Health and Fitness · Writing

Obsession

Since last August when she arrived, I have rarely spent a day without getting in her saddle. I pedaled and huffed and puffed. I got a professional fitting, I joined the cult, ahem, the Power Zone Pack. New shoes came, as well as a more powerful fan. I have cycled my legs off for about… Continue reading Obsession

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Scary

I have this thing: apparently I like to scare myself. I jump into things and then figure out the how. I ran track for 3 weeks in the 8th grade and then decided I hated running. When I signed up for my first running event, it was only because my friend said it was doable… Continue reading Scary

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Resolutions or Goals?

It's that time of year where we take stock and reevaluate and set goals! Or when we think about our intentions for the next year. Or maybe you are in the camp of not doing anything of the sort. Either way, the end of the year is here! I went back and reviewed the blog… Continue reading Resolutions or Goals?

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New Year, New Me! (and all the other things we tell ourselves)

Christmas got put away today, all the boxes loaded up and back to their spot in the garage for another year. It's feeling fresh and clean in our space. The house is 99% uncpacked and is now home. The kids will be back to school and we'll be in our full swing regular routine again.… Continue reading New Year, New Me! (and all the other things we tell ourselves)

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Resolutioners

I love this season. Reflections, taking stock of accomplishments, setting new goals, appreciating the good of the past while looking ahead with anticipation of what the next year might bring. Lately much of what I hear at the gym is, something along the lines of, "Oh yeah, just wait until January! All the New Years'… Continue reading Resolutioners

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Push Pull

I think most people are the same in that we often have opposing ideas. Our ideals can often contradict our reality, such as our beliefs not always being aligned with our actions. If I had my way, I would live in a world without clutter. Paperwork and "stuff" that litters our countertops in piles would… Continue reading Push Pull

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

What Medals and Miles Will Teach You

When I started running, I remember my friends tracking numbers. Things like pace, distance, miles over the year. I remember thinking 300 miles seemed like so many to run over the course of one year. Then I started goal setting. Apps on the smartphone like MapMyRun and RunTracker got the job done, and eventually I got a GPS… Continue reading What Medals and Miles Will Teach You

Health and Fitness

Turn Off the Noise

I'm really tired. I'm tired of all the drama, the hype, the noise around pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Have you heard the term orthorexia? According to the National Eating Disorders Association: Orthorexia nervosa is not currently recognized as a clinical diagnosis in the DSM-5, but many people struggle with symptoms associated with this term. Those who… Continue reading Turn Off the Noise

Family · Health and Fitness

More Miles

"Mom, I want to run one mile a day for a hundred days. Then I will have ran 100 miles!" - Jacob, 6. Be still my beating heart. Out of the blue my son told me this while driving to a haircut appointment. I wasn't asking him to run, I wasn't telling him "Hey, you… Continue reading More Miles

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Shut Her Up

I set out to run a total of 500 miles in 2014. Late this fall, inspired by my niece, I decided to kick it into high gear and complete a 100 day streak - which would force me to complete my mileage goal. There were days when I really really did not want to get out… Continue reading Shut Her Up