Friday Round-Up: Learning Opportunities


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Happy Friday! For those of you in the U.S., did you have a good 4th of July? We spent the morning at the beach, playing in the ocean and sand, reading a little and (maybe) napping a little. I may have also gotten a little bit of a sunburn. There’s always one part of my back/shoulder that I miss! I’m not quite sure how July sneaked up on me but here it is. I’m just going to go with it and accept it.

I realized that I haven’t really talked about my workouts lately. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found a ton of joy in them lately (and frustrated by my asthma which has been a mystery to me). I had plans to run a half marathon this summer but that has been scraped. But that’s OK. Given the heat and humidity we’ve had so far this summer, I’m OK with not running a half marathon.

While I’m still running and doing yoga, I’ve also returned to the weight room. I’ve missed lifting weight and it feels good to focus on getting strong. You see, I want to get stronger because I’m still hoping (planning?) on surfing this summer, even though my knee is TBD. So that means working on lateral stabilization, hip strength and flexibility, core…just about everything.

I figure that there is a learning opportunity in all of this, yes? Actually, that’s what this week’s Friday Round-Up is all about – those learning opportunities that we come across every day in our lives.


Finding My Way Back to Myself
Do you have that one thing in your life that you just absolutely love? That one thing in your life that you can’t imagine not doing? That’s like your heart and soul? For some, it might be running or writing or cooking. But what happens when you become disconnected from that thing? How do you find your way back to yourself?

For me, it yoga (shocking, I know) but I always seem to learn something from yoga that helps me to move forward in life. I love this post from Alison, and it’s not just because she talks about yoga and how yoga is helping her find her way back to happy.

I am sorry forty
Maybe it’s because my birthday just pasted and because I’m inching closer to that dreaded milestone birthday, but I loved Kim’s post. She just celebrated her 41st birthday on Wednesday (Happy Birthday Kim!) and wrote a letter to 40 to say goodbye. Not only did she kick 40’s butt, she also goes to show that age IS just a number. Each year is truly about what we make of that year, not the other way around.

Not all runners live in a size zero frame
Cori shares a great story about a recent run and how it made her think about stereotypes and how we judge people. She shares some wise words –> “Stereotypes. They’re ugly, they’re often wrong, and they really do nothing but back us into a corner. Yet we let them, over and over again.”

Tis YOUR Season
I think that Lindsay can read my mind. She always seems to write something that I need to hear or that somehow articulates the jumble of thoughts in my head. She talks about the different seasons of living – the seasons of doing, waiting and undoing. I think that I am quickly approaching the season of undoing – feeling physically, mentally and emotionally spent and needing to rest. We all need this season of undoing but do we often take it?

A learning opportunity
There’s so much to say about this post – about the state of women’s surfing, the women’s pro tour, women in the media, the media in general, body image – but I can’t sum it up as well as NYC Urchin does. It’s really an interesting read and I encourage you to head over there. We female athletes often lament over the state of professional sports and the disparities between men and women. But how can we move beyond that? This video from Roxy to promote their upcoming contest in Biarritz – a World Tour event – is NOT the way to do it.

What’s has been your most recent learning opportunity?



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  1. says

    Glad you got to the beach! We are continuing the long holiday fun there multiple times this weekend. Soak it up before it’s December again. Gah!

    My recent learning experience? So many….but probably not to let the Negative Nellie’s of the world overtake your life. It’s hard to not get sucked up into it but your mind and body will thank you if you don’t.

    Have a wonderful weekend Christine!
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  2. says

    Thank you so much for including my post, Christine – I am so honoured!
    I love it when I discover a new opportunity to learn something new – sometimes they pop up in the most unexpected places.
    Glad you had a lovely 4th and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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  3. says

    I’m glad you wrote about your recent fitness. I have a really hard time running in the summer, too. The heat and humidity makes it very hard, and I don’t have asthma. I wouldn’t be surprised if the weather is affecting your asthma… I have to medicate Sophie daily, which I don’t do in the winter, when she’s sick more often.
    I’ve been doing a lot of strength training, too. Isn’t it amazing how different you feel when you lift weights? I’ve lost a bunch of inches on my bust, waist and hips, but gained a half inch on thighs and calves. And I feel so much better! So much stronger.
    Love the round up. I have the day to myself, so I’m going to read and catch up!
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    • says

      It’s weird because my asthma never used to bother me. I’m inclined to think that it’s something more than just asthma but that might also be my hypochondriac self talking. I know the humidity definitely doesn’t help. I’ll probably write more about it next week. Jasper has asthma too and pretty much gets Claritan all spring/summer/fall and then ends up on the nebulizer in the winter. It’s fun.

      I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better and stronger. That’s awesome. PS loved seeing your writing on TriangleMom2Mom!!
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    • says

      I don’t know what’s up with my asthma. When I was younger, they said that I had exercise-induced asthma but it never really bothered me or inhibited me. The last time it really bothered me was 8 years ago. Nothing in between. I thought it might be related to allergies but now have no idea. Boo!
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  4. says

    Great links! I am headed to read the Learning Opps link now… on a side note – I have been going back and re-reading and looking thru Instagram at your journey to feeling comfortable with inversions (yoga)…. I suddenly got this urge to try a headstand earlier this week. I’m terrified of being upside down under my own body weight and hurting my neck. it’s been at least 10 yrs since I have even attempted it. I was slightly successful with the help of a wall. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to move to hand stands! :)
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    • says

      Thank you Beka. I just went back and looked at the pictures and it’s pretty crazy how my inversions have changed in the past year. Being upside-down is such a crazy sensation but I kind of love it now. So great about your headstand! I think that inversions are definitely a process and a journey to become comfortable with. For me, it finally clicked when I stopped trying to rush it.
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  5. says

    I am going through a disconnect from running, which has always been my way back to myself. It’s tough and a little confusing, but I just need some adjusting and realignment and I will get back on track… maybe I need more yoga! Hope you enjoyed the fourth at the beach! I know you love it there too… speaking of finding your way back to self. xoxo
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    I love your round-ups! I’m a big fan of both Alison and Kim, but now there are others to explore. My biggest learning opportunity lately has been about marriage. My husband and I sort of always tend to gravitate towards what we’re good at and do that and only that while leaving other stuff to one another. Lately we realize that when we meet in the middle and work together, magical things happen! Like we painted a whole set of lawn decorations for my daughter’s birthday party. That would never have happened last year.
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  7. says

    Great reads, as always! I too am entering a season of ‘undoing’. I’m running intuitively rather than according to a training plan right now and sometimes its wonderful and at others its tough. Old habits die hard!
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  8. says

    Just getting to the Friday round up on Saturday, but I am looking forward to delving into some of these. Good for you for getting back to strength training. It is my least favorite thing to do, but it’s so important. Fingers crossed on the knee and surfing. Which reminds me–going to email you the title of a book I just heard about that I think you’d love!
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  9. says

    Great round up! 41 for me this Sept. Oi!
    I did the most Epic 1.5 hour Candle Flow yoga class on Friday.
    Was great to do yoga with a group again.
    With all this marathon training – running and cross training. it was fun to add kayaking to the mix. something new. and broke up the monotony. And why I signed up for a fall marathon run (cuz summer – you gotta run in the freakin’ crack of dawn to survive)? LOL.

    Here is to hoping you get back up on the surfboard soon!
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  10. says

    Great links! I am approaching the 3-0 milestone and filled with mixed emotions but mostly excitement, a year older and a new decade means there is so much more to learn and for me to grow. Embrace the new year and see what can come out of it!

    Plus, I think women in their 30s and 40s are more gorgeous than in their 20s… so I welcome them! And of course it’s better than the alternative of not growing older.
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  11. says

    Hi Christine,
    I just found your blog, and have been browsing all morning. I am have been surfing a year now, and absolutely love it! Its great to see someone how there is sharing all the stuff you need to know when you first start out. I am always learning, and mostly always having fun out there. Don’t get me wrong there are definately times when I am freaking out!
    I cant wait to read more.

    • says

      Hi Jill! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I became slightly obsessed with surfing after I learned and wanted to share my experiences. I found that there wasn’t that much out there for beginners, you know? Sadly, I’ve been out of the water for quite a bit (knee surgery last year) and hoping to get back to surfing soon! I really can’t wait and can’t wait to share those experiences as well.

      I think that the most important thing is to have fun out there! It’s such an amazing experience. I can’t wait to check out your blog too!
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