Happy Holidays Y’all!


In true Graham fashion, the ole Christmas cards are going out a smidge late.

But…better late than never!

From me to all of y’all out there…

Enjoy the Season...all of them!

Thanks for being part of my year and for including me in all of your successes.

2012 looks to be one hell of a season!!

Happy Holidays, My Friends!

Caution: Schedule Overload


This week’s tip comes at a time when most of us are happy to simply get the workouts done, much less take things to the next level.

Stress, even good stress, takes a toll on the body. This is something we all need to remember as we cram in swimming/biking/running with all the holiday madness these next few weeks.

This quote from Ryan Hall sums it up perfectly:

“I actually think being a more balanced person makes a healthier, happier, and thus faster person. The question I try and ask myself when I consider whether or not to train more is what is my body craving and what is my body ready to absorb? Sometimes pushing harder is not the answer. It takes self control, confidence, and intuition to know when to train and when to rest, but when in question error on the side of being over rested. ” 

Sometimes success is measured in simply getting the work done.

Train Happy, My Friends!

Mondays Motivation: Thanksgiving Edition


This past weekend was filled with trips to Lowe’s for lights, extension cords and automatic timers.

Yesterday I barely managed to squeeze in an 8 mile run while my husband cranked out a 30 mile ride only to race home and continue the holiday decorating marathon. The porches needed garland, lights had to be strung, and wreathes were ready to be hung.

And this is just the exterior!

We still need to tackle the tree this week AND shop for the Thanksgiving feast AND somehow manage to continue our training schedule without loosing out minds!

Welcome to the insanity known as the holidays!

These next few weeks can be rough for us all. Time seems to get the better of us and training takes a back burner to parties and tree trimmings.

I know this past weekend I was a bit overwhelmed with all I needed to get done. The thought of pushing my long run off another week was tempting, but I made the choice to get up and get it done. This got my husband out the door  as well.

Taking that 1st step is always the hardest, but in the end it’s always well worth it.

Enjoy the holiday week, but don’t sell yourself short! Get out there and get your training done!

You’ll be so glad you did!

Run Happy, My Friends!