Love Yourself and Let Go Of The Past

This post has been percolating for years.  I don't face my past in a straightforward way.  I skim, I use it as a peripheral example, I don't really want people to know.  A large part of my past is about roots and connections.  We moved a lot as a kid and I never really felt like I put roots anywhere.  I am extremely dispassionate about places I've lived growing up.  I am ambivalent about people - I have tremendous conflict about really letting people in.  I want to, but I'm afraid to.  I was tau…

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Reduce Stress, Find Balance, and Believe in the Process

There are so many ways to attack this topic and no one "right" way.  To reduce stress and achieve more balance, I recommend some kind of journal.  Pictures on your phone, a list, a phone "note", but something to document your journey.  Date the journal entries to see your progress.  It's difficult to really see your progress without documenting it.  I took pictures and they show progress perfectly.  Here are some ideas on getting started:

  • What is your WHY?  By trying to lower stress and fin…

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The Peacefulness in Trail Running

It's been a while since I've run on trails. I loved it. The slower pace, how it's easier on your body but takes more effort. The quiet solitude. I used to run trail half marathons and my (not so secret as of right now) secret bucket list race isn't a marathon, it's a 50K. 

I won a gift certificate at my last race. The raffle lady didn't know there were FOUR in the envelope! I'm giving three back to the race director. But I got $35 to put towards something..... On date night - which you'll rea…

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Advice on Balancing Family and Stress

As you can tell from many of my posts the last couple of months, minimizing has helped de-stress and balance our family a little more.  It is and will be a work in progress and I learn to balance family and stress.  Moving also reduces stress oddly enough.  Sometimes it takes a kick in the butt to do something you really want to do.  We didn't want to move because it's expensive and a pain.  The process isn't awesome, but the end result really is great.

My gauges for knowing I'm stressed are …

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Dealing With Stress In Your Life

Stress. We all have to deal with it in our life. It's insidious how it snakes into your life. The one thing that always gets put on the back burner is exercise. It's the easiest thing to give up and it's remarkable how fast such a healthy habit can take the back seat and be nearly forgotten.  Then you wonder where all your stress is coming from, why you're gaining weight or if you have any friends......

I'm very imperfect in keeping to my schedule when my life is disrupted.  Since the foot br…

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Marathon Running Motivation

I was asked recently how to get motivated with running marathons. After my injury, I've had a very difficult time motivating myself. Let's face it - no matter what the sport - sitting on the couch is easier.

 It's too early, too dark, too cold, too hot, too windy, there's too much to do, work, cleaning, cooking, I'm too tired, I think I'm getting a cold, I think I just had a cold.....  I was the most consistent over the last decade during the three years I ran alone.  Interesting since I comp…

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S-L-O-W-L-Y Building Miles After a Running Injury

Rebuilding after an injury is almost more difficult than when I began running.  In the beginning, I didn't know what to expect.  I was being blindly led by a group, absorbing all the information I could, wondering why I was putting myself through it, and crossing my first finish line euphoric and ready for more.

Being a more hard-core runner for a decade, getting faster, knowing the "why's" and learning to love it was wonderful.  Taking a break due to injury was frustrating.  I had no way to …

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Running Smarter: Three Races

Since my foot broke and I had to take a break (every runner's nightmare!) I decided to run more wisely.  The team I had been on was now gone, but I felt better about running than I had in a couple of years. 

I had felt overtrained, slower, and injured.  I lost the joy I've always had in running.  The injury and timing were fortuitous.  It made me stop, reevaluate, and start over. Right now I'm up to 4 miles (building to 6), doing a lot of heart rate training, feeling healthy, easing my foot b…

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Runners Downtime Reflections

No, I'm not running yet. I'm musing, however, about how most people I know - most of my friends - are running this winter. 

The only time I've ever been "down" (if you call it that), was when I was pregnant and sick and after my hysterectomy.  Down time isn't fun.  It isn't glamorous.  During this, or any past down time, have I been sitting on my chaise, having my feet rubbed, discussing the latest gossip while eating bon-bons.  Although in truth that sounds like a great afternoon, it is in n…

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How to Get Through Being Sidelined From a Running Injury

A runner's most dreaded word. Injury.  The diagnosis?  No running.  How is this possible?  It's devastating for a runner.  It's not just the run.  It's the companionship, the socialization, the decompression, the release we get from running.  

I was having pain in the ball of my foot.  A lot of pain.  Some X-rays and an MRI later, it's a stress fracture and strained tendon.  What that means is Physical Therapy and bitching.  A LOT of bitching. My podiatrist is a marathon runner who has succumbe…

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