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WHATEVER IT TAKES

WHATEVER IT TAKES

    Today, is the first day that it really hit me just how much I miss my long 7-9 mile runs outside. Like, from the minute I stepped on the treadmill and got going I could tell that my legs were just itching for a long run. I felt super energized/motivated and for once my legs felt fresh and ready for anything. This was surprising given how intense yesterday's leg workout was, and I honestly attribute today's stellar run to perfect running conditions (or as perfect as conditions can get when running indoors on the dreadmill). Prior to heading to the gym I watched Kelly Roberts' latest BQ or Bust vlog on YouTube, so obviously I went into the gym with an I can do anything if I just put my mind to it attitude. Today's video was all about chasing impossible goals and accepting that chasing these goals includes accepting that failure is inevitable. But, no matter how impossible a goal seems, the important thing is to believe that you can achieve it. I just so happened to get the last available treadmill at the gym, and a good friend of mine just so happened to show up the gym early. I also randomly decided that running in a tank top would be a good idea. Oh, and my Ipod randomly decided to play some bad ass songs when I put it on shuffle for my run.

    I guess today everything sort of randomly feel into place and my body decided that today was the perfect day to run 6 miles at an average pace of 8:54. Like, I'm 99% sure that is an all time PR...but I'll have to double check on that later. For the first time in a long time, running fast didn't feel all that difficult or scary or impossible. It just felt right. Like, if I can't run super long, I might as well run super fast and continue to chase that "runners high" that we've all heard so much about. I was literally having the time of my life this morning, despite the fact that there was sweat going everywhere and I knew that once I hit the 6 mile mark my fun would be over. I was smiling and singing along with all my favorite song when they came on (lip syncing of course because I didn't have the gym all to myself, which I am 100% okay with). And whenever I got to that point where I felt like upping the speed every 1/2 mile was too much or my current speed just wasn't going to be maintainable in the long run...I would remind myself that I had people rooting for me in the back of the gym. Like, yeah they were busy doing their own thing, but if I cut my run short or didn't give it my all I wouldn't be the only person who would know that I had half-assed things.

    That brings us to the title of this post, "Whatever It Takes." To me, on this day and during this run (and lift as well!), it took a whole heck of a lot of attitude adjustment and learning to just listen to my body. My legs wanted to go fast, so that's exactly what we did today. I was still on that runners high during my lift, so we lifted some heavy ass weight and did it with way more intensity and focus than usual. Maybe it was the rainbow sherbert BCAAs that I mixed into my water and drank intra-workout for the first time today. Maybe it was just me "betting on myself" and saying "yes" in the face of things that felt impossible. Either way, we had a great workout and felt strong as hell in the process.

    Now, I'll be the first to admit that after doing close to an hour and a half of cardio, wearing a tank top to the gym (especially one that is light gray and shows ALL THE SWEAT) starts to feel like a bad idea. So, naturally any normal person would get a little self-conscious and decide that working out in their sweatshirt for the rest of their workout is a good idea. And, for like 10 minutes I thought this was the case. But, then I was like damn I thought the whole point of wearing a tank top to the gym in the first place was to say screw the body image issues/insecurities and imperfections cause this is the "YEAR OF YES." So, as much as it sucked at first, I got the courage to throw my sweatshirt and like 75% of my insecurities aside for the remainder of my lift. Yeah I had to take off my glasses so I wasn't constantly looking in the mirror and criticizing my body mid-lift...but still, I got through the workout feeling stronger than ever.

    Moral of the story: Running fast, Lifting heavy, and Listening to some bad ass empowering music are just a few components necessary for a bad ass workout. Sure, wearing a tank top that makes you look jacked, drinking copious amounts of caffeine, and having other people at the gym who motivate you to give 100% effort 100% of the time help. But, at the end of the day, all you really need is to believe in yourself. Make the impossible possible. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. And realized that all things aside, YOU are the why behind YOUR PRS. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back. Because, in the wise words of Chris Jones, "There is nothing selfish about self-improvement."

**PREVIOUS 6 MILE TREADMILL PR WAS 53:41 SET BACK ON AUGUST 11TH 2017...Today we ran it in 53:24!!! #PRSONPRS**
 
IT NEVER GETS EASIER, YOU JUST GET STRONGER.

IT NEVER GETS EASIER, YOU JUST GET STRONGER.

2018...THE YEAR OF YES

2018...THE YEAR OF YES