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

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