Your PR is what you were!

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Just a little pre race mojo to get you all ready for this BIG WEEKEND of RACING!! Good luck to all my friends competing in the Mercedes Marathon, Half Marathon & Super Hero 5K(like me) & to all my crazy LA Marathoners & Olympic qualifying hopefuls!!

That’s always been one of my favorite quotes to tell myself about racing-

“Your PR is what you were”, on the front of one of my racing shirts by Nike and hanging on a poster in my room.

I’m so thankful for every racing opportunity because it’s another gift. It’s another chance for us to beat ourselves and push ourselves beyond what we’ve done before.

“Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.”

-Kara Goucher

As they say,(well we mostly)-

The Money is in the bank!
You’ve done everything you possibly can up to this point, your big day.

I am racing the 5K this weekend as I am not an insane Marathoner yet! 😉

But I know many of you are racing the Marathon or half marathon this weekend and I am SO PROUD of y’all!!! I just wanted to drop some encouragement to you all and even though I have never raced at your level; I still know the same feeling before a race.

SO..

Stop worrying about little things out of your control and don’t let pre race jitters get you down.

  • HAVE FUNN!!! Racing is supposed to be fun to! Enjoy Competing.

  • BE AGGRESSIVE! Race like a Bad Bitch! Seriously, nice guys do finish last here.

  • FOCUS on your GOAL not how you FEEL! It’s gonna be hard, everything worth it is!

This most likely ain’t your first rodeo.

 

Focus on relaxing, hydrating, your routine nutrition needs, and visualizing YOUR RACE!!

 

We get so caught up in other runners that are “better” or “faster” than us and racing distractions around us that we sometimes lose sight of our own mission in the race.

Whatever that may be for you this weekend, GO FOR IT.
Remember my 3 W’s?

  • What

  • Why

  • Who

Think about those as they relate to this race.

Be proud of yourself even if it seems like no one else gets it because people don’t always understand your training or why you do it every day.

It’s because they can’t relate. They aren’t there when you wake up at 4:30am, when you do an obnoxiously long run on the weekend, eat all the time or when you have to say no to a night out for your training.

“Most of us have enough areas in our lives where we have to meet others’ expectations. Let your running be about your own hopes and dreams.”

-Meb Keflezighi

Believe me, this weekend you’ll know why. And that’s all that matters!

For me:
I feel closest to Jesus when I am running. When I know that I am doing everything possible to glorify him with my body and push myself and sacrifice my body through my running for him.

That even if I don’t meet all of my goals I have for myself in my running and races and don’t hit the PRs I’ve set to conquer, that he’s already so proud of me before I even cross the finish.
That’s why I don’t give up. I feel like I’m sacrificing my body through the work I do every day in training to become better, faster and stronger.

I want to see how far I can take this gift I’m given and I don’t intend on wasting it by giving up.

That’s really what has set me free in my running. I’m not as hard on myself after even a great race because I know that if I keep grinding and keep having faith, I’ll reach my goals.

You gotta have a quiet, knowing and trusting confidence in your training and with the Lord.

It’s such a journey, it’s not easy but the reward will be so sweet. Keep going.

Whatever your goal is for this weekend, whether you’re trying to set a new marathon PR, just trying to excel to the next level of being elite like me in a smaller race, or  vying for a spot in Rio this summer, remember that you are your biggest hindrance or help.

 

The pain will come. We have to accept that. But we have a choice to pull back or remind ourself that it’s not real!

Pain is mental.

So think about how much you’ve put in to get to this day. Everything you’ve done when no one was watching.

Now is when it shows, so go get it!

GO LIKE NEVER BEFORE<3

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Kryptonite

 “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.”

-Maya Angelou 

After watching one of the most painful experiences last night with some friends, surrounded by several large TVs for the Super Bowl 50 game I still have a bad taste in my mouth today.

I know many of you are torn between emotions as well and I wanted to take a little time to express my own opinions and emotions.

Despite several critics and trolls, I am coming to you from the perspective of an Athlete myself.

Yes, I am a huge Cam Newton fan. Yes, I have been an Auburn fan all of my life, but this isn’t about my fandom.

You already have your team, your favorites, and your own loyalties. So, I’m not trying to change that at all.

But what I am going to do, is to try and get you to understand how the mind of an Athlete operates. That’s where I am coming from.

I know I’ve never been at a Super Bowl as an athlete and felt the biggest defeat of my life at that level, BUT as an athlete myself and former high school and college athlete I have experienced defeat many times.

FIRST, let me go ahead and get this out there:

  1. Do I think Cam gave up after not diving back in for the fumble? Yes.
  2.  Did he play like himself and lead his team like we expected? No.
  3.  Did he react like we wanted after the game, with maturity, and poise? No.

Okay, so I may have already lost a few of you but hopefully we can agree on those facts above.

Do we know why Cam shut down or why he seemed to give up? No.

Do we know why he acted the way he did after the game? Well, not completely but I’m offering some of the hateful people and judgements the media forced upon Cam literally right after he stepped off the field.

If you are an athlete, have been an athlete before or even have a shred of competitiveness in your spirit, you know how it feels to win but also how horrible losing is.

Now, take that thought and think of how incredibly passionate and animated Cam Newton is during games and after a win.

Yes, many people despise that about him and think it’s cockiness. I disagree and I see it as utter passion and joy for what he does. I can absolutely relate to that because that’s how I feel about my running.

Now, if you are that passionate and emotional about winning, guess what?

You’ll probably be equally if not more emotional when it comes to losing.

Looking up at Cam’s face during the game and after the loss last night, I felt like I had lost the Super Bowl too.

If you’re an athlete, again- you know that look. You know exactly. what. I’m. Talking. About.

I saw it in his eyes the whole game and after the fumble. I saw the look in the press conference, (he probably registered nothing the media said the whole time, just replaying his failure over and over in his head).

I’m not saying that the way he reacted was correct or acceptable at all.

What I am saying is-  Is that the way Cam Newton reacted after last night was Human.

If you’re angry or unsatisfied in any way, and probably jumped right on it right away, you are probably:

  1. An Alabama Fan (Just kidding, calm down)
  2. Not an athlete
  3.  Are perfect(or think you are)

You are unhappy with the way Cam acted because you are expecting perfection from an imperfect human. That simply doesn’t exist.

You can’t expect super human qualities from every aspect of someone who is human. (Spoiler! Cam isn’t actually Superman)

This ESPN Article “hit the nail on the head” for me-

http://espn.go.com/blog/carolina-panthers/post/_/id/19612/that-cam-newton-showed-his-hurt-after-super-bowl-loss-isnt-necessarily-a-bad-thing

Look, we all have our own kryptonite.

Some of us just show it a little louder than others..and it’s not always pretty or what we want to see.

But how can you honestly accept Cam for his undeniable athletic accomplishments and then turn around and berate him minutes after losing the Super Bowl?

The way he acted in my opinion was a very raw, personal and human reaction. He was upset, that was evident.

The last thing you want after walking away from  a loss is being put in a spotlight and fed to the wolves with all of your flaws paraded around.

He takes it personally, just like every single athlete. Win or lose.

Yes, he’s an NFL athlete now and he needs to take the heat when it comes.

But I’m asking you to stop judging, stop throwing rude insults, and show mercy.

Especially if you have never felt what I’m talking about here. And frankly, if you can’t do that as a human, then that’s your kryptonite.

Give him some time to heal, evaluate and come out and speak when he can clearly.

I’m so happy Manning could go out with a Win and what an incredible career!! He’s an amazing athlete and that should absolutely be celebrated.

But, slaughtering Cam’s character for a very human reaction should not be accepted.

I’m ashamed of everyone who band wagonned on with that. And I would have any athletes back in this position regardless of what team they were on or who they were because #athletesgetathletes

Defeat is inevitable, but it’s how you come back after that’s important. Everyone of us has a kryptonite. It won’t conquer us though if we can learn to overcome it.

 

 

Grammar Nazi

  (Apologies for the rash humor)

 Okay,

I know that I am not always perfect with my own grammar, especially if I’m in a frantic rush.(also the iPhone does a great job screwing my sentences up on here!) 

But today on my lunch break I couldn’t let this one pass me up. 

As I was standing in line at smoothie king, I noticed a white board with some pictures and a sentence that really annoyed my OCD:

“I hope your day and smoothie is awesome!”

  I waited patiently in line and I finally couldn’t take it any more. 

When I got to the counter, I asked the guy behind the cash register if he noticed anything wrong with the sign.

He replied, “I see everything wrong with that sign”

So, he handed me a pink marker and told me I had permission to fix it.

I then proceeded to the white board and gave a brief lesson on singular and plural sentence structure. “Is” and “are” are both auxiliary verbs of the root-“to be”. The sentence was plural with the two nouns used so I felt this was right.

In other words, you must use ” is”for singular sentences and “are” for plural!

(Blame all of my language arts teachers and literature professors..and maybe it doesn’t help being in broadcast)

I crossed out the word “is” and replaced it with the correct form-“are”:

“I hope your day and smoothie are awesome!”

I felt so relieved that no one would have to endure the torture I did while standing in line. 

As I happily frolicked to my car, the gentleman that was behind me in line grinned and laughed.

I asked him if I was being rude and he said- 

“No it was cute!”

LOL crisis averted everyone. 

Just another day in the life of Lolo saving the world one verb at a time. 

Have a blessed day y’all!

Now I can run my track workout tonight peacefully knowing others are learning more everyday too.