Happy 2018

Happy New Year Friends!

Today, instead of banging out a goal setting or go get-em article I just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.  I hope you are able to spend it with people you love, who are important to you and who love you back unconditionally.

I’ll be getting out later for my annual New Year’s Day run, then will head to the beach with my son and husband.  My daughter is coming home from a trip with some friends so I’ll give her a huge hug later and we’ll have dinner together.   It will be a great start to what I know (hope and pray) will be a good year.

Now I’m going to grab my coffee, curl up in my chair with a blanket and my notepad.  It’s Monday morning, and as Hopper says, “mornings are for coffee and contemplation”.  #strangerthings

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

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The Holiday Hustle.    Here’s how it works.  

  •  Subscribe to the blog to get the workouts daily.
  • If you need structure, print out the 25 day calendar and check off the days as you go along.

 Click here for a copy of the full 25 day challenge.  

  • Always warm up prior to beginning.
  • Check with a doctor if this is your first time at the rodeo.
  • Miss a day?  No big whoop, just double up on another day.
  • At the end of the 25 days it’s Christmas.  You did it.  Congrats.  No prizes, just bragging rights.

 

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The Holiday Hustle.  

Here’s how it works.  

  •  Subscribe to the blog to get the workouts daily.
  • If you need structure, print out the 25 day calendar and check off the days as you go along.

 Click here for a copy of the full 25 day challenge.  

  • Always warm up prior to beginning.
  • Check with a doctor if this is your first time at the rodeo.
  • Miss a day?  No big whoop, just double up on another day.
  • At the end of the 25 days it’s Christmas.  You did it.  Congrats.  No prizes, just bragging rights.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – Happy Holidays!

 

The 2017 Holiday Hustle is Coming!

Holiday Hustle

Stay focused and on point throughout the holidays by joining the 2nd Annual Holiday Hustle.

Here’s how it works:

  • It’s a 25 day challenge starting December 1st.
  • Each workout is between 8-20 minutes long with a few rest days thrown in.
  • Explanations of all workouts will be provided as well as a complete calendar at the beginning of the challenge so if you’re traveling or can’t access the website, you’ll know what to do.

Mark your calendar and see you on December 1st.  What have you got to lose!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

This Little Piggy…

In September I decided to get back to the mat for yoga.  My practices had gotten fewer and farther between and I missed Yoga with Adriene (www.http://yogawithadriene.com/) and her dog Benji.  I also really missed the practice of yoga itself.

And because I’m weird I can’t do anything just to do it, I need to have a goal.  So I decided to do yoga as often as I could and also decided that I’d work on my Crow pose every day.  Just to see if I could finally get my crow to fly. Ha ha, yoga humor.

Crow is an arm balancing pose.  And it is,  in my humble and non-yogi opinion, hard as hell.  At first you think it’s all about arm strength.  And it is.  But it’s not.  It’s core strength, balancing and upper body strength.  Also, it’s supposed to look really graceful.

This is what it looks like, according to Google images. 

 

And this is what it looks like in my living room last week.  With my Yoga Cat, Cody.

I worked at this every day for almost a month and I got up.  Not very high, but  I mean  those toes are a good, what 4 inches off the ground.  Nice!  Sure, there are problems with the posture and I’m wearing yoga pants.  (Ok, laugh for a second then let’s get on with it.)  But I am damned proud of this.

Do you want to know the hardest thing about this pose?  It’s not crouching down into a froggy position and doing a toe balance.  It’s not even holding myself up on my hands and preventing my face from smashing into the mat.  Or on the cat.  It’s not even the fact that I’m taking a photo wearing yoga pants.

It was lifting the final toe off the ground.  I would get the left foot up, then I’d be on the big toe of the right foot, just kind of hovering there, willing myself to lift that toe off the mat.

I mean you think sure, just lift the stupid toe, Keli.  What’s the problem?  What’s so hard about that?

But wait, let’s “drill down” a bit and think about it.  That stupid little toe can actually be the difference between staying where you are and moving forward.

We sometimes get *this* close to doing something…then we retreat.  We may do something else.  We may do nothing at all.  We may decide it’s too hard.  Or too complicated.  Too challenging. We’re not that smart.  Not that talented.   The list can go on and on.

So next time,  just lift the stupid toe and let your crow fly.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Get It Done

I plot.  Create a plan.  Put it down on paper (always on paper).  Then I get to work.

Does my plan always go as planned?  As I expected?  Um, no.  But here’s the thing.  I know this is going to happen because the reality is, running isn’t my job.  I’m not getting paid to run.  At least not in any monetary fashion.  (One could argue, I could argue that running fuels me, feeds my soul, and pays me in ways that are way more important than greenbacks.)

It’s a hobby.  And as such I have to fit running in where I can.  Around my job(s), around my family, and around my day to day life.  Listen,  shit happens and I have to be fluid.

So having that plan in place, even if it’s being reworked on a daily or weekly basis, gives me good bones (as they say in construction) to work with. This week, for example,  I have a weekly mileage goal allocated over 4 runs.  And knowing that I won’t be able to get a long run in over the weekend I am juggling and moving my runs around.

Getting up and out earlier, adding an extra day for a shorter run will get the job done.  Skipping the runs aren’t an option.

Finally, I get to the point! 

Plan.  Get it down on paper.  Those are steps one and two.  Then do whatever you can to fit it in, smoosh it in, figure it out.  You need to, have to, owe it to yourself to get it done.  For your health.  For your sanity.  For you.  You only have one body, keep it strong.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – the challenge is still going strong here’s Week 3

30 Day Boot-Camp Challenge Calendar

I like challenges because they propel, push and move you forward or help pull you out of a rut.

So dive in.  Commit.

With this challenge, there’s something to do every day.  Some days it’s a little something, some days a little more.

Print the calendar, post it near your computer, by your running shoes, on the mirror in your bathroom.  After you do the workout take a pen and cross out the day, make a check mark or write a star.  Make some physical marking on the page.  As you go along in the challenge those physical markings will provide motivation.

Trust me.  It works.

I’m working on a Challenge Page for the blog and I’ll post a “how to do the exercises” page for you.

Alrighty, go forth and conquer my fellow challengers.  To print out the first two weeks of the challenge click the link to download the pdf. 30 Day Boot-Camp Challenge – Week 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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