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Finding Finish Lines

Let's drop expectations, judgement, comparison, pretense, ego, and anything else that threatens to stand in our way as we chase our endurance goals. I'm Sally. I'm an unashamed middle-of-the-pack marathoner, triathlete, mom, wife, and friend trying to juggle all the good things. Hang around here long enough and I'll have you believing that you can do anything...and hitting that register button. Join us for full episodes on Mondays and a quick, powerful pep-talk on our Five-Minute-Friday episodes. See ya at the start line!

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Running Intervals: The 2020 Running Method

Doesn't it feel a little bit like as soon as we get used to a new normal right now, something comes up and we need to take a break or pivot? Nothing about 2020 is "Steady State."Which got me thinking: maybe that's no so bad! In fact, a very common running method, running consistent intervals, teaches us how to start & stop to keep our strength up for a long period of time. Running intervals is the perfect training for 2020!Join me as I talk to Friend-of-the Show Hayley about her experience running intervals at major races. Do you run intervals? Have you ever tried it? Let me know! Join me on Facebook or Instagram, or even our Closed Facebook Community We Are Finding Finish Lines. I'd love to hear about your experience! Until next time, carry on, woman of valor. 

21mins

28 Jul 2020

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Five Minute Friday: Garmin is DOWN.

Garmin devices are down all over and athletes everywhere are having a bit of an existential crisis: If it's not recorded, did we even workout? Y'all this isn't a disaster! It's a gift from 2020. (See this is the only way we are making it through this year. For real.)We have been...ahem...given...the chance to reconnect to our bodies and our sport without the distractions of our always-on trackers and guides. We can settle into our our pace. We can try out new things. We can just go for it without even the chance to compare ourselves to everyone else. Doesn't that seem kinda great? Let's embrace it! 

5mins

25 Jul 2020

Rank #2

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Five Minute Friday: Whole is Better Than Perfect

Girl! You are holding way too much all the time!You are making incredibly hard decision after incredibly hard decision. You are still doing allllll of the things for alllll of the people.Maybe you are still holding a vision of perfection for your life that just hangs out in front of you, taunting you, and making you feel as though if you could just do a liiiiiitle bit more, you could reach. Well, that's a lie. Perfection is a moving target. So, what can you do that would sustain you, refresh you, and making you feel more like a whole human person again? Let's trade something that feels like a pile-on for something that feels rejuvenating because whole is so much better than perfect. Find more at: https://FindingFinishLines.comFollow me on Facebook or Instagram for more real life training talk.Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 

5mins

17 Jul 2020

Rank #3

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Will You Be A Yes To Racing?

Just about all of us have been handing the disappointment of cancelled, deferred, shifted-to-virtual race announcements. We have come to expect them here in 2020 in America, and it's likely the right and responsible thing to do. So when I received a letter from Friend-Of-The-Show, Pirete the Tower Running Champion from Episode 10 sharing all about her spur-of-the-moment racing opportunities last weekend, I had to share it! See, she had the chance to run a 9k followed by a marathon on the trails in Estonia, and she took it! Detrained, she registered without fear and went for it. What did she discover? She had it in her! She finished with incredible times and made beautiful memories. That made me thing: the time will come when races come back to us. Will we be ready to be a Yes when our friends invite us to smash the register button?  To make sure that we are ready to scale up, download a plan, hire a coach, and get back to racing, we can take a few simple but important steps each day to keep our bodies ready for the challenge:1. Get MOVING in whatever way feels good and brings you joy right now.2. Get HYDRATED3. Get PICKY with your food choices. Make sure you are noshing the appropriate servings of fruit and veggies to keep your store right and ready for work.PRODUCTS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW:Heads Up: Links below might be affiliate links. That means that I will earn a commission when you make a purchase after clicking a link below to a product. 32 Ounce Hydro Flask - The perfect water bottle, in my humble opinionBerkey Water Filter SystemYoutube video review of a Berkey Water SystemHow To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny OdellShare your current binge-y shows with me in the comments at FindingFinishLines.com/40 or in our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines. Follow the show on Facebook or Instagram for more. Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. Finding Finish lines is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

28mins

14 Jul 2020

Rank #4

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Five Minute Friday: Life in 2020 Is Running in the Heat

Are you still doing your workouts outside? Great! If not, did you now that you can actually train your body to adjust to the heat? Yup. It's going to be miserable at first. That's true. It's also true that the only way to the other side of that phase (well, short of waiting until the fall!) is through it.It's just like living this crazy life in 2020. Yes, it feels too hard. We remember that yesterday was tough and we don't want more yesterdays in our tomorrows. Yet, we are runners! We know that our bodies (and our minds) can adjust to the hard stuff, learn to manage it, and move on. That's why we do this super hard sport of ours: to learn to adjust.Thank God you're a runner! For more, follow Finding Finish Lines on Instagram or Facebook or join the closed Facebook Group We Are Finding Finish Lines. If you have some homeschool advice you'd like to share with this newb, I'd love it! Email me at Sally@FindingFinishLines.com.Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 

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12 Jul 2020

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Love over Fear

It might sound a little woo woo, but it's actually super practical to consider that the best way to stay in the game is to practice love over fear. We have to love ourselves enough to believe that we are capable of achieving our goals ever so slightly more than we fear the failure. We have to show love to others when they fall down so we don't have to fear their reactions to us when we face setbacks. We need to determine our values and make them abundantly clear if we are going to have any shot of living them out. This applies in our personal lives and in our training! What are your values? For more Finding Finish Lines, join our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook. If you would like to help guide the show, please take a second to respond to the survey at https://findingfinishlines.com/surveyDon't forget to share the show with your friends and family! Until next time, carry on, woman of valor! 

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6 Jul 2020

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Five Minute Friday: Love Is Not Cancelled

Just this week, several huge races had to cancel their upcoming events. It stinks. No doubt. But even though your big running or triathlon event might have been deferred, the only person deferring you big acts of love is you.Don't do that. For the next 3-days, I challenge the brave women athletes in this community to take the love and movement discipline challenge. Whenever you feel like siting, move. Whenever you feel like being angry, love. Just try it on for size and see how it feels. Then come join us in the growing Facebook community We Are Finding Finish Lines and share you wins with us. Let's celebrate together. Thanks for listening. Carry on, woman of valor. For more, check out Finding Finish Lines on:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/FindingFinishLines/

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27 Jun 2020

Rank #7

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When We Break the Chains

Let's take a look at why we come to endurance sports like running and triathlon. I mean anything from a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultra racing, sprints, 70.3, Ironman...any of them.After listening to some of the stories that we have told ourselves for so long, a song came through my headphones that helped me process what this is all about:We do this crazy endurance training because we "Love how it feels when we break the chains." (Thanks, Imagine Dragons!)Are you ready to break down and build back up as a woman without the heavy chains of old lies about your value and abilities? Then let's get to it. Come join us in the closed Facebook community, We Are Finding Finish Lines.If you would like to help the show grow, please take a second to fill out this quick survey about what you like and don't like. This is for you! For more training stories, follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook. Until next time, carry on, Woman of Valor.

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24 Jun 2020

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Five Minute Friday: Who Said You Couldn't?

Are there words that you are holding onto as part of your identity that really just don't describe you anymore?Clumsy. Weak. Lazy. Fat..."You couldn't possibly run a half marathon!" Whatever they heck the words are that keep you from believing that you can do whatever it is that is on your heart, IT'S TIME TO LET THEM GO. Those stories that you have been telling yourself are lies. Because you aren't defined by your past. If you were not athletic as a child but you run 3x/week now (at WHATEVER PLACE, SISTER!) then you are an athlete. You are not what you were. In fact, you aren't who you were 10 minutes ago! So who are you? What do you believe about yourself as you head into weekend training? Come tell us over in the closed Facebook group We Are Finding Finish Lines. Introduce yourself as the powerful athlete that you are, and we will all believe it. Until next time, carry on woman of valor. 

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20 Jun 2020

Rank #9

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Rebounding After Going Off-Plan

Once we are a little lost in our athlete lives, how do we get back on track?I'm not sure why we are like this, but so often we can almost convince ourselves that our past achievements mean nothing about who we are or what we are capable of accomplishing after even just a very short period of being a off track.Have you ever picked a race, trained, focused, had a great race day and then found yourself completely lost after? Maybe your big race for the year was cancelled and you have found yourself a wandering a little since then.Well, Dear Athlete, it's time to put yourself back together. Pick a plan, or hire a coach, or figure out your next nutrition steps. Just decide & go. MENTIONED TODAY: Hal Higdon Training Plans: https://www.halhigdon.com/training/Jeff Galloway Training Plans: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/Roar by Stacy Sims  (This is an affiliate link. If you purchase after clicking this link, I will make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!)The Game ChangersFed UpJoin is in our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines. We would love to meet you!I'll be back with you on Friday and again on Monday. Please don't forget to subscribe, and carry on, woman of valor. 

24mins

16 Jun 2020

Rank #10