Choices

Every morning when we wake up we have a choice. Do we continue our journey on our current path, or do we take the road less traveled. The one where we have no certainty of what lies ahead. I am confident to assume a majority of the population is content with the path they are currently trekking.

Changing the direction may be what you want.

However, if you change your direction, you will change and everything in your life will change.

Will it all change for the better? or the worse?

Maybe most of us are afraid of the worse case scenario. So we convince ourselves that we are satisfied with where we are headed.

But then our minds become consumed by the haunting question, “WHAT IF”….

What if I actually worked harder in practice or put myself out there? What if told the truth or voiced my opinion. What if I fail, or nothing works out as planned?

We are consumed and overwhelmed by the WHAT IF’S… Therefore when confronted with a choice, we take the easy way out. In racing terms. When the gun goes off you have a choice,You can go out with the pack and hang on for dear life, or do you hold back because you are afraid of what may happen if you actually put yourself out there. You are afraid of loosing. But guess what… you just lost, because you did not even try to be a contender.  Sometimes the best part about making the more difficult choice is that you learn from it. You learn about your strengths and weakness.

Choices and decisions are surrounding us everyday. If you are not happy with the path you are on, then it is time to change something. If you want to win. Then start putting in the effort required to win. If you want to reach your goal, make the changes that need to be done. You are in charge of your journey. None of us know where we are headed, but we have our eyes set high hoping to make it to our destination.

Do not be afraid to choose the path that requires a bit more effort.

Do not be afraid of the pain.

Do not be afraid of the failure.

It is better to fail 10,000 times and succeed only once than to never succeed.

Put yourself out there. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO CHASE AFTER WHAT YOU WANT AND ARE CAPABLE OF ACCOMPLISHING.

Make the choices that will lead you to where you have always wanted to be. If you want a different result, make a different choice~

Yesterday, the Grand Canyon University athletes had a choice.  Starting a race at 5:00 pm in the Arizona Sun could be a disaster if you let the negative thoughts creep into your mind and destroy any chance you have running a smart race. All of the runners out there yesterday were tough. Some had better races than others, but that is always expected. These runners are making choices and learning from the choices they make. Whether these choices deal with racing strategy or lifestyle habits, they are making choices which will only reflect upon the lives they want to live.

I had a great time watching all of the runners race. It is a huge learning experience for me as well as them I am sure. Every race gets us all closer to where we want to be.

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WAY TO GO GCU!!!!

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GO LOPES!!!

Birthday fun!

Yesterday was my 26th birthday. It started out great. Waking up at 4:30am to head up to GCU for cross country practice. I made the team blueberry and strawberry n’ cream muffins. It has been a very long time since i have baked a non gluten free food item, so I think I am a bit rusty. Overall the runners were grateful for the muffins. Better than most dorm food I guess.  They also gave me a card and sang me “Happy Birthday”.photo (54)

SO sweet, and I love showing up and having the opportunity to run with all these great people every morning. We even went to a new location to run. It was different than most of the places we run in Arizona. Most runs are along a canal with not much greenery surrounding us. Yesterdays run was immersed in a greener atmosphere. It is great to have a change of scenery on occasion. Most of the runs discussion was about the power ball and what we would do with the money if we won the $400 million jackpot.  There were some fabulous ideas involving helicopters and fancy cars. After our 40 minute run I headed home to get the rest of my day started.

When I got home from work James surprised me with roses and a Bosu Ball! I have been wanting a Bosu ball FOREVER!!! I finally got one. Now more time to become even stronger. More abdominal and strengthening workouts will be coming soon. photo (55)After present time we headed out for a nice dinner at a local hot spot called House of Tricks. It was such a great dinner. What can I say I enjoy really good food. I had duck and James had lamb. We finished the night with fro-yo.  He forgot about cake so we are going to Gigi’s bakery this weekend to get my gluten free cupcake!

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Ultimately a great birthday. I was surrounded by great people from 5 am till bedtime. Thank you everyone for a great day!

2 weeks

These past 2 weeks have flown by. I am thrilled to be able to run again. I feel like I am back in my element. Spending hours upon hours in the gym on the elliptical was starting to become a little frustrating. When you have goals and are limited in your ability to achieve them, your motivation runs a little dry at times. I stuck with it. However, I managed to wake up every morning and fight through the frustration. Some days I was in the gym multiple times cross training to stay as fit as possible so when it came time to run again I would not be as sore. Now 2 weeks have passed. These 2 weeks include weekly mileage of 30 total miles each week. Honestly, I still struggle with only being able to run 30 miles per week. I wish I could just jump back into running 70+ miles per week.  I love loosing myself on the roads that lie before me. I am not really sure where my mind goes when I run. I just run! Every step feels better than the last. I am still not sure where my running is going to take me or how far I will go, but sticking with it through all the ups and downs will sire lead me somewhere worthwhile.

 On my run today I was enjoying the path before me. I was reminded of home and the good ole days running around Town Lake. I feel as if I have found my perfect home here is Arizona. It reminds me of home but is also a new beginning for me to start my running ventures all over again.  These Sunrises will never get old in my book!

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Aside from running these past 2 weeks have been great. Seth and Maria are in full force racing just about every weekend. I look forward to hearing about how they preform each week. They are both definitely making progress.  It is still early in the competitive racing season, so I am expecting some pretty impressive feats in the near future.

On another note, at Grand Canyon University, the coaches had a bonding breakfast this past weekend. We discussed goals for the teams and enjoyed some gluten free pancakes, courtesy of yours truly! photo (48)

I can not get over how great these past 2 weeks have been. While I was picking up some last minute groceries for dinner at Trader Joe’s, the Cashier ran off to grab me some flowers in honor of my birthday this up coming Wednesday!photo (47)

I was also surprised with the best birthday card ever. My great friend created a card full of memories. I was so touched by the card. I looked over the photos several times and I am still not sure when some of the photos where taken.  All that matters is that my friends and I have shared many memories which will never be forgotten. We have had some of the very best of times.

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Today is my MOM and NANNY’s Birthday. I am so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life!

Happy Birthday MOM and NANNY!

Tokyo 2020

It is official. The 2020 Olympics will be held in TOKYO.

As a runner, I am very stubborn, and most runners are. I don’t think I have ever met a runner who wasn’t stubborn, it is in our nature. So today, I used my brain and took a day off. I have been back running and ran 30 miles this past week. I am so excited to be feeling pretty good coming off of my injury. My rest day included heading to Papago Park with James to hike around. We climbed on some big rock/hills. It was fun. Probably a little dangerous too since it was raining. Some spots were pretty slick, but we had fun and that’s what matters.

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Overall today was a great rest day. I am ready for the week ahead. Training will be the same. I should hit roughly 30 miles this upcoming week as well. Being smart and playing it safe is essential for my long term goals and success.

Backing up to yesterday, there were lots of fun thing happening. Since cross country season has begun, so have the races. I went up to Flagstaff to attend the Northern Arizona University Cross Country event.  I had such a blast. I love volunteering for Grand Canyon University.

Some of the team even drove up to cheer on their teammates.

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While I was running around the course I ran into Stephanie Rothstein Bruce. I saw her walk along the course and I literally jumped up and down with excitement.  In a Runners world, I met a celebrity.

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WHAT, HOW and WHY

Today I am headed up to Flagstaff to Cheer on Grand Canyon University in their first cross country race of the season.

LET THE RACING SEASON BEGIN!

Also Seth and Maria will be racing in Mexico, Missouri today. It will be Seth’s first race of the season as well.

There is just so much to look forward to today!

I have already clocked in my run for the day. I was so fortunate to have a chance to run with Janae, from HungryRunnerGirl.  My day is off to such a great start. We started way before the sun came up. I truly enjoyed running with Janae. Hopefully next time she drops in to Arizona we can run a few more runs together.

After my run I tried this new beverage. It was definitely different. But I like it!

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On another note, I was given some insight this week, and I would love to share it with you all. Success comes from within. You can spend your whole life hoping to find success or you can spend your life doing the things that will make you successful. Once again, keep in mind we all have different definitions of success. For me, Success is accomplishing some major feats with running. Others may view success as being a good role model to their children, or becoming a 3rd grade teacher. Success in individualized. No one success is better than another.

Here’s the thought someone expressed in regards to my running, but it can be used in all areas of life. Sometimes we get so caught up romanticizing ou

r goals and dreams that we forget the reality of it all. We forget about the work we have to put in to accomplishing our 30 seconds of fame and fortune. If your truly want to reach your goal you have to keep in mind that 9 time out of 10 it is going to be brutal. You will probably fall to your knees frustrated and confused. 

Motivational Quote of the Week #9! #juliavasic #motivation #quote

 

Many of us have the WHAT and the HOW in life, but we forget about the WHY?

WHAT is it that you want?

HOW are you going to go about it?

The WHAT and the HOW will only take you so far.

 

WHY are you out there? WHY is it all worth it?

My opinion is that there has to be some sort of driving force from within you if you want to be successful. 

 

It does not happen over night but when you reach your happiness, success, goals, whatever it is your are vying for, all the blisters will be worth it.

Motivational Quote of the day! #pinterest #happymonday #inspiration #noquitting #gym #fitness #motivation #quotes #quoteoftheday

 

I am going to end with a picture of Samson, because I just have too many of them and he is just to dang cute not to share to the world!

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I am BACK!

The past 6 plus weeks have been a roller coaster. Just as my training was finally getting underway, I tore my calf. This is why I have been under the radar lately. One problem I have is dealing with injuries. I like to shut myself away and get it healed as quickly as possible. 3 weeks into the healing process, my wonderful doctor decided it was time to try “REHAB” running. When he said the word RUNNING, I almost took out his office doors running. For the first time in the past 7 years I have the confidence to really and truly tackle my running endeavors. So, when I was granted permission to run again I was more than ready. In fact I was so read to run again, I jumped into it way to fast. What can I say, I like to run FAST!! Unfortunately I learned the true definition of REHAB running.
It does not mean go out and run like you did 3 weeks ago. Rehab running is basically just getting your feet wet for the first time. You are warming up the muscle that has been torn. With all this being said, you can probably figure out what happened…. When I attended my next appointment the following week, my poor calf was in more pain. Turns out the tear is still there! Another 3 plus weeks of cross training here I come. The past 3 week I have been so diligent. I even lightened the load of my cross training. I told myself I would rather be running than pounding away in the gym on an elliptical. So if that meant getting out of shape a little, that would be ok. Running again is much more valuable to me than putting in hours upon hours on the elliptical. My focus was on making sure I did all the little things I needed to do to heal my calf. I focused on my exercises and icing my leg after ever exercise. I focused on my nutrition, and sleep.

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This past week, I was once again granted permission to attempt REHAB running. I was much more conservative this time around. Therefore today was my first day of actually running. I ran 30 minutes non stop. I did feel a little heaviness or tightness in the calf but that is probably expected. I will ease back into running this week. With the goal of being back to normal running in the next 2 to 3 weeks.

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I figure it is about time to admit that I like to keep my goals and plans private or in a tight niche. I have a fear of disappointing people as well as myself. So if I keep my goals to myself no one will know whether or not I reached them. This mentality defeats the purpose of goals. Fear of failure is one of the worst mental thoughts to consume your brain. I talk a lot about fighting the impossible and chasing your dreams, when I am guilty of being afraid to chase my own dreams due to the fear of failing. I have so much desire to attempt the impossible and it is about time I let it all out. 

Currently, my mind is set on running a half marathon this winter. PF Chang’s, is the goal! I have so much thanks to give to Dr. Ball, not only has he helped me heal my calf, and other running ailments. But he has also instilled confidence in me. With everything I have been through the past  7 years dealing with running injuries it is so refreshing to have my Doctor see potential in me.

So I am back and really and truly ready to tackle my fears! I want to run, and I want to run REALLY REALLY FAST!!!

On another note, I am a volunteer assistant coach for Grand Canyon University, I am loving every moment working with Coach Michael and helping the runners get motivated and ready for their upcoming season. The first race will be a week from today.  GO ‘Lopes!!!
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