Disclaimer: In my partnership with fitapprach/sweatpink, I received a pair of prAna leggings. As always, all opinions are my own and never influenced.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember back in February a number of us participated in a 5-day yoga series #PrAnaSpringStyle #PoseOfTheDay with fitapproach and prAna. As part of the campaign, I received Gabi Leggings for my participation. Super cute and comfy! I love doing little yoga challenges and getting creative with the pose of the day. Bellow are a few pictures of the poses we did. Each day, we were given a promt – such as one leg balance- to Interoperate into whatever pose we associated with that word. This was really fun because we all would interoperate it differently. Dancers pose and crescent lunge are definitely two of my all-time favorite poses, but I loved doing them all.
So, the NYC half-marathon has come and gone and what an amazing experience it was! I had been wanting to run in New York City for a while and getting into the lottery for this race was so bittersweet. It was a race I had wanted to run, but the timing of finding out I got in was really bad. Going into this race, I was feeling a little uneasy about how my training had gone and what that meant for this race. I told myself, 'just have fun', and that’s exactly what I did! Being my first post-injury half and not being able to complete my 10-miler (twice) the week prior, I was unsure how things would go. Finishing became the goal and time went out the window. That was probably the best decision I could have made. I knew going into this, that these would be #MeaningfulMiles for my angel. ❤
The expo was less than desirable as NYRR is moving away from traditional vender expos. I did however get to meet some #WeRunSocial Crew at the expo, that was awesome. It’s always so great to put actual faces to these people you talk to online. I somehow ended up leaving with a few of them and hanging out for a while. New friendships were made. ❤
The race started in beautiful Central Park for the first (almost) half of the race before taking over the streets of Manhattan as we ran through Times Square, West side Highway, along the Hudson River, through Battery Park and ending in Wall Street. I was in the front-ish of the 3rd wave, and we had a later 8:10 start time, so it was kind of nice to take my time in the morning. My hotel was a literal 2-min walk through the park to the start, which was fantastic. I've learned my lesson about figuring out traffic/subway etc the morning of, so I made it easy for myself . ;) Getting through the security checkpoint was a breeze, although some people seemed very frantic about it. It was a chilly 30° at the start, but I’m somewhat used to the cold. I might not enjoy it, but I know how to react to it better than warm weather people. A quick stop for a picture atop a rock overlooking the skyline (recognize this view from a movie?) and off to my coral I went. i opted not to meet the gals and just run this race alone.
Is this thing on?
So, the NYC half-marathon is 4 days away and guess what? I’m under trained and nervous. Life happened and things aren’t really working out the way I had planned. But, that doesn’t mean my spring race season is going to be a wash. It's always tough to mentally focus after not performing as well as I would've liked to, but I'm working on putting more trust in my training and accepting that not every race will be great. Learn from it.
So, let’s get real, running isn’t always easy. There are definitely runs where my legs feel like jello or days I just don’t want to get out there and put in the work. There are times where I question why I’m putting so much time and effort into this whole running thing when no one is forcing me to do this. And clearly, there have been, and will continue to be, races that I train for that just don’t turn out how I would like them to. My goals are important to me, and I’ve come a long way over the past two years, and I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Inspiration... it comes in many shapes and sizes. We all have people that inspire us. There are so many people that inspire me on a daily basis, just as I hope to inspire others someday. Some are people I only know via the internet, that I feel like I know because we interact so much on social media, but some are old friends, some are new friends, and some are just acquaintances who’ve still touched me in some way.
--Sometimes that has been through fitness. I get encouraged and motivated by these people and feel like I can do more because of their incredible tenacity and capability at their sport.
--Sometimes it’s life. I feel like I can keep going because what I’m going through is not nearly as rough as what they’re going through. Some of these same people are the best at keeping it real. And I LOVE realness.
--Sometimes it has been through spirituality. I enjoy being uplifted and encouraged to walk a better walk with my faith because of them.
I could name them all, but I’d lose all of you reading this because it would turn into a small book. Basically, if we talk on a regular basis, or if I like or comment on your photos on FB or Instagram, or if I like your workouts on Strava, you’re impacting my life in some way. I care enough to click the button and If I follow you in social media, it's because I enjoy seeing what you’re doing.
My point in writing this is to say it’s so wonderful to be filled with daily inspiration. I love feeling inspired and hope you do, too! Thanks for filling my days with so much positivity and realness. ♥
Dream Big. Work Hard.
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for any kind of protein ball/bite or snack! I’m seriously in love with the whole concept. Today, I was in my kitchen and thought I would whip up something new (to me). I find myself a bit crazily eating these! *Must walk away!*
They are super easy. You can vary these however you like and make them your own, however, I’m quite smitten with the perfection that is these little chocolaty-hazelnuty protein balls.
Try not to eat them all in one sitting!