There is No “Wrong” Motivation

It seems lately that a lot of fitness peeps have been spouting out that you shouldn’t let your physique or appearance be your #1 motivation when trying to get in shape. My question is “why the hell not?” It’s not that I’m particularly a VAIN person, but when someone finds something that motivates them to get in some vigorous exercise and start eating healthier on a regular basis, why are physique goals not good enough? In a country where more than 1/3 of adults are considered obese, I think we have to take what we can get! And if the idea of looking hot in a pair of jeans is what gets someone off their ass, then so be it!

Most trainers will say that overall health and general fitness should be your “primary” goal. And yes, while I wholeheartedly agree with that, someone who is slightly overweight might not see it that way. They might be relatively healthy but they just want to finally see their abs or look cute in shorts because they have a vacation coming up. If that’s what keeps you motivated for the time-being, then that’s fine! It’s no one else’s business what your motivation is, whether it’s completely superficial or 100% honorable.

It’s true that you will never find peace and happiness when your appearance is always your #1 goal, because perfection just doesn’t exist…and it’s hard to achieve something that doesn’t exist. But I would also argue that if it’s strength you’re after, where does that stop? One can become so obsessed with getting stronger that they start accruing life-long injuries… One can become so obsessed with “general health” that they start going off the deep end and become an orthorexic. Extremes can occur anyway you look at it. Just because you started with one motivator, doesn’t mean that it will always be your #1 motivator. When something sparks you in the moment to get up and go for a walk or get in a quickie workout, run with it (literally)! Motivation can be hard to find, so when it comes along, take advantage of it. But remember this, the best motivation is the motivation that comes from within. No one else can truly motivate you. Not your significant other, not your trainer, not your friends. Any motivation that stems from them will be short-lived. And that’s okay! Sometimes we have to seek out motivation every day to keep moving forward.

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For example, I haven’t seen my husband since June of 2014. He’s due to be coming home shortly and you better believe I want to look good for him when he arrives! So right now, that’s guiding my motivation to put in an extra ounce of effort. That’s the one little thing that is pushing me to get in a couple conditioning workouts a week (along with my 4 weight training sessions) and really eyeball the food that I’m putting into my mouth. Thankfully I stay pretty close to my “happy spot” year-round, so I never have far to go when I just want to tighten things up a little bit. But this motivation is going to be short-lived. Eventually my husband will come home, we’ll go on a vacation, and then we’ll get back to normal life. That’s when my motivation will change. Maybe I’ll just want to focus on getting a little stronger or improving my endurance. Who knows? We’ll have to see what sparks me at the moment!

Remember, this is a journey with no end. Your goals and motivators will always be fluctuating depending on your situation in life at that one moment. The key to success though is to pick a goal….seriously go for it…conquer it…and move onto the next goal. Don’t flounder from goal to goal, program to program, and never actually accomplish anything! And always remember what got you started on that goal in the first place…that original motivator.

Since I mentioned that I’ll be putting in a little extra effort over the next month, I thought it might be fun to see what that little extra effort might actually do and share it with you all! This photo was taken this morning and I also weighed myself. I was randomly up 3 lbs., probably retaining some water, so here I weigh 143 lbs. I also took circumference measurements, so I’ll be tracking those as well. Along with my 4 weight training workouts, I’ll be throwing in 2 weekly conditioning workouts. So that might be sprints, a barbell complex, a ladder workout, or something of the sort. I will also actually be tracking my macronutrients and calories. Should be fun to see what happens!

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Is Fear Holding You Back From the Body of Your Dreams?

This past week I was interviewed for a local magazine regarding exercising in your home and one of the first questions was “why might someone decide to exercise at home rather than at a gym?” In my response I mentioned the obvious answer, that it might be more convenient for busy individuals or new moms. But in the other part of my answer I said, and this is somewhat sad, that some people often feel uncomfortable going to a gym. Sometimes they are ashamed of the way they look and oftentimes they are afraid that they will appear like they don’t know what they are doing.

While it’s not necessary to go to the gym to get in shape, it certainly might make it a little easier. There’s more equipment, more space (generally), and I tend to get an additional burst of energy and motivation when working out in a public gym instead of my own home. Although I can completely understand why someone might feel self-conscious in a gym, do you go through the rest of your life thinking this way? Do you stop yourself from going to the grocery store because you’re concerned about what other people might think about what you’re putting in your cart? Do you hold yourself back from clothes shopping because you’re concerned that someone might not like your taste in sweaters? No? So why would you be so utterly concerned about what other people might think of you in the gym? We’re all there for the same reasons…and that is to better ourselves.

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Yes, some people might judge you in the gym, but they’re also going to judge you on the street. Those people are probably jerks anyways, so who cares what they might think? You can’t let the potential thoughts of others keep you from living your life and attempting to meet your goals. I personally like seeing out of shape individuals going to the gym and trying to better themselves. How could I possibly laugh at that or view that negatively? We all started somewhere. I wasn’t in shape when I started working out. I couldn’t run long distances and I didn’t know how to properly use machines or weights. So what did I do? I eased into it. I did what I could figure out on my own, watched and learned from other people, and began picking it up myself. Now I’m at a point where I’m the teacher. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you just have to have the confidence to go in there and say “Screw what everyone thinks! I’m doing this for me!”

Like I said earlier, it’s okay if you prefer to workout at home, but don’t do it only because you’re worried about what other people might think or say. You can’t go through your life that way. If you’re not sure how to use the equipment, grab a friend or hire a trainer to show you the ropes. Watch videos online. Pick up some magazines with workout programs and photos in them to help guide you. Take some group classes that your gym offers. It’s a great way to meet people and they can be really motivating! There’s tons of ways to learn the basics, and it’s the basics that are going to take you the farthest.

Remember, don’t be scared! We’ve all been there.

6 Ways to Measure Progress

evilscaleMany women (and men too!) simply resort to the scale to tell them if they’re making progress with their fat loss goals. While the scale can be good measurement of progress, it’s not the ONLY or even the BEST way to measure progress. So here’s a little countdown of the many ways you can measure to see if you’re making progress with your diet and training.

6. Scale – As previously mentioned, the scale can actually be a good way to measure progress, but it’s not necessarily the best way to measure progress. It’s only one measurement and the number is kind of…well…not indicative of how much fat you have lost or haven’t lost. The scale is taking evvvverything into account when it spits out that one number at you. Your fat, your muscle, water, food, intestines, bones, hair, EVERYTHING!!! Yet, if the number changes you tend to get really excited or really depressed depending on what direction the number went. My advice? If the number on the scale has a tendency to bring your mood down, stay away from it. If the number doesn’t really affect your mood, then weigh yourself as much as you’d like!

5. Body Fat Testing – This can be done in many ways, some being much more accurate than others. Calipers (kind of iffy), bioelectric impedance analysis (handheld devices or scales that “tell you your body fat”…also very iffy), hydrostatic weighing (essentially you’re dunked in water…very accurate but also very impractical), and DEXA scan (also very accurate but very expensive and impractical). So as you can see, the ways that you have easy access to aren’t very accurate, so I kind of figure “what’s the point?”

4. Circumference Measurements – When using this method you take a fabric measuring tape and measure the circumference of certain areas around your body. Your waist, arms, chest, thighs, calves, hips, whatever you’re interested in measuring. I actually like this method a lot as it can tell you a lot more than the scale can. You can see where you might be losing fat…and where you might be GAINING muscle! Which is important too, right? RIGHT!?

3. How are your clothes fitting? – Sometimes seeing how our clothes fit can be the best and easiest way of measuring progress. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had clients say “ohhh, I’ve put on a few pounds, but you know what? My clothes are fitting better.” Oh, how interesting! Just because you put on a few pounds doesn’t mean it’s fat.

2. How do you look in the mirror? – Isn’t this what’s really the most important to you? Do you really care how much you weigh as long as you look better than you once did? Do you really care how much you weigh if your clothes are now 2 sizes smaller? If you’re in this game for physique changes, then weight really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you like what you’re seeing in the mirror. Taking progress photos is a great way to measure these changes from month to month.

And most importantly….

1. Where’s Your Head At? – When someone has been weight training for a while, eventually there’s this transition that happens in their mind. They start enjoying the process regardless of the physique progress. They have pride in themselves because they can finally bang out a few pull-ups. They have pride in themselves because they can deadlift twice their body weight. They have pride in themselves because daily tasks have all of a sudden become a hundred times easier…simply because they’re stronger, healthier, more confident, and ultimately happier. That’s the real measurement of progress. The rest will just fall into place.

Trust me. Trust the process. It’s definitely a journey, but I hope some day you get to #1.

They Called Us “Spartans”

Imagine this: a young couple living in a major metropolitan area. At least 5 days a week they would rise at 4:45 AM, drink their black coffee, and be at the gym by 5:30 AM. Their training sessions would then ensue and they would rush back home by 6:30. The woman in this relationship would then rush to wash her hair (DAILY), eat breakfast, slap on makeup, try to dress her best, pack her 3 meals (out of her daily 6), and leave for work by 8 while her fiance’ spent 2 hours of his morning commuting to school.

For 3 years this was their lifestyle. Weekends were for catching up with cleaning and errands. Periodic fun was to be had…. Sometimes there were evening galas or dinners in the city… But the clock was always ticking and training and diet were always on the brain.

Their friends admired them. They called them “Spartans” because of their discipline. But golly….what a busy life!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, this couple is my husband and I when we lived in New York. It was a hectic time and a stressful time, especially for me. What a relief it was when we moved and it ended. Admittedly, we continued carrying on a relatively strict regimen when we moved to London, but the level of pressure was greatly reduced. The lengthy commutes were over. Our free time had increased. And we were finally given the time and inner peace that allowed us to enjoy living in an amazing city. Due to the fact that we had a tiny fridge and kitchen, I stopped bulk cooking on Sundays and food prep became a thing of the past. (Woo hoo! I always hated that…)

Ever since then our feelings towards diet and training have softened. Longevity and moderation are bigger concerns now that we are in our 30s. Our maturity has helped us realize what’s important in life and what’s not. These days, having the ability to enjoy a few glasses of wine on the weekends is more important to me than paper-thin skin stretched over a chiseled 6-pack. Training is more fun when you’re not only concerned with how it will make you look, but when you’re concerned about whether it’s bringing you joy and making you feel good. Of course, I still enjoy the physique benefits, but they’re no longer the only benefits. I train in a way that I enjoy.

One of my new rules in life is “Don’t do things you hate.” Life is short. If I were on my deathbed tomorrow I sure as hell won’t be saying “damn, I wish I went for that 10 mile run yesterday.” I hate running. I really do. So I don’t do it. And that’s okay because it doesn’t match my goals anyways!

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But I wonder if it might have been necessary for us to go through that strict phase, for if we hadn’t we might not be where we are now, both physically and mentally. It seems that when most people start living a “healthy lifestyle,” they go all in, only coming to the conclusion later on that a more moderate approach could get you to the same place with a lot less stress and worry.

These days I’m trying to help other women avoid that trap of getting sucked into a crazy strict diet and training routine that potentially results in some yo-yo-ing of weight or lifestyle. You really don’t need to get that maniacal about it to see results! Trust me! (Well, unless you need those chiseled, 6-pack abs…and you need them NOW. Well, that might take some extra effort on your part.)

And don’t worry, I no longer wash my hair DAILY. It’s more of a 2-3 days per week type of thing now. (Please don’t confuse that with showering. That is done on a daily basis, thank you very much!)

Anyways, if you are interested in getting stronger, hotter, and overall healthier, but are a bit lost and don’t know how to get started, I’m here for you, girl! I remember that zone well and I was lucky that my husband (fiance’ at the time) could kind of show me the ropes. But I’ve followed all sorts of diets and training programs and I’ve had some online trainers along the way giving me guidance, so I’ve certainly gained some experience and insight through the years. If you want to bypass most of the trial and error and would like to work with me long distance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I currently offer 100% individualized programs catered to you, moderate diet coaching, and for those who like getting a little bit neurotic and nitty gritty with numbers, actual diet plans.

“Long and Lean Muscles…” LoL

Ladies, I hate to break it to you, but there’s no such thing as building “long and lean” muscles. I know magazines, gurus, and some training modalities like to spout these words out to you, but here’s a secret… It’s all marketing. They are using these words because women are afraid to get “bulky.” Whatever that means… And yes, “bulky” is completely subjective.

Yoga, pilates, barre, and Tracy Anderson (among many others), often like to tout that they can help you build those “long and lean” muscles that will make you look like a dancer or what-not. But sorry, our bodies don’t work that way. Our muscles can’t decipher between being long and lean or short and thick (for lack of a better term…). You know what does decide whether our muscles are long or short? Our genetics. If you were born with the body of a ballet dancer or basketball player, then you just might have longer muscles. Congratulations… I think? Anyways, you can’t lengthen your muscles. Muscles can only grow in diameter.

This look is often also called “toned.” Those who take themselves very seriously in the fitness community hate this word. It actually doesn’t bother me though because when you use this term I know what you are referring to and what look you might be going for. But what a “toned” look really means (whether you know this or not), is that you need to build a little bit of muscle and lose some fat. We’re seeing a lot of women on TV these days who are sporting a more “toned” look, from Kelly Ripa to Robin Roberts. Here’s the thing about their look, they are A LOT thinner than you might think they are. They are carrying verrrry little fat and just a little bit of muscle. But because they are so lean, whatever muscle they have is very visible. Someone once said (maybe it was Alan Aragon?) that the fastest way to gain 10 lbs. of muscle is to lose 10 lbs. of fat. And it is sooooo true! Whenever I start leaning out I’ll get asked “have you gained more muscle?” No, I’ve just lost some fat that was hiding my muscle. Lean

So anyways, back to my original point, don’t be fooled into believing that you can build the body of a ballet dancer. Their genetics (and diet!) play a big role in the way they look. Now obviously you can work with what you’ve got, and doing yoga, pilates, or barre’ might help you build a little bit of muscle (in addition to quite possibly getting your sweat on), but they can’t perform miracles. Plus, they just aren’t very efficient at building muscle. You could build all the muscle you might ever want in a shorter period of time by simply being on a solid strength training program… just sayin’…

And you know, if you need some help with a customized program to get you where you want to be, well, I am now accepting applications for online coaching for 2015! If you’re a motivated individual who doesn’t know where to start and would like a program 100% customized for your goals that also fits your training situation (home, gym, whatever), please feel free to contact me! I promise I don’t bite!

 

The New Addition… Yoga.

Before my husband deployed to Afghanistan, which was recently, I told myself that I would start taking yoga at least once a week. I had wanted to give it a try to supplement my weight training. Everyone has their own reasons for taking yoga, that’s why there’s so many different forms of it. But for me, I really just wanted a forced opportunity to get some deep stretching in, some time to connect my mind with my body, get my blood flowing on the weekends, and some time to relax and somewhat meditate. I think I have found that in my vinyasa flow class.

I’ve pretty much always been opposed to yoga because I thought it was lame and boring. But then again, I had never taken an actual class. Maybe I took one or two in college, but I had primarily tried “getting into yoga” by following along with at-home videos. Yeah, that wasn’t enough to keep my attention. Recently, my dear friend and client took me to her hot yoga class. Mind you, this was the first time I had done ANY yoga for years, and the first time I had taken hot yoga…period. Like whoa. 90 minutes of yoga in a room set to 109 degrees… I survived. I think I even thrived! So that was the kicking off point, and ever since then I’ve been attending a yoga class every weekend.

I eased into it by taking a Gentle Yoga class and have moved on to the Vinyasa Flow class. I actually really like it! It’s challenging and nothing like what I do during the week (heavy weight training), so it’s a fun little addition to my training. Everyone in the class has different levels of comfort with different poses, so there isn’t an intimidating vibe at all. Also, the instructors tend to say “this is YOUR practice,” insinuating that there is no pressure here. You do what you can do at this moment in time.

If you’re interested in reading a little bit more about starting yoga, Jen Comas Keck wrote a great blog post back in April titled “You Can’t Be Good at Yoga, and Other Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Practice.” This post of hers was sort of the nail in the coffin for me. And look at me now! Every weekend! Pigs must be flying somewhere…

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Don’t let yourself be intimidated by what you think yoga might be like…and what the students or teachers will be like. Pssst…not everyone in there will look like a Maxim model in yoga pants. I swear. Not everyone will have the flexibility of a contortionist in Cirque du Soleil. You just go in there…do what your body will happily allow you to do…ignore everyone but the instructor…and enjoy your practice.

Contortionist, posed in studio, ca. 1880.

Contortionist, posed in studio, ca. 1880.

I hope this post has inspired some of you to step out of your comfort zones and try something new. While trying new things can be scary at first, you may find that these things add more value and richness to your life. You never know until you try.

The Fine Line Between Being Lazy and Knowing When to Rest

Just Do It TomorrowThis morning I woke up feeling extra tired and uncomfortable. Abdominal cramping and lower back aches were getting to me and my mind felt scattered and unmotivated. Inevitably, my “friend” was making her monthly visit. The first day is always the worst and I know that it will usually be a weak day in the gym, so today I decided to forgo it.

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I know that a day like today could actually be harmful for me (especially when heavy deadlifts are on the menu). Sometimes it’s just better to take an extra day off or even go really light rather than push through it. If you’re a professional athlete or preparing for something, then maybe you’d be better served by getting your training in. But if you’re in my shoes, chances are you’d tweak your neck or back and be out of the gym for a week. No thank you!

Ignore the fitspo that tells you you’re “weak” for not going to the gym when you feel like utter crap. Bitch. Come squeeze my bicep. THEN call me weak. Yes, there can be a fine line between laziness and just instinctively knowing when you need to rest, but if it’s the first day of your “friend” you most certainly have my permission to take it easy. Tomorrow is a new day and I know I will be feeling much better. My workout can wait until then.

On a side note: I am no longer working with my coach. My original plan was to work with them through December and that’s what I did. I am continuing to follow my prescribed program but I am just being a tiny bit more lenient with myself. So far, so good! Still dropping fat and getting compliments from people at the gym! That’s always fun, ain’t it? Overall, I’m soooooo so happy I worked with Lean Bodies Consulting. I really learned a lot about myself through my experience training with them. I loved my nutrition plan and my training programs have been so much fun, however, I feel like I’m in a good place to take the reigns now and manipulate my base program as needed going forward.

AND I have officially hit a pull-up personal record! Maybe it’s because I’ve lost a few pounds? Who knows. But for the last two weeks I’ve done a set of 10 neutral grip pull-ups. Even my husband is impressed! And that’s only set one! The second set is usually 8 pull-ups and then it gradually decreases from there. Hey, if I can’t pat myself on my back on my own blog, where else can I do it?

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workout: Phase 1 Complete!

Well, my husband and I have officially completed Phase 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workout and whooooaa buddy! It was no joke! Phase 1 definitely put my endurance and stamina to the test. The heavy lifts were actually the “easy” parts for me! It’s the circuits that killed me. And have I ever mentioned how much I hate doing burpees? No? Well, now you know.

Take Aways:

  • I really enjoyed the fact that I could focus on my basic, heavy lifts. I’m deadlifting 200 lbs. for 5 reps now and also benching 100 lbs. for 5 reps. My pull-ups and barbell rows are strong but I’m still working on increasing my overhead press numbers.
  • I’ve never been a fan of front squats, but because they’re included in this program I’ve been forced to do them and I’m actually really enjoying them! (My husband apparently feels the same way.) My numbers have increased rapidly on this lift and I’m looking forward to continuing to push them upwards. I did 115 lbs. during my last session, so we’ll see what I can do next time.
  • Both my husband and I feel worn out but STRONG.
  • We really enjoyed the combination of heavy, heavy lifting (5 reps) plus some slightly higher rep work during the circuits (10 reps), plus plyometrics and a couple days of short cardio sessions. It’s a very well-rounded program.

Overall, the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workout is a lot like Crossfit but actually has solid programming and doesn’t include very technical Olympic lifts which would require some serious coaching. So far, both my endurance and strength have increased and I’m keeping lean and mean. Who could ask for anything more?

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Bring on Phase 2!

Zombie Apocalypse Prep!

Lately I’ve been getting a little bored with my workouts so I’ve decided to change things up for a while. It’s not for lack of progress or anything, it’s just straight up boredom and loss of motivation. Just so you know, boredom isn’t normally a reason to change my workouts but I’ve also been feeling a bit more stiff and lethargic from lifting such heavy weights for so long, so I think my body is ready to switch it up for a little while. Once I decided I needed to changed things up, I was sort of  at a loss of what direction I wanted to go with my workouts too. Full body splits? Half body splits? Straight up old school bodybuilding splits? Or something a little more…..quirky?

As I was going through my e-mails this past weekend, I came across an e-mail from John Romaniello. No, it wasn’t a personal e-mail. I’m just subscribed to his newsletters and all that jazz. (If you’re not aware of Roman and his awesome-ness, please go check him out. He’s hilarious and really knows his shizz.) Anywho, his e-mail was titled “re: Crossfit??” Considering how much I dislike Crossfit in general (mostly because of poor or no legit programming and not-so-good trainers), I was intrigued. Apparently he’s been doing Crossfit for a while now so that he can provide an educated opinion on it and he feels similar to the way I do about it. But that’s beside the point. He was promoting his program he wrote with Rog Law (another funny dude with muscles) called “The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workout.”

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After reading the overview of the program, I thought, “could this workout be just what I need to break out of a rut and re-ignite my FIRE?!” I turned to my husband (who has also been talking about changing his program) and asked him “Hey, you wanna do a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workout with me??” And ultimately, after a few questions, his answer was “Yes!” Of course he answered “yes!” Who wouldn’t want to survive the Zombie Apocalypse!!!!??? Besides, the program was on sale at the time, so who could say “no?”

The program is much like Crossfit in that it doesn’t make you the best at anything, but will help your overall fitness and make you slightly better at everything. It includes some super-heavy lifting, accessory work, plyometrics and bodyweight work, and a little cardio. It’s been a while since I did a workout like this (no, Crossfit, your style of workouts are not quite original) so I was really looking forward to it! Each phase of the program is also geared to help you improve on a certain adaptation as well, such as conditioning, relative strength, absolute strength, and overall fitness. In other words, it’s going to help you get “stronger, faster, and leaner” AND “increase your work capacity and become more resistant to injuries.”  All the skills one might need to survive a zombie apocalypse! Sounds good, huh?

My husband and I started the program on Monday and so far we’re really loving it! We’ve both said that we haven’t had this much fun with a program in a long time. It’s challenging but not daunting and will make you sweat buckets. So, if you’re currently looking to have fun while improving your overall fitness, yet don’t want to dish out the dough for Crossfit or you actually like programming that is geared to help you meet some goals, then I definitely recommend this program. I’ll be keeping you posted as we progress with it!

What I imagine I look like as I'm pushing through my new workouts...

What I imagine I look like as I’m pushing through my new workouts…

Pat’s Run: Recap

Well, I’m back from a whirlwind weekend in Tempe, Arizona! What a trip! I had soooo much fun! Tempe was awesome, the weather was awesome, the people were awesome, and the run was awesome. What more is there to ask for?

On Saturday morning (the morning of the run), my husband and I were up at around 5:00 AM for the 7:00 AM start time. We had our coffee and a protein bar and then we met our group (The Tillman Scholars) in the lobby of our hotel at 6:00 AM. We then all walked together to the ASU Stadium. (This is where Pat Tillman played college football.) Once we were there, lots of photos were taken and we just kind of stood around a lot and eventually made our way to our coral.

In the past, my husband ran this race really hard and came in at around 27 minutes. There was no way in hell I was going to run that fast unless there was a wildcat chasing me, so I gave him the option of running fast by himself, or running like a slow-poke with me. Since he couldn’t enjoy the rest of his day the last time he ran that fast, he decided to run with me at my pace.

Eventually the race started and we were off! I had a goal of 9 minute miles and I was determined to stick to that, so my husband let me wear his fancy schmancy watch that lets me know my distance and time. I was setting the pace. I went hard and steady on the hills (which were doozies!) and did lots of swerving to avoid folks who were falling out. Towards the end, the race route runs into the ASU football stadium where there are announcers, big screens, balloons, people in the stands cheering, and it’s just really freaking amazing. I definitely felt a surge of energy that carried me over the finish line and I finished strong with a smile on my face.

What was my time you ask? 35:58! So I actually ran under 9 minute miles (the race is 4.2 miles long). What was my husband’s time? 35:59! Ha! Beat him!

After the race we took some pictures in the stadium and then made our way to the VIP tent for some light snacks. The rest of the day was pretty exciting as well. That afternoon we attended a pool party at our hotel and we had dinner and drinks with friends that evening. It was such a fun weekend that totally exceeded my expectations. And the best part? We were all there to honor an amazing man who gave up everything because he felt compelled to do more and serve his country in a time of war. Pat Tillman, you will not be forgotten.

Pat's Run Finish