On Tuesday, I (Kathryn), shared a bit more about my cycling accident and how I began to deal with some changing expectations in the middle of a trail running vacation in Bend, Oregon. If you haven’t read that story, go here to get some context for today’s post.
It was not the day I had planned. I was on an amazing trail running vacation with Rogue Expeditions and despite a serious bike accident which resulted in 9 stitches in my knee less than two weeks earlier, I had been able to keep up a very active pace on our trip. Each day I had hiked instead of run and altered my routes to cut down the distance while still experiencing all of the ‘must see’ sites. I had gone from crutches to hiking over 15 miles in 10 days but the physical activity was catching up with my knee that was still on the mend. The previous day I had hiked over 8 miles on the Mckenzie River Trail, scampering down the side of a cliff to jump into 37-degree water and hobbled around town with my fellow adventurers. As a result, my knee was swollen and each step was slow and cautious. Read more “Dealing with Changing Expectations”
Earlier this week, Heather Reynolds posted on how triathlon changed the way she viewed her body. It's a story about how to learn to love your body for what it does rather than for how it looks. Breaking it down further, it's a story of of how exercise and training has so much more value than a simple task to burn calories.
We asked our community about the value training has brought to their lives. What we found were reasons ranging from competition, to seeking greater mental health and clarity. Check out some of their creative answers below!
I don’t know when, how, or why I became obsessed with being thin. I was actually a pretty skinny kid and had a healthy relationship with food growing up. But puberty hit me like a freight train at 14 and I went from being shaped like a cereal box to Jessica Rabbit. A pudgy, confused, very un-confident Jessica Rabbit. And we all know what high school is like, and how catty people can be, and I certainly heard plenty of negative comments.
So began my first diet, which ended up lasting about 15 years.The summer after my sophomore year I went about dieting like the overachiever that I was and I showed that scale who was boss! Within 9 months I had lost over 45 lbs, with my weight dipping below 100 lbs. I thought I looked AWESOME. It was the mid 90’s – thin was in!
We loved DustyScott’s story of breaking out of routine and getting uncomfortable. Some of us like routine and others shun it but we can all agree that routine makes us comfortable. It’s easier to do the same things we always do on a Tuesday instead of breaking out of that routine to try something new.
Sometimes the first step isn’t signing up for an epic event or finding a new adventure.
How do you kill a wolverine? Give it everything it wants. Put it in a large comfortable enclosure with a plush den, all the rodents and caribou steaks it wants, keep the temperature perfect, and wait. It might take a year or two, but it will die. Without the need to hunt, it will not hunt. Without the need to find shelter, it won’t worry about things like digging holes. Soon it will lose interest in those things, actually lose the ability to do those things, and then you’ll have yourself a nice throw rug/conversation piece that started when you posited a theory that life requires a challenge to thrive. Don’t kill a wolverine. They’re hard to catch (and even if you do catch one you will instantly regret it), and they really don’t deserve it.Read more “Dusty Scott – How to Kill a Wolverine”
Growing up, I was never particularly athletic. I never played team sports and I dreaded my school P.E. classes. I was always the slow kid or one of the last ones picked for the team. I felt like in a world of athletes, I just didn’t belong. That also mirrored much of the rest of my life. I grew up with a German mom in a small town in East Tennessee, where being different in a town full of people who’s grandparents had been best friends left me feeling like an outsider. I just wanted to be like everyone else so I hesitated to do things that I couldn’t master. Read more “Kathryn Taylor – My Grit and Dirt Story”
My grit and dirt story is about finding a way to channel my drive into significance. I’ve tried a number of endeavors and I’m still growing and learning along the way with God’s grace.
My mom passed down a love of reading at a very young age, and it led to a major advantage in school. I was able to read, write, and comprehend material fast, a ‘talent’ that would benefit me forever. I now say that if I have one true talent, it’s reading. In sport, I was sort of a jack of all trades, decent at a lot of things, but not great at anything. My dream as a kid was to be an olympic gymnast. The only obstacles being I was already too tall, too old, and possessed a near absolute lack of talent.Read more “Bethany Rutledge: My Grit and Dirt Story”
Have you ever felt stuck in an area of your life, whether it be a dead-end job, a dysfunctional relationship, or just lack of excitement and interest in what you’re currently doing? Have you ever wished for something exciting, a greater purpose, or just more energy for the good things you’re already doing?
All of us have felt stuck at some point, heck, at many points in our lives. And whether we chose to try to stifle that feeling or fill that void through eating too much, buying things we don’t need, or chasing quick thrills, we need a way to break out of our routine, to get ‘unstuck’.