Hydro Inertia Training With The Surge

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What is The Surge??

 

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The Surge is a portable piece of training equipment that uses water to create dynamic resistance, which will effectively challenge every part of your body as it works to stabilize the moving water.

It can be used in a variety of manners and is extremely versatile.  You can go light or add more water (see chart below) to take things up a notch.  However, you should be aware that you’ll want to lighten your load due to the added challenge of the moving water.

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As mentioned, there are a variety of ways to use The Surge. The dual vertical and horizontal handles open up a whole slew of possibilities.  You can do anything from deadlifting to jump squats.

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In addition to these traits, The Surge also comes in two different sizes.   The more compact 3.0 is great for core and upper body work.

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This is definitely a great addition to my arsenal of training tools.  I look forward to using this in my work with clients and within my own training plans.  It’s going to get a lot of use.

Have you heard of The Surge?  Do you see how it can benefit your training sessions?

If you’d like to learn more go to www.hedstromfitness.com/sweatpink.

If you’ve seen enough and want to buy your own Surge go to the link use code 💗SPHF25 to save 25% off your order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Review/Giveaway: Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter

 
This month, as a Sweat Pink Ambassador with Fit Approach, I was awarded the opportunity to test out Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter.  These products were provided to me for free and though I will be compensated for my review the opinions and experiences expressed are my own.

If you know me then you know I am a huge peanut butter fan!   

Add peanut butter to nearly anything and it makes it exponentialy better!  My personal favorite ways to use peanut butter are in my morning oats, as a flavor boost in smoothies/shakes, or with apples or carrots as a quick snack.

The only downside to PB??  It’s a calorie and fat dense food and I can only enjoy it in limited quantities.  That’s where the powdered stuff comes in!

Packing 85% less calories from fat, powdered PB can be enjoyed without the guilt.

Here are two quick and easy ways to use Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter!

  1. Add it to your favorite smoothie or shake recipe.
  2. Make a quick and healthy snack like apple ‘nachos’.

Simple Chocolate PB Shake

1 cup coconut or almond milk

1/2-1cup water (to thin)

1 scoop of your fave chocolate protein powder (I used Shakeology)

1 handful of ice

2tbs Mighty Nut Powdered PB (I used chocolate)

1 handful of frozen spinach

Mix ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  Thickness will vary depending on protein powder type and which liquid you use (I find my shakes with coconut milk are always thicker).  Enjoy!

 


Apple “Nachos”


This next recipe is another quickie!  You can use a mandolin to slice your apple or do it the old fashioned way with a knife.
Recipe:

1-2 small apples or one large

2tbs Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter (original) mixed with 1-2 tbs water to get to a runny consistency that canbe drizzled over the apples.

Sprinkling of dried cranberries.

Simple.  Three steps and you’re ready to head to scarf town!


I’m still working on getting a bit more creative with my uses and plan to use the original in a savory dish.  Perhaps something a little Thai inspired?  Mmmmmm spicy peanut sauce and chicken!  I think I need to get back in that kitchen!

Are you a peanut butter fan?  Do you like to use powdered peanut butter?  Well here’s your chance to get your hands on your very own stash of Mighty Nut!  I’ll be giving away one container to a lucky winner!

Entry rules (follow the rafflecopter link to complete):

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  • Follow @GoMightyNut on Twitter
  • Follow @GoMightyNut on Instagram
  • Tweet about the giveaway. Sample tweet: I would LOVE to create recipes with @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com
  • Pin a picture from MightyNut.com

 

 

Product/Workout Review: BOSU Trainer

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

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A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to work with Fit Approach and BOSU for the #BOSUStrong challenge/campaign.  During that time I was able to incorporate the BOSU trainer into my fitness routine as well as follow the workouts provided by BOSU Fitness.

One of the things I like most about the BOSU is its versatility and ability to be used with nearly any workout routine.  Additionally, a quick google search can provide you with many great examples of moves that can be used to strengthen, tone, and balance your body, but if you’re short on search time you can also use the DVD that comes with the purchase of one of these trainers.

One of my favorite workouts in the 4 in 1 Complete Body Workout DVD was the Total Body Workout.  It’s easy to follow and works everything from your legs to your core.

It includes moves like the side squat (pictured above), side squats with standard squats (pictured below),

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and side squats with a twist (also pictured below). There were also side squats with a double hop in between, but we missed those in the shots.

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It was followed up by marching in place on the BOSU and then step ups onto the BOSU with a march or jog (see below)
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Next up was one legged balance with a raised leg.  The routine was then repeated to go back to marching in place, stepping up to march and then balance on the opposite leg.

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Core work came next with a few crunches that really put emphasis on drawing up with the core and extending back with the spine.

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Side bends (below) were next and they also focused on full engagement of the core.

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After the side bend sequence there was the side balance (two versions) with raised legs–I chose to do the modified with forearm support (not pictured). It was immediately followed by a full side stretch with a two arm reach or a one arm reach with forearm support. This side sequence was repeated for both sides.

Segment 2 began with forward lunges onto the BOSU (see picture below).  After completion of a few lunges it switched to step ups all the way to the opposite side of the BOSU and added in another set of lunges followed by more step ups until I was centered on the BOSU.

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The next motion was a sequence of a few side squats with alternation back and forth between sides.

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The sequence repeated for a while until it dropped down to double side squats and then single side squats (with punch) while alternating between sides.  The pace built as the number of squats between side steps decreased.

Up next we took it to the floor with rocking planks.  These took a lot of work in both the upper body and the core. It’s a challenging move, but can be modified if you bring yourself to your knees.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to photograph the remainder of the workout (my personal photographer of a hubby was far to busy) , but the remainder of the workout was still fun.

The side planks went right into push-ups (choice of modified or standard and were followed up by a stretch very similar to child’s pose.

In short the workout closed up with BOSU bicycle crunches (always a killer) and additional core work and stretches.

Segment 3 included the following moves:

  • side step ups with knee lifts
  • compressions
  • mogul jumps
  • squats
  • squats with a jump
  • knee balance
  • core balance with rotation
  • hamstring stretch while seated on the BOSU
  • BOSU superman stretches
  • and a few additional stretches (sorry they are hard to describe)

Overall this total body workout was a blast, but I much prefer to utilize the trainer in creative ways to add a challenge to my current workout routine.

As most of my readers and followers know, I am a huge fan of at home workouts and I believe that everyone should find something that can make their at home routine more convenient.  We don’t all have access to the gym or a trainer, but having a few useful pieces of workout equipment can go a long way.

The BOSU trainer is a great addition to any home gym or any personal trainer’s collection.  It can either add an extra challenge to certain movement or make them easier by changing the depth of squatting or lunging.  I loved using the trainer for that reason.

I’ve been recovering from a running injury and it made it difficult for me to do certain squatting of lunging movements the standard way.  BUT there was something about the different levels of squatting or lunging with the BOSU that made it a little bit easier to do the movements without pain.

I definitely recommend this item to others and look forward to finding new ways to use it. I’m also super stoked to be participating in the upcoming #FitFamily challenge with my son! The new challenge begins on 10/12/15 and it focuses on how to make fitness a family affair.

Keep an eye out for more posts and reviews of the kids workouts!

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

Week 4, SHOW US YOUR #BOSUSTRONG! (10/5-10/9):

This week is the very last week of the #bosustrong challenge that has inspired me to workout twice a day. Before starting the challenge, my goal was to build core strength and lean out and now that we’re in the final week I plan to_keep this goal_. I couldn’t always make it _to the gym and still can’t run due to injury_ (to the gym/for a trail run/in the pool), but I still workout when I can at home!

This week we’re focusing on the things that make us BOSU Strong. Here are the 10 things that make me #BOSUStrong:

  • I am _determined__.
  • I will always do my best to inspire and uplift others.
  • I never _give up (even if it’s hard)_.
  • I do_my best to persevere_.
  • I love to__workout with my son____.
  • I am inspired to_be an example to him everyday_.
  • I love to encourage others to_to find their inner beast_.
  • I have _a strong body and mind_.
  • I am proud of _what I have accomplished___.
  • I hope to continue to achieve any goal I put in front of myself_.

My top workouts during the challenge are featured below:

I loved to use the BOSU for forward lunges and mountain climbers (see below)

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I enjoyed practicing my tree post and challenging myself with BOSU burpees. (see below)

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Connor and I had a blast doing squats together and I worked my legs and booty with BOSU side lunges.

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I fought to find my center while working my core and found relief after a tough workout with an amazing back stretch.

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And, I got creative by pairing up my BOSU with weight training and created a modified bench.  BUT, my favorite workouts by far were the ones where my little guy got involved.  Pairing up with this kiddo was my all time fave workout.

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So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE.

Week 4, SHOW US YOUR #BOSUSTRONG! (10/5-10/9):

(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter):

  • Monday, 10/05: It’s #moveitmonday. Show us how you’re moving it this Monday. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Tuesday, 10/06: It’s #tempotuesday! Show us what makes you #BosuStrong! @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: It’s #triceptuesday and we want to see what makes you #BosuStrong. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Wednesday, 10/07: Planks, planks and more planks! Plank it out and show us how you’re #BosuStrong @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
      • Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 10/08: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body move – the one that truly makes you feel #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of your favorite moment of this challenge #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 10/09: #FreeFriday. Show us your #BOSUstrong! #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
    • Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s all celebrate the final day of the challenge with dolphin pose! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

#BOSUstrong Week 3 (9/28-10/2), time to STRETCH & TONE! :

Does the #BOSUstrong challenge make you want to jump for joy too?  I know I’m having fun with it! I’ve learned new ways to incorporate the BOSU into my daily routine.  This week is all about the STRETCH & TONE!

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Week 3: My 5 fave stretches and 3 tips for toning your arms!

I can’t believe its already week 3 of the #BosuStrong challenge, time flies when  you’re having fun! Last week we focused on balance and I was proud of myself for __attempting a tree pose on the bosu_. This week its all about stretching and toning – so make sure you join in on the fun!

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Since we’re talking about stretching here are 5 of my all time favorite stretches:

  • I love to stretch my legs by doing _pigeon pose_.
  • My favorite total body stretch is_a sun salutation series_.
  • I swear when I do___hamstring streches___, it feels like_a painful reminder that I’m still not ready to run and I wish I were (darn hamstring injury)_.
  • I stretch my mind by _meditating will in corpse pose and letting go of the daily stresses.
  • I try to stretch out of my comfort zone by_trying new things and pushing myself just a little harder with each workout/stretch.

And if you’re looking for a great way to tone your _arms_, here are my fave 3 tips (tricks, advice, words of wisdom, etc):

  1. Don’t be afraid to use heavy weights and try something new!  This week I’ll try to incorporate some of my fave lifting moves with the BOSU trainer to add a whole new level of difficulty.__
  2. Get creative with the BOSU or a chair and try some tricep dips (keep an eye out on Tuesday 9/29)
  3. Fuel your body right!!  This is the most important piece of advice!  If you want those muscles to really pop you will need to dedicate more efforts in the what you’re putting into your body.

So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE.

Week 3, time to STRETCH & TONE!: (9/28-10/2):

(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter):

  • Monday, 9/28: We’re starting the week with some side lunges! Show us how you work those inner and outer thighs @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

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  • Tuesday, 9/29: It’s #tempotuesday! Show us your fave body toning move @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: It’s #triceptuesday and we want to see you dip! Now drop down and give us 20 tricep dips. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/30: Grab a partner and show us how you tone it up together! @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
    • Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ in a good stretch this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 10/1: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body stretch. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really stretched outside of your comfort zone (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 10/2: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite stretch! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
    • Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Show us a move that helps you stretch and tone #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community. 

#BOSUstrong Challenge: Week 2-Stay Balanced

Week 2: 6 ways I stay balanced

Balance: 

  • the state of having your weight spread equally so that you do not fall
  • the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling
  • a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance

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If you forgot to join me last week for the #BOSUStrong challenge or just weren’t up for the cardio, make sure you join me this week as it’s all about the balance! We’re standing on one leg, lunging, and BOSU squatting our way through the week. If you’re a mom like me then I am sure you know the importance of balance in your life.

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Balance means more than just being able to stand on one leg, it also means being able to do what you love while making healthy choices at the same time. It means putting in the work and still finding time for family. Or eating those well planned meals but balancing it out with the occasional piece of chocolate cake. Or using your BOSU (workout) and workout DVDs (workout) at home when you can’t make it to the gym.

The 6 Ways I Stay Balanced:

Here are the 6 ways I stay balanced – what are yours?

  • I make time for myself by squeezing in a lunchtime workout during the work week.
  • My favorite me time is going for a long run in the crisp fall air.
  • My rule when it comes to a balanced diet is allowing some flexibility.
  • I make fitness a priority by __making it part of my family-time___.
  • When I get stressed or overwhelmed, my go to is __meditation or a long hot bath___.
  • I do __my best to prepare healthy meals and be an example for healthy living__ to help my family stay balanced.

So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE.

Week 2, it’s all about that BALANCE (9/21-9/25):

(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter):

  • Monday, 9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we’re all about that balance. Let’s see you stand on one leg – ready, set, GO! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Tuesday, 9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat…on your BOSU or perhaps one leg? #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: It’s time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose. @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/23: Let’s lunge it out sweaties! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  •  Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 9/24:  It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance  move! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your balance on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
    • Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s forearm plank it out y’all! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

Race Recap: Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon, Ithaca NY 4/12/15

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

   

 

Well, I did it!  I finished my second racing half marathon!  It wasn’t at all as I had planned–this was supposed to be the race I would PR in and where I finally hit sub 2:30, but that didn’t happen and I am okay with it.

Training for this half was touch and go and there were times where I wasn’t sure if I should stick with it.  At the end of February shortly after a 10K training run I was hit with the worse case of flu/bronchitis that I’ve experienced since college.  It hit really hard and took me out of training mode for 3 weeks.  Three weeks might not seem like a huge chunk of time, but it was and it left me with just 4 weeks to retrain my body to run 13.1 miles.

I went in without high expectations and accepted the fact that this would not be the race I had initially hoped for.  What I didn’t account for was how mentally challenging it would be.  This race was probably one of the most difficult ones to date.  I was (and still am) fighting yet another cold with a cough and the medication I take does wonders, but it also dries me out.  By mile 4 I was regretting my decision to stick with the half–I kept wishing I had just downgraded to the 10k.  I was parched and my lungs burned as I sputtered out dry coughs.

The inner dialogue I had with myself was at times comical, but mostly I kept repeating, “FUCK! Why is this so hard?  What am I doing here.  Why didn’t I downgrade.  9 more miles?!  What in the actual fuck?  How will I make it through”.

I am a slow runner, but this is the first time I’ve truly experienced true back of the pack racing.  It adds to the mental challenge.  You find yourself racing solo and the walk breaks are so much more tempting.  The urge to quit is that much greater and every ounce of pain is magnified.  I had no music to distract me and no friends to push me forward.  It was hard.  I felt like I was failing.

The rolling hills didn’t feel like rolling hills, they felt more like a constant gradual incline with the occasional downhill.  With the steeper hills I found myself walking and fighting so hard not to lose momentum.  I’m not typically a run/walker–I would much rather keep a slow and steady pace than break and restart.  This is the first race (aside from the full marathon) where I continually needed to walk and it was frustrating.

Though I spent a lot of time running alone, I was sandwiched between a couple of runners, yellow shirt guy and neon shirt lady.  Both had pulled ahead of me at various points during the race and my goal was to stick with them.  I didn’t want to finish behind them so I did my best to conserve my energy for a strong finish.  I took advantage of the downward hills and used them to catch up, but they still remained ahead of me until mile 11-12.

Having the finish on one of my regular routes was definitely beneficial for my final stretch.  I knew after mile 12 that the remainder of the course was on a slight downhill.  I knew that I’ve run down that same path on Tower road and that I would always finish my lunch runs strong.  I knew that I already had 11 miles behind me and that giving up in the last mile would have been for someone weaker than myself.  I knew that my heavy legs still had some life in them.

I powered through and pulled ahead.  I passed both yellow shirt guy and neon shirt lady.  I know it probably didn’t mean much as far as boosting my finish time, but I dragged myself across the finish at 2:55:30.  It was 21 minutes past my PR and I was legit 592/598.  It almost embarrasses me to post that time and place, but what can I do?  Why be embarrassed?

It’s these moments of humility that strengthen us.  It’s these moments where we wanted to quit but didn’t that show us we are capable of greater things. I know I will do better and that this race doesn’t define me as runner.  If anything it has taught me a lesson about perseverance and pride.  Pride for those back of the pack runners.  No one knows true strength and determination until you’ve experienced running a race at the back of the pack.   It’s an experience every runner should feel.  I know it’s opened my eyes for appreciation of what our bodies and minds can achieve.

Did you race this past weekend?  Were you at Skunk Cabbage?  Have you ever experience a lesson in humility during one of your races?