Default Medals



What a crazy 2 weeks it has been! I’ve been running a few miles a few days a week. I missed my long run last weekend due to crazy work and traveling schedules.

BUT, today I ran a 5k to support the ADA (something I really like but that’s for another post!), and it wasn’t too bad! I got in at 33:30.4 which is pretty good considering the heat and how little I have been training.

But that’s not all!! I got a medal for being 3rd out of 3 in my age group haha! I wasn’t too far behind 2nd place which made me feel good. Any day I get a medal is a good day! It was fun to support a great cause and enjoy a 5k in my hometown!

I know people shame default medals sometimes, but I’m here to celebrate default medals!

I think sometimes, it is ok to be happy with a default medal. Sometimes, you’ve had two years of not training and eating poorly, and you’re trying to get back out there and get healthy again. Sometimes, you need a default medal to know that you can get back to where you once were as a runner.

Here’s to finding encouragement in the little things!!

What is a little thing you find encouraging?

What do you love most about small races?

Week 1 DONE!!


Woohoo!! I’m happy to say I completed all of my schedule runs (& then some!) last week! Here is what my week looked like:

Monday- REST before the big race on Tuesday. We went to the expo, shopped, and ate some delicious food.

Tuesday- PEACHTREE!! My favorite race of all time! I didn’t do as well as I am used to at a 1 hour 16 minute 10K, but hey, I completed the race!

Wednesday- 2 mile recovery run in the middle of the day! What was I thinking? I ran in a hilly area at noon, but it wasn’t actually that bad, and maybe I burned some extra calories!

Thursday- 3 mile run in the morning, not too bad, but a slow time.

Friday- REST! I did take my dog for a nice long walk Friday night.

Saturday- 4 miles aka my first “long run” of the half marathon training. It went really well. I ran the entire first mile without walking which is something I had been struggling with this week. My legs were tired, but the weather was perfect and the route was fairly flat.

Overall, a great first week of training kick-started by the Peachtree! I can’t wait for the next Peachtree when I will have trained for the run!! One thing I struggled with this week was tired legs. I felt like I was running through concrete, and I can’t tell if it was because I am starting pretty much from the beginning with running, or if something else is causing it like not fueling properly.

What are some tips you have to deal with tired legs?

What do you do to fuel for weekly workouts?



Back in the Saddle


Today was the first official training run of my half marathon training! I did 2 recovery miles. My legs were super sore from the Peachtree the day before, and I had some lower back pain from the race yesterday.

I started run-journaling again today. I used to record all of my runs with the time and pace along with a little bit about how I was feeling on the run that day. I have decided to do that again so I can look back and see how far I have come!

Along with training for the half marathon. I am starting to try to eat healthier to get back into shape. I am trying to cut out extra sugars and eat more fruits and vegetables. I am also trying to reduce how much I am eating out. I got into a bad habit of eating out at school and after work, which has contributed to a much less healthy lifestyle.

I’ll keep you guys updated on my training and transition into a healthier lifestyle!



How do you try to eat healthier on a budget and without much time to cook?

How do you stay motivated to finish your training when things get crazy with work/school?

It was all worth it…


“It was all worth it…”

I don’t like to listen to music while I run, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to listen to music!  I love jamming out in the car, at home, whenever and wherever.  I currently love Timeflies (I’m actually listening to them right now), they have some really great songs to jam to and their music has a different style that I love.  When I was training for my half marathon, I was listening to their song “Worth It” and I actually listened to the lyrics (you know how you can “listen” to a song 100 times and not actually pay attention to the lyrics or what they mean) and it really spoke to me because I was having trouble staying motivated to train for the half marathon.

“How can you stop, when its everything you dreamed
And there’s so far left to run
How can you quit when its all you’ve ever wanted
And you don’t know what’s to come
But don’t you see this is what you hurt for
And this could be all you’ve ever worked for

One step down
With a million left to go
Its just us now
And I wanna let you know
That it was all worth it
It was all worth it”

(Kinda sounds like it was made for running right? 🙂 )

But I was having trouble with wondering why I was running the half, and if I should even bother.  I originally wanted to run the half marathon because I wanted to lose weight, and I quickly learned that the right diet is also key in weight loss. [shocker]  And I wasn’t really game for getting on that.  Then I listened to this song and it reminded me how could I stop when I worked so hard to get where I was? I couldn’t quit that close, so I stuck with it and whenever I felt like quitting, I listened to this song again.

I hope you find some inspiration from these lyrics [this is just the first verse and chorus] Listen to the whole song and check out Timeflies! They’re the best!

Happy Friday!