Taking Care of Business

I, like you am busy.  Busy with work, kids’ activities, keeping home and hearth on track as well as taking care of my family and myself.   With all that is going on, it’s difficult to keep things in order and not drop the ball (like forgetting to arrange a kids’ school pick up while out of town on a recent Monday).   Regardless of that slip up, I’m really organized and have a few tips to help keep your life and sanity in order.

1.  Write it all down.  Use a paper, online or digital calendar for your tasks, appointments, due dates, carpool schedules, etc.  I usually plan out my week on a Sunday and put it pen to paper.

2. Delegate smartly.  Know what you can easily delegate and what you should just do yourself.  In my house it’s not a good idea to delegate trips to the grocery store to my husband.  Love him dearly but he has a tendency to call me from the store asking if I want the lemon or orange dish detergent or if we should have the Safeway meatloaf for dinner.  It takes too much time and energy and I could have done it myself quicker.

3.  Exercise first thing in the morning.  When your to do list is long is the time to roll out of bed into your workout clothes.  Trust me, once your day is going and other tasks crowd in, your afternoon run will be pushed off the page.

4.  Find some pals to share the load.  Whether it’s a carpool situation, a group walk or you swap babysitting duties, use your friends as resources and be sure to return the favor.

5.  Let it go.  If your day is nuts and you can’t fold the laundry or unload the dishwasher or get the kids in the tub, c’est la vie.  Get over it and move on.   You’re still a superstar in my book!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Getting Your Head in the Game

Courtesy of Runner’s World.

Act as if you already are. This is one of the many mantras that we employ when it comes time to go after a goal that is beyond what has already been accomplished. Breaking new ground physically requires you to first break that mental barrier so that it can come into being.

Terrence Mahon, Team Running USA’s head coach

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which you may not have realized except for the influx of pink merchandise wherever you go.  While it seems almost a commercialization of cancer, it’s important that people are aware of and understand that even with the millions of dollars raised so far, a cure for cancer has not been discovered.

Research is ongoing and treatments and standards of care evolve but the fact of the matter is, cancer can and does blur all races, ages, demographics and socioeconomic lines.  So if that means we buy a set of pink Rubbermaid mixing bowls to help the cause, so be it!  The money has to be raised and research needs to be funded!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

I Double Dog Dare You!

The folks at Livestrong.com want you to become a healthier, happier, fitter and stronger you and all you need to do is visit their website and take a dare.    Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise or eat more fruits and veggies, Livestrong.com has a dare for you!

Not only can you sign up and accept the dare, but the website offers tips, strategies and information on how to achieve your goal.  All you have to do is take the dare.  C’mon, everybody’s doing it!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Gutting It Out!

I am beyond happy that we knocked out our long run this weekend.  An 18-miler was on the agenda and we managed to get 17.5 under our belts.  Not bad seeing as we have 2 more long runs to go before our taper.  While I would love to say that I had a great run, that we hit our time goal I can’t.  The first 8.8 miles were fine but boy did I struggle the remaining 8.8 miles.  I made a very big tactical error in planning the run.  I left the most challenging, hilliest and more difficult 7 mile block at the end of the run.

Having a slight competitive streak is a blessing and a curse, let me tell you.  I gutted out that last 8.8 miles of the run and made it back across the Golden Gate Bridge out of sheer will.  It was a  simple case of mind over matter.  I was sore and my legs were tightening up on me but I knew I wasn’t injured so there was no alternative but to keep going.  I mean, I have never just stopped running when I felt like it – it’s not in my nature.  The trick in these instances is to check in on yourself, adjust pace, cadence, relax your shoulders and maybe even take a walk break but keep going forward.  Even if it’s a shuffle, you gotta keep moving.

As crazy as it sounds, while I say this wasn’t a good run for me, this difficult run was a great training run in that these very challenging runs are the ones you need to draw upon when you are running a marathon.   I have the confidence that I can draw upon my inner strength, inner warrior, inner kick-ass runner and finish the task at hand.  And that, my friends, is worth it!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

A Heavy Heart

Our small community has been rocked by the suicides of  a 15 year-old girl and a 13 year-old boy within a week of each other.

My heart aches for these  children who felt that life was too hard, too painful, too overwhelming, too lonely, too sad to continue.  My heart aches for the families and friends who have to deal with the aftermath.  My heart aches for my 11 year-old daughter who sat in her 6th grade homeroom while her teacher explained that an 8th grade classmate committed suicide.  Innocence gone in a flash, replaced with a cold and harsh reality.

My heart is heavy for all that is lost.

Keli

Emergency hotlines:  Marin Suicide Prevention 499-1100, Marin County Office of Education Anonymous Tip Line 499-5841, National Hotlines–800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255), www.save.org