I will have plenty more written about this past GORUCK weekend. This one is indirectly related to Father’s Day.
Having shadows this past weekend was valuable. You get a better sense as to what happened because sometimes these events go by in a flash and the next thing you know, you are at work on Monday.
This one picture hit it home for me in an odd way. This picture was taken around 6 am about 9 hours into the event. As you can see, most of us had our backs to the camera. I looked at the picture and noticed the guy in the gray F3 shirt, and I was like “Damn, that guy can still stand tall like that even after 9 hours. Who was that?” Then I was like, “Holy sh**, that was me.” I forgot that I had changed shirts at that time. (I was initially wearing dark blue.) I’m accustomed to looking at pictures of me from the front. I usually give it a quick look to make sure it was me and not some other Asian who looks like me and move on. So this was a pseudo-out-of-body experience.
I grew up as the chubby nerd who was in the Math League, Science League, Computer Science Team, and so on. I played video games most of the time. I stuck with things that came easy to me. I hated things that were challenging, particularly physically challenging. I ran a 14-minute mile and could not do a single unassisted pull-up. I was otherwise weak-minded and unmotivated.
I do have a little bit of “fat boy syndrome" still left in me. I remember getting bullied in school. I am still uncomfortable taking my shirt off in public. I hated going to the gym. I don’t think my high school self would have thought that this is what my 31-year-old self would be.
I do want kids someday. Right now, one of my primary motivators is to optimize myself to become the best father I can be. I look up to many people who are great fathers, including my dad. That weak-minded chubby kid is no more. I want my kids to have that guy in the picture who can still stand tall even after taking so many punches, waiting for the next challenge to hit.
A guy can still do that and be a nerd, right?
Happy Father’s Day!!
To the man to taught me to “embrace the suck”, always left me as snug as a pug in a rug at night, fought for our freedom, kicked the ass of bad guys, sang to me so I could fall asleep, blew on our butts when we had diaper rash, my concert going buddy and comes off with the craziest shit sometimes. I wouldn’t trade any of that for someone new. Happy Father’s Day, I love you!! ♥️♥️ #snugasapuginarug#embracethesuck#happyfathersday2019
3 41 hour ago
Why do good Osage staves cost so damn much? Let me list a few of the reasons!
Mount Rainier - 14,411 feet
I always post a smiling summit picture because of course I’m stoked and full of endorphins. But what isn’t always as obvious is how exhausted, delirious, filthy, and covered in cuts and bruises I am. Mountaineering is filled with so much beauty and it makes me happier than anything ever has, but it’s also a lot of feeling terrified, being uncomfortable, trusting strangers, and pooping in bags. Now in the words of the one of the wisest men to walk this earth, “Pretty tired, think I’ll go home now.” -Forrest Gump
He's a gruff, hard-to-figure kinda #grunt , very much into the #embracethesuck and #suckitup mentality. And then the most unexpected things make him smile and laugh, like prank-calling and hilariously twisted jokes and giant-sized vanilla ice cream cones overloaded with rainbow sprinkles.🌈🍦
This is not general knowledge to the public, and I'm the lucky girl who has slowly earned the right to see this very special, private side.
He is a hardworking father who is willing to put up with a lot of sweat and nonsense so he can take good care of his family. He is a master at tickle fights and scaring us silly as he leaps out from behind a door. He seeks God and wishes to please Him, despite the lack of suit and tie on a Sunday morning. He hugs and kisses and tucks his little people in almost every night, and chose a different job so he could do just that.
He's not perfect, but he's perfect for us. ♥ #happyfathersday#makefathersgreatagain#thankGodforgoodmen#showthemsomelove
0 01 hour ago
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today’s Father’s Day workout was all about blood sweat and tears. The tears fell on the ride to the gym as I thought about my dad. Next came the sweat then the blood. best gym in the world with the best coach in the world. Damn good day
485lbs 5x4 high box squat focusing on hip strength.
275lb 4x8 paused squats
Switch up your warm up with this Dynamic Warm Up routine: ➡️ Air squats ➡️ Crawl out (w/ optional pushup) ➡️ Spiderman ➡️ Goddess squat
Dynamic warm up allows you to: ⭐️ Get blood flowing ⭐️ Increase your heart rate ⭐️ Go through the range of motion that you will performing in your exercises
Come back tomorrow to see the Lower body, back, and ab workout that follows!
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Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Embrace the pain for what it is - a catalyst for growth, progress, and strength.
Tag someone that needs a little encouragement today! 💪
5 2812 hours ago
Back to Fernie on July 27th for my next race with @stagleaprunningco and The Elk Valley Ultra 50km
Happy Sunday, everyone! Well that was a hot & sweaty 6 miles, but sometimes you just gotta embrace the suck and get it done.
Also, remember that monster hill I shared last week? I went the reverse direction today and as I was heading down the hill (which offers its own brand of fun) there was a woman about to reach the top. She was PUSHING A JOGGING STROLLER. I was literally in awe as I passed her. Like, she is now my motivation for every challenge on all future runs. Go get it, my friends. Whatever goals you're trying to achieve, show them who's boss!
2 144 hours ago
I think I just found my next challenge. 1 set of bolts in a year is an accomplishment. 2 sets in the span of 4 months plus ther 50 mile star course is insane. Good thing I never claimed to be normal. I'm about 80% sure right now that I'm giving up the spartan race in September to do a second htl. I need to talk to my coach to be sure but I think if anyone can pull off something this crazy it's me.
It's an inspired kind of day! @inspiredsudbury - and now a few sappy motivational thoughts from our sponsors 😂:
1) listen to your trainers
2) you can't learn to run properly on a treadmill; you aren't working the same muscles
3) you need to leave your hang ups at the door and go outside!
4) run like no one's watching, because they aren't!
5) not everyone can run a 5k the first time they step out the door; but everyone can take the first step
6) the route you chose won't always be flat; embrace the hills, they make you stronger #slowerthanaherdofturtles #walkbeforeyourun #embracethesuck #itwasalongwalkhome #nexttimecallinganuber
These aren’t the most exciting movements you’re going to do today, but MASSIVELY neglected areas are being worked in the side plank.
I’m gonna go ahead and say it BUT - ESPECIALLY if you’re one of those fools that think sit ups are the best ab exercise and only one you do.
Seriously, I’ll go into that in another post, but just stop. Please, just stop…
Anyway, for the side plank, follow as done in the video.
For an easier progression, you can:
Come onto an elbow with your hand out in front for balance,
Put both feet on the floor to help you balance, with one in front of the other.
Hips need to be a little higher rather than being in line with the shoulders, head and feet. This way we KNOW you’re engaging the obliques (side parts of the abs) and will get much better core engagement.
Make sure your a** isn’t back and you’re arching your back. Keep it as straight as naturally possible. (Use a mirror or film yourself). Posteriorly tilt the pelvis, push the hips forward a little and clench the butt cheeks to get more muscle activation and a better workout.
Pull your ribs forward a little so you’re nipples are going more towards your feet and your shoulders are relaxed and rolled a little backwards (in line with your ears and hips). This shortens the abs a little and makes it easier for them to engage.
Work smarter, not harder.
Seeing as it's Father's Day I dedicate this run to my father. He beat the saying "Plan your work, work your plan, your plan will work" into my skull my entire life.
Its raining and shitty out. I could have stayed in. I could have skipped today's run. But it was planned and I need to trust in my plan and follow it for it to work.
Sometimes you need to get out there and do something that sucks. You need to embrace the suck and let it remind you that you are a fucking badass and you are capable of so much more. I need to make big changes in my life in order to be happy. These changes aren't going to come without working towards them. And they will be here sooner if I just #GETAFTERIT and get comfortable being uncomfortable.
No matter how slow or how fast you run, as long as you are running then you're outrunning your demons. #marathontraining#embracethesuck#fatadaptedrunner#takingsouls#accountabilitymirror
Super blurry but they woke me up with this video this morning 😬 They saw their first bear. They said it was the biggest one they’d ever seen in person. It walked right past them while they were taking a break and they saw it stand up and scratch it’s back on a tree like Baloo 😂
Apparently seeing a bear on the trail isn’t a big deal. They’re not there to attack people. If anything they might want your food. You’re supposed to make loud noises as you walk so they don’t come near you.
So I’m seriously freaked out but the boys are like whatever 🤷♀️ #appalachiantrail#embracethesuck
Epic long day.
2:30 am to 1 am. Was so tired... but got home after a long slow drive.
2 59 hours ago
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“Sweetheart, you’ve got a pour like an anvil. Keep ‘em coming!” I’m a good, what I call, “dive bar bartender.” I do the basics impeccably, and I’m funny. A mixologist I am not, so much respect to those of you in the game who do the real art. Right now, when someone orders something stupid, I make fun of them and give them a Bud Light while they think about their terrible life choices. Always have a fall back side hustle no matter how ‘successful’ you are. You never know when you’ll need it, and I’m forever grateful for that summer after high school I slung Mai Tais. My bartending skills have saved the day WAY more than my book smarts. #LifeCoach#SideHustle#Bartender#bartenderlife#Saturday#GetMoney#embracethesuck#alwaysonthegrind#YouAreGoingToDoIt#bulletproof
Yesterday I did two things for the first time in my life:
The first is in this photo: I got to put on the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl rings. (They are super heavy, have big diamonds, and my dad and my husband were even more excited than I was.)
The second? I delivered a keynote in a huge room without lights, without my slides or any displays, and without air conditioning.
An hour before I was leaving to go to Gillette Stadium for my keynote I got a note from my agent that power was out. I said OK, as long as there is one working mic (I can project but not to hundreds of people!) I’m going.
There was no power when I got there. The conference attendees had been there all morning without it — and it was a super hot and humid day. The conference organizers were of course, worried and stressed.
So I rolled up my sleeves, grabbed the one mic they had working off backup power, and got up on stage. I asked everyone to work with me, to move big round tables out and bring their chairs as close to the stage as possible - so we could get as many people as possible in a place where they could see me.
Everyone was game and after some shuffling, there were a few hundred awesome humans sitting as close as we could get them to the stage.
I gave it my all, adding in extra jokes and as much umph as I could muster. I knew it was a tougher day for all the attendees and organizers than it was for me.
Together, we pulled off an awesome hour and the audience was so engaged and warm. I told them I was so grateful for them hanging in there with me in less than ideal conditions - and we talked about the power of practicing the skill of Acceptance:
1. See how things are and how you feel with clarity vs. judgement
2. Decide what is the best thing you can do to serve this moment, yourself, people with you.
Yesterday’s keynote was less than ideal. I was soooo hot on stage I felt like I was melting. I had worked on my slides for hours and couldn’t show them. I was in half darkness and couldn’t see the audience well. Many of them were tired and hot themselves.
But the best thing I could do to serve the moment was to do my best. And together, we did it!