Half Marathoner in Training - 13.1 Baby


Hellooo Summer!!!! I hope all of your summer has been great so far! IG has taken over as my blog of sorts so there is much to catch up on blog wise.

  • Our recent vacation to Washington State to visit family
  • Little guy playing soccer & loving it!
  • The little guy graduated Kindergarten & is currently spending his summer in Hawaii
  • In order to keep myself busy, I've dedicated my summer to training for a half marathon
  • Trips to Dinosaur Valley State Park and the Creationism Museum
  • Going to Dallas Comic Con

and I think that's it.

Let's talk about the half marathon in this post shall we? I made a public declaration to run these 13.1 miles and I can't take it back. And what was I thinking training in the summer...in Texas? That means it's best to train in the early morning or the evening and evening starts at 8:30. I'm pretty positive about this though. I expect lots of pain, torture & annoyance through the process so bare with me. I had my doctor check my heart too which means things are getting serious around these parts when it comes to running. He even gave me a double high five for taking on this task. Whooo!

So which half marathon did I choose to give all this training to? I originally wanted to do the Michelob Ultra 13.1 here in Dallas but the date didn't sit too well with me. I wanted to get most of my training out of the way before the little guy came home & I wanted to keep it semi-local. So low and behold, the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon is getting my money. I also found out that a few other local bloggers are doing the same run, including Skinny Meg, so that's pretty encouraging.


Plus, I get a super cool medal for my efforts even if I crawl across the finish line. I've also signed up for a 5k this coming weekend as a plan to get a few races in so I don't get first time jitters at the half. I'm sure I will though. I'm nervous just thinking about running so far. I keep hearing that little voice in the back of my head telling myself that I can't do it but I KNOW I can. It's a mental struggle. Plus, I've been watching Diana from Livylove power through her runs. She's been such an honest inspiration from day one. I love being inspired. By people, by books...it's all incredible. If you have someone inspirational you follow & wouldn't mind sharing, let me know below.

So for the next 12 weeks, starting tomorrow, I'm going to try to be in the zone. The last few weeks I've just focused on being healthy and happy. These next few weeks I'm going to focus on eating nutrient dense meals, working on my core (it's important to have a strong core as a runner) & giving my all to my training. It's been almost a year (come July 8) since I started this journey to a better me. My mental state has absolutely turned around for the better & I am incredibly grateful for that.

Wish me luck!

I miss the internet.

I miss turning off all of the heavy sounds in the house (dishwasher, dryer, etc) & turning on some classical music so that I could concentrate on reading blogs. I use to read an array of blogs. I still do from time to time but nothing like I use to. My use to set time aside to reading blogs in the morning. At least an hour a day was set for "blog time". It was usually in the mornings because it was so peaceful. I miss being excited to re-design my blog. 

At some point, I did a 180 with blogs. I actually kind of blame bloggers for this. Their quest to rise to blogger fame consumed my blog feed. It all started to become junk. I wasn't eager to open my blog reader. I slowly started to delete everyone. The insane amounts of reviews, the multi-blogger giveaways, the wordless Wednesdays, the link-ups :/ I usually don't mind these & I never really minded the posts about bloggers sponsors. I understood the point of sponsorship so I semi-appreciated it for what it was & I appreciated bloggers who set aside certain days of the week to promote them. Then I would know which post not to read. 

I think everyone else started to notice this trend to & became just as exhausted as myself. My original blogger friends don't seem to blog anymore. Originality in the blogging world is dying. Hell, I know people have written similar posts pertaining to this same topic. They even use it to "revive" themselves for a few months until they fall back into the cycle. 

Not to fully put the blame on bloggers for my lack of blog interest lately, I'll take a bit of the blame as well. I've always had a problem with being so public, we all know that. Now I seem as busy ever. I've shifted a lot of my free time into fitness. To be a better me. I even started another blog, which doesn't have one post on it, to document my fitness journey. There are a LOT of fitness & healthy living blogs out there but this is my personal journey. Feel free to add it & get some updates if I ever post ---> Power Up Jenn

I also quit posting because I didn't feel my life was important to post about. I'm just a regular mom and I'm not fully skilled in one area. I'm not a prodigy or extremely smart. I go to work and come home just like the rest of the other working moms out there. But hey, whatever. There are a ton of moms like me. I actually don't know how to end this post at all. I have no words of wisdom to share. No finished thoughts. I'm just done with thinking about this. And to be honest, I can't stand being on the computer for more than 5 minutes anymore.

So I'll just randomly end it right here.

New Job | New Changes

So it's been a little over two months since I've started my new job. With the new job came some new adjustments; ones that I don't like and ones that I do. I wanted to take some time out of my busy day to review them for you. We will start with the cons first.

CONS: 

  • Losing the belly fat that I had spent so much time losing months before has become harder. Because I spend most of my day sedentary, my body has formed a new shape. Not only have I continued to work on my glutes, which I just discovered grew an inch and a half since the last time I measured, my waist has expanded as well. Which seems weird to me. And even though I work out, I am seeing the slowest results ever. During my time at the desk as I research this topic, I came along this Lifehacker article (this is one out of hundreds I found) that talked about the dangers of sitting all day. I saw results so quickly when I worked in retail that I didn't realize how much standing up and walking around attributed to my quick results. Now I do & I've been trying to find other ways to incorporate fitness into my job. I thought about buying a balance ball to sit on but I didn't find too many positive articles about that so I've moved on to the mini stair stepper under the desk. Somehow I'm also going to have to move around at work more often, even though I'm just the receptionist. Since I get an hour lunch break, I sometimes walk to the grocery store to get out into the fresh air. And because I don't want fitness to devour my life and free time, I'm thinking about taking 5 am seriously and working out then. I've been avoiding that idea but it's kind of necessary at this point. 
  • We miss Mike. We don't have any days off together. He hadn't taken vacation in over two years so he's been requesting off here and there to use it up but what happens when it runs out? Apparently he can't switch with someone on Sundays, which would be great for us. Saturdays are a no for his job. Luckily we are all home when he gets home but by then it's bed time pretty much. Sat night to Sunday brunch time is our only real time together as a family. I hope he gets a new, better job in the future or at least eventually get Sundays off. 
  • Because I make a few dollars more than my old job, we no longer get help through the government for anything. I have no problem coming out in saying that. We struggled at times at our old place, with my old job, that we had to turn for help sometimes with food. We no longer get that help and will now live paycheck to paycheck again. This is a pro and a con in a way. All I've ever really known was to be "poor". I've lived a pretty good life in this state so I don't necessarily think money really has anything to do with happiness but at times, it has a lot to do with stress relief. We live a simplistic life, probably  most in part because of our finances, and I am grateful for that. Now that we don't get any help, we will now have to pay with our own money for groceries. Still broke, still making it. Our diet has slowly changed from a lot of processed food to better foods and I am crossing my fingers that we can still make it work on $50/$60 a week (new challenge). 

PROS:
  • I get to do things on the weekend if I want. Like how I just ran the Blacklight Run with friends last weekend, as shown above. You can see more at my Instagram if you're on there but I'm sure you didn't miss it. It was a B L A S T. It made me so happy to be there and I look forward to future fun runs. 
  • I have my son back. When I worked in retail, my baby would have to leave every weekend to stay with family so I could make my measly, shitty paycheck. Sometimes he would have to stay at my family's house during the week as well because I would have to work late & so would Mike. It was just terrible. I would cry a lot because I barely got to see him as much as I'd like to. Especially when he started school. Just thinking about it makes my eyes teary. Fortunately, that doesn't happen anymore. 2 years of that bullshit is done. My son is with me every weekend (unless it's a rare time where he decides to stay with family) and every single night I pick him up after work. It's my favorite thing about changing jobs. 
  • My priorities in life have shifted dramatically. All my internet reading is done during the day so that when I get off, my brain is shut down from work and technology. I barely open my computer when I get home. We stop by the grocery store, I do the laundry, tidy up, help X with his homework and hope everything is done within the two hours that Mike is suppose to be home so that we can all spend time together. And if it's not done, I don't fret about it. Life is too short to stress about things not being perfect and I know that for sure now. I can feel it in my bones. My family is my focus. While their focus might not be me, I hope they know how much I put into things just so I can be "mentally and physically" with them, even if they are playing video games or watching a movie. 
  • My health. I've spent a good part of these two months shifting my health. And I really hope to goodness that I'm able to stay as great as I feel now even paycheck to paycheck. Speaking of health, I now have health insurance. But because I'm still broke as a joke, I qualified for insurance through the government. To get similar insurance through my job, I would have had to pay $55 a WEEK instead of less than 30 a MONTH. I am so grateful for that. It felt so nice to see a doctor recently. I regret not choosing the PPO plan instead of the HMO but I'll do that next year. And as we incorporate Paleo into our life, my health has been gradually getting better. My family is full of ups and downs, regarding health which is why we've chosen to eat as primal as possible. We're not hardcore but it has helped us SO MUCH to step away from processed foods. I can tell a difference in myself (since I take it the most seriously) and I'm starting to see a slow change in everyone else. 
  • Oh and I secretly have time to catch up on my shows either during lunch or when the little guy goes to bed. I'm addicted to Archer. 



Oh my goodness did I even mention that we moved into a new place? Where is my head right now. I guess I talk so much on IG that this blog always gets the back end of the stick. Plus, I never know who even reads this anymore. I really just blog because I like to do it, even if no one is reading :)