Super fun exploring yet ANOTHER trail in my ‘hood. Against the backdrop of an incredible HuffPo article on how wrong we’ve been on obesity, I’m pretty fucking stoked that, for me, today, running is about celebrating the power and health my body is capable of right NOW without changing another thing. I’m working towards celebrating that belly and the woman behind it. #radicalreflection
PS Negative Split BOOM! 💥
Crossing the Connecticut River on my first run from my new neighborhood was exactly the boost I needed. .
Transition is hard. While there is so much that I academically understand is positive about taking a new job, moving to a new part of the state, and making bold moves in my life, change in and of itself is stressful! Yes, I’ve had a roof over my head for the last month+ and people surrounding me who care for me and support me, but it’s been exhausting! Routine has been non-existent. I’ve just been going, going, going. .
Last night I was FINALLY able to sleep in my new place. I was up late unpacking and it was both a slog and a complete joy. I slept soundly in my own bed. When I woke up, it would have been SO EASY to just stay rolled up in my sheets, thinking about how much more there is to unpack and organize. But I have this new @nike tank top that made me think of all of the reasons to just get out and do it. To connect myself to my community and my world through moving my body. I thought about @thechrismosier on that billboard #untilweallwin (after all, nobody wins until we all win), I though about the safety of the bodies of people of color, and how running had brought people of all backgrounds into my life in a way that inspires me to #standforsomething . .
So I put on my new tank and propelled myself out the door to cool, crisp, country air (finally!). It was perfect. It was beautiful. I had a great run. I stopped to smell the roses and pushed myself in between. I had powerful conversations with friends at my halfway point. I experienced creativity, inspiration, and determination in areas of my life that have nothing to do with running. I relaxed after the stress of the last month. Going outside to move and explore meant SO MUCH MORE to my day than plain old exercise. .
I’m so interested in the idea that moving our bodies is so much more than “just sports” or “just exercise” and has a purpose beyond entertainment or weight management. .
What ways does moving your body go beyond these things for you? I want to know!!.
I’ve noticed myself looking more closely at fine lines on my face as I get closer to 40. I’ve changed up my moisturizer, I’ve scrubbed and exfoliated. What I forgot to do was look and appreciate the lines that are a part of my beauty and my life story. So I’m doing it now. Face. Wrinkles. You’re okay by me. .
I love going to have my hair cut. Not just because it makes me feel fresh and beautiful (even on a hot, muggy day), but also for the kindness and conversation with my stylist, Angela. Today we got into it about self-talk in the mirror. I shared with her a project I’m working on for all of you (Teaser! It’s called Radical Reflection!) She immediately lit up. “Oh my gosh.! I should do that! I’ve been so nasty to myself lately, just about getting older and dealing with seeing that in the mirror.” It seems we all have ready-to-go insults for ourselves yet see each other’s beauty so clearly. She certainly brought out mine, don’t you think?? #radicalreflection
You guys... @erocksawesome and I are UP TO SOMETHING GOOD. Many more details to come, but I want you all to know THIS is the stand I am taking today for myself along side all of you. Anyone else want in - even without the next set of details?? 😂😉💪🏼 #justsayyes
Insanely proud of this Iron MAMA!!! What a race to take on as a first post-baby challenge. She CRUSHED it. Talk about racing, to the minute, exactly what you said you were going to do. Boss. I am one happy coach and one lucky friend.
#TBT to yesterday, which was the greatest day ever because when my car spun out, hydroplaned by the torrential rain, I walked away totally unscathed, missing every major tree in my potential path, every sign post, and most metal objects. Airbag didn’t even deploy. I WAS SO LUCKY. .
#PSA Have your tires checked, friends, and do whatever it takes to make sure all four tires are good on your car. My back two were the culprits here and it would be worth every last penny in the world to save my life. Fortunately, I was very lucky. My car is bruised up a bit, but now has 4 new tires and is, weirdly, safer today than yesterday despite being visually worse for wear.
Also... buckle up. Also... I love you all. Also... I’m fine.
I’m so thankful for @dmdesiato. Not only is she an amazing friend who I’m blessed to have, she also invited me back to Boston for the day to attend #Wanderlust - exactly what the doctor ordered. Running, yoga, meditation, shopping, freebies, food, and a day spent with my great friend. Stress-be-gone! Sun shine on. What a perfect day.