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I am not trying to transform myself

It has been 5 years since I started working with a personal trainer who convinced me to change the way I looked at food and then convinced me running would be good for me.Once he convinced me to run a 5k race, I was hooked. 5k became 10K and 10K …

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All the Goals

It is always a bit of a let down when you cannot achieve your main goal, but it is important to remember the process goals and the secondary goals are important too. I have a bit of goal amnesia at times, having a goal maybe and a deadline, and then …

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Getting Selfish

Lately my posts have been about this training funk I seem to be in, mentally. Today I realized what might be causing it. When I first started running and then training for races I made my training runs a priority over everything else in my life. In other words, I …

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Focus on the Process Not the Prize

This week I am reminding myself to be patient. I have a little bit of an elbow tendon thing that I have been trying to ignore-and that means I have been doing things that aggravate it just enough that it prevents me from doing things I really want to do. …

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My 2015 in Pictures

I didn’t want to let the last day of 2015 go by without one last post; and I thought it would be cool to simply post meaningful pictures from each month to capture the essence of the year as a whole. It was harder than I thought, and it took …

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My Running Life

  The other day I received a survey that focused on the question: “How would you define a runner?” I answered simply, “Someone who runs.” The survey went on to ask things like: “How often does a runner run?” “What does a runner look like?” “Why do runners run?” I …

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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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Training Update: Run faster to run faster

Run more, run slower, run farther, run faster, don’t run on a treadmill, so much advice, and all of it good, but for someone like me who likes to follow rules, and follow a plan to a T, the best advice and plan in the world is not enough to …

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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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The Importance of a Coach

There is a theme here. I am finally at that moment when I realize I have no goal, I have no plan, and now I have no focus. I am trying like crazy to focus on quality not quantity, process not product, but since it is so nebulous and somewhat …

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