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I was unsure whether I wanted to share this with everyone, but then I remembered that is kind of the point of my job. If you have been following along the past month or so, then you know I am training for a half-marathon. I have been chronicling my journey here on the blog, as well as on Instagram (see posts here and here). And then I went to Croatia on my fitness trip. Which was amazing, and full of so many amazing workouts. But the one thing I didn’t do when I was there was run — except for once on the treadmill.
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I had run about 3 miles leading up to my trip. According to my training schedule, I should have been at around 5-6 miles at that time. I got back and absolutely freaked out. I should mention that I HATE running. Sure, I do it all the time. An average Barry’s class is about 2-2.5 miles for me. But that’s about as much as I can take. The farthest I have ever run in my life is a 10k which is 6.2 miles — and I have only done that twice.
So I got back from my trip and was feeling in pretty good shape. I actually lost weight on the trip and learned so much about myself. But for whatever reason, I had no motivation to keep training for this race. So I cried. Of course. I kept telling myself: “I can’t do it,” “Just quit,” “Why did I sign up for this?” I immediately regretted even saying to you guys that I was going to run this race, because I was embarrassed about quitting and I knew I just couldn’t do it. And then I remembered all of the amazing and supportive DMs you all have been sending me. I know so many people are training with me and I didn’t want to let anyone down; including myself.
The next morning, I got up and ran 3.5 miles without stopping, and a few days later I ran 5. It was on that run, that I knew I wasn’t going to quit. I just couldn’t. I was more determined than ever. On Sunday, I decided to run 7.6 miles from my house to Barry’s. I had my crew of cheerleaders there waiting for me — which meant everything. They clapped as I ran in, and then we all took class together. That was the most I have ever run in my entire life — and I didn’t even have to walk once! Sometimes it’s the little things that can really change your mindset. And I am sooooo appreciative of everyone who believed in me. I am going to crush this half- marathon, and now I’m more excited than ever!
These amazing pieces from Beyond Yoga kept me going — I know that sounds so lame. But it really is true. They are one of my favorite brands and the new fall pieces are to die for! I took all of these pieces to Croatia — because what would a fitness trip be without some amazing new gear! This top is SO SO flattering. I love the straps and the waist detail. I love that the thick straps hide the sports bra! And these leggings — insert heart eye emoji here! I love how the stripes really bring this whole outfit together.
While I’m on the topic of embarrassing stories, I may as well share another one. So I was leaving for Croatia on Thursday and I ordered these pieces from Zappos on TUESDAY. Not exactly a lot of time, but I had faith because Zappos ALWAYS comes through. Once I got the tracking number from Zappos, I managed to track down the box and had it held for me at UPS. I basically went straight from UPS to the airport and last minute threw everything in my suitcase without even trying it on. I loved every single thing I got and it has definitely helped in keeping me motivated for my training! You can see the other outfit I got in this post.
Good for you!! I literally cannot force myself to run, so I know how hard this is! Your workout gear is great!
I’m so proud of you, babe!!! It’s so important to not quit and it’s amazing what you can do when you keep on working hard and tell yourself you can do it. You’ve definitely inspired me to keep up my fitness journey even when I want to quit (oh hi 4am gym calls). I love the workout gear, too! Perfectly fall.
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if you look cute working out it’s so much easier! You look great and congrats on the long run!
No judgment here, sister! If putting lipstick on helped, I’d say do that too. 🙂 Proud of you for keeping at it!! Gonna have to check out the Beyond Yoga line because I am shreddin’ for the weddin’ right now and need all of the cute motivation I can get! xo
So happy that you didn’t quit!! You got this girl! Sometimes our inner thoughts gets the best of us and we don’t realize our strength!
Love the athletic wear babe! And you are awesome, you look amazing!
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I love your workout gear! Sometimes quitting seems like the better option instead of continuing to go on. BUT I love that you didn’t quit! You got this and keep pushing, you’re so much stronger than what your inner self says.
That’s awesome! You’ll get there. I ran a half marathon once and although I don’t know if I would do another one, it’s such a great feeling to finish!
I love great workout clothes (I live in them) and definitely will need to try this brand!
You’re going to feel AMAZING after you complete your first 13.1. It made me power through 4 so far!! You got this! Xo Mindy
You look fab! I need that top in my life! xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com
You are doing so great! Loving this athletic look on you! I need those pants for sure.
I definitely know that feeling, but will say the feeling once you’ve surpassed your goal is so euphoric! You are going to do amazing on your half marathon!
I love a good workout outfit! I live in them