Is this real life?

Today is January 21, 2020. In December 2019, I wrote my goals, I wrote my action plan to meet those goals, and even figured out a few rewards along the way. A big part of my goal planning includes my running. My Running… Oh my running!!

I ran my first half marathon October 26, 2019. It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, it was such a big accomplishment to say that I said this goal and completed it. I continued running in November and some of December, but when the new year rolled around, my legs didn’t.

I had family in town for the Christmas holiday, my kids were out of school for one billion days, and once they went back, I felt like it took forever to get caught up from such a busy season.

Well today I went running! And I felt like I have never run in my life. I almost feel like I’m starting back at square one, but know I will make up the difference pretty quickly. I was very fortunate and blessed to have my mom buy my family a membership at the YMCA for one year! It wasn’t in our budget to pay for one this year so I was so grateful.

I am excited to see what my running season will look like this year. I plan to run 2 half marathons, my towns annual 10 mile race and I’d like to run a few 5ks. (I secretly want to do a triathlon but am afraid to say it out loud!)

I’d like to improve my 5k time and run it under 30 minutes and I’d like to have my half marathon time around 2:20 for the first and 2:15 for the second. Moving my legs today felt wonderful and was just the push I need to get back on track!

Just Start

While my summer with the kids at home was wonderful, my running suffered just a bit. I was not able to get in the long runs that I would have liked to, but I knew once they went back to school, I would be able to make up the lost ground.

The only problem, was that I coach homeschool volleyball in the fall. The time that I felt that I would gain began to be filled with tasks of scheduling, practices, uniforms, games, etc. Not to mention the day to day operations of managing my home and business.

I felt every day there was something to do, somewhere to go, and that my runs became less and less of a priority. Just before the storm of frustration begin to form over my thoughts, I remembered something I heard in a podcast: keep moving forward in the confusion.This has really become my new motto. There was a lot of things going on, sometimes my days blended together in chaos and confusion, but I had to keep moving forward.

I was actually listening to this podcast on a run, and just began to cry. We can’t always control the circumstances around us, but we can control how we react to them. I decided that day that no matter what happened, I would work towards continuing my training for my half marathon.

A few weeks into the new school year, I had scheduled to run 10 miles on a Thursday. When I looked at my calendar I realized that this was a volleyball practice day, a choir rehearsal day at church, and probably not the best day to run 10 miles! But I pushed on ahead. Around mile six, I began to feel weak and tired and decided maybe I should just walk the last 4 miles back to my parked car. But at that moment, I found a painted rock that had one of my favorite scriptures on it. Psalm 27:1 the Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I be afraid.

I knew at that moment that I had the strength to go forward. Because the Lord is my light and he is my salvation. Not only whom shall I be afraid, but of what shall I be afraid? I have a body that is strong and can push through pain, hard times, and chaos. Those words allowed me to finish my run, but the real motivator that allowed me to finish my run, was simply starting it.

Because I decided to just start, I made the first step towards completion. We tend to overthink things, which can really lead to paralysis. Many times we need to just start something, and not worry about the end result. In just starting, we are telling our emotions, our bodies, and our negative thoughts that we are in charge.

I encourage you, if there’s something on your list that you just have not been able to get done, just start. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

One Thing

Have you ever woken up and you just weren’t feeling it? I’d like to pretend I hop out of bed every morning ready to tackle my day! But the truth is, some days I don’t. I’m usually a pretty productive person and good time manager, but this week, I’ve had a case of blahs. Maybe it’s because we’ve been busy every weekend for the past few weeks. Maybe it’s because it’s July and we just stopped wearing jackets here! Whatever the cause, I need a cure.

Now that I’m running pretty consistently, I have found it challenging with summer break to keep up my consistency. But instead of beating myself up about it, I’m trying to stay motivated and focused with my running. I keep asking myself, “What one thing can I do today to get better in my running even though I may not be able to do all the things I’d like to do?”

Some days, it’s running 2 miles very quickly before my husband leaves for work. Sometimes, it’s stopping to do squats throughout the day. Today, it will most likely be monitoring my water intake to be sure I’m hydrating properly.

We always want to do all of the things all of the time and the truth is, life doesn’t always allow us to. So instead of getting frustrated about all of the things you didn’t do, be encouraged by the one thing you did!!

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!

Don’t Wait to Plant

This morning, I dropped my kids off at Vacation Bible School and finished my coffee in silence before I headed out for my run.

I prefer to run outside but I’m new to Wisconsin and running, so I haven’t quite adapted to running in less than perfect conditions! So waking up to 50° rainy and cloudy weather and already wet pavement, I had a decision to make.

I could:

A: run outside in gross weather

B: wait until later and try to squeeze in a very quick run after I pick up the kids and before my choir rehearsal

C: head to the gym and run on the treadmill.

D: skip my run altogether.

I decided to head to the gym and hop on the treadmill. I was very hesitant to do this, because I had injured myself in February running 8 miles on the treadmill, 2 of which were at an incline (i forgot to lower the incline after my warm up!!). I hadn’t run on the treadmill for a while since spring was finally showing up here and really didn’t want to start now.

Honestly, I really did not want to run at all but my desire to make the most of my 2.5 hours alone won. I jumped on that treadmill planning to knock out 3-4 miles and ended up running 5, with my best time to date! As I finished, the sun began to creep out from behind the clouds and I realized if I had tried to wait for the perfect weather, I would not have run today.

It’s easy to put things off until everything is just right! Like this blog.. I should have 5-10 posts ready to go before I even start a blog (I don’t!). Or cleaning up, I’ll wait until the kids go to bed to straighten up. Sometimes we rely on the motivation to come before we get going when the reverse is often true. TAKE ACTION AND LET THE MOTIVATION CATCH UP!

There will never be a perfect time. But there will always be now! Get up, get moving and get it done!! You can do it!

Aches and Pains

In January 2018, I woke up one day with a sharp pain in my back. When I got out of bed, it managed to travel down to my hip and decided to hang out there as well.

After a few days of living with this pain, I thought maybe I should see a chiropractor since I was having such bad back pain. After visiting with the chiropractor, and being told I needed two to three sessions a week (at $50 a pop) I decided I would try a more natural method. I thought that maybe if I could lose a few pounds, it may help with this new back pain.

I began doing weight watchers, and I also decided I would try a couch to 5K program, since I’d heard running slims you down. When I started I could barely run for two minutes without feeling like my heart was going to fall out of my body. But I kept going.

Once I began to see my miles increasing, even though it was taking me a very long time, I was excited to see not just the change in my body, but also the progress in my running. I no longer felt exhausted all of time and the pain in my back and hips was gone. I decided to sign up for a 5K. After the 5K in May, I signed up for a 10 mile race in June.

I finished that race and although it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped (for another post!), I finished and felt so accomplished. Unfortunately, I didn’t run much of the rest of 2018 after the race. I slowly drifted back to a busy schedule, poor eating habits, and lack of consistent exercise and by January 2019 was back in the same boat. But something changed this year when I got back to running.

This time, I was determined to make running fun. I knew I’d get in shape if I ran and watched my diet, so this time instead of focusing just on weight loss and running pace, I set good goals that made running fun. 6 months later, I’m down to a healthier weight for me, I’ve done the ten mile race again (with a better finishing time) and I look forward to my runs! I’m determined to make running a part of my life, not just a tool I used to lose weight. I’m excited for what the rest of the year holds and I’ll keep you posted!

Hello World

I’m Jasmine Lozano. I’m a mom, wife, coach, teacher, and now, a runner.

I’ve been running now for a little over a year but this year, running has transformed from the thing I have to do into the thing I want to do. It’s made me a better mother. It’s made me healthier. It’s made my mind clearer. It’s made life more enjoyable.

I want this blog to encourage people to do the things they once thought unattainable, unimaginable, regardless of where they are or how far they need to get. Whether you want to publish a book, write a song, or run a marathon, I believe you and I are capable of far more than we give ourselves credit for and together, we can make our dreams a reality.

I started this blog because as a new runner, it’s easy to feel out of the loop with runner lingo. Sometimes I feel out of place in a world with triathlon competitors, ultra runners, and 5 minute mile runners. I am none of those and honestly, not sure I desire to be! But one thing I’ve learned from becoming a part of the running community is that whether you run 1 mile or 100, it is such a loving and accepting community.

I enjoy nice, easy running but didn’t know that until this year! I will share the beginning of my journey in another post, but long story short: I run for fun. I’m the one taking selfies and pictures of the scenery. I’m the one who stops and talks to the kids during a ten mile race. If there is music at a water stop, you better believe I will take a break to shake it (especially if Old Town Road is playing!). I truly enjoy running. I have a few goals, but have learned to enjoy the process rather than kill myself during it.

I hope you enjoy this blog!

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