My Truth Monday - Fitness

I'm linking up with Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade for her new series - My Truth Monday.  This Monday is all about fitness.  

You may have remembered me sharing on The Fit Lives of Teachers about my 5k training.

I downloaded the Couch to 5k free app on my iPhone and I was training for a 5k in my town, called the Tri Lanai (who donates all proceeds to local groups - including Adventure to Fitness DVDs for my classroom!) and also for a 3 mile obstacle course called the Spartan Race.  

It rained during the Tri Lanai, but it was really fun and I was proud of myself for finishing in the middle of my group.
My son running the last little bit of the race with me to the finish line.

For the Spartan, I flew to Oahu with a group of 5 other people, rented a condo in Kailua, and a crappy Mazda mini-van cross over thingy.  We had the best time, but the race was definitely hard.  I knew it would be, since I'm NOT in that good of shape, so I was just proud I finished!  5 of us ran the race and the other one took pictures for us.  We ended up splitting into two groups: one fast and one slow.  No surprise, I was in the slow group, but thankfully sweet Anna stayed behind and ran the race along side of me.  We were able to help each other over wooden walls, she propped me up when I feel and badly scraped my leg, and we cheered each other on as we crossed a mud pit on giant monkey bars.  That race was no joke.
Before, getting ready!

We did it!

Muddy, but happy!

I'm proud to say Anna and I finished the race only 12 minutes behind the other three members of our team! {Dont mind my ugly sunglasses - they were the only ones I could find that wouldn't fall off if they got wet!}

To train for these races, I was getting up 3-4 times a week at 5:15 and running three miles with another co-worker.  We'd meet at my house, turn Couch to 5k on my phone and Spotify on her phone, and jog with her dog.  Mind you, I'm NOT a morning person, but this actually helped me become one.  I loved it!  I got my workout out of the way AND I got the see the sun rise over Maunalei each morning!

But then my races were over.  And I stopped running.  I told myself I deserved a break.  I deserved to sleep in.  I had worked so hard.  Now that I don't have something I'm training for, my motivation is shot.  

So..... here's my Monday truth:

Are you like me?  Quick to give up on yourself but would never let someone else down?  Help me turn that around!  Do you have tips for me?


  1. You ROCK! Wow! You should never get down on yourself! My hubs ran a about killed him! He had women pulling his butt out of the holes!
    Good for you girl!
    Rockin' Teacher Materials

    1. You are so sweet Hilary! Thanks for the motivation! I CAN do it! :)

  2. Peer pressure is definitely an excellent way to stay in shape!! Also having to wear a bikini year round helps too! Awesome job on all of your accomplishments!! Guess I better go link up ;)

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

    1. Oh yes, the bikini! Luckily, Lanai is not as image obsessed as some tropical places, so I feel comfortable in my bikini! However, I would NEVER wear my bikini in Waikiki! Too much judgement going on there! Lol!

  3. Nicole you are a rock star. I've always been self motivated and in good shape because I wanted to be strong and live a long healthy life. Here I am about to turn 65 and am the fittest I have ever been. As Nike says, "Just do it!"
    LMN Tree

  4. Nicole I am just like you! Your truth is me to a T! Gosh I wish I was self motivated. I need someone motivating me along the way or I give up...peer pressure works wonders too! Congrats to you for setting goals and accomplishing them! I'll definitely be checking back to see if anyone has any tips for you. Teaching with Giggles

  5. Accountability makes all the difference in the world. I'm impressed with all the running. Running and I are very slowly becoming better acquaintances.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

  6. Nicole you ran in a SPARTAN race!!! You are awesomesauce! I'm with you though on the not wanting to let down others part. If it's my bestie and I meeting for gym dates, I won't bail because I don't want to let her down and vise versa. But if it's just me, I'm so more prone to skip the gym. Come back and be my gym buddy!!! ;)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First