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”
21-15-9:
DB Hang Squat Cleans (35’s/25’s)
Push-ups
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!

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