Thoughts on moving/ on

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These thoughts are a collection of things I have written in my own personal journal over the last month. In a little over a week we will be moving from upstate NY back to Virginia. It has been a challenging few years, for a variety of reasons. I’m grateful for my husband Pete, and my two girls, my friends, and running for being my anchor.

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If it’s not going to matter in five years, then don’t think about it for more than five minutes. Where did I hear that from? I don’t even remember but that’s some pretty damn good advice.

That saying “your vibe attracts your tribe” is so true. Friendships are so important. Humans have a need to connect with one another, to have real relationships, meaningful conversations.

In the book “How Bad Do You Want It” one of the later chapters (Passion Know No Age) talks about how the healthiest and happiest athletes were ones who treated life as a grand adventure, and who stressed very little about things. I loved reading that chapter. Puts many things into perspective.

I get a lot of joy from spreading my love for running to others, and in turn learning from other athletes. That’s why I coach, and why I do a lot of reading on exercise physiology and sport psychology. I’m always growing as an athlete and as a person, every day trying to get better.

I choose to be optimistic. I choose to focus on the positive. Even negative experiences can be blessings in disguise. Highs and lows are part of life, but it’s important not to dwell on any emotion and just carry on.

Be authentic and be you! Don’t try to be anyone else. You have your own God given talents and what makes you YOU. Remember to be yourself, be loving and kind, and contribute to the collective conscience in a positive way.

I’ve moved many times in my life, and I’m not afraid of change. I’m more afraid of the unchanging, being stuck in a job or circumstance that doesn’t let me lead my best life. The people around you will suffer if you’re unwilling to dive deeper into yourself and find what makes you feel whole.

Binge watching TV does not lead to self-actualization, but I have learned some important life lessons from this season of The Bachelor. Plus it makes me laugh.

There’s a certain dichotomy that’s always been a part of my relationship with running. It’s a love/hate thing. I love to run, but sometimes it’s the last thing I want to do. When running becomes a chore, it’s less fun. I guess that’s why I have struggled with training for a marathon in the past, because the training is so far outside my comfort zone. The workouts are long. The training can be tedious.

The beauty of running is it’s simplicity. You only need a good pair of running shoes (and probably a sports bra for the ladies). You can wear whatever you like, no other gear needed. Sometimes we over complicate things with fancy devices. We place more focus on heart rate zones and splits instead of just putting one foot in front of the other, feeling our hearts beat faster, feeling the air go in and out of our lungs.

My college coach used to tell me, “don’t think, just run”. I think that’s the best advice. I’ll just run and see where the road takes me.

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3 thoughts on “Thoughts on moving/ on

  1. Yes to all of this. I try and live by if it’s not going to matter in 5 years don’t think about it for more than 5 minutes. I feel like it’s such good advice.

  2. Love this so much! Especially since I’m currently out with a broken ankle and missing the things most that I love about running. ❤️❤️

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