These past two weeks have flown by. Between competing in Miami, putting together last-minute travel plans, and dealing with my (hopefully temporary) loss of hearing, I’ve basically been waiting for a weekend to take a breather and get my sh*t together.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the week for that. I’m heading back to Florida next week for two more meets, which I’m pretty excited about. Until then, I’ve got a ton of errands to take care of (and a movie to watch), but more on all that in a later post.
One of the main focuses of this blog is to document my transition to a healthier lifestyle, and how you can, too. So, every now and then I’ve made sure to highlight my goals of trying to eat healthier and how I’ve attempted to lead a healthier lifestyle overall.
As of late, I haven’t mentioned it much because I’ve felt like I took two steps forward and five giant steps back. A few months ago, I had successfully weaned myself off soda, stopped eating candy, and was slowly but surely drinking more water every day. I had my meal planning and prepping down to a science and I felt awesome both physically and mentally.
Fast forward to today, and I’m back to drinking soda whenever I get the chance (i.e. whenever it’s free), have fallen behind in my Sunday meal prep (but I’m working on it), and I’m 90% sure these headaches I keep getting after practice are due to dehydration (oops). All in all, I haven’t gone back to square one, but I’m not where I want to be with my goals. All this means I’m going to start over in getting back into those great habits I was so proud of. So, today I’m sharing with you just how I transition and stick to healthy habits all in 2 easy ish steps!
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Last week I officially started my training for the year, and I was surprisingly happy with how it turned out. I came down with a cold on Monday, and I’m just now getting over it today (Sunday). So, my week definitely started a little rocky. On Tuesday I had a hard tempo workout, but I was still able to hit the times I was supposed to. Wednesday was interesting as I got back into the sprint mentality and sped through a few sets of 60m runs. By Friday I was feeling pretty good about myself. Friday is our hard workout day, and I went into it feeling both anxious about how it would go, and excited to see just where my body was really at. My running partner that day was my friend, Maya, and she was pretty anxious, too, but we pumped ourselves up and got after it.
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Because of how hectic September was for me I couldn’t put together a good post on my goals for the month. Now that I’m back in Boston, and getting back into a stable routine, I’m jumping back into my monthly goals to keep track of what I want to get out of each month.
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My last week at the All-African Games sped by much faster than the first one. Once Sunday hit, I barely had time to look for WiFi or watch any other event that wasn’t happening at the track.
The 100 preliminaries and semi-finals were scheduled to be on the first day – the first round early in the morning and the second later in the evening. This was the first day that the temperature outside actually reached a point where I could positively say it was hot. Even the ever-present fog lifted that day, and left the sun beating down on us during warm-ups…
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So, remember when I said training alone is awesome and has tons of perks? Well, this week I remembered that training with other people is also tons of fun and has its own perks, too.
This week my old teammate, Shelby, joined me for most of my practice sessions, and I was pretty hyped about it. We basically caught up with each other on life, and rambled and joked about everything and nothing. If that doesn’t sound like a good time, then I don’t know what a good time is (yes, I do)…
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This week was testing week for my teammates and I! Testing week is essentially an athlete’s progress report that is done now and then to see how they are responding to training, and to highlight things they might need to work on as they continue with training.
I think testing is particularly helpful for athletes who have long training cycles. For track, the season doesn’t really get going for a few more months so testing breaks up training cycles and helps both you and your coach see how you’re responding to training. It’s also good motivation for the team and promotes bonding as you’re able cheer each other on and even compete against each other. Personally, I like testing because I can get bogged down and drained by continuous, drawn out training, and for me it really makes the next training cycle feel like a clean slate to work on.
Well, it’s now week 5, which means the Ab Challenge is finally over! *Cheers*
I feel pretty accomplished with completing my first challenge. Some days it was extremely difficult to not just head home immediately after my workouts. But, I stuck it out and now I’m much better at a lot more ab exercises than before.
My goals for the challenge were:
- To get better at doing the actual core exercises
- To make doing core work after my regular workouts more habitual.
In my opinion, I’ve achieved both, so I’m calling the challenge a success!
If you’ve ever hung out with me or have ever seen me walking down the street, you’d know I always have a pair of headphones with me.
In fact, when I was packing for my summer training and competing with the Ghanaian National Athletics team, I made sure to pack 3 different pairs of headphones as back up. The pair I had been using at the time were cheap and had been known to break pretty often. (Even with 3 extra pairs, I still had to buy a new pair while I was abroad 😦 )
Basically, I can’t go very long in my daily life without music playing, workouts included. Sometimes as background noise, and sometimes as a way to get a burst of energy to finish my last rep, music really gets me going and makes even the worst of workouts just a bit better.