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Streaking In the Rain

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Thursday, December 20, 2012



On my Facebook page , I started a little goal for myself (and my followers) to complete 31 workouts this month. I'm still going strong and on track to reach that goal and a lot of people have joined in the challenge, too! WooHOO!

Today I completed my Day 20 workout. It didn't turn out the way I expected it would, as seen in this video update I posted on Facebook . (Note: You don't need a facebook account to access my public posts, but if you watch, the rest of this blog will probably make more sense. Are you going to watch now? Ok, go. I'll wait.)

Post-video watchers, read on...

40 degrees, soaking wet, a mile from home...it was a GOOD moment. There were a lot of things I wanted to convey in that video that I forgot to mention until it was finished, so I thought I'd follow up with a few of them here.

Conditions Will Never Be Perfect
Anytime I think of skipping a run due to bad weather, I remember what a friend said to me once about a year or more ago. We were trying to plan a training run together and I didn't want to go in the rain. He said to me, "What if it rains on race day?" I had never thought of it that way before, and I have never missed a run due to weather conditions since. I just always ask myself that question. It has never failed to motivate me. It reminds me that you can't wait for the perfect conditions to run, to lose weight, to change your life--you just have to take what comes and go for it. Things will never be perfect. If you wait for that, you'll spend your whole life waiting.

You Are An Athlete
There's also something about running in rain, snow, heat, etc. that makes me feel really strong and powerful, like I'm doing something a lot of people would never attempt. I like to imagine myself as some hard core athlete, even though I'm not really anything near that. I have this running shirt I adore and sometimes I wear it when the weather is bad just as a motivator: Run, Snow, Sleet, Wind...Brave the Run. Powerful!



Choose Your Own Attitude
When it first started raining, I wasn't digging it. But I knew I wanted to reach my goal for the day. Sure, I could think negatively about it (it's cold, I'm wet, this is uncomfortable), but I have control over my thoughts and I can choose to think positively. And really, what's a little water going to do to you anyway? I try to see it as fun, like a kid playing in rain puddles. You can view that downpour as a bad thing or you can look for a silver lining.

Don't Make Excuses--Look for REASONS
You can let almost anything become an excuse to stop, start over or give up. Or you can look for reasons to keep going. What are your reasons?

Day 20 of 31 workouts = success!

Deep Thoughts with Coach Nicole...signing off. ;-)
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TAYLORAFOX1 10/22/2013 7:37PM

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    Coach Nicole u are awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOPPY_ 2/25/2013 7:50PM

    The point about doing "it" *now*, is incontrovertible, and it's very important!

Running or walking in weather sounds like a good idea until you hurt yourself. I tore my left knee up in 2000, and that sent me into a downward spiral that I am just beginning to recover from. (Slipped on ice and burst my left quad tendon.)

So my addition to coach Nicoles excellent programs and advice is: let discretion be the better part of valor. If you think you might have problems with ice or snow, either join an athletic club (e.g., YMCA) or buy a treadmill. (I've done both.)

But, the main thing is to exercise frequently and to the extent of your needs and capabilities.

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RUNNING-LIFE 1/22/2013 10:45PM

    I need/want a shirt like that!

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KATENURTURE 1/11/2013 10:16AM

    Love it! But FYI "streaking" is also slang for running naked. So I was expecting a differnent post entirely! :)

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    Nice blog!

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MARYJEANSL 12/27/2012 12:27PM

  Very impressive!

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JADASMOM2 12/26/2012 4:59AM

  Great blog! I'm not a runner but I do have a young Labrador who needs a lot of exercise. Due to medical issues I'm somewhat limited, but I also find myself avoiding taking walks because of things like that. I'm going to work hard on this.

Thanks very much for your advice.

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/25/2012 3:14PM

    Lovesd your words"Don't make excuses look for reasons"

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SUSIEMT 12/24/2012 7:43PM

    Yea you!! Keep up the good work! You really help keep me motivated!

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CFMOSS 12/24/2012 2:49PM

    Always great - thanks.

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BRADIA 12/24/2012 11:30AM

    Your attitude is fabulous, keep y our sunny side up always.
Merry Xmas
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    emoticon & love the shirt!

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    Great job!

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JERICHO1991 12/23/2012 8:49PM

    Great reminder to exercise. Thanks.

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    Love the shirt

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    Awesome shirt!

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    Great Advice!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/23/2012 12:23AM

    I LOVE IT! Especially the part about - "what if it rains on race day?" Wow...I have never thought about that either! Way to go!! :-)

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MARYHENNIG 12/22/2012 11:59PM

  Love your positive attitude!

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SFREY217 12/22/2012 11:57PM

    Great thoughts ...... Thanks for sharing !!!

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GRAMMAP1 12/22/2012 11:32PM

    Like your Friend that reminded you that it could rain on racing day, I think you gave many Spark Friends something to think about! emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 12/22/2012 10:18AM

    This is a very good blog. I just wish I could do this.

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BUSMOM27 12/22/2012 9:49AM

    I like your positive attitude.

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BANDMOM2012 12/22/2012 9:35AM

    Love the dedication :)

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Your points are so true! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your video!

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    Great blog

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    Maybe you're right, but it's not going to happen.

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 12/22/2012 1:32AM

    Good way to stop excuses. I dont run but walk still pertains.lol

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