What’s up party people? It’s been tough to come up with stuff to write about, so I’m just gonna power through… here we go…
Training has been tough the past month for a multitude of reasons- sickness due to allergies, family life, professional life, etc. These are not excuses, we all have stuff to take care of and prioritize. But sometimes, it requires sacrificing things and functioning without some happiness; in this case, it was being in the gym. Why the sacrifice? Simple, giving and sharing love for one another. More about that soon…
The times I have been able to make it back to Hardbody Gym, my brother George put me through the gauntlet. Super sets galore, making me leave gross sweat angels on the floor 😂. We’re still focusing on core and legs; core is my weakest point and legs are my strongest muscles.
I admit one thing… the mental game is a bit tough as it was easy for me to slip back into the comparison mode; measuring my strength and abilities to the other athletes in the gym. At one point, I kept staring at other athletes and watching them slang tons of weights. This mental bug would bite me as I tried to keep up with them; trying to high pounds with them. Kept thinking about my old self- lifting 455 lbs deadlift, 405 squat, 245 bench, etc etc etc. But then I remembered: running is not about all out brute strength; the strength is measured by how long you can hold onto that strength in yards, miles, and kilometers. Being strong for 26.2 miles requires wicked strength and stamina.
Meanwhile, the past two weeks have been a different story. Strength training has become fun again! We’re bringing different movements and variations of core/leg work.
So, umm, yea… running has not been existent. It’s been tough to hit the pavement due to being exhausted from life. Again, no excuses, just trying to do some self-care with rest. I managed one 5 miler last week. Felt good to get out and move for a few.
During this time of the year, I usually do the Remember the Ten 10k in Stillwater as a way to splash into the spring running season. Well, I didn’t make it LOL. However, there will be an opportunity next week for a very important cause.
Just a quick note, Indigenous Women experience assault at a very high rate (3/5, ncai.org). These assaults lead to Indigenous Women become missing and/or found murdered. Next Sunday, I will be joining a group of runners on a virtual run to help bring awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW and running in prayer for our matriarchs. If you’re in the Tulsa area and would like to join up, I’ll be running Riverside! For more info, check out Red Earth Running Company and Native Women Running on Instagram. Also, check out the next pic for additional info about the virtual run:
I hate selfies, never been a big fan of them. But it’s cool to take a look back at where you’ve been and see your progression. 5 years ago, I was sitting at 242 lbs, struggling with plantar fasciitis, crashing my diets, barely passing 5k finish lines, and toeing the line of type-2 diabetes. Now, I’m sitting at 215 lbs, crossing marathon lines, more consistent on my diet, and focused on self-mastery (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical 💪🏽).
If you have followed my story, you know that I’ve battled life changes, depression, and anxiety. At times, I couldn’t pick myself up and move forward. Throughout my experience, I’ve learned that love and spiritual strength is what got me through the storms. Is this true for everyone? Not exactly, a person has to discover their own life strength and truth. Sometimes, these muscles are the only pieces of strength we have. So, get up kid… this is the 10th round and we will win
Ok my folks. I gotta get back to the grind. Y’all be cool and run your race: One Step, One Breath, One Mile at a Time