No Ragrets

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This is literally what Boston feels like right now. This snow – whaaat.

Greetings from the arctic tundra – Boston! This morning I laid in bed for a few extra minutes when my alarm went off at 5 am and had a pretty intense internal monologue regarding getting up to go to 5:45 am spin vs. rest day. I literally put my gym clothes on and took them off twice. Seriously.

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Dude, seriously. I do. It’s bad.

My internal monologue went something like this:

Chill L: Uggggghhhhhhhh, I’m so tired. WHY.

Super L: Dude, you got this. You’re going to feel great!

Chill L: Maybe if I shut my eyes I will fall back asleep immediately and the decision will be made for me.

(….2 seconds pass…)

Super L: I’m not going to fall back asleep. Balls. I’m just going to get up and put on my gym outfit.

(…puts on gym clothes…)

Chill L: I want to be asleep right now.

(…takes gym clothes off, climbs back into bed…)

Super L: Ugh. This is so dumb. I just need to get up and GO. (Throws blankets off and climbs back out of bed. Puts gym clothes back on).

Chill L: (While brushing teeth) Why am I doing this again?

Super L: You’ll feel great after. You’ll get to see your gym peeps. You don’t even have to try that hard – active rest day! You can take an extra long shower after. Dude, you even have strawberries in your overnight oats! Scooooore. I bet you’ll even sleep great tonight and have a flat line sleep graph from the Garmin Vivosmart again.

In the end, Super L won and I went to spin class. I was late because of my internal struggles and didn’t get My Bike (because we’ve all passed 2nd grade and are adult enough to not be irrationally annoyed when someone takes your usual spot, right?). Regardless, I talked myself off the ledge and pledged to be calm, enjoy spin, chat with my buddies before class and take it easy, at my own pace. And you know what? It felt stellar. It was one of the best ass-kicking spin class moments that I’ve had in awhile. It makes a huge difference when you take all the pressure you put on yourself and set it aside somewhere else and just try to enjoy the class, listen to your body and take it easy! I felt that I performed really well, the music was great (thanks, Mike!) and I just felt good afterwards. Also, all those endorphs flooding my brain right now are pretty great. Two thumbs up.

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Duh.

I guess this goes to show you that you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself to get a good workout when you’re not really having balls-to-the-wall, Let’s-DO-THIS-kinda morning. If you go in feeling like, “Hey, I can do whatever I want right now! No pressure,” you probably end up having a much better workout (and morning) than if you went in there stressing yourself out because you weren’t really into it. Sometimes all you have to do is show up. Like Mike reminded us this morning as he instructed us to sprint up a hill, “Yah already did the haaadest paaaht, yah showed up! Yah heaah, so let’s work!” in his super amazing accent (translation: “You already did the hardest part, you showed up! You’re here, so let’s work!”). True, Mike. We did it! BOOYAH! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Picture1Thus, all of these good vibes, associated endorphins and resulting tendency to feel extra zippy and ready to take on my day today, leads to my hump day theme of the day: No Ragrets (please tell me you’ve seen Meet the Millers, because this was my favorite part of the movie):

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Also, I love Jason Sudeikis.

Yes. I hope you all enjoy your day today and zoom through it (without putting too much pressure on yourself and just let yourself be)! I mean, no ragrets – sometimes you just have to OWN it! Happy Hump Day, all!

With warmth,

L ❀

28 thoughts on “No Ragrets

  1. OMG – literally ‘No Ragrets’ is my life!! so good!!! haha…also, way to get in there this morning!! Maybe one of these days I’ll actually start training for my next half, instead of just pretending the date isn’t looming… πŸ˜›

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    • Hahahaha! I’m so glad you can appreciate that! Also I feel you on the training, Alyssa! What half are you doing? One in MA? (Also if you’re not comfortable sharing, that’s okay too!). I’m doing the Hyannis in less than two weeks and I’m already starting to get the pre-race jitters on the fringes of my mental to-do list, eeeek! I hope you have a great day and make it through the snow okay! πŸ˜€

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      • I’m doing the Lululemon Seawheeze for the second time in August! (up in Vancouver) – but going back and forth on registering for another one sometime this spring, just to keep me motivated! I can’t believe you’re training for that half (AND RUNNING IT!) in the absolutely crazy winter we’re having!!!!! Props!!!

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      • OMG I am so jelly that you are doing Seawheeze!!!!! It’s on my list of half marathons that I want to do! It looks so fun!! πŸ˜€ And haha thanks – I actually signed up for it the day before my first ever half so I wouldn’t lose my training momentum. I definitely did not foresee this winter back in October…hahaha. It’s been very snowy, to say the least. If you find any good ones let me know – I was thinking of doing the half for the Run to Remember in May! πŸ™‚

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      • You HAVE to do Seawheeze!!! The only issue is that it sells out within like 10 minutes, so it’s a battle to get in! You will definitely be prepared for yours – go get it! The run to remember was my first half back in 2011! I didn’t train, it was like 10000 degrees, and I totally sucked, so not the BEST memories lol…. But it’s definitely a fun one and unique to be able to run through the city! You should do it!!

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  2. wooohoooo – well done for getting up and out and on a bike (if not yours) πŸ™‚ not seen the film but that’s funny – see as many terrible tat’s as good ones! Enjoy your day x

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    • I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I feel like everyone gushes about how they did a workout and they felt stellar (okay, maybe those are just the fitness posts I stalk on social media), but no one really touches on the honest struggle of how hard it is to get your bum out of bed some mornings! But it always feels good to knock a workout out, and I feel like it’s almost better when it’s tough getting motivated at first – because it makes you savor the “I did it!” just that much more. So glad you had a great run, too! πŸ˜€

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    • Aw dude! It’s okay! I was a chicken several times before I finally made myself go to my first spin class (and promptly became addicted). Here’s what you have to remember: 1. Everyone was new once. Even the crazy intimidating person decked out in head to toe cycling apparel and the most intense clip-in shoes you’ve ever seen. 2. No one knows if you’re nervous. They don’t have any gym spidey sense to detect the New Person Nerves that are commonly associated with starting something new for the first time! Unless, of course, you’re like me and immediately identify yourself as the new person by saying, “It’s my first time!” which means that they will probably help you out and give you tips. That is up to you though! You can totally be on the DL if you want. 3. It’s the instructor’s job to help you get your bike set up and teach you how to spin (duh!), so definitely try to get to class a little early and let them know you’re new. If they are teaching a fitness class, they probably are pretty outgoing, nice and willing to help you out (at least that’s the trend I’ve noticed!). 4. Alright, what’s the worst thing that can happen? Answer: Who cares! Even if you fall off your bike (which you DEF won’t), miss a jump and don’t sprint the fastest – who gives a s***? It’s supposed to be FUN! So just focus on having a good time, and don’t worry about anything else. It will be fun and exciting to try something new and different, and you’ll feel AMAZINGGGGGG afterwards. 6. Dude, you’re Shannon – you got this. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ 7. I believe in you and I know you will have so much fun! I can’t wait to hear about your class – I will be cheering you on from here!! Go Shannon!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  4. Just started reading like 5 mins ago and I love your posts! Question – do you eat before or after you work out? I have some indigestion issues with eating too close (at LEAST an hour in between), but i also can’t run on starving mode. there’s lots of people that contradict each other with how they feel about this. What works for you?

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