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Running Reflections + Weekly Workouts

It’s been a hot minute since I talked about running on my blog so I figured I might as well give you all a little update as I reflect upon this past year and look towards the future. 

2016 was my year of running. I went into the year so inspired to crush PR’s and run my first full marathon simply to prove to myself that I could do it. 

Looking back on this year I could write a 100 page essay on everything I learned about myself and the sport of running but there’s one main thing that sticks out. It sounds SO CLICHE but my main takeaway from 2016 (for both life and running) is that anything is possible if you’re willing to put in the work.

I never thought in a million years I would be able to run a full marathon. It wasn’t easy but and the first 6 months of 2016 I trained almost every single day, modified my diet, skipped outings with friends and 100% focused on my goal of completing this race. My dedication to this goal really inspired me to look at my life outside of running as well. This experience made me realize what I could get out of my blog and job if I put in the same effort.

I ended up leaving a job I hated and had 0 passion for to start working at Perfect Bar doing something I love for the most wonderful company and have grown my blog exponentially. 

The point is do shit that scares you, that puts you completely out of your comfort zone and commit to it. You can accomplish ANYTHING athletic, work related, in your relationships or whatever if you’re willing to work for it!

Think about that for 2017!

Rant over.



Running Update

After an aggressive year of training I’ve been laying pretty low with running these days. I usually run 2-3x/ week simply for pleasure. #trainingforlife

The only races I have on my schedule are the Hot Chocolate 15k in March 2017 then SeaWheeze in August 2017. I honestly don’t even know if I’ll end up doing SeaWheeze because everyone I was planning on running it with couldn’t get through to register so we shall see.

Sidenote– Registering for SeaWheeze was one of the most stressful experiences of my life. It opened at 10:00 am and no joke sold out in 2 seconds. The only reason I even got a spot is because I had the website running on my computer, iphone and ipad…no shame haha!

I am hoping to get a spring half marathon on my schedule though. San Diegan’s do you have any half’s you’d recommend? I did Carlsbad and La Jolla last year and loved them but kind of want to change it up! One with a good beer garden post race is preferred.



Weekly Workouts

Alright, alright, alright…

Sorry this post is all over the place but just sharing random thoughts haha.

Anyway this coming week for me is CRAZY! We’re talking an event every day crazy. These are the weeks that can send your diet/ fitness routine straight to hell for the remainder of the holidays so I’m going to do my best to not let that happen.

Here’s a tip- First write down all the events/ to do’s you have for the week:

  • Monday: nothing
  • Tuesday: nothing
  • Wednesday: dinner + wine with friends
  • Thursday: football + bake for holiday party
  • Friday: company holiday party
  • Saturday: party prep
  • Sunday: chargers v. raiders game + party at my house

Then write down what you realistically think you can do for exercise each day:

  • Monday: yoga after work
  • Tuesday: yoga sculpt after work
  • Wednesday: 3-4 mile run before work
  • Thursday: nothing
  • Friday: 3-4 mile run before work
  • Saturday: yoga sculpt in the morning
  • Sunday: nothing

Realistically I know I can get 5 days of workouts in this week. Writing down my schedule really helps me visualize what’s coming for the week and then create a plan of attack.

No excuses!

Remember we’re not trying to start 2017 feeling like crap and completely out of shape just because we’re too lazy to fit in even 10 minutes of working out.



Your Turn,

What’s your biggest takeaway from 2016?

What are your 2017 running goals?

How do you balance busy weeks and workouts?



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  • Reply Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie December 12, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Do shit that scares you — YES. Running taught me this, but I have applied it to all aspects of my life and I could not agree more. You never know what can come out of it!
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    • Reply Diana Becker December 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      It’s so crazy how running helps just put things into perspective. I’m so excited to follow you and your 2017 running schedule!

  • Reply Shaniece December 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I’m so proud of your dedication, girl you know I can only run 2 miles.
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    • Reply Diana Becker December 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Haha yes but you can lift WAY heavier than me!

  • Reply Kellen McAvoy December 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    LOVE this post and your running consciousness 🙂 I felt the same way after my marathon. I’m running the triple crown + RnR San Diego if you want to join me on any! If not, SD Half Marathon was really fun last year but I don’t think they have a beer garden at the end. I’m also all about “realistic” workouts right now — it’s so hard with the holidays and work!
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    • Reply Diana Becker December 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      2017 is your year!!! I really want to do La Jolla (if I don’t go to Coachella…who am I?) and think I’m going to do RNR SD! I had major FOMO not doing it last year!

  • Reply Patti December 30, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Diana, have you tried workout with dumbbells? I tried it once and after that I’m doing it every two days.
    I loved running but then my boyfriend got me into the gym and after a while I realized I’m doing dumbbell workouts at home. hah 😀

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