Instant Inspiration

Instant Inspiration

Focus on the things you can control to pick yourself up out of your slump. Assess your current situation, take action, see results. Instant inspiration.

Current Situation

After a week of depression and deciding which road I wanted to follow, I’ve decided to pick myself up and continue toward my goal. I am remembering the things that I CAN do and the ways that I can STILL inspire others. In the coming weeks and months, I will be sharing some weekly inspiration with you as I walk down this path of recovery and redefine my dreams in the face of my hamstring injury and wounded spirit.

Taking Action

Last Monday, I began a 3-day Juice Cleanse as a way to pick myself up with a clean start. Back on the horse! With this cleanse, I am able to start each day off on the right foot. Taking care of myself, inside and out, is important. Consumed the right foods while recovering is just as vital as eating right during intense training. After I cleanse my body, I intend to eat healthy and healing foods. I have an appointment with Dr. Akerson to discuss my hamstring and figure out what happened. I have also planned a 1200 meter swim session using a pull boy, so my hamstring can continue healing.

Quote of the Day:

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” -Thomas Carlyle

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Soul Searching: Pushing Through Injury

Soul Searching

Through the toughest times, we can always learn something new about ourselves and grow. Pushing through the challenges and doing some soul searching to find my way out.

Last week, I hit an all-time low. I felt depressed and ready to give up. Like, reallydepressed, for the first time in my life.

My husband, Bill, and I were in Encinitas for 5 days, swimming every day (the best cross-training while injured). While swimming one day, my hamstring got so bad that I could barely walk! Even sleeping comfortably was hard. DARN, now even SWIMMING hurts!

My spirit was crushed and my enthusiasm hit an all-time low after this major backslide with my hamstring.

I needed some time and some space to answer the questions that were clouding my mind and clogging up my heart. I spent all week sleeping in, feeling bad for myself and questioning everything in my life.

I asked myself:

Do I want it bad enough to continue with the time-consuming and expensive work that needs to be done?

YES.

Do I want it bad enough to take that time away from my coaching business?

YES.

Do I want it bad enough that I’m willing to put in 120% effort?

YES.

Why do I want to do this?

Because running is my passion! Pushing my body, mind and spirit to their limits makes me feel alive and fills my heart with joy. Running makes me feel confident, challenged and ready to conquer my next big goal!

What is my purpose?

I believe with all my heart that I’m here to inspire others and help them to believe in themselves. My aim is to lead a healthy and passion-filled life, living each moment to the fullest. My purpose is make a difference in the lives of family, friends, clients and runners all around the world.

Should I find another sport since injuries are making running so difficult?

I plan to add more swimming to my weekly regimen since my body is not currently able to handle the additional miles.

Am I ignoring the many signs that I physically need to quit?

No, I believe I am addressing all the signs by adding additional PT, ST, XT, NMT and more to my weekly schedule. I’m trying to continue doing what I love, but playing it safe.

Do I still have the support of my husband?

I asked him and he is 100% supportive and believes that I can still reach all of my goals.

Am I still an inspiration to others, or just that old runner that refuses to hang up her shoes?

I’ve been told I’m more real now, and more relatable. Like everyone else, I have struggles. I work hard and, even in the face of adversity, I refuse to give up without a fight. Now I’m not just a fast runner, but an example of perseverance and grit. Getting older is a new challenge for my body and mind, but I’m up for the challenge and plan to show this “old” body exactly what it’s capable of accomplishing!

Should I invest more time to my business, rather than giving so much time to myself?

I will keep my business to a balanced minimum so I can give my running goals the attention they deserve, while remaining an awesome coach to my runners. I will not take on more than I can handle.

Should I get a “real job” already?

Maybe someday, but not today. And probably not tomorrow, either.

They say that the tide turns right when someone is about to give up. Many people give up just before the light at the end of the tunnel. I refuse to be the person who gives up just because I’m faced with a new challenge.

I am viewing this situation as an opportunity for me to learn, grow and become a better version of myself. My bad week helped me realize how strong I am, how resilient I am and how committed I am to pursuing my passion and doing whatever it takes to achieve my dreams!

Take Action; Achieve Your Dreams

Take Action; Achieve Your Dreams

Life is series of ups and downs, but sometimes the negatives appear to outweigh the positives. The biggest lesson I’ve taken away from the challenge and frustration is to fall seven times and get up eight. This is how I take action every day to achieve my dreams.

2010 was a great year for me.  I ran the Twin Cities Marathon in 2:44:41 to win my 4th Masters Title, got engaged to a wonderful man and qualified for my 3rd Olympic Marathon Trials. This was all after 8 years of amazing successes. Since then, it seems that I’ve had one setback after another. However, I love the my journey and my heart will not let me give up or back down.

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In 2012, I went into the USA Olympic Marathon Trials with a severely torn hamstring and finished 3:05:11 (3rd from last).

In 2013, after a year spent healing my hamstring, I pulled my calf muscle two weeks before the PF Chang’s at Houston Half Marathon, finishing 6th place overall in a disappointing 2:59:55.

In 2014, after working to get back in shape, I ran the Boston Marathon with a sore ankle and later learned that I had a partial tear in my posterior tibialis tendon. I placed first in my age group with a disappointing 2:55:02, missing the Veterans Course record.

Since the 2014 Boston Marathon, I have completely fixed and strengthened my ankle tendon (through PT with Nicole Armbrust, Prolotherapy with Dr. Tallman, and ST with Watus Cooper) and have been training for the 2015 Boston Marathon Veterans Course record that I missed in 2014. My excitement was shattered four weeks ago when the hamstring that gave me trouble in 2012 tore again!

Seeing me disappointed and broken-hearted, my dad asked, “Why do you keep doing this, baby? Why don’t you just hang it up and be happy with the success that you’ve had? You are a great coach–isn’t that enough?”

The mere thought of giving up on my goal to run the 2016 Olympic Trials at 52 and break the Boston Marathon Course record brought crocodile tears to my eyes and a heaviness to my heart. Giving up my passion and giving up on my dreams would feel like death, whereas getting up after each fall makes me feel alive!

I love the journey, I love the athlete lifestyle, and I love being a role model for the BTB runners that I coach! I love being part of an Elite women’s team and, most of all, I love the opportunity to inspire others to dream big! I love waking up everyday with a goal, a purpose, a dream–this is why I can’t bring myself to stop.

So, after my seventh fall, I decided to get up an eighth time. I quickly got over my pity party and began my plan of attack for moving forward. Watch out dreams–I’m coming after you!!

Of all the lessons I’ve learned, one of the most important has been to Dream Big and Plan Hard! Dreams motivate us to keep going, but we’ll never know how to reach our goals without taking daily action and defining tangible milestones.

Though many of my big goals have been  interrupted by challenges and setbacks, I always make the CHOICE to find a new training plan that will allow me to still pursue my big dreams, in spite of ANY injury. The right attitude and a commitment to your goals can help you to also overcome your obstacles and achieve all of your dreams!