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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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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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Get Strong Above All Else

Ushering in a new year means it is time to look back and reflect. Reflection is the first step toward learning from past mistakes and successes. I spent a good portion of time reflecting on my training journal the other day and it is interesting to compare moments as I …

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You Don’t Belong Here

Nothing reminds me more of my teenage years than groups of grownups who claim to be a community-as long as you are just like them, and as long as you are their friend. As a former classroom teacher, your community included all the children, all the voices, no matter what …

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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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To Run or Not to Run

To be a runner you need to run. It has been 6 days since I have gone for a run, and week by week my mileage is waning and I am feeling less and less like a runner. Last weekend I determined I would try to run a couple miles …

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