Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wellness and Fitness




Wellness and Fitness
 Wellness and Fitness are two very important things for me. The two go hand in hand for me, for example, when I run I naturally eat better. When I train for a race, I feel better. I am grounded, confident, and able to bounce back from daily stresses, for me this is wellness.  

Wellness for me are the things I do other than train that allow me to be a better version of myself. 

This year I made a big goal to train and complete an Ultra Beast so naturally I need things in my life that nurture and help me succeed when it comes to this goal.  For example, my nutrition needs to be food that gives me energy, makes me feel good, and bounce back from a tough workout.

When training for a big race or setting a huge goal the people in your life need to understand and support your goals. I say this because friends, family, and the people you spend your time with are an important part of your success. Their energy and habits directly affect yours. As you get older friendships and relationships change. I have found the strongest friendships and relationships endure. My "community" is filled with people who encourage, motivate and inspire, but I have had to make tough choices because it was not always this way.

Some things I do to improve my Wellness:
Yoga: for me it is one of my favorite ways to feel grounded and cross train
Nutrition and Cooking I am always on the hunt for new and healthy recipes. I am not someone who diets. I eat everything in moderation and when I crave something I eat it. After long runs I always want some type of beef but would not define myself as a meat eater.
Reading: Continually learning and educating myself has helped in training. I try to read something every day even just for 20 to 30 minutes.
 Internet: I'm trying to be more intentional with my actions, thoughts, and words. The things I read and look at on and off the internet directly shape who I am. You are what you do, read, and say, when no one is watching.

Fitness:
Running I have a big race schedule for 2017 (I will share this later) and a marathon coming up in April. The marathon is a "training run" for the Ultra Beast. I grew up running, but never really started running seriously until the past two years.
Cross Training and Weight Lifting: I am so grateful to have the best training partner :) he's continually creating circuit and weight lifting workouts that can be scaled down or up depending on the exercises we are doing that day.
Hiking: my favorite way to be active and explore.
Schedule: I am working out 5-6 days a week either doing yoga, hiking, running, and cross training. This is my life and at the moment and I wouldn't have it any other way :)

I've come to the realization that to have big goals the work that you do, the things you say and repeat all affect the outcome. So, as my favorite training partner says," stop talking and start training" haha.

Stay tuned for more fitness and wellness tips as I train for the Ultra Beast.
Caroline

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