The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.

Jordan Belfort (via purplebuddhaproject)
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I heard you are running Grandmas Marathon in June. First congrats it’s my favorite race. Second I would just like to tell you that although at the start It can be very crowded, after a few miles it opens up. Thirdly Grandmas has the nicest people (Minnesota nice is real) and the best crowds. Good luck with your training

Thank you for the good wishes and advice! I’m actually from Minnesota, will be visiting family while I’m there, although have lived in WA for 20 years now. Thanks for the heads up about the crowds. I’m working on my mindfulness skills so I stay centered:)
Best to you anonymous!

This is Mr Leo. He is my sweet rescue puppy, who’s favorite thing in the world is getting on the sofa with me at the end of the day and being pet/loved. He also loves to photo bomb, as this photo was really to be about the color of the rock, Mr Leo climbed right on up and sat down. Of course he ended up improving the picture greatly. Such a cutie. Happy National Puppy Day to all those puppies who may not have been treated so well as younguns’, here’s to 2nd chances. 

Back in the saddle:

I’ve really been questioning my decision to run the marathon in June. Every run my brain pushes against me, telling me there’s no way I can make that distance. Stupid f***ing brain needs to shut up! I’ve been practicing mindfulness each time the thoughts start to bully me with a great deal of success. This Saturday was another 13 miler and I practiced mindfully looking for colors each time the “really you should stop and never run again” talk would start. A peaceful practice that I enjoyed and brought out a whole new beauty to the landscape. This helped to make this a great run, even though it was raining and I was drenched. 

I’ve also begun using Huma gels (new order just sent in) at good intervals. This was the first long run, ever, that I didn’t get cranky…. Which predictably happens at mile 8. Love the Huma mocha gel, tasty and easy to digest…. With a nice zap of caffeine too. 

Then came today’s run. I was sore from lunges, my quads are still really pissy with me right now. I was resistant to getting out of bed and going…..couldn’t decide where to run and was making too big of a deal of it and NOT feeling my options. Decided I really just wanted a laid back marina run (where the tulips are blooming) without having any structure…. Freedom! I ended up running a great, for me, reverse splits run (mile 6 had extra seconds because I was sick of my music and stopped to change it). So pleased with the energy of this run and the glory of running in and of itself. When I got home I started the fit nerd challenges, then collapsed into the bathtub where I promptly fell asleep….. Bliss.

 Now to type up my marathon training plan: 3 months until Grandma’s 🙂

Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.

Bill Bullard
(via lunagemme)

Thank you this-incredible-journey for posting this, I needed this one today.