Strong, my kindred sister

Far more than physical, strength is in the mind. It’s the ability to push past our own boundaries, demolish the walls that scream “no you can’t”, and do more than you ever thought possible.¬† I love this friend-sister and hope everyone has people in their lives who inspire them ūüôā¬† ~m.

Trail “Running”

Colorado trails harbor Flash-like athletes who have¬†speed and agility like I had never seen¬†until I actually lived here. I call them Trail Gazelles, and I aspire to be one.¬† I’m no stranger to jogging¬†(read yogging). I grew up running at¬†5AM with my parents.¬†Even though the sun wasn’t up, we’d slog through 80 degrees of heat and humidity, emerging with a feeling of accomplishment. And despite my living in Florida for 24 years, I’m also no stranger to hiking. I spent many of my summers tromping¬†around the Appalachians or visiting¬†Colorado to snag¬†a 14er…. Read More

Meditation: Accountability

Inspiration for the day This is a modification of a meditation phrase I learned recently. I love it because it really helps to remind me that we are not the hapless victims of this thing we call life but that every decision we make affects our experience of life. I also try to repeat this when I’m pushing through a hard workout — to reach a higher level of fitness, I have to make the decision to reach that goal. Happy Monday!   {Reese}

Running: A Sustainable Philanthropy

The days of exercising solely for self-improvement are coming to an end with the release of a nifty¬† smartphone app. It’s called CharityMiles (http://www.charitymiles.org/) and it is the answer I’ve been looking for. Or part of it. For a while now, I’ve been looking for and dreaming up ways to help both ecological and human well-being while still getting my workout on. I posted about this earlier when I came up with EcoFitPlus: Move With Purpose. Up until now, I’d only come up with little things — like trying to workout while… Read More

Train for Trees

Remember that race I said I was going to do in January? The thirty-nine miler over two days in Disney? Well it is still on and am still (probably crazy) going to do it. I’ve been trying to work with a local charity to arrange a donation page for folks to sponsor me over the last several weeks – to no avail. So, instead, I decided to turn my attention toward good ‘ol Mother Earth. The Nature Conservancy is running a program called “Plant A Billion Trees” (http://plantabillion.org/) in which they intend… Read More

Run To Win, Run To Lose (Inches, That Is)

Inspiration for the Day. I also came across a nifty little article from Runner’s World that discusses weight loss and running. As you may or may not know, I’m whole-hardheartedly against the term weight loss, and very much in favor of fat loss and inches lost. Either way, the article has some pretty solid advice for achieving a healthy, fit shape. Check it out. Runner’s World Golden Rules of Weight Loss Article {Reese}

When The Going Gets Tough

This is going to sound unbelievably corny. But every time I think I can’t do something, this is what I end up telling myself. Not just once or twice. I say it over and over again until I actually believe it. The crazy thing is– it works. For me anyway. And boy am I going to need this. Four months to train, forty miles to run. Here we go ūüėČ {Reese}

The Sole of the Matter

I’m afraid my sneakers have been sitting idle and empty for too long.¬†Silent historians. They’ve recorded every mile run, every step jumped, every bag kicked. They are dirty, the cush is almost gone, and the laces are fraying. They are perfect. My dancing heels have been glued together three times now. They have a perpetual scuff on the inside right toe and my hiking boots have finally split a seam after 10 years. But I wouldn’t trade them for the world (or at least until they are beyond repair).¬† They know my… Read More