Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays: YES people

Welcome back from the weekend, everyone! My, my, my and what a weekend it was. The Chicago Marathon happened. One fatality and one baby born. Circle of Life, I suppose.

(I swear, if I ever catch any woman I know running a marathon while 39 weeks pregnant, I will wait til she is pregnant no longer and then read her the riot act of exactly why that was a really, really bad idea. Not running in general, but running a marathon! Ladies, you’ve been warned.)

Several people I know ran the Army 10-miler in D.C. and there were lots of other races (all of which I can’t seem to remember right now) going on all over the country this weekend. Congratulations to all the runners who rocked the roads (and trails!).

If you’re new to Run Stronger Every Day, Tuesdays are always titled “Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays” and here’s why. Obi-wan (my Dad) is famous for responding to others complaints about life and general bitching and moaning with the phrase, “It beats the alternative/It’s better than the alternative” meaning, yeah, it sucks but it’s better than not being here at all. I’ve taken that and made it a theme for Tuesdays. Because life really is good, for the most part, and reminding ourselves of that is important.

This week’s BTAT them is YES people.

I have recently made the switch in my life to surround myself with more YES people and it has absolutely changed my whole outlook on things. I’m not talking the people who blow sunshine where it ought not shine. No sir. I live in the real world.

I’m talking about the lovely people who, when I say I want to host a BRICK workout say, “YES, let’s do it.” The people who, when I say I want to go back to school for my PhD in physical therapy say, “YES. That’s perfect for you. Let’s figure out how.” The people who, when share one of my BHAGs with them, they say, “YES. That’s a fantastic goal for you.” The people who, when I say I want to put together a team for the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure and get t-shirts for our team  in one week say, “YES. We can help.” (Hooray for Custom Ink)

Aren't our shirts cute?? Big thanks to Custom Ink for all their amazing efforts!

The YES people don’t see problems, only possibilities (I may have just stolen that quote from someone because it sounds awfully familiar. If you know whom I can credit for that, please shout it out). I am trying my hardest to become one of those YES people but until I  master that, I am thrilled to be surrounded by them. It’s just so much better than hearing the negativity and hurtful gossip and constant complaining all. the. time. YES people are do-ers and I love nothing more than to be busy do-ing.

So, thank you to all the YES people in my life. The people who don’t pigeonhole me, judge me, put me down or tell me it’s going to be too hard and I should try something else. You wonderful people build me up, make me believe in myself and inspire me to “ABSOLUTELY, YES!” try new things every single day. These people are the reason why it’s so much better to be here than there. Thank you, YES people.

Who are the YES people in your life? Or do you need more YES people in your life…? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Now go out and run!

7 thoughts on “Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays: YES people

  1. I guess I don’t understand the anger… Marathon mom’s doctor said it was A-OK, and a 14 minute mile pace is more like *walking* a marathon, no? Plus, I did some digging and all the major medical establishments (e.g. Mayo Clinic) say it’s ok to continue pre-pregnancy level of exercise while pregnant, as long as it’s comfortable AND your doctor clears it.

    • Again, it’s not the running that bothers me, it’s the duration. Running/walking for that long of a time at that point in the pregnancy and sustaining an elevated heart rate for more than 60 minutes is not generally considered to be smart at 39 weeks. If she was in her 1st or early 2nd trimester, I could see it being something that was more on a case-by-case basis. Most doctors are cool with women continuing their fitness routine as they get into their late 2nd trimester, but modifying the duration and the intensity so as not to cause distress for the baby or have the woman put herself at risk for Braxton-Hicks contractions. Everything I’ve learned in my pre-/post-natal training is very clear that women in their third trimester must be very careful with how high they elevate their heart rate for and how long. So, that’s where I’m coming from.

      • Ha! I can’t wait to be “that” pregnant lady waddling around Central Park getting dirty looks from people as though I should be at home with my feet up or something. I completely condone exercising while pregnant and I will relish in being “that” girl…when the time comes :) And I will post pictures!

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