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Visions, Validations, and Victories.

Visions, Validations, and Victories.

Sure. Running is a HUGE part of my life. But it’s not the only aspect of my life. Believe it our not, I want other things in my life too.

When my head hits the pillow at night, it fills of the things I have to do. When i close my eyes, I begin to escape the day. And at THAT moment, BEFORE my conscious mind closes and i reach the optimal REM sleep…THAT is the moment when visions are conceived. Creating them, the concept, the idea, the travel plan, the family moment is easy, capturing them and holding onto them with the promise of not letting it slip away from me…?? well, that’s the hard part.

How do you remind yourself of the things that are important to you? How do you keep your vision forefront? How do you allow yourself the time, the focus, the dedication to validate your visions? How do you turn them into victories? In a world where negative forces will tweek their way into your life every day…every…day. How do you “live”the life you want?.

This year, i’ve joined the world of hokie-ness and day dreamers. I’ve created a vision board. Its not fancy. Its not pretty. It’s just a little bit of me, on a burlap board. I am going to live 2014 in a belief that if i can vision it, it will be true. I will hang reminders, and mantras, and tokens of things i seek, i wish, i love. A year long arts and craft project about  me.

ImageTo this day, i have four items. Jillian Michaels, Mt Rushmore, a promise of a new goal, and a mantra for life. At the center of my board hangs a lace heart i pulled off a christmas card from my husband. It’s a symbol, that at the center of all things your heart must be in it. Every item on my board, validates my vision. For example, the JM photo is not there because of her fitness. It is for her clear mind, her acceptance of her past, and her strength. Sure, i would love to wake tomorrow and look like her, but hey, its vision board not a magic wand!

The other day, i stood with my daughter admiring my board. Pondering the items i placed in its care. She asked me to construct a board for her. A place where she could have goals and dreams. WOW. Validation! She believes in my board! (Nothing is cooler in this world then when your 8 year old “gets” you. “Gets” you on a level you didn’t expect. This one…she “gets” me.)

My girl, she is funny. I want to go to South Dakota, she wants a playdate to bake cookies. Truly her visions are on her level, not mine, so Imagewe produced a vision board more adapted to her. One that could celebrate victories weekly. One that she could see daily how her actions could produce her reward. Simple. Reward chart.

We selected several categories. Tasks she needed to do to insure her victory. Some were hard, she was going to work for it. (making her bed, cleaning her playroom), but the others were mostly about her. Taking time for herself..and being rewarded for it. Validation of who you are! Validation of who you want to be! (sing, play her songs, read a book, and write in her journal) She is doing very well with her board, and at the end of the week, VICTORY! She is allowed the activity she chose for the week. She is setting precedent now, for her future. She is learning to “live” the life she wants and how to get it. I love her.

As the ice cold winter in New Jersey slowly begins its defrost. As spring running races are coming closer and promises of new experiences, better race times are on my mind. I am excited months that lie ahead. Vision. Validate. Victory.

I am kicking off my first half marathon of 2014 this weekend in New York! The Central Park Half Marathon is put on by NYCRuns and promises to be a chilly but fun event. I have 18 club members joining me in celebration of one of my marathon partners, Kelley’s Birthday. Due to all the ice, alot of our group have not seen each other in a while. Everyone has taken to treadmill running, the gym, and just running at any moment when the thermometer hits over 30 degrees. (not often) so, we are  feeling like this will be a “fun” run, not a PR run. (and NOT what we visioned when we all registered! hahaha!)

Im ok with that. I mean really, I love these girls. I would rather spend the 13.1 miles chatting it up then chasing them down anyway!


Kelley and I. Marine Corps Marathon 10/27/13

So Happy Birthday Kelley! This one is for you babes.

“Run Like It’s Your Birthday”

Run Jersey Strong,



First Snowy Run 2014 (and a Yaktrax review)

I have to admit. I am a running gear geek. We had a little flurry a few weeks ago and as the weather man was Imagereporting a season of wintry storms and accumulations of snow, I was already on searching winter running treads. Really, who else can you trust for outdoor gear than the folks at REI? They carry it all, and they have an awesome return policy.

Unfortunately, I was not the only one with this idea and the Yaktrax Run was sold out, and on back order! I read the guide on the Yaktrax Walk and decided this would be my best option, if i wanted to run outside anytime soon. So, i purchased them for $19.95 plus free shipping (and don’t forget the awesome return policy) My thoughts were, if they didn’t work i would return them. No biggy!

January 3- First official snowstorm 2014! woot woot! 16 degrees. I couldn’t get out for a run until 5pm. The roads were plowed but sketchy. Icy in some spots, packed snow in others, and occasionally a dry spot. I decided to wear my Brooks Pure Flow 2. I met my 2 runner girlfriends, strapped on the Yaktrax and we hit the pavement. Only i didnt hit the pavement at all. I was able to gain really good traction on the roads surface. I was able to hit the snow covered parts of the road and allow my friends to take the dry part. (since they don’t have Yaktrax…yet.) We took on a 5 mile run, our regular route, so we are pretty familiar with which roads collect more water. Although it didn’t stop me from slamming into a freezing cold puddle. OY! BRRRRRRR! I didn’t mean the time my brain figured out where my body was going there was no chance to stop it. No worries. It was near the end of the run.

Once in a while, the Yaktrax did fill with slush between coils. It may have actually helped with traction. Either way, it didn’t hurt my run, every once in a while i tapped it out by


Newton Gravity (L) Brooks Pure Flow 2 (R) They fit better in the Brooks sole.

dragging on the pavement. I was concerned that the Walk version did not have the extra strap that the Run version had and was worried they would pop off. We ran about an 11 minute pace and they never budged! The straps fit into the groove of my Brooks Pure Flow sole nicely.

January 4- day 2 of our storm. 32 degrees. I decided to switch out shoes today and put the Yaktrax on my Newton Gravity’s. As soon as i put them on the fit was off. They didn’t sit as nicely to the sole. I felt like the coils moved around. The pavement now was dry mostly, or was thick with slush. The coils felt really awkward on pavement, so i kept running through the snowy slush, and this was making my feet wet. I decided it was best to head home and take them off.

Overall, I am completely thrilled with my Yaktrax purchase. They allowed me to go out and run with confidence that i would have safe footing. They didn’t slide, they were easy to put on and take off. I don’t need the Run version because these stayed on securely. I am looking forward to many more runs in them. They are now a staple accessory in my winter running vault.

(With that said, another favorite item….Bondi Bands hat with pony holder. Super stinking cute! Makes me feel “girly”, even when i’m bundled in layers!)


Bondi Band hat with pony tail ❤ super girly cute!

Don’t let the snow stop you. Grab some Yaktrax. Get out there. I witnessed a beautiful snowy sunset tonight. Jersey style. That’s why we live here, right?

Run Jersey Strong,

Cindy xoxo


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