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Friday, August 28, 2015

Your Running Moment of Zen

It has been a while since I have blogged but I have been on the running, eating, and strength training track.  I feel pretty good.  It has just been busy with work, life, and taking care of my mom and aunt.  This week I got to travel to work to my favorite place in Georgia, Jekyll Island.  It is amazingly beautiful and peaceful.  Though I had conference duties I did manage to get out to run both yesterday morning and today.  I am back home now.

I thought I would share a quick check in and my own "Running Moments of Zen"  with pictures seen on my runs this week in Jekyll.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Having some Fun

I think sometimes as runners we can, don't kill me, take ourselves way too seriously.  Not every run is an Olympic training exercise. In fact it is okay to go out and run everyday and never do track intervals! Like today, it is even okay to got to a race with no intention to PR or win your age group.  It can be liberating to have no goal other than to have fun, look at a pretty park, and spend time with your significant other.  After a long week of caring for family, a busy work schedule, and hubby's first week back with the kidlets; the idea of pushing ourselves to race the hot hilly Jog Days of Summer Course did not seem to be in the cards.

We started back in wave C and we just enjoyed the rare low humidity August morning.  If you are not familiar with Atlanta, and its relative proximity to the equator, you might not realize what an unexpected gift that was.  So now, serious runners, I already know what you are thinking.  Low humidity on race day?  Ditch those taking it easy plans.  This is your moment!  Well it was a moment.  It was a moment to remember why we love running.  Surprisingly it is not in the PRs and medals though they are nice.  It is in the races where we just let go of everything else and enjoy the moment for what it was.  It was just fun and sometimes that is what you need even more than a PR.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

When Life Gets in the Way

So I have been away for a little while.  You know how it is when life gets in the way of the things you want to do.  That has been my life story for the last couple of weeks.  So... how have things been going?  Well it is a mixed bag.

Blogging - Duh! Obviously I have sucked at that!

Running - Though I don't blog about it; I have been running everyday.  I had a rough race two weeks ago.  Bad cramps and a lot of walking.  Still got it done.

Strength training - Yea, I am supposed to be doing that twice a week.  After 3 weeks off I got back to two days this week.  I was even still able to find my gym.

Eating - Vacation I took off from my fitness pal and just enjoyed myself tracked nothing.  Hence the race when we got back in town.  Note to self - don' do that then race.  Came back and I have been using my fitness pal and my Fitbit Charge HR.  I am 3 pounds from my goal.  It is amazing how a little accountability really makes a difference.

Work - Has been crazy busy, but with some new staff and energy we have been working on some exciting new projects.  That is fun.

Home - So my home with hubby and cats has been all a buzz with the start of hubby's school year, but has remained a calm and peaceful respite.  My extended family obligations have been raging out of control and I again find myself care taking family members due to consistently bad health/life choices.  What is different?  I stopped blaming them and started to just serve with a giving heart.  I realized their choices are not now, nor will they become my choices.  I just need to see this through with compassion.  The attitude you have going in makes a huge difference.

I dropped the judgement and picked up understanding and compassion.

So that is where I have been and where I am going.  It is going to be up and down for a while.  I will do my best to blog on the downhills.  Hope things are going well for you!