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Inspiration Works Both Ways

I have heard often over the last 3 years about inspiration. My friends and colleagues have gone back to the gym, have started moving, and some have transformed themselves. Some have started and made many pitstops along the way, but they find it in themselves to start again, and again, …

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Do you have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

Sometimes things happen for a reason and come just at the right time. Once again my world of work-education-intersects with my life in a powerful way, delivered via 140 characters in a Twitter chat. A recently published book by new Heinemann authors Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz entitled A Mindset for …

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Starting Over

Change is harder than I thought it would be. I want it to be easy and I want to be perfect at it. I hate making mistakes and not knowing how to do stuff; it feels awkward and uncomfortable, and yet, that is when the learning happens. Great things never …

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The Gradual Release of Responsibility and Feedback

Two important teaching concepts I have been thinking about often in my transition to a new gym. The Gradual Release of Responsibility model is based upon Lev Vygotsky’s theory of learning and the zone of proximal development. Simply stated, a teacher looks at what a student can do on his …

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Letting Go

It was a breakthrough week. The week started with a Monday morning Labor Day race which went much better than expected. Even though I did not have my best run, it was better than some and I earned a 3rd place finish in my age group. I learned that even …

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Running and Training Myths

I’ve been collecting these little thoughts for awhile now, and honestly, I have been just waiting for something to prove any of these things to be true. So far, the statements below are being disproven-one after another: “When you run something is always going to hurt.”  I really did believe …

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Why do I run?

I don’t really think about this question too often, but three things happened this week that caused me to stop and reflect on why I run. First, I read Brian Mackenzie’s Power, Speed Endurance, A Skill Based Approach to Endurance Training (2012); I am also currently reading Tread Lightly: Form, …

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Thankful Thursday

Before Thursday is over, here’s me giving thanks for my health, happiness, and strength-even when things get tough.

Connecting the Dots and Leveling Up

Who remembers paper coloring books with pages filled with nothing but numbers? In order to see the whole picture, you start with a pencil or crayon at number 1, and draw a line connecting number 1 to number 2, number 2 to number 3, and so on, until all the …

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