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A Different Kind of Year

Last night as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep I was feeling slightly bad for myself when I thought about how my workouts had changed and how my running habits had changed. But then I recalled that in spite of what feels like a shift toward “exercising” (I …

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Surviving and Thriving in a Noisy World

I am finally reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Just Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I say finally because I have been afraid to read it until now because of what I thought I would find out. I am an introvert, and for what feels …

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My Introverted Life

Sometimes sucks. I had a moment of realization yesterday (thank goodness for yoga) when I finally figured out that I don’t need to be a “joiner.” Lately I feel as if every where I go the focus is on “community” and “belonging.” For as long as I can remember I …

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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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Breathing In and Breathing Out

Breathe

Add breathing to the list of things I never thought about before thanks to Gain Strength and Conditioning. Breathing is a skill, just like standing, sitting and walking. Breathing is one of those things that is automatic-meaning, you don’t really have to think about it to keep doing it-but paying …

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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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Lifestyle Challenge Week 1: What I learned

As we head into Lifestyle Challenge Week 2, I want to reflect just a bit on what I learned in Week 1; what stuck, what didn’t, and why? NUTRITION: My nutrition goal is to make sure I eat well; that means eating a good balance of carbs and protein, paying particular …

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Facing the Biggest Challenge Yet

It’s not about marathons, olympic lifts, or interval training; but it is going to take commitment, perseverance, practice and patience on my part. Right now I’m thinking about it-again, which is why I am writing about it. Over my lifetime I have always participated in physical activities that required me to …

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Paying Attention to Your Body

I didn’t realize I was getting sick, until today, now that I am feeling 100 percent better, (and I still have a left over cough!) Next time-if there is a next time-I will pay more attention to how I feel and not dismiss feelings of stress, soreness and exhaustion as …

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