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Past, Present, Future

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a post but something happened. Something BIG. After 10+ years of being a stay-at-home-mom, I got a job. A full time job. That’s a lot of hours away from home, away from my kids, away from the free will that allowed me to run whenever I wanted and to write blog posts whenever I wanted. It was a big transition at first- for me and my entire family- but now, after 5 months, I’m finally getting into a good grove.

Kinda.

The Laura of 5 months ago was so dedicated to running and working out and setting goals and running race after race after race with abandon (when I wasn’t injured, that is) and the Laura of right now is finding some challenge in staying as dedicated. Depending on my life/work balance at the moment, my motivation tends to wane and sleeping to all of 6:30am is often so much more appealing than getting up at 4:45am to get my miles in. Continue reading

Today’s Reason: Time

I know, I know, I’ve been negligent with blogging as of late as I’ve been so incredibly busy with life, kids, training, volunteering, and starting a new job- even with 24 hours at my disposal every day, I find it hard to accomplish all that I want to!  However, “I’m too busy!” is an excuse we all give, maybe more akin to a constant lie we tell ourselves when deciding what, to whom and how we should dedicate our precious time.

Even though I haven’t been writing about running, I have been running. With 3 weeks to go until the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF, I’m determined to accomplish my training- fitting it in to the rest of my life right now is certainly a challenge but I am trying and I am doing… and I have been constantly thinking about how my choices truly impact my time- my Lifetime, my Me Time, and my Running Time. Continue reading

Resolve to Run More

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With the new year nearly here, I’ve only got one resolution for 2015: run more. This past year has been one of injury and injury recovery for me, taking me away from my normal training, normal exercising, normal eating , normal writing and I am oh so eager to get back to normal! My injuries nearly healed, I’m starting out slowly, trying to be patient and easy on myself while pushing myself to tackle new races and my third 26.2 next Spring.

I started 2014 with a fractured rib then when that was healed, injured the meniscus and MCL in my right knee, then after months of PT for the knee, was in a car accident and suffered (and am STILL suffering) a concussion.  None of the above allowed me to keep running the road and the negative emotions I had to deal with as a result were normal, I guess… it’s all tied together… hence the solitary resolution this coming new year.

Running more means I will eat right which means I’ll start losing this injury weight which means I will run better which means I will start to believe in myself again which means I’ll write more. Just one simple resolution gets me back to where I was, to the “me” I know I can be.

Running more also means setting more goals- even when I was injured I still kept completing races (totally untrained) but in 2015 I plan to actually finish them well. I’m lucky that despite my injuries, I was still selected to be race ambassador for the Surf City Marathon (and half), the San Luis Obispo Marathon (& half), and the Zooma Napa Valley Half Marathon (and 10K) so I’ve got a pretty good race calendar already set for 2015.  I plan to run the Surf City half 2/1/15, the SLO full 4/26/15, the Zooma half on 6/20/15, and you KNOW I’ll try everything in my power to run Nike SF again in October 2015!  I’m looking very forward to yet another year full of happy, yet challenging, running goals.

Bring. It. ON!

So if you’re willing to take that leap with me and resolve to run more, register for a race today, set that training plan in stone and get to work! If I can do it, we can all do it- a new year means a fresh start with 365 days full of potential and since I turned 40 this year (ick), I plan to take nothing for granted and will embrace every moment of running, resting, laughing and crying with deep appreciation.  Happiness, to me, is found in those moments- running miles while maintaining smiles resulted from doing that which I love to do. Running is hard but my life is certainly easier because of it.

And with that, dear readers, I thank you for a year of sticking with me despite the rampant injury and lack of running, for reading, commenting and “liking” all along the way… I promise next year will be back to “normal” and as awesome as ever!

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR AND ALL THINGS FABULOUS IN 2015!!!

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2014 is history, 2015 is history-in-the-making- how will you write your story in the new year? What running goals have you set? How do you plan to stay motivated and on track on the way to that finish line?

Positive Sports Coaching

As soon as I returned from my fabulous vacation in Hawaii, school started for the kids and I have been oh so busy with all that that I haven’t found much time to sit still and just write. I have SO MANY OTHER things to blog about right now (race recap, more giveaways, gear reviews, Nike training update, et cetra) but last night, while I was attending a Positive Coaching Alliance workshop for my kids’ first season in soccer, I was inspired to share some of the things I learned…

After a long day of work and school followed by a hour and a half kiddo soccer practice, I was not too thrilled to attend a workshop from 7pm-9pm last night. Not. At. All. Further, as I didn’t participate in organized sports growing up I couldn’t really relate to or answer any questions that applied to the game of soccer or competition among youth. My mind kept wandering out of boredom but then I found myself taking notes and started applying the principles I was learning towards running.  (I’ll work on applying it all to the kids’ soccer too, I swear!)

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Today’s Reason: The Movies

Run, Forrest, Run!

Run, Forrest, Run!

There’s something kinda strange about me and if you know me in real life, I think you would agree- when I find something I really like, I don’t easily let go and even start to identify with whatever that thing may be. Some call it obsession, I call it passion.

One of my first loves was radio, and I listened constantly as a kid, enjoying every genre of music, knowing all call letters and the on-air schedules of all my favorite DJs. I grew to also love singing, dancing, anything purple, red wine, fine dining, and then eventually- you guessed it- running.

I originally went to college to study acting and at USC I had to start working full time in order to afford such an expensive school yet found no money leftover for head-shots nor any time leftover to audition. I then decided go the academic route instead and when I got into film school, my absolute obsession with all things cinematic began…

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Today’s Reason: The Long Run

I was out with a friend for dinner last night and she asked me, “How did you figure out you loved running?” And I really had to pause to think about that… I told her it all began for me 6 years ago because of Oakland Adventure Boot Camp, or really, in the absence of it.  After I started going to the gym and stopped going to boot camp, I kept challenging myself to do what my boot camp trainers had challenged us to: run the entirety- all 3 miles- of Lake Merritt.  That seemed SO HARD to me back then!  “Justholdonasecondhere- you want me to run, without stopping, all the way around the whole entire lake? It’s so big! Who does that?! 3 miles?!?!?! No way!!!!”

Despite how daunting those 3 miles seemed to me at the time, I kept trying and trying and trying to propel my body around that lake 3 or 4 times a week, every week. I’ll never forget the moment I finally accomplished my goal of running the whole entire lake- I was elated and so proud of myself that I went ahead and signed up for my first 5K race in April 2009 and for about a year, that 3 miles was my long run.

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Anya’s Ultramarathoning Awesomeness

Anya at the finish line of her very first ultra!

I already introduced you to my friend Kate and her Ultramarathoning Awesomeness, and now for part two, I would like you to meet Anya!

I met Anya during our first season with Team in Training but it really wasn’t until our second season together as mentors that we got really close, especially on those 6am, very dark, very cold, very wet buddy runs.  She is probably going to kill me for saying this but not only is Anya an amazing runner but is she such a sweetheart!  Don’t let the fact that she wears all black fool you- she is kind, funny as heck, and the type of person that will tell you what you need to hear even if you don’t want to hear it!  I LOVE THAT!

After completing 2 seasons of road running with TNT, Anya informed me that she was going to go Ultra.  And, honestly, I was very surprised! Knowing the struggles she had on the road, I was a little concerned for my friend that jumping from a road half to a trail ultra may just ruin Anya for life; but, knowing this team and these Coaches, she was in the best hands ever.  Within just a few runs on the trail, Anya was hooked!  And here is what she had to say about it…

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