Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bonding

Imagine being in a van with 5 people, driving and running for 30 hours without showers and any really food to speak of other than bars, water, bananas and other random bits of sustainable energy. Fueled by the anticipation of crossing a finish line together as a family, as a bonding unit, unified by the same passion. Imagine not sleeping for those 30 hours because you're afraid to miss any single second of anything going on in such a tight space.

Hood To Coast has come and gone and I'm saddened that it had to end. But at the same time, I'm blessed to have experienced Hood To Coast with some people that I've become increasingly close to. I couldn't have asked for a better time. These friends, loved ones, people I now consider family and would do anything for endured the same things I did and we all came together, overcoming the lack of sleep and hunger that came from sitting in a van for as long as we did.
I don't know what else to really say, but I am so thankful for everything that came from Hood To Coast. I miss my friends. I love them so much, and I never wanted that feeling, that experience to end. If any of you read this, thank you so much for being apart of that with me. I love every single one of you.




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Living

I want to share this interaction I had with a customer the other day.

Started out talking about the differences between homogenization and pasteurization in milk. Now keep in mind, I may be vegan, but I've educated myself on the dairy industry for well over 17 years. I am not going to get into the details here about those differences, but I answered the customer and flooded her with non biased information. I'm not one to preach or express my views to those who aren't interested. She asked me which was better and I sort of laughed saying "well, I'm vegan and I'll tell you it isn't, but anyone who's focused on clean eating will agree that the less processed, the better."

I wanted to delve further into her training behind her question and started asking questions. "Excuse me if I'm overstepping my boundaries, but I have to ask what your reasoning is behind your choice with milk and such?" Her answer was quite interesting, "I'm always tired." The conversation opened up from her and together we started exploring different avenues on how she could gain energy in her every day life.

Prying, I learned that she's not the best consumer of quality whole foods. There's step one right there. I've said it before and I'll say this over and over, you fill your body with crappy, processed food, you're not going to fuel properly in every day life. You'll trend to feel sluggish and lack energy, even motivation to do much. I was quick to point out that I'm not a dietician and that my information is based from what works for me and from research I've done so that I can perform at my peak levels.

Continuing the conversation, I sensed fear, I could see it in her eyes. There appeared to be tears swelling in her eyes and I said, "it's scary to make a life alerting change, I've been there. Start small, one step at a time. Educate yourself on WHY whole foods are necessary."

Anyone who has made the decision to will  change will understand how scary it is. Not only do you change the way you eat, but you're also changing the way you think, the way you see, act and feel. Then you have to deal with all the ridicule and people giving their opinions to you, cracking jokes. Hell, I've lost friends and loved ones over deciding my health both mentally and physically was important. Trust me, I know how scary it is to make that change.

She was seriously almost in tears from both fear and relief. Being able to relate to someone or even talk to someone about her desire to change was a huge milestone in her self discovery and I believe helped propel her onward, motivating and inspiring her to change. It's a journey that will have many ups and downs, but knowing you're not alone makes it so much easier and doable.

I gave her some names and books that I thought would help her and told her she can always come talk to me if she needed to.

I share this story because I'm still amazed by how many lives are able to be changed by a simple conversation. A simple question answered, but a gut feeling that there was something deeper in that conversation. All of this over a gallon of milk. Still in awe.

I love what I do and I love that I'm and to talk to people on a daily basis about just everything. I get to learn, inspire, motivate, educate, encourage not only these people, but myself as well. I thank god every day for this gift of life.

Let's get out and inspire.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Just Run For A Change

I hear excuses like "it's to hot" or "to early" or "I could never do that." And what happens with me and the way I think, I wake up slow and say "fuck it, I'm going for a run. Where am I going today?" And it's been a while since I've just gone on a run without focusing on my time, my distance and so on. The joy of the run kind of started to fade away. So today, when I woke up, I found that love again. It was fitting that I wanted coffee and well I could either go to the corporate shop down the road or to any favorite local shop Cartel. My car keys are right there, but so are my shoes. Here's the battle. Either take the easy road and come up with excuses or just do it. Suck it up and just do it. My buddy Erick says during our runs together "embrace the suck." Today was no different. Yes, it's Arizona, it's hot humid amongst other things. But there was no way I would neglect or derby myself the chance to run this morning. So I grabbed my bottles, filled them with cold water, took a couple salt tabs, hat, sub glasses, long sleeve and ran. I just went. I knew the route I was going to take, but time, distance didn't matter. Legs wanted to cramp, knee felt like crap, but there was no excuses and Goonies never say die. I trucked on, made it 5.7 miles to cartel at an easy pace, just enjoying everything there is about the run. This is the first time in a long time that I am feeling bliss, pure nirvana. I was thinking about everything and anything. The people that I care about were constantly in my thoughts as I ran, making me smile and feel seriously blessed to have all of them in my life. And I'm only half way done with my run, but I'm going to enjoy this mug of coffee before I go. This is why I run because I love my life.

Sorry for the lack of paragraphs and possible random sentences. That's just the way my brain works.