T Minus One

That’s “T” for test.  Tomorrow is the big day!  I’ll be taking that national certification exam I’ve been preparing for.

In some ways, I feel like I’ll never be ready – I could read and study for a month of Sundays and STILL not know as much as I’d like to.  In other ways, I feel well-prepared after putting in a lot of hard work and study time.

Either way, I’m really ready to get this over with!

It’s kind of like training for a race in that respect, except there are no celebratory finish line libations provided by the testing center.  😉  I might celebrate on my own with a nice big Diet Coke!!

Who am I kidding?  Might?  I definitely will.  🙂

Send some positive thoughts my way if you think of it  – and have a happy Saturday!


Time for a Little R&R

No, not rest & relaxation, although I’m sure we all wish we had a little bit of that!

Instead, I’m talking about Reset & Rededication.

When I started this blog, I was swept up in the spirit of starting to train for my first triathlon.  I was participating in my gym’s “Lazyman Triathlon,” which kept me swimming, biking, and running nearly every day.  Then, the weather got better, the lazy triathlon ended, school got really busy and end-of-semester testing took off.  All of a sudden the gym held less allure but I didn’t necessarily get outside and get moving on the trails with biking or running either.  I allowed myself to get caught up in the stress and let many of the healthy habits I love fall by the wayside.  I focused on the energy and time it took to workout and eat healthy, rather than on the benefit of that time investment in the form of energy, stamina, and a positive mindset.  For a few weeks now, I’ve been surviving instead of thriving.

Luckily, there’s always another chance to start fresh, and that’s what I’m doing this weekend.  I still have some big events looming on the horizon (one final and really important test plus three or four very busy months of on-the-job-training of sorts) but I’m not going to let them get me off course.  I have no doubt it will be difficult to balance real life and training, but I’m ready to rededicate myself to the goals I had when I started this thing.  Thanks for sticking with me through the weeks of minimal motivation.  Here’s to more positive energy from this point forward!

Never Give Up On A Dream

(Courtesy RunningQuotes)

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go workout!


Almost There

Before a Race, Just Remember

(Courtesy RunningQuotes)

Substitute “test” for “race” and “smart” for “fast” (and ignore the misspelling on this picture lol)  and you have my psych-me-up reminder for tomorrow.  Last two tests of the school year tomorrow morning and last quiz tomorrow afternoon.

Then there’s just one more national-level certification test to get through this summer and it will be smooth sailing – and hopefully triathlon training! – for a while.  🙂

Happy almost-Friday!!



National Running Day

(Courtesy NationalRunningDay)

If you’ve had anything to do with a blog pertaining to fitness today, you most probably know that it is National Running Day.  You also know that everyone is happily posting the reasons they run, recaps of the runs they did today, and discounts for lots of fun sports-related items.

Meanwhile, over here in BETT-land, I have been busy studying and didn’t so much as glance at my sneakers today.  I’m a one-goal-at-a-time kind of person, and until my end-of-semester tests are over, it is incredibly hard for me to divide my attention between school and sports.

But… This is my 75th post.  There are 75 days until my triathlon.  And, even though I didn’t celebrate it, it is National Running Day.

That’s all got to amount to some kind of serendipitous coincidence, some sign from the fitness gods to encourage me to get back on track and do a little tri training that’s actually worth posting here.

I’ll let you know how it goes.  😉


Too Good To Be True?

Twelve minutes?!

Wouldn’t it be nice if twelve minutes were not only “enough to stay fit” but also enough to improve and meet your fitness goals?!

Sadly, I don’t think four minutes three times a week will get me to the finish line of my first triathlon.  Luckily, I have a great plan and an even better friend to train with.  We start tomorrow!

I don’t have a lot to report on for Fitness Friday this week as it was a hectic time of studying.  (I just may have hit the twelve minute mark… hah!)  But, I do have a reminder for you runners.  Don’t forget to check on registration for the races you’d like to run.  It’s the last day of the month, so prices will be going up tomorrow for many events.  I just signed up for Philly in November.  The registration cost is $10 higher starting tomorrow.

Philly Marathon Registration Confirmation

Yay!  I’m excited to run Philly in the “20th Anniversary” year.  Gotta have something to look forward to when I’m done with this three-sport craziness.  😉

Have a lovely weekend.  Hope your weather and workouts are great!