Hi! My name is Alexis, and I’m super passionate about running.
Specifically, I’m really into half marathons.
I am designing my best life and running happens to be a huge part of it.
But it isn’t only about running.
“Running” is also a metaphor for controlling, creating, and designing my best life, intentionally.
I am passionate about running, making financially smart decisions, and creating my best possible life.
My running experience started when I joined the military at 19, but I wasn’t very good at it. In fact, I hated every minute of it.
Because I spent all my training runs comparing my splits to the time I thought I needed to hit for my physical fitness test. Thus, I spent a small amount of time was spent running because it was painful. I despised it!
Then, I made a decision that changed everything.
I decided to make running a habit, no matter how fast or slow I went. I knew that in order to make this a habit, I would have to find a way to enjoy it. Thus, I finally allowed myself to run slow.
What did this look like in practice?
I told myself I would run continuously for 30 minutes. No walking. I could shuffle as slow as I needed to, but I would not walk.
Side note: For me, I wanted to get over the mental hurdle. I was physically able to run, my mind really just didn’t want to keep moving forward.
If walk/run intervals work best for you, then do that! The best running plan is the one that you can stick with.
And so it started. I jogged so slow to catch my breath that I felt like I was barely moving, but I kept moving forward in a steady shuffle. I was moving at a 13-14 minute per mile pace.
But this is when everything changed. Something happened in me.
I enjoyed my run.
I kept working at it. I ran continuously for a certain amount of time, forgetting about pace and distance.
Before long, I could continuously run over 45 minutes. Only then did I allow myself to speed up the pace or make a goal to cover a certain distance.
And so I realized, running can actually be an enjoyable experience if only we allow ourselves to slow down and be okay with running slow.
I have since worked up to faster paces and longer distances, but my “easy” pace is still somewhere around 11-12 minutes per mile.
After my light bulb moment when I learned to slow down, I learned that most athletes actually train the great majority of their miles at a pace MUCH SLOWER than their race pace. Like 2-3 minutes slower per mile than their race pace.
HOLY COW! Who knew??
Now I go slow most of the time, but the consistency that has come with learning to enjoy running has allowed me to run much, much faster on race day.
I think it’s safe to say I’m addicted!
The Running My Best Life blog is a manifest of my passions.
In addition to running, I am also very passionate about personal finance and travel hacking. My husband and I became debt-free at the age of 23, and love sharing how we create our best financial life with friends and family.
A few non-running things about me:
- I’m married, and my husband is the greatest thing since sliced bread. He’s the peanut butter to my jelly, and he keeps me from working too hard. I would probably be a really boring person without him.
- We have 2 fur babies, Bruno (Adorable Pit/Lab Mix) and Ginger (Rhodesian Ridgeback/Blackmouth Cur Mix).
- We live in Utah, love downhill skiing, camping, hiking, and all things being outdoors.
- By day, I’m a project manager for the government. (And that’s all I can tell you about that.)
- I’m also working on my Master of Business Administration right now. SO…that takes up a ton of what little free time I thought I had.
I hope my stories, experiences and advice inspire you to create your best life.
Some of the topics I like to write about include:
- Running: Tips, Training, Philosophy, and Travel
- Half Marathon Training Tips and Advice
- Half Marathon Training Diaries: My Experiences in Training
- Life: Goal Setting and Living Intentionally
I created this blog because I want to share my ideas and help others. Running My Best Life is designed purely for the benefit of the reader–YOU!
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