Friday Five: Never Say Never

 TGIF!!!! How is possible that today is May 20th??? Wasn’t it just the first, like yesterday? I guess time flies when you are having fun. Or is it time flies when you are getting old? Any who, I am so ready for the weekend!! But first…

Here are five of my favorite things from the week.

1. The Rock Clock app. Best app EVER!! Dwayne Johnson recently launched his motivational alarm clock app appropriately called The Rock Clock. It allows you to choose a goal with an end date, select your wake up time, select an AWESOME alarm tone, and includes motivational messages each day from The Rock himself. Trust me, when The Rock tells you to get your candy a$$ out of bed at 4:05 am you do it!! (app is free on iTunes and Google Play). I give myself a pat on the back for hitting my class at 5 am all week.

2. Glow Runs with friends. Especially Glow Runs that support our local police department. Last Saturday night was the Back the Blue Glow Run 5K/10K. I ran intervals with my friends Wren, Nicole, Anna, and Blake. We had sooooo much fun. No PRs were made, but we made memories so there is that.

3. Gym Girl Ultra in Tantrum from Skirt Sports , Team RWB socks from The Sox Box both match perfectly with my Team RWB shirt so that I can support the eagle at local events.

Use HSR20 for 20% off at Skirt Sports and use Shortyruns10 for 10% off Sox Box!! 

4. Giveaway winners: I want to congratulate Mandy E. for winning her choice of water tracking bottle from Hydr-8 Water Tracking Bottles. Thank you to all who entered!!! Remember if you didn’t win, you can go to Hydr-8.com and use Shortyruns for 15% off your cart!! These bottles are awesome. I use mine every day to stay on track for my water intake.

5. Taking giant leaps out of your comfort zone and training to accomplish a goal that you once said you had no desire to do. I have always said that I would never do an endurance event. That I have no desire to be uncomfortable, cold, wet, doing physical challenges with no sleep. Buuuuut… last Saturday night after the race I listened to two awesome people who have completed these events talk about the incredible events they have coming up. And that little voice inside my head said “Heather… Heather… Heather what if…”.

Gah. This is the voice that led to my first 5K. My first obstacle course race. My first half marathon. My first marathon. Pushing through injury to complete the second marathon. My first ultramarathon that I DNFd. Dusting myself and trying again. It’s the voice that pushes me to get up at 4:05 am to hit the gym at 5. It’s the voice that gets the tattoos. It’s the voice that wants to lift heavy. It’s the voice that wants to do amazing things. It’s the voice behind Shorty Runs. The one that keeps Doubter Girl in check. Sometimes I wish this voice would hush and eat a doughnut (double chocolate cake doughnut lol), but this is also the voice that helps me overcome my anxieties and fears.

So I’m letting her get her way and I am going where no Shorty Runs has ever gone before. So there is this….

First step: I am participating in a 24 hour seminar hosted by Matthew Waller and Tanya Bickham to learn how to prepare for endurance events. 

I hope you will join me over the next few months as I train both physically and mentally for the biggest challenge of my life to date. I’m sure it will be an interesting journey as I have LOTS of work to do. But you know what, most of the time the journey to the destination is where the magic happens. I’m excited to be on this journey and am looking forward to learn more about myself along the way.

Have a great weekend y’all! No racing for me this weekend, just gym time, trail run, and quality time with my family.

Until next time, happy running!
Heather 

PS. If you have ever completed an endurance event like The Gauntlet, any and all tips and advice would be welcomed :).

3 Replies to “Friday Five: Never Say Never”

  1. Omg! That is so awesome and exciting! I can't wait to read all about the training. My doubter voice is a loud pushy B. New challenges literally make me shake like a leaf. I know you will own this. Thank you for being such a fantastic motivator <3

  2. I feel the same way about May 20!! How is it even possible that spring goes by so quickly?! It's the shortest time of year!

    The Rock Clock sounds hilarious and awesomely motivating!

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