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thursday things, thoughts, and training.

plank for 60 seconds with 45lb plate x2

1) Strength. I am on Week 4 of my Starting Strength program with my trainer, Adam. I’ve had to do these planks with a 45 lb plate on my back every Wednesday and I can already see a huge difference in my core strength. The first week we only did 30 seconds twice. Week 2 we did 45 seconds. Week 3 we did 60 seconds, but I was squirming & felt like it was extremely tough. This week we did 60 seconds again and yes I was shaking, but there was no way I was giving up and I did feel stronger. Both physically and mentally.

Along with my core strength, I’ve noticed improvements in ALL of my lifts. I can almost deadlift my bodyweight. I have been increasing my back squats, front squats, hang cleans, military press, bench press, and push press. It’s fun to look back at the previous week and feel a sense of accomplishment when I see that the weight I used the week before feels easier now.

2) Lent.

So yesterday was Ash Wednesday. The only way I know that is through social media (facebook) by seeing everyone’s status updates tell me what they’re giving up for lent this year. (I’m not Catholic so I had no clue, although I knew it was around this time.) This got me thinking. Nothing against their beliefs to give up something to get “closer” to God, I just don’t think many people “give up” these things for that reason. I also really don’t think you need to give up certain things to have a closer relationship with Him, but don’t even get me started on that.

My point is, why wait to give up those things that hold you back from what you do believe in? This doesn’t even have to do with Lent or God or whatever your belief system entails. This could be the things you want out of life. Success, health, dreams, a degree from college, a fit body, a cure from diabetes, crossing the finish line of a marathon, moving up at your workplace, anything.

If there’s something in your life that is holding you back, WHY NOT GIVE IT UP? Why wait for January 1st to set these resolutions? Why wait for lent to give up your daily fix of mountain dew that’s destroying your teeth and spiking your blood insulin levels or your addiction to the internet that wastes your precious time that you could be using doing other things?

I’m not saying you should give up these things entirely. it’s all about moderation. but if something is holding you back so far from accomplishing your goals, why let it control you? anyone is capable of having self control. use it. not just january 1st. not just during lent. use it every single day of the year. you’ll be amazed at the things you’ll be able to do.

3) Training

So if you saw my last post, then you saw how crazy I am by planning on doing all those races this year. (Although, the color run registration already closed before I got the chance to sign up!)
Since I plan to do all these races, I better train for it. I’m going to follow this Half Marathon plan since my first race is the 8.6 miles on May 6th with a half marathon coming up 2 short weeks later.

I’ll be following this one…(what I did last year for the Des Moines).


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