out of whack

Summer is my favorite season. Ever. Period. If I lived somewhere where it was 80+ degrees everyday then every season would be my favorite season.

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With my summers tend to come little less structure, which I completely enjoy to the fullest. Some Tuesdays feel like Saturdays and some Fridays feel like Wednesdays, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This ‘little less structure’ also allow me to do silly things like run 15 miles on any given Thursday.

A couple of weeks ago, I was beating myself up because I had set a goal to run 15 miles that week and my body was not feeling it at all. This made me realize that while goals are important to have, I am not a failure or less of a person for not achieving them exactly when I want to. Reality check! I/we are only human!  Adversity in my life also tends to make me stronger; I can be hard headed and stubborn (thanks mom’s side of the family) and when faced with a challenge, we take the bull by the horns.

This past Thursday I did it though, I set a new personal distance record of running 15 miles. Let me say that it wasn’t all the fireworks and tears I had imagined, but was done. And I am going to be brutally honest here…after mile 8 I was no longer entertained by the idea of running 7 more miles. Needless to say, I will not be revisiting a run longer than 13.1 miles until I begin my marathon training program.

After nearly three hours of sweat, hills, cramps, water and cyclists yelling out, “How long are you going to be out here?!” (yes, this did happen) the 15 miles was mine. It was not cute.

Summer has messed up my running schedule that’s for sure. In the past (also on a structured training plan), I would be out the door at 6am for however many miles and call it good! Now I find myself moseying out the door at noon for an afternoon jaunt around town, or running barefoot in the rain at 9am any given day  or taking my pup out for a few miles when I just want to be outside. How could you even try to say no to this face?

If you do try to resist, she will lick you, nuzzle you and not leave your side until she sees her hot pink harness which means she is getting her way and going for a run.

As a side note, maybe I wouldn’t be putting off my runs until the afternoon hours if I wasn’t up late on Skype and booking plane tickets to Seattle to see my best friend in 16 days!! I have never been to Seattle and I miss her precious face

Word cannot convey my excitement! I also hope I still have a best friend after this post.

I love you Aleeza. You’re welcome.

Stimulock Support Challenge

As most of you know, I am a Stimulock practitioner. This means that I do sell the product and provide support and coaching for clients through the entire Stimulock System.

Lately, I have been getting more and more searches on my blog for Stimulock. People are wanting to know more about it, and maybe you are one who has been considering trying it yourself; here is your opportunity!

Starting on July 5th, I will be leading a group of individuals through Stimulock, until each and every one has reached their goal. This Stimulock Support Challenge will provide that little extra ‘oompf’ that it takes for some people to reach their weight loss goals. We will be having weekly discussions, get togethers and email newsletters while embarking on this great journey together.

But what individuals can participate in this? Anyone who is ready to make a positive change in their life! Maybe it’s an office of coworkers, a bride-to-be, couples or families, if you are ready to lose weight then you are ready to participate in the Stimulock Support Challenge!

You can read more over at the Stimulock page and you can reach me at kcorrigan7@gmail.com with any questions. You have until July 5th to make one of the best decisions of your life!

Dear Dad

Cards are cheesy, your farts are breezy

You love riding your bike, and I’d much rather take a hike

You married mom and then you got me. Did you ever imagine how fun it would be?

You make fun of me, calling me no-butt. And I know deep down, you truly love our mutts.

You have taught me a lot over the years. You promised to love me through my faults and fears.

I couldn’t ask a better man to play the part, deep in your hairy chest is a huge heart.

Here’s to you on Father’s Day, for loving and taking care of us come what may.

I am not a failure

Today has not gone as planned. At all. Thank you life, thanks a lot.

I had been planning a 15 mile run for over a week to happen this morning…it’s my day off, the weather was supposed to be nice and cool, so it was gonna happen, I was going to set a PDR (personal distance record).

My body, and the weather, and whatever else thought otherwise. Whether it was from running hard two days in a row at the beginning of the week, a leg day at the gym, or being on my feet a ton the past five days…I woke up incredibly sore. Still. Surprising? No, not really. Then I turned on the news to check the weather status for the morning and read in glaring red letters, “Woman raped on local walking trail.”

What. the. heck. I was not going to get raped today. Sorry long run, you’re not worth that.

Then I had this conversation with myself, to Aleeza:

In all honesty, I was beating myself up all morning for not completing a goal I had set for myself. I have no idea what this says about me as a person, but it was a process. I was forced to stop and think; what is my body telling me? What is common sense telling me?

This is what I need to learn to enjoy about not being on a training schedule…I have the freedom to whatever kind of workout I desire. Before throwing in the towel on a workout entirely, I set a new goal for the morning: run barefoot. So in lieu of my long run, I ran two miles in the rain, completely barefoot. And it felt amazing. Then there was lightning.

Don’t worry fifteen miles, we are meeting again next week. Bet.

 

Something else I have been dealing with? The fact that I am not currently at my lowest goal weight, but about 4lbs above my target ‘happy weight zone’. I have been working the past (nearly) two months to maintain what I accomplished via Stimulock and learning my body all over again has been a huge challenge. One thing that I’m not upset about is that I have been living my life and loving it. As I was grocery shopping today, I was thinking of how I wish I was ___lbs again, then I asked myself, “Am I taking care of my body?”

I looked down in my cart full of apples, pears, cabbage, broccoli, carrots and chicken. Nothing processed. Everything I could pronounce. Yes, body…I am taking care of you. Maybe those extra pounds are muscle (I can only hope) or whatever. Maybe my body is finding it’s own comfort zone? I don’t know. I’ll be over this tomorrow.

Now to the point of all this rambling? Today is today. Tomorrow will be tomorrow, no two days exactly the same. Listen to that little voice inside your head that tells you when to stop, go or wait. Live your life and love the people in it. We are not failures if we miss a workout or can’t fit into our skinniest skinny jeans. The gym will be there tomorrow and so will your jeans. Wait, why are you even wearing jeans?? It’s summer, silly people.

 

 

what I’m pumped about

Thank you Kansas for the best day I think we will be seeing all summer. 85 with a slight breeze…warm enough to sit outside and not have a puddle of sweat under your seat in five minutes. That’s what I call perfect. Now I just need to find somewhere to move where the weather is like this everyday…suggestions?

 

In the midst of summer, this is my current obsession:

See I’m trying to consume less aspartame soda by not keeping it in the house, so this is my substitution. Limes, water and Stevia (aka won’t give me cancer). When I run out of limes, I add in oranges, strawberries or any other random fruit I might have. So good.

This also came in the mail today

New yoga mat…to motivate me to do more yoga? Actually I just prefer to keep my bodily germs to myself. To each their own. You’re welcome yoga classmates. The yoga mat had a travel companion…

Wanna know what’s even better? The backpack and yoga mat were like gifts from my gym, because I’m such an awesome gym member, you know they’re big and corporate and can do things like that.

Hm…this backpack will look great in the overhead compartment of the plane I’ll be on next month en route to Seattle!!! I’m paying my super smart and amazing best friend Aleeza a visit while she’s there for her internship. Her internship with Microsoft. Working on the Xbox.

Yes, that’s right all you gamers out there. My best friend, a girl, is spending her whole entire summer away from me working on making the Xbox better for you. You are welcome.

 

What’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have her best friend? Um…run 15 miles? Why should you care? You really don’t have to. I’ve never ran more than 14 in my life, and since tomorrow will be the coolest day Kansas may see for the next three months, I might as well do it or die doing it. So my goal for tomorrow: set a personal distance record of running 15 miles. Mostly just to prove to myself that there is a glimmer of hope for me to actually run a marathon. Did I mention that tomorrow is my day off?

 

Q: What do you do on your days off? Anything ridiculous like me?

So, what’s next?

Last week I completed my third half marathon, and lately in conversation several people have asked me, ‘So what are you going to do next…what’s your next goal?’ Well…there’s a lot that I’m going to do next…and probably some stuff that I’m not even aware of at the moment!

Next month, I’ll be running in the Warrior Dash with Bridget and her sister which is going to be a total blast.

In October, I’ll be running the Waddell and Reed Kansas City Half Marathon  again this year; the one year anniversary of my first half marathon!

Finally, the one thing that I know for sure is that in August I will begin training for my first full marathon! I have chosen the Route 66 Marathon on November 20th in Tulsa as my first 26.2! Why did I pick this one?

  • I have never traveled for a race before and Tulsa isn’t home but isn’t a $700 plane ticket away
  • the date…let’s just say I need all the time I can get for training and mental preparation
  • November in Tulsa = perfect temperature to run in. Yes, weather was a determining factor in choosing a marathon.
On Friday I was talking to Kayla and that’s when it kind of hit me, she said something along the lines of, “Kelsey…you’re going to run freaking 26.2 miles!” My response? “Uhhh…whattttt…” Yeah. Needless to say it probably won’t hit me that I’m going to run a marathon until November 20th.
Another idea I’m toying with is running the marathon in these babies
The Vibrams. I ran four miles in them yesterday and it went 100x better than I even expected…I’ll be reporting back on progress with these.
In life other than running (wait, life outside of running exists…?) I have been enjoying this
and this for lunch yesterday
yummm
and plenty of this
I also got a Twitter two days ago. You can follow me @kelsey_co, and in the words of @joshgleave, “Welcome to 2008.” Thanks my friend, thanks a lot.
Keep it real my friends, keep it real.