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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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The New Normal

It has been awhile since I have written a post, and honestly, I don’t have much to say-which is a good thing. I am gradually getting back to a new normal. Instead of forcing my body and mind into a structure which was making me feel stressed and tired, I …

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Time for a Break

I have been working out at least twice a week, with a trainer in a gym for 4 years and 9 months; the last year of that it has been 3 times a week. Two to three hours a week, lifting weights, getting stronger, more fit, so that I can …

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Your Body is Smarter Than You Are

ho·me·o·sta·sis ˌhōmēəˈstāsəs/ noun the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes. It’s been a challenging couple of weeks, but as usual, reflecting on lessons learned seems to help keep things in perspective while I struggle to maintain positivity. My big lesson this …

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Patterns of Learning

This week was rough. The taper is real. Even though I have not been running hard the last 3 weeks, I was still in taper mode this week, dialing back on the training which means I had more time to think and sometimes that is a bad thing. Little things …

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3 Things That Helped Me Get Back to Running

This was not the post I intended to write when I started writing. I wanted to write something like, “Four ways to train through injury” or “How I survived an ankle sprain to get back to running” but the story always comes back to decisions we make that affect us …

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Injury Update: It’s all mental now, or is it?

It has now been 10 days since I sprained my foot/ankle in a trail race, while training for my goal race which is in 12 days. I have been working hard to maintain my fitness-without running. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to have patience and to remain calm and …

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Training through Injury

It has been 5 days since I rolled my right ankle 8.5 miles into a 10 mile trail race and recovery is going well. My goal is to be ready to run the Solomon Running Festival 25k in 2 weeks; the race I have been training for since February. But I …

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I am not an Olympic Athlete

So much talk and so many stories about the “Road to Rio” right now. So many athletes, so many years of training, hopes and dreams and it all comes down to 1 race, 1 meet, 1 lift, 1 hole, 1 game. Not everyone makes it. That is the way life …

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