The Peak Week

When you do something you have never done, consider documenting it. I remember many years ago I completed a 60-mile run week. I built up to it over time, and I was running 6 days a week. I remember feeling like I had accomplished something; yet, other than living in Virginia Beach, I don’t rememberContinue reading “The Peak Week”

Sri Lanka, Reflections, and Restrictions

I saw them coming. I just called it a couple of weeks before it actually happened to us. I told my mom and sister a couple of weeks ago that I feared that we would be going back into lock-down out here on Okinawa. Since last March, I have tracked the numbers and the responsesContinue reading “Sri Lanka, Reflections, and Restrictions”

Numbers – Goals & Value

This is a tricky subject for me to write about because I am goal-driven, and numbers are typically used as benchmarks to reach or define a goal. I like goals. They give us something to strive for, something to look forward to, and are a great way to push ourselves to the next level ofContinue reading “Numbers – Goals & Value”

Complete Commitment

A friend recently asked me if I would share some advice to people who are either new to running or who are exploring the sport of running. The first thing that came to my mind was “tell them to look up Couch-to-5K (C25K). It is hands-down the best program I have ever seen. You canContinue reading “Complete Commitment”

Physical Movement Matters

Word Choice Does Too We are going into our third week of fairly strict Covid-related Protocols, and through the process, I have begun to learn a lot about myself. Someone out there will be able to relate to this, so I am sharing it with all of you. Week 1: Restriction of Movement Rules wereContinue reading “Physical Movement Matters”

5 Simple Healthy Hacks – You Can Do Even During Isolation

Move Your Body Move your body. It sounds so simple. That being stated, I don’t know that we give it the credit that it deserves. It is seriously a game-changer!!! If you already have a movement practice in place, this step is much easier. I have been a runner for almost 2 decades, so gettingContinue reading “5 Simple Healthy Hacks – You Can Do Even During Isolation”

Comparison

Marathon Training Month 1 and Thoughts on Comparison Do you ever put things off when you have TOO much time on your hands? Well, I am currently guilty of that. I live in Okinawa, Japan, and we are under serious restrictions because of Covid cases on island. This means that I have had PLENTY OFContinue reading “Comparison”

Running vs Training

Yes, there is a difference. I have been a runner most of my adult life. I have been an endurance runner for about eighteen years. I have run in thirty-eight marathons, and I have intentionally trained for about a third of them. Running…oh the joy of running. I have built relationships, have explored new areas,Continue reading “Running vs Training”

Accountability & Consistency

I titled my blog Monday Morning with Mona to hold myself accountable. If I say I am going “publish” the blog post on Monday mornings, I needed a way to make myself do it week after week – even on week’s that I didn’t have much to say. I usually write early in the week,Continue reading “Accountability & Consistency”