Boston Strong

Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Getty Images

Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Getty Images

“Boston Strong, Boston Strong, Meb Stong, Meb Strong!”

That’s what Meb told himself over and over as he surged ahead of the pack in a bold and aggressive move that had him a minute ahead at one point.

“Today was not just about me,” he said. “This was Boston Strong. I did it for the people.”

Who inspires you when you’re running?

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Making Your Own Carbohydrate Gels


Making your own gel is an awesome idea even if you are not spending a fortune on them. I’m curious to tweak this recipe as well! Thanks for the great idea from All Season’s Cyclist!

Originally posted on All Seasons Cyclist:

Ingredients For Making Your Own Carbohydrate Gels

Ingredients For Making Your Own Carbohydrate Gels

Last a fall I was out on a long bike ride with a friend of mine when he asked me how much money I spent a month on the carbohydrate gels I use. It was a question I really hadn’t thought much about before, but after doing a few quick calculations in my head I was shocked. Most of the carbohydrate gels I use are organic (a word usually synonymous with expensive), and during most of the year I go through 30 packs a week which comes out to $180 a month (I am so glad my wife never looks at the American Express statements). After I got home I decided to see if I could find a way to cut my expenses by creating my own carb gels, and at the end of this article you will find a few recipes…

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Great Coaching is Inspiring!


I consider myself a bad weather gym person because once it gets nice I prefer to go outside. But this winter, for example, when we had over 80 days with freezing temperatures I was more than reluctant to go outside, I just didn’t do it. So, I go to the gym and I get inspired by my friend’s energetic spin class and this boot camp class designed by Webby. With my work schedule I can only manage the 5:45am hour workout on Wednesdays with Webby most weeks, which many think is crazy. But this young guy is gutsy and inspired, so much so, that you can actually seize the energy he puts out which wants to make you do better, get stronger and be happy.

He wrote “The Motto” and put it up on the wall at the gym. I loved it and asked him if I could share it because not only do I think it fully embodies his passion (which is contagious, I might add) but is truly words to live by and not just in the gym. So thank you Webby for helping me push myself and always making it worth it to wake up at the crack of dawn, even when it’s snowing and in single digits.

I’m going to read this when I get down on myself that I’m not fast enough or good enough because I’ll know that this is when I need to dig deep into myself. This embody’s Ironman or really every-man/woman who tries to push their limit. Please read this awesome post and let me know how it inspired you!

Falling down sucks! It gets to the point where you start to that that’s where your supposed to be. So many things, people, situations will trip you, push you and hold you down! And the only thing you have is the view of the stars and the question you ask yourself: what’s your limit? Sometimes when I look out into the water I see the only thing that makes sense, it’s funny because 85% of the ocean isn’t even discovered but I guess that’s how my life can relate!

Sometimes it’s the things we don’t see or don’t know that makes the most sense, and discovering your next step always seems like a process. You’re not alone, but when you feel alone know this: character is built when no one is watching. You already know what you want to do, you don’t need any clichés to reach, you don’t need anyone to fly, you don’t need a God damn thing to dream, the only thing you need is heart. And I promise you one thing whoever reads this; no one is ever going to take that away from me.

So as you lay down watching the stars or looking out into the ocean of the unknown tell yourself this: sky’s the limit and I’ll swim across the ocean to get there.” Webby


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Creative Workouts

My quads are still hurting from the awesome and steep hike of Koko Head Crater in Oahu. My heart rate was high as I pushed at a good clip. The view was almost as good as the workout!

What are some of your creative workouts?



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Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s Recognize Some Amazing Female Athletes, Shall We?


I thank Move Eat Create for this post about Inernational Women’s Day and in celebration I’ll mention some fabulously inspiring women that have made a difference in Triathlon:

1. Paula Newby- Frasier
2. Chrissie Wellington
3. Natasha Badmann
4. Erin Baker
5. Loretta Harrop
6. Emma Snowstill
7. Mirinda Carfrae
8. Sarah Reinertsen

Whether it be a professional athlete or not, who are some women that inspire you and why? Let’s celebrate!

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It’s International Women’s Day (i.e. my favorite holiday)!

I realize that many of you might not even know that this day of recognition exists, but it’s been on my radar for a very long time now and I always celebrate, even if only introspectively.  Professionally, I’ve worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence (largely gender-based violence) for many years.  Personally, I’ve been an all-around advocate for gender equality for as long as I can remember.  So March 8th always feels like a holiday to me – a day to celebrate and honor my people.

I’ve been deeply privileged to know a great many incredible women throughout my life and I’ve been inspired by thousands more that I’ve never met in person.  With that said, it’s only been over the last few years since I started running that I’ve truly connected with finding inspiration in women athletes.

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Conquer Your Fear: Rosa Parks

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. Rosa Parks

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Between blizzards, I’ve been busy trying to write my proposal for a new book partially inspired from this blog. I’m pretty excited about it, but it’s diverted my focus. I thought this post was absolutely worth sharing and will help me with my project as well. We all have to remind ourselves to believe once in a while!

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This about sums up everything about my training, weight loss, and even professional life!


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Olympic and Brotherly Love


As you all probably remember, I absolutely LOVE the Olympics and I especially love an inspirational story like this one. Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau won gold in men’s moguls Monday, but says that it’s his older brother Frederic who is the real hero.

“Even if it’s raining outside, or minus-40, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God I don’t want to go train today. It wouldn’t be a big difference skipping one day, but looking at my brother, to be able to give him that chance of being in my body for one day, and going to the Olympics, he would jump in my shoes and go out there and run a marathon. So I’m like ‘OK, let’s stick to the plan, let’s go.”

“Most of his dreams are not realistic, and when I think about it, I’m like ‘where are my limits?’ I have remember that,” Bilodeau explained. “And out of respect for my brother I have to go after these dreams and to do all within my power to try to make it happen.”

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Pre-Race Song: Happy!

I love to be happy and this collaboration song by the amazing Pharrell Williams is going to be my new theme song for 2014 —what a great pre-race song to get in the mode! My good health not only makes me happy, but grateful. Have an amazing weekend and please share what makes you happy in life and sport!

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What is Your Gift?


With the new racing season coming upon us, what is your gift and how do you want to share it?

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