3.5 years ago I set a goal to run the North Face 100km. Having that goal set my focus, drive and gave me milestones with my training. It meant a lot to me to be able to take my running from road marathons to a true ultra. Then the Nepal earthquake struck and I was devastated for the beautiful people of Nepal who were suffering. I had been there just one week before and I was very fortunate to not have been caught in the disaster. I decided along with my running buddy @lucy170372 to raise money for Nepal and specifically the village where I had spent time. Bringing additional meaning and purpose to our run inspired our training and effort at points when we needed it most. After running for 10-12 hours you’ve sure got to have a strong motivation to keep going. We ran through the day and night stopping only to refuel, hydrate and change clothes (no sitting) and to kiss our supporting family and friends who had come to cheer on our efforts (whom we were extremely appreciative for lifting our spirits throughout the event). 7 months after setting that goal we completed the event in just over 18 hours. We raised over $12k thanks to sponsors and friends and that sense of satisfaction of accomplishing such an important goal still stays with me. The extent to which our minds and our thinking have power over our bodies and choices about whether or not to keep going is extraordinary. With this knowledge it helps me be resilient when things aren’t going to plan knowing I can get back up and keep going to see things through. Watching my negative self talk and unhelpful thoughts was and still is critical in the setting and achievement of goals. Setting goals that align with your values and what’s meaningful to you matters. Don’t underestimate the power of a congruent goal in positively driving you towards what you want and what matters to you.
Can you even imagine my day with these four?? 😍😫🤯😳🤔🤗😑🙄 I probably make all of these faces and more BUT they sure know how to keep a day eventful. Nothing but unconditional love for my babies. ♥️ #surroundedbyboys#oldiebutgoodie
I find reversing my grip for hanging leg raises helps me use less momentum 👌 how some of y’all bust out 20 of these is amazing 😍 I’ve been processing a lot of the poor choices I made in my competing journey, looking underneath at the whys, motivations, the causes and effects made vulnerable by my choices. It’s been so humbling, and eye opening. I thought I was recovered before, but this whole set back allowed me to go deeper and uproot some more of the roots of my disorder. BUT I thought after many posts and shares reflecting on the dangers for some (like me) in competing, diet culture, body stigma and marginalization, orthorexic fit culture etc. that I needed to share this other bit of my heart again. There is so much I loved about competing, and that deserves air time too (piggy backing off @laurenvstheworld post). 💜 I learned SO much about training, movement, strength etc. that you CAN learn without competing, but I’m not sure I would have 💜 I learned to put myself out there! I was NOT good on stage but it was GOOD for me, to practice feeling afraid of what others thought and doing it anyway (you could argue no one should have to feel afraid of having their body judged, but that’s a bit black and white of a framing) 💜 I met 100s of amazing women- I learned that women/people are my friends. We compete TOGETHER 💜 I loved having the backing of a coach and team- it just feels cool. 💜 When I wasn’t burnt out, or mentally spent, the process was wicked exciting- having a really wild goal. I still get vicarious thrill-chills when my clients share about events or races or tournaments we’ve been preparing them for 😂 I try my best not to be creepy as I soak in the thrill of preparation and competition 💜 SO even with all my thoughts around diet culture, thin privilege, the risks in extreme dieting exercise and food management, IF my soul ever allowed me to revisit the stage again with an open hand, holding it lightly, chances are I’d take it (maybe: I worked just as hard to have balance, as I did in prep, so I would be afraid to lose it..) In short: It was a flame that helped me transform into the person I am now, and I’m grateful. ✨ #embracethegrey
Throwback to great times in Yosemite, one of my absolut favorite places in California 🏞 the views are just breathtakingly beautiful! Have you been? ❥
P.S. excuse my weird hand and camera about to fall down 🙈
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The Grotto, Great Ocean Road
We arrived in the afternoon and we got the place completely to our self. How lucky is that?!