Chicago Marathon Training: Week 2

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on June 19, 2017

in Chicago Marathon 2017

I think it’s just part of the marathon training game, but my head was all over the place this week. One day, I feel so confident and know I’m going to absolutely crush this race. The next, marathons are terrible and I don’t want to do this. Hopefully, I have more feelings of the latter in the weeks ahead! Although I’m not feeling much progress in my running, I am feeling it in my yoga practice. So, I know that my overall fitness is increasing and I need to focus on that. Obviously, running is the priority, but time on my yoga mat keeps my muscles (and frame of mind) healthy, so it’s going to be a major priority as well.

The week in review!

Plan: off.
What I did: yoga (60 minutes). I went to a “sweet heat” class after work and it felt lovely, especially since I was on the road for work all day. The gentle flow was just what my body needed.

Plan: run 2 easy miles.
What I did: yoga (75 minutes) and ran 2 (10:55 pace). I went to another sweet heat class and it felt amazing. I also went from feeling like a freaking yoga rock star to sobbing in child’s pose in about sixty seconds. The thing about yoga is that we carry a lot of tension in our hips, so hip opening poses can release a lot of that. A flood of emotions hit me like a ton of bricks and quite literally dropped me to my knees.c

As for the run, I didn’t do so well at the easy paced part, especially considering it was still around 85 degrees and 60% humidity when I ran around 8:30 in the evening. Granted, it felt easy, but it wasn’t in the “easy pace” range that my plan calls for. I did, however, do my first #sportsbrasquad run of 2017, and it felt so empowering.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 2

Plan: off.
What I did: absolutely nothing and it was glorious.

Plan: run 3 easy miles.
What I did: yoga (60 minutes). Tonight’s class was part yoga, part extra strength training. Yes, yoga is inherently strength training, but this “push” class takes it to the next level, incorporating things like pulses into a lunge or bridge pose. We did a lot of core work, and blessedly no cardio. I was going to run when I got home, but I got a text from a friend that she was at one of my favorite restaurants with a mutual friend who was in town from NYC. I had the best of intentions to go to the gym after dinner and run on the treadmill, but we continued the evening until about midnight and it just wasn’t happening after that. I’m fully committed to this marathon training cycle, but relationships are incredibly important, too.

Plan: run 3 easy miles.
What I did: ran 3 (11:41 pace). Honestly, there was nothing that felt particularly notable about this run, except for the fact that I didn’t want to go but knew I had to since I skipped my planned run the night before. I’m okay missing one here and there, especially for good reason, but “I don’t wanna” is the furthest thing from a good reason.

Plan: run 4 easy miles.
What I did: ran 3 (14:30 pace). This run was miserable, at best. One of the big things with this training method is not taking walking breaks. Although only two weeks in, I’ve done really well with that up to this point. But, this run wore me down and I ended up walking just over a mile before calling it quits a mile early. Although I struggled getting back to running earlier in the year, this was probably the most discouraged I’ve felt in at least a couple months.

Plan: run 3 easy miles.
What I did: ran 4 (12:10 pace). I set out hoping to swap my planned miles from the day before, but giving myself grace if it didn’t happen. Although there was still some walking, I was pleased to hit four miles. I threw in some hills which slowed me down, but I know they’re important for developing my overall strength.

This week’s plan:

Monday: off.
Tuesday: run 4 easy miles.
Wednesday: off.
Thursday: run 4 easy miles.
Friday: run 4 easy miles.
Saturday: run 5 easy miles.
Sunday: run 4 easy miles.


I Feel More Myself Today

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on June 16, 2017

in Weight Loss

Since I shared about my big weight loss goal for the summer, I thought it would be fitting to get back to sharing weight loss updates. To “finally” reach my goal weight has been on my radar for years. Yet, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this focused on making it a reality. Even more, I am making real and consistent progress. So, for the sake of accountability, I’m getting back in the habit of sharing my weigh-ins publicly.

Last weigh-in (June 1):  160.2
This week: 157.8 (-2.4)
Pounds to goal: 24.8

Tears welled up in my eyes when I looked back to a post from a year ago (literally to the day). At that time, I was 40.8 pounds from my goal. I have come so far in a year, and the weight is just a small part of it. I feel so much more alive and myself today.

I Feel More Myself Today

For the first time in quite some time, I feel comfortable in my skin again. Obviously, losing weight helps. But, it snowballs from there. Because I lost some weight, I feel better in my clothes. I can move easier because I feel stronger overall, while simultaneously lighter on my feet. I have more energy and I’m happier. The list goes on and on, but the ultimate result is that I feel more myself today. It’s a hard thing to put into words how it feels to feel at home in my own body. That in and of itself is a frustrating feeling when words often come so naturally. But, to explain this feels different.

Perhaps it’s one of those experiences you really only can understand if you’ve been there. Some things are just like that. Certainly, running a marathon felt that way. Nobody can quite understand those last few miles unless you’ve experienced it firsthand. I’ve never been pregnant, but my guess is that’s in the same vein. When I was heavier, both a year ago and at my heaviest, I didn’t feel like I was able to live the life I wanted. I felt like my weight was a barrier to the experiences and feelings I wanted.

So, while I still have work to do before I reach my final goal, I’m deeply thankful for how much more myself I feel right now. Alive, confident, and happy. It’s a really amazing place to live from and I can’t wait to keep on this journey.


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