BACK AT WORK!!! 🏃♀️ Yesterdays Sprint Tri was actually a part of my marathon training and was a fun way to mix things up! But I’m keeping my eye on the prize which is @chimarathon this year! 🏃♀️
I have to say, I’m overwhelmed by all of your support and congratulatory messages and comments! ❤️ .
But back at it today with 5 miles in the blazing heat (9:07 pace) and arms/abs at the gym!!! .
I know to some a sprint tri may seem easy, or not that big of a fete. But just like that first 5k or first ___ (fill in the blank), anytime you conquer a challenge, it should be celebrated!!! 🎉
And for me, who has had irrational bike fear since A nasty bike accident at 9 years old (remember that @meganbrown79?), I just have not wanted to relearn to ride one or actually look at one until 2 months ago! 🚲 .
I really hope fear isn’t holding you back from whatever dream your chasing ... it holds you back from even knowing what your capable of!!! And I hope you see that if I can face mine, you can face yours!!! ❤️ .
What prize is your eye on currently???
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Never miss a Monday - words I try to follow - even while on vacation. Last Monday on vacation I ran inside because it was raining. Today, after a long 12 hours of traveling, I was exhausted, but I needed to move. I did a PWR abs workout and now I’ve got to tackle a mountain of laundry! 🤣 Happy Monday!
We all have experienced failure. Even the best of us have had our dreams crushed. What defines us is not failure but how we learn to pick ourselves up.
Here's one such story which will definitely inspire you on one of those days when you have just given up hope.
Youngest World No. 1 in tennis history
In the late 1980s, it was hard to imagine a fiercer fighter than Steffi Graf. But Monica Seles sweated, scraped, groaned, and gruntled her way to the top becoming the youngest ever World No. 1 in tennis history (17 years, 3 months, 9 days). At 16, Seles became the youngest woman ever to win the French Open and in a two-year-stretch, she won 8 of the next 12 Grand Slams, while not even playing at the Wimbledon in 1991.
Many thought she was destined to be the best women's tennis player in history.
After her title at the 1993 Australian Open, it looked like she might just tear through the season and win a calendar-year Grand Slam. But fate had other plans.
On April 30 1993, Seles was playing against Magdelena Maleeva at the Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany.
During a break in her match, when she was seated courtside, a man named Guenter Parche came down from the stands and stabbed her in the back.
Guenter, obsessed with Seles' rival was arrested but not jailed as he was found to be 'psychologically abnormal'. Seles returned to tennis in 1995.
Despite the 40 pounds she had gained, her comeback story is inspiring. Seles' return is as important to women's tennis as Mike Tyson's comeback is to heavyweight boxing or Sachin's comeback from tennis elbow.
At her first match in 1995, the crowd gave her a standing ovation. In terms of both power and willpower, she upped the ante and pointed the way ahead.
It's no surprise that so many of today's players, cite her as an inspiration.
Single-mindedness on the court was one of Seles's great strengths. In January 1996, she won her fourth Australian Open, beating Anke Huber in the final.
Seles proved there is more to life than smashing a tennis ball. She changed the women's game altogether and set the bar high for its future champions.
New shoe, old shoe... it’s funny, with trail shoes I’ll happily experiment and I wear shoes in all kinds of different brands and models. With road shoes, though, it’s like the lady who cuts my hair: she will cut my hair until she shuts up shop or I die, whichever comes first. My first pair of Brooks Ghost shoes were the 4, then I had 5, now I’ve just worn out my 7s and I’ve bought a pair of 10s, which are probably an entirely different shoe to the original shoe but, well, they say “Brooks” and “Ghost” on them. #brandloyalty#ifitaintbroke#brooksrunning#brooksghost#running#instarunners#newshoes#creps
Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places. - Roald Dahl
I just want to say thank you to everyone. The IG community is one of the best. All of the kind words and encouragement I have received over the past 4 days about my mother is unbelievable, just truly overwhelming in the best possible way. I have read every comment or DM and I am working on getting back to them all, the last few days have been hectic. Her mastectomy went well, better than we could have hoped, she is home, and recovering. And we are back in Colorado.
Hands down the best way to have broccoli🥦 (other than very roasted) it’s so simple and so delicious! How to: drizzle some olive oil on a pan on low/medium heat with 2 crushed garlic cloves and half a white onion (red onion is great too) and let that simmer for around 5 minutes until it begins to caramelize. Now take a full head of broccoli and chop it up into bite-sized pieces. Throw it into the pan and let that grill for around 5 minutes. Now pour a 1/2 a large tin of tomatoes on top and let that simmer until soft. Now enjoy!!
Reckless Love by @coryasbury was playing as we were taking this and I was doing everything in my power to hold back my tears. I was so proud of this run y'all. The thunderstorms last night, into the wee hours of this morning, were soo bad and soo loud. I was petrified. Then being woken up at 4a because we lost power did not help. It was still storming and downpouring so I went back to sleep, but I can't say it was restful. When we got up it was STILL pouring so we just waited it out, and that's when it hit me... I GET TO WAIT IT OUT! I don't have to rush out the door to go anywhere. I am fortunate enough that I can literally just sit on my couch, drink my coffee, and wait for the storms to pass. Wow! So even though I was incredibly tired, as soon as it stopped around 8:30 we headed out. It was 72 degrees with NINETY FIVE (95!)% humidity but I was so "stuck" in my gratitude/blessed/fortunate/privileged mentality that I just simply did not care. Between the lack of restful sleep and yucky weather, my body was tired, so I didn't push my pace and it felt GLORIOUS! 🙌🏼 I was so grateful to just run without downpours that whatever pace allowed me to sing & talk with Emma while running at the exact same time was awesomesauce in my book. Slowly but surely my body "woke up" and we knocked out the miles one step at a time. I feel like so many people overthink running or forget just how incredible it actually is. Just go! One step at a time is all you need to do. The most simple, ordinary, just go-with-the-flow and move kinda runs usually end up being the best ones! And also, how cool is it that we can even do it in the first place? Don't worry about your start time, your pace, your distance, your location, or anything else today; just run 'cause you can! Have a Marvelous Monday friends!
6 #strollermiles [9:43, 9:26, 9:04, 8:57, 8:43, 7:27] for run streak day number 7️⃣4️⃣9️⃣, ✔️.
Schlussanstieg beim Tag des Sports.
Mit einer Zeit von 54:41 hab ich mich im Vergleich zu letztem Jahr um über eine Minute verbessert. Bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis und freu mich jetzt schon wieder auf nächstes Jahr. ⛰🏃♀️