*Almost* Falling on My Face

My mom and sister visited over the weekend and that’s a wrap for visitors this year. We had a great time visiting Garden of the Gods, doing Yoga on the Rocks and taking in some mountain air with an evening in Breckenridge. I love being able to share the mountains and sweet Colorado living with friends and family. It was especially fun for my little sis to spend time with the dogs who she affectionately refers to has her niece and nephew. The doggos will surely miss the attention!

Now that I’m back to “normal” life it means seriously buckling down on training and diet. When you have visitors almost every week it’s hard to find time to shop and cook and sleep and exercise can fall by the wayside. It can be frustrating and make you feel a little out of control.I haven’t missed a day of training but admittedly the quality of my workouts has taken a bit of a hit.

It’s a fact of life that sometimes you fall down. Literally and figuratively.

Apparently tripping and falling while running is a thing that happens to all of us runners, eventually. I’ve only had my first couple of experiences lately. Twice now I’ve almost completely bit it and of course had an audience for both occasions.

It goes something like this. My toe catches, I feel my other leg come forward as to continue the run but the caught foot is still extending back in the air, not reaching the ground to brace my stride, panic sets in, I notice the position of my hands, arms, face, which one would hit the ground first??

I know I’m not always going to be so lucky but in both instances, I grasp on to whatever balance I can find, airplane arms, my torso is horizontal to the ground while my legs feel like they’re spinning in circles to keep up with the trajectory of my body. After a couple of seconds of that, I am upright, breathing a huge sigh of relief and continue running. Nothing to see here, people.

The first time this happened I thought,”Sh!t, f*ck, omg, that was scary”, but also “This is why I do yoga!” Maybe run, trip, fall, and try to keep your balance should be a new yoga pose…

I desperately want to avoid a falling down & getting back up cliche here but it’s too perfect! You can hone your focus, strength and technique but there will always be things that are out of your control i.e. when running, gravity and inertia. Same with everything in life the only thing you can control about a situation is your reaction to it.

Since my diet has also been falling flat, I am mapping out a meal plan for the next two weeks to get my butt back on track. Stealing some ideas from the Paleo Leap 2 Week Plan and adding some other great recipes from my collection. I will share more on that later in the week.

My lunch today and one of my favorite summer go-to’s is a very simple salad:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 5-6 strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 avocado
  • a drizzle of evoo

The cucumber strawberry combo is just perfect. Fresh with contrasting flavors, textures and colors.

I hope you kick Monday’s ass and as the little things inevitably come up throughout the week don’t let them get you down, remember how strong your foundation is. ☮





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