A Personal Investment ….

Bet on yourself.  For life.  And don’t be afraid to throw down a little cash to protect that investment.  Buy new running tights.  Keep your run shoes fresh.  Pay for a gym membership.  Register for a race.  Get a nice juicer.  Buy organic and locally grown produce.  Spending money on your health, wellness, and making goals is not throwing away money, it’s investing in your personal wellbeing. 

Invest in Your Health

If you think you can’t afford to workout, run, or race, then think again.  Can you afford Starbuck$?  Can you afford to order out?  Can you afford that fancy handbag that you’ve been eyeing?  How about designer pumps, that you can’t even wear to the office because they hurt your feet so badly? 

Body vs Fancy Handbag

The excuses are endless.  Stop.  If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody else will either.  Taking care of yourself is a sign of respect.  A sign of intelligence.  A sign that there is more to life than all the material things that so many focus upon. At the end, nobody is really going to care what kind of car you drove, whether you had an amazing designer wardrobe, or how much money you had in the bank.  It’s time to really be honest with yourself and figure out what is important.

Too harsh?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  So many people are struggling each and every day and just can’t commit to investing in the single most important thing, themselves.  It’s time to educate ourselves.  Exercise.  Health.  Nutrition.  What different fruits & veggies can do for the body.  How exercise effects not only your body but your life, and those around you. How can we feel good, each and every day?  Everyone wants to feel good, right?  Why don’t you feel good?  Too much bad food making your feel bloated & sick?  Too much stress leaving you an emotional mess?  Too much alcohol to combat the stress?  Too much sugar making you tired?  How do you feel?  I mean, how do you REALLY feel? 

Now go grab a glass of water and figure out a plan.  I want you to feel good, tomorrow.  I want you to feel GREAT, next week.  If you don’t feel great, and I mean REALLY great, then figure out why.  Invest in yourself before its too late.  Exercise and get the blood flowing.  Eat foods that nourish the body and fight sickness and disease.  You get to choose where to spend your money.  Bet on YOU.

Everytime You Eat Or Drink

** I’m Betting & Investing on ME ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

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Feeling Flat ….. How Stress Effects the Body

There are so many ups and downs of a typical training cycle. Two weeks ago, I was flying high, hitting my numbers and ran the “easiest” 20 miler I’ve ever run.  This week, I’m quite literally sinking in the pool.   My butt is dragging.

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I swam this morning and should currently be on the treadmill knocking out my tempo run.  But I’m stalling. Trying to figure out if I should run or not.  Of course, I’m going to run but should I try for the tempo pace?  That is the question.  I’m tired and well, I have an angry hamstring that popped up out of nowhere.  Sad smile

To be honest, I expected to be fresh this week.  I had 3 forced rest days (SAT, SUN & MON) because the little guy was in the hospital with pneumonia.  He is doing much better now.  Still weak but improving every day.  His biggest complaint at this point is that his back hurts (from the hospital bed, or maybe the pneumonia?) and that he can’t run as fast as he used to before he got sick.  Give it some time, Buddy.  Just a little time.  As for myself, I’m guessing that hanging out with the little guy in the hospital and being stressed/worried about him was probably more daunting on my mind and body than I realized.  I’m back on schedule & trying to follow my plan.  I expected to knock out one more killer week before pulling back next week to recharge for the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon on 2/28.  But alas,  I’m just tired.  And my back hurts too!  And one of my hamstrings is on strike.  So I’m just slogging thru the week.  Not pushing at all.  I’m trying to focus on getting some extra rest, making sure I get extra nutrients, and hoping that I’ll bounce back next week while I’m “tapering” for RNRNOLA.

It’s important to realize that events in our lives effect our bodies.  A stress reaction is real.  Stress takes a toll on the mind and body.  You might feel fatigued, get sick, have stomach issues or stress eat (that’s me!).  Long term stress can do some serious damage if we are unable to manage it properly.  Please see the awesome graphic below from Life Advantage.  Go HERE to see the full article on how stress can effect the body.   

Stress Effects on Body

Bottom line, give yourself a break when your body is rebelling.  Look at what’s happened in life for the last couple weeks if something “new” has popped up.  Don’t stress about not feeling great.  Just focus on what you can do to improve the situation.  Sleep and making sure you get lots of fruits & veggies to up the nutrients in your body is so important.  Drink lots of water to flush all the toxins.  Avoid caffeine & alcohol.  Exercise.  Don’t push hard on the workouts but get the blood flowing and you’ll be back to normal before you know it.

** Cheers – Amanda – TooTallFritz **

The Influence of Social Media on Fitness

The influence of social media on fitness is currently huge.  I can’t log onto Facebook or Instagram without seeing sweaty gym selfies on my newsfeed.  There is a constant barrage of posts about fitness, workouts and training.  Sometimes the meaning of these fitness posts get lost on its audience and I want to take a minute to think about that.  Oh, and here is my sweaty selfie from my morning ride on the trainer.  Smile

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I see many who get annoyed and block or unfollow the posters of these sweaty selfies.  The poster may be a friend, blogger, or an acquaintance.  But some people like my husband have just had enough.

Unless You Fell off the Treadmill

Other people are inspired and want to see more.  It helps them get motivated in the mornings when they’d rather sleep in or just sit and drink coffee in their pajamas.  How about you; how do you feel?

For me, it’s about motivation, inspiration and accountability.  I don’t have a coach.  I don’t really have anyone who cares whether I work out or not.  I do it for me.  Each workout.  Each drop of sweat.  Each time I get up and get moving when I just want to sleep, it’s for me.  Those sweaty selfie posters, aren’t taking pics of themselves cuz they think they are awesome.  They are doing it to hold themselves accountable.  To document workouts over time.  To watch their own progress.  To motivate themselves to stick with it and keep pushing when nobody in their real world cares.  If it motivates others, bonus.  If not …..

Posting Workouts on FB

So please keep posting those sweaty selfies.  Keep giving me the details of your workouts.  Keep working hard cuz that’s what this is all about.  It’s not pretty.  It’s certainly not sexy.  It’s hard work and I’m proud to know so many people who are chasing their dreams and being a positive influence on social media.  It’s not bragging, it’s the way that we hold ourselves accountable.  It’s the way we connect with others who care about fitness.  It’s who we are, day in and day out.  If by chance, we possibly motivate even one person along the way, then it was worth it.  So let’s see those sweaty selfies!  Post yours to social media and tag @tootallfritz on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

** Cheers ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Small Gains = Big Motivation

Training thru the winter is very different for me than training in the spring, summer & fall.   In the winter, I try to hone in on what isn’t right and fix my imbalances or bring back some training that got lost in the shuffle of the warmer months.  I don’t spend so much time “free running” where I run the dog on the trails, just to spend time outside.  Winter is different.  It’s more focused.  I try to get the most of our my workouts and keep them as efficient as possible.  This year I have big goals and well, there isn’t much time for lollygagging, even if it is the middle of winter.

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That’s what I want, to be better than I was yesterday.  Better than last year.  Better than I’ve been since I moved.  I’ve finally checked my excuses at the door.  Put my emotions on ice about the IL house and all the drama that surrounded that ordeal and the money lost.  I’m ready to roll.  I’m ready to work on me.  I’m ready to get the most out of my workouts and see where it takes me.  As a result, I’m already seeing small gains and that’s motivating me to stick with it and keep pushing. 

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One of the best things I’ve done so far this year is become more consistent.  Over the last couple years, I’ve ran so many marathons that I was never actually training, just ramping up for one, then trying to recover on the fly for the next one.  While this is fun and keeps things interesting, it also required that I kept things pretty low key. I never really pushed the pace on any of my runs.  I was always in maintenance mode.  I was trying to keep my body in check so I didn’t implode. 

Last year, in the midst of my “marathon madness”, I tossed in a 70.3 triathlon to try to get my pre-move mojo back. I was instantly reminded why I love the triathlon so much.  Its fun and requires more focus than just running.  Last summer was disastrous for many reasons but I somehow stumbled made it to the start line, even with subpar TRI fitness.   I started.  I finished.  And I loved every minute of it.  So this year, I’m tossing in more triathlons and that requires consistency and commitment.

January was all about 1) hammering out a plan and sticking to it; and, 2) Getting my butt out of bed & into the pool when it opened. The first couple weeks were kinda messed up with the double marathon weekend Jan 9 &10th but I still managed to run 142 miles.  That consists of one speed run, one tempo run, the WED night “fun run” at the Y & the Saturday long run at the Y.  While, I’m still not hitting my speed & tempo numbers, I’m getting closer.  My confidence is growing and I think I’m very close to being able to do the workouts, which I already softened up a bit for fear that my fitness wasn’t exactly where I had initially predicted.  Smile  It took a little bit to clear the fatigue from my legs and start hitting the numbers.  I finally had a good session this morning after a hard look at recovery last week.  Yay!!

I also added the bike back in this month.  I bit the bullet and bought a new trainer since I lost mine in the flood last summer.  Now I have a “smart trainer” and well, it’s way smarter than me and apparently also thinks my fitness is better than my reality.  I managed 78 miles on the bike this month, which is low but getting the trainer dialed in was a bit of an issue.  Plus so far, I’ve only been riding 2 days a week.  I’m planning to add in a 3rd day of riding this week.

And the swim.  Last but not least.  I hate getting in the water.  I don’t even swim for fun anymore.  Plus we currently only have one pool at the Y and its used for training, lap swimming & therapy.  Therapy takes precedence over everything else so the water is way too warm, usually between 82 & 84 degrees.  Not ideal for a triathlete who has to swim in open water but that’s what I currently have available. I’m checking my excuses at the door.  I’ve been showing up.  I put in 5 swim sessions in January and I’m already noticing a slight improvement in my time per 100yds.  Goal in this off season is 2 swims per week.  I’ll get them all in this month!

All of these slow but small gains in January have motivated me to keep up the work, stay committed & do even better in February.  I’m being consistent.  Not moving around workouts.  Not making excuses.

  • Monday – Off
  • Tuesday – Swim  & Speed Run
  • Wednesday – Bike & Fun Run
  • Thursday – Swim & Tempo Run
  • Friday – Bike (skipped in January in lieu of a rest day)
  • Saturday – Long Run
  • Sunday – Long Bike

commitment

So far, so good.  I’m committed to smashing my marathon PR at the Garmin Marathon & chasing my TRI goals this year.  January down.  Let’s see what February brings.

** Keep Chasing YOUR Goals ** Amanda – TooTallFritz