*Disclaimer: Robert was right and I am openly admitting that into cyberspace where I know he can cite this for eternity.
I have never been a huge fan of running with headphones in. When Robert and I run together we talk or just enjoy being together and on my daily runs I never really found the need to listen to music. With our move to Tennessee and our work schedules changing most of our daily runs have switched to being completed on our own because the timing just doesn’t work out for us to put in miles together. So in order to get himself through the void of my rousing conversation at 4:30 AM Robert started listening to podcasts when he ran.
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When it comes to running and training (for any event of any distance), most people know that they need to put in the mileage to achieve their goals. They need to wake up early and lace up their shoes or find the energy to get out the door after a long day at work. Another key part that many people often overlook (and I myself am very guilty of this as well) is putting in the proper work AFTER the run. I’m talking about stretching. There are several key muscle groups within the leg and foot that help propel us through our athletic pursuits. These muscles need to be maintained and cared for if we expect them to keep up with the rigors we put them through during our training. Medi-Dyne has just the product to make sure you not only give these muscles the attention they need, but that you do so effectively and efficiently as well. Continue reading
I am really excited because I have been selected as a ZOOMA Race Ambassador for 2017. ZOOMA is a race series across the country with the goal of helping women live healthy, inspired, and active lives. When I found out about ZOOMA I had a flashback to coaching Girls on the Run at NativityMiguel and how empowering it was to work with younger girls on improving their self-esteem and reaching goals through running. I of course had to apply to be a part of this amazing team so that I could try to help women have the same positive experience that the girls on my team did.
Most things we find ourselves doing in life can fall into one of two broad categories: those things we zone out when we do them and find ourselves just going through the motions, and those things we pay close attention to while doing them. Running is no different. Some runs are more exciting than others. So, how do you bridge the gap between the boring training runs and the exciting training runs all while making progress towards achieving success? Travis Macy’s Ultra Mindset #5 tells you to think about your thinking.
There is a delicate balance when your husband is also your training partner. Robert and I have been working on that balance since we started dating. We went on our first run together a few weeks into our relationship and ever since then we have been learning how to walk the fine line of knowing when to push each other, when to be there for each other, and when to be the bad guy. Continue reading
This article is part of an eight part series around Travis Macy’s book, “The Ultra Mindset.” Parts one through three can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Ultra mindset number 4 is all about me. Well, it’s all about you too. Mindset number 4 is, “Have an ego and use it – until it’s time to put it away.” Having an ego can be a great tool in your arsenal if it is utilized in the right way. The power of positive thinking can go an extremely long way in helping you reach success, but it is important to strike a balance between confidence and overconfidence.
This week’s post will discuss Ultra Mindset principle number 3, “Find Your Carrot.” If you haven’t had a chance yet, go back and read principle #1 and principle #2. When I talk to people about my training and racing, I often hear them say things like, “I don’t know how you do it” or “I could never do that.” I usually go on to tell them that it doesn’t happen overnight, it is a process that builds upon itself, and that anyone truly could do it with the right amount of dedication and motivation. This week’s principle focusses on that last part: motivation. Continue reading