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Body Acceptance - love yourself as you age

Last week on my blog I posted my last race recap for 2021 - my experience at the Xterra 21K Trail Running World Championship in Maui. As I begin to reflect on a very successful year of racing, I can't believe that I will no longer be racing in the 35-39 age group. Next year I will enter a new decade of my life. (Fun fact: I qualified for the Ironman World Championship by winning the 18-24 age group at IMFL '06, which was my very first Ironman). Accepting that your body will change with age, there's no reason to let your body image hold you back. Stop holding on to what was, used to be or should have been and start living a life of what is, what can and will be. Appearance is not the basis of self-worth. Comparison to an idealized image is harmful for your mental and physical health. As you gain wisdom and experience, you deserve to feel good about your body and about your abilities. You are worthy, not worthless.

Books To Buy This Holiday Season

  If you are new to this blog, welcome! If you are a frequent reader, thank you for your continued passion for all things nutrition, health and wellness. It's crazy to think that I have been blogging since 2007!  Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to write three fitness/nutrition-related books.  Each book was a labor of love. Words are powerful and it can be difficult to get the right ones on paper to appeal to a mass audience. Writing a book can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience but it isn't without challenges.  Essential Sports Nutrition was my very first book. When a publishing company reached out to me to write this book, a long-time dream had been fulfilled. I put so much time, effort, brain power and research into this book as I wanted it to be perfect. I was then asked to write The 365-Day Running Journal. While this book was not as scientifically in-depth as my first book, the creative process required me to think differently when creating the co

2021 Xterra World Championship Race Recap (Vlog and pics)

  Distance per Karel's Garmin: 2 mile run/18 mile bike/5.7 mile run  Total time: 3:08.56 Run 1: 14:27 (7:02 min/mile, 564 feet elevation gain) Bike: 1:59.41 (9 mph, 3520 feet elevation gain) Run 2: 53.29 (9:17 min/mile, 1109 feet elevation gain) 2nd place AG (45-49) Pre Race Report Race Recap  Ocean on race morning First run  Up to 30% grade On the bike course Last loop of the bike Finish!! Finish line smiles in the rain Flora Duffy Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist and Xterra 6x World Champion Congrats! 20+ athletes from Czech!  Podium pic So proud!