Good Stuff Friday

Whether I’m on a long run with running buddies, eating dinner with family, or having drinks with girlfriends, I love exchanging ideas and hearing about what’s inspiring them. Here are 4 good things that inspired me this week:

1. This book:  The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home

I listened to this audiobook during my runs and found myself really looking forward to hearing more on my next run. It’s full of useful and inspiring information on how to live a more fulfilling and inspiring life. I’ve used a lot of Dr. Carter’s tips to stay on track with my running goals. Listening to The Sweet Spot has helped motivate me to be a better runner and person.

2. My track kids. The youth track team that I help coach is back in action and we finally had some fantastic weather for our two practices this week. We did some strengthening exercises, running drills, track workouts, and played running games. I just love seeing how enthusiastic and excited the kids, from the little first-graders through eighth graders, are to just run. Watching them run with smiles on their faces reminded me of this quote from the legendary best-selling running author Jim Fixx:

“Play not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday cares.”

3. This blog post: “Being Kindest to The Ones You’re Closest To”

I’m a huge fan of the Hands-Free Mama books and website. The writer, Rachel Macy Stafford, is always so poignant and inspiring. Like many of her blog posts, this one really hit home for me and gave me a lot to think about. I sometimes take my family members for granted, and don’t always assume the best intentions from them. Her post reminded me that I need to treasure, respect, and show deep love and gratitude to the ones I love the most.

4. This quote:

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I’m running the Big Sur Marathon in 9 days and I’ve officially entered the “freaking out” stage of my training. I’ve been asking myself, “Why did I sign up for this?” at least three times a day for the past week. But I found this quote and it reminded me that I need to take a deep breath, relax, and trust in my training and myself.

What has inspired you this week?

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