First Time for Everything

For the first time in my life, I have been living with a cat this week. One of my roommates had a cat she’s been housing and so I have been forced to live with a cat. At first we didn’t get along very well. She was always trying to get in my room and that is definitely not allowed. Since I don’t work until the afternoon, Jack and I spent very morning with me trying to avoid her and her following me around wherever I went in the house.

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She’s a lot fatter than she looks in that picture haha Even though I’m not the biggest fan of cats and I spent the first few days sneezing the whole time I was home, I don’t have a lot of friends here and this cat and I spent every morning together. So when a new family came to take her away today (something I’ve been looking forward to all week), I actually was a little sad.

So my old college had its first college football game this week. It was a good game but unfortunately we lost. The next day was “wear your favorite college team’s shirt to work” day. You better believe I wore my shirt with pride anyway.

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I was at Target (yes!!! I once again live in a town with a Target!!) and I saw this sign as I passed one of the frozen isles. Nothing like pointing out that you’re eating alone haha Oh this made me laugh.

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Speaking of funny things at Target, there were two girls in front of me at check out and while they were being rung up one of the girls hands the cashier the tag off her shorts. Turns out she took off the wrong tag, so she ended up having to stretch the tag that was still on her shorts across the counter to the cashier to be scanned. I was so startled that I didn’t even think to take a picture!! I wish I had because it was soo weird!! I just had to ask the cashier if that was normal and she said “no!!! I’m so glad someone else thought that was funny!” She said that sometimes parents will do that for little kids but it was the first time with a grown human. The girl didn’t have any other clothes with her. I have no idea how she entered the store. I doubt a naked girl would have made it too far in public. It was really the strangest thing I’ve seen in a while.

And now I get to start a 3 day weekend! I have no idea what I’ll do but I’m sure it will be great.

Do you have any plans for the long weekend?

Strangest thing you’ve witnessed lately?

Please say you love Target too.

Before I Die I Want To…

Let’s take a moment to talk about how amazing my alma mater is and how time after time the people there have shown some of the best traits we humans possess.

On Monday, Eric Anderson, a 24 year old USU student, was riding his bike down Old Main Hill when he ran into a slackline that had been left up. Eric was taken to the hospital where he soon afterward died. Utah State is a small school but not so small that you know everyone there. However, we are all part of the Aggie family and we care about every member of that family. Eric’s accident and death shook the campus and I read countless posts on various social media sites offering condolences to Eric’s family and expressing sincere grief for the loss of a young man’s life. What a sad, tragic start to the new semester.

I saw this picture on Facebook and had to share it with you all. I think it’s amazing and very inspiring. I’m sure this chalk board was planned to be put out this week anyway, but I love that they turned it into a celebration of life for Eric. (The students also have been wearing light blue ribbons on their clothes in his honor.)

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Some of the responses were silly but I love how many of them were so cool! “visit every friend” “make the best of my opportunities” “live life for me” So I decided to make a list on this blog of some things I want to do before I die:

  • Be a wife and mother. Then be the best wife and mother I can be.
  • Run a 1:30 half marathon
  • Rid myself of regret
  • Stop caring what people think about me. Totally and completely.
  • Take a cooking or baking class
  • Master the art of letting go
  • Travel to every continent (my great-grandma did this. so cool!)
  • Take voice lessons (I started this once but it didn’t last too long)
  • Become completely at peace with my body
  • Learn to play the piano again
  • Learn to control my temper. Patience!!
  • Visit every state in the U.S.

I know this list could probably go on and on but I won’t bore you. The point is, when I do die and I stand before my God and he asks for a full report I want to be able to say “I lived a full life. I did my best to use the talents you gave me and worked to improve my weaknesses. I’m proud of the life I lived and I have no regrets. Because even my failures and hiccups lead me to greater things.” And for Him to second everything I say would be more than I could ever desire.

Life is so precious and can be gone in an instant. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of work, school, training for races, taking care of the kids or dogs or fish don’t forget to LIVE. You only get one life. Create a life you’re proud of.

What do you want to do before you die?

What have you already done/are you already doing that you’re proud of?

I wish I could but I really don’t want to

Ok I seriously cannot get it together. I went all of Tuesday without putting a single thing away. And I don’t really care. But today I am going to change that! Today I am going to put things away! Then maybe by Thursday or Friday I can start hanging things on the wall and by the time the weekend hits…I’ll be officially moved in! If all else fails, it’s a 3 days weekend and I can do it then πŸ™‚ Update: I just promised my roommate (for the sake of my own accountability) that I would get most of this done today. I can do it. I just put away most of my clothes. This is a good start.

Yesterday I got in a 12.5 mile run and it felt pretty good! I finished thinking I was really tired but then after resting for a bit I realized I didn’t feel too bad. I like that! Maybe if I started doing more strength training for my arms, it would get easier too haha

During my run it was actually pretty cool and breezy considering I ran late into the morning. It’s becoming Fall!!! and I love it oh so much! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year (something you’ll read over and over) and especially as it was raining a Fall kind of rain last night, it just all felt so right. This is my time of year.

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I got an email this week talking about my marathon and packet pick up and everything. Ahh! You guys it’s getting so, so close! As I was reading the information and then watching a video about it, my adrenaline kicked in and I got so nervous/excited! It’s so soon! Also the way I was able to handle my run today after not running all last week made me think “yeah. I can do this!”. I know I’ve had this moment once or twice before but to be honest most of this training has been filled with “what am I doing?! I can’t do this! I’m going to die!!” So it was nice to have a positive affirmation.

Also last night I had a confirmation that my roommates and I are going to get along just fine. I walked into the living room to find them watching “Friends” and they knew exactly what lines were coming next. My respect for them automatically went up. This could be the start of a beautiful thing. Now I’ll leave you with one of my favorite lines ever, courtesy of Phoebe Buffay, Season 1.

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When was your last great run?

Anyone have a race coming up??

Best thing about your Wednesday so far?!

Running and Compassion

Yesterday I went out for a short run to get my running legs back I got to explore my new neighborhood a little bit. When I got back I was feeling unusually ambitious in the yard work department and I ended up doing some weeding and mowing the lawn. I also fixed a towel rack in the bathroom. Did I put very much away in my room? Not really. Did I get my bed set up? Yes I did. So I think overall it was a pretty successful day.

At my work we sometimes get people who get very upset. Most of the time I really am not sure why they’re getting upset to the point that they do. Yesterday I had a man tell me to F off and hung up on me as I was explaining to him how the Health Coaching works. I was able to laugh it off but sometimes it still hurts and not taking those things personally is something I am still working on. Last week, one of our health coaches sent around this Ted Talk discussing compassion. If you have a little bit of time, I highly recommend it.

While this video is more about not making snap judgements and treating everyone with the same level of compassion in medicine, it can of course apply to so many areas of life. Yes, I am assuming that the man yesterday on the phone is just a jerk. Because seriously who thinks it’s ok to talk to another human being like that? But I don’t really know him. Maybe he has a stressful situation going on in his life right now and another commitment is more than he can handle. Or maybe it was just a lack of understanding or a miscommunication somewhere down the line. I’m not excusing his behavior. But my point is you Β never know why something is the way that it is.

I know I’ve discussed this topic before, but my job really does make me think about these things quite a bit. Even when I talk to people who are perfectly pleasant, I hear about terrible life situations. Divorces, custody battles, family members who are dying, less than ideal living situations, depression, difficult work situations and a million other stressors that many of us may not have ever dealt with. I can’t see these people in person as I’m talking to them on the phone from all over the country but I can see their biometrics and most of them are very unhealthy. Maybe if someone saw on them on the street, they would make a quick judgement like the doctor in the Ted Talk. Why don’t they exercise? Are they eating right? When really there are so many factors that contribute and maybe they’re dealing with something in their lives that we can’t even imagine in our worst nightmares.

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I love how in the running community, we celebrate one another’s successes without reservation. It doesn’t matter if I’m a faster runner than you or if you could pass me without even having to blink. We all recognize how much work this way of life of ours takes. We all put in the hours, the miles, the dedication and we encourage one another to keep going. Running helps you to develop this empathy, this compassion for others and we can carry this into every part of our life.

The more I run, the more I realize that running makes me a better person. If we allow it, running can make us into the best version of ourselves. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone loved to run. Wow.

Have you ever encountered a situation like the doctor in the video?

How has running made you a better person?

Unpacking is Hard

Hey everyone! I’m back!! Did you miss me? πŸ˜‰

Thank you SOOO much to my amazing guest bloggers for helping me out last week! They were seriously amazing. If you missed any of their posts, check them out here:

Cori: Getting Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Emma: Shared some of her favorite workouts

Stephanie: Shared a yummy recipe!

Ali: Knocking Down Mental Walls

Heather: Why Strength Training is Important for Runners

Andrea: Car Necessities for an Active Lifestyle

Danica: How to have a healthier complexion

This last week ended up being even busier than I was even expecting, so these ladies were such a blessing! I didn’t even have time to get any workouts in. Nope. NOT.ONE. It definitely hasn’t been the best for my sanity and I can’t wait to get out on a run today! It’s soo needed.

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The week actually wore on me so badly that I ended up having a physical and partially mental/emotional breakdown on Wednesday. I was completely exhausted, was sick and felt like I hadn’t slept in days. Which I really didn’t get very good sleep all week. I called in sick to one job on Thursday and slept for 12 hours. I never sleep that long. Obviously that’s what my body needed to make it through the rest of the week. It was crazy. But I made it through! On to the next adventure!

Unpacking is most definitely one of the hardest parts of moving. It’s so hard finding a new home for everything you own, especially when you don’t have the same amount of space as before. Here is a little visual of my room last night (keep in mind this is only from one angle). It got a tiny bit better by the time I got to bed (I slept on blankets because I couldn’t find my bedding. ha!) but it still has a lot of work left to be done. I will be a busy girl this week getting this all sorted through.

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I am excited to finally be jumping into this new adventure that has been slowly coming along. Now it’s here. It’s really, truly here. I am sitting in my new room, in my new house, a relatively short drive from my new job hoping with all that I have that I’ve made good decisions involving this new adventure. Only time will tell. Here goes nothing. Happy to have you all along for the ride πŸ™‚

19 days til marathon time! ahh!

How was your week last week?? What did I miss?! (I had a little time to read other blogs but really not that much)

What do you like most about moving?? (sorting through everything and getting rid of useless things)

Are you running todayΒ (yes!!! Finally!)

Guest Post: You are what you eat

Hey, See This Girl Run readers!

I’m so excited to be guest posting for Alyssa today! My name is Danica, and I’m the author behind the blog It’s Progression. I’m a newlywed (you can still say that after a year, right?), a puppy-momma, runner/lover of working out, avid reader, baker, and soon-to-be Certified Health Coach. Feel free to stop by my little corner of the blog world to check out the craziness that is my life anytime!

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You are what you eat.

You’ve heard that before, right?! It’s a phrase I used to think was annoying, but now I actually find it amusing. It’s true in many ways – foods can do amazing things to our bodies! They can work for us, or against us, but the awesome thing is that we get to choose what goes into them.

Something I personally struggle with is my complexion – I’ve battled acne since I was a teenager, and while it’s gotten much better in the past few years, its certainly not gone yet. And so I’m working on that. I’m working to heal from the inside out. with food. <–and if you know me, that probably comes as no surprise πŸ˜‰

This post is short and sweet but reminds us of the foods we should be including in our diets.

What to Eat for a Clearer, Healthier Complexion

As someone who believes diet has a profound impact on my health, I’ve focused my research on foods that I should regularly include in my diet. And I thought that just in case some of you are going through a similar struggle, maybe you’d like to know, too!

Foods for a Better Complexion

Most studies list the following foods as positive contributors to healthy, clear skin. Sulfur and Magnesium are listed as key minerals and the foods high in each of these are indicated below.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Cucumbers

Almonds

Carrots

Figs

Hemp Seeds

Macadamia Nuts

Salmon (wild-caught)

Turmeric

Hot Lemon Water

Flaxseeds

Brazilian Nuts

Cherries

Walnuts

Green Tea

Spinach

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Watermelon

Dates

high in Zinc:

Peanuts

Cacao (nibs or powder) and Dark Chocolate (80% or higher)

Wheat Germ

Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

high in Sulfur:

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Fish

Legumes

Egg Yolks

Onions

Garlic

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Are there particular foods you cling to (or stay away from) because of how they impact your skin?

Guest Post: Car Necessities for the Active Lifestyle

Andrea and I have become good friends the last few months and I swear she and I are twins separated at birth. This girl thinks just like I do and is a huge motivator for me! If you look back at comments on my blog, she is constantly cheering me on. So glad you could post for me today, Andrea!

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Hey Guys! I am Andrea over at Morning Runner Girl and I am thrilled to be writing a guest post for Alyssa! See This Girl Run was one of the first blogs I started reading and following on a daily basis and it had a huge influence on why I decided to start my own blog! A HUGE thank you to Alyssa πŸ™‚

Quick “about me”– I LOVE to run, be active, and hang out with my family, and God is the Greatest πŸ™‚

OK, on to the good stuff…

Car Necessities (For the Active Lifestyle)

I used to have a very messy car. Not just messy actually… that would be misleading. It was dirty. I have had my car since I was 16, and between cross country, track, college-moving, random road trips, crossfit, gym visits, and daily use… my car had seen better days. It was stocked full of so much STUFF that it started to look a little hobo-ish.

But the great thing about it? I am always prepared for any activity.

Pick up soccer game? No problem, got my old cleats and deflated ball right here.

Basketball? Love me my high-tops!!

Swimming? Cap-CHECK. Suit-CHECK. Goggles-CHECK.

Rollerblading? In the trunk with my tall socks stuffed in them.

Hiking? My Salomon hiking shoes frequently ride shot-gun.

Lacrosse? Got my sisters old stick in the trunk. For real.

Running? Seriously?? Need you even ask??

**Not only did I have the gear for ME to run… I had enough gear for anyone and everyone to run. For some reason that I don’t even understand, I keep all my old running shoes in my trunk. Yep. All of them. That is a LOT of shoes, let me tell you! I have both an irrational fear (like, all my pairs but 1 get stolen) and a vision of victory (friends in flip-flops want to run and I save the day with shoes for all) when I picture a scenario that all 15+ (??) pairs of running shoes will be used.**

Now, not every car needs a lacrosse stick… but every car should be equipped with the following essentials so you can participate in ANY activity at ANY time!

Lets quickly review the Car Necessities For the Active Lifestyle

1. Running shoes (They can be an old pair or new pair. Just make sure they are runnable).

2. Sports Bra (Doesn’t need to be your favorite… doesn’t even need to be clean…)

3. Shorts (Can’t be running in your pencil skirt after work, now can you?? Actually would be quite impressive…)

4. Towel (Variety of uses– swimming, sweaty-ness, wipe off mud/blood(??), situps in the grass…)

5. Socks (stuff them in the running shoes. Again, they can be dirty, but do not risk getting blisters by going without!!)

6.Deodorant (Ya… Just a good idea…)

7. Plastic Bags (I cannot tell you how often I throw muddy shoes, sweaty/wet bras, shorts, socks, into these bags. They take up zero room… so keep lots!!)

8. 2nd Pair of Shoes (Maybe ones you don’t care about or a really old pair of running shoes. These are for any last minute activity that you don’t care about ruining your shoes or scuffing them up–hiking, basketball, mud-pit-playing…)

9. Headband (Personally I HATE having my hair all up in my face when I am trying to get my groove on…)

10. Swimsuit (One piece or two-piece, old or new, its up to you. Just make sure it still has elastic in it if it is an old one… trust me on that one…)

11. Sunglasses (Most people have that in their car, but if they are “fashion” ones, maybe throw in some “athletic” ones as well.)

12. Granola Bar (Need that last minute fuel before your activity! Maybe not a chocolatey one… tend to melt in a hot car)

I have since cleaned my car ((and learned some valuable lessons in the process… read about them HERE)) and disposed of the dirt, grit, grass, twigs, rocks, dead bugs (I wish I were kidding), food, and unknown substances that littered the floor boards and seat.

But my preparedness for anything remains! I still have all my gear neatly packed in my trunk, ready for the last minute activity!

I cannot tell you how many times I have decided, “Looks like a good day to run!!” and pulled over, changed into a sports bra and running shorts ((OK lets be honest… that is all I wear anyways so I was probably already in them…)) and laced up the running shoes! These spontaneous runs usually end up being my favorite πŸ™‚

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I recommend everyone keep the Necessities in their car for important, crucial moments when the chance for activity arises!

I hope you all have a fantastic day and try to laugh really hard at least once! ((Then come back and tell me what was funny!)) πŸ™‚
Thanks for reading and a BIG THANKS to Alyssa for the opportunity!

Please check out my blog Morning Runner Girl! πŸ™‚