Why I Blog and Operation 165 Homestretch

Wow – I can’t believe so many weeks have passed since my last update on my MS Run the US training.  I’ve been busy getting my body ready to run 165 miles in 6 days.  It hasn’t been easy.  Looking back there have been many ups and downs.  I have learned a lot in this process about myself and my body.

Before I get into the details of my training the past few weeks, I want to take a few minutes to explain something.  It was recently brought up to me that many of my Instagram or Facebook posts are related to my food or running.  I wasn’t quite sure how to take this.  My first reaction was that there is an unfollow button – if you don’t like it, don’t follow me.  It’s really that simple.  I do the same with the junk mail in my inbox.  Then I thought to myself, maybe it would help if I explain my “why”.  Why do I post this information?  Why do I share details of my training and the food that I eat?  Here are a few of my reasons –

Why I Blog

1.  I’m passionate about what I do.  I feel that passion = success.  If you find something you are passionate about and give it your all, success is yours.

2.  To inspire.  There have been so many people in my life that have influenced me in such positive ways.  This is my small way of trying to give back to others.  I hope that someone who is reading my posts or viewing my pictures is inspired to take the next step they have been afraid of taking.

3.  Accountability.  Writing my goals down and putting them out in public, helps to keep me accountable.

4.  To keep me focused and hungry for more.

5.  It’s easy to look at someone and think how easy it must be for them.  I share my struggles and my pain because training is not always ice cream and roses.  There is a lot of work that goes into training for a marathon or other event.  You won’t get just a highlight reel from me.  I try to keep it real and honest and give you both the good and the bad.

6.  Mixed in with all that hard work, is a healthy serving of fun.  Fitness and eating right can be fun.

7.  To connect with others who share common interests and goals.

8.  I get asked a lot of questions about what it takes to train and run for a marathon, what do I eat to fuel my runs, how do I recover so quickly, etc.  Social media allows me the outlet to communicate these answers to a broader audience.

9.  I love being able to share and interact in ways that reach farther than my personal space and location.

There you have just a few of the reasons why I stay active in social medial posting articles and pictures about food and fitness.  I hope that you’ll stick around and continue to follow my journey, and share your journey with me as well.

Speaking of a fitness journey – how’s mine been going?  Well, one word can sum it up – rough.  It’s been a rocky few weeks folks.  I’ve been bordering the scary side of being under-recovered and over-trained.  That’s a really dark place to go to.  I’ve had to scale back some of my workouts, shorten a few runs, and take a couple extra rest days.  In fitness, it’s so important to listen to your body.  I’m the type that given a training schedule to follow, I will go to all lengths to hit every workout.  But it was coming at a high price.  Be willing to compromise and make adjustments to your training.  It’s more important to get to the start line healthy than to say you nailed every single workout.

Week: Planned Miles: Actual Miles: Workouts:
April 12 52 56 3 days crossfit/strength training; 1 cycling
April 19 71 70 4 days crossfit/strength training; 1 cycling
April 26 75 75 4 days crossfit/strength training; 1 cycling
May 3 65 70 3 days crossfit/strength training; 1 cycling
May 10 58 58 2 days crossfit/strength training
May 17 75 69 2 days crossfit/strength training
May 24 81 74 2 days crossfit/strength training; 1 cycling

I’m just 8 days away from starting my segment of the MS Run the US Relay.  I hope you will stick around read about my journey from Wray Colorado to Holdredge Nebraska – all by foot!

4 thoughts on “Why I Blog and Operation 165 Homestretch

  1. I love reading your blogs and posts, keep them coming. Best of luck to you in 8 days, I know you’ll do great! I’m so in awe of all the training you have been doing and what you’re about to accomplish. You are truly an inspiration to all!

  2. I am your friend on MFP and read your profile and led me to your blog. You are quite inspiring and I wish you the best for your upcoming 165 miles! I look forward to following you on your journey

    • Thank you so much, Deanna! It’s great to find MFP’s so close! The relay will be coming through your area a few weeks after my segment. You can follow us with the hashtag #msruntheus or check out the webpage.

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