full circle: sisters in sport

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A few months ago, a group of about twenty female bloggers started writing posts and tweeting about Believe I Am and Sisters in Sport.

We began by writing about our goals, and then posting check-ins along the way. In my first Sisters in Sport post, I wrote about my goals:

“My goal for the next few months is to focus on strengthening my core and remaining injury-free. With only an eight week build-up before my marathon this December, the injury risk is very high. I’m going to use my Believe I Am journal to track my running and strength training and focus on writing about how I’m feeling to head off any potential injuries.”

I was pretty worried about making it through those eight weeks and the weeks following the race. I tend to get carried away once I pick a goal race, but having promised to use my journal to track my progress helped me stay accountable. Even during a hurricane, I managed to stick to my goals.

Post-yoga session during Hurricane Sandy.

Post-yoga session during Hurricane Sandy.

The marathon itself was a success despite an illness that almost sidelined me and limited my training for the three weeks leading up to my race. I used my Believe I Am cues during the tough parts of my race, and powered through with a win and a new course record. After the race, I had a brand new journal waiting and renewed my promise to keep up with my core and strength training so as not to end up injured, a common post-marathon pitfall.

Full circle: my first Believe I Am journal full of a years worth or running highs and lows... and a brand new journal eager to be filled with this year's events.

Full circle: my first Believe I Am journal full of a years worth or running highs and lows… and a brand new journal eager to be filled with this year’s events.

With a new year come new goals. I recently wrote about my resolutions for 2013, which include consistency as well as “…to run joyfully and to be grateful for what I have.”

joyful.

joyful.

grateful.

grateful.

I know many of you are fans of those online programs which keep track of your mileage totals for you, but there is something about putting pen to paper that makes a huge difference for me. I’ve enjoyed blogging for Sisters in Sport these past few months, and thanks to my crazy burrito-loving friend Morgan for hooking us all up.

How do you track your training: online or old-school? Who makes the best burrito where you live? How’s your New Year so far?

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8 thoughts on “full circle: sisters in sport

  1. Congrats on your marathon! And at least your sickness happened during your taper period, not saying getting sick is fun or easy to deal with, but it all worked out in the end it seems πŸ™‚ Yes I love the tactile process of writing numbers and thoughts down on paper, so glad Morgan hooked us up (as you say!)!!

    • Thank you! It’s been a rough year for illnesses. I’m think I’m going to break down and get a flu shot this week, only the second time in my life!

      • I have to get the flu shot every year because I have asthma, meaning Im at a higher risk for the flu developing into bronchitis or pneumonia if I get sick. Fortunately I haven’t had a cold or flu in 2 years…
        I know some people are hesitant about flu shots, and they only protect against the more common strains that year, but Id rather get a shot than be sick for 3-4 weeks. Hope you have a healthy rest of the year πŸ™‚

      • I’m going to ask my doctor on Wednesday. Since I’m around germy teenagers every day, it might be worth it!

  2. I love my Believe I Am log, and I also keep my online log just because it so quickly and easily syncs with my garmin data. πŸ™‚ I love seeing my own writing in the Believe I Am journal. It makes me really want to stick to my goals. It makes it real for me! Glad to be your #sisterinsport Mollie!

    • That’s right, I remember you saying you did both! I can see the advantages to both sides, but have really grown attached to my journal πŸ™‚

  3. i’m an excel junkie but maybe a journal to go along with a new training plan/coach?? πŸ˜‰ #oiselleteam for the win in #lucky13!

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