Pushing Limits

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!! to all of you who have already signed up for the Kick Ass Virtual 5K on Tuesday, April 9th. I reached over $1500 in donations as of today and am SUPER excited to share all the raffle prizes that have been rolling in.

Sneak peak and hoping to add more!!!

Sneak peak and hoping to add more!!!

If you or someone you know would like to donate a raffle item, contact me!!!! (runstrongereveryday@gmail.com) And don’t forget to sign up for the Kick Ass 5K! Or you can just donate to my page 🙂

This whole $20,000 goal is so far outside of my comfort zone, I can’t even tell you. I don’t really think I’m going to hit it. I know I should “believe” I will but I don’t. It’s a goal. It’s a very public goal. I’ll probably fail. It’s scary to fail so publicly to reach my goal.

On the track, in the gym, on the road, I’m pushing hard so that when I toe the half marathon line, I know I did my best to get there. Training is the easy part.

Running til I feel like this. I call it "Panting dog".

Running til I feel like this. I call it “Panting dog”.

It’s easy for me to push my body. It’s much more difficult for me to push my personal life goals. When my body gives out, there’s a reason I can trace back to fix and it’s not usually my fault. I like to push my body to the limit.

When I fail at a life goal, I feel like a total and complete FAILURE.

So I don’t push those limits. Well, I didn’t until the past few years. Putting together this Virtual 5K for (essentially) me makes me uncomfortable. I’d much rather just give them all of my money and not risk the failure.

I'd much rather run a 5K for something/someone else than for myself buuuuut, there are a lot of IBD-ers out there so I'll run for them!

I’d much rather run a 5K for something/someone else than for myself buuuuut, there are a lot of IBD-ers out there so I’ll run for them!

But there are kids with IBD. There are kids who will never know life as anything other than being the “sick”. There are people out there who live every day with pain and drugs and just the worst of the worst of it and I won’t be too chicken to set a $20,000 goal because I’m afraid I won’t meet it.

So here I am. Me and $18,500 more to raise. Watch me push that limit all the way til June 8th when I push my body in Chicago.

Gauntlet thrown.

Now go out and run!

Workout Love: Giveaway!!!!

Now that we’re officially into Spring marathon season, I have a question for all of you:

What’s your favorite type of running workout?

  • Long Run
  • Tempo Run
  • Hill Workout
  • Fartleks
  • Yasso 800s
  • Mile Repeats
  • Ladders
  • Progressive Run
  • Something else I’ve never heard of?
Which is your fave? (Image courtesy of oiselle.com)

Which is your fave? (Image courtesy of oiselle.com)

I’d have to say that my absolute hands-down favorite is the Tempo Run.

I dig having a longer run where I have a chance to warm up and then kick a little butt for  some miles and then cool down. I always feel like my cool down miles seem SO much easier than ever before and they’re usually 8-8:15s.

What I love the most about Tempo Runs is that they give my confidence. I sometimes struggle to find a happy pace, but once I do I remember than I CAN run that tempo. When the cool down miles are a piece of cake–they are really around marathon pace–I start to believe I CAN reach my goals.

I’ve shied away from hard work in the past, but that’s the old me. Maybe that’s why I dig Tempo runs so much more now: I’m not afraid to work hard and feel uncomfortable. After all, if I want to achieve what I’ve never done before, I gotta step outside of my comfort zone to do it, right?

Do it.

Do it.

Don’t go away so fast! Tell me what your favorite type of run is in the comments and be entered to win one of my favorite run accessories: a Sparkly Soul Headband for your next awesome workout! THREE winners will be chosen at random and announced this Friday.

Now go out and run!