Posts Tagged ‘ Running ’

What’s Your Unicorn?

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We’ve all heard people talk about it. Whispers among the elite, touching around the subject in hushed voices, as if keeping the secret only among the chosen. It is almost as if it is this elusive unicorn, a beautiful beast which presents itself only rarely when you least expect it. But when a person finally spots one, the experience is euphoric, unearthly and life changing. You feel on top of the world and as if something special happened to you and you want the whole world to know about your experience.

But what if you are the one who hasn’t ever seen this symbol of all things glorious? It kind of sucks, doesn’t it? You slog though your experiences waiting for it, and no matter what you do, it doesn’t come. That is exactly how I felt about this elusive thing called, “runner’s high” . Before and during the early stages of Crossfit I ran, a lot. I wasn’t a high mileage runner by any means, but I put my fair share under my feet, and even trained and completed a half marathon. Yes, I know, everyone who has run a marathon or 30 are rolling their eyes at my novice status, and that’s fine with me. I was a dancer my entire life and running was something we just didn’t do, so the fact that I even had a propensity to run in the slightest was more than I could have ever hoped for (and besides, it’s about your overall fitness, not everyone else’s right?) I digress.

So a lot of runs and a half marathon later I still hadn’t seen the unicorn. I ran, and most of the time it hurt. My mind was in my feet and I couldn’t get out of it. I thought about every grueling step, every creek, every groan and most times it ended with that last mile counting every step until it was over. Each time brought new gains, and new pains and I just couldn’t find that moment when your mind goes blank, everything gets quiet and you just run.

Now, fast forward a year and about 300 hundred WODs later and I have finally found my unicorn. The reason for this post is not to get geeked out on what a “runner’s high” is (although if you want the scientific facts about the endorphins in your body releasing when your neurotransmitters fire out pain past your threshold then click HERE.) But I just want to get into the mental state of that runner’s high, or as I like to call it Workout High. See, I could run 8 miles a day and not feel once ounce of euphoria, but give me one, really intense WOD, long or short, metcon or oly lifts, whatever, and I swear I walk away flying high on those beautiful workout clouds.

Which brings me to the reason for this post. We are about half way through the month when resolutions start getting harder to keep, excuses and busy lives start to give you reasons why you can’t keep those goals. Now is the time to dig deeper and find your unicorn. Dig deeper, push yourself harder in your workout and give yourself the ability and chance to feel that amazing greatness that comes when you push past that wall or make gains you never thought possible.  My unicorn comes to me when I finish a WOD. Yours might be after a really hard spin class, a long swim or bike ride. Whatever it is, find it and I promise that feeling will get you to keep your resolutions. That’s the moment that will help you keep your goals and the drive to constantly come back for more.

Now you know the secret, you are part of that elite circle. What are you waiting for 3…2…1… Go!

Sunday Funday

Well it is here again, Monday Morning. This Monday was particularly depressing considering this weekend was such a great time. For one, I had fabulous friends in town from St. Louis which was amazing and also because I got a lot done! Nothing feels better than to be able to check things off of your list.

Sunday began with a few tears and sad waves as I wished my friends a safe drive back. St. Louis is about 6 hours away from Tulsa, so I knew they had a drive ahead of them, and I had a very busy day. It began with some breakfast…which might have been at 12 pm in the afternoon, but hey, It’s Sunday, right?? So I whipped out a banana, one egg, a scoop of cashew butter and a tablespoon of almond meal and made up some DELICIOUS Sunday Paleo Pancakes. it is so easy:

Paleo Pancakes

1 egg

1 banana

1 scoop of cashew butter

1 tablespoon of almond meal or flaxseed meal

Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix well. If you don’t have a food processor, just mash-up the banana with a fork. Then add your egg and stir up. Lastly put in your cashew butter and almond meal and with a bit of elbow grease, it becomes a nice thick batter.

Now, spray your pan with some Pam and put on a medium heat. Scoop a spoonful of batter into the pan and let cook like a normal Pancake. Flip when the pancake has set and you have a nice brown bottom.

A few tips: if your heat it too high the bottom will burn before the pancake is set enough to flip. Also, these are not normal Pancakes so they aren’t going to flip as easily. I would just scoop and turn as fast as you can to avoid getting that batter all over your pan. The more you do the better you get at this.

I eat these plain because they are amazing. No syrup needed. And they are great to eat cold later on in the day or even the next day. I frequently make a larger batch and save them. So good and very easy.

After that I met the other amazing ladies I Crossfit with at Turkey Mountain and ran the trail. This was my first time to Turkey Mountain and I was pumped. I have always heard it is a great workout…with a very windy, rocky, narrow and intense trail up the Mountain. (For those of you who live around a real mountain, Turkey is more of a slight hill. But here in Tulsa it is about as good as your going to get and I will take it!) Boy was it a workout! I tracked our progress and the trail we chose was about 4.2 miles and it tough! A few of us had some spills but it felt amazing. 

About 3 miles into the run we hit a steep and rocky part. As I was climbing I kept thinking how hard it was and that it would easier to just walk. But my motivation kicked it up a notch when I began to think about how good it feels to accomplish a challenge with such a great group of women. You know every other person with you is breathing heavy, legs burning, and sweating profusely but you are all in it together. Knowing that you aren’t suffering alone kept me motivated to keep going even if I wanted to give up, or slow down or walk. It always helps to be with others! And then, shocked out of my nostalgia, I almost tripped over  a rock and reminded myself to focus on where I was going.. Whoops.  That will teach me to have inspirational musings while on a Mountain.

Another great thing that was done this weekend was our front flower bed. Now, I will say, I by NO means did most of this work. That was thankfully done by a few of our amazing guy friends. BUT I did help out with the planting of the flowers. It felt great to get my hands dirty. Gardening, although not one of my passions, is very therapeutic. I hope after this summer my thumb will be a bit more green. Probably not a grass green shade, but a touch of green, like mint green…

Here is a before and after: 

Garden beforeGarden AfterGarden during