I love my job! Find something worth doing and doing it well! If you love it, then you don’t have to work. You just get to enjoy and grow. And I love not only watching these people grow but love how they help me grow everyday! They are incredible strong and such a positive influence on my life!! Here’s to a new wonderful week!
Now go kick some ass!
#MuddyMonday or really, sitting at home reminiscing on past race days in my pjs.
It's January 21st. We are WELL underway into the new year and some of you are just 1 week away from beginning a brand new OCR season (inset my pang of jealousy). But me, I'm sitting here today a little behind in the new year/new goals department, still reflecting on 2018, and using that as fire to create a 2019 to remember. So before I fully dive into 2019, and although it may be insta-taboo, here’s a 'late to the party' look at the goals that I set for myself in 2018.
Complete a Spartan Ultra 🚫 *injury in the spring and lost momentum/motivation in the fall killed this dream.
Complete 3 Spartan Trifectas 🚫 *I ended my season 1 Beast short; damn you missing Ultra.
Qualify for and compete at the NorAm Champs ✔ *this was my favorite event of the year and I’m already registered for 2019!
Run a “new-to-me” OCR ✔ *Hello, Memorial Day Mayhem and Tough Mudder
Master the pull-up. ✔ *I maxed out at 3 consecutive pull-ups this year. It’s not much, but I’m sure as hell counting it as a win.
Travel often ✔ *thanks to racecations we travelled to 7 states this year.
And as a reminder that having goals in multiple areas of our lives is cool too, I’ll share that I also met a handful of non-race related goals, including: read 12 books, "upcycle" my grandma’s jewelry, and pay off my car early.
So there you have it and here we are.
As I’m reviewing these goals and the year in general, I’m PROUD. And I’m reminding myself (and you if you're still with me) that it’s ok to “fail” sometimes. It’s awesome to set our sights high BUT even more important to hold our head high if we fall short. It's great to set goals early BUT totally acceptable if they fizzle or change before you reach them.
All of this considered, I am extremely happy with how 2018 went and I’m eager to continue planning for an epic 2019 filled with even more self development, races, places, and friendly faces!
I’d love to know, how did your 2018 goals stack up to reality and are you already killing the goal-game in 2019!?
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When your 2019 race future is bright AF! Pumped @spartan season starts on Saturday! Who’s coming to #spartansocal!?
Customer appreciation post! @jakeyg getting in some sled sprints with his NEWF Bag🔥
This nifty bag from @newf_fitness transforms from a ruck sack, to a sandbag, to a weight sled. I can honestly say in all my years as a trainer and athlete that I’ve never done sled pulls on the beach....aannnd it’s just brutal as I expected. I was only going about 20 yards out and back and the quad burn was like no other... 🔥💀
Definitely going put this thing to good use next week when @meghanna26 and I are in Tulum!
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Love getting a message like this from an online client 🤗
So 👏 freaking 👏 true.
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Life Rule # 1 You gotta have fun!
What better way to celebrate crushing my previous marathon row time than putting on a penguin onesie and playing on some obstacles? -
Crush your goals but don't forget to have some fun and enjoy your successes too.
Finally got my OCR Shoes. I’m sticking with the @altrarunning Lone Peak 4 and they feel a little heavy but I think it’s because I’ve been running in my lighter running shoes. I need to run in them more to get a good feel but they have great grip and I’m excited to see what they do during the race!
I love getting dirty in the trails!!
Meant to share this as a #failfriday but I'll just add it as #slippedoffsaturday
I rarely show my failed obstacle practices, but the are just as (if not more) important than the successes.
Today’s goal. Vert. 6 x 1 mile repeats up Loudoun Heights as the main workout, almost all of the elevation came during those repeats. Extra challenging given the conditions. #daringgreatly#whatsyourimpossible
Another fun morning rowing 26.2 miles. Thanks to hard work, an awesome cheering squad, and my comfy #fitfour gloves I was able to shave a half hour off my rowing time.
Couldn't have done without all the amazing support and guidance at the gym and @mud_sweat_tears_1 keeping me on pace the last 1500+ meters. Thanks so much. -
Never stop working for your goals and surround yourself with people who always push you to that next level.
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Yep, this was the race in Chino last year! You guys sure you’re ready for this?
Hell yea I’m ready! Bring it! 👊🏼
Don’t know who this woman next to me was, but we for sure bonded coming out of this 😂
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2019 Finisher’s Bling....where will you earn yours?
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My first race of the season last year I raced Elite with a little push from one of my Spartan friends. It was freezing, it was difficult, I failed more obstacles than normal. I came out of that race with much more than I had expected.
This year I approached my same Spartan friend, feeling lost and jumbled for my season goal. She simply sent me a podcast. God provides. It was EXACTLY what I needed. When goal setting: I was getting caught up in out of my control details. Using excuses. Telling myself I’d fail before I even started. Left out other accomplishments during my season to motivate. After listening to the podcast, my friend AND MYSELF I was able to lay down a plan. .
Lofty goals are important to me. They keep me growing, not just in my racing life, but in my life, life. What I learn about myself in racing directly translates to how I respond to life. That’s pretty powerful.
First stop this year: Spartan Championship Series Age Group in Jacksonville, FL. 💙
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This is a pretty sweet shirt design from one of the winners. Think I might snag me one.
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Recently I had someone (ok, maybe several someones) point out how I use the word "control".
Control your nutrition, exercise, mindset, habits, reactions, emotion, etc.
But in reality, you can't always be in control.
As much as I would 💓 to muscle through everything.
Illnesses creep up, new projects happen at work, kids don't sleep through the night, cars/water heaters/our mental states break down.
Should you throw your hands up in the air and give up? 🤷
But you should remember to cut yourself some slack.
You don't look or feel the way we want to (yet), don't have enough money in the bank account (yet), haven't recovered from that break up (yet).
Great things don't happen overnight. And try to force yourself (💪💪💪 through) to reach that endpoint will only make the journey more of a struggle.
Learn to enjoy the things you can *influence* and see how much more pleasant/successful/manageable the process can be.
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Honored to be nominated for the @mudrunguide Female Masters OCR Athlete of the Year.
I just love racing and feel very blessed to compete so much!There is nothing like that feeling of going back and forth with other athletes (usually friends) trying to beat each other, crossing the line with sweat and mud after giving it your all, and embracing in a big hug regardless of who won, celebrating the fact that you put it all out on the course, pushed yourself and each other to the limits and got to do something you freaking love! This photo was from the last win in Florida.
This year I was fortunate to fit in a bunch of racing! A total of 19 Spartan Races, (12 Podiums and 5 Overall Wins ) Two Terrain Races (both overall wins) and the OCR North American Championships where I raced in the 40-49 age group... along with a few trail run races, triathlons & road races .....ok can I rest now!
If you have not gotten on and voted there are many categories like "Best Race" and "Best OCR products", it’s an honor to be nominated and whether I am chosen or not I am proud of my season and that I am 48 years old trying keep up with these young fun gals! #mudrunguide@mudgear@fnx_fit@inspyrgear@honeystinger@firstname.lastname@example.org@fitbarstrong