The February Re-Boot

Yeah so January happened.  Goals were set, progress got started, progress stalled.

But listen, I’ve got things to get done this year.  I’m 50 next month for crying out loud.  Now is not the time to slink into my middle years.  Heck no!  I’m taking 50 by the, um… balls.  I’m taking 50 by the balls.

So I’ve got to get going.  Hello February Re-Boot.

I’ve registered for a Run the Bay Challenge ; it’s an 8K, 12K and a “virtual” 5K.  I’ve got a teammate for the Angel Island Adventure Race (I have no idea what this entails, to be honest.  Running, biking, challenges?  It may test a friendship).  I’m on a Ragnar team for the So Cal race in April and have entered my No Cal team (Team 316) for Napa in the fall.    I’ll also add some trail runs and a night run in September.

So if you have had a stumble in January, join me in the February Re-Boot.   Share your goals and let’s get ‘er done.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

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Keli’s Super Fun Super Bowl Fun Run II

super_fun_runKeli’s Super Fun Super Bowl Fun Run (part 2) is back. And it’s free.  That’s right.  No registration fee.  No processing fee.  No parking fee.  Granted, there won’t be medals, awards or crowd support but the view is sublime! And did I mention it’s free?

When:  Super Bowl Sunday (February 5th for those of you who could care less about football)

Start time:  8:00am

Location:  Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon (101 south, exit at CA-131 E/Tiburon Blvd, go left at the light and continue for a mile and a half, turn right at Greenwood Beach Rd into the parking lot.) 

Details:  I’ll map out a 5 mile and 7 mile option.  Shorter options also available.  Walker, runners, kids, babes in strollers welcome.  It’s a VERY friendly route for all levels.

So let’s get this party started!  Share with your friends, the more the merrier.  Email me with questions.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Be the Change

So here’s the deal.  You’re in charge of your life, health, welfare.  You control the narrative.  You are the captain flying the plane or piloting the ship.  Sure, you may be working in concert (or opposition) with your spouse or family members but make no mistake, YOU have the power to create positive change in your life or to settle, sit or stew.

Easy right?  Not always.  It takes some work.  Planning.  Preparing.  Executing the plan(s).  Dusting yourself up if you’ve fallen or recruiting help if you’re struggling.  But you’re worth it.  So get going.  You’ve got this.

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Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Getting What You Need

I’ve always been able to rely on running as therapy.  It’s how I process things; work stuff, family stuff, parenting stuff, etc.  No matter what else is going on I can go for a run and feel better.  My sadness would lift, my anger would dissipate, my frustrations would yield to solutions and I’d come back happier and more focused.

There was something cathartic about going out and running fast and hard and leave it all out on the road.  This emotional release was welcome and it worked.  It always worked.

Until recently, when running was not the answer to what I was going through.  And this surprised me.  I had hoped that going for a run would clear my head and keep me in the proper frame of mind to deal with what I had to deal with.  Nope.

I needed, craved something different.  Something that didn’t ask much.  Something that would allow me to move and breathe but maybe not sweat or push myself.  So I turned to yoga.  Which was perfect for a two-week period of travel, mourning and grief.  The daily practice just let me be where I was and coaxed me into poses or not.

Now I’m back home.  And while the grieving process continues, I’m eager to return to my running routine.  It’s familiar.  It’s welcome.  And again it’s what works.

That and Yoga.  Because my 31 day Yoga challenge continues.  And you know how much I love challenges.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Cross Country Musings

I’m writing this on a plan as I head back home from Kansas City, MO where I’ve spent the past 5 days in a nursing home visiting my mom.   

In the time I spent there, walking the halls,  sitting with my mom and the ladies who share her dining table, and seeing the folks who were in their wheelchairs or having their therapies I came away with one takeaway.  Well two, actually.

  1. The aging process is not kind.
  2. I am more resolute than ever in my mission to promote healthy habits.

Heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.  are no joke.   But we hold they key.  I know I can’t promise that living a healthy lifestyle will gurantee a long life (I mean we could get hit by a bus). But eating right and exercising can go a long, long, looooong way towards preventing a lot of shit.

Are we willing to do what it takes?  Exercise at least 30 ( but hopefully closer to 45 or 60) minutes a day.  Eat fresh fruits and veggies,  whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats and cut out sugary drinks and too much processed food?   You’re right, it’s not easy.  It’s not a quick fix, it’s not a pill to pop.  It takes work.

But hell, we’re worth it.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – Drop me a note if you need some motivation or encouragement.  We’ve got this.