Strong, Fit & Resilient. Get Motivated & Make It Happen!

I thought I was doing something wrong. When I pulled the rope…hard, it didn’t move. I leaned backwards, even with my full weight against it, the sandbag only shifted a little. Fortunately, two teammates stopped to help me. Together, we hoisted the bag into the air so I could finish.

That was 6 months ago. As a daily runner, I felt pretty invincible (ahem overconfident) prior to training for that race. I struggled with many of the serious strength activities.   Although I can run for miles, I learned, I’m not as strong as I thought I was. It also took over a week to recover from the assorted injuries. Which has prompted me to focus more on strength and flexibility, not just stamina, to become athletically well-rounded.

Cultivating Resilience

If life hasn’t followed ‘the plan’, you’ve likely earned the emotional resilience to handle most dilemmas. Making our bodies resilient…healthy and more resistant to injury or illness, is different. It’s not cumulative. To be physically fit, you’re just never done! In the mental load survey, Continue reading “Strong, Fit & Resilient. Get Motivated & Make It Happen!”

Reconnect With Your Inner Badass! Surprising Benefits From Running An Obstacle Course Race

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“We’ve got some Baaaaaaddddd Aaaaaaaasssssss Moms in this race today! That’s right…B.A.M.! Let’s give it up for the Bad Ass Moms!” The announcer shouted, grinning, over the pulsing music.  The crowd cheered.  I felt like a rockstar waiting to start.  I looked up at the stairs and then to my teammates.  We were excited and a little nervous, but ready.   After two months of training and hours of waiting around, we wanted to get it over with!

In August, when my friend invited me to join her team with 10 local Moms, B.A.M. (aka Bad Ass Moms) Continue reading “Reconnect With Your Inner Badass! Surprising Benefits From Running An Obstacle Course Race”

Don’t Give Everything Up! Reclaim Self-Care With New Habits

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Are You Happy?

At a company outing a few years ago, a pregnant colleague asked me about motherhood. “What’s it really like? Are you happy? Everyone talks about being so tired…”

“Yes, I’m happy,” I answered and meant it. “It’s amazing…” I added, perhaps a little too quickly because she looked at me expectantly, sensing hesitation in my voice. “…but it’s hard.” I admitted.

I couldn’t bring myself to share everything I felt. Although I take pride in my candor, who wants to stress out a woman grappling with pre-baby worries? It’s such a vulnerable yet beautifully hopeful time.

I didn’t want to explain how much self-sacrifice is involved in motherhood. By self-sacrifice, I don’t mean Continue reading “Don’t Give Everything Up! Reclaim Self-Care With New Habits”

Become More Creative & Present Returning To A Childhood Love

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I practically skipped into the studio and hastily tossed my belongings in the corner. The class had started already but I was bursting with anticipation and energy, fueled by fond memories. I thought coming back would be like picking up a bicycle for a nice long ride after many years.

It was nothing like that.

I started running again years before that day and it made me feel invincible. Strong. Capable of returning to anything, including dance.

However, dance was different. It required more than endurance, but memory and deep concentration. I needed to learn the dictates of a new instructor, complex moves and routines. Enthusiasm quickly became frustration, self-flagellation and Continue reading “Become More Creative & Present Returning To A Childhood Love”

6 Tips To Make Time For A Daily Run

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I run everyday with rare exceptions — even when I’m traveling for work, which is fairly often. Marathon season is upon us and I get asked a lot about how I carve out the time. My schedule has always been dynamic, even pre-kids, but now smart planning is essential to getting anything important done. Exercise is no exception. Continue reading “6 Tips To Make Time For A Daily Run”

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