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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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JANEMARIE77 12/21/2012 8:27AM

    love love love the Don't make Excuse.....look for Reasons
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    emoticon Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!
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  Good blog

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    Now that's dedication! Very inspiring. Thanks!

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    No excuses, just do it. That's the only way to get it done. Congratulations.

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    great blog..thank you

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You are an inspiration.

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    I am there!

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    Nice!

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    Well done!

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DRASADAF 12/21/2012 2:52AM

    emoticon yeah i might join u for last 10 days...of dec

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AMALIA8 12/20/2012 11:38PM

    You are so right. I've been very busy lately and I've been using that as an excuse as to why I'm not getting in my workouts or eating right....no more. Starting tomorrow (since it's bed time) I'm going to make sure to put time into my day for both. Thanks Coach Nicole! Your blogs are always awesome! Keep up the fantastic work!

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You are great at leading through your examples, Nicole. Thank you!

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_JODI404 12/20/2012 7:50PM

    Great blog! I especially love the reminder that you choose your thoughts, so why not choose the positive angle.

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    I agree, no excuses, I do my exercises very early in the morning, I do go out in the rain, it wakes me up! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 12/20/2012 3:53PM

    I loved the video, didn't realize you could view it without a facebook acct-so thanks for the link! I bookmarked it to keep watching as you keep going! Very motivating Coach Nicole!!! I don't mind rain either-unless there is lightning! I sure hope you don't run in that! Here in Florida, the lightning capital of the U.S.-it can be dangerous! They say if you can hear thunder, you can be struck-lightning can travel that far! I am all for the workouts, if it is safe! I love that t-shirt! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RG_DFW 12/20/2012 3:45PM

    WooHoo!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/20/2012 3:37PM

    Great job!! Love the shirt. That is a powerful motivator! Thank you for sharing your no-excuses attitude! Love it!

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MOMMACASSEY 12/20/2012 2:40PM

    Okay, so next time I'm balking at following one of your videos and thinking maybe I'm not strong enough or fast enough to do this... I'm going to have to remember, "Coach Nicole likes to imagine herself as a hard core athlete, and you can do this, too!"

You know, I could stand to have an MP3 or something that I could listen to while I'm out learning how to run... maybe in the midst of your DVDs you can make a collection of audio motivators and reminders like this; I'd buy it! It'd be like having a little version of you on my shoulder letting me know I am capable of continuing the fight!

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KANDOLAKER 12/20/2012 2:34PM

    No Excuses -Yeah for you! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/20/2012 2:19PM

    That is awesome! My hubby thinks I'm nuts when I walk the dogs in the rain (we have a yard) but I want my steps!

You are terrific!

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