When I think about Mastering things in life, one of the things that immediately jumps into my head are athletic related goals. I have been an athlete since the third grade (well, if you call 3rd grade basketball a sport,) and I thrive on competition and physical fitness.
If I was being honest though, there are other areas of my life that I would love to master as well, one being the way I see myself. Being a competitive person, I have always been VERY hard on myself when it comes to well…everything. If I made a 98 on a test in school, it was “gosh darn it why didn’t I make a 100?” If I had 10 kills in a volleyball game, I wanted 11. If I ran a race, I wanted to PR every time (well, I still do that.) While this is a great, goal driven attitude to have, it can also be destructive.
Ever since having Emma Kate in September of 2014, I have been really, really hard on myself concerning my physical appearance. This once bikini wearing girl bought a tankini and a wrap to wear for the summer at the pool. I ran non stop but still wasn’t thrilled with my body. Still about two pounds from my pre-baby weight, I have beat myself up over why it is taking me so long, when other seem to bounce back in lightning speed.
What seemed to me was that I really needed to master my attitude and evaluate the process. This for me started in the summer while following the BBG fitness program. While I am getting a lot better, I still have some work to do. I realized a few things 1.) I can’t eat like I did while I was pregnant, 2.) JUST running isn’t going to get me in the shape I want to be in, and 3.) My body did an amazing thing, and even if I never look the way I “used to” ever again, I have done something even greater, and that is having a child
I love my body for what it has done for me and continues to do for me, and taking bootcamp classes + running has done wonders for making me feel good about myself. However, it’s so easy to sit back in my yoga pants and sweatshirts and say I am proud of how far I have come, hiding the flaws and trouble spots.
So, today I have decided to force myself out of my comfort zone (which seems to have been the 2015 theme around here,) and take some pictures in my awesome new MetaRun ASICS shoes, baring the body part that I give the most grief to.
Thankfully, the shoes are so adorable and awesome (and just so happen to be New Orleans Saints colors), I know you are all just staring at them, RIGHT? I know I have things to work on both physically and mentally, but I also know that with the right attitude and some hard work, I can master anything. Having cute shoes helps, too. (Also, WOW do I need some sun!)
So can I tell you a little about the shoes that prompted me to write this oh so honest blog post? I promise they are super cool.
Over the last 3 years, ASICS’ Institute of Sport Science (the ISS) has been researching, prototyping and designing a shoe that they think will master long distance running, with no restrictions. They were told to create the best thing they could and they did.
These shoes adapt and contour to your individual running style. MetaRun was built using the latest ASICS exclusive technologies providing you with the best and first ever running shoe with a responsive ride. The first thing I noticed was that they are really lightweight, but at the same time very cushioned, which are two things that tend to not go together in the running shoe world. I basically forgot that they were on my feet!
The following is from their website:
“Constructed using groundbreaking midsole foam developed in the ASICS ISS. FlyteFoam isn’t a little bit lighter, it’s remarkably 55%* lighter than the industry standard. FlyteFoam isn’t just super lightweight, it’s organic fibres bounce the MetaRun back into its original shape in the space of each stride to provide perfect cushioning from the start of your run to the finish.
A carbon fibre reinforced, two-piece AdaptTruss gives MetaRun both incredible stability and amazing flexibility. This helps to reduce the impact of medial forces on the foot, so the MetaRun will flex safely but become rigid if the foot rolls in too much, meaning reliable stability no matter the distance.
A new one-layer engineered mesh minimises rubbing between the foot and the upper to create a super snug, glove-like fitting experience. A unique combination of closed and open weave patterns optimises flexibility and breathability.”
Pretty sweet huh? I can say for myself after testing these guys out yesterday that they are pretty amazing. The Gel Quantum 360 is my favorite ASICS shoe, but these bad boys are giving them a run for their money. They are currently available for limited release through December 31. Christmas gift anyone?
Shoes can truly take you anywhere, and I can’t wait to see where my MetaRun’s take me next year. Hopefully to not only master some great runs + races in 2016, but also to a place of being more at peace with myself and my body, and all of the amazing things it does for me every day.
QOTD: What is something you want to Master in 2016? It can be running related or not!
We all do this. We women can really be our own worst enemy (I am guilty of this negative self talk too). But honestly you look AMAZING!! You are strong! You are healthy! And you have a beautiful healthy baby girl. I would definitely say you have mastered it! Xox
Thanks friend. It’s a daily process 🙂
Dan Steadman says
I want to master the comeback from a stress fracture that derailed my Charleston marathon training…comeback strong…as soon as I get cleared tomorrow (hopefully) the comeback race is 4/23/16…
Mark Newman says
Loved this post. You should be super proud. #beastmode
Thank you! 🙂
Debbie Rodrigues says
I had a brain tumor surgery earlier this year and even though I feel great now, I’m in not in shape at all yet.
It’s easy to feel down with self-talk indeed.
Love the outfit and the shoes.
Oh wow! Hope all is well now!
Peggi Konvicka says
I do the exact same thing as you. I am definitely my own worst enemy. Even my husband says I look great, but what I see and what he sees are different. It always amazes me to here other people say they do the exact same thing. Makes me feel like I am not alone in this. As moms our bodies have done an amazing thing and we do have to remember that. It is all about our mind set about it. It is funny how I can say that to you and yet I need to take my advice as well. Thanks to you I need to re-evaluate the way I think. You do look beautiful and you are a fabulous athlete and mother. Keep it up and keep a positive attitude and I will do the same. Hugs.
Taking your own advice is so hard!
This is christmas related with this quote I saw somewhere on the internet recently:
“You once believed in Santa Claus for nearly 10 years, you can believe in yourself for more than 5 seconds!”
I think it relates to this post. You look great for having a baby! Flaunt it! If I ever have a baby, I hope I look that good after!
I am not sure what I want to Master in 2016. 2015 was a big year for me..did a lot of races and tris and finished an Ironman. So I am still searching for my next goal…I am hoping for a baby though!
That’s a great quote!
Mindy @ Road Runner Girl says
Girl I think you look AMAZING!!!! I wish I’d looked that good after having babies! But yes…we are definitely our own worst critic. LOVE the shoes! I’ve heard lots of great things about these! Such a cool concept!
Thanks friend! And the shoes are so comfy!
nicole @life after heels says
If there is one with that I would like to master is to speak up for myself more. Not t back away from confrontation. I have a hard time speaking up for myself
That’s a good one!