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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.

loveletters rbb

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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Run and reflect

11 Sep

When I woke up this morning, one of the first things I thought about was what today means. September 11th, a day forever etched in the minds and hearts of all Americans. Today we remember the tragedy of lives lost, the service men and women who fearlessly took action, lives forever altered, and a nation finding resolve in its collective grief.

Take a moment tonight to pause and reflect on this day and keep in mind this poignant message:

“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” 

-Deepak Chopra, M.D.

The second thought that passed through me this morning was this: I have to run. I need to run. I have my life, two healthy legs, and above all – the freedom to run safely whenever or wherever I want.

The fog was too thick to run safely in the darkness before sunrise this morning, so I knew I’d have to postpone until the evening. Severe thunderstorms forced me to go to my Plan Z…the dreadmill.

Treadmill time

Treadmill time

Today, that didn’t matter. I was going to run no matter what. I set aside my loathing for the treadmill and I sweated out 4 miles while reflecting on all that I am grateful for.

Sending thoughts of healing to those that continue to grieve and prayers of peace to keep our country safe and free.

Monday Meditation: Attitude

26 Aug

We’ve all heard it before – “Attitude is everything.” I beg to differ, but only slightly. I’m really not a fan of absolutes, so I will modify that to say that attitude is a major influence on how we experience all things in life. The perspective we choose to take affects the way we feel, which in turn guides our behavior. It’s Psychology 101.

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.”

– Tom Blandi, French author

Have you ever noticed that your frame of mind before a run has a big impact on how the run goes? If attitude influences all aspects of our lives, then running is most certainly not exempt from its forces. The beliefs you hold about running, yourself as a runner, racing, and other runners will reveal themselves loud and clear in various ways. You will see it in your self-image, in your enjoyment of the run, in your performance, and in your relationships (or reputation) with other runners.

(Pay no attention to that guy resting on the sculpture there. Source)

A realistic and positive attitude both motivates and enables you to set and reach running goals. Keep in mind the way you to talk to yourself about yourself. No, that’s not a typo. The nature of our self-talk is key in determining attitude. Beliefs about your ability and potential can be that edge you are trying to obtain to get that PR, go the distance, sign up for a race, or improve your pace.

Don’t forget about your attitude toward running itself. Those that constantly gripe about how much they *hate* running are not likely to ever have a chance of enjoying it let alone achieve positive results. You don’t have to be in love with running to be successful, but you will need to be open to the full experience. Also, consider your reasons for entering races. Are you looking solely to beat others or are you striving for individual accomplishments? Where you fall on that spectrum matters.

Lastly, look at how you perceive and interact with other runners. Just as negative judgments hurt your own performance, turning that attitude toward others will surely keep you on the margins of runnerhood. The running community is largely one of the most welcoming I have encountered and it is this collectively positive attitude that sets it apart from others. We tend to stick together and lift each other up rather than bringing them down.

Take some time to evaluate your attitude. If you find that you’re holding onto negativity, have no fear. It’s not permanent.

Question for you: How has attitude impacted your running?