Shamrock Shuffle 8K 2018: The good and the bad

Not my first rodeo.. I ran the Shamrock Shuffle back in 2014 under a co-worker’s bib. Technically, since it was under her name, this year was my first real Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Going into it this year, I was so excited since I remembered all the fun I had at the expo beforehand and the…

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Not my first rodeo..

I ran the Shamrock Shuffle back in 2014 under a co-worker’s bib. Technically, since it was under her name, this year was my first real Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Going into it this year, I was so excited since I remembered all the fun I had at the expo beforehand and the post-race after-party. And of course the race itself. But unfortunately, it feels like a few things changed over the past few years.

First of all, this shirt is awesome!

I must say the shirt greatly improved from the white shirt I got 4 years ago. The shirt from 4 years ago wasn’t green or anywhere close to being shamrock themed. This year, it’s black with a very cute shamrock design on it. The only complaint is the women’s shirts run short. Kind of small, but a short running shirt is never fun to wear. In addition to the awesome shirt, we also received awesome medals! I don’t remember receiving a medal last time I ran this, so must say this is also an improvement.

Chicago the beautiful

shamrock shuffleI love the course of this race as well. The start and finish are the same as the Chicago Marathon, so I did have a few flashbacks. But an easy 8K was much better than those 26.2 miles I ran last October. We still got to see some great areas of the city, and end with that Roosevelt St bridge that everyone hates. 🙂

Let’s talk about this expo..

In years past, the expo was bigger and had way more vendors. To the point where it was almost hard to navigate around the place. This year there were not enough vendors, and way too much visible carpet. Of the vendors there, it seemed like there wasn’t really that much to even buy. One of my friends said this was the first expo she ever went to and didn’t buy a single thing. Bank of America may want to rethink their expo strategy if they want to make money.

Brrr Shamrock Shuffle Icicles

sharock shuffleThe only other thing was the weather! But running a race in March in Chicago, you have to be prepared for the worst. And it could’ve been worse! It didn’t rain or snow, and the sun was definitely out. While running, I felt very comfortable. Beforehand and afterwards, I was freezing. Needless to say, I didn’t stick around long after the race. I got home quickly to take a nice warm shower after the race.

Overall, I had a great time running the Shamrock Shuffle 8K. I didn’t PR because I ran it with some of my awesome running friends. But I did feel great running, to the point where at the end I felt like I could’ve kept going. Makes me want to start running outside again, if only it gets a little bit warmer.

Did you run the Shamrock Shuffle?

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Building habits and finding accountability

How long does it take to form a new habit? On average, it takes over two months to form a new habit. 66 days to be exact, but this depends on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. The overall range can be anywhere from 18 days to 254 days. To think you can start…

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How long does it take to form a new habit?

On average, it takes over two months to form a new habit. 66 days to be exact, but this depends on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. The overall range can be anywhere from 18 days to 254 days. To think you can start a new habit within weeks isn’t completely unrealistic, but it’s unlikely. The key to making a new habit into a routine? Accountability.

Where do you find accountability?

There are several resources you can use to find accountability. For me, I rely on my friends to hold me accountable. I have a great group of running friends who make sure I continue to run. I have an entire gym full of members who provide me daily encouragement. If they can workout before or after work, I have no excuse since I work at the gym. As a personal trainer, I feel like it’s my job to workout and eat healthy. If I don’t practice what I preach then I won’t be able to excel at what I do. This doesn’t mean I don’t have cheat days, though. I am human, after all.

accountabilityA great app to find accountability is HabitShare. You can download it from the Apple or Google Play store. The idea is you put in habits you want to start doing, and you check in daily (or however often you want to do the action). The best part is you add friends who are doing the same thing, and you keep each other accountable. It’s a great tool to keep you on track to reaching your goals.

Do you track your habits and goal progress? How are your New Year’s resolutions going?

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How to find your Swolemate: Fitness friends

Motivation is key Whether you’re just starting out your fitness journey or you’ve been at it for awhile, you will notice that motivation is needed to get your butt into gear. Ideally, you should find motivation and discipline within yourself. But sometimes, it’s good to have fitness friends to keep us accountable and active. How…

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Motivation is key

fitness friendsWhether you’re just starting out your fitness journey or you’ve been at it for awhile, you will notice that motivation is needed to get your butt into gear. Ideally, you should find motivation and discipline within yourself. But sometimes, it’s good to have fitness friends to keep us accountable and active.

How I met your mother (or father)

Many people reach out to me and ask how can I find friends and/or a significant other to workout with? Well, I’m here to tell you there are many ways for you to find fitness-minded people in and around your local area.

  • Join a local running group. Earlier this year, I joined a local running group that meets once a week for an easy 3 mile fun run. Through the group, I’ve easily made about 25 to 30 new friends who all enjoy running nearly as much as I do.
  • There’s an app for that. Workout Buddies is a great app to find nearby fitness friends looking for a lifting buddy. You never know, you might meet your swolemate through it.
  • Fitness meet-ups. If you haven’t been on MeetUp yet, it’s a great way to social network! Whether you’re looking for a new job, new friends, a date, or a fitness friend, MeetUp is the way to go.
  • Free fitness classes at your local gyms. Pay attention to the local nearby gyms and attend their free classes when they offer them. You never know who you’ll meet in the middle of that Zumba sweat sesh.
  • Talk to someone at the gym (but not in a creepy way). This one is tricky. It’s likely easier to just not try, but I have heard success stories from people just simply saying hi and how are you to people in the gym. You have to ease into it, and don’t force it if they aren’t into it. Also, don’t say hi to someone wearing headphones. That means they’re not there to socialize.
  • Ask a co-worker! Sometimes you’ll be surprised to find a fitness friend out of one of your co-workers. I actually got into running with an ex-coworker of mine. If I never asked her to run with me, I likely wouldn’t have started running when I did. And I likely wouldn’t have ran that Chicago Marathon this past year.

How do you find fitness friends? Do you have any other ideas?

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Downward Facing Goat

I’ve taken quite a few yoga classes before, but never with so many farm animals until this past weekend. On Sunday, I went to Kamins farm up in Grayslake, IL for an hour long session of yoga, with the additional bonus of farm animals. Not only goats were involved, there were also some potbellied pigs,…

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I’ve taken quite a few yoga classes before, but never with so many farm animals until this past weekend. On Sunday, I went to Kamins farm up in Grayslake, IL for an hour long session of yoga, with the additional bonus of farm animals. Not only goats were involved, there were also some potbellied pigs,…

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Do or do not

There is no try… I spent this past weekend at Disney World where I ran the Star Wars Dark Side half marathon. And it was amazing! It was my second half marathon, but I’ve ran several races over the past 3-4 years. This one was definitely one of my favorite. The course took us through…

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There is no try…

I spent this past weekend at Disney World where I ran the Star Wars Dark Side half marathon. And it was amazing! It was my second half marathon, but I’ve ran several races over the past 3-4 years. This one was definitely one of my favorite. The course took us through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, the Disney boardwalk, and Epcot. What an amazing experience!

 

Sarah and I dressed up as BB8 and R2D2. There were a good amount of people dressed up, but not as many as I thought. Quite a few people didn’t dress up and just ran in running clothes, like a normal person. I wonder if they forgot they were running a Star Wars race? Or wanted to be lame maybe?

The medal we received is amazing. I’m in absolute love with it. It makes me want to run more Disney races to collect more awesome Disney medals. 🙂

The only cons of the race: some of the course was very tight making it hard to run around the walkers and the majority of the course was between parks which wasn’t as exciting as going through the parks. If possible, I would rather run through two or three parks more and less outside of the parks. But everything else was amazing: Star Wars characters and music throughout the course made the run enjoyable. And after about 3-4 miles, I found my pace and basically ran the rest of the race easily. Easily is a relative term here. Sarah and I only walked through the water stations as we drank water. Lots of water since it was humid and pretty hot, especially the last 2-3 miles. Thankfully we started very early (6am) so the temperature stayed mild for the majority of the run. It was a mostly cloudy day, and a little gray.

Our official time was 2 hours 56 minutes, which isn’t bad. This does make me want to try and increase my pace a little bit as I train for the Chicago Marathon in hopes that I finish under 6 hours. Or 5.5 hours… or 5 hours. I don’t want to push myself too hard, but I also don’t want to run for 6 hours lol. #goals 🙂

What inspires you? Any ideas on how to work towards a certain pace for a marathon? Asking for a friend…

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