Fitness News Fridays: Oh boy

Oh boy, Philly is TWO DAYS AWAY. I am doing marathon “prep” all day today, in every way I know how and some I’m not going to share. I’m really looking forward to the big day. I feel rested, relaxed (sort of…) and the new drugs have kicked in so I am ready to rock! Even Mother Nature wants me to PR on Sunday!

Mostly Cloudy
Wind: From SW at 13 mph
Humidity: 72%
UV Index: 2 Low

Thank you in advance, Mother Nature, for the very mild weather. I plan on wearing my crops, a blue tank top, a white pullover and a ponytail-braid. Look for me! I am also the girl who puts her name on her shirt, so I shouldn’t be too hard to find.

I am lucky enough to have my husband and two very awesome lululemon friends coming to cheer me on. The local lululemon store has cheer stations at miles 16 and 22.5, exactly where I need them. I just hope I don’t shame the family.

Anyway, there’s a bunch of cool science stuff happening in the world of fitness this week so let’s get right to what you might’ve missed!

That’s it for me today, everybody. The next time you read from me, I will have complete my 9th marathon. I might cry. Don’t judge. If you’re out running on Sunday and you have a moment, send a happy thought my way. I’ll be thinking of all of you and running my little heart out!
Now go out and run!

Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Life Is Full of Choices

This is the last BTAT before the Philly Marathon, so I thought it fitting that it be about Choices. BTAT was inspired by something Obi-wan says to anyone and everyone, that whatever you/he are going through in life, it still beats the hell out of the alternative (you know, NOT life). So, at least you go that going for you.

One of the other very common Obi-wan-isms is what he has told me, my siblings, our friends, the neighborhood kids and other impressionable youth: Life is Full of Choices. I don’t think I quite grasped this until just a few years ago (I’m slow) but now I get it. It’s all a choice.

Happiness is a choice. Health is a choice. Loving the life you lead is a choice. Loving those around you is a choice. Being ok with who you are is a choice. Appreciating what you have is a choice.

I could choose to get down on myself for not being able to train as much as I wanted to due to my seemingly never-ending flareup, but I’m not going to choose that. I could choose to whine and complain that I have it so hard because I have this chronic disease that makes life challenging for me at times, but I’m not going to choose that. I could choose to take the easy way out and drop out of the marathon before I even try because I’m scared of what might happen in the later miles, but I’m not going to choose that.

Life is Full of Choices. And life is too short to be unhappy with your choices.

I choose to try. I choose to get over it. I choose to move on. I choose to do absolutely everything in my power to have an awesome race and let the chips fall where they may. I choose to run until something stops me or I reach the finish line. I choose to be happy.

There are so many things that are not up to us to decide, so many things out of our control. Why not take charge of the things that are IN your control and make your life amazing? Have the life you’ve always wanted. Choose it. Makes steps to achieving it.

Remember, the Choice is yours and no one else’s. Choice is a powerful gift. Use it.

Life is Full of Choices and that’s why it’s so much better to be here than there. Happy Better Than the Alternative Tuesday, everybody.

Now go out and run!