Real Talk About Rest

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about motivation. Motivation and self-care are really popular topics at the moment. So popular they run the risk of any buzzword—meaninglessness through overuse and overextension. Aside from becoming a word everyone uses and no one understands, there's another serious risk lurking in both of those terms I was … Continue reading Real Talk About Rest

The Seven Buts of Motivation

When the blog was starting out, one of the repeated requests I received was a post about motivation. Specifically, including motivation when "not training for some particular event but just trying to live life and feel fit / strong / healthy / awesome." Like life balance, motivation is an enormous topic, but I will do … Continue reading The Seven Buts of Motivation

Cooking as a Self-Care Practice

I was not the kid my mom would have pegged as the one who'd enjoy cooking. I hated touching raw meat. I had zero patience for the exactitude or step-by-step process required by most recipes and all baking. I even infamously nearly burned the house down trying to boil hot dogs once. (PSA: burner covers … Continue reading Cooking as a Self-Care Practice

The Long Walk of Recovery

Recovery (etymology): to come back or return Today was supposed to be it: my return, however humble to the world of training and fundraising for good causes. For those not in the loop, I had debilitating knee pain that stopped me cold after my last triathlon. That led to knee surgery last July (refurbished, not … Continue reading The Long Walk of Recovery

Why are habits hard to break?

Generally, around this time in January, I have a pretty clear idea of which of my new year's goals I'm likely to pull off and which I'm going to have to table.  In reflecting on that list this past week and thinking about the lists I've made in past years, I noticed a pattern: I'm … Continue reading Why are habits hard to break?

Discipline versus Care

Just this week it happened again.  Someone asked about my next race (a safe-bet conversation topic these days) and then shook their head saying 'I admire your self-discipline.'  The clear implication was one I hear both verbally and between the lines over and over again: 'I could never do that.'  I gently pushed back, trying … Continue reading Discipline versus Care