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Deadlifting My Way Through Life: A Mindset

The last two years have been disruptive: my husband of 35 years was seriously ill (but recovered after 6 months and two  surgeries), I was let go from my job with no warning, my elderly mom stopped driving so I had to sell her condo and find her a place …

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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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In Search Of

Somebody I follow on Twitter posted earlier this summer, Sometimes I forget I am not in my 20’s anymore.” Me too. And I’m not in my 30’s or even my 40’s. I forget that sometimes as I look around for role models and mentors at the track and in the …

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From Elephants to Monkeys

The monkey is off my back. Yesterday culminated  months of training and just about a year with a new coach. And we all survived. Yesterday I ran my longest race and ran my longest duration-ever-despite rolling my ankle three weeks ago in a practice 10 mile trail race. No one …

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Preparing for a Big Race

Whether you are a recreational runner or someone who competes at an elite level, a “BIG race” is still a big race. If you have put in the work and trained to accomplish your goal than no matter how fast or slow you are, no matter what the outcome, when …

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The Rest of the Story

I was recently asked to shoot a video testimonial to talk about my running training at Gain Strength and Conditioning; it was easy and not so easy at the same time. It was easy to explain that I love to run and I love to challenge myself and work on …

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5 Mile Race Recap

Today was the 7th annual St Paddy’s 5 miler; and it was my 3rd time running this race. What traditionally is a St Patrick’s weekend race was moved to April this year due to traditionally very cold and windy weather on race day in March. Today we woke up to …

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5 Mile Time Trial Recap

My strategy of writing about my timed runs seemed to have worked the last time, so I am hoping by getting this down in writing I can let it go. This week instead of a long run, my weekend run was a timed 5 mile trial. I was okay with …

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Taking Time to Breathe

It is easy to get caught up in the race-both literally and figuratively, always training, pushing, comparing, competing, with your old self and with others. Every now and then it is good to stop. This week I wrote about focusing more on the process, not the prize, and part of …

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Thought for the week: Compliance vs Engagement

In the classroom and in the school of life the difference between compliance and engagement matters; to me anyways. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time with some amazing educators who make me think, and one topic that keeps coming up over and over again is the …

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