The One Thing to Do When You Want to Chase a Dream

What do I think about in those long, lonely stretches of a 100-mile race?

Sometimes a question like, “Where do our dreams and passions come from?” 

Because when I think about it, mine passion’s pretty weird and everyone’s is a bit unique. One person dreams of playing guitar and another person lives for water polo.

These things seem to pick us, not the other way around, so after miles of pondering, I’ve decided that:

Our dreams and passions are gifts meant specifically for each of us. 

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Susan Donnelly
Why is an Ultrarunner Life Coaching?

For as long as I can remember I’ve felt I have a purpose on this planet that will make the world a better place.

I didn’t know what it was but I searched for it. While I was looking, I defaulted to living a “normal” life. 

“When I find my purpose,” I thought, “I’ll start living my real life.” 

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Nine Questions to See Your Year a New Way

Hey, stop for a moment.

I know - busy, things to do - but this is short and I don’t want you to miss the moment.

Before the year slips away, time speeds on and you wonder where it all went, join me for a few questions. 

Grab and pen and paper for your answers if they’re handy.

Here goes:

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Susan Donnelly
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