A list for Monday

How has it been October for a week already?! Ahh this year is FLYING by! The past few weeks have been a whilrwind between weddings and fall portrait sessions. I LOVE this time of year! In completely random order, here are some things I've been up to lately:

  1. Shooting, editing, and hanging out with some of the best clients EVER!
  2. Finding an actual, real-time schedule for Sunday. Now that she is getting into a routine naturally, I'm trying to somewhat control it by encouraging bed time and wake time at the same times daily. The whole pink-eye thing threw us off for a bit, but I think we have almost gotten it figured out!
  3. I've been working on some side design projects and in my adventures in finding inspiration I came across this lady's work. I'm in love with her design skills and incredible creative advice.
  4. I just wrapped up a project with Lia and I feel like I am on the edge of a cliff about to plunge into a whole new world. It's the best feeling and I am eager to see where my career will take me in the next year! (Also, I cannot recommend her services enough!)
  5. I've spent a lot of time perusing my crossfit pinterest board for inspiration. Between the half marathon, pink eye, sessions galore, and the yucky weather, I have fallen off the workout bandwagon. This is supposed to be the most beautiful time of the year to be outside so I am really trying to get back into it. It doesn't help when you feel like pooh every day. (Yes, I still have pinkeye. Sunday, however, is all clear!)
  6. I've been baking lots of paleo muffins. I eat them completely guilt free and Sunday LOVES them.
  7. As I've been tapping into the world of design inspiration I found two sites I wanted to share with you all: 25 logos with a hidden message // 20 creative and entertaining 404 error pages. Some super cool stuff right there! (Yes, I'm a nerd. Don't we all know that by now?)

Last weekend was a first here at Sincerely, Liz: Photography which was a double-wedding-weekend! It started with my sister's ten year anniversary vow renewal that I was honored to capture. It wrapped with another wedding Saturday night and a super fun Lynchburg Snapshot Studio rental at a first birthday party last night! Here is one of my favorite shots from the vow renewal:

I love this family so much!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks hitting the blog this week! Have a great Monday, friends!

Let's talk about running

Getting started with running can be extremely intimidating. I have been trying to "get started" for what feels like my entire life. Trying and trying and never having it click for me. Until recently.

MY HISTORY

I have never understood running as an enjoyable activity. Ever. I tried. I remember watching in both awe and confusion as my high school classmates would run in Cross Country meets… or when my husband heads out for a run with eagerness. Seriously? Who WANTS to run? Who WANTS to do that hard stuff?

Not me.

In 2007 I decide to train for a sprint triathlon. I am honestly not even sure where the idea came from, but I figured it was a good goal to set. I was understandably nervous about it (never really been an athlete before), but I thought "I can swim, which gives me a leg up on at least some of the triathletes…" Hah. Ha ha. Hah.

I trained for the triathlon and I got up to running 2 miles without stopping. But running was still miserable (the entire time). I did participate in my first sprint triathlon and I finished. 4th from last. But I finished. And at the finish line I knew exactly where I needed to improve: the run.

So I vowed that I would run the full distance of a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon before I did my next triathlon. I had to learn to love running.

I tried exactly that. I wrote it on my New Years Resolutions lists. I signed up for races. I printed training plans. I read blogs and books about running. But I dreaded getting out there. It hurt. My body would ache while running… my chest would burn… it was straight up miserable.

Enter Crossfit

When I found Crossfit, I decided running was for the birds. Why put myself through something so miserable if I found something else that finally worked for me? Something I thought was actually fun and gave me great results.

But the need to "get it" was still in me. I was still determined to learn to love running. I wanted to be a part of the running clique! So I made a plan. I decided I'd stick with Crossfit for three months before trying to return to running. In the meantime, I knew Crossfit would help build my core strength which would help make running less miserable for me. (Check out this article about how crossfit can improve your running.)

THE PRESENT

In March I registered for the Virginia Beach Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon to give myself another running goal. Something that required I get out and run. This time, I built in accountability by committing to the race with a group of girls from my home town as well as encouraging some of my closest friends to run with me. And I booked a hotel. And then I went and won a training t-shirt just for registering. I couldn't back out after all that!

After a few months of Crossfit I started forcing myself out to the road. Each time I'd go a little farther before stopping to walk/rest. I went on a few runs with Tommy here and there and the first thing he taught me was how to breathe properly. Then he taught me how to find a resting running pace. And finally, he taught me to just keep running. Slowly but surely, running became the easy part of my Crossfit workouts. After I learned how to find a resting running pace, running became the resting part of my CF workouts. (Shhh don't tell my trainer!)

And two weeks ago it clicked. I went on a run by myself. My goal was to run two miles (of the 5 mile course) without stopping. When I reached the 2 mile mark, I decided to go for 3. Once I made it to 3, I realized that I had the physical ability to run the entire way and I was not feeling miserable. So decided to push it. And the feeling was incredible.

I did it. I CAN do it. And it doesn't have to be torture. Wow. It was truly an unreal experience for me. Years of trying, years of hating running and being miserable on the road... Everything changed in that run and I finally "got it."

And I am addicted.

Sure, I'm running slow. Sure, I only just started. But I am floored that I finally reached my goal to learn to love running.

THE FUTURE

Tommy has always said to me "You don't need a gym or workout videos or anything like that. Just go out and run." And now I get that. Whenever I am in need of something free, quick, and effective, I can just put on some tennis shoes and go out the front door. I'm really grateful to have running in my life now.

I love Crossfit and I will be a CFer for life… but running is something I am excited to now have in my back pocket.

After this half marathon coming up (two weeks away!) I have some big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) that I am a little too scared to mention here just yet. But… they involve running. And I will share when they are officially in the works.

When did running click for you? Did you have a "moment" like I did? I'd love to hear your story, please share in the comments!

Mama and Me | Liz and Sunday

I spent last week in Fredericksburg passing time visiting with family and lots of friends while Tommy fulfilled his state required military duty. A few days in a row I had dates for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. I am pretty sure I gained ten pounds because of it, but it was totally worth it! I had a great time catching up with everyone. Of course one of those dates was reserved especially for Samantha! Check out the fun shots she grabbed of Sunday and I in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel Thursday morning. I love that we made time to snap a few pictures of each other! Also... can I just share a huge confession with you? These are the first pictures of myself that I haven't completely wanted to photoshop in YEARS! Like... I actually like them just the way they are. I can SO see the progress I'm making with Crossfit! And that feeling? SO awesome. (Although I'm going to have to quit eating after this week to make up for all the damage I've done the past few days... ;))

Anyway... to the pics! So fun! And stay tuned - I'll be blogging the few that I grabbed of her and her little man in the next few days!

And since I'm not ready to share my real (aka wearing just a sports bra & shorts) before and current ("after" isn't here yet ;)) Crossfit pics, I thought I'd throw up this comparison. This is just two months of hard work! So worth it!

crossfit

So you all probably already know that I'm a little bit obsessed with Crossfit.

I first heard about it through Deb back in 2010. After reading about her journey I did some research of my own. It didn't take long for me to decide I wanted to give it a try. I joined our only local Crossfit box in February 2011. I was SO excited. This was it! I was FINALLY going to get in some sort of shape!

And promptly enough... I found out I was pregnant. So it was put on hold. But not without huge disappointment. I knew I'd go back and a year later I returned to finish out my three month contract. I haven't turned back since. :)

I could talk all day long about CF and why I love it... but a quick blurb from this article really puts my thoughts into a much more elegant and faster read:

"As bad as it feels when you're halfway through a WOD [workout of the day], you know it'll be over soon. And you know you'll make it to the end because no one is allowed to quit. That's one reason it's so exhilarating. Another is the camaraderie. You're not really competing with your fellow CrossFitters as much as competing against yourself, and everyone in the room wants you to win." Read more at Men's Health

I am a Crossfitter for life.

And for any of my hometown folks who missed my PSA on Facebook, there is a new Crossfit Affiliate box opening in KG in September! I am so excited for you guys! Check out the website.

One day... when I am in even better shape than I am today... I will share some progress photos. But... they are not pretty so it'll be a while before I'm ready to be that bold. :)