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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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LESLIE_2B_LESS 12/22/2012 1:02AM

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NEWCHINELO 12/21/2012 11:25PM

    Way to go!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 12/21/2012 10:24PM

    Yes, I will exercise in bad weather. But it will be indoors. I'm not as strong as you are... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 12/21/2012 10:19PM

    Very inspiring for those that run. Thanks for sharing!!

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NANABE 12/21/2012 9:58PM

    Very motivating! Thanks!

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    Good for you!

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    emoticon Happy Holidays emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 12/21/2012 6:37PM

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WOW !
Wish I had your ATTITUDE !
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I am an indoorsy city girl
To me, malls were made for WALKING
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AND
bad weather - or traffic jams -
are just an excuse NOT to go

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Is there any hope for me?



Have a Wonderful Weekend

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BLESSINGS!
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kawaaza, Happy Everything.

! HAPPY DECEMBER !

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    Thanks for sharing. Great blog! emoticon

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    awesome! Keep up the great work!

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    Your dedication is inspiring.

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MOMMY445 12/21/2012 1:47PM

    woo hoo! way to go! merry christmas and a happy new year!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/21/2012 1:19PM

  Very Inspiring!!!!! emoticon for your great advice and encouragement.

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KARRENLYNN 12/21/2012 1:04PM

    Great attitude! You can control your responses, positive or negative.

Have a great holiday ,

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CHANGINGSAM 12/21/2012 12:56PM

    Fantastic blog! I was in this same situation yesterday. It was about to rain and storm, but I got my 5K in anyways! emoticon

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CHERYLSBUTT 12/21/2012 12:14PM

    impressive
you r an inspiration!

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ANDIG8 12/21/2012 11:59AM

    Very motivating! Thanks for sharing your thoughts - you are exactly right!

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    Great blog!!

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    great blog thank you

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FARIS71 12/21/2012 10:07AM

    I think the same way during a wet cold run. Hard core indeed!

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    YES!

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    Good for you.

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OFGREENGABLES 12/21/2012 9:29AM

    a good reminder - I have one more run this week but its snowing hard so I'm thinking I might stay inside...

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DJSHIP46 12/21/2012 9:29AM

    You're a trooper!!!

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DESERTJULZ 12/21/2012 9:25AM

    Inspiring! I will have to follow your fb page. :D

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LYNNWILK2 12/21/2012 9:11AM

    what a great challenge... congratulations!

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NIKKIJ55 12/21/2012 9:03AM

    Thanks for sharing. I sometimes walk in the rain (need the steps). It will be raining this weekend, so thanks for the reminder not to make excuses!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/21/2012 8:51AM

    Cool shirt! Where'd you get it? Would be fun to have a motivator...

But this blog just JOGGED my memory... Thought of something I would say about another situation and how I could turn it around to fit this situation ...

When talking to doctors who wanted me to abort becsuse of ( their ) fear that I might have a baby with birth defects, I just said "I would not be the first person to have a child with ..... defects." (seeing as I was already born deaf...). So here I could say "it won't be the first time I have exercised/walked/run (etc) in the rain!" or ... snow ... wind ... etc.

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