Weekend Q&A Time

Ok so I hate not having something to share with you guys…but sometimes the weekends are…well.. the weekend.. and I give my brain a little time to rest from churning out (hopefully) relevant and encouraging words to you.

Sooo I decided to do a fun little Q&A thing… based on questions I’ve been asked at various times.Β Some, with predictable frequency, some just random. I’ll toss in the humorous and inquiring ones as well.

Here we go……

Have you always been a runner ? No. I’ve been running almost 5 years now with 7 half marathons, 2 full marathons, an ultra marathon and numerous smaller races under me. I think I need to stop considering myself a newbie πŸ˜›

You weren’t athletic in school? I was a band geek and twirler, does that count ?

Is running really hard? Yeah… it’s why I love it. When runs feel easy, you know you’re getting stronger.

How tall are you ? 6’0… barefooted…however I love heels which can throw me into the 6’3-6’4 range. #noapologies

Do you always eat healthy ? 95% of the time yes. If I want a treat, I have it. All things in moderation…leads to success.

How long is your marathon? 26.2 miles

Why did you start running? the insanity took overΒ  nah…. really honestly, I started running ’cause I walk so crazy fast, it was easier to kinda lope along… eventually my speed picked up… and somehow… I was transformed into a runner.

What do you DO to look like that ? (as person indicates their hand up from my feet to my head) I make myself move and sweat a lot, lift heavy things,Β and I don’t have an affair with food πŸ˜‰

You’re how old? Do I need to disclose that ? πŸ˜‰

Do you do anything else besides run ? Yes, I love doing anything that keeps me entertained and moving. I’m getting more into cycling, I love the brute force of boxing, weights make me feel strong, swimming… anything to keep it moving.

Do you really drink black coffee? Why yes, yes I do.

Do you win your races ? Yes, every time I toe that start line, and every time I finish, I win. Personal victories are amazing.

How long is your marathon ?? πŸ˜‰

What about your….. knees… don’t they hurt?? Nope but thanks for asking.

I’m not sure I want to lift weights, won’t I get bulky?Β  Do I look like the hulk ? πŸ˜‰

How do I get abs?Β  We’ve all got them. On most people they’re hiding out under some extra body fat. Healthier eating, lower body fat and exercise can coax them out.

Did you play basketball? **see former band geek status**

Are you always training for something ? Pretty much. I love having goals and I love the structure of training.

When’s your next race? My next big race is a December marathon.

I don’t know if I could run all those miles. How do you ? One at a time…..

I’m trying to eat more veggies but I hate broccoli… what should I do?Β  Ha… don’t eat it πŸ˜‰

Exercise makes me sweat. I can’t stand that. Doesn’t it bother you ? Not at all. It makes me feel like I’ve brought it all to the table.

Ok… that’s it for my random Q&A session… .. have a question? Toss them at me for future non-brain taxing blogs πŸ˜‰ Meanwhile, have a good weekend!

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8 years ago I began what I now refer to as my "journey into lifestyle fitness". After a yearly check in with my Dr he said I looked "really good on paper, but I might consider losing a few pounds" I wasn't offended... I knew I needed to but it seemed like to much work at the time. In that year we had adopted 2 girls out of foster care, plus caring for my 3 sons & husband sort of left me on the back burner taking care of "me". I told him I "used to" walk & he encouraged me to at least get back to that. I left his office that day, started, & never quit. As time moved on my walks increased in length & speed. I started mingling some jogging into it...then after more time some short sprints. One day I realized I was doing more running than anything else. I learned to run longer and farther. I constantly challenged myself to do more. I realized I had turned into a runner & was loving it. I have since run 6 half marathons, 2 full marathons, and my first 50K scheduled for March 1,2015. Not bad for a girl who just started off walking not quite 2 miles! My body was now beginning to show the results of my work as weight & inches dropped off. I began to add in boxing & weights on days I wasn't running. Over time as the fat left, my new muscles were waiting underneath =) Obviously, I also made some food changes. Nothing drastic..just started eating less and trying to eat better.. I hated diets and how they made me feel....deprived & left out of all the fun...so adjusting & eating less of what I liked and moving more.. I found myself getting in decent physical shape. It began my thinking of lifestyle and not "dieting". As I got stronger,healthier & more fit it was an easier process to "let go" of some of the foods I had enjoyed. I had more energy, strength and confidence in what I could do. It was empowering. It made me realize that I probably wasn't the only one who wanted to lose weight, be healthy & strong but not always be on some sort of "diet". Maybe my journey & what I had learned & been doing might possibly help others to success in their lives... I consider myself to be rather normal and ordinary ( meaning I haven't always been into fitness and healthy eating) it has been a steady, daily, learned process with good days and bad days and my hope is that you too, will see the greatness in you, and that you have the ability and power to change and do anything you put your mind to. If you want change, you can make it happen. It's just one day at a time, making smart moves and better choices, and before you know it, things are happening. Get started on your journey, really, what do you have to lose ? And yet, so much to gain =)

3 thoughts on “Weekend Q&A Time”

  1. I LOVED this! I box as well. What’s your favorite thing about boxing? Mitt work? Bags? conditioning? The fact that it’s one of the best workouts for your body? Do you spar? How long had you been boxing for? What’s your favorite hit? or combination?

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    1. Hey thank you =) I don’t go to a gym.. have my stuff at home…. my own hot pink gloves which now look pretty beat up themselves πŸ˜› I’d love to spar.. I can’t find a soul who will let me test my left hook on them πŸ˜‰ It’s an amazing cardio workout! When I first started I could barely get through one song…now I can go in blocks of 3 and move to weights and back to bag. I’ve done it for a few years as a part of my strength training I really started when I realized I hated the treadmill and needed a plan b for really bad weather days when I couldn’t run. I usually do a combo of movements to make it harder work…squats with dips and jabs at the bag… or kicks… I try to put everything into it since it’s my cardio time. I really enjoy bag work when I’m frustrated with something….. such a good physical outlet…. not to mention it’s great upper body work too. I think it’s a win/win on so many levels =)

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