So what a manic and fantastic week it was last week 😁 @chardale1 and I ended up doing our highest mileage week for over nearly 7 years with a grand total of 65-70 miles. The training varied from long runs, hills, reps and tempo. It really is all starting to feel easier...the pleasures of when training gradually and not over training 👍
Then on Saturday Charlotte did her first competitive cross country race in nearly 10 years and it was the Surrey County Masters X-Country Championships and only after four weeks worth of training in our training block she only went on to win the race on a tough course in Morden and become county champion. It’s amazing how the body remembers things again but also how hard work does pay off. This is also working around work and three kids, that’s what makes it more impressive I find! then the following day we did 10 miles to finish the week off!
It will be my turn in three weeks 😟 doing my first cross country in 7 years. Though nervous; looking forward to it doing it again 👍 it’s amazing how when you are under no pressure with your running or any form of sport how the performance and training is much more fun and you just choose what you want to do and when to do it 👍
Looking forward to what the next few weeks/months will bring training wise so watch this space but nothing like enjoying running again and progressing well 🏃♀️🏃♂️
Happy Monday all! Thank you @the_real_bounce_back_ for this interview on one of my biggest obstacles on my entertainment journey: being diagnosed with vitiligo. Obstacles will always be there, but have faith, be patient, trust that your body is designed to heal and that Life will support any action you take from the Heart 🙏🏾❤️
Comedian and actor @sambaschutte a rising star on NBC’s new comedy Sunnyside, shares a rarely seen side of his life--- his battle with Vitiligo. Vitiligo causes those afflicted with it to lose their pigmentation.
Samba calls on his humor to look at some of the serious ways vitiligo can impact our sense of identity and how we are seen by the world. •
Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with Vitiligo? •
You can see more of Samba on @nbcsunnyside with new episodes Thursdays on nbc.com, the NBC app and Hulu.
Committing yourself to excellence means doing the very best you can with whatever you have at any moment in time. It also means consistently raising your standards in order to improve on past performances.
When you commit to excellence you commit to maintaining high standards that keep propelling you forward to consistently break new grounds. This helps raise your levels of commitment because you are always competing against your “best-self”. You are always looking at ways to improve and to do things better than you did them before, which has a tendency to keep you motivated, on track and moving forward. You no longer look back when problems arise. You are instead committed to simply doing your best no matter what the circumstances.
In order to raise your levels of commitment, you might want to create a contract with yourself that stipulates exactly what you are committed to doing; the standards you will be aspiring to; and how you intend to follow through with these steps. This contract is beneficial because it can help you stay focused and on track when you temporarily lose your way.
My husband and I sat on the couch the night after we learned my laptop was completely dead. I said, “It’s eating at me more than I wish it would.” I had lost around ten days of work when the laptop hit the floor, but it was more than that. For ten days, I had forced myself out of bed around five and carved out time to write scenes I could never fully get back. My husband said, “That makes complete sense.” He said that sometimes he sits in our house he’s been building for the past year and a half—roughly the same I’ve been writing my manuscript—and challenges himself to think through his reaction if it was all taken away. How would I have reacted if I’d lost my entire manuscript when my computer literally crashed? It would have not been good, and that bothered me. I have learned that I cannot hold anything too tightly in this life, and yet I had done just that. I had been doggedly working toward a goal (and had just reached it, two weeks early, before losing that work), but I had been so focused on finishing this second draft that I had allowed myself no time for introspection. Well, the past few days without a laptop I have had time for introspection. I do not want to use these years to write stories without fully living. I want to use these years to fully live and then write stories from that abundance. Do you also struggle with that living/working balance? How do you live with abundance?