Daily Archives: June 2, 2019

Training thoughts into action

The WHOLE idea of marathon training…

– Native on the Run
Marathon Gear

MENTAL

Sasha’s thoughts: Thinking of doing a marathon was the easy part. In fact, I have thought about it for 15 years and attempted to put my thoughts into action 3 times. This time it is different, I am determined and after saying it, I put the plans into motion… bought the book Hanson’s First Marathon from Barnes and Nobles then started figuring out a plan. Getting past the idea that as a full-time career mom, I did not have the time but since I was already hitting the gym early in the mornings, the timing was perfect.

Planning a successful marathon

Jennifer’s thoughts: Being a novice runner, the mental challenge of turning “I can’t” into “I can” has been the transformation I’m taking hold of. Being able to wake up at 4 am and tackle the day’s workout has become a part of my mental toughness. Staying motivated and consistent was the biggest challenge that I’ve manage to mentally overcome. As the weeks and miles passed, I ended up injuring myself. Not once, but twice with shin splints and a pulled quad muscle. With 5 weeks left of training I find myself excited to jump back on the treadmill or run that long Sunday run along the Rio Grande River. Mentally, I’ve been able to keep my motivation on the upside despite the physical set backs.


PHYSICAL

Stop hitting the snooze button and run east Photo of the New Mexico Sandia Mountain Sunrise

Sasha’s thoughts: Having the discipline to not hit the snooze button and get out of bed is a daily challenge. In February, I logged the most miles ever; 189 miles to be exact with my friend Jennifer. Realizing this, I self-evaluated my body… and honestly, I was tired, especially my legs. Just last week, I encountered the physical feeling of dehydration. After a couple of my runs, I was nauseous. This was a new feeling for me. After various articles on running and nausea, I learned a new method to hydrating my body. I was back to logging my miles within several days… but my body was still feeling a bit sluggish. This made me take logging my hours of sleep more seriously.

Jennifer’s thoughts: For 19 weeks, waking up at 4am has become the normal in my daily routine in the midst of being a mother of 4. My body has slowly adjusted to the longer miles and constant motion of moving my body every morning. As I stated before the two injures have sideline me for a short time, but my body has been able to recover. With this marathon training plan, I’m constantly reminded that I need to trust the process, and I have trusted it. Today March 30th, I ran for the 1st time again in 19 days and I’m excited to feel the earth under my feet again. The training plan that I have entrusted has shown me much discipline on top of mental toughness.

Running places Photo traveling to Page, Arizona

EMOTIONAL

Sasha’s thoughts: Yes, there are times in my training I cried… there were days I thought to be crazy for taking on such a big task to do a full marathon. Mostly because various parts of my life were in pieces, and having the doubt of whether I knew what I was doing played mind games with me every day. One of those scattered pieces in my life was losing a marriage. So instead of grieving over why me, I make the daily choice to get up and run… Running has turned my tears to sweat and my loss to wins!

Jennifer’s thoughts: As I pass that 3rd mile, I’m reminded that I am doing this training for myself.  For many years I chained myself to a very toxic marriage and relationship with myself. Breaking free of punishing myself for past mistake has given the new perspective that I am able to enjoy running for me. Not only do I feel accomplished but I feel happy before, during and after I run. This training program has helped me mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. As a Navajo woman, these four elements of training have helped me become whole again. As of today I’m very proud to know that I can and will finished that 26.2 in May.

Like rivers and streams, the path we run is not always straight or narrow, aerial photo of Alaska

SPIRITUAL

Sasha’s thoughts: Though my life has its challenges, whether it is with my job, family or training… it’s eustress ‘GOOD stress’. I am learning and growing through this process. Numerous times I feel like I lose my footing but I get back up… just as my dad taught me to when I’d fallen from a horse. “I get back up!” As I move through my obstacles today, I have gained the spiritual knowledge to run with my life with God and not just during the times I feel lost. Looking past my failures, I am in constant prayer to fuel my spirit. Life gets tough but this journey is making me tougher from the inside out. I am stronger in my faith and it shows, one mile at a time.

Running is healing

Jennifer’s thoughts: Being able to run and patiently heal through this process I’ve included a lot of prayer with every run. When I’m in the zone after mile 3, I feel closer to my spiritual self as I’m passing every mile. Being able to have a conversation with God happens everyday, but he seems ever more present when I’m running. As I mature with my mental toughness and physical health, my spiritual self is being finessed as I get to run side by side with my spirit. This part of my training reminds me of my grandmothers, who were very spiritual by greeting the morning sun and ready to receive blessing for the day.


Hozho Naasha – Walk in Beauty Photo: Monument Valley

Thank you for taking time to read about our thoughts and following along our running journey. As we continue our training towards our first full marathon, we hope that in some way you will be inspired by a piece of our story of what we are sharing. More will continue to be shared, so stay posted!


Pray Strong Train Strong Finish Strong

– Native on the Run

Jennifer’s Gym Story 1 – Transformation

Moving forward without 45 pounds.

Gym newbies

Looking back on the transformation that took place within the last 19 months, I am confident to say that my life has turned into a story of not only forgiveness but finding what it means to be whole again. August 2017, I weighed in at 210 pounds, I was carrying the sadness and depression that kept me chained to the couch for over 12 years. Physically my body was shutting down, piece by piece, my kidneys were constantly inflamed, my liver ached, my thyroid stop producing necessary hormones, my skin was constantly red, my hair was falling out, my hands were going numb, anything and everything ached. My diet was nonexistent and soon to be my marriage. I had no drive to better myself, physically, emotionally, spiritually or mentally, I completely checked out. On August 6, 2017 my best friend Sasha and I told ourselves, “No excuses!! We are going to the gym tomorrow at 4:00am in the morning to sign up for our gym membership!” In that moment, I took a step forward in the right direction and felt my motivation kick start.

So 4:30am, Monday thru Friday I was able to hit the gym. Turning my heartache, frustration and sadness into sweat. As the days rolled on, my weight started melting away and I was excited to feel my confidence once again. I was able to hold my head up and talk to people. I was able to hold myself accountable and make the necessary changes to help me further my physical goals. After completing various self-guided training plans (…really, they are Sasha’s ideas, more to share on this another time), I noticed that I needed more fitted clothing because my once size 18 and XXL shirts were starting to fall off.

Fast forward to just a few days ago, March 11, 2019, I celebrated my 37th birthday! I am here to share, I am 45 pounds lighter, I am stronger, I am faster and above all… happier!! The work put into my transformation for 19 months has been both rewarding and grueling. Now looking at the scale seeing 165 pounds, I can confidently look in the mirror and I see a beautiful woman… who is a bada$$! The journey to being a more physically sound women took a lot of balance, not only with the gym, but with my kids, my home life and my nutrition. I was literally eating myself to death 2 years ago. But through self-guided reading and practice, I have developed a new skill, I am a master meal prepper!! (…stay connected with us, to learn what our go-to ‘re-fuel’ meals are)!! So I’m happy to end this story on an inspirational note, “Don’t give up on yourself!” Once you plant that seed in your mind, let it flourish, with love, with kindness and with patience towards a healthier version of yourself.

Thank you, now into a size 12!

My WHY Celery Juice

Acne, weight gain, constipation, mood struggles, migraines and bloating….

Why not?

In late 2017, I ordered the books authored by Anthony Williams, Medical Medium, Life Changing Foods and Thyroid Healing through my Amazon Kindle. In the first few pages of my reading, I found myself speechless with a feeling of “ah-ha” moments. This book was an instant page turner, engulfed in every word, I found myself repeating words like, “healing”, “power” and “knowledge”.

It only took several pages that I learned how my liver’s hardest job is to process fat. Not only that but a sluggish liver will lead to clogging then to weight gain. Page after page, I started to feel helpless because I wanted to help my liver flush toxins and digest the food I ate.

Anthony Williams, repeatedly mentions how, “Celery is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods, because it starves unproductive bacteria.” Down to a cellular level, celery juice is hydrating, cleansing and repairs intestinal linings. Celery helps good bacteria thrive!

The Powers of Celery Juice, article found in Well Being Journal Vol. 27 No. 6

After the few weeks of reading, I decided to go about his plan in cleansing my liver. I felt this was the healing I was looking for because I felt weighed down by the amount of inflammation my body was displaying (more inflammation in a future post). Clearly my body was screaming for some healing.

I had acne, I was overweight (160 pounds to be exact), I had tummy aches hence, “constipation” and “bloating”. Plus add in my mood swings, blah! This was it! Way too many signs that my body was revealing, my gut wasn’t happy! And I did not want to ignore it. I went to the grocery store and bought six bunches of celery. Returned home, found my old juicer from several years ago that I did not use, ha! Perhaps God knew I was going to use it at some point. Anyhow, I dusted that sucker off, washed it and made my first cup of celery juice for tasting purposes. Well as you can see now, I enjoy it!!! 365 days later of non-stop celery juice!

My complexion is radiant! My weight gain has led to weight loss and muscle gainz… more to share in what I meal prep! My bloating and constipation gone…in fact, my abs muscles are coming in!

I greet my followers with my 16oz cup of celery juice in my IG stories every day to hold me accountable and it initiates a conversation. Also, it allows me to share a smiling face and kindly wish them a good day. In hopes it will start their day on a positive note by sharing a “Ya’at’teeh (Hello).”

CHEERS to Celery Juice and 365 days of it!!