TOMORROW is GLOBAL SPORTS BRA DAY and it's still CHILLY in San Diego! SDIT is also happening and I am a part of a TRI-RELAY team with TEAM HERevolution. Of course, I am going to be the runner in this mix and I have to say, I am nervous! Running 6 miles isn't the problem but running a good time is what I am worried about. So, I will be doing some praying, meditating and some positive thinking for tomorrow's race. What do you do when you get nervous before a race? What's funny about me being nervous, I haven't been this nervous in years...BUT...I am ready! So, bring it on SDIT relay teams! LOL!
Happy Thankful Thursday! 👋🏾
I am a proud ambassador for @momentumjewelry and this motivational wrap is dedicated and will be going to my oldest daughter! So get ready, here goes the proud mama stuff.
My girl runs for the University of Pennsylvania and is a walking brain! She’s a hard worker and can fight her way through anything.
Before she left San Diego in 2016 she was named the top female athlete and most decorated high school runner of all time in San Diego. Now she is becoming at top Ivy League runner! 😆
She has worked hard for everything and can clearly see where she is going.
One thing that we do before and after every one of her races; we discuss strategy and mindset. She still calls me today before and after every meet. If there is ONE thing I tell her before every race...”Don’t worry”, focus, run hard, have fun and learn from the experience! . . . win or no win.
If you have a young athlete in your home and “THEY” WANT to be an athlete encourage them everyday to put in the work, envision being the best and have fun! It’s not about the win, it’s about finishing, learning and feeding their soul. My girl LOVES running and learning. I am so proud to step back and witness her greatness (win or no win). She’s amazing!...I’m NOT gonna 😭 😉...I'm not crying!
PUT THE WORK IN. Listen to the coaches, learn why you are training the way you are and work hard.
LEARN. There are no mistakes in life. What happens is what happens. No one can turn back time so learn from what YOU think is a "mistake". Write it down. Practice not to do it again. MOVE ON.
HAVE FUN. The training is the hard part, the competition will be the fun part. Testing your skills, focusing on what you want and pushing through the negatives to get to the positives. This is what you worked hard for.
FEED YOUR SOUL. Sometimes you see other athletes work so hard but never get over the hump. They only do so much to get by. It's the athletes that are hungry for the win, they are hungry to feed their soul because their sport is everything. Those are the ones who succeed, whether they win or not, they are happy with who they are and how their hard work paid off.
There are times when life is challenging. I don't know which way is right or wrong. I get caught up in the moment and let my emotions take over...but when I run...when I run, things seem to fall into place mentally and everything begins to make sense.
I have been running since I was 14 or 15 years old. At first, it was for the love of track and field. I got a taste of competition, winning and glorification that I had never really had before. It wasn't until I was about 19 years old and I broke up with my first real boyfriend that running took on a whole new meaning.
The day of the breakup I was so confused, frustrated and angry I just headed out the front door, barefooted. I ran all the way to my high school track, which was right across the street and I just ran until I could not run any more! It wasn't the smartest thing I had ever done. I developed blisters to prove that but that day, running relieved me of so much pain. I was able to move on and "get over it"!
Now that I am older, running is a necessity. Like everyone else, life loves to challenge me at work, with relationships and, of course motherhood. When I don't run, it's hard to put things into perspective.
Not everyone enjoys running and I get it. There are days that I can do without it myself but for me, it's instant therapy. I can quietly think and put the pieces of my life's puzzle back in order.
Find your way of running. It could be a bike ride, a long walk or even gardening. Find something that will put things in perspective for you and stop making decisions based off of your emotions.
I am not perfect in any way. I have made a lot of mistakes but now that I am running again...consistently...I am re-teaching myself how to be myself and keep things in running perspective.
Muhammad Ali. One of the greatest athletes and activists of all time. 💥
About a month ago a good/dear friend of mine expressed to me that I have to be my own advocate. She was coaching me for a project that I desperately wanted. Even though I knew she was prepping me for this project, those words melted into my brain and I started to apply those words to my entire life. Immediately things started to change and the world around me looked a lot different.
I imagine the same holds true for Ali. He knew what he wanted, he definitely knew who he was and he had to have the COURAGE to be his on ADVOCATE. Ali paved the way for so many of us, so..
- Know what you want. ✅
- Know who you are. ✅
- Have the courage to be your own advocate.✅
- Live YOUR best life! ✅✅✅