Some of you may know that I’m a psychotherapist. Normally I do a great job of practicing what I preach but lately I’ve broken my top two rules for having a balanced life; boundaries and saying “no” without feeling responsible for everyone else. I’ve been working from sunup to sundown, leaving no room for running. Ouch! That’s totally no Bueno. I’m of no use to anyone, especially my clients, if I’m not taking care of me.
I don’t know about you, but running (and yoga and mediation) create abundance for me, expansiveness and love. When I’m not practicing what I preach, I feel small, lose my strength and ultimately myself. I start acting out of scarcity and get tight (literally and figuratively) and also honestly resentful. I’m not a good victim or martyr. So after three days of missing running, I started creating space and saying “no”. And guess what? Everyone survived. Including me. Well, more than survive, I started to feel alive again, like a fricking rock star actually. Running builds self efficacy; us runners make plans and stick to them. This builds on itself and then when we smash goals, and PRs, we really feel expansive and strong and like the bad asses we are!
So I’ve revised my training plan, revised my work schedule and built in time for some cross training too. And I’m learning to get out there when I can, saving the rest days for a truly too busy day. I got out lately in the rain for two fabulous trail runs (I totally don’t melt!) and was blessed to be able to run with a friend. Chatting with her and watching the king tides (very high) down at Avila Beach made my day.
We’ve actually been able to do this run twice and I am looking forward to many more.I also ran with my friend Adrienne a few weeks back and need to plan more of those too. So nice to run and chat and catch up! Plus I swear we process stuff so well during those runs!
Other happenings; I ordered this great virtual race kit from runningonthewall.com and LOVE it. I did the 10K today and wore the tank top. The medal is hung up on on of their awesome medal hangers and I will use the necklace and bag; great deal for the price and I plan to do some of these virtual races again.
I also ordered this awesome medal hanger from runningonthewall.com. SO fantastic! I love Pre and had a crush on him when I was little. Would have TOTALLY dated him if I could too! These are some of my medals for the last few years. I plan to order some more; it really is a rush and motivation to see these hanging. They get me out the door! (As does the accountability of this blog).
SO, I broke down and bought one of these. I swear Garmin has a great PR strategy; all of us runners advertise for them on Instagram and Twitter! I saw a million of these pics (#fenix3) and I learned just how cool it really is. I’m still learning how to use it, and I feel SO ridiculous owning it and not using so it is making me run…anyway, I LOVE it thus far. Really brilliant technology and easy to use. They have other styles and bands too.
One of the many places I run; so pretty right?!? Really lucky to live in a spot where there are beach runs and trails run right out my door. This was after one of the rains and before another. YAY for California getting rain and it’s been fun to run in it. We are also lucky here as it doesn’t get too cold here (well I run hot) so I don’t have to totally bundle up to enjoy. I swear I start to cry when I am out here; I spend the time in prayer and meditation, in pure gratitude for my life and I remind myself of my favorite mantras “I am enough and I have enough.” Running feeds my soul and on the trails I am just beyond fed.
Speaking of fed, do you guys juice or smoothie? I do both and really love it. I have chrohns and celiac so doing both is very helpful for that. This one pina colada. I’m on a kick with them lately; I also drink green juice almost daily and swear by it. We grew up drinking it and I can attest I am rarely sick.
And last photo and blurb is about getting back on the bike for 2016. I don’t like downhill (well actually love going up but petrified of coming down) as I’ve crashed WAY too many times but love cross country and some rolling hills. Plan to do more of this in 2016 as well as Beach Body, TRX and always yoga. On that note, my sports Active Release Technique guy, Michael at Moore Recovery, and my massage gal Jenna both said they can tell I’ve been working on foam rolling, stretching, yoga and such. Awesome to know it pays off! Enjoy your runs!