Year of Push 3.24 I Love To Run

If you’ve been following these posts, you know that I’m not a great runner (yet). I love to lift weights but running has been a struggle for me since I was a kid.

My mom insisted that I run on the Cross Country team in grades 5-8 and I came in last in every.single.race except one. The only reason I didn’t come in last in that one is because I got lost and only ran about 25% of the course.

These days when I see a workout that involves running, I work hard to avoid thoughts like “Oh shit. I hate this. This will be hard.

Today’s workout involved running. During the warm-up, as I thought through the three 600m runs ahead of me, I decided I was going to fall in love with running.

As I warmed up I thought, what is there that I can love about running?

  • I love running because I can do it anywhere without equipment
  • I love running because I have lots of room for improvement and watching myself make progress feels great
  • I love running because I have strong legs
  • I love running because it feels good to workout outdoors and feel the breeze on my face

Throughout the workout, I focused on why I love running. It made a huge difference.

You know what’s crazy? After the workout my coach said to me, “Elizabeth, you’re getting really good at running!

Ha. Would you look at that!

This same strategy applies to everything.

What can you love about eating well?

What can you love about working out?

What can you love about sticking to your budget?

What can you love about being kind and patient?

Here’s a look at this wonderful Friday workout.

“Bells & Whistles”
DB Hang Squat Cleans (35’s/25’s)
600m Run

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the 21-15-9 framework, the workout goes like this:

  • 21 dumbbell squat cleans
  • 21 push-ups
  • 600m run
  • 15 dumbbell squat cleans
  • 15 push-ups
  • 600m run
  • 9 dumbbell squat cleans
  • 9 push-ups
  • 600m run

I love to run!

On the food front:

I’m headed out of town for the weekend so I’m eating a little lighter today. It’s a travel day, I’ll be sitting on my butt for most of it, so my body just doesn’t need that much fuel.

After the workout I had 2 cups of hormone free greek yogurt with shredded coconut mixed in. I don’t eat a lot of dairy but boy do I love greek yogurt every once in a while!

A half cup of nuts served as lunch when I was on the road and dinner will be (I’m publishing this before dinner) a caprese salad & meat or fish. Probably fish.

Enjoy the weekend! Make choices that make you feel proud!

PS: If you’re new to these posts, listen to this podcast episode to get the scoop on what changes I’m making in my life and you can start back at my first daily post here.

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3 replies
  1. Elisabeth from overseas
    Elisabeth from overseas says:

    Hi Elizabeth!

    Running really is a great exercise that give will and show progress quickly! Ive always done loads of different exercises..but there is something about running that makes you burn fat more..especially in the days after when you are NOT Running. It sort of has an echo effect..

    On march 1st i started running again after a winter break of 5 months. I joined a recreational runninggroup. My first run with them was 7.2km in 55min and i was exhausted!!

    But i continued running with my group once a week and got better and fitter.

    Yesterday i think i pretty much ended last on a 10km (competion) run i had entered with a few of my runningmates..But i gave it my best and did the complete 10k right under the hour.(59.40) I felt like a winner!

    The first 5k i ran on all the energy i had..the second part (it was 2 rounds) i did it on mindfocus.. ‘i can do hard things’ – ‘i am an athlete’.. ‘I am able’.. ‘I will feel no pain till the end’.. And i didnt!

    Love ya!

  2. Alyx
    Alyx says:

    Man, thanks for posting. I feel this way about many things at CrossFit – particularly snatches!! Every Monday we work on snatches and I absolutely dread it. So I’m taking your advice and just replacing the word running with “snatching”! You rock.So appreciate you!


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