Motivation Monday Vol. 2.5

Monday, February 23, 2015

Spring is coming.

Spring is coming.

Spring is coming.

It's only 24 days away.

We can do it.

It's really not that cold out. My face didn't freeze like that on Saturday during my run. Sunday was gorgeous...just 24 more days like that and spring is here.

Spring is coming.

Dear lord, hurry up spring....I can't handle this frigid weather anymore! The only motivation I have for you is to keep moving, however my picture proves that even if you ARE moving, you're still going to freeze. Stay warm friends!

Ash Wednesday Fail

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Piccirilli – a true Italian-Catholic last name.

Not for us.

In our family, we’re far from Catholic. My father grew up going to Catholic school and church, however you would never guess it with the potty mouth he has and how his moral compass is set anything but North. I grew up going to church in the United Church of Christ denomination until I was about 12 years old until soccer tournaments were taking priority over weekends and church had to sit on the back burner. I was baptized but to this day I never received confirmation.

So with that quick little religious background on myself, I ended up going to a Jesuit college – Loyola College in Maryland. Religion classes were a requirement - Theology 101 was TORTURE, but my “Women in Religion” class ended up being a great time as I got to interview a family friend for a research paper who told me her background of why she left the Catholic Church and instead started to practice as a Methodist. I won’t go into detail but WOW – the Catholic Church scared the life out of her!

Not going to church/not being raised Catholic also affected me in the place I would have least expected it to in college – on the soccer field. I will never forget my first collegiate game. Before we took the field our team stood on the sideline in a circle, arms wrapped around each other’s backs. I waited for the Seniors to say a motivational speech like I use to give in high school and as they opened their mouth in unison the team said…

“Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

Hail who? What?

It took me nearly a full season to memorize Hail Mary and I can say with confidence, just like I do with song lyrics, I made up half the words. (I actually now KNOW I did after Googling them.) I probably should have Googled that while I was in college. Oopps! But may I add, as soon as we got in our huddle on the field before taking our positions we ended that little circle gathering with "F--- em' up on three....1-2-3...F--- em' up!" Not very Catholic-like or lady-like. Man I miss my fellow Hounds...

Ok, ok so where am I going with Ash Wednesday… so being the oblivious “I have no idea what Catholics do” kid on campus, I will NEVER forget my first Ash Wednesday walking around campus.

I walked into class and I saw a kid with black crap on his forehead. (Do I say something to him or just let it go..I’ll let it go.) I go to my next class and see another kid with crap on his forehead. Seriously, what the heck is wrong with people? Should I say something?

I head back to my dorm room and my best friend Sarra comes walking in with black-stuff on her forehead.

“Dude, you have stuff on your forehead Moller.”
“It’s Ash Wednesday, you get ashes put on your forehead! All Catholics do it – it’s the start of lent.”

Long story short, it’s a good thing I didn’t tell that kid in Spanish class that he has black shit he needs to wipe off his forehead or I would have looked like a major asshole! I'm usually not good at keeping my mouth shut, but I'm happy I did that time!

For this year’s Ash Wednesday I am highly enjoying the #AshTag on Twitter.  You should check it out!

Broad Street: Sitting This Year Out

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"...lottery for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run lottery ends Friday night at 11:59PM. We see 
that you were a past registrant for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, but we don't seem to see your registration for the 2015 race."

This email funneled through my email last Wednesday. My finger was THIS close to registering, but I'm sorry to inform you Broad Street Run, I'm sitting this year out.

Insert runners guilt here.

I've had a GREAT four year run with the Broad Street Run, last year being my absolute favorite by LUCK, but for now I think I'm going to put this race on the back burner for a little while.

There is lots to love about the Broad Street Run: the course is amazing, running through YOUR city is a bit magical, the crowds are encouraging from start to finish, the bling is awesome, there are plenty of water stations, there are plenty of photo opps, the expo is always a fun time, and you usually ALWAYS run into a fellow runner you know!

But there is also lots I DON'T love, which is why I'm sitting out this year: The race is a little too big. With nearly 40,000 runners it's tight, from start to finish. There is some spacing after mile 3, but the final kick is tight and it's hard to pass anyone. Maybe last year because I was a bit faster, I thought the whole course was congested. With that many runners there is also a back up on the subway to get to the start and don't get me started about the line for the porta potties. It doesn't really matter where you start on race day, but for the last two years I haven't been able to start in my proper corral because I've been stuck in a bathroom line or I was barely getting off the subway in time even though I gave myself ample time to get to the start line (I'm very anal about getting to races with PLENTY of time.)

In my Fifteen in 2015 challenge I have for myself, I'm encouraging myself to try out new races and states - so sitting this one out is okay with me. The way I look at it is that I am giving someone else the opportunity to run one of Philadelphia's greatest and fastest races.

Broad Street, you were good to me, damn good to me. I can't wait to come back in the future - I hope you'll have me back. Good luck to all 2015 participants who get selected in this year's lottery. I know you will all do amazing!!! 

Motivation Monday Vol. 2.4

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Monday and Happy President's Day. Is anyone else as lucky as me and off today?! Work has been absolutely insane and I couldn't have asked for a better mental health day. With temps in the teens you'll find me on the couch under a blanket all day long. Brr!

Today's Monday motivation is directed to myself as a reminder, but I'm also throwing it out there to
everyone else who may notice you're going back to bad habits. We're nearly a month and a half into the new year and I hope everyone is still staying strong to their resolutions/goals for 2015.

I'm pounding the pavement strong this year and like many of us, we are putting in the miles on the road or hours in the gym, but we're not going to see a difference unless we watch what we are putting in our mouths. So today's Monday motivation is "You can't out exercise a bad diet."

I hope everyone has a great week! Stay focused and keep your head up -- this cold weather WILL pass soon. Stay warm!
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