She.is.beautiful’s Favorite Things!

Oprah just released her favorite things of the year, so we thought it was time we did too! Unlike Oraph’s favorite things, I have no discounts for you on any of these (I know, boo!) but most of them are $30 and under.

Paddy Wax Candles

The come in a variety of sizes of fragrance, sizes and styles but we are suckers for the mason jar look. The 3 oz. size is a great hostess gift ($10 each) and are favorite scent is the Sea Salt and Ocean Tide (but I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with any of their scents!)

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Oiselle’s Verra Bra

This scrappy and supportive sports bra fits like a glove, no chaffing, and the straps add a little extra flare to your razor back running top! Once you get one, you’ll probably want another.

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Cherryvale Farms Pumpkin Bread Mix

I love the concept of this local company, claiming “everything but the” main whole ingredient. Their moist and seasonal favorite Pumpkin Bread has everything but the canned Pumpkin, eggs and water. Perfect for the gal who wants the semi homemade experience:) I also love to through in walnuts or chocolate chip in this one. SO good and great to bring to holiday parties. They have a bunch of other varieties of mixes too!

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Stance Socks

Yep these are pretty hot right now in the running world. From low socks to compression socks, these stylish bright patterns just may be the motivation to get you out the door. Besides their super funky designs they have comfort to boot!

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Andalou’s CC Cream

This stuff is magic, all natural, and perfect for a gal going for a natural look. It’s moisturizing, color correcting (aka smoothing your complexion) is great for sensitive skin and has SPF 30. I’m seriously obsessed with it and wear it everyday- with or without mascara!

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Brooks Adrenaline Shoes

No this is not a sponsor post, I buy a lot of these each year. Running shoes are expensive but to make myself feel better I remind myself I wear them everyday– way more than a pair of boots or heels. Plus having running shoes that keep your legs and feet healthy is important! These are my favorite but you have to decide which shoes fit your body, feet and running goals best.

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Verve Coffee

It’s the simply the best. I’m a one cup a day kinda girl, so if I’m going to have one it might as well be the best. Full of flavor and the perfect boost. I go sleep excited to have this in the morning (true story!)

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Meyers Hand Soap

As someone who strives for simple living, most of my favorite things are items I use daily (keep the favorites and things you use often and toss or don’t buy the things that sit there for occasional use!) This soap is my favorite for a few reasons: it’s natural ingredients, delicious scent ( Basil? I know sounds weird but seriously it smells amazing!), and clean feeling. I’ve actually thrown a bow on here and given it as a hostess gift- it’s a crowd pleaser.  Most everyone uses soap!

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Classic Bolga from Blessing Basket

Talk about a feel good item. These sustainable baskets generate (fair trade) income from the actual weaver of each basket. When you get the order you can learn about who actually made it. These baskets are great for farmers market, grocery store, kids toys, or decor.

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Sparkly Soul Head Bands

Every once in a while, glitter makes my smile. I really love these running head bands and they seem to stay on my head while running. Function and fashion? I’m in.

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Everyday Tote by Street Level

Love love this simple tote (and it’s 50% off right now  normally $48 no $23 from Nordstrom). This two-toned bag is great for work, gym, errands, school, or kids. You pick.

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That’s all for today. As the holiday season craze begins, remember running is free and the best gift to yourself, ever. Get outside.

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Fall Recipes with WHOLE ingredients!

1. Pumpkin Pie Fudge

By Purely Twins

Yield: One 6-inch pie

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter that has been soften
  • 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender. Soften the coconut butter first before measuring out 1/2 cup. Blend until smooth and creamy. This works best of all ingredients are at room temperature.

2. Pour into a 6-inch cake pan.

3. Set in freezer or fridge for 3-5 hours, or until firm to the touch.

4. Remove and slice into your desired slices.

5. Enjoy!

2. The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Eat Your Greens Detox Soup

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

 Ingredients
1½ teaspoons (7 mL) coconut oil or olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups (750 mL) sliced cremini or white button mushrooms (about 8 ounces)
1 cup (250 mL) chopped carrots
2 cups (500 mL) chopped broccoli florets
Fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1½ to 3 teaspoons (7 to 15 mL) grated peeled fresh ginger
½ teaspoon (2 mL) ground turmeric 
2 teaspoons (10 mL) ground cumin 
⅛ teaspoon (0.5 mL) ground cinnamon 
5 cups (1.25 L) vegetable broth 
2 large nori seaweed sheets , cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) strips (optional)
2 cups (500 mL) torn kale leaves
Fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)

Method

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add the mushrooms, carrots and broccoli and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes more.

Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.

Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes.

Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and kale and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired.

3. Yummy Cozy Cashew Mylk
Author: Leanne Vogel
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
Prep time:  5 mins
Total time:  5 mins
Serves: 8
Perfectly creamy, velvety milk made from cashews. Perfect end-of-day drink when you’re on a juice cleanse.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 4 hours
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. To soak cashews: add to a glass container and cover with water. Cover the container and place in the fridge for 4 hours. Once complete, pour into a strainer and rinse well.
  2. Add all ingredients to the jug of your high-powered blender and blend for 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a glass container. Cover and chill for 4 hours.

4. Running on Veggies: Twice Baked Mexican Style loaded Sweet Potato

Recipe: preheat oven 375

  • 4-5 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped spinach or baby kale
  • 1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 4-5 heaping tablespoons of Better Bean Black Beans
  1. Line a tray with parchment, wrap each sweet potato in foil separately. Place each wrapped sweet potato on your tray lined with parchment. Cook until soft around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Keep in mind every sweet potato is different depending on the size you buy is how long it will cook. You just want to make sure that its soft thats when you know its ready. The ones I used were large potatoes.
  2. Take out of the oven and let the sweet potatoes cool completely. Unwrap the sweet potatoes and cut them in half. Scoop out the center very carefully, leaving the skin in tact. It is a good idea to leave some sweet potato inside so you avoid ripping the skin. Place sweet potato filling in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Into the mixing bowl add chopped spinach, almond milk (start with 1/2 cup see if it needs more), nutritional yeast, hot sauce, garlic powder and salt. Mix and mash together until smooth.
  4. Now place your emptied sweet potatoes  skins on a the tray lined with parchment. Fill each sweet potato with the filling, remembering to leave some room for the beans.
  5. Once each sweet potato is filled, add around 1 heaping tablespoon of Better Beans black beans to the center of the potato.
  6. When ready to serve, warm in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350
  7. Right before serving add the topping

Topping:

  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon
  • salt to tast
  1. In a small mixing bowl add diced avocado, tomatoes, lemon and salt. Mix together.
  2. Once sweet potatoes are warmed up and ready to serve, top with avocado mixture. Around 1 tablespoon per potato.
  1. Makes approximately 3 cups, or 6 servings (1/2 cup per serving)
  2. Will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

5. Roasted Acorn Squash

 Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Using a big hefty knife, cut the squash in half
  2. Scoop out the seeds and discard or save for later use
  3. Rub inside and out of squash with coconut oil
  4. Place face down on a metal baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 40 to 60 minutes
  6. Serve

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Her Journey Matters: Monica DeVreese

Name Monica DeVreese
Occupation Co-Owner of Santa Barbara Running with my hubby
When did running first become a regular part of your life? When I was a freshman in high school. I was a big soccer and basketball player and ran cross country to stay in shape. Who knew I could run long distances?! I went on to win the Oklahoma State Track meet in the mile my freshman and senior year. 
What was/is the biggest challenge in working out consistently? I am a mother of 2 little boys (ages 6 and 4), a wife and a business owner. For me it is all about juggling the family and work schedule. You never know what curveball life will throw you – a sick kid, kid’s soccer practice, getting the household chores complete, work deadlines and so on. There is always something that needs to get done or someone that needs my attention and it usually happens when I am about to head out the door for my run.
What keeps you going? I just love the sport of running. It is a part of who I am. I love instilling commitment to my children. They see their mom and dad going for their run everyday and participating in races and giving back to the local community through the sport. I love knowing that I am setting a positive example for my children and others in the community.
Road or the trail? After I had my second baby it’s mainly trail. My body responds better to running on the trails versus grinding it out on the road. Also, I find peace and beauty on the trails and it gives me such a rejuvenating feeling.
What does healthy look like to you? It’s about respecting the beautiful bodies we were given. It’s putting the right nutrients in our bodies to fuel our busy days. It’s not fat, it’s not skinny. It’s taking care of this machine and keeping it well fueled and keeping it running strong
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1k Club Challenge

1,000 miles- that’s right. We know that sometimes this whole winter thing can make us all want to stay inside with a warm cup of hot chocolate and our favorite movies. Yes, you should do that…it’s what makes winter so great. But hey, we’re not bears let’s not completely hibernate!

You know what makes hot chocolate taste better, movies even more relaxing, crazy family gatherings more fun, and feasts more delicious?! Knowing you’ve already crushed some miles, got some fresh air, and endorphins bubbling.

If it rains, break out the running rain gear or if you are walking bring an umbrella or hefty rain jacket. You just may be surprised how FUN it is. But prepare yourself for the cooler temperature, let’s set ourselves up for success. What’s not fun is running in too little clothing where you can’t feel your feet, nose or hands- so bundle up!

We want to see you in action, so keep us posted on your activity by tagging @runsheisbeautiful #SIB1kclub

By joining our 1k club you are committing to running, jogging, walking or a combo of all three, 1,000 miles by the end of 2016. You must sign up for the Challenge by December 20th, as the it begins January 1st 2016. You can sign up for the challenge when you register for our Santa Cruz event (registration opens Oct. 29th 2016 for our March 26th race date) or if you don’t live in the area or can’t make the race you can register on our shop site here.

To learn more about the details click here: http://www.runsheisbeautiful.com/1k-CLUB

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Pinterest might not approve

Running is one of my favorite outlets, but it’s great to have other hobbies too. You don’t have to be “good” at something for it to be a hobby of yours.

I’ve made a lot of crafts in my life that I ended up throwing away. I’ve finish projects that I realize I don’t really love how they turned out so I recycled it’s pieces. So when I told my husband I was off to the craft store, he mumbled something like “remember the last time you made something…waste of money…blah blah blah.” (He’s actually a supportive person, I promise! There was one time I decided I would take it upon myself to re-tile the bathroom floor and it turned out very….interesting. So in his defense, it always come back to the bathroom floor.)

But as I stood painting strips of wood in my sweatpants and barefeet, I smiled. I just spent 30 minutes 100% in the moment. It was relaxing, rejuvenating, and inspiring. It cleared stress and reinvigorated my body. Piece by piece, I was staining strips of wood (I realize it’s pretty hard to mess this up) without instruction or worry if I was doing it right. That’s the thing about me with crafts, for better or for worse I never follow instructions or do things the “right way”. There is very little research that goes into my crafts. For me it’s a space where there are no rules or restrictions. There’s also no expectations. Yes, I have a goal of what I am trying to make in mind, sometimes I make it there and it’s awesome. Other times, finish and I don’t love it or it’s a complete disater…but I’m totally ok with recycling it. You see what I’ve come to realize about my crafting, is that it’s a space where the outcome doesn’t matter. Nearly every time I set out to do some sort of craft, it nearly always inspires me in some way. And that’s what I take from it. If I get a fabulous scarf or blanket from the experience it’s just a bonus.

I think having a space for something like this in your life is a great way to remind yourself that it’s the lessons we learn along the journey, not necessarily the outcome. Life’s short, get messy!

Craft on and don’t let Pinterest intimidate you! Creation inspires creation…if nothing more, when you don’t put so much pressure on yourself about “being a creative person”, crafts are just a lot of fun.

Her journey matters: Meet Tina!

Name  Tina Coillot
Occupation Owner of Fleet Feet Sports Aptos & Fleet Feet Sports Monterey and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
When did running first become a regular part of your life? 2006 when I signed up for my first marathon training, CIM, with Fleet Feet Sacramento
What was/is the biggest challenge in working out consistently? Prioritizing MY health and wellness by making sure I get my run or workout scheduled proactively weekly. I build it in like any other business appointment. If I wait until I have time, it doesn’t happen.
What keeps you going? Accountability to myself and my running buddies. And coffee.
Road or the trail? Trail. Trail. Trail. Trail. Trail. Did I say Trail?
What does healthy look like to you? Healthy looks like me riding my bike while discussing marketing and cross promoting ideas with a local chiropractor. I schedule active business meetings as much as possible riding my bike, running or walking while conducting business and coordinating with others.
Along your own life journey, what’s one thing that you know for sure? I am strong, inside and out.
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Crushing on Sally

I’m not going to try to play it cool here. When you think someone is awesome you tell them. Even if they think you’re a little crazy, they will love it.

Most of us have many role models. Maybe some of them are the admirable people we get the chance to have around us on a daily or weekly basis. Other times they are people in the world doing epic shit or living in a way that inspires us, so naturally if possible we stalk them on social media ( let’s not pretend like you don’t, social media gives us this privilege).

For those of you who haven’t heard about the women’s active wear (focused on running) brand Oiselle [pronounced wa-sell], now you will. Their clothes range from supportive yet fashionable sports bras to the most legit running shorts I’ve hung on my hips. The brand is cool, relatable, functional, and full of ladies chasing a dream (which I’m almost always wanting to support). They started their brand maybe 6 or 7 years ago, right around the time I was dreaming up plans of She.is.beautiful race series. I felt connected to this small group of ladies I’d never met so I began to follow them. In particular, I was sparked by Sally Bergesen their CEO ( she’s my Carrie, but just like the crew on Sex in the City you may identify with one of the other awesome ladies among their squad).

At the time, their flock ( no really, their logo is a bird and Oiselle actually means a bird in french) was small in numbers but brought the heat with passion for the sport of running and women’s running in particular. To my knowledge, they started with reinvention of running shorts and grew from there. I was intrigued by Sally’s creativity, sass, and style. She boldly brought muscles and her threads to the runway at New York Fashion week, signed 2 of the most well-known/liked women runners in the field (as well as previous Nike athletes) Lauren Fleshmen and Kara Goucher, created community and blurred lines between the professional women runner and the recreational female runner, and continued to grow their line and team. What inspired her team in the design room, they would follow it up on the start lines. They were women runners creating women running clothes. They were showing up at races to support their team of both competitive and recreational runners. They weren’t just walking the talk, they were running it.

So when I saw that Sally was on a panel at a conference I was attending featuring many other epic women leaders (hello Brene Brown, let’s do coffee?!) I joked to my friends that I was going to make Sally run with me. As Day 1 of the conference wound down at 9:30pm, I jumped into my comfy king size bed. I scrolled through my emails and social media accounts and decided what the heck, I may never have this much proximity to big S, I’m going to tweet her (on the note of twitter our account is very sad and lonely, a poor representation of S.I.B but we promise to revive it in 2016). And so tweet I did and I soon after fell sleep with the perfect down comforter on top of me.

When I woke up the next morning I made myself coffee and then got back in bed with a book. It was 6:45am I was comfortable and enthralled so I pleaded with myself to push back my run until 7:15am so I could still make the 9:00am start of the conference. I put down my book and decided to scroll through my email to see if there was anything urgent.

OMG, she replied “It’s on.” IT’S ON…OMG I’m suppose to meet Sally in the lobby in 8 minutes. I fluttered around my hotel room both incredibly excited while also cursing at myself for not packing the Oiselle sports bra that I love. I honestly didn’t think she was going to reply. I bolted out of my hotel room and tossed my hair into a ponytail as I waited for the elevator. I was so excited I was actually shaking- true story. I was meeting one of my role models and I was completely unprepared. I’m a big believer that it’s what’s inside that matters but I’m not gonna lie, when I feel good in what I’m wearing my insides shine brighter.

As the elevator slowly descended floor by floor, I negotiated with myself,  “ok seriously I bet if I would have packed the perfect outfit, Sally probably wouldn’t have tweeted me back. Life’s not perfect, adjust girlfriend.”  Next self-doubt creeped in and I thought “Shoot I remember reading something about how Sally hates pink. Oh shit she’s going to think my race is lame…shoot, shoot, shoot….oh wait, who cares I love what I do and we both love running so it’s ok if we don’t agree on everything…” I talked myself back in the game.

I exited the elevator and sure enough there she was, my gal Sal. The next few minutes are a blur I have no idea what I said but before I knew it we were running…

There are a few reasons why I have to tell this story:

1. Sometimes life throws us little reminders that we are on the right path and it’s beautiful 2. Always be brave enough to ask, if you don’t you may miss out on a great opportunity       3. Maybe you’re someone’s role model and you don’t even know it. Don’t give up your dream, they are watching you, cheering, and believing in you.

Thanks Sally for making bold moves and encouraging others to dream!

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Your Journey Matters

In an age where we are bombarded with social media and reality tv, we are inundated with images of other people’s lives. What they eat, who they’re with, where they vacationed. Don’t get me wrong, there’s something beautiful about sharing our experience, some of which reveal images we may never be exposed to like third world countries or foreign communities we may see if social media wasn’t around (I will also say, I genuinely love being an observer of my friends images…yes, even the baby, running, and coffee at the beach pictures).

But what we must hold onto is the journey of our own. Our behind the scenes, our stumbling, our frustrations, our stories of where we’ve been and where we are going, these are part of what makes us into the people we are today. Our stories make us unique and allow us to offer our own perspective to the world.

Unlike Instagram, our real life isn’t full of the perfect filters. The moments are full of courage and vulnerability, tears and frustrations, challenges and questioning, laughter and joy, successes and pride, failures and new beginnings, wonder and dreams. It’s all part of the ride to where you want to go.

Sometimes our path is clear and we can see the journey ahead. Many times it’s kinda blurry. Like you can see it but it’s foggy and feels very far away. Sometimes it feels like a dead-end that we’re trying to push through but it keeps telling us to turn around.

We all have reasons why we keep going. We all look for inspirations and motivations to reinvigorate our goals. You’re not alone.

Your journey matters.

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The Believe Journal…we believe it! Q & A with co-founder Róisín McGettigan-Dumas

Sharing your story and asking others about their’s is something we believe is a great way to get inspired. If you’re like us, there’s few things we love more then chatting with ladies who have created a life they love. We are honored to speak with Róisín McGettigan-Dumas, runner (Olympian!), mother, and co-founder of the Believe Journal. She.is.beautiful is excited to partner with this inspiring training tool for 2016. We look forward to sharing this journal with you and how it can be used as a resource in your training. Besides a place to hold you accountable to your goals and training, this journal shares tips for beginners, workouts, inspiring quotes, and many essays that leave you excited to leap out the door for your run.

Recently we spoke with Róisín to learn more about her journey and how and what led her create such an incredible tool for all levels of athletes.

She.is.beautiful: Who is Róisín McGettigan-Dumas?

Róisín: Basically I’m a runner + psychology geek 🙂 I’m an irish Olympian (steeplechase finalist in Beijing 2008) and European bronze medallist, and have lived in Providence RI since I attended college at PC. I have a masters in counseling and I’m a certified sports psychology consultant. I’ve two little girls (4 + 1.5 yrs)
SIB: What inspired you to start running?
R: I was an active kid and loved all sports. I guess I was one of the fastest in my neighborhood, so I joined a little running club as a kid. I fell in love with running in the beautiful places we would go to run in Wicklow Ireland. We had beaches, sand dunes, trails and fields. Then as a pre-teen I was inspired by watching Irish female athletes winning races on tv. Ireland is a small nation, so when someone wins a European or World Championship, the whole country tunes in and supports them. Those irish athletes ignited something inside of me and I know then I wanted ready to run in the Olympics… Only about 15 years later, I achieved that dream. I don’t race competitively any more but I’m still inspired by great athletes and still love to run.

 SIB: How has being a runner shaped you as a person?

R: As a kid I was labelled “the runner” which I made me uncomfortable because I wanted people to see me beyond my running ability. Thankfully I had great friends who did that. Nowadays I don’t mind the label, as I’m more than happy to profess my love of running and it’s benefits to anyone who’ll listen 🙂 Running is a lens through which I experience the world and I always seem to circle everything back to “thats just like with running.”. Running although it’s has a rap as a solitary activity- I find the opposite it true, running connects me to my body and my physical energy. It connects me with my friends, my local community and the global running community. It connects me with my natural environment no matter where I am, hail, rain or shine, every day. One of the most exciting boons I experience from running is it allows me to tap into wellsprings of creativity and inspiration. I honestly don’t think I’d be the same person without running.
I love discovering the research that backs up all the benefits I’ve experienced personally from running running- it boost people’s biological, psychological, emotional, social, neurologic health and well beging.. And competing really develops character as it forces people to dig deep, ward off negativity, develop resilience and reach new levels of ability and fitness. As they say, if you could put the benefits of vigorous exercise (ie. running) into a pill form, it would be the world’s best selling wonder drug.

 SIB: What is your proudest accomplishments (one in running, and one in life)?

R: In running, my proudest accomplishment was learning to overcome the doubts and self-sabotage that had of affected my performances in important races. The feeling of self-mastering is so gratifying and empowering. I’ve learned that true success is not about extrinsic and external rewards and honors, but that sweet delicious life affirming satisfaction you gain from progress and reaching new levels of ability and skill (no matter what level you are at). Once I learned to fixate on the process and incremental progress and flip the fear of the big stage, I ended up having my best performances ie. make world and Olympic finals and win a medal at European championships.
In life, there’s no doubt that becoming a mother has been the most profound and beautiful experiences of my life and I’m grateful for my two daughters every single day.. They help me keep things in perspective, all the while their presence motivates me more than ever to not squander my time, talent, and creativity to fear and self-doubt.

 SIB: If you could go for a run with anyone on the planet dead or alive, who would it be?
R: I love running with my good friend Mary Cullen (Irish record holder + european medallist), I’m not sure if it’s the banter, Mary’s stride, or her ceaseless energy and irrepressible passion for running, but when she’s around and we meet for a run I just want to run and run and never stop.
I’ve retired from competitive running, but I still get to live vicariously through and enjoy runs (easy for them, not easy for me) with the elite group of my sistersinsport that live in Providence- Olympians Molly Huddle and Kim Smith to name just a few.

SIB: What inspired you to create this Believe journal and how did the concept evolve?

R: 5 years ago, Lauren Fleshman and her husband Jesse spent some time in my hometown of Wicklow Ireland around my wedding. We had a great time hanging out. Afterwards Lauren contacted my husband Myles (graphic designer) and I about an idea she had for some tshirts. We joined forces and between the two of us we wanted to teach people about sports psychology so created these intricate floral designs with hidden mantras. I was just back from the most awe-inspiring trip to tropical Costa Rica and was going through a “flower period” 🙂 Both lauren and I illustrated about 12 designs in total and I thought, wow, it would be cool to make our own training journal as a training journal was something I had began using as a teenager and continued to use as professional runner. It was the one running item beside my running shoes that I could not live without. So we got to work and self-published The Believe I Am Training Journal. We sold out of the first 1000 copy in a couple of weeks. And next 2,000 in a couple of months. That’s when I decided to pitch the training journal to our now current publisher Velopress. Luckily, they loved what we had created, and wanted us to be fully involved in the the next rendition – they wanted it to be more sporty and include some essays, i.e. less flowers. With our education background and experiences, it wasn’t hard for us to find the content to include in the monthly essays-. what was hard was how to distill all the essential information down into a couple of pages per topic.

SIB: Why did you choose the name “Believe”?
R: Lauren and I both felt that when we performed our best, we weren’t just physically prepared, but most importantly we were mentally prepared too. Everyone knows about the physical training piece, but we felt there was a dearth of information sharing about how to mentally and emotionally prepare for performances. It was as if only the world best athletes were privy to this information, and we wanted to share the “secrets” that even top athletes have doubts, negative thinking and fears. That’s why we chose Believe, because we know how powerful our beliefs can be. Belief isn’t necessarily something you are born with (although some people certainly seem to be), but it is practiced and earned. And most importantly what you believe affects your behavior, and ultimately your destiny. We encourage people to be more mindful of their thoughts and beliefs, so they don’t defeat themselves before they even start the journey towards their goals.
 
SIB: What is your favorite part of the Believe journal?
R: I put as much thought and energy as I could into every inch of that journal. I’m really proud of how it turned out and I really enjoy using it (am I allowed to say that about something I co-created ?) I feel it’s really 1/2 journal, 1/2 workbook. I like all the goal setting and prompt questions that force you to think through things and reflect and put an answer in the box/ spaces. Developing self-awareness can really empower you to change things that aren’t working and set yourself up to thrive.

SIB: Why do you feel this journal is such a great tool for all levels of runners from beginners to competitive runners?
R: There are so many benefits of journaling- writing down what you did in a day actually gives you a little boost of feel good hormones which spurs motivation to do the activity again. Which of course is the hard part for beginners, how to keep going when the novelly wears off .By writing down the training and starting to see improvements, it will really encourage newbies to keep going and hopefully catch the running bug for life!
For competitive runners if they keep a journal for a chunk of time they’ll soon begin to see patterns- times and conditions that lead to improvements, fluctuations in energy levels due to life events and body cycles, and they’ll learn what’s too much training (and what’s too little). By reflecting on good and bad performances an athlete can learn what factors help them succeed and which ones don’t. This gives the competitive athlete a blueprint so they can replicate successes and avoid mistakes, and it empowers them to make helpful decisions in the future.

SIB: What is your greatest running advice for recreational runners?
R: Find a running group that you can meet up with at least once per week. Try to use the group to help you push a little harder by doing some intervals or speedwork and finish up with core work and stretching, the stuff you want to skip when you’re alone. Having those couple of days set into your weekly routine makes it so much easier to fill in the rest of the week with runs that you use to check in with your body and fit in when you can. If you can’t find a group, start your own (I did, RunwithRo.com)

 R: What is your greatest life advice for women?
Quit the negative self talk and the guilt. Every woman I know seems to feel guilty about something- guilty for working, guilty for not working, guilty for exercising, guilty for not exercising, guilty for not spending time with family, guilty for not enough time for your passions, and on and on. We all do it, but it’s time we stop and let ourselves off the hook, and embrace our shortcomings and realize we are enough as we are, and know that our best effort is good enough.

Thanks Ro, for the inspiration and for all you do for gals on the run! The Believe Journal will be available through She.is.beautiful registration starting Oct. 29th!
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