Archive for March, 2013

Bold Wear

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 15, 2013 by activerunner

Yes, it is true.  I like to shop.  What can I say? I’m a girl.  But I’m not one of those girls who can spend hours upon hours at the mall.  I get sick of shopping pretty quick, unless I’m shopping for something specific and one of those somethings is running apparel.  Running is for the mentally and physically tough.  One should look the part, don’t ya think?  Clothing is one way to portray this.  BE BOLD!

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I could spend every dime in my bank account on running gear; shoes, socks, tank tops, shorts, and winter wear.  New running apparel serves as my motivation.  And I’m sure it could boost your motivation as well.  If I buy a sweet new pair of running shorts, I have to get out there and show them off… along with my amazing running skills.  I like bold colors that are bright and exciting.  It just screams run to me.  And when running by, you’ll see a swift blur of color, then suddenly it’ll be gone as quickly as it came.

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Yes, it is true.  I enjoy running.  What can I say, I’m crazy!  Some of you may not believe that running can be exciting at all, even with the extravagant running wear.  Well you are wrong!  But, the apparel only does so much.  You’ve got to change things up every once in a while.  Each running occasion can require different kinds of running gear.  Run in different locations; in the sand, in the rain, at night.  Find different running trails and enjoy the scenery.  Sign up for races; there’s The Ragnar, obstacle courses, 5k’s, 10k’s, and if you’re really excited a marathon.  Competition always makes running more exciting.  Run with and against your friends, if you have any.  Run down a mountain; believe me when I say there is plenty of excitement to running down a steep slope, avoiding rocks, trees, and a potentially painful face plant. 

Hopefully falling is not a regular occurrence for most runners.  but if you do happen to trip and eat asphalt, at least you will look stylish while doing so,  making that fall a lot less embarrassing.  Although,  Your bright clothing may attract more attention than you want at that moment… it adds to the excitment!  And blood can only add to the appeal.  The color red couldn’t be more BOLD.

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adversarial Flower

Posted in Off on a Tangent with tags , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by activerunner

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. ” Some of the best quotes are off Disney Movies..  I have recently been thinking a lot about losses, trials, or to spell it out simply, bad experiences.  I watched the Layton High girls play in the State Championship Game a while ago.  They did so well in the state tournament.  It took me back to MY high school days.  They played hard all season working to reach the state title.  Yet,  once they got there they couldn’t finish.  It happens.  What was the point of all that hard work when they lost it all in the end?
I have come a long way since high school.  I’m not even the same person!  In high school I was this skinny, odd, airheadish, lazy, shy, unconfident, little girl.  Although I still have a lot of these same qualities, I’ve improved myself significantly since then.  I can attribute my improvement to all the “traumatic” experiences I’ve dealt with in my lifetime.  Not that they have really been all that horrible.  as I Look back at my high school problems, thinking they were awful at the time, are now somewhat hilarious.  But however stupid those so called problems were, they were problems none the less.  In High School I had things I wanted to become, things I wanted to accomplish, but those things were seemingly out of reach.  But those three years taught me that most things aren’t necessarily unreachable if one works hard enough to get there.
I have played basketball my entire life.  Well, let me rephrase that… I have loved basketball my entire life, but most the time I warmed the bench.  Once I got to high school, basketball was the top of my priorities.  I wanted a starting position.  I wanted to be the star, but I lacked confidence, and to state it harshly, skill.  The girls on my team were so talented.  Layton hasn’t seen such talent since my year, and I’m not being biased.  It was hard not to feel unconfident when playing with them.  But even with all our talent, we struggled.  My sophomore year we made it to State but  lost in the semi finals.  My Junior year we made it to the Championship game, but lost again!  after all that, it would have been easy to say,  “it’s no use, we can’t reach it.”  But we didn’t.  My senior year we were determined.  We put it all together and became State Champions with ease.  I played a total of twenty seconds in that game.  Something I’ve never truly admitted to anyone because I was always embarrassed about it.  But thats the point.  I learned something from that game….  All my teams hard work paid off and If they could do it, why couldn’t I?  I have long since proven to myself that I can hold my own in a game a basketball.  Yes, it would of been nice to have gained that skill and confidence in high school when it counted, but it’s the principal of the matter.  I learned I was capable of more.
In high school I wasn’t only just a skinny nerd, I did have some talents.  I was a natural runner, which most high schoolers thought was pretty nerdy.  I did cross-country my freshman year and I was good.  But, I hated running!  it was painful and considered lame.  But despite my lack of dedication, I was among the top runners on my team.  Cross country taught me how to get through unpleasant situations as well as unbearable pain.  Even though running was low on my list of priorities, I ran every single mile in practice and in meets with out stopping, even when I hated it.  (Which was basically every day of the season.)  I have turned that hate into love.  I now love everything about running.  Yes, it is hard and sometimes I don’t want to do it, but that is what makes it so worth while!  It gives me a sense of accomplishment.
after high school I went off to college to become a health teacher.  Little did I know what I was getting myself into.  College was fun and I loved it.  I gained a passion for health and fitness and graduated with high hopes of finding a job.  That job didn’t come as quickly as I would have liked.  so I was stuck mowing lawns and smelling like grass for yet another summer.  I started substitute teaching in the fall and sometimes felt I might die of boredom sitting in class after class watching students do busy work all day.  It took me two years to find the glorious job I have now.  But two years of managing students whose behavior, changes significantly when their regular teacher is not around, helped to prepare me for the crazy junior high students I spend so much time with now a days.
There is always going to be something you want that is hard to obtain, that takes time to obtain.  You may hate working toward what you want at times, but If it was easy it wouldn’t mean anything.  obtaining a dream is an amazing accomplishment!  But it’s not the actual dream that has the meaning.  The meaning is in the journey, is in the growth that takes place while traveling toward it.  And because of that growth, we can better accept the end result, win or lose, success or failure.  We may even start out chasing a dream and on the way change our dream completely.  In reality we are all late bloomers.  We may bloom and flourish in one area and wilt away in another.  But the point is that we tried and became better for it!  As long as we are improving on the quest toward our dream, only then will the end result be truly worth while.  Lady Lancers, you all played wonderfully.  Don’t think about the loss, think about the season.  Think about the struggles you overcame.  Think about your teammates and how you came together.  Think about where you first started compared to where you finished.  Think about the hard work and how it really did pay off.  It happened.