Live at Full Power

Last January, I was asked to submit my “word for the year” on an application for a coaching program.

One word. For the whole, entire 365 days.

I was super-excited about the program and wanted to pick the perfect word but before I could think it through, “power” popped into my mind. 

Wrong! 

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Susan DonnellyDo Big Things
Are You Waiting for Permission?

Today, I have a story for you about finding the courage to do the big things that really matter to you.

Twenty years ago, my running was nothing more than a tame hobby.

I ran a few road races, mostly local and regional stuff. No adventurous trails, no ultra distances, and none of the world travel I’d craved since I was a kid. All very average.

I spent more hours and dollars than I ever want to count at the mall shopping for stuff you were supposed to want - clothes and things...and more clothes and things. 

Then I found ultras.

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Susan Donnelly
You Run So Many Races - What About Balance?

It’s been a busy few months!

August. Running Bigfoot 200 in Washington

September.  Running Superior Sawtooth 100 in Minnesota. Working a week in Minnesota on good stuff for my clients (you!). 

October. Speaking at the Be Golden conference in Indiana. Running Moab 240 in Utah. Running Wild Duluth 100k in Minnesota. Running Javelina 100 in Arizona. Spending a week with my parents. 

Around all these events, the time each took, and the driving and flying it took to get to them all (the 200-mile races took 1-2 weeks each), I spent as much time on the other parts of my life as I could. Couple time. Cooking. Cleaning. Unpacking. Repacking. Running. Working out. Working full days and off weekends at my day job.

“So what about balance?” you ask.

Around all these events, the time each took, and the driving and flying it took to get to them all (the 200-mile races took 1-2 weeks each), I spent as much time on the other parts of my life as I could. Couple time. Cooking. Cleaning. Unpacking. Repacking. Running. Working out. Working full days and off weekends at my day job.

“So what about balance?” you ask.

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Susan DonnellyBalance