I have two thoughts for you on #motivationmonday because if I’m being honest, I’m not feeling very motivated today 😜
1. Progress is rarely linear. It has been a loooong year of “building back” from pregnancy ((I’m not going to say bounce back, because I don’t believe that’s possible when you’re talking about birthing a human. No one “bounces” back from that 🙅🏼♀️)) There have been so many days where I’ve felt like I’ve made immense progress and I’m maximizing my potential. I’ve felt strong, fit, fast, and ready to chase down big goals. Nothing can stop me. Then. There have been an equal number of days where I feel like I’ll never get back to where I was pre-baby. Like I had more time then to focus on the little (but important) things like mobility, strength, drills, longer workouts, etc. the thought “How can I ever get back there?” replays in my mind. Leaving me feeling slightly defeated. Progress is rarely linear but ultimately, it is progress. THAT needs to be the focus. When I look at these two photos I do see that, I do see progress. I need this reminder constantly :: the smallest of baby steps can lead to great progress when you step back and look at the big picture. .
2. Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s journey. So many women gain their fitness back quickly and are running PRs within 6 months of having a baby. Would I love to say that was me? Of course. But it wasn’t. And isn’t. This is MY journey, and I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m still not “as fast” as I was before having Grayson and it’s been 13 months. I believe that I can get back there but it’s HARD. Man, it’s hard! Definitely harder than I expected. There’s no use in comparing your progress/journey to someone else’s because we’re all different and that’s normal and wonderful and beautiful. It’s life. This little square space just makes it much easier to compare. So, let’s make a promise to stop doing that, okay? Focus on YOUR journey today. Celebrate your friends and their progress. Just don’t compare it to yours 🙃.
Happy Monday, friends 💕
7402917 hours ago
Trying to find the balance between recovery after a race and not wanting to lose too much fitness is always a challenge. I’m still feeling pretty tired, primarily in the evenings, since ALQ50k. So 3 miles plus light strength training today and planning to take it easy for another week or two. Anybody have any specific rules you follow with regard to recovery duration/method after key races?
Side note: This weather can just stay thank you very much😜🙌😍🙏🤸♂️
U C H O S E H A R D
Reaching goals is hard. Pushing yourself is hard. Getting up an hour earlier or training at night is hard. Fighting is hard. Sacrifice is hard.⚔️
But wishing you had done something is even harder.🔥
Remember: you CHOSE your hard.
Just keep pushing, keep achieving, keep loving what you do.🔥
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What‘s your secret to motivate yourself for those extra hours, the extra mile, the early morning?🙌🏼
9735117 hours ago
I’M NOT WAITING 💁🏻♀️
“You are a leader- you do not need the approval or permission from the rest of society in order to chase your dreams & make them a reality.”
I could wait for the approval & affirmation of people to tell me to go after a goal- but more likely than not- I won’t get it. In 2014- I was running so well- & just did a half PR (1:39) that indicated a great Boston time was in my reach (my goal was 3:29) & I was excited talking with a mentor about how I would qualify for Boston 3 weeks later. They said - well, I don’t think it will happen. That was disappointing to hear - just because it came from someone I respected- but it honestly was also totally irrelevant to me. I had already decided I was qualifying & mentally I was there. I wished that my mentor could see it- but it didn’t change my mind about qualifying. I ALREADY had qualified in my mind. I went out & ran that race on feel & ran a 3:28:56. The stickie I had up said, ‘I am a 3:29 marathoner’- my body knew it & made it happen!
If you are waiting for someone to speak life into your dreams and visions- gosh I wish they would for your sake- but don’t wait around for it. And also- WHY limit yourself to someone else’s thinking? I would hate to only be able to do just what other people thought I could do. I want to have such an aggressive & bold take on life that when I look back at my life- I think- Wow- I really got more than my fair share out of things! Haha. Do not shy away from big goals & big dreams just because no one has told you you could do it. Hear it here: YOU. CAN. DO. IT. If it’s in your mind- it’s there for a reason. Do not discount yourself. Set up a plan, be methodical & committed to bringing it to life. But DO NOT wait for anyone’s affirmation that that goal is doable to take it on. For a myriad of reasons- you won’t get it (small thinking, inability to speak life into others, jealousy, their own disappointment)- so pleaseeee do not wait for it. If it’s in your heart, go get it. ❤️ I’m not sitting over here waiting for someone to approve of my dreams to give myself the license and permission to go after them. No thanks. I’m going to go make them happen. ☺️
Everyone's all like 'oh ma gersh! Fast Pink and Douglas Fir together! So perfect!'
And then there's me: 🤨. Epic Purple + Douglas Fir allllll day errrrrryday!
5122617 hours ago
✨LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD, #amirite?! 💁🏼♀️😖 I actually quite enjoyed this run at @vanfirsthalf, and I blame the icy air for my grimace...though this face is how my body feels mid-taper at the mo 🏃🏼♀️🙈 but at least I have this as a reminder to not take anything toOoOo seriously 😂
149129 hours ago
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So people who follow this page already know that I think there’s something *seriously* weird with my treadmill and today I have proof- in the form of a reliable witness- @pethordiscgolf. I hopped on this morning and felt like I was sprinting and I know I coming off a rest week but 10min miles felt unsustainably fast and then all of the sudden my treadmill just sped up! Like out of nowhere! Hubs was there to witness! I ended up having to turn it off and then back on to get it to feel somewhat normal again. Anyway... I have no idea what data from today’s 6 miler is accurate soooo I’ll just estimate about 9 min miles.
💪 P o s i t i v i t y 💪 .
“Keep your eyes on the ✨ 💫 🌟 stars and your feet 🦶 on the ground”
Enjoying a rest day with a Yoga 🧘🏼♀️ session with Mia and a catch up with one of my favorite people 💕 😊 .
less than 6 weeks until Oceanside 70.3 🌊 🌊 .
My most active week for a long time! I’m starting to ache less and feel so much stronger. I can also run 5km in less than 30 minutes so that’s a massive bonus! Bring on the Great North Run 🏃🏼♀️ #fitbitfriends
6 easy treadmill miles ✔️to start the day. I had a planned day off from work to tackle all the appointments I had to cancel on Friday. Now, I’m going to spend it with my babies. One more day home to make sure they’re 💯. You know that saying, “change your perspective, and you can change your life.” Well, there’s something to it. Whether it’s tending to sick kiddos, the mental workout of a long treadmill run or life not going as planned, I’ve been trying to reshape my perspective. Like swapping out “it’s BAD” with “it’s HARD”. It really helps! 💗
Anyway those are my deep thoughts today. I hope you all have a good one!
16125 minutes ago
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION.
“Britt, I see you use @1stphorm products. What do you recommend for weight loss?”
“Well, first let’s talk about your nutrition and exercise.”
“But isn’t there something I can take to kick start my metabolism and help me burn fat?”
“Yeah, actually ... it’s proper nutrition and exercise.”
Whole foods first and then supplements.
Yes, there are supplements that I consider staples and quite frankly could never go without: micro factor, greens and full mega.... but if your nutrition isn’t being managed correctly, there is no supplement that will help you reach your goals.
The essentials are added to my morning routine because they help tremendously with all of the nutrients I don’t get in my whole foods:
1. I’m a slacker with veggies —> Opti Greens.
2. I HATE seafood —> Full Mega.
3. I don’t get nearly enough micro nutrients —> Micro Factor.
Listen, if you ever want to talk supplements, I’m all yours ... but let’s ensure your nutrition & exercise are on the right track first.
To all the morning (and night) Runner’s
You are amazing. Seriously in awe of you right now. Especially those with full time jobs (or mama’s/dadas who have to chase around kids all day!)
This morning I had to get my run in at 4am. It was cold. It was dark. It was eerily quiet, but I had 70 mins to get in, and that’s what I was going to do (keeping that promise to myself, remember).
But there were a lot of things you have to overcome every time you run in the dark
That voice telling you to switch the alarm off and crawl back into your nice warm bed.
The voice that tells you a rest day wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
The voice that tells you how bad you feel as your body hasn’t had that time to wake up and move yet.
That voice telling you to go back early. The fact you even got yourself out the door means you can’t be mad at yourself for stopping a little short.
The voice that tells you how lonely it is to be out at this time, when it feels like you are the only one out there.
It’s not easy to be a morning (or night) runner. There are many legit reasons you can use to not do it, but those of you who do, deserve a HUGE pat on the back. You are committed. You are driven. You are tough.
Even if you don’t manage it every day, that doesn’t take away anything from the days you did. Every day you get out there and do it, is another day to celebrate yourself 🎉
One more thing though, please be safe. I’ll put in my story the products I use.
A must read especially for the people who find themselves making excuses-tough love:
Listen, there are going to be days that you feel like complete garbage... where you’ll make the excuse to take it easy because you deserve it or you think you need it.
It’s actually the opposite: those are the days you should push yourself to get it done because physically you might not feel the benefits, but mentally you are improving.
Mental toughness is something a lot of people lack in the sense that they easily make and seek out excuses. When you get up at 3AM in freezing temperatures after a very tough emotional weekend, combined with a sub 8 minute 10 mile run ... & you still get your workout in — that’s building grit .....
It is proving to you that you always have 40% more to give. When you’re on mile 25 in a marathon ... it doesn’t matter how “in shape” you are ... it matters what is between the ears.
Struggle, ache ... but don’t ever give up. The second you start making excuses is the same second you start back tracking and it’s the same reason you aren’t seeing results in any aspect of your life.
Get it together.
7ks of just running for the love of it! 🙏🏻💛 bliss and to see that full moon 🌕 now that explains a bit after feeling wiped out for most of the day, such a synchronous relationship so many of us women have with it. So be it 🙏🏻🌙💫⭐️
3122 hours ago
Focus on. . 👉 you 👈 Your running. How you're feeling. How you're getting on. Your training. You. It's so easy to look around and compare yourself to how everyone else is doing, but whose run actually matters? Yours! 😊
While I've been off sick I've found it hard to watch everyone else training. It seems that every runner is getting stronger, fitter, faster on Instagram, Strava and Facebook; one of the 'curses' of social media is that it's everywhere! I've already been getting worried about how 2 weeks out will impact my plan, but seeing friends smashing races and training runs has not helped my mental recovery. I'm obviously pleased for them, but the personal frustration has been real!
Today's run was meant to be a simple one; a warm up, an easy paced 30 mins and a cool down. The aim being to ease me back into training - let my body get used to exercising again. So why was I worrying about it beforehand?! Partly because I know where I should have been in my marathon plan, and partly because I was comparing myself to what everyone else has been up to in training. Idiot! 🤦♀️
Before I set off I had a word with myself. "Focus on you." I said. This was my chance to be out running again. Enjoy it. Stay in the moment. This is my training that's right for me and my body. RELAX!
And do you know what? I did enjoy it; it was a good run!
Remember the bottom line is, (and we forget this too often) you're running for you.
Nothing else really matters 🏃♂️❤🏃♀️
Nu ai nevoie de multe pentru o zi reusita ✅
3012 hours ago
Yesterday at the gym, a lady I hadn't seen or met before came up to me and asked me if I was a coach there.
As a result, my lunges intensified; so did the smug look on my face.
STABILITY and VISIBILITY
Fortunately I don't have to choose between above, have it covered with #Strata3@361europe and #visibilitysocks@SAYSKYcph (they feel so soft!) 😎
They team up pretty well, don't they?😊
I've given myself nearly 3 weeks to recover my injuries(except of one 10km race). It's not that I'm so sensible and mindful about my body, I wish. I got a bad flu last week and was down with fever for few days. I still don't feel 100% but close, getting there. If not I'd probably be storming down the streets (and paths) long ago. But it's a good coincidence my body gave me as an unwanted present. Got a lot of rest, did few climbing sessions and now I'm back. No more fever or injuries please. I have plans. 😏
COUCH TO 5K - WEEK 7🙌🏽 A total of 23 minutes of running for this group last night which is an amazing! If we think back to where they all started in week 1... what an incredible journey each of them have had⭐️ Once again, I am a mega proud coach... YOU ARE ALL AWESOME #FACT@devongirlscan#FitGotReal
6524 hours ago
Cloudland Canyon 50k
My favorite race to date. The prettiest, most well supported race I've been to. It will be hard to find others to compare
38612 hours ago
While I really enjoyed my time on the @hotchocolate15k course this weekend and LOVED seeing my friends crush a tough race, I was really, really disappointed in some aspects of how this race was executed. After I finished my race and changed, I ran back about a quarter of a mile to cheer my friends in. I was absolutely appalled to see police and safety officers stopping runners to let traffic pass on a supposedly closed course, especially on a tough section at the top of a hill so close to the finish line. I can’t help but feel it’s extremely disrespectful to those runners who were running well under the pace limit, long before the finish line closed, to be stopped three or more times to let traffic pass, especially in a race that touts itself as being friendly to a variety of paces including walkers. If that had happened to me, I would have been absolutely crushed, especially if it interfered with my time goal for a race. My friends came in a few seconds after their time goal for the race. While a few seconds at the fault of someone else obviously shows they would have met their goal with a little less disrespect on the part of the race, that really sucks, especially since a race that’s put on in so many cities nationally should have been able to prevent it. Bringing people in to the sport requires that we’re all better stewards than this.
46219 hours ago
My baby and her bestie... from Greenwich, CT ➡️ Copenhagen, DK
So glad they met up at Tivoli❣️