Today’s Workout: 

At the track-

  • Warm up 1.5 miles easy
  • followed by 5 x 1K’s with a 1:30 jog between each
  • Cool down a 1/2 mile easy

Today’s workout was a track endurance workout with my coach. I STILL get nervous every time I meet with my coach- I have no idea why. The workout is always good and I always feel strong after it… but most of all I love the accountability that I receive from my coach and the other runners. Knowing that my coach is expecting something from me and is encouraging me to accomplish it really motivates me to push hard.

I strive for accountability in my life
. This is part of the reason why I decided to get a running coach. I knew that If I had someone that was constantly asking me how I was doing with my workouts and was expecting me to get better and perform- my motivation and discipline in my training would ultimately be greater. We all want some sort of accountability- that is why we share our goals with one another and post workouts and healthy eating ideas. I have found great accountability in the blogger/running community. It is so encouraging to know that there are others striving for the same things I am and on top of that we get to encourage each other through it! I know that when I fail, which I will- I have people there to encourage me to get back into it!

I need accountability in other areas of my life as well. My relationship with Jesus is one of those areas. Having an accountability partner is a big part of growing in my walk. Right now my main accountability partner in this area is Brian. He encourages me daily in my walk with the Lord as well as continuously asking how my prayer life is, my reading, etc. It is a blessing to have that in my life. I love knowing that even when things are not going well or I am stagnant in my walk, Brian is there to encourage me to persevere towards Christ! Last night I was having a rough time embracing the distance between Brian and I- More like I was feeling sorry for myself. I wasn’t feeling well and I really just wanted Brian with me to take care of me. It was hard to realize that I wasn’t relying on Christ to satisfy that desire. Although at the time Brian did not know this, he pointed me to the cross and helped me realize that this is temporary and Christ is forever. The Lord is teaching us something through this time apart and we need to lean on Him! What a gift! I also think that it is important to have a girl accountability partner in this area as well. Being able to talk to another girl about the things going on in my life has been monumental in my growth. Friendship and community is important in this life and I think I am realizing that and thanking God for that more and more each day.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

This brings me to another form of accountability that I am about to partake in! ShortStoriesFromLongRuns is proposing a Short and Sweet Spring Sugar Detox! How exciting!!!! ( my excited face)

I really think that I am addicted to sugar. I have a HUGE sweet-tooth and I think it is time for me to detox it all out! I love new challenges especially when I know that I have other people working towards the same goal with me. Seriously- this accountability thing is no joke. It gives me an extra push when I feel like giving up and it also gives me an opportunity to help others work toward their goals as well.

Here is what ShortStoriesFromLongRuns is proposing:

  1. What: Choose Level One- eliminating all added sugars (honey, maple syrup, rice syrup, added fructose, etc) OR Level Two- sugars and processed foods, which often have the same effect as sugar when broken down in our system, including white flour/bread/crackers/energy bars, etc.
  2. When: Seven day detox, from Monday, April 1st to Sunday, April 7th (have your Easter Sunday final treat if you want to!)
  3. For extra support, use the hashtag #sugardetox to connect with other participants on Twitter or Instagram

The challenge is  ONE WEEK! You can do this! We can do this together!  I am planning on tackling the added sugars as well as the sugars in processed foods!  Check out ShortStoriesFromLongRuns for more details on this challenge and for some more awesome encouragement! 

How does accountability look in your life?

Who is up for this awesome challenge?!