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The Birthday Report: Asking the Tough Questions

Some people use the New Year as a time to set resolutions. Although I usually set intentions on the first of each year, my birthday is a more meaningful time of reflection. It is my personal marking of another year on this wondrous planet. Exactly one month ago, I celebrated my twenty-fourth birthday at Northeast Kingdom Running Camp (NKRC), where for two weeks I was immersed as a yoga teacher and coach to high school runners. It was my third consecutive birthday in Lyndonville, Vermont, among a group of people that have become my run family. The NKRC community originally …

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Lessons Learned from Coaching TRACK

I had the joy of coaching outdoor track at my former high school this past year. It was a huge growing experience for me as a coach, runner, and person. The head coach, Jon Waldron (JWal), put me in charge of the distance running program, which included 18 boys and 5 girls. They competed in various events, ranging from 400 meters to 3ks. I led distance practice everyday, taught yoga and strength training, and tried to provide guidance on the highs and lows of high school life. Here are a few of the lessons I learned from the experience in …

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The Zone: Gratitude, Grit, and God

Lisa Hamilton, fellow yogi runner, writer, and ROO Podcast interviewee #66, asked me to contribute a few words on my understanding of “the zone” for her book, “The Conscious Runner.” Released less than a month ago, I have finally had the opportunity to read through her published piece and am blown away by her honesty, innovation, and thoughtfulness. “The Conscious Runner” is not only a guide that will teach you how to run mindfully, but also tells the powerful story of Lisa’s life, from overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to almost qualifying for the Olympic trials. I am honored to be …

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My Unexpected Boston Marathon: Guiding Lisa for 26.2

I woke up on Monday morning with a plan to guide Lisa for the first half of the Boston Marathon. Lisa Thompson is an accomplished, visually impaired, masters runner from Houston with a marathon PR of 3:16. The day before Boston, I had the privilege of meeting Lisa and the other members of Team With a Vision, a group of over 20 visually impaired athletes from around the world. It always amazes me how tight knit the running community can be, and watching the Team With a Vision athletes reconnect, felt like being apart of a big family reunion. During …

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Redefining Detox: A Week-Long Exploration

Usually when someone tells me they are participating in a detox, I imagine an intense juice cleanse or extreme diet that sounds like no fun. Instead, I used my recent winter getaway in Tulum, Mexico, as a way to redefine detox. 1. Watch Free As someone who is usually tied to a busy schedule, it was liberating to be without a watch — following my internal clock for resting, eating, yoga, swimming, sleeping (and repeat). 2. Technology Free at Meals I am guilty of multitasking when eating— usually uploading a podcast while eating breakfast at the same time. Without the distraction of technology …

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2015 – The Year of Compassion

I can still recall the New Year’s Eve yoga class five years ago where, instead of setting a resolution, our teacher, Gregor Singleton, encouraged us to pick a one-word intention for the upcoming year. Although at that point I had been practicing yoga for a little while, the idea of setting an intention hadn’t really sunk in yet. It’s funny how a teacher or parent can tell you the same thing a hundred times over and then suddenly, on the hundred and first time, it clicks. This is how Gregor’s words on intentions hit me, ripe to be heard, on …

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