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2018...THE YEAR OF YES

2018...THE YEAR OF YES

    We're on day 2 (aka page 2) of the latest 365 page thriller that is Caitlyn's life (aka running, lifting, and acting like we have this whole adulting thing figured out). The first two workouts of 2018 have gone well, new PRs have been hit and your girl has finally somewhat gotten over her T-Swift addiction and been able to run without listening exclusively to her songs. Yay! Hit like 6 different PRs during my leg workout today...and ran 6 miles at 9:14 pace. And I sorta, kinda didn't feel that self-conscious well squatting today and having to look in the mirror while doing so. And I'm planning on wearing a tank top to the gym tomorrow, even though it's freezing cold outside and tomorrow is an upper body day for lifting. Why? Because, honestly, screw having body image issues and being self-conscious...especially in the gym. Plus, if I'm gonna be at least a little bit self-conscious no matter what I wear...I might as well show off the fact that I have worked my ass off these past several months to get leaner and stronger and get big(ish) arms.

    One new strategy that I employed in today's run that helped tremendously was actually looking at my reflection in the window in front of the treadmill while running instead of staring outside or at the screen on the treadmill. At first I was like eww gross why on earth would I wanna watch myself run?! And many my fellow treadmill runners who are reading this are probably in agreement that watching yourself run is a bit (or a lot) uncomfortable. However, I found that it really helped me to focus on my form and using my arms more...which was especially helpful given that I knew I needed my legs to be primed and ready to go for today's leg day. Also, I was further motivated by staring at my reflection and realizing that 1. My arms are actually looking semi/sorta jacked compared to how they looked last summer and 2. I have some serious RBF (resting bitch face) while running. Like, damn, I looked so determined/pissed off that I am damn glad that there usually isn't a whole lot of people down at the gym at that time of the morning...or at least on the treadmills. :)

    About those leg day PRs...I really pushed myself during the last mile of today's run...so I didn't really know what to expect when I got my 30 minutes of incline walking done and headed over to the squat rack. I was pleasantly surprised with how light the bar felt during my first set of front and back squats (I mean granted the bar only weighs 45lbs...but still!). And before I knew it I was doing my previous max outs from just 2-3 weeks ago for sets of 2 instead of sets of 1. Plus, I know I for sure could have went up 5 pounds for a single on my back squat. Starting my leg day out that way completely changed the tone for the rest of my workout. Whenever I had that little moment of doubt when I wasn't sure if I should attempt a PR...I just thought to myself, "F*ck yes! You can do this. You are so much stronger than you think." And I did it, with no music but a whole lotta pre workout rushing through my veins...plus that whole feeling like a bad ass for actually doing good on squats for once.

    Not gonna lie, Monday's run was super rough. I didn't feel very energized even though I had gone to bed at freaking 7:30 ON NEW YEAR'S EVE!!! Since I had ran so fast on Sunday, I decided to just take it easy that day and not stress too much over pace...just on getting the miles in. I ended last week running 30.5 miles, which I am pretty proud of considering I was only able to run/workout 5 of the 7 days. My goal this week is for at least 42 miles. Possibly more if I can run 6.5 miles on Thursday for sure and possibly Sunday. It's weird, because as much as I hate running the first few miles and really want to quit...by the time I hit that 3 mile mark it's "Game On." I ready to up the speed and make the most of the last 3 miles...usually because the first 3 sucked or I didn't run fast enough or really "enjoy" them like I would have if I were running outside and had no clue how fast I was running or how far I had gone.

    Game plan for tomorrow: Try to take it easy pace-wise...because today's leg workout kicked my but. Sidenote: Do not EVER under any circumstances think it is a good idea to do walking lungs while holding a 25lb plate over your head. It is literally the worst and I know for a fact that I looked like a complete idiot while doing it. Oh, well...YEAR OF YES. So, I said 'yes' to trying some new exercises today and tomorrow when I roll out of bed at 4:23 a.m. I can guarantee you that there will be a few other words coming out of my mouth...and no 'yes' will not be among them.
WHATEVER IT TAKES

WHATEVER IT TAKES

LONGEST TREADMILL RUN...EVER

LONGEST TREADMILL RUN...EVER