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I ran 7 miles after work today. I’ve never run that many midweek miles. It was hard. I didn’t think I could do it. Marathon training is hard. Not for the faint of heart. I say it often but it’s the truth. •••••••• It is hard enough to begin with. I find my journey harder when my head falls out of the game. ••••••••• I find it hard when people say things things like “good job running because you’re plus size” or “I saw your foot placement and that’s not really considered running” or “does it even count if you finish a marathon slower over six hours?” ••••••••• I was running the other day and thought to myself “why am I running another marathon right now? I’m not going to make the finish line cut off, I don’t have any PR goal, I already have eternal bragging rights since I’ve run 3 already, and I’m sure as heck not in it for the free banana since I’m sure they’ll be out by the time they finish”. I wasn’t considering quitting, but I was trying to figure out what my why was. ••••••••• But I’m doing it because it reminds me that no matter how hard something is, that I can do hard things. I can do really hard things. I can do them 26.2 miles at a time. . . . . #vanessagoesfromfattofit #marathontraining #marathonrunner #from264point2to26point2 #runCIM #CIM36 #road2cim #inspiringwomenrunners #womensrunningcommunity #instarunners #runnersworld #beatyesterday #instarunners #runnersworldmag #womenwhorun #runlikeagirl #ihavearunnersbody #ilovetorun #strongwomen #positivevibesnegativesplits #sarahmariedesignstudio #sweatpink #psyougotthis #shebelievedshecouldsoshedid #shecanandshedid
She had always been a fast driver, even before she could afford a fast car. It was impatience as much as anything: chafing at the fact that she couldn’t actually do anything while driving—except drive. . Chico Kidd, The Printer's Devil . Hasty. This is a word I've heard used to describe me, many. times. over. I often act; think. It's both curse and blessing. When, I'm in doubt, I move. When in pain, I move. When I'm comfortable, something's wrong; I move. Action is the only thing that has kept me alive. So, now that I can't (figuratively and physically) move easily, I'm forced to think; act. It is incredibly frustrating and agonizingly beautiful at the same time. It's a very difficult thing at times, to see your own dysfunction as beautiful, but it is none the less. And its learning to see myself as I would see a friend or stranger, has been the most beautiful and rewarding experience I could have ever given myself. Give yourself the gift of love and care. Your life is the only one you will ever have so be friends with it instead of hastily dismissing it as anything other than a beautiful, messy, imperfect miracle.
Full body, heart pumping, sweat drenching workout from last night🏋🏻‍♀️ -Rebound lunge with high knee -Forward lunge with bicep curl -Jumping squat alt close and regular stance -Knee jump to squat jump -Plank walkout push ups -Downward dog crunch (Questionable exercise names courtesy of google 😋) 🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️ Life has hit me like a freight train... 🚂🚃🚃🚃 again. I have had to take a good hard look at the choices I make, the people I trust, and the path I walk. I can only learn from my mistakes and move forward. The damage is deep and it will take time to heal but this will not break me. 😔 I am a survivor. In the midst of chaos this is the one place I feel in control. The one place I can push forward. Where challenge and failure and pain mean progress and growth and strength. #fitnessjourney #fitmom #singlemomfitness #fitnessgoals #fitlife #ilovegym #survivor #strongerthanyesterday #fullbodyworkout #squats #lunges #keepgrinding #gymgains #strongwomen #domesticviolenceawareness #emotionalabuseawareness #mentalabuseawareness #lovedoesnthurt
Inspiration to final product 😍🤤
•55:26•6.04mi•9:12/mi• Running isn’t just something we do, it’s a part of who we are. *** Met up with the girls for a chilly, early morning run; seriously, I don’t mind waking up at 4:45 when I know I have an awesome group of ladies to run with! It’s tough to find friends as an adult - trust me, 3 years in this city and I still feel like I don’t really fit in. So starting this group has been a blessing - what was just a group of strangers quickly turned into a group of friends who check up on each other when they don’t show up to run, give each other advice, encourage and cheer each other on, and ask about each other’s lives. I’m a big fan of actual face time (rather than just phone/text/social media communication) so being surrounded by like-minded supportive women is the best way to start my Thursday. As much as I love my solo morning I’m thankful the girls (and this morning’s sunrise)🖤
She wears her scars like trophies. Each one the reward for a battle hard fought and won. More beautiful than shining gold or blue ribbons could ever be. They tell the story of her perseverance. Determination, grit, and grace are the only path to success. They remind her that losing is part of winning and that each bit of scar tissue on her body makes her tougher and stronger than before. Where some people see imperfections, she sees beauty--proof that her body and spirit are powerful enough to pass through hell and still heal, no matter how long and painful that healing is. The stories of every triumph are written on her skin, the memories as real and raw as the day they were made. The pain and the triumph. Her scars are not the curse of her failures, they are the badge of her success. A constant reminder that winning doesn't come without a cost but that she is strong enough to pay the price. And every time she falls, she remembers the thousand times she got up again. She wears her scars proudly, finding within them the courage to get back up just one more time. When life says "give up", she says "not today". . #inspiration #nature #naturephotography #throwbackthursday #mountains #freedom #strongwomen #scars #mentalhealth #truebeauty #beautiful #happyplace #explore #adventure #traveler #getoutside #success #thoughts #spiritual #warrior #winner #travel #utah #exploreutah #getstrong #behappy #befree #lifeofadventure #discoverearth #outsideisfree
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