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The Finish Line
June 28, 2012

Go After Your Dreams!

Have you ever had a dream or a goal and you saw it happen and come true? One of my dreams was to run a Marathon. As I reflect back on that special day, I am extremely excited to know that all my hard work and training came together and it worked! A year ago my husband found out that he had Colon Cancer. Our world was turned upside down. Even today, I cannot wrap my arms around it. As the days went by and after his surgery, I knew that my running would be a way for me to keep myself whole. So I ran and I ran and I ran. Following my Chi Running Marathon training guide, I knew I had the best plan to run without injury and love the process as well. I learned to depend on my inner spirit and strength and as I followed my daily plan, I saw results. I remember mile 22 of my marathon as I crested the hill, I saw my family cheering me on and at that moment I realized that my dream was unfolding right before my eyes. Seeing Mark who is now Cancer Free and Sara who inspires me to be all that I can be..along with Michael cheering from Poland and my many friends out there encouraging...umm words are hard to find to express my emotion. Isn't that, what life is all, loving and following your heart. Would I change anything as I prepare to run another Marathon? Only a few things, get in the 4 hour pace group not at the end of the pack, run through a few more water stops pee stops. What inspires you, what dreams are in your heart? For me when I saw the finish line, I knew that the journey was my reward!

Such Gratitude!
June 9, 2012

I was reading one of my previous blogs from last year and I was amazed at how far I have come. For me it is about the journey not the end result, that is what really matters in life! For the last 8 months, have been training for my first Marathon and the crazy thing is, I never ever thought I would run one. Today I had a break through. I have been sore all week and I almost bagged this run, but decided to go to Eau Claire and run the river trail. Last night I watched one of Danny's Chi Running videos and he stressed the importance of leveling your pelvis. So this morning, I relaxed more, ran the 10 miles with ease and leveled my pelvis. I pretended I was dancing to a waltz step and this made me smile. As I crossed the bridge going into Phoenix Park, I knew I was ready to run my first Marathon. Walking on the soft grass on the way to the river I felt gratitude. Sometimes in life we forget to see what is right in front of us. Being thankful for a very special call from your daughter or a great meal with someone you love!!! I am grateful to see Mark tomorrow! He has been at a SOC Conference in Vegas and I miss him. It is hard to believe that it was a year ago that he had surgery for rectom cancer. I just feel thankful! God you are so very good!

The Moment
March 12, 2011

It is all about the moment! When I went out this morning for my run it was cold! Only 18 degrees above zero and the wind was fierce! I almost turned back and yet I thought no..keep going. Today was all about the mental game. What was so remarkable is that it was one of the best runs I have had. I used the wind as a tool and focused on the things I have learned and just ran. Don't you think that life is like that? We are hit with decisions each day to take the high road or to just be in the middle. Just think if I would have turned back because of the cold and the wind. I would have missed out on one of the best runs I have had. This run today was more than just about running, it was about life, making choices, and being thankful. Life is like the wind, hitting at you in different ways, how do you react to it all? I am on week 6 of my training for my half. Last week i tweaked my hamstring over striding, so I was careful to take it easy and slow, land on my feet evenly and RELAX! Blessing to you fellow runners out there. Be good to you and love the moment!

Gradual Progress
March 6, 2011

I don't know about you, but I love to see instant results. Over the past year and a half I have been practicing my ChiRunning and there are times I think what the heck am I doing. Being patient with myself, I am seeing results and a freedom in my running. Not only am I training my mind and body to learn the new focuses, but I am gaining confidence and running further, freer and faster than I have ever done before. I am on week 5 in the ChiRunning Half Marathon Intermediate guide and sometimes I feel like I am going backwards. This week has made me realize that I need to take the time it takes to loosen up, do my body sensing and know when I am pushing myself too hard. Here are the focuses that have helped me out this week: In 1st gear, breathe, relax, shorten your stride and use your Chi. Going into 2nd gear, let your arms swing naturally to the rear and find the balance in your lean. Let your lean be your gas pedal, play with it, enjoy it, have fun with it. Visualize your feet going in a circle and find your sweet spot in the lean. Sometimes this happens for only a short time for me, so when I feel like I am falling apart and loosing focus, I go back to the basics, shorten my stride, lengthen the back of my neck and my confidence is back and I continue to enjoy my run. Don't take yourself too seriously out there, enjoy the you that God has made and see the progress happen right before your eyes!!!!

ChiRunning Pain-Free
February 19, 2011

I just got back from an amazing 7 mile run. It is still very cold in Wisconsin, the temperature was only 10 degrees this student writing paper morning, so I dressed a little warmer, drank my chia seeds and headed out. Using the guide from my ChiRunning half marathon training program by Danny and Katherine Dreyer; the 5 focus' I worked on this morning were: Circular feet * Balance in the "window of lean" * The "C" Shape * Feel Pelvis rotate from the Pivot Point * Limp lower legs. As I slowly warmed up I sensed my feet and visualized them going around in a circular wheel "kinda like the road runner". I am a morning runner but my body was tired this morning, so I did a lot of self talk.
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As I started to breathe and relax, I played around with the window of lean. This focus amazes me. As I work with gravity and lean from my ankles my speed increases. Not able to keep this focus for very long right now, I lengthened the back of my neck and let my core muscles help me out. The next focus I worked on was the "C" shape. This focus comes easy for me so I played around with it and then did the pool running focus to free my pelvis. As I ran fast, then broke into a brisk walk, I was able to relax my pelvis and feel a freedom in my stride that wasn't there before. Sometimes my running reminds me of the rides I had on my young horses. I loved to collect them into the bit and then let them run freely like the wind. This is the picture I keep in my mind as I run. Home now after a great run, I stretched, drank a protein shake and enjoyed some coffee and breakfast with my cat "Sweets" relaxing in the sunshine beside me. Cheers to all my fellow runners out there! I hope you have a fabulous run and a super day!

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