For most people, the new year begins on January 1st.
If you’re a parent, however, you know that there are two “new years” on the calendar. And the real one is the day in late summer or early fall when school begins.
Back-to-School Day is when I find myself looking forward and backward simultaneously, through a hazy wash of sentimental memories.
At the same time, I’m giddy with anticipation, looking forward to an increase in uninterrupted time for writing, visiting with friends and exercising.
I’m not a resolution setting kind of person, either in January or in September.
But this year, I’m all about setting goals and I’m about to challenge you to set, and share, a goal of your own.
More Endorphins, Please
On July 23rd, I went running for the first time in almost two months.
Admittedly, I didn’t pick the most sensible place to get back on my feet and back on the trail. While a sane person would choose a flat trail, I decided to run to the top of a bluff, specifically Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Despite the killer combination of steep steps and steep trail, my reward was two-fold: a great view over the Missisippi River into Wisconsin and, more importantly, a ton of blessed endorphins.
For almost four months, I’d been endorphin-challenged, living with limited activity.
So as I started running, I welcomed the return of exercise-induced euphoria with a double dose of mental euphoria. It was as if a light had come on. Suddenly I could remember how I used to feel.
Struggling uphill (and I was struggling), my mind overruled my legs as my body produced a chemical celebration.
Thus, there was nothing rational when I told myself “I’m gonna run 400 miles by the end of the year. Yep! 400 miles. And I’m going to invite everyone I know to join me!”
#LiveBrave, #RunBrave, #BikeBrave, #SwimBrave, #BeBrave
Six weeks later, I’m still all about setting goals, but my current goal is only half of that set on a breezy summer day, high atop a Minnesota bluff.
Instead of running 400 miles by New Year’s Eve (the winter one), I’m going for 200 miles, because the reality is that I don’t want to run all the time. I also want to hike, bike, swim, lift, walk and get in shape for ski season.
But I’m still inviting everyone I know to join me, whether you walk, run, hike, bike, swim, yoga, Pilates, lift or whatever.
It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you do it.
So please, set a goal and share it in the comments below.
I don’t know if I’ll make my goal and I don’t care if you make yours, but let’s endeavor to reach our goals together.
If you’re up for it, take pictures or provide status updates on the BSM Facebook page and tag them.
As for the specific tags, my friend Troy Hawk of Redtailtimes.com created a tag (and what a tag it is) for me this summer: #LiveBrave.
Infinitely mutable, it can go from #LiveBrave to #RunBrave to #WalkBrave to, of course, #Ski Brave (which is what we’ll all be doing soon enough).
Pick your addiction, set your goal and start tagging!
I’ll be your biggest fan and cheerleader.
#LiveBrave Giveaway from Prismsport
Just to make this even more fun (and provide a bit more incentive), we’ve got a fantastic giveaway from one of my favorite brands, Prismsport.
Leave a comment sharing your exercise/recreation goal for fall and you’re entered to win.
And while only one person will win the big prize from Prismsport, I’m supplying two additional “runners-up” prizes — a canister of Rehydrate electrolyte drink mix from Advocare and a six pack of fruit and grain pouches from Munk Pack (two more favorites).
Fall Workout Clothes from Prismsport
The hashtag for Prismsport is #LiveinPrism and seriously, that’s what I’ve been doing. Whether I’m at the gym, on the trail, or walking the dog, I love the unique prints, fantastic fabrics and up-to-date styling from Prismsport.
I’ve already tried three pieces and they’re fantastic. I’ve got the black leggings with Rio trim (perfect fit, and just the right amount of compression), the charcoal running top (textured fabric and movement friendly design) and the black Peplum vest (a totally stylish insulator or mid-weight layer for a chilly fall morning).
Currently, the Fusion collection has 67 options for indoor and outdoor fun. Plus, shipping is free on orders over $75.
Giveaway: One winner will win their choice of an outfit (one top and one bottom) from Prismsport’s Fusion Collection.
To enter, set a goal and share it below. For a second entry, share a photo on Facebook sometime before September 22 and tag it appropriately.
A grand prize winner, and two runners-up, will be chosen randomly from all valid entries on September 23rd.
Please note the Prismsport giveaway is open only to U.S. residents.
Many thanks to Prismsport for providing prizes for this giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
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