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Running and Life: New Year, New Chapter


This year I choose to . . . 

  • Reflect– If we are willing to stop, analyze and reflect on where we have been, then we can use those moments to gain perspective and move forward.  Reflect on what went right, but also be open to opportunities to adjust or change things that didn’t work.  Our ability to reflect allows for an innate awareness of ourselves that will lead to personal growth in running and life. Each day, week, and month, setting aside time to reflect and learn from ourselves.

“A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you.”
Tahir Shah, In Search of King Solomon’s Mines

  • Celebrate–  Be good to yourself.  Stop and celebrate the small achievements, instead of waiting for what you think might be the biggest achievement.  Celebrate the tiny steps that we take each day to change and improve in running and life.  These moments are far too often overlooked because they mean seem small or insignificant.  It’s refreshing to celebrate each step in the direction we take to train hard, race strong, and live life well.  Encourage and celebrate the achievements and success of others.  There is unmistakable power and strength when we celebrate not only ourselves, but others around us.


  • Aspire- Each new year is another chapter in this book of life.  The pages are blank, waiting to be filled with new hopes, dreams and adventures.  We have this great big opportunity to set new goals, goals that will make us stronger, more capable and confident.  Our goals don’t have to be huge, lofty out of reach goals, just focus on the series of steps that will bring us closer to empowerment and success in running and life.  Our goals should give us pride and accomplishment upon achieving that goal.

Discover a purpose that gives you passion. Develop a plan that makes you persistent. Design a preparation and motivates you to optimize your potentials. Do it because you love it!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Dream Big!: See Your Bigger Picture!

  • Endure- Strength is born from enduring the tough moments. Being persistent is following our heart, our dreams and goals.  From endurance comes fortitude and resilience.  As we endure the hard training, early or late evening runs and all those tough moments in between of “fitting it all in” , we are rewarded with that feeling of accomplishment that is so freeing and empowering.  Endure the hard days, those times when we must find the strength to push ourselves when faced with challenges that test our will.  Believe in yourself and your ability to find strengths hidden deep within the uncomfortable moments of our lives.

“Craving for the top of the mountain is a feeling to yearn for, an endurance we learn from.”
Goitsemang Mvula

Happy New Year!  What will be next for you in  this new chapter!

I’m excited to continue to connecting and sharing in this journey of running and life!- MaineGirl2Runs 

Thinking Out Loud: Motherhood, Running and Teaching

Where to begin. . . Well, I’m linking up with Amanda, Running with Spoons, this Thursday.  I feel like I’ve taken an unplanned hiatus from blogging.  After a summer filled with tons of running, blogging and all things social media, I seem to have lost steam in my engine!!

Summer break breezed by and before I knew it- back to school routines and teaching took over my life.  Another year full of obstacles  opportunities waiting to be discovered.

Basically, my life breaks down into these three categories right now- in this moment.

I’m just trying to find my groove, get it all done and stay sane! 

  • Motherhood

My redhead is fourteen.  She’s my only child. The teen years are a whole new phase of life. Some days I feel like I’m losing that connection with her- trying to be there, but actually just getting in the way.  I miss those days of her being little and by my side every moment. I took her everywhere with me and we did so much together. Now, some days I feel like I’m just good for pick up and drop off, help with homework, lunch packed and dinner on the table. 

It’s a new phase and I need to embrace it.  There are days when I watch my redhead from afar, proud of the talented and athletic young lady she is becoming. Yet, my heart squeezes tightly as I remember my little girl. Such a busy time in her life.  I just want her to know that I’m here and present. I feel the need to be so much more involved and connected now- to help guide and encourage her through high school.  However, being involved requires a delicate balance during these teen years- she want independence, yet she does still need me. 


Love these words- as a mom, runner and teacher- so much symbolism embedded in this quote!


  • Running- 

Yup! A pretty solid month of August mileage, well right up to the last week! I was managing 6 mile runs, 3-4 days a week and a double digit long run on the weekends! In fact, last Thursday I did a ten mile evening run! Then, that weekend ran a 10k local race, while my redhead ran the 5k with her cross country team.  I finished August with 85 miles for the month. A higher mileage month for me. 

Some big fall races coming up- the Navy half in DC, Ragnar Relay DC, and the Annapolis Classic half.  I’ve been getting in the mileage, but I’m disappointed in my lack of speed lately with the double digit long runs.  

As I type this post- I’m laying in my bed. Haven’t logged any miles yet, in September due to a nagging, exhausting, energy stealing cold! First Grade Germs Stink

I’ve had to recharge, refuel and hydrate all week! Hoping for some Labor Day weekend miles to kick start September! 

  • Teaching

This is my 18th year of teaching.  My first year of teaching first grade. My teaching career had consisted of 3rd, 4th or 5th grade! Wow- “A whole new world”-insert song- in 1st grade! I’m learning how to manage and teach little people! 

9 days into the school year-

  • 1st graders are chatty
  • These little students love to hug you!
  • Handwriting and letter sounds fill my brain
  • I have a deep appreciation for my colleagues that have been teaching in the primary grades all these years! 
  • Did I mention First Grade Germs attack in the first 9 days of school?! 

Recharging this week with Amazing recipes full of whole food goodness-from these magazines! Love fall root vegetables, squash and late summer tomatoes! 


And life keeps moving- 

  • The routines of motherhood, running and teaching will become comfortable again
  • This week wasn’t a loss-it was an opportunity to refocus and recharge
  • Cool fall weather will arrive
  • My Redhead will always need me-even when she thinks she doesn’t;) 
  • I’ll get back on the BLOGGING TRAIN


Check out the other link ups over at Amanda’s blog-www.runningwithspoons.com


Happy Labor Day weekend! 

Yeah! Received this Ice Cream Ball in the mail today! Excited to test it out with Califia Farms Almond Milk this weekend!