My experience as a first time Girl Scout Troop Leader and whatever else strikes my fancy.

 

Yum!!! I love late summer because we get the best Palisade, CO peaches coming in to Utah.

Yum!!! I love late summer because we get the best Palisade, CO peaches coming in to Utah.

gothedistance69:

By Scott Jurek Photo: Seb Montaz
It’s not all about the race; it’s about the run.
The year is winding down and thus another racing season is coming to a close. It’s a time to reflect on the past year, the goals we accomplished and, some years, the goals that didn’t pan out as planned.
This has been one of those years for me. Between fracturing my sternum in a car accident, traveling on a hectic book tour schedule, doing nonprofit work in Kenya and getting married, it became difficult to fit a major race into my schedule. In 18 years of racing ultramarathons, I hadn’t gone a season without racing at least one. As the saying goes, “things happen for a reason,” and what seemed like a bust of a race season became a wonderful window of opportunities.
Back To The Basics
Without having a race to focus on, I wound up focusing on the basics—enjoying the simple act of running. I’d run without expectations of workouts or the need to achieve a benchmark in training. While these can be strong motivators, they can cause us to lose sight of the number one goal: the joy of moving our body. When we focus on this joy we notice the small things such as the sights and the sounds. As my buddy Micah True would say, “Running isn’t about winning. Running is about having fun.”
My advice: Occasionally leave the watch at home, forgo any agenda and pay attention to the little things.
Connecting Time
Free of the confines of a rigid training schedule I found myself running more with friends and family. When I ran into friends on the trail, I joined them because I wasn’t worried about hitting specific paces. All of these opportunities have allowed me to be more of a social runner and connect with people while doing the sport I love.
My advice: Make time to run with a friend or family member even if they are slower or faster than you. Go on a group run or run in a new location. And don’t be afraid to change up your workout if you run into a friend.
New Perspective
Instead of donning a race bib, I volunteered at more events, working the aid station tables, helping at the finish line, pacing and crewing friends in 100-milers. Volunteering at races allowed me to see the sport from a different vantage point. That fresh perspective has helped me understand what is most important in running and, ultimately, in life.
My advice: Get out and volunteer at events, pace or crew someone in a race, and experience the sport from a new perspective.
Journey Running
Just because I didn’t have a major ultra-marathon to prepare for didn’t mean I lost interest in running long runs in the mountains.
I actually found myself doing just as many big days on the trail. With less focus on training, I picked routes based on the view or the location, rather than a training effect. With this free-form approach, my running became more adventurous and led to new experiences. A long run in the mountains became more of a journey than a training run.
My advice: Occasionally choose runs for reasons outside of what they do for your legs and lungs, and rather for your heart and soul.
Maybe things are not as they seem. Maybe those unmet goals and plans have a silver lining. Next time a season takes an unexpected turn, find those windows of opportunity. It’s not all about the race; it’s about the run.


Love this. This advice applies to so many things in life.

gothedistance69:

By Scott Jurek Photo: Seb Montaz

It’s not all about the race; it’s about the run.

The year is winding down and thus another racing season is coming to a close. It’s a time to reflect on the past year, the goals we accomplished and, some years, the goals that didn’t pan out as planned.

This has been one of those years for me. Between fracturing my sternum in a car accident, traveling on a hectic book tour schedule, doing nonprofit work in Kenya and getting married, it became difficult to fit a major race into my schedule. In 18 years of racing ultramarathons, I hadn’t gone a season without racing at least one. As the saying goes, “things happen for a reason,” and what seemed like a bust of a race season became a wonderful window of opportunities.

Back To The Basics

Without having a race to focus on, I wound up focusing on the basics—enjoying the simple act of running. I’d run without expectations of workouts or the need to achieve a benchmark in training. While these can be strong motivators, they can cause us to lose sight of the number one goal: the joy of moving our body. When we focus on this joy we notice the small things such as the sights and the sounds. As my buddy Micah True would say, “Running isn’t about winning. Running is about having fun.”

My advice: Occasionally leave the watch at home, forgo any agenda and pay attention to the little things.

Connecting Time

Free of the confines of a rigid training schedule I found myself running more with friends and family. When I ran into friends on the trail, I joined them because I wasn’t worried about hitting specific paces. All of these opportunities have allowed me to be more of a social runner and connect with people while doing the sport I love.

My advice: Make time to run with a friend or family member even if they are slower or faster than you. Go on a group run or run in a new location. And don’t be afraid to change up your workout if you run into a friend.

New Perspective

Instead of donning a race bib, I volunteered at more events, working the aid station tables, helping at the finish line, pacing and crewing friends in 100-milers. Volunteering at races allowed me to see the sport from a different vantage point. That fresh perspective has helped me understand what is most important in running and, ultimately, in life.

My advice: Get out and volunteer at events, pace or crew someone in a race, and experience the sport from a new perspective.

Journey Running

Just because I didn’t have a major ultra-marathon to prepare for didn’t mean I lost interest in running long runs in the mountains.

I actually found myself doing just as many big days on the trail. With less focus on training, I picked routes based on the view or the location, rather than a training effect. With this free-form approach, my running became more adventurous and led to new experiences. A long run in the mountains became more of a journey than a training run.

My advice: Occasionally choose runs for reasons outside of what they do for your legs and lungs, and rather for your heart and soul.

Maybe things are not as they seem. Maybe those unmet goals and plans have a silver lining. Next time a season takes an unexpected turn, find those windows of opportunity. It’s not all about the race; it’s about the run.

Love this. This advice applies to so many things in life.

freelancer-territory asked
Where are you located? Im a plus size (really want to be) rider,and am surrounded by way smaller riders. I also deal with depression and anxiety and low as hell self esteem. I think I need to be around ppl like me, that don't say I'm too fat to ride.

bitchesinbreeches:

Hey there! I dint think we are anywhere near each other! I live in Colombia (the country in southamerica) but that’s doesn’t mean we can’t be friends and support each other! I would like that a lot

Don’t let your size stop you from pursuing riding horses. I attended our local rodeo a couple of weeks ago (which is a stop on the way to the NFR) and two of the rodeo royalty were over weight one of whom is the queen. She didn’t let her size hold her back and neither should you. Find a horse that makes you feel comfortable and go for it. If other riders try to make you feel bad that’s their issue not yours.

happyvibes-healthylives:

Stop being motivated by your “haters”. It is negative fuel that always burns out quickly. The best empowerment & inspiration comes from YOU and it runs eternally when you find it. 

Who do you want to give your energy to? The people who support you or the people who don’t? Do you want to be fueled by hate or fueled by love, positivity & inspiration?

"Stop trying to prove your "haters" wrong and prove your supporters right. The more you focus on your support the less you’ll see the hate"

Love this.

Look, the last two presidents could have conceivably been put in jail for their drug use and I really think - look what would’ve happened, it would’ve ruined their lives. They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky and they don’t have good attorneys and they go to jail for some of these things and I think it’s a big mistake.

Rand Paul (via prettayprettaygood)

If your looking to legalize drugs be careful what you wish for. I do drug testing for a living and I have seen first hand the consequences of drug use. I’ve met some very scary people who when not on drugs are super nice. I’ve met children whose lives have been ripped apart by drugs. And I’ve seen people who have suffered serious injuries caused by others while on drugs. I have also seen the economic disadvantage drug use creates in my own community.

hipsterlibertarian:

guineapiggies:

Easter message from Flat Bonnie (by Flat Bonnie & Friends)

I’m not the Bonnie behind Flat Bonnie, but:
I love that it shares my name.
I endorse this message. (Aside from concern for the animals, it’s really rude. You can’t just spring animals on people XD)
I am the proud owner of a larger than life, plush, guinea pig poop which is sold by Flat Bonnie to raise awareness about the commitment involved in getting a small animal and that there are small pets awaiting adoption in shelters just like cats and dogs.
You all know my feelings on guinea pigs. (They are the Very Best Animals.)

hipsterlibertarian:

guineapiggies:

Easter message from Flat Bonnie (by Flat Bonnie & Friends)

I’m not the Bonnie behind Flat Bonnie, but:

  1. I love that it shares my name.
  2. I endorse this message. (Aside from concern for the animals, it’s really rude. You can’t just spring animals on people XD)
  3. I am the proud owner of a larger than life, plush, guinea pig poop which is sold by Flat Bonnie to raise awareness about the commitment involved in getting a small animal and that there are small pets awaiting adoption in shelters just like cats and dogs.
  4. You all know my feelings on guinea pigs. (They are the Very Best Animals.)
meanstinksblog:

My name is Raine. I’m in the 7th grade. I am a victim of girl-to-girl bullying. I used to be really overweight. I was insecure. Other girls used that against me. A girl I thought I trusted, a girl I thought was my friend was one of the people who scarred me the most. When I was in 3rd grade, I was at her house. She’s Chinese and her family doesn’t speak English. She told me that her dad and family refer to me as “the fat girl” as if that’s all I am, not somebody with substance or meaning. It got worse. Boys started using my weight against me too. But it was the girls’ comments that stung the worst. Especially since most of my friends are skinny or fit and here I am, that odd girl out with the weight problem. I was even called fat in Church, a place I thought I belonged, a place I thought nobody would judge me. I was wrong, and I didn’t want to go back to Church after that. In the 6th grade, a group of 7th grade girls victimized me because they noticed I liked to sing. When my teacher had me sing solo for the Remembrance Day Assembly, they began to spread rumours about me. I remember the pain I felt was horrible… and I never want anyone in the world to feel it ever. Not just my weight. I was called ugly, worthless, talentless. Nobody cared about me. I started self-harming with paperclips a while back but I stopped. Now, I’m ready to help anybody who’s ever going through a tough time. Girl on girl bullying is one of the worst types and it needs to be stopped now. I’m painting my pinky nails blue proudly! Thank you Demi I love you. :*

Love, Raine. :)

I’m so excited to see young women standing up against bullying. You ladies ROCK! Keep doing what your doing and set a positive example for the young girls following in your footsteps.

meanstinksblog:

My name is Raine. I’m in the 7th grade. I am a victim of girl-to-girl bullying. I used to be really overweight. I was insecure. Other girls used that against me. A girl I thought I trusted, a girl I thought was my friend was one of the people who scarred me the most. When I was in 3rd grade, I was at her house. She’s Chinese and her family doesn’t speak English. She told me that her dad and family refer to me as “the fat girl” as if that’s all I am, not somebody with substance or meaning. It got worse. Boys started using my weight against me too. But it was the girls’ comments that stung the worst. Especially since most of my friends are skinny or fit and here I am, that odd girl out with the weight problem. I was even called fat in Church, a place I thought I belonged, a place I thought nobody would judge me. I was wrong, and I didn’t want to go back to Church after that. In the 6th grade, a group of 7th grade girls victimized me because they noticed I liked to sing. When my teacher had me sing solo for the Remembrance Day Assembly, they began to spread rumours about me. I remember the pain I felt was horrible… and I never want anyone in the world to feel it ever. Not just my weight. I was called ugly, worthless, talentless. Nobody cared about me. I started self-harming with paperclips a while back but I stopped. Now, I’m ready to help anybody who’s ever going through a tough time. Girl on girl bullying is one of the worst types and it needs to be stopped now. I’m painting my pinky nails blue proudly! Thank you Demi I love you. :*

Love, Raine. :)

I’m so excited to see young women standing up against bullying. You ladies ROCK! Keep doing what your doing and set a positive example for the young girls following in your footsteps.