Training: Week 7

WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN & SHARE THEM

I successfully completed eight miles and this was the first time I physically thought, I can run a full 13, FINALLY!!! Honestly, I have wanted to quit a couple of times now because it’s the easier thing to do. I love to get my body moving, I love to see growth and feel stronger each day and I truly love running. However, with two kids at home, it’s not always easy to make time for the longer distances and/or having to run 5-6 days a week.  It would be much easier to give up and say I just don’t have the time for this, but I set this intention for myself and I want to see it come to fruition! I want to set healthy examples for my kiddos and when Griffin asks me to race with him around the house or wants me to watch him run reeeeallll fast, I know he sees him mommy running and it encourages him to do the same. Even if it is just child’s play, it still makes my mommy heart so happy to see him take notice and interest in something he sees me doing. Plus when he crazy man runs around the house he always cracking up and what’s better than those belly laughs. My heart is in a puddle just thinking about it!

Setting goals and intentions for yourself and actually achieving those things is hard, but so incredibly worth it. If I’ve learned nothing more about myself from this experience so far, it’s that I can achieve what I set my mind/body to do. What has been my saving grace honestly, publically writing down my goal. I feel like it has held me accountable. I don’t want to say I’m going to do something, announce it publically and then not see it through, so thank you to anyone who is reading this. Your acknowledgment has helped me so much, and you would have never known, had I not shared this!

Last thing, I promise! I could not do this and would have never even attempted this half marathon training without encouragement, so find someone who is going to help you push through (thank you, Mr. Gray- you are the best type of partner), no matter the goal or intention, help is always underrated but exactly what makes the difference!!

Until the next time

xx

margaret

Summer & Spring Favs

Who has been watching the Bachelor? We got two doses this week ha! If you have been watching and you’re anything like me, you’re watching but not really. My interest has yet to spike over this season, I can’t seem to actually pay enough attention to know anyone’s name, who my top three are or even where they’ve been. The one-on-one dates are the same as they were previous years (I cannot with the concert experiences, they make me uncomfortable!) and the group dates are embarrassing, ha! This show has been my guilty pleasure for so many seasons, but this season has NOT been the most dramatic season of them all. Hopefully, Peter will turn it around soon because I can’t just stop watching and I feel like I could still get into it, maybe once there are only a few girls left… IDK!

Bachelor aside, I thought I’d share some of my favorite looks from last season for Spring/Summer because the groundhog did not see his shadow (YAAYYY) and I am READY for the higher temps and sunny weather! Dressing for Summer and Fall is my favorite, but honestly, we don’t get much Fall in Kentucky; the weather goes from 70 to 30 in one week. But Summer sticks around and it’s always fun to see how many ways you can style a cute top or jeans!!

xx

margaret

ps you can find all of these pictures linked on my LIKEtoKNOW.it page, HERE

Running Series: Q&A

Today, I’ve decided to answer a few questions that I’ve received since I’ve started sharing my journey to 13.1. For me, this is super fun because I love to share what has worked (or not worked) for me and what I’ve loved so far/what I think has helped me with my miles.

QUESTION 1: RUNNING SHOES

When I was running the random three to four miles 2-3 days a week, I didn’t really care which running shoe I had. I was running in my Nike Run Swift sneakers and they worked especially for shorter runs. Since I wasn’t working towards a specific goal, other than getting a little sweat in, my sneakers didn’t really matter to me. However, after sooo soo much research and googling every store in the world to get the best price- I ended up buying a pair of the Adidas Ultra Boost 19 tennis shoes and they are AMAZING!! I couldn’t be any happier with my purchase, they’re worth every penny and I swear they have helped my time.

QUESTION 2: HYDRATION

So, I haven’t felt like I’ve run a long enough duration to feel like I need to be hydrating while running. I think by mile 8, I’ll be at that point though and I haven’t really decided what to do yet?! EEK! I know there will be fueling stations for when I run the actual half, but for training, I’m thinking of carrying a little 8-ounce bottle for water. I’d ideally like to drink at least 1 hour in and every 30 minutes after that. So, if anyone has a suggestion, I’d love to hear it!

QUESTION 3: WHAT I EAT DURING A LONG RUN

Again, I haven’t had a problem with this yet but I know (per every article I’ve read) it’s suggested that you refuel with calories/carbs every 45-60 minutes. I bought some energy gels, (I’ll link below with everything else) that I’m pretty excited to try. And I’m thinking if those don’t work for me I’m going to try a little bar.

QUESTION 4: FAVORITE LEGGINGS TO RUN IN

Zella, hands down, they are my favorite. Probably because the ones I have (currently on sale 🙌🏼) are a thicker material and it’s pretty chilly out most days that I run. But they don’t slide down and I feel very much held in and supported, if that makes sense! I like where they hit me in the torso and legs, and overall, I just love them!! Plus, they have side pockets! I also like my Lululemon leggings, but they’re so darn pricey. I think they have the same feel as the Zella leggings and the Zella leggings are such a better deal!

QUESTION 5: HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED

I’m a pretty determined/stubborn person (I set my mind to something, I have to do it); especially with a workout- simply put, it makes me feel 1000x better and I really enjoy it (I didn’t always feel this way, promise). I love the feeling I get after a workout, it always puts me in a better mood, I feel re-energized/clear minded, I strongly believe it helps to keep up with my kiddos, and all of these things motivate me to keep going. Also, it helps that I have a super supportive husband who gives me times to beat and he keeps me encouraged to keep it up!

QUESTION 6: WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

I feel like that emoji that has a blank stare 👉🏼 😳, haha!! I think this is a blog post in and of itself. Let’s just say, every day looks different especially depending on how many miles I have and that is what works for me. When I’m not training, I pretty stick to the same ole things, I’m a creature of habit and can eat the same thing over and over again- maybe that’s where my Griffy gets it because kid sticks to a chicken nugget diet 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️. I do, loosely track my macros Monday-Friday, which I personally enjoy (health and fitness is genuinely something I enjoy!) and counting macros is like a puzzle and the pieces don’t always fit for me, which is totally fine. I do whatever I want, within reason Saturday and Sunday. Eating a healthy diet has been something I have loved for years now, I enjoy what I eat and if I want to eat something not ‘healthy’ I most certainly will. But, this is definitely a fun question that I will work on!

If you have any random questions, I would love for you to send them my way and I’ll try to help in any way I can!!

All of the products (that I have/want) that I’ve talked about in this post are linked here!!

xx

margaret

Mom Jeans

I love a good high waisted jean and I love a good price point. Daarik recently decided to get some new jeans from Target. He bought a pair last summer and fell in love, so I thought I needed to jump on the train. So after he added two pairs to his cart, I had him add these for me. And I’m so so glad I went with these!

These jeans are so comfortable, flattering and can be styled a million different ways. I wasn’t sure about how a bootie would look but as soon as I put it together, I fell in love. I’ll probably wear these with a sneaker, sandals in the summer or a slide/mule.  The distressing at the knees is perfect, not too much but enough for the trend. I went down a size because I read some reviews saying they can stretch some, so I’d advise doing that- but for $22 I couldn’t be happier!!

Here are some more “Mom Jeans” that I am loving!!

xox

margaret

Training: Week 3

Halfway through my third week of training has me feeling: motivated, excited, nervous, healthy, strong, inspired to keep moving (so basically all the feelings) and ready to conquer my long run for the week; six miles! I know I can, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard. Currently thinking, how will I make it to 13 miles and how the heck do people run marathons.!?!?

Sunday’s are my long run days, I usually have a rest day on Monday and Friday, sometimes Monday, Friday and Saturday. Which on rest days, I still try to move (usually just 30 minutes) simply because it’s making my body stronger and helps to gear me up for those longer distances, but I will just rest some days as well because– recovery and I’m human. So I’m running 4-5 days and incorporating a mix of Megan Roup’s workout app. Her app offers cardio dance, sculpting, and full-body workouts and you don’t need equipment. Check it out if you don’t have time for the gym or don’t have time for an hour workout, I love it- it’s quick and effective! If you try it out, let me know!

Happy Friday, guys!!

xo

margaret

Six Months with Danni

Six whole months with this little squishy girl seems unreal! I think I blinked, maybe ten times and in those ten seconds, she turned half a year old (insert tears). Danni has completed our family, she has been the most amazing blessing and I truly believe God knew what he was doing when he graced us with her presence. I always wanted to be a boy mom, I didn’t think dressing a little girl in bows and tights was going to be my thing; which I think most people find surprising. And when I was pregnant, although I had morning sickness this time around, I was still 100% certain I was going to have another boy. Man, was I wrong, and so very thankful that I was because this little lady has completely changed my thoughts, on the whole, having a girl. She may not always be wearing a bow, she may not be wearing a girly dress daily, and she may have crazy fuzzy hair instead of long locks like her brother had, but that’s our style and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Her smile and sweet giggles more than makeup for any of that other stuff and I could eat her up, she’s so chunky and cute!

My girl is halfway to one and I don’t want to forget any moment with her, which is why I love to write it down and go back and read it later- it’s truly the sweetest! At six months, Danni is Miss Jabber Jaws; I think both of Daarik and I’s children will have the ability to talk to a wall, just like Daarik. She’s a little roley poley, she loves to be naked, she tolerates cereal but isn’t into much else (other than milk- we’re working on it), she is sitting up but not for too long just yet, she loves a rattling toy, she is always gripping onto my finger when eating, she’s a big-time hair grabber, she likes music, she loves a good bath and being cuddled after and she will hysterically laugh at Griffin; she is obsessed with her brother and that melts my heart.

Danni and Griffin are literally the light of our lives, they’re easily the most amazing part of our day and when Griffin bends over to give “sister bear” kisses, I can see what type of brother he’s growing into. She’s his girl; she’s all of our girl. So Danni, at six months Griffin is protective of you now… so in 16 years, bless your sweetheart!!

Happy half Birthday my little squishy babe, we love you to infinity and beyond!!

xx

margaret

New Training Series for 2020

I wasn’t the running type. EVER. You know when you’re in high school and you have to run a mile and a half? I, alongside most of the girls who didn’t want to sweat, didn’t run. A fast-paced walk was my happy place!  When I decided to start running a couple of years ago, I don’t think I could even run a mile without taking at least a 30-second break one-quarter of the way through- for me it was brutal. And this was on a treadmill, mind you; a treadmill run and an outdoor run btw, totally different or at least for me. So, here I am able to run 5 miles straight out- no breaks, OUTDOORS! Even though I wasn’t a runner, it didn’t mean I didn’t have the skillset to become one. Once I set my mind to something, it has to be done (ask my husband- I have a one-track mind + I’m super stubborn and no one, including myself, is going to tell me I can’t do something) and this time it was to not only become a runner but LOVE it. This, I have successfully accomplished!

Enter my new crazy idea, to train for and complete my first half marathon. I know training will be hard but I also know it will be worth it and I am so, so excited to accomplish this new goal I’ve set for myself! Honestly, pushing myself to achieve this feels amazing! Am I nervous? Answer: 120% YES!!!

My first thought, can I even run 8 miles, let alone 13.1, and the answer is yes because I know my body and what it is capable of. I know for a fact if my body can bring two babies into this world- this body of mine can run 13.1 miles, the comparison there is not even on the same level. I just can’t think of another comparison that I have physically gone through but I do know nothing will ever be as hard, draining, empowering, emotional, miraculous, amazing, life-changing as birth! So yes, my body can run. Conditioning though…. shhheww!! But training for this half does have me feeling a few of those same emotions. I’m not sure why, but it makes me feel emotional (that’s probably because I’m 6 months post-partum) and I feel extremely grateful & empowered.

So, I am starting my second week of training, with the hopes to complete my first half on April 18th in Lexington at the Horse Capital Marathon and Half Marathon. And I just keep telling myself- I CAN!! All of the advice is welcomed btw if you’ve done this before. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read, hoping it helps gear me up for what’s to come. And this post is to strictly hold me accountable and maybe it will be motivating to get you moving in 2020!

xo

margaret