Thursday, August 8, 2013

I am feeling Inspired & Newton Running Gear Giveaway Winners

Today's Workout:
Rest

Hello everyone! Today I read an article that totally inspired me and made me realize that a person's will to succeed and accomplish any goal could easily be attainable if one puts one's mind to it. My friend Loren, who planted the seed of running my first marathon, sent me the article via Face book and she reminded me that motherhood doesn't have to stop women from accomplishing their goals.

Admittedly I say that I felt like I would no longer have the freedom to run whenever I wanted or do the things that I love because I was pregnant, but that is not the case at all. I still have the freedom to do what I want, I just have to be strategic about my goals and plan accordingly and carefully. It's easy to make excuses and say, "I can't run anymore because I have a child now and I don't have time," but excuses have never been a part of my vocabulary and I don't intend to start using them now.

I have always thought of myself as the modern-age feminist, "I am woman hear me roar", kind-of-gal. There's nothing I can't do or achieve, are the words I live by. Thankfully I am blessed with a husband who gives me center stage all the time and allows me to "roar" whenever I want. I have always considered him my number 1 fan because he thinks I am the ultimate rock-star runner and thanks to his support, I know that I will be able to continue my running journey.

So enough blabbing about myself; here's the article: Returning to Ultras After Pregnancy.
This ultra-marathoner ran a 100-mile ultra just 4 months after giving birth to her daughter. She pumped her breast milk 5 times during the race and even set time aside to play with her daughter. She had a few hiccups along the way, like blacking out and a sprained groin, but she never gave up. This runner was motivated to finish and her will to continue running ultra-marathon races hasn't stopped her from running. In her words, "...all you new mothers—go run and fear not; the mind will take you places you never imagined and the body will follow suit."

Barbara Olmer and her daughter Amelia.
 
 
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And finally, the Newton Running Gear Giveaway Winners:
 
In 1st place: Selena J. with her hysterical story about finding an adult toy in her running path. Great ending by the way! ;)
 
In 2nd place: Megan P. with her mortifying story about pooping her pants in the middle of a race while she ran next to her friends. Nice way of fixing the mess! =)~
 
In 3rd place: Kayleigh B. with her funny story about peeing in the bushes before a race and not thinking anyone saw her and her friend "popping a squat" until a male runner told them at mile 15, "Are you the two girls that were peeing behind the trees before the start of the race?" So much for being clandestine! ;)~
 
Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who participated! I had a great time reading your stories!!
 
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Transforming Your Morning Challenge:
 
Gratitude Journal: I am grateful for all the laughs I had while reading the funny running stories.
 
Quote: “When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others.” - Zig Ziglar
 
Positive Affirmation: I express the joy of living. I allow myself to enjoy every moment of every day totally. I love myself.


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