I am one of those obnoxious people that can pull a Friends reference out of anything, very similar to how I can compare most life situations to running or the marathon. Just so you know, I’m rolling my eyes at myself too.
Since passing all of my various fitness and coaching certifications, I have been thinking a lot about how I would like my career path to look. What I would like to do, where do I want to work, what population I want to focus on, etc. It’s exciting, but scary.
I have wonderful friends and supporters who offer their ideas enthusiastically and I love it. Not just with running but with career advice and personal goals. They have made me a better person with their continued love and support and humor. My friend and super athlete Trish once told me that if I wasn’t a little nervous about it, then my goal wasn’t big enough. That’s why I like setting new running and fitness goals for myself. I like testing my boundaries (crazy single-track trails on the side of a mountain), I like pushing myself to places I didn’t think I could go (Ultra marathoning) plus, I like the hard work (I prefer training over racing).
With everything I do I like that forward progress. I want to know that I am moving forward in my career and not just settling or getting bored; I want to know that I moving forward personally, learning new things and trying to become the best version of me I can be.
So, even though I have been a little checked out in the blog world, I’m still trying to move forward, to keep going. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
Halloween costumes turned out super fun. Jim totally got into it too. Goofy, I do on a daily but it was cool for Noah to see Jim being silly too. Plus, he nailed Gru, don’t you think?!
Still running in beautiful Fall Colorado weather. Seriously, this has been the longest Fall I have seen since living in Colorado. The weather has been so wonderful and pleasant and sunny. Love, Love. My average weekly mileage is 30-35 and as much as possible it is spent out on the trails.
Goofing off with a seriously sweet little boy we like to call Noah. His favorite things right now: Anything Charlie Brown and Snoopy related; a blue towel (like Linus from Peanuts); firetrucks – actually anything with wheels; running around saying “Naked Booty” when we change his clothes; playing with his neighbors Mark & Anna.
Sewing. A lot. I made several personalized ABC books for friends and family and after that I got down to business with figuring out how to make a tote bag out of race bibs. After several versions, I think I have honed in on what works, which works out perfect because Nina’s birthday is this weekend and I was determined to have it finished by then complete with lining, pockets, and a magnetic snap.
I’ve had a lot of interest in how I did my race bib tote bag. I knew what I wanted to do but there isn’t much out there about it so I used multiple designs and brain storming sessions with my friends and Mom to make what I wanted. I will post about that next and get you the resources that helped me a lot. I can also make a custom one for you or a loved one, so just email me if you’re interested.
What are ways that you remind yourself to move forward? To challenge yourself. To keep yourself moving in the right direction when you get off course.
- Looking Forward: Training For My First Ultra Marathon (activeharmony.wordpress.com)
- Motivation Monday (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
- Denver By Bike: Pedal on Pavement or Mountain Bike in the Foothills (local.allstate.com)
- How is this moving my life forward? (mikeblockerspeaks.com)
- Ultra Diva – #fitforchristmas Challenge (ultradivablog.wordpress.com)
- Sometimes in life we make some choices that move us away from our goals, dreams and aspirations. (coachingforinspirationwithpatti.com)
- Moments of Clarity… (therunningsparrow.com)