A few weeks ago, my friend Steph found a really good deal for some weighted vests from Bodyrock and she asked if I wanted in. I figured this could be good for cross-training, or even running sprints, so I was in! 

I finally got a chance to try it out last night: 

Rocking a weighted vest from Bodyrock | Crazy Running Girl

The part that blows my mind is that at the beginning of this year, I carried this weight (10 lbs) PLUS another half of one EVERY SINGLE DAY. (Yes, I’ve lost 15 pounds since January!) I went for a walk around my neighborhood and it was crazy to me how much extra work my legs had to work. I must say, it made me just a little bit more motivated to hit my next weight loss goal (another 10 pounds). 

Which brings me to the topic of today’s blog post:

 

How do you #LiveUnlimited? 

This year has been one of… those years. It has been filled with challenges and many things that I never thought that I’d ever be able to face and overcome. So many moments where I took a deep breath and told myself that yes, I could do it. I could do it for myself, for my future and for my life. 

I know they usually say that it takes a major life event for you to realize how short life is, and man, that is so very true. I have such a new appreciation for the opportunities that I have in front of me.

The opportunity to get sweaty and work out.

The opportunity to go to a job where I enjoy (most) of the work I do and work with some pretty awesome people.

The opportunity to spend a night after working doing what want to do.

The opportunity to spend time with the people that I love, whether it’s bonding over the latest Pokemon we caught or talking about our next trip together. 

When you are in the daily doldrums of life, it can be hard to have this perspective. It can be nearly impossible to take a step back and think about all the good that we have in our lives. 

Every day may not be good but there is good in every day | Crazy Running Girl

 

And to me, that’s what it means to Live Unlimited. It’s appreciating what we have in front of us, even if it is something as small as the mundane things of life. 

It also means looking at YOU and what you want out of this life. You only get one ride on this rollercoaster. I honestly think that Matthew McConaughey’s speech after he won Best Actor (I know I’ve mentioned this before) is such a good reflection of what it means to Live Unlimited: 

And to my hero, that’s who I chase. Now, when I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say, “Who’s your hero?” And I said, “I don’t know, I’ve got to think about that. Give me a couple of weeks.” I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says, “Who’s your hero?” I said, “I thought about it. It’s me in 10 years.” So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, “So, are you a hero?” And I was like, “Not even close! No, no no!” She said, “Why?” I said, “Because my hero’s me at 35.”

So you see every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero’s always ten years away. I’m never going to be my hero. I’m not going to attain that. I know I’m not. And that’s just fine with me, because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing. So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing. To that I say: Amen. To that I say, All right, all right, all right. To that I say, just keep living, eh? Thank you.

 

If I look at it from a running perspective, my Live Unlimited moment this year was Grandma’s Marathon. I pushed myself harder than I have in years while training for the race. My training was a cumulation of blood, sweat and tears… literally. It taught me so many things about myself, and was a reminder about so many things that I thought about myself.

That race, and the training, taught me that you can always push your boundaries and find a way for you to do what you put your mind to. And it was the beginning of my mantra to Live Unlimited today, tomorrow and next year. 

As a side note, Jesica from rUnladylike shared the Live Unlimited campaign with me. She works for the MDA (coolest job ever) and was a reason why this campaign came to light. I think it is an amazing reminder to push your limits, live your life and appreciate everything that you have in front of me. 

#LiveUnlimited and raise $5 for MDA... learn how in this blog post from Crazy Running Girl!

 

If you want to join in, the Live Unlimited campaign runs through the end of the month and you can show your participation by creating and sharing your #LiveUnlimited image (tag @EndorphinWarrior and @mda_usa on Instagram or @MDANews and @EndorphnWarrior on Twitter) and in turn, you will raise $5 for children and adults with muscle dystrophy and ALS. 

How do you #LiveUnlimited? | Crazy Running Girl

 

AND, you can get show your support with a #LiveUnlimited bracelet with $6 of each sale benefitting the MDA. Get yours HERE.  

 
How do you #LiveUnlimited? 
 
What’s a goal you have in your head that you think is impossible? Why? you should really go for it 🙂
 


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