Overwhelmed?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?

Looked at everything you need to do in the next 24 hours and felt like giving up?

Then this might sound familiar.

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Susan Donnelly
Ignore The Noise

This past Saturday, I had run all the previous day and night and was into the second day of my 18th Superior 100-mile race.

I came into it with a pulled hamstring and a fraction of my usual training, but after struggling through the first 20 miles, things had smoothed out and were going well.

I reached Mile 86 on the bridge high over the dramatically crashing Temperance River and stopped for a moment to try for the umpteenth time to shoot a photo that would do it justice. 

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My Dad, Fort Knox, and Your Future

In the early 1970s, my father headed the Metals and Ceramics Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

During this time, NASA presented his division with a request - come up with a material that could be used as protective cladding for plutonium oxide needed to fuel the Voyageur and Pioneer spacecrafts that were going to be built to explore the solar system. 

And then, even though this was a research facility, manufacture all the material NASA needed - with no defects.

It looked impossible.

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Susan DonnellyInspiration
"You're So Selfish!"

“You’re so selfish!”

Few words put such a damper on your running or provoke as much guilt and anger.

Here’s this thing you love - running. Something that enriches you and your life. Something that makes you a better person.

Yet someone you probably care about tells you that choosing it over what they want you to do is selfish. 

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Susan DonnellyPriorities
What Now???

That big race you focused on for soooo long is over - and you finished! 

But the congratulations have died down and things are kind of…quiet.

“Now what??” you wonder.

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Susan DonnellyGoal
When You Fail (Goal Series #4)

One of the toughest parts of pursing a big goal?

You’ll fail somewhere along the way.

At the start of Zumbro 100 this year, the race director told the assembled crowd I’d be going for my historic 10th finish. I’d finished every one. All eyes looked my way. I raised my arm and everyone clapped.

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Is Your Goal Unrealistic? (Goal Series #3)

What if your goal is more than too big - it’s impossible? 

We can all manage bravado for a gloriously big, “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars” type goal, but an unrealistic one? 

I mean, if I wanted to become a ballerina with the New York City Ballet, what would you say?

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Susan DonnellyGoals