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    5 Ways to Go Green on a Budget

    Let’s face it global warming is a “thing” and we need to be better stewards with what we’re given. If finding eco-friendly alternatives doesn’t get you excited maybe the cost cutting component will. Here are some budget friendly, easy, green choices you can make at home. Put a stop to unsolicited mail by signing up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers Switch your cleaning supplies to Blueland and a bottle once to refill for life Oder a hydroponic garden so you can grow your herbs and veggies inhouse year-round Taking a reusable straw with you everywhere to help curb straw manufacturing pollution Finish up the last of your disposable cotton…

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    How’s Your Breathing?

    While breathing is something we know how to do at birth, most of us have picked up some really bad habits along the way. Let us try a little experiment, take a deep breath. Are you breathing upward, vertically?  Breathing this way causes your auxiliary muscles to kick in, rather than the primary breathing muscles around the midsection, which activate your core. My physical therapist recently noticed my dysfunctional breathing patterns and told me to read the book Breathing for Warriors by Dr. Belisa Varanich and Brain Sabin. The book goes into depth about the benefits of improving your breathing technique and how it affects your performance. Horizontal breathing uses…

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    The Mental Side of Competition

    “ninety percent of the game is half mental.” – Yogi Berra Confession Time, I’m a recovering perfectionist with a tendency towards negative self-talk. I’ve known this about myself for some time but have made minimal effort to change my well patterned behavior. But when I started reading Mind Gym by Gary Mack, I realized that shutting down my current internal dialog needed to be a top priority. Mind Gym is all about strengthening the mental aspect of an athletes training. Though, I have been doing a great job of strengthening my muscles, strengthening my mind has not been written into my weekly training plan. Gary states that “actions follow thoughts…

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    Off The Track Thoughts

    𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 “𝗴𝗼 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗚𝗼𝗱” 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲? My friends have been encouraging me to blog about nonathletic things and “going after God” is what keeps rattling around in my brain. At the beginning of the pandemic I made a commitment to pray over things instead of acting impulsively or doing everything my own way. This requires me to surrender daily and defy social norms. But it makes sense before I cared about the things that happen in every season of my life God cared about it! So, what I want to accomplish at work, the impact I want to make in children’s…

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    When Racing Became Virtual

    It’s August and my first outdoor track season should have ended in July but here we are just getting started. When Atlanta went into quarantine for “Rona” the whole world changed and staying mentally healthy took priority over competition. As everyone adjusted to the new normal gyms opened up and I started training again… I didn’t know exactly what for but trained non the less. Flipping through the USATF track meet listings I stumbled upon the Masters Virtual Summer Challenge. Toyota presented this challenge to help athletes have some sense of normalcy in the midst of the pandemic. I registered for the 200 meters with no idea how it all…

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    Things I Will Keep Post Pandemic

    As Atlanta begins to open back up I find myself reflecting on my quarantine experience. Not every day was cheerful, but it did have moments of profound joy and peace. This time left me grounded, more aware of how God built me and game for whatever comes next. Three things that helped me level up during quarantine were: Getting Quiet The lock down due to the pandemic canceled my 2020 plans and left me isolated. With less noise and daily distractions, it created a space where I was forced to sit with my thoughts, failures, hopes, fears, and longings. After the initial panic subsided, changes in my thought process began…

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    My Business Side

    I realized my page is full of fitness activities when the reality is I spend a good chunk of my day living the corporate life. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel glamorous when I’m in the office or it’s just horrible lighting for a photo op. But I’m passionate about what my team does for our clients and how we promote each other’s growth. Of course, I have days where I’m over it and I wish Nike would just sponsor me already but I don’t quit. I think one of the things college sports gave me is this “No quit… Make it your own” mentality. It gave me firsthand experience…

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    Chronicles of Olympic Marathon Trial Hydration Table 34

    When I joined the Atlanta Track Club (ATC) for the 2020 season, I knew I wanted to support with the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trails.  ATC won the competitive bid for the trials to be hosted in Atlanta and went to work on the logistics for a race with the country’s most elite marathoners.  One main concern was how will they keep roughly 690 athletes hydrated on course. As one of the 530 volunteers who were part of the hydration solution for the duration for the marathon, I saw first-hand how big a task it was. Volunteers maned 60 tables with only 6 bottles a table for the first-tier qualified runners…

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    Achieving Goals Requires A Support System

    If you want to go fast, go alone; But if you want to go far, go together. – African Proverb Fitness quotes about falling in love with the process are readily available on pretty much any wellness motivation account you visit. But are we really in love with the process? Do we mind not eating pizza to meet weight goals? Do we love not being able to walk after a heavy leg day? Personally, it wasn’t something I completely believed, until my hamstring started acting up about a month ago.  At first, my internal chatter was a steady hum about blocked goals and self-doubt. But then I started to celebrate…

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    Success Is In Your Morning Routine

    It’s 2020, you know your why and you’ve written down some big goals that you intend to accomplish. Now what? How do you take those big goals and make them a reality? I like to believe It all starts with a morning routine. There are 168 hours in the week, but not all hours are equally suited for all things. Willpower is like a muscle and tasks that require self-discipline are best done after a night’s rest when willpower is in surplus. Rituals best suited for the morning are activities that, when regularly practiced, result in long-term benefits.  Author Laura Vanfrekam states, in her book What the Most Successful People Do Before…