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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First of all…

… Thanks!

What an awesome group of people, that share and motivate and inspire like you do! If you haven’t read the comments from the last posting about my Mojo gone missing, then you are doing yourself a disservice. I thank all of you who commented and I am going to highlight one of the comments, as I think everyone should read this advice.

Barefoot Angie Bee writes:

In my opinion running should help and not hinder. Use it as a tool to escape. To burn off that stress from work or that extra helping of a meal.
It takes the edge off and lets you just be for a while.
In order to do that you have to let go of any expectations you might have put on yourself about running. It shouldn't be a source of stress and if it has become that its time to fall in love with it again.

It is freaky how ‘in my head’ she is. She continues:

So what, you missed a long run. You made the schedule, you can change it or do whatever you want.
you may just need a break for a while. You may need to change your perspective.
That book Josh suggested sounds good. I think I will check it out too.

Right. Yes! I am choosing this. why should I feel so guilty about something I myself have created, and have the wisdom and ability to alter for life changes too! Angie then goes on share her struggles and what her plan is to stay positive:

I am coming to a crossroads. I am getting a bunch of work and I need to take advantage of it when it comes around. It is interfering with my marathon training. I am coming to the realization that its just a race and if I have to work instead then thats ok. I can run a marathon. Maybe it wont be an actual race but I know I can do it and thats what matters.
I like having goals and they do help with motivation but sometimes goals need to change because life is not static. Go with the flow :)
Move gently and lightly through life just like you would run.
I wish you all the best and you will find your mojo again. Probably right when you stop looking for it. Kind of like lost keys, It will show up :)

What an awesome lady. If you don’t know her, you should definitely go have a read. What’s really cool, is you can see and hear her too! She did a segment called “Your AHA moment”. She is as personable and passionate in Real Life as she is here on the blogosphere!

Second of all. I feel like a petty whiny jerk after all this. I follow a blogger called Ironman 101. James is an incredible individual that has written (in his last couple posts) of an unimaginable family tragedy that happened exactly 5 years ago. James, you are a rock, you are a mountain of a man, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It shows that you can’t say “I Love You” enough to the people around us that mean so much. I was a blubbering sobbing mess after reading this story. Don’t read this at work, they will send you home on sick leave.

So, thanks again for everyone. I am inspired! I have a 7k easy on the docket tonight, and I guarantee it will be a good one!

How about these pictures for a pick me up, hey?

woo! yur a biggen…


I am speed! Float like a puggerfly,


Look at me leapin!


Ps. There are a couple of awesome quotes that were, well.. quoted, and one that reminded me of one I came up with myself when we were waiting for the birth of our only son.

Don’t always be wishing for the future, because when that future arrives, there is always another future to wish for. You’ll then be longing for the past you missed.  Neil Z.

Kinda poignant when we train so hard for a fall race, and then wonder where summer went. Look around while you run! take it in!


  1. Thanks man. I think your mojo is coming back and it's showed up at your heart first!

    Move to Toronto. We still have about a month of summer left. :)

  2. Awesome post! Glad you got your mojo back! Training is hard at times, but the rewards are definitely worth it! I have a similar quote: "Enjoy today, don't wish it away!" Hard to believe summer is almost over, it went by way too fast!

  3. You are too sweet to post my comment like that :) I am so very glad I could help you. I meant every word and I am trying to live what I say too.

    Good for you for being flexible. Its ok to be whiney sometimes. Its not really whiney but more venting and thats what friends do. They vent and they listen. Its all good and I love your dogs!!!

    I think that we need a dog. I might be able to convince our landlord to let us get one. My four boys really need a dog :)

    That quote is so true. I was thinking that today that I have been thinking so much about my fall races that probably wont happen anyways that I missed so much of this summer. I won't make that mistake again next summer! Fall is here finally and I am loving it! My favorite time of year :)

  4. I am humbled and in awe of human strength of heart and character after reading James's posts.

    I am at a loss for words that would express what I feel and the enormity of what he has endured.

  5. So glad you're feeling better Neil.

    Thanks for sharing James' powerful.