“When you expect less, you get more”

 = my Yoda-esque wisdom for the day. 

(Also, can you believe I’ve never seen Star Wars? The Pilot is always teasing me about it. There are a lot of classic movies that have missed my radar.)

Sabino run

This morning I was off on a 10-mile run.  It’s not a personal distance record, and it wasn’t fast in the least, but here’s the most exciting thing about said run: I didn’t have any pain. As you guys know, I injured my knee (and heel, and back..) when I fell down the stairs in our house a while ago.

Stairs thumb


I was training for a half marathon, had to drop out of the race, it sucked, and I took some time off to heal. After 12 weeks san running, the doc gave me the “ok” and I’ve slowly been adding mileage.

My last training run before my “half that wasn’t” was at Sabino Canyon, and my run quickly turned into a painful hobble. I ended up walking back, and the image of one day being able to run the canyon without a throbbing knee was what helped me from turning it into a pity party for one. That’s the thing: I knew I’d be fine eventually and chose to be thankful for that, instead of sad that I was temporarily injured. I was amazing to run the canyon this morning and enjoy the view and music, instead of worrying about my knee.

Since my slow and steady return to running, I’ve done a couple of things differently:

1) I started KT-taping my knee, and then eventually bought some CW-X pants which changed my life.

2) I changed my shoes. 


3) I changed my attitude.

I’ve been pretty low-key with my running lately, and it’s been just what I needed to get back into it. Without the pressure of group training, or to be fast, I was able to make my way back into the game slowly without doing too much too soon. I can do longer distance runs agains, and sometimes that means walking half of it, and sometimes it means running the entire thing, depending on how I’m feeling. I stopped asking for so much out of myself, and in return, I was able to give more. 

I noticed that with self-imposed pressure, I end up coming up short of my lofty expectations. By asking for less, and being patient, I was able to surpass my goal of being able to run 10 miles without pain.

Here’s my current pre-run fuel:

1/2 – 1 banana with Sun Butter 


Banana w ab  1 of 1

and at mile 4 I have 3 of these guys:

Shot blok  1 of 1

and at mile 8, 3 more. 

And song I’m loving:


It’s been a nice combo so far 🙂

One of my favorite things about fitness is that you don’t have to stick to the same things. You can be fully devoted to one activity, or you can enjoy a little bit of everything. It’s just a matter of finding a combination you enjoy and are able to safely participate. The best exercise is the one you’ll do consistently.

For me right now it’s strength, HIIT, Zumba, yoga, running and barre 😉

Any fitness victories lately?! You’re doing such an awesome job with Winter Shape Up. This year’s challenge has been a blast. 

Have a lovely morning! 



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  1. Livi on February 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I have to try some cliff blocks! I’ve been using G prime energy chews, but I want to change it up!

  2. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on February 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve had so much luck with KT tape helping my plantar fasciitis. I also agree that attitude can take you really far when dealing with injury. I’ve gone through ups and downs during my injuries, times when I’ve had a good attitude and times when I haven’t. Once I learned to deal with my injuries, the better I was mentally and physically. Great post!

  3. Eva on February 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Love this thought and have found it very true in my own life as well. Last year I had a rough few months where I was trying so hard, but not getting what I wanted. I realized that I was being too harsh on myself and expecting perfection. It’s a pretty foolish attitude to have because not only do you exhaust yourself, but you can’t appreciate what you do accomplish either since you’re expecting too much, and then you end up working for the result instead of the process. I find that I am happiest and most wholesome when I work to work, and not to necessarily get something.

  4. Jelena@ThoseLittleThings on February 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I recently started with longer runs for my half marathon training (last one was 16K). I am still trying to figure out a good fuel. Here in Germany, products are a bit different and there is no specialty running store in my area. What would you use as a fuel that can be bough in a regular supermarket?

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

      what about medjool dates? or even gummy bears?

      • Jelena@ThoseLittleThings on February 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

        Well, gummy bears would we a good idea and we have plenty of them. 🙂 Haribo’s main factory is in Bonn, where we live.

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