psa: social media isn’t everything.

Before we get to the hot topic I’ve been waiting to discuss, let’s do a little recon on what’s been going on over here in busyville.  I got back from sweet home Chicago late on Tuesday and needed some time to decompress.  That time relaxing was quickly cut short by a whole slew of work projects that came into my inbox rapid fire.  By the end of the week, I was spent.  But, between all of my 7 am meetings and multiple trips to and from FedEx Kinkos, I still managed to get a solid workout week in:

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  • Monday: 3 mile run and 45 min. Ryder Class at CorePower (if you have the chance to take one of these…ooph, do it.  The bike tilts 20 degrees each way so you really have to engage your core to keep it steady.  It’s no joke.  Also, shout out to my bff Heather who taught one kickin’ class)
  • Tuesday: 45 min cardio, 30 min legs
  • Wednesday: 10 mile run: 7.5 in the am, 2.5 at lunch
  • Thursday: 45 min cardio, 30 min arms
  • Friday: 1.5 mile warm-up, 3 miles of speed work (800 repeats at 6:39 pace), .5 mile cool down

Mileage total including Sunday’s 6 mile run: 24

Super glad to be home and even more excited about the weather actually turning around.  More nice days means more time outside with the Boo playing her favorite game of fetch.

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She clearly knows how to work for what she wants. What a ferocious beast.

But enough about my workout week and the cutest puppy in the world, let’s flashback to Monday’s Bulls game.  I hadn’t been to a Bulls game since I was a kid and was really excited to get to spend some time with my family and watch some good ole fashioned bball.  There’s something that’s always more exciting about actually being at the game, so I was pumped.  I was pumped until the family in front of me sat down.

It was a dad who had brought his tween daughter and her two friends.  I didn’t think much of it when they first sat down, but as the first period started, it seemed like this was going to be a very interesting game…for their phones anyway.

Throughout the entire game, four whole periods of Bulls v. Kings action, the girls and the father sat on their phones.  It was incredibly distracting and just downright sad.  One girl, I kid you not, spent the first three periods coming up with a caption for her Instagram post.  She would click on her picture, rotate it around, type something, delete it, and turn to her friends to ask for advice, then turn back to her phone only to type and delete caption after caption over and over.  THREE PERIODS THIS LASTED.  THAT’S 45 MINUTES OF DEREK ROSENESS.

And it didn’t stop there.  They were constantly on Facebook and Snapchat as well.  The worst part of the latter was that they weren’t even documenting their experience on Snapchat, they were watching their friends Stories.  If they had any care about the game, they sure as hell didn’t show it.

I had a great time at the game and the Bulls won, but I walked away with a strange feeling. Why couldn’t they get off their phones?  Do I spend that much time on my phone?  How do I make sure I am living life in the moment and not so distracted by this mini-computer in my hand?

Now I’ve never been shy about my love of social media.  I even dedicated a post to it recently, but I think we need to take a minute to remember that social media isn’t everything.

On one hand, it can be great.  I love scrolling through my Instagram often for motivation, inspiration and the like, but on more than one occasion I have found myself comparing who I am to someone else.  They could be faster than me, be able to lift more than me, be thinner than me, be more muscular than me, it doesn’t matter.  It trips me up though and can often make me think I’m not working hard enough.  What I’m failing to remember though, is that everyone is more than what they show on their social media page.

Social media is a great way to get to know one aspect of a person.  The beauty of it is that you get to choose what you put out there and what image of yourself you want to give off.  But that also makes it very one dimensional.  Next time you’re clicking through someones page, remember that there is more to them than meets the eye just like there is more to you.  Like I bet you wouldn’t know I had a pretty stellar passion for opera in high school and college?  That’s something about me that just can’t be learned from looking at a snapshot of a motivation quote I posted or a picture documenting my run, but it’s something that defines me.

Here’s some vocal stylings if you care to listen:

One last thing, remember to live life as it’s happening.  I took one picture that bulls game and every snap I sent was before the starting buzzer.  I wanted to enjoy the time with my family and show little snippets of what was going on with my friends, but once the playing began, it was phones away and time to get down to business.  I’m going to make a concerted effort to use my phone less now because I know there are so many things I’m just bypassing because I’m too busy looking down and that just isn’t fair to anyone.

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Was this picture of Benny the Bull worth it?  You better believe it was.

Main takeaways:

-Never compare yourself to one aspect another person chooses to put out there.  You are so much more than one thing.

-Pay attention to the world.  You will regret living a life tied to a screen, I promise you this.

-sj

in it for the long haul: tips to surviving those long runs.

I have slowly but surely been upping my mileage lately in my quest to do something new.  I do this every now and then just to challenge myself because I really feel like there is no tougher workout than running distances.  At least for me anyway.  The trouble is, I almost always get injured trying to up my distance though. This year, I am putting a lot of focus on cross training and listening to my body.  My longest run recently was today and it was a whopping 8 miles in 1:01:23.

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First of all, I am very much aware that running over an hour on a treadmill is crazy talk.  It’s what I like though and when it’s cold outside, I would 100% rather run inside.  So, I took to my good ole mill this morning.  Things that can be really boring: running for over an hour in one place never leaving.  I am more than aware that long runs can be dreaded, so here are my tips to getting that long run done as painlessly as possible:

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  • Get out of your mind: find something to distract yourself.  Pick a good audiobook, podcast, or playlist to really get yourself focused on something other than the insanity you’re putting your body through.  I’ve been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack non-stop for my long runs.  I get so lost in the story and music that the time goes way more quickly than usual.
  • Play with your pace: Don’t assume that because you can run a mile in 8 minutes or you can run a 5k in 20 that you can sustain that pace for the duration of your run.  You very well might be able to, but don’t force it.  Listen to yourself.  Start out slow and work your way up to a speed you find comfortable.  I like to alternate between 5 minutes at a comfortable pace and then 5 minutes at a quicker, but still manageable pace (ex. today I switched between 7.7 mph and 8mph).  Doing 6 rounds of 5 minute/5 minute intervals is a lot more manageable than running for an hour straight.
  • Don’t look at the time: Truth.  I cover up my treadmill screen with a towel when I’m running because if it’s showing I just stare and stare and stare at the distance watching it creep so slowly.  What I don’t know, doesn’t hurt me.  If you’re running outside, just take in your surroundings and don’t rely solely on your watch.  Watches can be great
  • Break it up: I’m running 8 miles today can be a very scary statement.  I’m running 2 miles is not.  8 miles is 2 miles four times and that, for some reason, sounds way more manageable to me.  When you’re running, just focus on the shorter distances.  Take it a couple miles at a time rather than paying attention to how far you have to go.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a break: You’re running for a long time!  That’s great!  But it’s not the easiest thing for your body to do.  If you have to walk for a minute, walk for a minute and recoup.  No one is going to kill you for it.  In fact, I like to take a minute when I’m running to just have a sip of water and shake it out after I’m a little more than halfway through.  This helps me to realize how far I’ve come and know that whatever I have left is something I’ve already accomplished.

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So there you go.  There are my tips to getting those long runs done.  Pro tip: if you are starting to run more, don’t up your distance too fast or you will be met with a whole lotta problems.  I add a mile to my distance every week.  Any more than that and you’re looking for trouble.  All in all, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.  It knows what’s up and knows when you’re working a lil too hard.  It’ll give you the signs, you just have to pay attention.

Now go out there and run!

 

-sj