Have a Lovely Saturday!

lovely Saturday

 

I was so busy sharing my incredible life wisdom going on and on about myself yesterday, I missed our regularly scheduled programming!

1. Sometimes, we come across an article or a blog post at the exact moment we need it.

“I’ve come to a realization over the years: I am not the only person who has made this choice. I discovered these common, self imposed restrictions are rather insidious, though they start out simple enough. We begin by worrying we aren’t good enough, smart enough or talented enough to get what we want, then we voluntarily live in this paralyzing mental framework, rather than confront our own role in this paralysis. Just the possibility of failing turns into a dutiful self-fulfilling prophecy. We begin to be believe that these personal restrictions are in fact, the fixed limitations of the world. We go on to live our lives, all the while wondering what we can change and how we change it, and we calculate and re-calculate when we will be ready to do the things we want to do. And we dram. If only. If only. One day. Some day.” Debbie Millman

2. One of my besties gifted me a three-month subscription to Whimseybox. I. Am. So. Excited.

3. I made these chocolate chip cookies last week…so rich but so delicious. Be grateful the recipe only makes 20 cookies.

4. Love to write? Love to read? Love to spin a yarn or two? Check this event out.

5. I’m 5’2″ and it’s difficult for me to find a maxi dress that doesn’t drag on the floor, but I’m so envious of the easy breezy cuteness of them. I impulse bought this one, but am trying to decide how I feel about the sheer skirt.

6. I loved Spirit of the Marathon (not gonna lie, tears were shed), and I’m so excited they’re coming out with a sequel. I will be attending!

7. Turning colorful interviews into catchy tunes is so trendy, but it gets me everytime!

8. Here are some tips to quickly satisfy the hunger monster after a tough evening workout.

9. REI’s having their anniversary sale if you’re looking to score some new outdoor gear.

10. Tis the season for wedges, and I’m digging the two-tone neutral look. Love these and these.

I’m out exploring a new to me location, can’t wait to share next week! Enjoy your weekend!

Always, Sierra

TGIF

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  1. Not Rated really knows what they’re doing with those woven flats. I already have these, and I’m so tempted to buy these ones too.
  2. Usain Bolt gives the low down on his technique.
  3. Are you a knowledge seeker?
  4. Thanks to this blog post, I want to buy every racer tank in this etsy shop.
  5. I tried these tasty treats last weekend, and I’m about to perfect my carb loading.
  6. Got weak hips? I do, and I’ll be working on it.
  7. I cannot wait for the eye candy this film is going to be full of.
  8. I’ve always wanted to be a super sleuth.
  9. “For many years I was a writer who didn’t write that regularly. It was always on the back of my mind to write, but I didn’t find the time.” Inspiration to get started!
  10. This Dad is pretty awesome for sewing his daughter a custom prom dress.
 Enjoy your weekend!
 
Always, Sierra

My Fave Newbie Runner Moments

Getting a Garmin – Holiday season was just around the corner (i.e. 6 months away) and I casually started dropping how much I would love a running watch into just about every conversation I had with the Mr. I reasoned, rationalized, begged and pleaded. In case he didn’t get the hint, when the Forerunner 410 went on sale at Costco, I made sure I sent him the link. And when Christmas morning rolled around, my joy knew no bounds…

The only sad part was that I had already gone for my morning run. Lucky for you guys, I’m a pretty awesome actor.

I wasn’t just a newbie runner anymore, I was a newbie runner who could throw around jargon like splits, pace and touch bezel…I had arrived!

The first time I ran a mile with no walk breaks – This is not where I insert a qualifying “I know it’s not that far but” statement! A mile is far. 5,280 feet. 63,360 inches. That’s way longer than my favorite route of all time, from the couch to the freezer for ice cream.

I called my Dad immediately after it happened. The short legs we both have were a running joke between us (har har), and while he may not have understood why on Earth I’d want to run anywhere let alone a mile in no particular direction, he couldn’t have been happier or more proud of me.

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When you’re a new runner and side cramps are attacking you and you can’t breath even though you know you’re running so slow you’re practically not moving and you’ve almost convinced yourself not to even bother trying…that’s when you celebrate any and every milestone you can, and find motivation to not give up.

For me it was a mile. For you, maybe it’s to the end of the street, or to your favorite coffee shop around the corner. Whatever it is, when you make it there, enjoy every minute of that sweet, sweet victory (note – victory sometimes disguises itself as the sensation of burning lungs).

My first pair of running shoes –  The constant piece of advice from all runners is that if you’re going to invest in anything, make it a pair of properly fitting running shoes. Everyone is right.

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I was so nervous going into a REAL running store pretending I was a REAL runner who needed REAL running shoes. The service guy was super nice, approaching me right away asking how he could help, and I’m pretty sure all I managed to blurt out was “Shoes. Run. Well, jog. No, run. Help.”

After I bought these (kind of expensive) beauties, I gratefully retired not only my 3+ year old sneakers I had been using but also all the aches and pains they had given me.

Buy new shoes. Do it. Treat yo self.

Hitting the wall – This one just happened to me a couple weeks ago. All the running blogs I read talk about the dreaded wall and how they hit it in this marathon or that one. This wall puzzled me. I was already running slow, already struggling to breath, just because I was new. Why worry about hitting this wall, when I could barely hit 5 miles?

After a night of beer drinking to celebrate the Mr.’s birthday, a week of fighting off a back injury, and a breakfast of two bites of banana, I set out on my newly devised long run. By long I mean 4-5 miles…let’s not get overdramatic here.

I didn’t just hit the wall, I slammed into it so hard I felt like I had been punched in balls (if I had balls).

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Within 10 minutes of heading out, my legs were lead, my back was seizing, my motivation was zero, and I had no energy. I’m stubborn and told myself you can do it, you can fight through this. I made it for about 20 more minutes before the tears started. I just couldn’t take one more step. Only, I didn’t have a cell phone to call the Mr. for a rescue, so I had to take one more step. I had to take lots of one more steps all the way back to my house, at a nice, defeated, slow and steady walk, trying not to cry the whole time.

I can’t say it was a fun experience, but I can say I’m glad I hit it early on in my running career. Feel what it’s like now, so that I can head it off before it starts, or deal with it better, next time.

What have been your favorite running moments?

Always, Sierra