Weekly Workout Review and May Goals

So here’s to combining two blog posts into one but hey I have confidence that I can do it! ;P

Anyway, thought it’d be fun to recap with you what my workouts were last week (and hopefully this will become a thing-sharing my weekly workouts):

Sunday: Half Marathon

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 3 mile run

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: Orange Theory

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Rest day (was planning on running a 10k event but I didn’t have the drive to run in the 30something degree rainy weather)


Alright and now here is for the doozie! I decided that for the month of May that I will not be on Facebook or Snapchat at all! The only form of “social media” I will continue using are my two Instagram accounts (the fit one and the pretty one). I decided to keep IG just because I like looking at pretty photos and being encouraged by certain accounts. Then the OTHER thing I’m doing this month is not drinking a drop of alcohol. It might not seem like a big deal for some, but I have gotten into the habit of ending my nights with a glass or two of wine and I want to stop that. I believe I don’t sleep as well after I drink and I don’t wake up as clear headed as I could plus the whole toxin to the body thing.

So here’s to “cleaning up” my month of May both body and mind!


Find Your Om-Pain

It’s funny that when we discover our own pain we typically go all “ostrich” by burying our head in the sand and ignore or avoid the pain at all costs, but for whatever reason when the media or others point out “our pain” we listen  and get a sense of urgency to fix it by advised methods. Maybe we feel this urge to fix it, because we don’t like others pointing out what’s wrong or perhaps we think it’s something we missed. The odd thing though is that shouldn’t we notice/feel the pain or what’s wrong before others since we experience it first hand? Is the pain that others point out only real because it becomes invented for us?

There have been times when coworkers have described me as being as “cool as a cucumber” during moments when others normally would be “freaking out.” People tend to find it hard to imagine me in any sort of aggressive state since I tend to be so calm even in hectic situations. For a while it puzzled me as to why I should be “freaking out,” but I realized that my pains are different than other people’s pain and that it’s actually harmful to me to think that I “should” be freaking out. What I’m trying to say is that I didn’t feel pain in certain situations until others started pointing out that pain and how I “should” be feeling. It started getting me to question, “Is it healthy or normal for me to not be bothered by this?” I guess the answer to that is best answered by your therapist, but if you want an answer to that by your blogger friend, well I think it is normal and totally healthy to not have the same “pain” as others.

It even goes the other way. There have been times where something has pained me and bothered me and I have asked whether I’m supposed to be feeling or whether I should be feeling bad about certain situations. Well, the fact is that I AM feeling bad. It doesn’t matter whether or not I “should” be, the fact is that I am. If someone were to tell me that I “shouldn’t” feel bad, well honestly that doesn’t make me feel any better. I’m guessing you’ve heard that one before, and typically that makes you feel worse because you might think, “What’s wrong with me? I’m not supposed to feel this way but I do. There must be something wrong. What am I supposed to be thinking? Am I thinking the wrong way at everything?” … It can become a very dangerous pattern.

People have different life experiences than others and so there will be different outlooks. Think about how many different kinds of books, TV shows, movies, clothes, and even sports are in this world! They are out there because there are so many different personalities to target.

It’s interesting though that when people see pleasure people tend to think, “cool.” But if there is pain TO pleasure people tend to think, “what? I got to get that! I need to get there!” And I’m suggesting caution to this. When you seek out pleasure from pain that OTHERS point out you might not put your 100% in and when it doesn’t work out then well it’s someone else’s fault. When you face your own pain to get to pleasure the kind that you know to be true that others haven’t pointed out well typically you are all in. There is no scapegoat or pointing fingers as to why something didn’t work out.

What I’m trying to say is to use YOUR pain (not what others point out to you) to guide you to what you find pleasurable. You should be controlling that pain because if you let others control it well then they can always move it or change it on you. You need to be involved in your life 100% in the bad and the good in the ugly and in the pretty. Take ownership of our life, take control even when it comes to pain or pleasure for that fact. Don’t run from pain, don’t hide it; face it, figure out what you want or where you want to be, and go after it.

In case this isn’t obvious though, my intentions are for healthy goals and choices. If you suspect yours are unhealthy it is best to speak with a professional. 

XO Namaste XO


Weekly Run Review

Wow, I can’t believe I’m writing this, but last week I felt defeated. I’m also going to be honest here (I know sometimes on blogs and/or social media people’s lives may seem flawless), but I’m here to tell you that there are flaws. Honestly, I planned my week poorly when it came to running. Not only was I flying back from NY, “mommyied”, worked, and celebrated my birthday but I also had to fit in miles for the week. I thought, “gosh, I’m so busy at the beginning, I’ll squeeze it in at the end of the week.” In theory sure that sounds great, but in actuality between stormy weather, mommy schedules, and leg pain I ran once. ONCE!

The one time I ran was for 5 miles, and I felt AMAZING! It is embarrassing to say though that it was my only time I ran for the week which is way off for my training. Sure I can beat myself up, and the perfectionist in me sure wants to, but I’m reminding myself that like many things in life there is always room for improvement. I’m choosing to evaluate where things went wrong and see what I can do to improve it so that I do not have this sort of week again.

Here are some examples:

  • Finally get around to setting up my treadmill space in the basement (we are still in the “moving in” stage” down there) so that I can run in case of a storm
  • Go to bed earlier so that I can wake up earlier to run
  • Get reflective gear to feel comfortable running outdoors in the dark/dawn/dusk (already done)
  • Investigate options for sore legs as in compression socks, new shoes, strengthening and stretchingpic
  • Find a running partner to help me feel more accountable
  • Run shorter distances more frequently in case weeks get so busy I can’t commit to multiple long runs each week

After I rested when my legs felt like they were going to fall off, I planned on running 2 miles on Sunday,
but was pleased with running 3 just because I felt so good.

Running is about learning, being able to accept and handle what you learn, and implement improvement. Keep your chin up and your laces tied 😉


A Whole New 30

Hello! And welcome to my first post! In case you haven’t read my about page yet, in a nut shell I am Kate, a wife, a mom of two (a 2 1/2 year old girl and 5 month old boy), a runner, a yogi, I love healthy food and fitness, and DIY/Crafting. I previously had a blog MiddleCoastMommy and an Etsy shop MiddleCoast, and I decided to fuse the two (in a way) by creating a website. On my website you’ll find great information for exercise, healthy eating, home life, and crafting. And no, I’m not one of those “look at my perfect life” people. I’ll even share with you that this morning I accidentally “poured” crushed red pepper all over my eggs instead of “sprinkled!” Eating eggs and sweating seeking relief from hot black coffee is not a good time. I’m the kind of person who laughs at my accidents and isn’t afraid to share it! Ha!

You might be wondering what I mean by “A Whole New 30.” Well, on September 9th I turned 30 years old, and have lots of plans for my year. My plans are almost like New Years resolutions only it was for my 30th, new plans, new outlook, new goals, and hopefully positive adventures ahead this year!

So what are my 30th year goals? (yes some are very silly)

  • Start a website
  • Complete Whole30 (at least once. Started my first 9/14/15)
  • Do a headstand (a yoga inversion)
  • Jump off of a dock into a lake
  • 10K run
  • (my first) half marathon
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga
  • Visit my sister in New York
  • Participate in an art fair/mart
  • Become a certified personal trainer/health coach
  • Start a vegetable garden

I’m excited to “check off” one of my 30 year goals and say “I started a website!” Woohoo!

XOXO, Kate