Making things happen…

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It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Right on Leonardo! Words to live by straight from the masters mouth. Being an athlete I take this philosophy at it’s most literal form. I have goals, very specific goals which are laid out in my race calendar. Let me be indulgent and break this down as I sit here on my rest day rolling out my tight calves. This is were the quote above comes into play for me: Many people will say they want to do something in vain, and then they never do. Instead I take the bull by the balls. I say I am going to do this – even if I get kicked in the face and fail the first ten times. I go after it until I achieve it. Persistence is in my nature.

I have accepted that to do what you love is hard. You will have killer moments – and moments that kill you. But that is the name of the game and you can’t help it, you love it – it’s FUN 😉 Some days I think about how I must be perceived by those who sit back in life. How odd it is that I spend so much time on training, have been injured on countless occasions, invest so much money on gear for run and MTB all to just participate. No sponsorship, no purses, no wins. Then I laugh and say who cares – I have happened to things. I am happening to Trail. I am making my life happen and that is pretty rad. Ride on//Run on !

Run Nerd Alert!

You know you are a runner when: You have an alarm set on registration day for 3 mins before it launches. This is despite the fact that we both know you have had the page open all morning, just in case there was a glitch and registration opened early!

Thank you Brooklyn Half Marathon for being my rebound. After two failed lotteries this year for the NYC Half ( what’s up Manhattan) I tossed in the towel. I ran you once a few years ago and I am done being rejected by you. Brooklyn and I lived together for ten years, has always had my back – its time I ran his Half. My leggies were shaking with excitement and itching to run from a burst of adrenaline all afternoon…

GYM TIME – tonight working on my pace. Trying to get it down to an 8:20 m/m for the race. Ran on the treadmill for 30 mins at that pace, every ten mins maxing the incline to 15% and running 11 min mile for 30 -60 seconds to wake up my calves. Stride is feeling good. Next up – step ups. Knee height platform. One legged lift 20 times, then the other side. Once done 20 squats and repeat all three stages three times. Then wrap it up with a row, damper 1 with 33-36 s/m for 30 mins. Dam it! Forgot to check my meters, next time. A good stretch then 15 mins in the sauna, me time 😀

Feeling exhilarated and excited for this season.

right on//run on

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