fueling better.

Today, I ran. My muscles are sore and my body was telling me “no.” I didn’t run hard. I didn’t run far, but I ran.
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I lost vision of the goals that I had this year with my running hiatus. I still plan on competing in the TWU Sprint Tri this summer, so therefore, I ran.

Being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has not only provided with me a community of encouraging and inspiring women, who have helped me regain my focus, but sweating pink sometimes means trying out awesome products to tell you all about.

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Vega Sport is an affordable plant-based nutritional supplement unlike any other on the market.

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My issue lately has been finding the “energy” to get out the door, and that’s where Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer comes to save the day.

I’ve been using Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer before heading out on my runs. I mix a packet of pre workout with 8-12 ounces of water depending on the amount of “punch” I need. And lately, I’ve needed a lot of punch!

I had the best results consuming Vega Sport Pre Workout 15-20 minutes before my run.

Vega Sport takes a few seconds to really dissolve in my water, but once well dissolved, this pre workout goes down smooth without the artificial fruity flavor found in most pre workouts on the market.

This taste is not as sweet as other pre workouts I’ve used in the past. I enjoyed not having an overwhelming sugar taste in my mouth before a workout. Also, Vega Sport Pre Workout didn’t leave me with the “tingly” feeling. Which was a relief!

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Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer really helped me get energized and helped with my endurance.

With my return to running, also brings the return of the fuel belt. PS_10f0755f-75f5-4d1a-ba1c-bd52859b5ba6

No better way to fuel better all around.

#FuelYourBetter

❤ Krystal

friendly fort worth.

One of the “selling points” for me returning to Fort Worth has always been the Trinity Trail. I love that there are ALWAYS people out riding, running, and walking out on the Trail. I remember riding my bike out on the trail one chilly January morning before moving back home. I was almost in tears of the beauty, life, and peacefulness of being on the Trail.

Fast forward a year later, and my efforts of making the Trail a ritual have been below average. I’m slightly embarrassed.

Today, I decided to embark on a 3-mile run.

Since returning from my Mexican vacation, I have been fighting a nasty infection that had me down with a fever and chills. A shot, potent antibiotic, and lots of water and naps later, I’m finally beginning to feel a little better.

So, while I’ve been away crying and moaning about been tired, sick, busy, and lazy. Here’s what I’ve been missing:

Exhibit A: Trailhead. Obviously, I’ve been hiding under a rock of self-pity. This is the coolest spot, EVER. Proceed to Exhibit B.

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Exhibit B: Free classes. EVERY SATURDAY. Okay, free? I bet it’s lame. Take a looksy at Exhibit C.

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Exhibit C: HIIT, group rides, Barre, etc. Is this real life?

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We know where I will be on Saturday!! I may drag some of my friends with me as well.

While I was hiding under my rock, I missed all the native Texas wildflowers blooming. Simply gorg.

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I even received a complement from a guy riding a B-Cycle on my color choice.

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I love Fort Worth!

❤ Krystal

throwback thursday: Why I Run…

Originally posted September 2, 2011 on my Facebook “blog”:

Yesterday while working at Bath & Body Works, I got into conversation with my store manager, Claire. Out of the conversations, she asked me how my training was going for the half. I began telling her about the few setbacks I’ve recently had, but overall not too bad. Then she asked me, “So, what made you start running?” I kind of stepped back for a bit, and fumbled up an answer. I mean, most people begin doing things for a reason. To achieve an end result. I mean, I did start running to finish a 5K in March. But, it is well past March, and now I am training for yet another race. I really had no constructed answer for this. It has gotten me in better shape, but so does playing soccer. It has made my breathing easier, but so does staying out of smokey bars. I decided to see why other people run, and maybe their reasons, reflect some of mine.

Here are some of the reasons I run:

1) I can do it alone. Don’t get me wrong, I am a social person and enjoy the company of others, but sometimes alone time is man’s best friend. During a self-reflective moment I’ve recently had, I discovered that I am kind of weird. I am a know-it-all-not-so-knowing-it-all, creative, passionate about things most people don’t care about, mildly-temper but well- contained person.

2) I think about a lot of things while I’m running. I think the most about the events in my life and how they have shaped me. I think about my mother and try to justify the reasons she moved so far away. I remember the God-fearing she was, and how she taught my brother and I to be the same. How my parent’s divorce crushed me more than they will ever know.

3) I think about my grandparents. I think about how they worked so hard but never had enough time to relax and enjoy their accomplishments. How they always take care of everyone around them, while everyday it is harder for them to take care of themselves.

4) I think a lot about my health and extending my quality of life as long as possible.

5) Running also teaches me to endure. What used to be a struggle becomes a routine and you realize that these lessons in endurance become core to all aspects of your life.

6) Running has been a gift. Right before I began my running spree, I was told I needed to have another knee surgery because I no longer have cartilage in my knee. I remember the first run I went on I thought to myself, “Well, I am gonna run right now because I can, if it hurts, I’ll stop.” It hasn’t hurt since.

In everything you do, do it because you have the opportunity now. You are not promised tomorrow, so make the best decisions today.

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Warrior Dash September 2011

well, well, well. part 2

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1) Music? Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.
I don’t listen to music when I run. Really, I don’t. When I first began running a few years back, I tried to listen to music on my phone. But, I found myself getting frustrated trying to keep those dang earbuds in. This is before I knew about all the fancy shmancy earbuds today. But, I decided to just go without the hassle one day, and have never looked back. I find myself being more attentive to what’s around me as well. So, win-win.

2) Although I sport a lot of pinks and purples, my favorite color is actually green.
The color green just reminds me of freshness and life. It’s been my favorite color for a long time. Turtles were my favorite animal growing up as well, so that is probably another reason I like the color green. Speaking of turtles. My dad was going to buy me a turtle once, he said I needed to wait for them to be “in season.” It wasn’t until about 4 years ago, I was telling a friend my dad was supposed to buy me a turtle when I was a kid, but they weren’t “in season.” Imagine the laughter that came from that conversation. Yeah, turtles don’t have seasons, apparently. DAD!!

3) I ran cross country in middle school, but I was really, really bad at it. In fact, I think my fastest time for 2-miles was 19:24. To be honest, I did not practice enough to be good. Thinking back of those times now, kind of makes me about chuckle about my 2-mile times now.

we met at a bar.

Well, something like that.

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April 2010- I’m on the right (I couldn’t even button this shirt)
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After graduating from college in 2009, I thought I had everything together and that everything was perfect. I mean, that’s when your life begins, right?! With little “real world” responsibilities and more money than I knew what to do with, the brutality of the 9-5 began to take a toll on my sobriety, bank account, and waistline. Many of my evenings and nearly all of my weekends were spent hopping from one happy hour to the next and 2 am Taco Bell binges.

Finally, in January of 2011, I realized SOMETHING, ANYTHING, EVERYTHING, needed to change. This could not be the life planned for me or a story I wanted to tell around a campfire. I was overweight (181 pounds), depressed, and unhappy.

So it began! It wasn’t easy, but I started training for my first 5k. Being a former college soccer player, this should have been a simple task. Hand me a soccer ball and I’ll run all day long. Hand me running shoes and just go ahead and throw in a complementary inhaler. Running, just plain ole running, was not my thing. I knew plenty of runners and I’m friends with lots of them. To me, people like “them” were born to run. Even though deep down inside I wanted to be one of “them.” I just didn’t believe those were the lemons handed to me. Running was scary. Running made your legs hurt and your lungs burn. But, each time I laced up, it got easier. One-mile become two-miles which turned into three-miles. My confidence and self-esteem were lifted. The extra weight and unfavorable habits melted away. Running always makes my bad days better, and my good days great.

Running has helped me restore my sanity. All the negative thoughts and criticism are silenced with each step that I take. It has become spiritual for me. It only takes a small leap of faith to begin. When I began this journey two years ago, I would have never envisioned it leading me here. I’ve made new friends, completed two triathlons, finished my first marathon, ran three half marathons, and participated in several races in between. I’ve discovered the real me. No obstacle is too big, and no mountain is too tall. I’m stronger than I think, I just need to believe it!

brave and courageous.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Many will agree that running a marathon is more than a race. It’s an experience. Whether it takes you 2 hours or 6 hours to venture 26.2 miles on your feet, you are bound to learn something new about yourself. I’m still soaking in the fact that I ran a marathon on Sunday. It’s definitely a strange concept for me to grasp. Close friends and family that have known me for over three years, know that running was never on the top of my priority list. Or any list for that matter. I once (okay, maybe twice) completed my summer post-season soccer workout without running a mile whatsoever. I thought weightlifting would get me through. I now know that the best way to prepare for any type of running activity is to RUN! Although, I can’t think of any life-changing epiphanies I had during my run on Sunday, the only thing I have thought about this week was the marathon.

Here are a few things I learned about myself this week:

1) I am WAY too hard on myself.
At the age of 26, I should have it all together by now, right?!? I am starting to think even at the age of 100, some people still don’t have it together. I am realizing that it is alright to not be perfect and it is alright to make mistakes. I need to remind myself that I am human. In order to grow and learn, I need to make mistakes. Whether it be in my personal or professional life, I need to sometimes fall down and scrape my knees up a little bit. And you know what? It’s okay. No one is holding me on a pedestal. The ones who care most will be there with an encouraging word, prayer, or a shoulder to lean on. Like Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. .” Breathe, Krystal.

2) I minimize my achievements, A LOT.
Yes, I have accomplished quite a bit in my life. I am so blessed. Many times I look back and see that it was always God at work. There is no reason I should have been on a collegiate soccer team with no formal training or no club experience. I think this was a big defining achievement in my life, which continues to shape my future.

3) I am BRAVE and COURAGEOUS.
I have been on my own since I was 18. A few times since then, I have made some decisions that have completely changed the trajectory of my life. At the time, I never noticed them as signs of bravery and courage, but hindsight is always 20/20. Moving away to school. Accepting a position in a state where I have no family. Going back to school. My mom once told me, if I make decisions based on what other people tell me or what other people do, I will miss out on a lot things in life. I am creating my own story, and if it involves acts of bravery and courage even better.

4) Sometimes I GIVE up too EASY.
Okay, this is actually something I realized during my last 6 miles of my marathon. I can do something a hundred times, but sometimes that 101st time will seem so difficult. Sometimes I allow things out of my control to detour my good intentions. Sometimes negativity and self-doubt drown out positivity and self-esteem. I need to have more confidence in my confidence. Trust my training. Trust my education. Trust myself.

Hope you all are having a lovely Spring. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for the year.

Week 15 mileage-
April 16- 7.10 mile run
April 18- 3.20 mile run
April 19- 0.25 mile swim
April 20- 8.02 mile run

Week 15 mile totals: 18.57 miles

Week 16 mileage-
April 23- 3.00 mile run
April 26- 26.20 mile run

Week 16 mile totals: 29.20 miles

We all like pictures!!! Here are some from the past weekend. Enjoy!

My little brother and me at the OKC National Memorial

My little brother and me at the OKC National Memorial

Race Expo We Run to Remember. In Honor of the 168.

Race Expo
We Run to Remember. In Honor of the 168.

Mile 25 with Mat.

Mile 25 with Mat.