Be Grateful

Grateful - adj: feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.

I recently moved my blog from one hosting platform to another.  In doing so, I lost some of my recent posts. Not the end of the world BUT, I was disappointed. You see, for starters, blogging takes time, which as you know, can be extremely limited. I have had the honor of repping some pretty awesome brands this past year and they depend on my blogs to help spread their name & mission.  I feel like I've let them down.

I woke up this morning bitter & drafting in my head the less than pleasant call I was going to have to make today to try and recover what was lost. 

....and then this happened.... I saw the sunrise and all the bitterness left. I was instantly reminded to be grateful for all I have, all I can be and all I can do!

I headed off on my 5 mile run (and stopped for a few pics, how could I not!). I ran with gratitude and am beyond thankful:

  • I live here! Living in Carlsbad has been a dream of mine for years.
  • I have the most loving and supportive husband, even when I have crazy, wild ideas!
  • I am fortunate for my good health and my ability to use my body daily.
  • My work ethic which has gotten me far in life. I recently got a promotion and I'm a beyond excited for my next chapter.
  • I have a SUPER SECRET project I am working on and I'm beyond thankful that 1) Kyle supports the idea & 2) I am able to pursue it.
  • For my running buddy, Mataya. She inspires me to dig deep, see the bigger picture and do better.  And for the Group I Run 4 Michael
  • For Kelly Roberts who has inspired and motivated me for some time. We all have a story and she encourages everyone to share it. If you need a little extra motivation in your life, check her out: www.shecanandshedid.com
  • last but certainly not least: YOU. Thank you for taking the time to read this, for being a part of my story!

 Now take a moment and tell me,  WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?!?!

((PS. I made the call to my former hosting page today. They are working to help fix the problem. It was a pleasant call, even if they can't fix it. It's so easy to get caught up in the moment and lash out. At the end of the day, we all have a lot to be grateful for!))

 

 

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happy 6 year RUNNAVERSARY to me!

6 years! 6 freaking years running. How many total miles have I run? Don't know. It's got to be around 4,000 maybe? How many pairs of shoes have I gone through? Don't know. It's got to be around 10 pairs maybe? I do know that I have run 16, no 17. No, 18....crap. I don't even know how many half marathons I've run. 3 Full marathons. That, is a fact. Big Sur April 2015, LA Marathon February 2016, Mesa - Phoenix February 2017.

I'm forever grateful for my first mile. Over the years, I've run for me. I've run for others. I've raised awareness. I've met some pretty freaking UNBELIEVABLE people & I just can't thank myself enough for taking the first step 6 years ago.

I am who I am today because of running. RUNNING IS AWESOME.

How long have you been running?

I Run 4 Michael needs YOU

If you follow me on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM (if you're not, you should!) than you know who I run for. If you are new to my little corner of the interwebs, than let me share with you:  #IRun4Mataya . (you can catch up HERE ). 

Please share this post - there is a waitlist (roughly 9 months) for runners to be matched with buddies, it is so long because there is a shortage in buddies. Below is a video that Facebook Stories created as well as an except from the whoIrun4.com blog. 


 

“You can run for me anytime!”  
A simple phrase that sparked a movement.

From the I Run 4 Blog Page: We all have friends who say, “run some for me,” because they don’t WANT to run. But what about those who can’t run for physical or developmental reasons?  Having been inspired by a close friend battling bilateral hip dysplasia, Founder Tim Boyle discovered a whole new inspiration to run.

Here at IR4, we foster relationships. We want to see runners and buddies alike experience the profound power of encouraging and being supported by people who were once perfect strangers. Running can just be about health. Or it can be about dedicating our miles to and creating awareness for our buddies with special needs whose conditions span the spectrum from total physical disability to developmental delays to autism spectrum disorders, as well as myriad rare conditions we’re only now learning about thanks to our participation in IR4.

Through I Run 4 Michael and its branch organizations Kerri On: I Run 4 Remembrance and IR4 Siblings: The Unsung Heroes, athletes of all levels and kinds find new motivation, purpose, and power for their workouts. It’s about more than miles; it’s about building relationships and bolstering support systems.

We hope you will join with us!

To learn more, or to register for YOUR perfect match, click the Match Me tab above and get started!


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change is good

Change is part of life. And whether you like it or not, it's going to take place with or without your approval. It could be something pint-size (your favorite ice cream joint shut down), or something more drastic (death, divorce, or disability). The universe has a natural way of balancing things out.

With that being said, it is time for runningandwine.com to make a change. I have so many ideas in my head that if I didn't start acting on them, they would just sit there and basically die. I listen to the Run, Selfie, Repeat podcast and Kelly is constantly encouraging her listeners to believe in themselves and believe in their voice, and share their story!  So, this is my leap of faith .... I'm not changing the world today or tomorrow, but this is a start. 

Thank you for coming along on my journey and allowing me to share. 

BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF , I do!

There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major factor in my life. I didn’t push past my comfort zone. All because I didn’t really believe I could.

While I’m not free of self-doubt these days, I can honestly say I believe in myself like never before. That doesn’t mean I think I’ll never fail or quit: I will. Probably often. And that’s OK.

In 16 days I'll run Marathon #3 (who would have thought)! I have gotten to where I am today because I work hard & believe in my self.

So go ahead, throw yourself out there not knowing what will come of it. Go all in. Don't hold back. Believe you can do it. Believe you are worth it. Start today- post a picture of your self in the comments. Go on, BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF , I do!

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Do you have a big scary dream or goal? What's holding you back from going for it?

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Don't tell me you're not a "real runner"

Back in November, PRO Compression posted that their 2017 Ambassador applications were open. Without hesitation,  I threw my name in the hat, because why not. I rock the socks and love the community. With that being said, you can imagine the excitement when I received an email earlier this week welcoming me to the 2017 ambassador team! I've suggested PRO Compression socks to friends who suffer from shin splits and to other friends who suffer from swollen legs & cramps on long flights. More often than not the response is: I'm not a runner or those don't really work.

There is a misconception that because one doesn't run "fast" they aren't a runner. THAT IS NOT TRUE. A 13 minute mile is just as far as an 8 minute mile.

My goal and sole purpose for wanting to be an ambassador is to help anyone who feels they aren't a "real runner" know that they are and they need to be outfitted properly. (and if you haven't worn these socks on a long flight.....you're missing out!)

What's your go to sock to rock?

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My Buddy and Me- #IRun4Mataya

Personally, I enjoy dedicating my runs to others and “running for those who can’t”. Last year, after some searching, I found an organization called I Run 4 (and the private facebook group: I Run for Michael ) which pairs runners with “buddies” who have physical or mental disabilities. Runners dedicate training miles to their buddies and keep in touch through social media posts, phone calls, and in-person visits. This group had my name written all over it. I signed up and waited for 6 months to be paired. When the day finally came, it was love at first sight, we are literally a perfect match. I knew there was a story behind my buddy though --- and here it is: Mataya was born on a freezing cold January night in Bemidji, MN, and immediately struggled to breathe, which perplexed her doctors and terrified her parents. With the cause unknown, Mataya was rushed to Sanford Partners Neonatal Intensive Care unit at Sanford Childrens Hospital in Fargo by Sanford AirMed. There her family received the devastating news; their newborn had cancer. A large tumor was wrapped around her spine and aorta making breathing difficult and threatening her life. Mataya spent the next 5 months at Sanford Children’s moving from NICU to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to the Pediatric floor. In that time, she underwent 5 surgeries, 7 rounds of chemo, 51 blood transfusions and more than 1,000 scans and tests.

Together, we are now on a mission to teach the world about neuroblastoma cancer – creating awareness and fighting for a cure because NO ONE, especially a newborn, should ever have to go through all she’s been though. For now, I’m her voice, as she gets older, she will start being her own voice.

Please share this link: The group is always looking for more “buddies” who have physical or mental disabilities to pair with runners: https://youtu.be/mUDXsOTYn6U

www.whoirun4.com

#IRun4Mataya

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Incase you missed (one of) my last blog posts, I mentioned that I was on the wait list for a running buddy. You can catch up here . The day has finally come. I got my "Congratulations, You've been matched" email last night. So many questions ran through my head. Who is it, will they think I am crazy for the amount of times I post, or the amount of times I thank them for the motivation & inspiration? Will it be a boy or a girl? A young child, a teen, an adult? Who is my buddy? I could hardly wait.

---I will not be sharing who my buddy is at this time. To respect the privacy of the family, I'm waiting for approval. Not everyone wants to share their life on social like me and I 110% respect that!---

I'll tell you this: she is the cutest, she's a Capricorn, (our birthdays are 15 days apart which I think is pretty neat!) and she lives in Mid West. She was diagnosed shortly after birth with neuroblastoma.

Cancer is a beast. I hate it. I am full of hope and on a mission to find a cure for the beast that is cancer.

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I look forward to running for my new buddy, getting to know her, and fighting this fight along the way with her. You got this girl. You've got this!

Have you heard of the  group who I run for / I Run For Michael?

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Runners become friends & running friends become a community

I'm blessed with the best. Really I am. I open my email the other night to find an email from my friend Sara. Typical, no subject line, no words in the body of the email, just a link for me to click on and see where it takes me. (one never knows with Sara!) I end up on the Runners World Cover Contest Page . Before I scroll down, I have to laugh and think, it's probably a picture of her and I drinking wine rather than running or some joke, nothing serious. As I scroll I am completely brought to tears. This girl, she never ceases to amaze me. Below the picture she describes herself in one word and also what personal running accomplishment she is most proud of: (while you are there, take a second and vote please, I mean why not...you're there! And keep voting daily as well. Please share the link and have others vote for us too) click here------:> Our Runners World Cover Contest Picture The photo was taken by a member of the  Union Leader, a local newspaper in NH. He captured what was one of the most emotional moments in our running lives. Crossing the finish line with my best friend, holding hands and fighting for a cure & raising awareness for the terrible disease. The photographer asked to take our picture after we crossed and he jotted down our names. We didn't know THIS photo existed until the next day when it made it's way to the cover. I was so moved by her thoughtfulness to choose this picture and help raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of Marie. Will we win the Runners World Cover Contest, probably not.  But that's okay. To me, it's not about winning (as freaken awesome as that would be) My hope is that people see it and are inspired to run and raise awareness as we do. I just had to ask Sara some questions (after I thanked her of course):

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Heidi and Sara's shirts say " I'm running for Marie" . Mine says " I'm running for my Mama B"

Why did you choose the word empowering?

"I chose the words empowering because a small race has a big ripple effect. Running for a cause makes a race personal, emotional, and meaningful. The City of Manchester NH half marathon is the hilliest in the state. Marie empowered me and I hope running empowers others to do what they can. The website speaks of it as highly difficult half marathon. We ran this entire course and each hill big and little had a bigger meaning. There were times I wanted to give up and walk or stop running. You pushed me because you knew of the larger fight. It spoke of the highs and lows that Marie was experiencing and her tenacity to fight, and her family’s determination to fight with her. It took everything out of us and we were left exhausted, emptied, and yet proud that we were able to make a difference in one small run."

What did you learn on this day?

"Sometimes in life you can’t change circumstances but I learned on this day, running is within my power. I can run, and I can make a difference even if I can’t change circumstances or a diagnosis. It was powerful to see friends and family come out with signs and cheer us on that day. Remember I called to check on you that evening and you mentioned you guys were having a conversation about pastries. I remember distinctly going to three bakeries that night so Marie could have a lobster tail. Each one I went to was closed and just as Marie was inspiring us and fighting I was determined to get her the lobster tails. I finally found them and was able drop them off for Marie, with our pictures of the race on the box. I know she knew she was leaving behind a legacy far beyond her friends and family. A legacy for the community on hope, strength, and love. You and I finished and as we rounded the corner completely exhausted all we could do was cry and love each other- so very parallel to what any family must feel. We did what we could in that moment because we were inspired by Marie’s fight."

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How did you feel running the race in 2013?

"Since then, I have run this course with the same purple shirt and purple balloons at a friend’s house on the course. Strangers have commented while running they would donate. They have yelled for me to keep going for Marie when I have stopped. Recently in my running group, someone lost her dad to pancreatic cancer and she is involved in the NH Pancreatic Cancer group. It’s amazing how many people are affected and what wearing a purple shirt can do. One day, one race can change a lifetime the same way one diagnosis can."

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Thank you Sara and to all of our friends who support us. This is a day I will never forget. The evening before the race, I was able to show Mama B our shirts and tell her that we were running for her. I remember hugging her and her crying - she was so touched that anyone would do such a thing, for her of all people. Marie was the most selfless person. Truly honored that we were out there fighting for her and raising awareness and honoring her. I remember the race day well. I remember all the tears that were shed as we pushed up each hill. Small or big, they were difficult, like life. Like Marie's fight. Like everyones battle with anything difficult. But we did it. I remember not speaking except to respond to Sara's repeated question "are you ok?"

The next morning Marie passed away and our lives changed forever. All we can do now is remember the beautiful woman Marie was and try to live life like she did; always taking the time for those important to her. Life is now dedicated to making change and creating HOPE for a cure.

I love you Mama B, I hope you are proud. xoxo

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I never cared much for the color purple

I never cared much for the color purple, it just wasn't my color. But now, you can find it on me almost daily since it is the color for the cancer that took the life of one of the most amazing people I have ever met, Kyle's mom, Marie Martel.  The words pancreatic cancer .... ugh. No body wants to hear that. No body ever wants to hear the word cancer, ever! It's scary, I know it is. It's an uncomfortable conversation and we just want to run. Please don't, well yes..please run, just don't run away. Keep reading -- we need you. Trying to turn a life changing negative into a positive -- Kyle and I have taken on core volunteer roles with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to help raise awareness and funding towards the terrible disease [pancreatic cancer] that took his Mother at the young age of 59.

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Marie Martel was born in Manchester, NH on April 14th 1953. She led a life filled with love and commitment to her family and friends. She touched the lives of so many with her loving selflessness that was admired by everyone who ever had the privilege of knowing her. On September 21st 2012, she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. A short 45 days later on November 5th 2012, she passed away.

Kyle and I, along with other members of the affiliate, were lucky enough to experience a tour of the lab of Scott Seeley, grant recipient and pancreatic cancer researcher at UCSF. Scott and his team are absolutely amazing. It was truly an amazing day learning more and hearing about their findings and hope for a cure.

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On June 22, 2014 - San Francisco will hold their annual fundraising event, Purple Stride 5k at Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop. I am honored to be taking on the core role of event coordinator for this event. It's a lot of work, but the least I can do in the fight for a cure and to raise awareness.

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We can't do it alone. This is our fundraising event for the year and I am reaching out to my readers asking for help! If you are local, please consider walking/running/volunteering for the event : purplestride.org/sanfrancisco (Check out this short video to see how great PurpleStride is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRfjLVbcud4 )

If you aren't, please take a moment and check out our team page Inspired By Marie and consider making a donation. No donation is ever too small.

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Please help us raise money so that amazing individuals like Dr. Scott Seeley, MD, PhD can continue to receive grants and work towards finding a cure. A breakthrough in one kind of cancer can help lead to a cure of them all. I don't wish the pain we feel daily from our loss on anyone.

Thank you so much for your consideration!

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11/2/13 San Jose, CA -- The one and only, Marathon Goddess #WeGotThis
11/2/13 San Jose, CA -- The one and only, Marathon Goddess #WeGotThis
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April Challenge - Yoga to the Core

I've never successfully done yoga. I tried hot yoga once and just about passed out doing it and had to sit down. The thought of going to a yoga studio to try again was intimidating since I had no clue what the basic moves were in the first class I had unsuccessfully attempted. Lately, yoga pictures have been flooding  my Instagram feed. These monthly Yoga Challenges where you post a photo a day. A friend had been posting photos of her April Challenge #inversionsmakeyouhot. So impressed with her ability, I commented on her  post about the new one starting in March - Backbend yoga Challenge. She tried to talk me into it, but I wasn't ready to commit. I was just looking forward to watching her progress and getting inspired to one day soon, give it a try myself. (( She suggested I check out YogaGlo.com  (it's $18 / month). There are so many styles / teachers / levels to choose from. She loves it and and recommended Kathryn Budig as her favorite instructor so far. ))

March 31st she posted her April challenge #YogaToTheCore - I'm all in. It's time to pull the trigger and try yoga. I have nothing to lose by adding this to my daily workout routine & I hear it will help with running. So here it is! Feel free to join in the fun. Follow me on Instagram @hereforthewine , I'll be posting my daily photos. If I can do it, you can do it. Click here to find out more -  Kino Yoga

Make sure you follow @GlideSup @Beachyogagirl @kinoyoga @stoked_yogi  (and tag them in your photos). They each post videos on instagram daily so you know how to do the move. Each one will post their variation which is helpful as well.

Enjoy the challenge! I am so far. I've said it before - you never know who you are inspiring! - Thank you Shauna Burke for inspiring me and getting me out of my comfort zone.

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Day 1: Boat Pose
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Day 2: Tiger Pose
Day 2: Tiger Pose

Day 1: Navasana, Boat Pose                                                                                                          Day 2: Vyaghrasana, Tiger Pose

Namaste

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....And I'm back!

If you have never been to Cabo San Lucas, you must go. We spent a week at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort and Spa . It was amazing. My favorite part of the vacation (other than disconnecting from work for a week, sitting poolside for days sipping on mojitos, the beautiful views, fabulous weather and spending time with Kyle's family) was him asking me to be a part of his family!! On March 12th on our balcony, Kyle asked me to be his wife. WOW. I will never forget this moment. It was truly special and nothing I ever could have dreamed of. I am still on Cloud 10! <3

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The scene of the crime. What a view!

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Still surprised and feeling so happy & loved. My fiance! I just love the way that sounds :)

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WHAAAAAAAT? I love you more than all the stars in the sky. You truly are, my best friend! xo

I could talk about our special moment all day, so for now, that's it. I'm back from vacation and it's time to get back to training.

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My last post I admitted that I hadn't run in weeks and I was okay with that. I told myself that after our vacation to Cabo I was getting back on the running wagon and getting back into shape.   Week 1 of not eating like a piglet and working out is complete. I am down 6lbs and couldn't be more excited about this journey. A friend introduced me to a unique group workout with top trainers right here in our neighborhood called FitMob . They offer classes morning, noon & night for as low as $5! A fun workout that doesn't break the bank...I had to try it and I'm glad I did. I tend to do much better in a group setting than I do by myself. I already started to feel the effects of cross training in my run yesterday.

Next Sunday is the Rock and Roll half marathon here in San Francisco. I'm not nearly as prepared for it as I would like to be. It is what it is thought. Life throws us curve balls everyday and we aren't fully prepared for those, so I know I will be okay. When the running gets tough, my person in mind will keep me strong. She is a daughter, a sister, a friend, loving wife & mother of two who is battling colon cancer. She was diagnosed January 22 just weeks after giving birthday to her 2nd perfect bundle of joy. She has a fantastic attitude, amazing support from friends and family and is kicking cancers ass!

You got this girl! As your shirt says, FUCK CANCER!

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No Excuses

I have a confession to make: I haven't run in weeks and I am 100% ok with it. No reason, no excuses.

I'm not in a funk. I'm not injured. I just didn't do it.

I'll be back at it middle of March! I have a lot of miles to make up for if I am going to make my 1,000 mile goal this year. I enjoy a challenge!

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