effective). They are also low-impact so I don’t have to worry about whether I am waking up my downstairs neighbor.
My schedule has been as follows:
9/20: Define Lower Body (Warrior Variations)
9/21: Buns- Various Lunges and Squats
9/23: Define Lower Body
9/24: Rest Day for PiYo, but had a great day running, only my 2nd run for the week. I was short on time, so I started running faster than I have been. Throughout the run I felt the positive impact PiYo is having on my form. My hips feel better aligned, and my stride felt smoother. I FELT like a runner today, and the progression of my improvement can’t be denied. I am not completely back to where I was before, but each day I am getting closer, and I am confident I will come back stronger.
9/26: Strength Intervals
9/27: Sweat in the AM. I had an appointment, so I was home an hour earlier than usual, which mean I was able to fit a run in before heading to swim practice. My plan was to run for 3, but halfway through my legs were feeling fatigued, seeing as I had worked out earlier in the day, I was just going to stop after 2, but then I went for 2.5 and eventually finished up at 3. It was really nice to have a chance to run outside and clear my head some, and I appreciated the ‘extra’ time in my day, it made me wish for a job closer to home to get the commuting time back in my day.
9/28: Hardcore on the Floor: This was a bonus video that came with the my order. It is harder than “Core”, but it’s suppose to be! It’s fun to try different exercises.
9/29: I had Day 2 of my Leadership Program today, and didn’t have to be out the door as early as I usually do, so I did “Drench” today vs tomorrow because it’s a 45 minute length workout.
Other improvements: Besides the running and thanks to the couple of inches lost already, my pants are fitting better, and my ‘skinny’ jeans, that I had put at the bottom of my pile not thinking I would fit into again, now fit comfortably. That’s not meant as a brag, but rather an example of what happens when I changed up my fitness routine to something new. I took a chance and invested in a new program, and its paying off. Don’t be afraid to try something new, you may just really like it!
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I can’t believe this is my 100th post!! When I started this blog in Feb 2015 I didn’t know how long it would last, what exactly I would write about, where it would go and whether I would connect to people. I just knew I enjoyed writing, and I wanted to share my story.
So in honor of this monumental post I have decided to share 10 things (in no particular order) that have been going on in my life since my last update. No one topic in particular, but since its been a few weeks since I have written anything, I wanted to share a couple of things that have been going on with me and some that have really made me think the last few weeks.
As I mentioned in my resolution update, I was accepted into a local Leadership Development program. It will be 6 months long, and a few days ago was the all day (8:30a-7pm) retreat to kick things off.
There are 20 participants in the program, and we started with some team builders (which are soooo much better than ice breakers!). As a group we actually impressed the facilitators on our quick problem solving, and set a record time in one of the activities. So we were setting ourselves up as high achievers haha. It made me excited to spend the next 6 months with this group of people.
After the morning team builders, we went out into the woods for some ropes course activities and challenges. All challenges were by choice, but I went up on a 30 ft catwalk, and honestly the hardest part was transitioning from climbing up the tree to the log that I would walk across. I am not afraid of heights, but I tried not to look down because I knew it would make me nervous.
The next station was a 40 foot rock climbing wall. I had never done a rock climbing wall before, and after watching 5 guys only get about halfway up, I didn’t expect to make it very far. I slowly worked my way up, and even though I had to stop a few times to rest because my legs were shaking, I tried to keep going. I got frustrated a few times because I couldn’t reach the next pegs or figure out where to go, and I felt like I wouldn’t get any closer than 6 feet from the top. I thought strongly about stopping, but seeing how close I was, I didn’t want to regret not going further. I received some encouragement from those watching below, and I was able to turn a peg that was loose to get a boast for my foot and after 15+ minutes on the way, I got to the top. Something only 2 other people did that day did. I was so proud of myself for not giving up.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”
Overall, by the end of the day, I felt like I was able to be myself (a leader) which I sometimes don’t always feel, as I feel like I have to hold back. It was also interesting because all day we only could share our first names and we couldn’t talk about where we worked so we had to get to know each other as people vs titles. It was a little awkward at times, but it forced us to ask other questions to get to know each other. At dinner we shared our jobs, and fun facts about ourselves and for some their jobs and facts didn’t seem to fit their personalities that was seen throughout the day, which is the point.
2. On Sept 7th I started a new workout program, PiYo, to complement my running. As you can see from this picture, I have pretty poor flexibility, so I am hoping for some good results. If you are interested in learning more about PiYo, let me know!
As a result of this new program and trying to manage other commitments in my life, I have been waking up early to get the 25-30 minute workouts in so I don’t get off track on the plan and miss a day. This is something I did last fall, and I liked getting my exercise out-of-the-way for the day, even though I like my sleep. So I’ll see how long this continues.
3. Today (Sept 18th) was the day I was supposed to run my first marathon. But as most of you know, I had a hip flexor injury that derailed my training in August so I wasn’t able to adequately complete my training. I made the decision to not run the race. Although I don’t regret my decision it didn’t stop me from thinking about how different the last month of weekends, and the last few weeks would have been like. I would have had long runs to complete, and I would’ve been tapering for the last 2 weeks and carbo loading the last few days.
But everything happens for a reason and by the end of the morning, I was glad this race didn’t end up being my first marathon for several reasons with the top reasons being. A) I felt like the finishing stretch was unsafe as the runners had to cross a busy intersection and since the course wasn’t closed the police patrolling traffic didn’t always see the runners and several runners almost got hit by cars as they were sprinting to the finish line. B) There was a total of 400 runners that completed the half, relay marathon and marathon, which means that it would’ve been very lonely out on the course and hardly any spectators. I really wanted to like and support this race, but unless something changes, I don’t plan to run this race in the future.
4. I was happy to volunteer for this race, even though the communication on what my actual shift needed to be was not good. I volunteered to hand out race medals, figuring I wouldn’t need to get up as early as those who were doing water stations or race marshals, but it backfired on me when I was told I needed to be there at 6:30 to unwrap medals. Go figure, but within 5 minutes of me arriving the medals were all unwrapped because there were 10 other people there working on them. So I had to kill time until 8:30 when the 5K runners started finishing. It was frustrating, and I know I should’ve taken it all in stride but I didn’t because I was tired and grumpy for having to get up before I really need to. I did think about offering to help with volunteer organizing next year so others wouldn’t feel the way I did (if they do the race again because they weren’t even sure they would break even this year)
When it was finally time to hand out medals, I did enjoy doing that, and it made me even more determined to try again for a marathon next year.
5. Over the last few weeks I have been able to get 2-3 runs in each week, my hip flexor feels pretty good. I tried doing some intervals on Thursday (.5 miles x 3) and didn’t focus on time, but rather my feel and form. My legs felt heavy, and my stride felt off, and I didn’t know how my hip flexor would feel. Thankfully as tough as the intervals were while I was doing them, once I finished my run I felt good for getting my run done. But it was clear that I have a long way to go to get back to where I was. I know I can get there, but I have to keep running a priority.
6. I mentioned in last months resolution update that I decided to try being a fitness coach. The first 10 days or so of that was very overwhelming because I was trying to find the time to learn everything, and the more I learned I wondered if I made the right decision, and whether I would be successful. My goal is to help others see the value of fitness in their lives. I know what it has done for me and my confidence, and that’s all I want for others. Thankfully, the overwhelming feeling has settled down, and I am starting to find my groove with it. I am planning on hosting a Health/Fitness Challenge group (if anyone is interested check out the Event Invite for more details) and I am trying not to worry about how I will be able to coordinate everything. I will just have to take everything a day at a time, and do what I can while staying true to myself.
7. It has not been as much a priority for me to not only write for myself (daily/ weekly journaling) but my blog has also slipped a little. I really like journaling because it helps me process my thoughts, and I need to make it a priority again. As for my blog, without a current running goal I wasn’t feeling like I had anything worthwhile to share. But you can expect some thoughts on PiYo in the future.
To me, I really just need to look at all of the things I am involved in and really evaluate what brings value to my life and do more of that regardless of what I feel I “should” be doing.
8. The swim team that I coach for has started back up again and I don’t have a set schedule with it because I am in charge of scheduling and if no one else can work I have to cover. Which is just messing up my workout routines. I hope within the next 2 weeks or so this will settle down, but if it doesn’t I will need to say no to certain nights of that, in order to say yes to myself.
9. If you aren’t already, please follow my Facebook Page: Sarah Chasing Life or Instagram: Sarah Chasing Life, to keep up to date on my latest running updates and information related to me being a fitness coach
10. Although this isn’t really an update, I will wrap this up by saying a HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to all my readers, especially my loyal followers that have been with me since the beginning, your support means a lot to me. I wouldn’t still be writing it if weren’t for you.
Time for me to head to bed though, so have a great week!