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Find Your Spark

 
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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. 

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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.

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WEEKEND WARRIOR, WOUNDS & WALKING

Just so you know, I am reshaping my life as a single, grown-ass woman and my blog will probably follow suit. Every weekend I am looking for a new adventure and since I am usually in San Diego with one busy teenage daughter, I will scour the city with my love for running, cycling, meeting new people and eating good food! If you haven't figured it out already, staying active is my drug of choice.

This weekend involved a warrior (that's me), a couple of tough workouts (cycling and running), and a nice set of wounds (STRAWBERRIES and BRUISES!). 

All I wanted to do this weekend was train on my road bike and put in some running miles. The LaJolla half marathon is coming up in 4 weeks and the duathlon season starts in May. So, the goal was to complete 6 miles this week, see how well or not so well I felt and start building from there. I mean I just completed a 15 mile duathlon 3 weeks ago and two 5K runs last weekend. So, I should be good to go!

Everything went well. I got up on time, had everything I needed to get started and headed out around 7am! I was good until I hit mile 3...I thought it was mile 3 and it was actually mile 2. I was BORED 2 miles in! Oh boy. 

When I finally reached mile 3, I got my head together, found a nice pace and kept going. Everything was fine except for my legs. They were D R A G G I N G, particularly my left leg and that's when I remembered I trained the day before on my road bike! Once I figured that out, I decided to take it easy, enjoy the nice morning weather and...BAMMMM...I fell and I fell hard at mile 5.46. Yep, I was almost THERE! 

The fall happened so fast I couldn't save myself. My felt right knee skid across the cement while my left leg slammed into the ground. I think I missed my chin by just a few inches. YEAH, fun times. I mean, I haven't fell on a run in 12 YEARS!

How does one fall while running you ask? 

Don't you know the sidewalks move when you're NOT LOOKING? 

That fall hurt like HECKKKK but I got up, made myself walk through the pain. I could feel my knees swelling the entire way home, but I made it home. I stripped down to check out my wounds, grabbed the ice pack and laughed, asking myself the age old question...WHY DID THE CONCRETE HAVE TO MOVE? 

LOL! 

In the past couple of years I have been on a long, grown-ass run. Sorry, that's the truth and that's how I feel. This particular long run didn't feel like 6 miles, it didn't even feel like a marathon but it did feel like an ULTRA marathon , an ultra marathon with no "ultra" marathon training! When you don't train for an event, it's gonna hurt, just like this weekend's fall.

But lucky for me, I learned a few things in the past couple of years. You have to get up and WALK! You get up every day, shake it off and keep walking forward. You get up, shake it off, keep walking forward even through pain and disappointment. You get up, shake it off, keep walking forward, get people to train you so next time, you are prepared. You got it?

OR

You can just get up, try and make it home, ice your leg, laugh at yourself and get ready for your next workout. HA!

Monday MOJO

I had a great conversation with a friend the other day about age and where we are in life.  We discussed our past life, our young life and then he said something that really struck me! He said, "I plan on living well past 100, so I have all these years to do something amazing...".  Not only did he say it, he said it with such enthusiasm!

I have to admit, I never looked at my life that way. I thought I was running out of time and literally "running" to stay active while holding on to my youth. But to look PAST the sky and shoot for the moon_literally? Whole new way of thinking for me. 

So, I hope that whatever goals in life you may have, you think past the sky and shoot for the moon, the footprints on the moon. Think about what you really want and how will you get there? What does it look like and how does it feel?

My problem has been losing the ability to see past my nose! Becoming older with greater responsibilities can dull the idea of living life on the moon or even shooting for the SKY. But now, I'm going to take small steps here on earth, then image my steps in the sky and HECK...dream of my footprints on the moon! This will help me get closer and closer to my goals. 

Keep moving toward what you want and always take little steps to get closer and closer to what you want. Remember to NEVER GIVE UP!

Monday MOJO

Surround yourself with Greatness

 
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As we move through January and push through our resolutions, I want to remind you not to forget about the people you surround yourself with. There will be times when you might want to give up or not even try to move closer to your goals. That's when you call on others to push you through. 

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I have built a VERY SMALL team of women to encourage me to push through things in my life that seem absolutely impossible. I know DEEP DOWN I can do it but when I over think my goals, it's too much for me to soak in. So, I call on my team to help me through. Encourage me to keep going and REMIND me of how awesome I can be! 

 

4 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO to GET TO GREATNESS

  1. Find your crew. Encouraging, Trustworthy and Strong People who can carry and push you.
  2. Keep it small. You don't need an MC Hammer entourage, 2 or 3 peeps will do.
  3. Share your goals. You have to speak your goals out load, put it in the universe with people you trust.
  4. Start moving RIGHT NOW! Stop reading this blog and NIKE up! Just DO IT.

FIRST DAY BACK

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I finally got my first run of the year in! I didn't expect much but I squeezed in about 2.54 miles with a nice walk after. I had hoped to run at an actual running event this weekend but beggars can't be choosy.

It's always a little surreal when coming back from an injury or illness. Your body always feels weird and, for me, a little disoriented B U T, there was one highlight midway through my run. I rolled up this hill LIKE A BOSS and it felt amazing!

I haven't decided what my big goals are for 2018 yet. Normally, that would bug the living day lights out of me but I learned something about myself yesterday through a close friend. I put a lot of pressure on myself by setting a goal and wrapping a definitive time frame around it. Now, that sounds normal but when you do it in every aspect of my life, it becomes a problem. My goals need to be a little more organic and I need to allow myself the time to learn and grow. 

So, today, I tested that theory. I wanted to get up at 6AM and go run. It didn't happen until 8:15. During my run, I got a little overheated and couldn't catch my breath at first AND my pace was as slow as molasses. The world didn't end and nobody cares! It bugged me a little bit_ok, more than a little  but I got over it!

Look, the point is, I finished the darn run and I can NOW start the week with a little more confidence to do ANOTHER workout and ANOTHER and ANOTHER ONE! Did anyone die when I started walking or running too slow?...NOOOOO!  I completed a goal with a few flaws but with a happy soul. 

If you haven't written down your New Year's resolution just yet, it's ok! As long as you do something, ONE THING that will IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, do it! Make your FIRST DAY BACK a good one, with no pressure at all!