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Avoiding the Spiral of Doom

Last week I tweaked my knee at the gym, probably doing an extra rep of something even though I knew it wasn’t a good idea. For someone who is driven and motivated by being able to stick to my plan, my schedule, my routine, something as simple as a tweak …

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I Just Ran My Last Race

I decided I am done racing for the year. Since it is nearly December, that is not such a big deal. I just ran my 4th anniversary Turkey Trot-the anniversary of my first.race.ever. I have come a very long way in those four years, and I should be thankful and …

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Just Another Mindset Moment

I just returned from a business trip, with a couple more trips planned before the end of the year which means my workout routine will have to be a bit more flexible. I know the places I am staying have “gyms” or places to work out, but I am not …

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Watch, Learn, Do.

So you want to learn something new or just get better at something? At first there is the “I want to learn how to do this cool thing I saw on Youtube, or in the gym,” so you read everything you can on the subject and ask a million questions. …

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Engagement, Questioning, And Learning

I spent the weekend learning from educators at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention; and once again I am reminded that our teaching and learning experiences whether inside the classroom, inside the gym, or sitting on a plane cannot be separated, nor should they be. How we …

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It’s Not Supposed to be Easy

Somewhere along the way things got easy: easy workouts, easy runs, a little hard work here and there, but mostly easy stuff. Things had gotten easy and routine and I didn’t even know it, but I felt it in my heart. Something was not right. Even though I was training …

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Paying Attention to Your Body

I didn’t realize I was getting sick, until today, now that I am feeling 100 percent better, (and I still have a left over cough!) Next time-if there is a next time-I will pay more attention to how I feel and not dismiss feelings of stress, soreness and exhaustion as …

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Finding the Golden Ticket

This could also be entitled, “The Quest for Self Motivation.” Surprise! There is no golden ticket. The search for self motivation is a quest- a journey filled with twists and turns, dead ends, surprises and aha moments. I am a very self motivated person-or so I thought, but two things …

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When the Going Gets Tough

With the changing of seasons and the return of Eastern Standard Time comes another reason to look back and reflect. November is the anniversary of a whole host of  life changing events: getting back to the gym, my first race and my new job.  At this point in the year, so …

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