Can you believe that today is the last Friday in August? For today’s Friday Five link up, I’m talking about my 5 August positives.
For the better part of the year, I have been reading about and trying out ways to have a more positive mindset. This year, I dove into the ultramarathon world and what I’ve discovered is that this type of running is way more mental than the marathon world. Staying present and motivated for four, five, six plus hours requires mental strength that I didn’t necessarily need as much for the marathon.
One of the biggest things that has helped me is developing a positive mindset and positive approach to my training. I GET to spend 5 hours in the woods today. I GET to climb 1300 feet on the treadmill. I GET to see what my body is capable of today. My mantra has become “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
That mindset is spilling over into my non-running life as well. I’ve started to notice and appreciate all the positives in my life; as someone who lives with an eating disorder and depression this is a big, POSITIVE, shift. It’s been a fun change of perspective. I’m not sure if I had just been too depressed and wrapped in my head to notice these things before, or if being positive breeds more positivity. While there were a lot of great things that happened this month, I’m only listing 5 big ones below.
5 August Positives
1. I had my first sponsored recipe
Earlier this month I worked with Karma Nuts to create a recipe that included their cashews. I made Lemon Coconut Energy Bites to bring on my trail runs and loved the burst of citrus during the workout. The recipe went over really well too!
I held a contest in conjunction with the recipe (contest is STILL running! Ends 9/1, so you can still participate!) If you make the Lemon Coconut Energy Bites, take a picture of it, post it to social media and tag @rabbitfoodruns, you will enter for a chance to win some free nuts! Good luck, the submissions I’ve already received look delicious!
2. “I’m so happy you have vegan options!”
These last few weeks of August, I’ve been leading professional development sessions for teachers. I provide a catered lunch, and naturally made sure to provide vegan options. This past Monday, a teacher could not stop thanking me for the food. She was so grateful because she normally (like me) would always have to bring her own lunch or have to buy something separately because the organizers never took into consideration plant-based participants. She was beyond excited to be able to partake in lunch
PSA: If you are ever in charge of catering lunch, have a vegan option. We will be ecstatic and think it’s the best event ever
3. I got to see Moose… TWICE
One of my dear friends from freshman year of college visited Chicago earlier this month and we were able to grab drinks and catch up. And THEN I got to see him AGAIN when I went to Wisconsin to run an ungodly amount of miles. He was nice enough to meet me for brunch afterwards even though I was all smelly. While we didn’t get a picture together (next time!), I did get a rare picture of the beer I enjoyed. Side of soda water, of course.
4. Old friends got married
I had a wonderful time celebrating Brandon and Dipa’s wedding. I had never been to an Indian wedding before, and I loved seeing the traditions. The food was also incredible. I’m really happy I was able to attend and celebrate their special day, especially because I also got to see some old high school friends.
5. One of my athletes got a PR
I’ve been coaching other runners since March and earlier this month, one of my athletes ran a half marathon PR! I was beyond excited, especially because it was a hot, humid, hilly course.
Positivity goes a long way. Acknowledging the positives in life, no matter how big or small, just makes everything better. While I only listed five, there were plenty more moments of positivity through the month of August. I challenge you to be on the look out for the happy moments in your life for the month of September.
What were your August positives? Do you have a favorite quote on positivity or perspective?