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Allison Cuthie here, staff member at Garden Spot Village, and member of the Half Marathon/10K planning team. I am a momma of four, with a military husband, and sometimes finding time and/or energy to get a run in, is the biggest challenge of my day. If you are like me, you put all sorts of things ahead of exercise: meal prep, grocery shopping, laundry, housecleaning, meetings, etc. If someone has not already said this to you today, let me be the first: You’re a champ for setting a goal and making a plan! I am looking forward to being on this path with you.

It’s goal time

New Year-New Decade! What are your fitness goals for the year? Since I am going to be cheering for YOU, on March 28, I will be running a race in early April. I have started on a twelve-week plan, and the simpler the better for me. Here’s to a 2020 full of uphills, downhills, personal bests, and just plain old, wonderful, FINISHING what we set out to do.

 “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night”…

Often associated with the American postman, this phrase could easily be the battle cry of lots of you runners, but no matter how you feel about it, there are times when the treadmill/”dreadmill” is the only option to get your run in. When we got some snow this week in PA, my chances of getting a safe run in were dwindling (as well as my motivation!). Afterschool games and meetings were cancelled, leaving me no excuses, so I headed to the gym and hopped on the treadmill. It would have been so easy to stay in and snuggle up with a cup of tea, but out I went, and when it was all over, nothing beats the feeling of getting a run in. Cheers to all of you who braved the cold, wind, snow, and eventually the “balmy” temps of the weekend to get your miles in.

What’s Your WHY?

One benefit of the treadmill, is that I can catch up on the news, shows, or watch a virtual beach-scape complete with waves as I pound away on the human hamster wheel. Last night, I watched a TED Talk by Simon Sinek, which focused on inspiring action. Sinek advises to focus on the WHY. We all know WHAT we do, lots of us know HOW we do it, but the inspiration comes from WHY you do it. Why do you push yourself to get those runs in? Do you have a weight loss or a health goal? Are you looking for a personal best or break a record? Is someone else watching and learning from you and your behaviors? Maybe you have committed to your very first race. When obstacles arrive, or maybe you’re feeling unmotivated, focus on your WHY. Your WHY is what will get you to the finish line with a smile on your face.

Happy Trails, Allison

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