I will never forget falling to the side of the road last March at my half marathon.
The road became more and more narrow as I was traveling up hill. All I could hear was the sound of my breath. Surrounded by thousands of runners and I heard silence.
My feet started dragging across the asphalt and I tumbled to the side of the road. I curled up into a ball and sat in the dirt.. frozen in time.
Nothing hurt. I just couldn’t go anymore. I tried standing and my body just sat me back down. Nurses, runners, cops and medics all ran up to me and asked what was wrong ... I said nothing because nothing hurt.
I tried to stand and landed in an officers arms. I said I want to finish this race and that’s when they started walking me to an ambulance.
I didn’t have my phone but was competent enough to call John and let him know I was okay.
As I sat back in the ambulance in the middle of the race watching runners pass .. I thought, what the hell happened?
The medics cleared me and said ... there is absolutely nothing wrong. All we can think of is that you just pushed yourself so far and your body said ENOUGH.
John, my super hero, came and picked me up and said I was a rock star and he couldn’t believe I was able to push myself to mile 8. I knew in that moment I didn’t fail. I had zero balance in my life.
There was no harmony ... I was so set on just going hard and fast all the time with everything I did. People around me told me this would happen and I refused to listen. I would take things to the extreme and for what? To end up in an ambulance.
I retired my running lifestyle and took almost 6 months to tap into what true balance is & I have found it.
Say no, slow down, ask questions .... take care of you, those around you and all of the environments you find yourself in. Continuing to grow through it all. I signed up for a half marathon in November. First time back ... and my story will continue.
Through our darkness moments, we find inspiration for others.
What’s not captured in this photo?
The trash by the front door.
The dog toys everywhere.
The email inbox with many requests.
The calendar with many invites.
The dog that is whining.
The ankle that is swollen.
The eyes that are tired.
The body that is dehydrated.
The hash browns that are burning.
The belt that’s digging into my stomach.
The hair that hasn’t been washed for a few days.
The skin that is dry.
The chaos of this thing we call life.
Don’t believe everything that is on the internet. Life is good & we smile and capture great moments but we all have a lot going on ... start being more real — it’s relatable.
Elsa and I trotted today. We were sore from our 4 miles yesterday and I did something to my ankle ... the struggle of starting over again.
After our run, we always come home to Mr. Pretzel patiently waiting. We all then go on a nice slow walk ... lots of sniffs & potty stops=happy puppy!
On another note, I need new sneakers lol ... so I’ll be ordering them this week. Did you know you should switch out your sneaks at or around 300-500 miles depending on your intensity?
I get a lot of questions about sneakers ..: my answer is always the same:
1. I love @brooksrunning .. but everyone is different.
2. Running sneakers are like nutrition plans ... everyone is different.
3. So go get fitted at a local running store.
4. If you’re local to South Jersey ... check out @haddonrunco ... they are great there.
5. Make sure your form is right, your laces are right and you will be satisfied!
100th season of football 🏈 & we have pumpkin protein muffins.
- Trader Joe’s Pumpkin mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 scoop vanilla level 1
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup water
Mix and bake on 350 for 18 minutes!
Meal Prep Sunday - it’s not supposed to be glorious - it’s supposed to keep you on track.
1. Healthier Generals Chicken
2. Honey Siracha turkey meatballs
3. Chicken & waffles
1. Keep it simple.
2. Glass containers seem to keep my food fresher.
3. Use the crock pot when you want to save time and cook your proteins over night.
4. Use Pinterest for lots of ideas but always be mindful of the sugar in their recipes.
5. Make a variety so you don’t get bored during the week.
6. Shop Trader Joe’s for sauces ... they’re not all healthy, but they do have healthier options.
7. Keep it simple!! #mealpreplife
Mama Stink & I ran 4 miles today...& then I walked Mr. Pretzel on his own little gravel loop.
What a good start to our Sunday. My pace is slow and the 4 miles was hard. It’s the farthest I have run since May.
Here’s the thing though, if you follow the plan.. you will feel your body fall into place, but you have got to follow the plan: nutrition, daily runs, rest, water ... the whole plan.
Here to help!
Rest day .... doesn’t mean I sit around all day.
During my half training I take one day off a week.... but I am still active on that day.
In this case, I slept a little bit later and walked the dogs. Now I am going to teach 3 classes at Jabz 🥊 ... it keeps me moving, but it’s not as intense as I was doing before.
I am starting to find a balance and it feels so good!!!
But Britt, I’m not hungry in the morning.
Most people do not realize how critical breakfast is so they skip it. Not only is breakfast critical but ensuring you get a good amount of protein in is too.
I load up in the morning. I have my post workout shake & 30 minutes later I am drinking my protein coffee with a plate full of deliciousness. One egg won’t cut it people!! That’s why I add where I can like adding egg whites and level 1 in my coffee.
Disclaimer: I’m training for a half marathon so my carbohydrate intake is on the up and up now to make sure I am refueling properly. Many runners get injured when their nutrition isn’t adjusted for training ... trust me, I ran the last 6 miles of a marathon or hobbled because of an injury and a lot of it was directly correlated with my nutrition.
Look, this shit is complicated ... das why you have me - shoot me a message. I’m here OR keep feeling run down because you aren’t eating breakfast. The choice is yours.
A magical morning of many calories burned. As my training increases so will my calories — carbs, fats and protein will be managed accordingly.
Proper nutrition up to race is just as important as training.
Ever interested in how I eat while I train, let me know!
I am being very strict and sticking to my plan the whole way through this.... more to come!!