Getting Closer!

Hi everyone!

The 13th marked a month away from the race!

This past Sunday, I played around with doing a long run from my house and figured out something that worked for me: Doing different length loops from my house! But why?

For one, long runs intimidate me because I’m afraid of dying (not literally), hurting myself, or having something go wrong when I’m far from my house. Also, I really don’t like carrying water with me, even on a water bottle belt. Instead of doing one long run from my house, I found three, two, and one mile loops from my house. I did the three mile loop twice and the two mile loop twice. It was only 10 miles total, but it was stress-relieving always being close to home. After each loop, I would get a drink of water and gatorade then head back out. I also restarted my watch each time. It really helped ease my nerves!

I would have liked to run further than 10 miles on Sunday, but my knees and ankle were bothering me, which I believe was due to my shoes having so many miles on them. So, I bought myself a new pair!

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I ran about three miles in them today and they feel AMAZING compared to my old ones!

Another exciting thing that happened this week is I finally bought my trailer hitch and bike rack!Image

This will make cross training so much easier!

Speaking of cross training, I’ve been hitting the weights and swimming the past couple of weeks! My upper body has been sore, but I’m exciting to see and feel the results!

And here’s where I beg you for donations…

I’m running the BOA Chicago Marathon for Team CF. Cystic fibrosis is a devastating the disease and researchers are actively looking for a cure, but they need our help! We can all support them through monetary donations. Please consider donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Even a small amount can make a big difference.

Please donate at my link:

http://www.cff.org/LWC/EricaGrogg

My goal is $1,300 and I’m at $285! Some of the donations haven’t posted to my page yet.

Please consider donating!

Thanks for reading!

New School, New Beginnings

I started back to school two weeks ago at, once again, a new school! Hopefully third time’s the charm since Missouri Baptist University has been great so far! The classes are small and very interesting! It’s great meeting new people while learning about the body since I’m studying Health Sciences with a minor in Exercise Science.

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As for training, these past few weeks I have learned a lot about my body, which I’ll list here.

1) Nutrition is Key! Since starting school, my diet has been healthier overall! I need extra energy since I wake up at 6 every morning and don’t stop until 11 at night. That brings me to my next point:

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(Clearly this picture doesn’t represent good nutrition, but I thought it was cute!)

2) A set sleep schedule is important! I have discovered that if I deviate from my 7 hours of sleep schedule even by a few hours, my whole day is thrown off! Sometimes it’s hard, but I really try to stick to the same amount of sleep every night.

3) MUST DRINK WATER!!! I have been absolutely terrible about not drinking water, so I’m making my goal to drink two bottles of water a day. It isn’t much, but it’s a start. And of course, most days start with coffee or tea which don’t help with hydrating myself.

I have learned these things through pretty much trial an error. A few of my long runs have failed due to lack of care of my body. Taking care of your body works from the inside out. I’m pushing my body to new lengths, so I have to be sure to take care of it. 

And that leads me to my training… It has been so hot out that the only reasonable time to run has been at night, which makes me nervous considering all of the bad things that have been on the news in this and surrounding areas. Therefore, I have been biking, swimming, and doing core work-outs in order to stay in shape for the Chicago Marathon. It looks like I might have to resort to treadmills considering my schedule is all over the place. 

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Speaking of the marathon, please help me raise money for Cystic Fibrosis! This foundation can really use the help financially! Read more about it and please donate at this link:

http://www.cff.org/LWC/EricaGrogg

Thanks for reading!Image