Running Angel ~ Blog Brag

Here’s a Monday blog brag.  Congratulations to my sweet little neighbor Katlyn.  She was part of an after school running program.  She participated in her first run ~ Go St. Louis!  She ran 1 mile without stopping!  You can tell by the smile on her face that this is a special achievement.

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These types of programs are great for kids because it teaches so much more than running.  Kids learn how to set a goal, practice then achieve ~ lessons that are important in every day living.  Let’s face it…a little running bling doesn’t hurt either!  Fantastic work ~ we’re proud of you!!!

New book review: The End of Back Pain: Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body

I’m looking forward to reading this thanks Healthy Runner Wife!

Healthy Runner Wife

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I absolutely loved the knowledge of the author in this book, The End of Back Pain: Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body. I was also impressed that he doesn’t just want to perform major back surgery on patients that could potentially be unnecessary. He thoroughly explains how to treat back pain with exercise. I highly recommend this book for anyone with back pain, personal trainers, doctors and physical therapists. This book can change your outlook on proper treatment of back pain.

This book is scheduled to be released this week on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in both print and ebook. Here’s the link to purchase it: http://www.amazon.com/The-End-Back-Pain-Access/dp/0062197746

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Here’s an excerpt from the book:

The Power of Exercise, Yes, and The Power of YOU
By Patrick Roth,
Author of The End of Back Pain: Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body

Perhaps, the most significant hurdle we need…

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Value of Process

This weekend Laurel and I got together to bang out a business plan for our partnership.  Early last week my ontological coach asked me is there value in process?  She noticed as I explained to her that things were flowing as organized as I would like that I tend to want to gift wrap things.  In other words, I’m not prepared to introduce something to the world until it’s absolutely perfect.  In my mind this means crisp, clean folds accompanied by a beautiful multi-colored bow.  If in the process of wrapping the present I miss a step, it’s as if the failure to follow the chronological process I set forth for wrapping a present, dooms the end result.  But really, in doing this, I’m forcing myself to miss the true value of the process.

Laurel and I met for about 2 hours, in which time we only managed to fully complete 2 parts of our 6 part business plan, but I made an effort to notice the value in the process vice the completion and perfection of the gift wrap.  The process was enlightening.  This is what I learned:

We are both fearful of the possibility of failure however, if you never try, you can never fail.  And what really is failure…it’s relative

We are in two different places in our lives, but we still manage to understand each other

We collaborate, we respect each other, and we enjoy each other’s company and complimentary ideas

Sometimes it’s fun to be messy and just throw down thoughts, in fact this is when the biggest ideas are born.  Gift wrapping is only the outside and you know what they say, don’t read a book by its cover.

Even if you wrap whatever you give the world in recycled newspaper, the world only really cares what’s on the inside,  don’t we all just throw away (or preferably recycle) the wrapping?

Dictionary.com defines process as: a series of actions or steps to achieve an end

But we all know process is SO MUCH MORE than that.

Run on sisters

Collena

Lean In

As Laurel and I set out on this journey together as friends, bloggers, and business partners I look to other entrepeneurs for inspiration.  This week we were able to speak to a woman who partnered with her husband to form a business that epitomized a lifestyle change.  Midwest Coasting LLC is a company founded on the ideals of living life fully, purposefully, and taking every opportunity to… reel it in.  They are now venturing into retail to spread their lifestyle and get the word out that you can indeed choose to  live a balanced, blessed, and purposeful life.  Check them out at midwestcoasting.com. 

We all live in a rat race of a world and those of you out there with the experience of having young children in your life know, living life to it’s fullist is a delicate balance between organization and letting loose.  Founder and Chief Simplifier of Midwest Coasting, Tania Maschhoff was happy to tell us about the founding of her company, what it meant to her, and the challenges they have faced along the way.  She shared with us what she has learned, offering us the opportunity not to have to make the same mistakes.  I’m sure we will make plenty of our own along the way, and I look forward to the day Laurel and I receive an email or a phone call from an entrepreneur looking to learn from the road we have trodden.  I’ll grab that opportunity, take hold, and pour out lessons learned so others may have the opportunity to start a business making their own mistakes and learning their own lessons.   Thank you Tania for your wisdom and your time.

I received inspiration this week from one other women in leadership, Ms. Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and author of the book Lean In.  My dear friend Ms. Marsia Geldert-Murphey introduced me to a great internet source where Ms. Sandberg gave a 15 minute TedTalk on why we have too few women leaders.  I encourage you to visit this link and listen for yourself as well as take in any other talks you find of interest.  It’s completely free! 

http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl sandberg why we have too few women leaders.html

In this TedTalk Ms. Sandberg pointed out that as women we must “sit at the table”, we must lean in to reach the top.  I’m not a feminist and although I do somewhat believe in the glass ceiling I in no way believe that we as women cannot bust through it.  What I do believe is that we have to do that by leaning in.  We have to ensure we foster the connections, obtain the education, and perfect the skills to be effective leaders despite the what society still believes and the data still shows should be the female norm.  Thank you Ms. Sandberg for your enlightening talk and for inspiring me to chase my dreams of being not only an awesome mom, but also keeping my feet on the gas pedal toward my own successful future.

Run on sisters.  

Love,

Collena 

 

Tips for New Runners

Great tips from Rather Be Runnin’

Rather Be Runnin'

Hello everyone and Happy day!

I just finished going through a lot of my old blog posts, in hopes that I would get some inspiration for a new one…

Although I am still having writers block, I came across a number of super awesome ones would be good ones to recycle.

So here, without further adieu, are…

GREAT tips for New Runners (and a good reminder for the Old Farts).

  1. Invest in the right pair of running shoes.
    Find out what kind of pronator you are: Neutral Pronator, Under Pronator or Over Pronator and go buy a GOOD pair of shoes based upon that knowledge. When I trained for my first marathon, I bought Brooks Ariels, which are $150 and are the clunkiest, most unattractive shoes on the planet… but they are great for extremely long distances. and for my severe over pronation.
  2. Go for distance, not for time.
    Chill out…

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