Posts tagged Motivation
Bad Races Have Their Place

I lined up for the USATF 15k Championships at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, FL this past weekend. It was my third time racing and I was sure this year would be different than the rest. My previous two experiences were plagued by my insecurities and I left dissatisfied. I was in a different place this year. I felt ready to race. I planned to go out with the leaders and challenge myself mentally and physically by putting myself in the most uncomfortable place I could be. I don’t like to start to fast. I like to be controlled. So I practiced what I am worst at and went for it. It wasn’t my day but days like this have their place in training cycle. Read on for my full Gate River recap.

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2019: Time for a Change

I spent the better part of 2018 trying to convince myself that I was okay with being where I am. Sometimes I believed it. Sometimes I just wanted to go back in time and start over. I have found that being in the present and focusing on improving each day is where I should be but the way I frame that in my mind needs to change. Reflecting on this last year I have a lot to be thankful for but performance wise, I was not there. I been marathoning for a year, progressing a little bit each time but I started way off where I wanted to be. As 2018 came to a close I just knew, it was time for a change. Read on for my outlook and plan for 2019.

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Grandmas Marathon Race Recap

When the gun goes off, the work is done, the taper is over, and the only thing that stands between you and your goals is your mind and the decisions you make along the way. Sometimes things out of your control will happen, but as is the way with life. It is important to remember that there will always be other opportunities, other challenges, other successes, but also other let downs. When I began 2018 hoping to change my narrative post CIM, I was met with an even bigger obstacle. There was heartache in the pain of uncertainty but bravery in racing when I felt the most vulnerable. I fought my way back to the start line, making the final decision to go ahead and race at the beginning of May. It wasn't easy, it wasn't a PR, but I am so proud of where I ended up.

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My Prologue 2018

Everybody has a story. It's just up to you how you tell it. I've had my fare share of disappointments in my running career but I haven't let those times define me, I've chosen to help them shape me. Lets just say my stubbornness has forced me to learn the hard way many times. But now I am on a mission to let go of some of the control, have faith in the process, learn to relax, work hard but recover better, and love who I am and what I have got. I read an article by Allie Kiefer a week or so ago and it resonated with me. I've obsessed over food, feeling bad about the fact that I am not as skinny as most runners. I've felt what she felt and it's kept me from reaching my potential. But that stops now. 2018 is my year to shine. Starting with the events of the last month and my plans for the next year, this is #MyProlouge.

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