Damn New Year’s resolutions. Damn those ubiquitous ads for personal improvements. Damn fresh starts, reaffirmations, good intentions. Damn everyone pushing those annual bookended reflections: What have you done so far? What do you want to achieve? Awards and Writing At last night’s Golden Globes award ceremony, Glenn Close gave a tearful acceptance speech that tore… Continue reading How Do You Measure Success?
“Be careful what you wish for.” Over a year ago, I set myself up for yes. In particular, saying yes to travel. Being a freelancer, I have ultimate schedule flexibility; having an empty nest (sans our ancient cat), my spouse and I have great freedom. With these things in mind, Hubby took a new job that… Continue reading What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel
Good friends say things you really need to hear but don’t necessarily want to. And time to reflect almost always results in making some decisions. The other week, my good friend Dr. Stephanie listened as I talked about writing before saying thoughtfully, “You are the best cheerleader I know. Why don’t you turn some of that on… Continue reading Working Out My Worth
I’ll never forget a phone conversation I had with my husband James, back in the days when he was traveling a lot for work. He’d gone to Brazil on business, keenly looking forward to seeing the sights while there. But he’d called, despondent; his problematic knee hurt so badly, causing him to limp, that people… Continue reading Finding Workout Motivation at Home
Last week, I attended the February Women Communicators of Austin (WCA) meeting. Bethany Andell, president of Savage Brands, spoke to the group about the importance of purpose in business. If you aren’t clear on what that purpose is, the “why” of what the business does, then how do others build trust with that brand? If… Continue reading That One Thing Needed for Success
Here we are, nearing the end of January and the waning of many a New Year’s resolution. According to statistics from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64 percent of those who made a 2014 New Year’s resolution were still going strong one month later. Six months on down the road, that number dropped… Continue reading How Do You Find Motivation When Success Doesn’t Seem to be Coming?
This is my training journal, so I try to keep my entries to running (or lack of running and rehab). But so much of what I do in running and training is tied in with life in general that the waters get a little murky at times and something more “life” related will make a… Continue reading Profiling Someone I Admire: Patti DeNucci
Approximately four weeks (July 22) — running on the Newton (treadmill, at less than full body weight) Eight weeks or so (August 22) — adding some running with full body weight into workouts February 2012 — able to run 10K to half-marathon distance June 2012 — soonest I might be back to being able to run… Continue reading Injury to Recovery Timeline (or, Some Days Just Suck)
In the spirit of my new training regime, I am celebrating every gain. We measured today, and I have 10 percent more flexibility in my ankle than the last time we measured. Woohooo! The physiology of recovery is interesting. The thing that I am most working on is balance. As explained to me by my… Continue reading Balance, Proprioception, and Reclaiming Ten Percent!!
Yesterday, I started a blog entry. It was a recap of some positives and then I’d started on a big discussion of what was frustrating about progress, emotional stuff, ruminating on what was wrong. Fuck that. Today, I start training. I will get to race weight. Because numbers motivate me, my weight is on a… Continue reading Training for Recovery