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Strength is a Choice, Not a Situation

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

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 yougave 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.

Perfect Storm

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

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!!

Time

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 30, 2012 by activerunner

I’ve never truly experienced not having enough time.  I’ve always had time, too much time, so much time I’d find my self completely bored.  I’ve never not had the time to go run, workout, or have quality me time!  Everyone should have time for themselves but sometimes there’s just not enough time.

I guess this is what happens when you finally land a real job, or in other words a career.  I now have real responsibilites.  I remember when I thought mowing lawns was a big responsibility.  But despite my new full time job as a teacher and coach, I never thought I’d be this busy.  I always thought people were crazy!  I didn’t care who you were, my belief was you could always find time for a work-out no matter where you were in life.  I’m now learning how stupid I was back then.

I still think getting in your daily stress reliever is important.  Running is my stress reliever and I haven’t had time to stress relieve for three days now.  I am feeling the effects.  I’m more irritable, less patient…. although I never was very patient, stress keeps piling on, and more importantly I feel gross and out of shape.  I’m not happy with it and I’m definitely not used to it.

So how do you adjust to this new demanding life of adulthood… when all your life you’ve been an irresponsible kid?  I’m still working on that.  Right now I’m just trying to manage my time as effectively as possible.  I’ve realized how lazy i was as a college student.  I wasted so much time, time that I definitely wouldn’t mind having now.  These days every minute is planned out, I don’t have time to waste.  I don’t have time to be lazy!

As you get older you receive more responsibilities and less time.  If you want to stay healthy and in shape you’ve got to make time.  Set time aside specifically for your daily run.  Sacrifices must be made.  I know it’s hard to move things around and make space for something tiring. You’re already tired after working non stop all day.  But trust me when I say a daily work out among all the work and stress will do wonders for you, even if its just for fifteen minutes.  I don’t care who you are…. You can find fifteen minutes of down time.  I guess my original belief is still holding strong.  Guess I wasn’t so stupid after all.

Color Me Rad!

Posted in Races with tags , , , on April 29, 2012 by activerunner

The Color Me Rad race was quite the success!  Although, you couldn’t really call it a race because most people walked the course, I had a lot of fun and certainly did not walk.  The race was held at UVU in Orem and full of colorful people.  At the start of the race you are given packets of color, which you are supposed to save and use at the end of the race so all can finish with an explosion of color.  Some had a hard time saving their color however.  Once the race started it seemed just like any other 5k except for the fact that everyone was in white. Image Throughout the course, color stations are placed at random locations.  you run through these color stations while people on the side lines spray you with a colorful syrup… I’m not sure what this colorful syrup was made of, but I heard a rumor that it was watery cornstarch.  Though it smelled a lot like laundry detergent to me.  Anyway, these people were very good at spraying you in the face with color.  I was hoping they would aim more below the shoulders, but my group and I had mouthfuls of color by the end of the race.  Some more than others.

I would recommend running this race to anyone.  But I’d say actually try running it.  Walking is for the not so colorful.  What’s the next race I plan to run?  I think I’m going for the Dirty Dash.

The Coaches Perspective

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 11, 2012 by activerunner

We had a meet at Fremont High school today.  If you look at some of my runners times you will see that a lot of them did not improve… they got slower.  This is about the time in the season when runners become more lethargic than usual.  They start slacking off, skipping practices, swinging on swings and playing on the playground instead of running in the park like they are supposed too!  Yes, I caught some of my runners doing just that.  How old are they?  At least when I was their age I had enough respect to hide my laziness from the coach!  If you are going to slack off don’t do so in plain sight.  Of course when they saw me coming towards them, they ran away quick enough to get their heart rates pumping.  Now I know how my high school track coach felt when I was one of these… so called runners.  Its a totally different view from the coaches perspective, if only these kids could see it.

Everything is just sooooo much more dramatic when you are in high school.  You hear the track workout for the day and think you may not survive!  The sun actually comes out for once and you think you may get heat stroke in seventy degree weather. You get shin splints and you are permanently injured for the rest of the season!  Shin splints are not at the top of the serious injury list guys.

I do have a good handful of runners that work their tails off.  And you can tell who they are because they are the ones that improve their times every week, or at least come relatively close.  The difference is like night and day.  These kids shine and rise above the rest.  These kinds of kids make coaching worth while because these are the kids that are actually coach-able.  A coach can only do so much.  I can try and encourage,motivate, and inspire runners, and many times it works.  But performance is ultimately up to the individual.  It’s called self motivation.  If a runner is not motivated to improve, coaching is not going to do much good.  Once a runner has that motivation and desire to become better, that is when he or she looks to the coach for help.

And that is what I’m here for!  I love coaching, I love seeing athletes improve and reach their goals.  I love all the runners even the ones that slack off here and there.  Hey, I used to be one of them… so I probably shouldn’t be too hard on them.  But I find it refreshing to see young athletes with a desire to work hard and become better.  They definitely have a head start, which can greatly contribute to winning a race.

I want to thank all my coaches who were there pushing me to become better.  I may not have appreciated it back then, but I definitely do now.  It’s about time I gained a little perspective.

Path of Least resistance

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 1, 2012 by activerunner

I am a fitness runner.  I run to stay fit, to stay strong, to stay competitive, and to stay healthy.  I do not run for the fun of it, although I do enjoy running, I run to improve.  I’m the kind of person who always wants to be the best at what I do.  As impossible as that is, there is a path one must take in order to improve.   I won’t even come close to my goals by taking the path of least resistance.  And how boring would that be anyway?  Resistance is the cause of motivation.

here you are running along when suddenly you come to a fork in the road.  Which path will you take??

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The sunny path looks friendly,but maybe, just once, you should try taking a different road, a road that may challenge you.  Taking a harder path may not always be enjoyable but it’s definitely a lot more exciting.  Believe me I know! Last year while training to do a half marathon, despite my earlier premise to never run a race loner than 6 miles, I decided to add some hill work to my training. There is an over pass by my house that I like to run up and down when I am feeling overly motivated.  So there I was… running up and up.  Once I made it to the top I tripped over a metal wired ring I thought might be fun to step in.  Next thing i know, I’m skidding down the hill on my hands and knees.  First thing I do once I came to a stop is look around to see if anyone saw me fall ever so gracefully.  Next, I looked down at my hands and couldn’t believe what I was seeing!

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This is a picture the damage after i scrubbed the rocks out of my hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as I said, the path of resistance may not be enjoyable but hey, it can make for a good story as well as experiences that you won’t get anywhere else.  Try something challenging, test what you are made of.  You might surprise yourself or learn what you need to work on.  I can definitely say I learned to be more careful running down hills.  And I can proudly say I have run up and down that hill many times since then without falling!  But the main thing I learned is to get back up.  I did not let that exciting experience keep me away from running that hill again.  If you face a challenge and fail the first time, keep trying.  You can succeed and conquer no matter how steep the hill, no matter how big the fall.

Prove to yourself that you can handle resistance. Choose the path that will lead to your goals.  When at a fork between the hill and the sun, I’ll take the hill.  I’m sure the view is a lot better from there anyway.

Running Weather

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by activerunner

Spring is in the air! At least on some days.  Utah weather tends to change every 15 minutes.  We had Davis District Championships on Wednesday and Thursday and the weather was constantly changing.  For a few hours the sun peeped through the clouds, the next few hours there was wind and a few drops of rain, and then it just got cold!  I laughed, but felt a little bad for my runners.  It always seems the wind decides to pick up during a distance event.  can’t the weather just make up it’s mind?  But my runners stick it out through all kinds of weather.

Watching distance runners is actually quite comical.  You see them start out strong and fast, trying to get a good position in the pack.  Congrats! One lap down only 7 more to go… What! Are you serious??  You see their facial expressions go from strong and confident to agony and exaustion.  I remember being totally confident before specific races, “I have been training for this my whole life! I’m amazing!!” but half way through the race I’m thinking… “Oh why? Why do i put myself through this??”

Quite possibly running is like the weather.  at one point you feel like you can run forever…  at the other you feel like you are going to die a slow and painful death, yet you push through the overflow of emotions and finish the race.  At that point you feel exhaustion, pain, proud, and exhilarated all at the same time.  can’t you make up your mind? Bravo to those who do run in all types the weather… seems you’ve made up your mind to stick it out no matter what.