Honestly, it’s more like *family* Nuun and I’m so honored that I’ve been accepted into that family for another year!
They’ve made some changes to the program for 2015 and while I’m still technically an ambassador, representing a company and product that I use and love, this next year I’ll be a part of the second tier of ambassadors on Team Nuun!
I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to all of my fellow ambassadors and teammates, the Nuun elite team, and the rad folks at Nuun HQ! You guys and gals all ROCK and inspire me like crazy! If you are a new member of our family, welcome and congratulations!!
Earlier today, I took an assessment in which the intention was to identify my top strengths. I had never heard of Strengths Finder until I was hired by my employer a couple of months ago. It is a 177 question quiz which helps to identify, of 34, your top five talents and natural tendencies, or your personal strengths.
A couple of my results surprised me. The others did not. Some had me nearly in tears because they resonated so deeply. I’m pretty impressed and excited for guidance to help me capitalize on the things that I’m already good at.
You wanna know my top five?
1. Futuristic. This is my number one! Before I read the description, I was like WTF?! But this: ” You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions. When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you.” Whoa!
2. Empathy. This one did not surprise me. “You can sense the emotions of those around you.” I discovered that I am somewhat of an intuitive empath a few years ago. Other identifiers include: “Sensitive to the feelings of others, you readily gauge the emotional tone of a room”. (I’ve used this “gift” many times over the years as a yoga instructor.) “Witnessing the happiness of others brings you pleasure.” “Because you are observant of how others are feeling, you are likely to intuit what is about to happen before it is common knowledge”. Yep. Crazy!
3. Positivity. I think this one is dead on!! “You are generous to praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation.” “People want to be around you. Their world looks better around you because your enthusiasm is contagious.” “You celebrate every achievement. You find ways to make everything more exciting and vital.” “You tend to be more enthusiastic and energetic than most people.” At least this is how I hope others see me because I do try to be a positive ray of light in other people’s lives and am always looking for the good in every situation.
4. Developer. “You see potential in others.” (Both this one and futuristic listed coaching as one of my talents.) “Signs of growth in others are your fuel.” I get it. I feel like this trait has been guiding me over the past couple of years.
5. Restorative. I wasn’t sure about this one either until I read that one of the identifiers says “constant improvement is one of your hallmarks”. Restoratives are often overly self-critical. Gulp. I guess I never view myself as a problem solver or fixer but it seems that I have a natural gift for being one. I see this more within myself but it is interesting, right?
I’ve had fun with this new insight today. I’ve been watching my thoughts, actions, and words to see which strength is dominating and how each of them play roles in the various aspects of my life.
Futuristic is the one dominant at the moment because I’m thinking about heading to bed in the very near future! Goodnight!
Mileage for the week of December 8th – December 14th
Total weekly mileage: 52.25
Total December mileage (to-date): 83
Total year-to-date mileage: 1,987
12/8 No run/rest day
12/9 1:30:20 min./10.75 mi./8:24 pace
12/10 1:05:27 min./8.25 mi./7:55 pace
12/11 *3:44 min./.5 mi./7:21 pace
12/12 1:19:50 min./10 mi./7:59 pace
12/13 27:15 min./3.5 mi./7:47 pace
51:27 min./5.25 mi./9:48 pace
12/4 1:25:58 min./10 mi./8:35 pace
35:23 min./4 mi./8:51 pace
When I shared my weekly mileage recap last week, I also shared my intention for getting in some higher mileage. Originally, I thought I would shoot for 60 miles. I’ve never run that many. I’d have to look but I believe my highest mileage week ever was around 55 miles. Anyway, my goal got a little derailed due to nasty weather. We had a crazy wind storm Thursday afternoon. I tried to run in it but less than half a mile from home I turned back. The gusts were so strong… it became a bit frightening so I decided to play it safe.
The next best thing was 50 miles. It’s still more than I’ve done in a long time and considering what I accomplished was over the span of only 5 days (not counting the short run in the wind), I’m feeling pretty good about it!
I don’t foresee this week being anywhere near 50 miles with the seasonal busyness that has started to take over. But I’m only 27 miles away from my goal for the year and I’m looking forward to knocking that out of the park this week!
I mentioned a few days ago that I was nominated for a Liebster Award from Running on Healthy. I’m honored that she chose me, my blog, as one that she felt deserved the recognition! These types of awards are passed from blogger to blogger and a fun way to find new, inspiring blogs to follow.
When you are nominated, you are asked to answer a series of questions about yourself. So I present to you 15 things you never wanted to know about me.
- What is my current health related goal?
Right now I’m just focused on getting through the holiday season without too much over-indulgence. I will begin training for the Boston Marathon immediately after Christmas so it would be nice to start that process without having to undo damage caused by eating, drinking, and being merry!
- What is my biggest irrational fear?
Fear is my biggest irrational fear. Living in fear prevents us from living life fully and I want to live my life FULLY! I’ve always been such a cautious person… I want to be fearless… It is my top intention for 2015!
- Do I enjoy wrapping presents?
I like the “idea” of wrapping presents. I see images of beautifully wrapped gifts adorned with ribbons and clever little trinkets and think that I could do that too. But let’s be real. (ie; suck it Pinterest!) Gift bags all the way, baby!
- What is my favorite cross training activity?
Any type of strength training. I used to really be into bodybuilding. I like feeling strong and really admire the definition on a lean, muscular body. More strength training is high on my list for my next marathon training cycle.
- If you came to visit me, what would we do?
The Pacific Northwest is beautiful and I’m blessed to live within just a few short hours of beaches, mountains, lush forests, and high desert. I’d show you some of my favorite places! We’d also share a bottle of wine!
- I have two weeks off work and two round-trip plane tickets to ANYWHERE. Where would you go and who would you take with you?
Neither of my children has ever been on an airplane. My daughter will be graduating high school in the spring and I’ve been dreaming up a mother-daughter trip somewhere with her. So since we are dreaming here, we’d go to Brazil to visit family in Sao Paulo. (We’ve been promising them a visit for years!!) The beaches are amazing, there is abundant, healthy food, Brazilians are very active and there are a lot of options for outdoor recreation.
- What is the most embarrassing thing that you have had happen to you during a run or a race?
An unfortunate mascara incident. The product sucked anyway but it was a foggy, misty morning and the two did not play nice. Also, it just so happens that I met, and ran with, BFP for the very first time ever that morning. Awesome first impression.
- The three best days of my life? Or at least the three that pop into my mind?
I think more than days, it is moments. Like seeing my children’s faces for the very first time. (Because honestly, all the preceding stuff getting to that point on those days was not a lot of fun!) I really can’t pick just three but I do believe that the best is still yet to come!
- Okay, so I have to eat a fast food meal. What restaurant would I choose and what do I order?
I hardly ever eat fast food… being a gluten and dairy free vegetarian, fast food isn’t always friendly but I do like Chipotle and they have a tofu option that is pretty tasty.
- Have you ever met a celebrity?
I have met several celebrities but the most memorable one was meeting Brittany Murphy (Clueless!) not long before she died. She was tiny. She was very petite and I towered over her even though she was wearing what I guess were 4-inch stilettos. I told her that I loved her shoes and she commented that she wore them for the added height. She told me she wished she was taller, like me, and then said something about the “grass being greener”. It struck me as odd and cool that this beautiful actress would consider me lucky to have something that she did not.
- Share a picture of myself in non-workout clothes.
- If I could choose to have a “do-over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?
I’d like to be a life coach. Half the time I don’t feel like I have my shit together so how could I possibly help anyone else get theirs together? But I always feel so good when someone shares with me that I’ve inspired them in some way and I like helping others feel good about themselves. Coaching, in various forms, is a pretty consistent desire for me.
- If I won an Olympic gold medal, how do I think I’d react?
I’d cry hysterically. Seriously!! I cried hysterically when I received the email from the Boston Athletic Association that my race entry had been accepted.
- What do I want for Christmas?
Anything handmade or created for me because the giver knows how much I will use it or love it. One of my favorite gifts ever (he’s done this twice for me now) is from my father-in-law. He gave me a big box of cedar kindling to start fires with. I love wood heat. It’s how we heat our home. His gift ensured I’d be able to quickly start a fire and be warm. It was such a practical and thoughtful gift. I’m still touched that he did that for me!!
- What skill do I lack?
I can’t sing, dance or act. However, it never stopped me from trying out for musicals in high school!
Okay, now for a few of my own nominations! Oh, and it just so happens that these peeps were also a few of my Nuun Hood to Coast teammates!
Guess what? It’s 12 days until Christmas!!!
Guess who hasn’t purchased a single Christmas gift? Me.
Those people (and if you’re one of them I’ll just apologize in advance for offending you) that do their shopping in July can suck it!
I’m late in the game, I know. I’m still trying to figure out what gifts to buy, how to budget it all without losing my mind, and when on earth I’ll even find the time to do any of it.
But this post isn’t really about any of that. It’s about me. It’s about what I want for Christmas. And I’m sure any female runner in your life might love any of these selections too. So without further adieu, I present my 2014 Holiday Wish List!
1. Brooks Limited Edition Ombre running shoes. It’s like the colors are melting together from wicked fast speed. I’d run faster just because of these shoes. I know I would! $90.00-$150.00
2. Handful bras. BEST. SPORTS. BRA. EVER. If you haven’t grabbed a Handful – no pun intended ; ) – you seriously need to check them out. They are super comfortable, versatile and flattering. Great colors too! Honestly, I wear mine when I’m not running or active too. They are that fantastic!! $48.00
3. Oiselle Track Attack pant. I’ve been wanting a pair of track pants for months and I fell in love with this Oiselle version during Hood to Coast after seeing several of my Nuun teammates wearing them. You can’t go wrong with stylish and functional! $79.00
4. The Neshama Project hamsas necklace. Ok, it’s not a running-related item but this necklace has been on my wish list forever. Hamsas are a symbol of protection and is said to bring good luck, health, happiness and fortune to its wearer. Opal is also my birthstone and is one of my favorite stones/colors. $108.00
5. Oiselle Katron Vest. I’m crazy about vests. They are such an easy way to layer and great for keeping the core warm. I love the color of the Katron vest and that it 7 pockets! 7!!! $175.00
6. Believe training journal. From the brain-child of Oiselle athlete and Picky Bars owner, Lauren Fleshman, this journal looks amazing. I love journals and am old-school when it comes to training logs and just about anything handwritten. $24.99
7. Nuun Energy. I love the stuff! And who doesn’t need a little extra energy? Especially this time of year! Cherry-Limeade is still my favorite, go-to flavor, but the whole line of Nuun Energy tastes great and gets me #electrolit. (Yeah, go search that hashtag!) $24.00/4 pack
There you have it. A few of my favorite things this season that I hope I will find wrapped up and under my tree this Christmas!
It’s been a heck of a week. I’ve not been feeling super great and the stress of the season has taken hold. The highlight of my week, literally, has been running.
It is pretty rare for me to log more than just a few miles on weekdays (especially this time of year) but I set an intention to get my mileage up this week…
Energy flows where intention goes.
While I took Monday off, I logged 19 miles between Tuesday and Wednesday and hope of many more miles this week. Setting intentions is powerful stuff, friends!
I’m often asked, as a practitioner of yoga, the difference for me between yoga and running. With yoga, I seek quiet. To still my mind and eliminate the noise and mental chatter, even if only temporarily. Running provides the opposite therapeutic benefits. It is when I think things through and process all of the gunk that gets stuck inside my head… the things that make my mind swirl until I recede into a prolonged state of disorientation. Anyone else ever feel that way? Ha!
Even though I’ve been running for years, I still marvel at the outlet it provides. I do a lot of work on myself when I run and I’m a few steps closer to figuring out how to create world peace!
Set your intentions today and then pour your energy into what your heart desires.
And just because… this is one of my favorite photos ever taken of me, as part of a funny little series for a photography class project, captured and edited by my daughter.
Mileage for the week of December 1st – December 7th
Total weekly mileage: 30.75
Total December mileage (to-date): 30.75
Total year-to-date mileage: 1,934.75
12/1 28:20 min./3.5 mi./8:06 pace
12/2 22:53 min./2.25 mi./10:08 pace
12/3 31:55 min./4.25 mi./7:31 pace
12/4 38:09 min./5 mi./7:37 pace
12/5 23:01 min./3 mi./7:41 pace
12/6 28:20 min./3.1 mi./9:18 pace
12/7 1:32:27 min./10 mi./9:14 pace
My mileage dropped a little last week but for good reason. A couple of those runs were with a fantastic group of girls in elementary school. Once again, I ran a 5K along side a 4th grade student as a mobile cheerleader for our Run Girl Run program. I also sub coached last Tuesday and ran their training route with them. Such a fantastic program and I’m so grateful for the ability to participate! Seriously, if you ever have an opportunity to volunteer with a program that mentors and encourages youth running, you will not regret a single second!
Despite low mileage, I got a few quick ones in! Three days in a row I ran mid-7:00 minute miles!!
I decided today that I’m going for some big mileage this week. I need to run off some stuff. It’s how I cope.
On a more fun note, I received notification a couple of days ago that Running on Healthy nominated me for a Liebster Award!! In the blogging realm, there are a few awards, or recognition’s, that are given to bloggers from fellow bloggers. It is an honor to know that my website has influenced and inspired others and I am grateful to know I’ve done just that. Especially since my posts have been so sporadic as of late.
The rules of a Leibster Award require that you post a few questions, along with the answers, about yourself and nominate a few fellow blogs/bloggers that you read and follow. So watch for that post this week. Thank you for the nomination, Running on Healthy!!!
It was a rough start for me today (… early morning… weekend hangover… a day of meetings and training (and not the running kind of training)… is it Friday yet??) but I’m hopeful that each day will improve and I hope your week is great!!