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The Power of Rest

I just took a week off from running and almost 2 weeks off from lifting and I did not wake up this morning weak and fat. I took my first real vacation in years-7 days of fun and rest, food and drink, no hotel workouts, and only 1 very easy …

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Bullet Proof

I have been at Great Bay Crossfit for 2 months, and although I am not doing any cross fit classes, I am feeling more at home in my new gym. I feel stronger than I have in nearly a year, and I feel good running, too. Yesterday one of the …

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The Art of Coaching

I thought I would share just a few thoughts on the art of coaching. As a former classroom teacher and educator, I understand that coaching, like teaching, is about beliefs and values. I recently finished a book study with a group of educators discussing the professional book The Teacher You …

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Gratitude

When I think back to last summer when I first decided to take a huge risk and join a gym that is not really a gym, to work with a new coach who is not a trainer, and to learn how to move better and learn some olympic lifts, but …

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Progress Not Perfection

I am 6 weeks into my running training season and trying to focus on progress, not perfection. It is impossible to be perfect, and it is exhausting to try. There is a fine line between being focused and passionate and worrying and obsessing over every detail. Part of the story …

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Thoughts on becoming a fitness adult

This post may not be what you think, or maybe it is. Yesterday after work I needed to get outside and move. There was maybe an hour of daylight remaining, and it was still nearly 70 degrees so I threw on my workout clothes, my running shoes were in my …

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Just What You Need

I tweeted this week that I have been at Gain for 9 months now. I stopped counting months some time ago, because it feels like I have been there forever-but in a good way. Sometimes you do not even know what you need until you have it, and then you …

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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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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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By the Numbers

I am intrigued by data. My background is in Psychology, learning and teaching; and data-which is not always numbers-tells a story. Near the end of the first year I started seriously weight training, almost 4 years ago, I was tired of friends, family and colleagues commenting on my weight loss …

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