Finding Finish Lines

Finding Finish Lines

Let's drop expectations, judgement, comparison, pretense, ego, and anything else that threatens to stand in our way as we chase our endurance goals. I'm Sally. I'm an unashamed middle-of-the-pack marathoner, triathlete, mom, wife, and friend trying to juggle all the good things. Hang around here long enough and I'll have you believing that you can do anything...and hitting that register button. Join us for full episodes on Mondays and a quick, powerful pep-talk on our Five-Minute-Friday episodes. See ya at the start line!

Episodes

July 28, 2020 21 min

Doesn't it feel a little bit like as soon as we get used to a new normal right now, something comes up and we need to take a break or pivot? Nothing about 2020 is "Steady State."

Which got me thinking: maybe that's no so bad! In fact, a very common running method, running consistent intervals, teaches us how to start & stop to keep our strength up for a long period of time.

Running intervals is the perfect traini...

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Garmin devices are down all over and athletes everywhere are having a bit of an existential crisis: If it's not recorded, did we even workout? 

Y'all this isn't a disaster! It's a gift from 2020. (See this is the only way we are making it through this year. For real.)

We have been...ahem...given...the chance to reconnect to our bodies and our sport without the distractions of our always-on trackers and guides. 

We can ...

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Girl! You are holding way too much all the time!

You are making incredibly hard decision after incredibly hard decision.

You are still doing allllll of the things for alllll of the people.

Maybe you are still holding a vision of perfection for your life that just hangs out in front of you, taunting you, and making you feel as though if you could just do a liiiiiitle bit more, you could reach.

Well, that's a lie.

Perfection is a m...

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July 14, 2020 28 min

Just about all of us have been handing the disappointment of cancelled, deferred, shifted-to-virtual race announcements. We have come to expect them here in 2020 in America, and it's likely the right and responsible thing to do.

So when I received a letter from Friend-Of-The-Show, Pirete the Tower Running Champion from Episode 10 sharing all about her spur-of-the-moment racing opportunities last weekend, I had to share it!

See,...

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Are you still doing your workouts outside?

Great!

If not, did you now that you can actually train your body to adjust to the heat? Yup. It's going to be miserable at first. That's true. It's also true that the only way to the other side of that phase (well, short of waiting until the fall!) is through it.

It's just like living this crazy life in 2020. Yes, it feels too hard. We remember that yesterday was tough and w...

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July 6, 2020 20 min

It might sound a little woo woo, but it's actually super practical to consider that the best way to stay in the game is to practice love over fear.

We have to love ourselves enough to believe that we are capable of achieving our goals ever so slightly more than we fear the failure.

We have to show love to others when they fall down so we don't have to fear their reactions to us when we face setbacks.

We need to determine ou...

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Just this week, several huge races had to cancel their upcoming events. It stinks. No doubt.

But even though your big running or triathlon event might have been deferred, the only person deferring you big acts of love is you.

Don't do that.

For the next 3-days, I challenge the brave women athletes in this community to take the love and movement discipline challenge.

Whenever you feel like siting, move.

Whenever you feel like bei...

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June 24, 2020 22 min

Let's take a look at why we come to endurance sports like running and triathlon. I mean anything from a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultra racing, sprints, 70.3, Ironman...any of them.

After listening to some of the stories that we have told ourselves for so long, a song came through my headphones that helped me process what this is all about:

We do this crazy endurance training because we "Love how it feels when we brea...

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Are there words that you are holding onto as part of your identity that really just don't describe you anymore?

Clumsy. Weak. Lazy. Fat...

"You couldn't possibly run a half marathon!" 

Whatever they heck the words are that keep you from believing that you can do whatever it is that is on your heart, IT'S TIME TO LET THEM GO.

Those stories that you have been telling yourself are lies.

Because you aren't defined ...

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June 15, 2020 24 min

Once we are a little lost in our athlete lives, how do we get back on track?

I'm not sure why we are like this, but so often we can almost convince ourselves that our past achievements mean nothing about who we are or what we are capable of accomplishing after even just a very short period of being a off track.

Have you ever picked a race, trained, focused, had a great race day and then found yourself completely lost after?

Maybe...

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I’m positive that 20 years from now, I’ll look back on 2020 as the year that I learned how to pivot when plans change. 

This week, I have been thinking about how all of us are becoming absolute experts on how to thrive in an environment where plans change. Like, it’s becoming what we expect rather than an outlier. And we are all just moving on with our lives. 

Friends, here is what we know from the places 2020 is bringing us: our pla...

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June 8, 2020 32 min

Whether you are just starting a running or walking program, are coming back from a long break, or even if you are a regular runner now, join me as I share my hard-won tips for how to stay comfortable out on the run!

Do you have any running gear must-haves that I missed? Share them with me! You can leave a comment on the show notes or email me at Sally@FindingFinishLines.com

For links to everything discussed on the show, check ou...

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I wish you could hear how your actions speak so much louder than the words that you use to hide from your greatness. 

If you are brave. If you lace up those shoes, or squeeze into the suit, or practice those transitions, then I think it’s time to slip into the words, too. 

Maybe it’s not in sports that you hold back from accepting how great you really are. 

Maybe you are a fantastic freaking mother who values what is important and let...

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In order to thrive, both as athletes and as people living in society with one another, is to recognize that:

1. We are all living in a fluid state of contraction and expansion
2. The power is in the quiet, hard work.

Please know that this community is an affirming place for everyone, that Black Lives Matter, and that actions will always speak louder than words...even for a podcaster.

Check out this post with 75 Things White People Can...

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This is our time to shine, powerful women athletes.

We spend our free time training to control the controllables. We pay for opportunities to practice the skill, we base our lives around it, we brag about it to unsuspecting non-endurance athlete friends who look at us like we are lunatics.

We know that when we lace up for a long run, anything can happen.

Blisters?

Rain?

The Bonk?

We don't decide to stay in because it's a big u...

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May 26, 2020 41 min

Have you ever heard about another woman operating with superhuman strength or endurance? Maybe you haven't even allowed yourself to imagine doing something like that.

Well, when Sarah, a working mom of two beautiful kids, found herself living life a life she didn't recognize, she didn't bemoan her situation. She took massive action.

Sarah went from struggling to run one mile to completing a grueling 100 mile ultramarath...

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Hey. Come closer. I have a secret for you.

You are ENOUGH. 

I know it feels like everyone else is already faster or fitter, but that's just the way the social media beast of an algorithm tells fibs. 

If you go outside right now, you will see other people just showing up for themselves, being patient, and putting in the work. 

And they are looking to you for inspiration! 

In endurance sports, we race the same courses at the same time...

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"What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"

A friend asked me that question some months back and it set me on a trajectory to chase a new goal. So now I ask you the same question.

Now let's address 3 of the most common limiting beliefs (dream thieves) that threaten to take us off our journey before we even start:

1. Fear

2. Judgement

3. Inadequacy

Dear athlete, whatever puts the flutter in your belly is likely the t...

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The normal ways that we evaluate ourselves against impossible societal standards are shifting. It can be hard for brave & wonderful women to know just how we are stacking up.

(I hope you can read the sarcasm in my voice there. Much to my great disappointment, we have yet to determine the sarcasm font.)

Don't worry, my dear athlete! I have created a powerful 3 step system by which to grade ourselves.

1. Are you breathing?
2. A...

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It's almost general registration day for the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

To celebrate, a couple of my runDisney race partners have joined me to share some very important runDisney information with you!

If you are just considering running you first runDisney race, this will be very informative. If you have been around a time or two, I think you will find yourself nodding and laughing along.

Let us know what you think...

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