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Reflections

30 Dec

During my run the day after Christmas, I came upon this sunset and couldn’t help but reflect on the season. After a wonderful holiday with family, I find myself feeling incredibly grateful for the true gifts that make life so worthwhile – the kind that you don’t unwrap but get to carry in your heart always. Sunset 12_26The more I thought about the past year, the more my heart grew in gratitude. Of course, each year brings its personal challenges and 2013 was certainly no exception. However, those challenges pale in comparison to the abundant triumphs and blessings. From the everyday to the extraordinary, this year has been full of things to be thankful for.

2013 brought an anniversary to celebrate the first year of a marriage that continues to grow stronger day by day.

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The first of many, many happy years to come.

Multiple running goals set and surpassed, including 3 half marathons, many PR’s, and new race distances tackled.

3 Half Marathons this year!

3 Half Marathons this year!

An unforgettable trip to various cities in Italy.

So many incredible moments in Italy!

So many incredible moments in Italy!

And countless precious moments in between.

It's the little things...

It’s the little things.

It’s been a great year.

It's been a good year.

Looking forward to what else is in store!

As the sun sets on this year, I will take only what is important and necessary from the challenges I faced and leave the rest behind. I will treasure all that was wonderful in 2013 and continue to focus on gratitude and enjoying the present moment in the year to come.

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365 Days of Gratitude

12 Nov

November is in full swing and that also means social media feeds are chock full of posts professing daily thanks for the length of the month. This is a great practice, but to this I say:

Why not 365 days of thanks?

Any day is a good day to practice gratitude. We don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving creeps up on us to start acknowledging blessings big or small. Here is a post I wrote a little while back about running with gratitude that I thought would be great to recycle.

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Often, we talk about the stress relieving benefits of running. A long run or an intense workout can be just what we need to work through frustration, anxiety, or grief. It’s true that running is a (cheaper) form of therapy, but it’s not all about the endorphins or distraction. Sometimes that therapy comes in the powerful form of positive affirmation that the act of running can magnify. Acknowledgement of life’s simple pleasures and abundant gifts can lift the spirits and make our hearts (and legs) feel lighter.

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Without question, running has helped me release many burdens. Even more so, it has encouraged me to count my blessings, appreciate my body, and lift my spirit. When I run with a grateful heart, my whole experience changes. On days where blessings seems to multiply, I hold my head up higher, feel lighter on my feet, and seem to move through the miles with greater ease.

There doesn’t need to be a major celebration or event to be able to acknowledge the things we are thankful for. If I asked you to list 3 things you are grateful for in this moment, what would you say? Go ahead, do it. I’ll wait.

It can come in the form of a sunny day, a snuggle from a pet, hitting all of the green lights on the way to work, a kind gesture, coming home to your family, being in good health. It could even be a smile from another runner on the road, tip you learned from a pro athlete, a new personal record, a congratulatory handshake from a competitor at the finish line. Or maybe it’s the first run back from an injury, your feet tapping beneath you, your legs carrying you forward, the gift of mobility.

Gratitude can transform the way we run, much in the same way that it transforms our lives. When we run with gratitude, there is no such thing as a bad run. We are no longer held back by negativity or weighed down with burdens. We are light, fast, free. We become one with the road or trail, our footsteps drumming a steady beat as the miles fall away. Run with a heart of gratitude and you’ll travel further than you ever thought you could.

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Now, I challenge you to consider starting a daily practice of gratitude where you name at least one thing you are grateful for in that day. Just one. That’s all it takes.

 

Just a little update

1 Aug

Oh, hi! You’ve probably noticed that blog posts have been a little irregular lately here at run+breathe+be. For that, I apologize. When life gets busy, blogging goes on the back burner. That’s just the way the way the cookie crumbles, my friends.

Since you’re all probably anxiously checking your inboxes to see if I’ve posted yet, I thought it was high time I let you in on the goings-on. I recently started a new part-time job as a counselor at a higher education program that supports an at-risk population. I work there in the morning and then still see private clients in the afternoon and evening. In a nutshell: I’m busier than ever during the work week.

I’m adjusting to this new schedule that has me starting my day an hour earlier and still ending at either 6:00 or 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday. If I want to get a run in before work, that means I need to be on the road at about 5:00 AM.

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View from Tuesday’s sunrise run

When you get home from work at nearly 9:00 PM twice a week, that leaves very little time for unwinding before bed, especially if you want to try and get up to run.

My week days kind of look like this:

Wake up. Run. Shower. Work. Eat. Sleep.

OR Hit snooze. Shower. Work. Run. Eat. Sleep.

OR I skip the run altogether, take a rest day, and try again the next morning. This new schedule is going to take a lot of caffeine some getting used to, but I’ll adjust eventually and things will feel a bit more normal once I’m set into a routine.

And now, the bad news.

Blog posts may have to be reduced to only a couple of times a week. I know, it’s going to be hard on you. I assure you – it’s not you, it’s me. I would just like to sleep occasionally. We’ll get through this together, I promise! I tend to update Instagram and Twitter more often than my blog, so you can catch me there if you really miss me.

Don’t worry, I’m still running and training for my upcoming races and loving it! I’ve got a half marathon planned for next Saturday and I feel excited and ready. Mark (the husband) has switched gears a little bit and is focusing on Insanity and doing awesome with it. We’re both running in the Firefly 5K this Saturday a long with a bunch of friends, so it’s sure to be a fun time!