Friday, July 1, 2016

Inspiration on the Track {#LiveUnlimited}

It takes 14 laps around the indoor track at the Central YMCA to reach a mile. Not only does the short distance make for a tedious run, the camber of the track can make it hard on the legs. It’s only if you can secure the inside loop (and have strong math skills) that a run can be anything close to enjoyable.

So on days that I’ve found myself relegated indoors to log my miles, I head from the locker room straight to my favorite treadmill – the second from the left, first row, right under the TV that plays Rachael Ray.

But as I walk past the track, I see him. Him. I don’t know his name, much less his story, but I know his face. I recognize gait, even out of the corner of my eye. I can see his salt-and-pepper hair bounce as he takes a step. His cotton T-shirt tucked into his basketball shorts.

Every morning, it seems, he is there running loop after loop on the track. He keeps a steady pace as he goes for at least an hour – I’ve never seen him start.

And, I have never, ever seen him stop.

There are people, I am sure, who would be keen to tell him that he needed to, though. From his posture to the way his feet hit the rubber of the track, one can assume that he has challenges. While running isn’t easy for any of us, he has a harder time. Some people might tell him that he doesn’t need to put the stress on his body. He should take it easy.

But he’s there, day after day, and he inspires me each time that I see him to #LiveUnlimited. Because the ability and freedom to do everyday things like run, walk, hug, talk and breathe are not to be taken for granted.

Now through July 31, the Muscular Dystrophy Association wants to spread the word about the families who live with MD, ALS and other muscle-debilitating diseases who do amazing things and show us how to live unlimited. Each day is one in which they overcome challenges, doubts and obstacles but they don’t let those things limit them.

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They #LiveUnlimited.

In honor of the campaign, you can go to MDA.org/LiveUnlimited and create a custom graphic to show you #LiveUnlimited. If you share it on social media, a generous sponsor will donate $1 to MDA up to $30,000.

That’s not all, though. The MDA has teamed up with Endorphin Warrior, which created this rad #LiveUnlimitedbracelet. Endorphin Warrior will donate $6 to MDA for every bracelet sold.

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Do you want to break free? The MDA and Endorphin Warrior want to inspire you to #LiveUnlimited and as a thank you for sharing this campaign, I have a bracelet to share with a reader. The bracelet, with a brown leather band and silver plate, is a size medium (7.5).

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Warning: Rants Ahead {A Three Things Thursday Post}

It’s almost here.

After months and months of planning, far too many hours of mapping on Google and weeks of hoarding snacks, my family and I are set to head off for vacation soon. We’ll be roadtripping from Indiana to Florida, making pit stops in Cincinnati and Atlanta, in the hopes of seeing as many family members as possible, seeing some new sights and avoiding tantrums at every turn.

However, in the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering if I needed to worry less about Miles and Silas throwing tantrums and focus more on me.

1. One of my favorite things to do when visiting larger cities is to check out group fitness classes/boutique studios that aren’t in my neck of the woods. I tried to find a couple hip places near where we’ll be staying in the Tampa area but it seems most of them are a good half-hour away. I thought all was lost until I spoke with a rep from OrangeTheory Palm Harbor. To my delight, an OT studio was opening in Trinity, just 15 minutes from where we’ll be, in time for the trip.

I went to the website and scoped out the schedule, and my streak of luck continued when I saw that there were 5 a.m. classes. Perfect! I could get in a rocking workout and be back before the kids were up. I immediately texted the studio to get a reservation.

Yes, you read that correctly. I texted.

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Over the course of nearly four days, I sent more messages than I care to count trying to secure a spot in the Thursday class. And you know what? I still don’t have a reservation. I’m fairly certain there’s an opening but I felt like once they heard I wasn’t local and they weren’t going to sell me a membership, they didn’t care. I was sent a message that it was a $28 drop-in fee and I had no reservation. Like, they just assumed I couldn’t afford it. 

News, OrangeTheory: I could. I’m just going to choose not to this time. I don't have another four days to have a text conversation to reserve a spot. 

2. Thankfully, there is a YMCA location nearby and it will give our family 14 visits (not that we’ll need all of them). Again, though, I got excited only to be let down. The Y has a BodyPump license, and I was drooling at the thought of throwing some plates on a bar and squatting for 5 minutes. The hang-up? Morning classes are at 10 a.m. and evening are at 5 p.m. Though they do have a limited schedule early in the morning, nothing matches up with when we’ll be there. And I’m not skipping the beach (and kayaking in the Gulf) to do hang cleans – no matter how much I love them.

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3. Before you yell at me for being a whiny brat, all is not lost. I will be close to Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, which has a 6.7-mile paved trail. It opens at 6:30 a.m. so I should be able to get out while everyone eats breakfast. The pictures look absolutely beautiful, and I can’t imagine a better place to kick off marathon training!


I’m also planning to take my set of Aurorae resistance bands so that Mark and I can get in some training while Si naps.