- Oh, I do love the 1st of the months...is that proper grammar?! Another chapter closed and another one opened. Then, of course, we have bills to pay and the big ones always appear at the start like the mortgage or rent, monthly dues to things like Netflix, insurance, the gym, etc. etc. etc. It's also the chance to get a re-do...every month. Didn't like how many miles you ran last month? Run more this month. Didn't eat well? Eat better now. Didn't get enough sleep? Resolve to find time for more this month. Don't recall last month because it's all a blur???? Time to simplify...draw some boundaries...get your priorities in check. Start by writing down everything that you're doing on a weekly basis by the day then prioritize them....can you shed anything? I bet you can...and guess what: it's ok to say "no"! Make June great!
- Did you know that touch and hearing stay with us until we die? On Friday during orientation...a day heavy with talking about death, we talked about those final days and hours of life. Often, people seem unresponsive but in fact, they can still hear and feel. This really gave me some peace when I think about my two grandmas who passed...that they heard me talking to them and felt me holding their hand.
- Ready for some Monday Morning Laughter??? This will fit the bill perfectly...especially if you love cats. This video is of a cat who obviously doesn't want to go for a walk. Totally playing dead and Oscar worthy!!! Enjoy it! Click here to watch it.
- This is becoming all too common. Our oldest non-human in the house, a Seal-Point Siamese cat named Berkeley likes to be in the spotlight but this is taking it a bit far!
- In case you missed my last post yesterday morning (a CrossFit update and report from Saturday's half marathon), that humidity really did kick my butt. I woke up yesterday still totally gassed from that short 13.1 miles. I stuck to a strict rest day yesterday and feel a lot better this morning...and good thing I do. Today, we begin at our new CrossFit box. New location, new trainer, new friends and a different approach at training. Gone are the days of classes and here are the days of more one-on-one training/coaching...at least for now. It's a brand new gym in only month two of operation and we're excited to be a part of it's beginning. The one huge downside to the move is not training with many of our friends any longer. However, after a lot of discussion, weighing the pros and cons, and plenty of discussion about our long-term goals and the "why" of what we're doing, we decided it was the best thing for us...right now...at this moment.
- I chose today's quote below for a reason. While it may appear running-centric, it really applies to anything that requires training and preparation and with our new chapter beginning today, I found it especially applicable. Have a fantastic week, everyone!
As a coach, I have frequently told my athletes that if you pay attention to your training, train hard when it is required, and prepare for a competition, the race can be much more enjoyable than if you are ill-prepared on race day and attempt to win by absolutely thrashing yourself. Sooner rather than later, such methods will catch up with you. It will only take one or two races of trying to 'will' yourself to win without sufficient training and race preparation for you to realize the benefit of proper training and the wisdom of Ikangaa's words."
– Jack Miller, from Running in the Zone: A Handbook for Seasoned Athletes by Steve King & Dan Cumming