Strength is a Choice, Not a Situation

Posted in Training, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 11, 2017 by Hikernik

Screenshot 2017-06-11 22.38.52I am the kind of person that gets bored easily.  It’s only been 4 days since school ended for the summer and already boredom is setting in.  Saying I enjoy being active is a humungous understatement.  Of course I want to be fit and healthy, but I also simply enjoy doing different activities that challenge me and open my eyes to something new, rather than just chilling on the couch watching Netflix, which don’t get me wrong…. I’ve done a lot of.  Becoming fit and healthy can be done in so many different ways.  The one thing it should never become is boring and monotonous.   If it is…. you are doing it wrong.  There are endless active opportunities to participate in.  It’s ridiculous!  And to say that you don’t enjoy exercise just means you haven’t found a passion yet.  So keep looking.

I have ADD when it comes to exercise.  My exercise regime is impulsive and sporadic, but guess what?  That is not necessarily a bad thing.  Having all your balls in one court, makes you an expert on that court and that court alone.  Sure, you’re an expert and also quite comfortable but strength comes from discomfort.  Once you have reached a high comfort level, it is time to reach for something else.  The more you do, the better you will become.  “The purpose of training is to tighten the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”  Do you do that by doing pushups or sit-ups? Neither.  You dothis by trying, failing, and mastering multiple exercises and activities.  There is no secret formula that will make you an epitome of health.  The best part is that you get to choose the kind of strength you have.  You decide what you can and can’t do, what you’ll try and what you won’t, also what you achieve and HOW you fail.

There will be many times when you don’t feel like you accomplished anything.  And there will be things you simply cannot do.  You may have no way of succeeding.  The point is that you tried and that you gave everything to become something you can’t.  My husband and I are struggling with Infertility.  I’m not sure if I will ever have children… but it won’t be for lack of trying.  And I will go through Hell if only to try.  And I will be stronger for it.  Because other wise my “strength” is in something I already know I can do.  So here’s to the one thing you haven’t accomplished yet.  Go for it!  And don’t make excuses.  After all is said and done and you still couldn’t achieve, at least you will know you went as far as you personally could.  Your strength may not go as far as someone else’s.  To that,I’d say it’s a good thing you didn’t put all your balls in one court.

Reasons Change

Posted in Training, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 21, 2017 by Hikernik

I’ve changed.  I am not the same person I was when I started this blog.  Nor have I written for a good chunk of time.  Running used to be an everyday event for me.  I ran because I loved it and was good at it, but also because it gave me a sense of clarity.  While I ran, my  thoughts ran as well.  It was my time to worry, to day dream, to train and improve myself.  It was my time to redirect my worries and thoughts into something successful, which made for some amazing free therapy and awe inspiring self confidence.  Recently, I have gotten away from that.  I don’t run anymore, at least not nearly as much.  And I’m not sure why; a combination between no motivation and a busy schedule?  Perhaps my recent health issues have played a part, Or I just simply burned out…

Whatever the reason,  Running is still a big part of my life because it’s kind of my job.  The track season just ended for my Jr. High Students and school is finally coming to a close, thank goodness!  I did run with my track athletes towards the end of this season.  Getting back into running has been difficult.  And, I have recently decided that anyone who has ever said they hate running is well justified.  But it only took one good running day… after many terrible ones…. to remind me of what I have been missing.  So, starting tomorrow, I am running.  I am not saying I am going to be the same dedicated, hot headed training runner I used to be, or even as fast, because I was pretty fast!  I am simply saying I am going to run.  The weather is warm….ish, May weather in Utah is more than just unpredictable.  But weather will not be an excuse nor will anything else.  I am going to give this another try.  I will sign up for some races, run on a daily basis and hopefully find some new reasons to stick with it this time around.  After all, I have changed.  I am a different person and need to learn how to train the new me.

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Perfect Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 19, 2015 by Hikernik

The Davis Dash was held last night and was quite the event!  I have to say, in all my running endeavors this one was unlike any other.  The event was held as a way to support and raise money for all the schools in the district and also as a way to reward the teachers and faculty at those schools.  They had big prizes, a band,(which was surprisingly good) and food vendors.  A great event for a great cause!  But just because something is well thought out and organized, doesn’t mean it all works out perfectly.

On the day of the event the weather was a little overcast but pleasant.  It had been raining non stop for a while, so the break in the down pour gave me a glimmer of hope.  But even if it did rain, my husband and I had been running outside in it anyway.  The weather couldn’t be any worse than that right?  Well, as the event got closer, the clouds got darker.  But this is Utah, that could mean anything.  So we made our way to Farmington to check in.  I was wearing a Layton high hoody, because I have a million of them, and my old running shoes, because I didn’t want my beautiful new ones to get muddy.

As we stepped to the starting line, it started to drizzle.  The guy at the start gave us his speech about the course and the timer board at the finish line.  He told us to look at the board as we finished so we would know our time.  He then shot the gun and the race began.  As soon as that gun went off the clouds let loose.  It was ridiculous and we got pelted! I saw lightning a lot closer than I felt comfortable with. My hair was a wet matted mess in the wind.  Water slopped off my face and eyes as I ran through the muddy puddled trail.  I could hardly see!  deep wet puddles were everywhere and I had to slow down a lot to make sure I didn’t slip to my death.  My old once beloved running shoes are now a wet muddy mess.  My new ones, however, are safe and dry.  Good decision on my part.

The trail had some unexpected hills that I wasn’t mentally prepared for.  And, my sopping hoodie was weighing me down.  I cannot believe how heavy that hoody got.  I felt like I had gained twenty pounds.  unable to take it anymore, I stripped it off and chucked it to the side of the trail.  It’s whereabouts, unknown.   No worries though, I have plenty of replacements and felt much lighter throughout the rest of the race.  The trail wound around wooded trees and although they were tall, they didn’t provide much cover from the rain.  I was soaking wet as I crossed the finish line, when I looked to my left for the time board I found it, missing.  The lady at the finish said the heavy rain damaged it, so they took it down.

Needless to say that race felt like a long one, but as I finally finished, as the first girl by the way, I was proud that I was able to keep going despite the terrible weather conditions.  After Aaron and I had both finished, we made our way back to the jeep and stood in awe.  The clouds were lifted and there was no rain to be seen.  Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but the rain had completely stopped!  Why does that always happen?  Why is it that whenever there is any big event something happens to derail it?  The answer…. it just does! It’s part of life.  You can preplan, plan and organize every detail of your entire life and something will still find a way to throw those plans off track.  Honestly, I am surprised they didn’t cancel the event last night, I mean lightning is usually the deciding factor if all that rain wasn’t.  But why would they?  They had put way to much work in to just up and quit.  What a waste that would have been.  No, Instead we ran anyway, and gained another experience I will never forget.  Yes, I wanted the weather to be more accommodating, but without the rain I wouldn’t have gotten muddy shoes or lost my hoody.  I wouldn’t have screamed, as I slipped while running as fast as I could in the mud.  I wouldn’t have pushed as hard as I did to get out of the rain. And because I did, I won a twenty five dollar gift certificate to Sports Authority,  got to spend quality time with my husband, and have another finished race under my belt.  Looking back, as much as I didn’t want to run in that crazy rain storm, I’m glad I did.  Because perfect is boring.

Standing inside where it is safe!!

Standing inside where it is safe!!

New Territory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 19, 2015 by Hikernik

Running on untrodden soil makes the path rocky and rough, far tougher than any trail previously trodden.  A new kind of challenge set before us, with more to carry uphill.  For on this trail, it is no longer just one.  Together, we start at the bottom, working our way up.   Our path will provide new views, new problems, and new joys.  Our climb a struggle to test our abilities, patience and most importantly our dedication.  Dedication to lengthen our stride, to quicken our pace, to trod upward, and go the distance.  Our success is built upon this dedication.  The dedication to always moving forward and to never losing ground.  We have much to prove and unlimited potential, our path leading us to what we will become!  And so we stride with knowledge that we will never run alone.  As we stay on the narrow path with faith and vigour, we stride together.  We are in it for the long haul, progressing to the top, to our destination, helping each other along the way.  No matter the difficulties, on we will go.  For, the hardest and longest trails make for the most rewarding with the best views.  And I couldn’t see myself running with anyone else.

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2014 by Hikernik

This is exactly why PE should be a full year class. Kids simply sit around all day long. They need physical activity. It helps in all aspects of their lives including education.

Granted, and...

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

I have made a terrible mistake.

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching…

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Excuse the Dead

Posted in Races, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 21, 2014 by Hikernik

I’ve been sick for a month.  It’s awful.  I can’t breath, I’m congested, and I have a hacking cough that will not go away.  I haven’t felt like doing anything, especially running.  Yet, I signed up for a little Halloween 5k  more than a month ago.  The Night of the Running Dead! I ran this a few years ago as a human and won a hundred bucks.  This year I planned to win as a zombie.  But being sick, I had to make a decision whether I wanted to run or not.  Since I paid for it, I didn’t intend to waste my money.  But because I was sick I decided not to train for it at all.  After all it’s just a 5k right?  I had an excuse, I didn’t feel well…  And the dead, they don’t run fast.

In PE I have many students who make up excuses about why they can’t run.  They’re sick, they stubbed their toe, their finger hurts… Seriously.  They decide not to try.  After all it’s just PE Right?  PE isn’t seen as such a huge deal these days, but those excuses from students are not only exaggerated, but also hold them back from so many opportunities.  They miss out on accomplishment.  On improvement, hard work, and success. Not to mention a good grade.  But most of all, they miss out on performing to their potential.

I didn’t train for my race and in consequence I didn’t perform well.  I was disappointed in myself.  Yes, It was a for fun Zombie race, not a huge deal.  And, I felt I did relatively well considering my illness, but that is just a cop out, an excuse.   “I did pretty well considering I didn’t train at all!”  What does that even mean?  What? You would have done better had training taken place?  Well no kidding!  Anyone can say that.  But now all you have is the feeling of falling short, of not going where you could have, had you tried.  Excuses keep you from seeing results, they keep you from trying and that’s no way to run. That’s no way to live!  And if you are excusing yourself from living at your full potential, you aren’t living.  And the dead, they don’t go anywhere.


Fun Run! Although I wish I would have trained. I can’t just run for fun… I don’t know why, I just can’t. I wanna wiiiiin!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 19, 2014 by Hikernik

Running has been the best teacher I’ve ever had.  I do a lot of thinking when out running the streets, and It has taught me a lot about myself.  I realized today, while out for a jog, that I am pretty stubborn in certain aspects of my life while pretty passive in others.  Both those words have very negative connotations to them.  I hate that the word stubborn is looked at as such a negative.  I mean, when looking up synonyms for the word you find, Uncompromising, difficult, contrary, and even pigheaded.  But in my mind being stubborn is actually a positive, when in the right context.  It can become empowering. Running is obviously an important topic to me.  I have a blog dedicated to it.  But running, to me, is a lot more than just a way to stay in shape.  It is what keeps me mentally, emotionally and physically strong and healthy.  I am very adamant about this belief and I show it.  I go running almost every day.  Even when I don’t want to, even when it hurts.  I do this because I have made up my mind to do so, and there isn’t anything that will change my mind about it.  Not even my own laziness.  Stubborn. I’m talking about making up your mind to accomplish something.  But for once I’m not talking about running, I’m talking about life.  I’m sure each and every person has an ideal of what they want to become.  It’s right there, deep down inside of you.  What do you want in life? What kind of person do you want to be?  What do you want to accomplish?  You can see it.  But the world gets in the way.  You find excuses, reasons to let those ideals pass by.  You put fear in control, you start thinking it’s too hard and settle for something easier or for something beneath your standard.  But running races has taught me that sometimes I have to look deep down within myself and reach for the reasons that keep me going and then make up my mind about them.  That is what helps me finish the race at the time I set for myself, that is what keeps me from settling for a slower pace, even when the race is painful, even when the race is hard. There are certain standards that I want to uphold as a person and as a member of my church.  There are things I want to accomplish; I want to be happy and successful, I want a good strong relationship with God, I want to be kind and encouraging, I want to be a great teacher and acquire the gift of persuading truth and motivating action, I want to get married and have kids, I want to be a good wife and mother, but mostly I want to be consistent.  To uphold high standards  even with all the so called”reasons” to settle for less.  Being a Pigheaded, Uncompromising Stubborn is imperative in this context. life is a race