I haven’t done a Motivation Monday posts in weeks (maybe even months)! I enjoy sharing the nuggets of motivation I find online, though, so I’m bringing the motivation back with a vengeance!
It’s only been three days since I’ve returned from the Congo, but it still feels like a lifetime ago. There are things I miss when I get back from bigger meets like this one – the teammates I rarely get to see, meeting so many new people, the feeling of pride that comes with competing for Ghana on an international level – just to name a few. Overall, my time Brazzaville, Congo was OK at best. A lot of things didn’t go as expected, but I’ve learned over time to just roll with the punches and make the best of every opportunity I’m given…
So, remember when I said training alone is awesome and has tons of perks? Well, this week I remembered that training with other people is also tons of fun and has its own perks, too.
This week my old teammate, Shelby, joined me for most of my practice sessions, and I was pretty hyped about it. We basically caught up with each other on life, and rambled and joked about everything and nothing. If that doesn’t sound like a good time, then I don’t know what a good time is (yes, I do)…
If I’m being honest, I’ve probably gone through this in my head too many times to count, but have never had the courage to actually sit and write everything down. The only reason you’re actually reading this now is because my friend, Brandi, encouraged me to share my story. This was and will probably be the hardest thing I’ve ever sat down to write. Here’s your warning: this post is extremely long. It’s definitely more of an essay than one of my typical blog posts, but I knew that if I was going to write about this, then I wanted to write about it, including all the gory details that I’ve always been too embarrassed to share with anybody.
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The past week was pretty simple and straight forward when it came to food. Maybe it was because I was so creative last week, or maybe it was because of midterms,who knows. I had a lot of the same meals because I either found myself cooking in bulk (pasta sauce) or keeping it simple (eggs, chips, potatoes, etc). We’ll see how I feel during this week with food.
A week in which I make the switch to brown rice, green tea, and discover that tuna goes great with rice. I switched to whole wheat pasta years ago, and I don’t even notice the difference now.
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been known by friends and teammates as always eating whatever I like, whenever I like. However, as I became more involved in track, my attention slowly shifted to also wanting a healthier lifestyle.
The other day, as I was rolling out after lifting, I couldn’t help but feel great about myself. I was sore and exhausted, but that feeling of being back at work on the track and in the gym made all that fade into the background.
When someone asks me why I love to run, I usually reply with “I do and I don’t”. Which is true, in a sense. I don’t particularly love running in and of itself. But, I do love the feeling of crossing the finish line and seeing a new PR, of crushing a hard workout and knowing that most people would have given up, of feeling fit and healthy and motivated to keep pushing. I love everything that running gives me, but just so you know, I am slowly learning to like running. I’m sure the love will come later.