I'm back popples!!! Don't you worry. I didn't give up. I am still running. 

Alright alright alright. I am PUMPED to share.  Pumped!!!

Today I ran my fastest 3 miles. I wish I could say it was my fastest 5k, but I pulled a Jaclyn and forgot again that a 5k is 3.1 miles and not 3 miles. Ahhhhh. That really sucks! This is the second or third time I did that. It is what it is. Now I KNOW I can get better. I am pumped. Here's what has changed in my life to make my mile time faster...

Well, you know how when you do a science experiment, you're supposed to have controls and only one variable, well this ain't that. There are a few things that have changed since last week:

 

1. I started PiYo!! My legs have been tight because I haven't been taking care of them, I haven't been stretching, and I haven't been cross-training. That all changed after I watched a Beachbody propaganda video telling me how important it is to start and complete a program. I say propaganda jokingly. If something is helping you, it ain't propaganda. Then I watched a Chalene Johnson video that told me to do PiYo 3 times a week to help my marathon training. And holy crap, in just a week, it has helped.

"Jaclyn, you're just trying to sell me PiYo."

If that's how you feel, then that's how you feel. What I am doing is sharing what is working for me! And right now, PiYo is working for me!!

2. I started drinking Recover drink after my workouts. I have been feeling sore and blah and have had trouble eating solid food after my workouts. I like Recover because it's chocolatey and goes down easily.

"Oh I see. Now you're trying to sell me Recover."

Girl, drink it, don't drink it, whatever. All I am doing is sharing what is working for me.

 

3. I started manifesting my dreams. What does that mean? Eek. I'm not sure if I used that word correctly. Ok, so I set goals for myself this month, I told myself the goals ARE possible, and I started working on them. By the end of the month, I want to have a solid 11 min pace during my long runs. I had no idea if this was possible, but I just improved by a whole minute. Last week when I ran, my pace was 11:33 for 4 miles. Earlier this week it was 11:21. Today it was 10:30. Now I need to work on transferring this faster pace to consistently run double digit miles. I can do it. I 100% can do it. I never thought I'd be able to complete a marathon, and I did that. I never thought I'd be able to lose weight, and I did that. I never thought I'd be able to stop binge eating, and I did that. I can run 11 minute miles consistently. Yes, I sure can.

Before.

Before.

After!!!!

After!!!!

"Jaclyn, now you're trying to tell me to believe in myself and set seemingly impossible goals and work towards them?"

Yep!!!

4. I wore my hair in a braid instead of a bun!!! I know this is going to sound stupid. I know. And I know that there is all this talk about how we shouldn't comment on the looks of the female Olympic athletes. And I agree. I 100% agree we shouldn't take away from their amazing athletic and mental accomplishments.

But.. As I've been looking at my running photos over the past year, I've been happy with myself but also picking at and being mean to myself. My hair looks silly. My ears stick out. My nose is big. I have wrinkles. I have always struggled with confidence and being nice to myself. I am learning to accept my imperfections. But today I needed a quick fix. I needed to shut up my inner mean girl and do something for myself. So what if me wearing my hair in a feminine braid makes me feel better? You gotta do what's right for you. Having long hair is a crutch for my self-esteem and my identity. It is what it is and not a battle I need to fight right now. I got other fish to fry. Or something. I don't really like fish.

"Alright Jaclyn. Do you. But you know the Nike app isn't even that accurate."

Yeah, I actually do know this. But here's the thing, I've bought technology before that didn't help me improve me. We bought a FitBit scale a while ago to track our weight thinking that getting on the scale would help motivate me to lose weight. But I didn't have a real plan then!!! So the scale just tracked me going up and down 2lbs here and there. Last week my boss gave me a refurbished FitBit to track my steps for this work competition. Ahhh. It doesn't motivate me to move more. I could buy a Garmin watch, but really, I just don't have the money or the want to or even see value in it right now. If I ever became a serious runner looking
to actually win a race, maybe I would buy one. But right now, I am putting my money towards things that really motivate me. Having a program motivates me to move more. Having a plan motivates me to move more. Working with a coach and like-minded females motivates me to move more. Wanting to be happy, healthy, and strong motivates me to move more. Fueling my body with nutrient-dense foods motivates me to move more.

If technology works for you, great. Like 100% keep doing what works for you. Don't fix what ain't broken. But if having a step tracker has not helped you, consider doing something different!!! Don't keep trying something over and over that is really not working. Find something that works for you.

So that's where I'm at. I am super pumped, proud, amazed, determined, and heck, let's be more pumped too. I am excited to see how this transfers to my long run on Saturday.

 

Also, I am really glad I didn't run an extra .5 miles. EEK!! Too scary.

 

ALSO HOLY CRAP. I am ahead of Mark M. AHHHHHHHH.

 

ALSO MY AVERAGE PACE FOR ALL MY RUNS IS 12:30. THAT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

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