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Only One Hill

What can I say? There IS only one hill, but the average incline is 12%, with the last 50 yards to the finish line at the summit a steep 22%. This mountain is hidden by clouds in this photo below, but you get the idea. Last week I had the …

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When the Bottom Falls Out

Just when you think things are taking a turn in the right direction and you can finally breathe just a little bit, the universe has a way of reminding you that you are not in charge. Having just returned from a true vacation, with relaxation, no hotel workouts,no runs, just …

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Is Certification Worth it?

I recently read a blog post over at Cressey Sports Performance written by a recent intern. What I realized was many coaches in the industry were very technically smart, but lacked the most basic people skills. Instead of addressing this issue, most accumulate more degrees and certifications, thinking a new …

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The Struggle to Be Me

I had an interesting conversation at the gym yesterday when one of my coaches wanted to know how long it had been since I had lost 25% of my body weight. It has only been about 3 and a half years, and people that haven’t known me that long have …

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My Worst Fears Have Vanished

I started taking my strength and conditioning more seriously in 2012. I first began working with a personal trainer in 2008 because I was sore or injured quite often. My husband thought it was because I was getting older, and I wanted to prove him wrong. So I started working …

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Crossing Over the Line

I used to teach a graduate course in education technology and a teacher once compared the fear and skepticism of learning to use technology to crossing over a line. It’s like there is an invisible line you are afraid to cross over, but once you take that step and are …

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Training Thoughts

What are you training for? After several years of working with personal trainers who worked with me and taught me how to specifically train for goals, I now find myself with options-many options. I am in that uncomfortable pace where I get to decide if I want to work out …

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Assume Positive Intentions

This marks week 4 at my new gym, and although I have been burned twice, experience has taught me to learn from my mistakes, maintain high standards, and don’t expect too much. I have to say I came in with very few expectations, other than coaches who were educated and …

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New year, new gym: just keep moving forward

I am going to keep this brief-sometimes when you feel stuck in a rut it is best to move on. I learned this lesson the hard way in 2015; this time the transition out and onward was much easier because I knew from experience it’s best to just rip off …

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