Finding Finish Lines

Sally Bulavko

Let's drop expectations, judgement, comparison, pretense, ego, and anything else that threatens to stand in our way as we chase our endurance goals. I'm Sally. I'm an unashamed middle-of-the-pack marathoner, triathlete, mom, wife, and friend trying to juggle all the good things. Hang around here long enough and I'll have you believing that you can do anything...and hitting that register button. Join us for full episodes on Mondays and a quick, powerful pep-talk on our Five-Minute-Friday episodes. See ya at the start line!

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Doesn't it feel a little bit like as soon as we get used to a new normal right now, something comes up and we need to take a break or pivot? Nothing about 2020 is "Steady State."Which got me thinking: maybe that's no so bad! In fact, a very common running method, running consistent intervals, teaches us how to start & stop to keep our strength up for a long period of time. Running intervals is the perfect training for 2020!Join me as I talk to Friend-of-the Show Hayley about her experience running intervals at major races. Do you run intervals? Have you ever tried it? Let me know! Join me on Facebook or Instagram, or even our Closed Facebook Community We Are Finding Finish Lines. I'd love to hear about your experience! Until next time, carry on, woman of valor. 

Jul 2020

21 min

Garmin devices are down all over and athletes everywhere are having a bit of an existential crisis: If it's not recorded, did we even workout? Y'all this isn't a disaster! It's a gift from 2020. (See this is the only way we are making it through this year. For real.)We have been...ahem...given...the chance to reconnect to our bodies and our sport without the distractions of our always-on trackers and guides. We can settle into our our pace. We can try out new things. We can just go for it without even the chance to compare ourselves to everyone else. Doesn't that seem kinda great? Let's embrace it! 

Jul 2020

5 min 36 sec

Girl! You are holding way too much all the time!You are making incredibly hard decision after incredibly hard decision. You are still doing allllll of the things for alllll of the people.Maybe you are still holding a vision of perfection for your life that just hangs out in front of you, taunting you, and making you feel as though if you could just do a liiiiiitle bit more, you could reach. Well, that's a lie. Perfection is a moving target. So, what can you do that would sustain you, refresh you, and making you feel more like a whole human person again? Let's trade something that feels like a pile-on for something that feels rejuvenating because whole is so much better than perfect. Find more at: https://FindingFinishLines.comFollow me on Facebook or Instagram for more real life training talk.Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 

Jul 2020

5 min 51 sec

Just about all of us have been handing the disappointment of cancelled, deferred, shifted-to-virtual race announcements. We have come to expect them here in 2020 in America, and it's likely the right and responsible thing to do. So when I received a letter from Friend-Of-The-Show, Pirete the Tower Running Champion from Episode 10 sharing all about her spur-of-the-moment racing opportunities last weekend, I had to share it! See, she had the chance to run a 9k followed by a marathon on the trails in Estonia, and she took it! Detrained, she registered without fear and went for it. What did she discover? She had it in her! She finished with incredible times and made beautiful memories. That made me thing: the time will come when races come back to us. Will we be ready to be a Yes when our friends invite us to smash the register button?  To make sure that we are ready to scale up, download a plan, hire a coach, and get back to racing, we can take a few simple but important steps each day to keep our bodies ready for the challenge:1. Get MOVING in whatever way feels good and brings you joy right now.2. Get HYDRATED3. Get PICKY with your food choices. Make sure you are noshing the appropriate servings of fruit and veggies to keep your store right and ready for work.PRODUCTS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW:Heads Up: Links below might be affiliate links. That means that I will earn a commission when you make a purchase after clicking a link below to a product. 32 Ounce Hydro Flask - The perfect water bottle, in my humble opinionBerkey Water Filter SystemYoutube video review of a Berkey Water SystemHow To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny OdellShare your current binge-y shows with me in the comments at FindingFinishLines.com/40 or in our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines. Follow the show on Facebook or Instagram for more. Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. Finding Finish lines is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Jul 2020

28 min 14 sec

Are you still doing your workouts outside? Great! If not, did you now that you can actually train your body to adjust to the heat? Yup. It's going to be miserable at first. That's true. It's also true that the only way to the other side of that phase (well, short of waiting until the fall!) is through it.It's just like living this crazy life in 2020. Yes, it feels too hard. We remember that yesterday was tough and we don't want more yesterdays in our tomorrows. Yet, we are runners! We know that our bodies (and our minds) can adjust to the hard stuff, learn to manage it, and move on. That's why we do this super hard sport of ours: to learn to adjust.Thank God you're a runner! For more, follow Finding Finish Lines on Instagram or Facebook or join the closed Facebook Group We Are Finding Finish Lines. If you have some homeschool advice you'd like to share with this newb, I'd love it! Email me at Sally@FindingFinishLines.com.Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 

Jul 2020

6 min 1 sec

It might sound a little woo woo, but it's actually super practical to consider that the best way to stay in the game is to practice love over fear. We have to love ourselves enough to believe that we are capable of achieving our goals ever so slightly more than we fear the failure. We have to show love to others when they fall down so we don't have to fear their reactions to us when we face setbacks. We need to determine our values and make them abundantly clear if we are going to have any shot of living them out. This applies in our personal lives and in our training! What are your values? For more Finding Finish Lines, join our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook. If you would like to help guide the show, please take a second to respond to the survey at https://findingfinishlines.com/surveyDon't forget to share the show with your friends and family! Until next time, carry on, woman of valor! 

Jul 2020

20 min 20 sec

Just this week, several huge races had to cancel their upcoming events. It stinks. No doubt. But even though your big running or triathlon event might have been deferred, the only person deferring you big acts of love is you.Don't do that. For the next 3-days, I challenge the brave women athletes in this community to take the love and movement discipline challenge. Whenever you feel like siting, move. Whenever you feel like being angry, love. Just try it on for size and see how it feels. Then come join us in the growing Facebook community We Are Finding Finish Lines and share you wins with us. Let's celebrate together. Thanks for listening. Carry on, woman of valor. For more, check out Finding Finish Lines on:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/FindingFinishLines/

Jun 2020

5 min 33 sec

Let's take a look at why we come to endurance sports like running and triathlon. I mean anything from a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultra racing, sprints, 70.3, Ironman...any of them.After listening to some of the stories that we have told ourselves for so long, a song came through my headphones that helped me process what this is all about:We do this crazy endurance training because we "Love how it feels when we break the chains." (Thanks, Imagine Dragons!)Are you ready to break down and build back up as a woman without the heavy chains of old lies about your value and abilities? Then let's get to it. Come join us in the closed Facebook community, We Are Finding Finish Lines.If you would like to help the show grow, please take a second to fill out this quick survey about what you like and don't like. This is for you! For more training stories, follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook. Until next time, carry on, Woman of Valor.

Jun 2020

22 min 38 sec

Are there words that you are holding onto as part of your identity that really just don't describe you anymore?Clumsy. Weak. Lazy. Fat..."You couldn't possibly run a half marathon!" Whatever they heck the words are that keep you from believing that you can do whatever it is that is on your heart, IT'S TIME TO LET THEM GO. Those stories that you have been telling yourself are lies. Because you aren't defined by your past. If you were not athletic as a child but you run 3x/week now (at WHATEVER PLACE, SISTER!) then you are an athlete. You are not what you were. In fact, you aren't who you were 10 minutes ago! So who are you? What do you believe about yourself as you head into weekend training? Come tell us over in the closed Facebook group We Are Finding Finish Lines. Introduce yourself as the powerful athlete that you are, and we will all believe it. Until next time, carry on woman of valor. 

Jun 2020

5 min 35 sec

Once we are a little lost in our athlete lives, how do we get back on track?I'm not sure why we are like this, but so often we can almost convince ourselves that our past achievements mean nothing about who we are or what we are capable of accomplishing after even just a very short period of being a off track.Have you ever picked a race, trained, focused, had a great race day and then found yourself completely lost after? Maybe your big race for the year was cancelled and you have found yourself a wandering a little since then.Well, Dear Athlete, it's time to put yourself back together. Pick a plan, or hire a coach, or figure out your next nutrition steps. Just decide & go. MENTIONED TODAY: Hal Higdon Training Plans: https://www.halhigdon.com/training/Jeff Galloway Training Plans: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/Roar by Stacy Sims  (This is an affiliate link. If you purchase after clicking this link, I will make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!)The Game ChangersFed UpJoin is in our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines. We would love to meet you!I'll be back with you on Friday and again on Monday. Please don't forget to subscribe, and carry on, woman of valor. 

Jun 2020

24 min 1 sec

I’m positive that 20 years from now, I’ll look back on 2020 as the year that I learned how to pivot when plans change. This week, I have been thinking about how all of us are becoming absolute experts on how to thrive in an environment where plans change. Like, it’s becoming what we expect rather than an outlier. And we are all just moving on with our lives. Friends, here is what we know from the places 2020 is bringing us: our plans change, and it’s ok. If you have to switch around the order of your workouts in the coming week? It’s ok. If your nutrition slips a little because your family is heading out for the weekend? It’s ok. Whatever is ahead, we know that we can hit a sick pivot, and keep it moving. Why? Because we are brave women athletes who can handle anything. If you’d like to surround yourself with women who believe this the way that you do, join us in the growing Facebook group We are Finding Finish Lines and introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you and cheer you on. Thank you for joining me today, I’ll be back with you on Monday. Have a blast doing all the hard things in training this weekend, and Carry on, women of valor. Come check out our website for more at https://findingfinishlines.comOr find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/

Jun 2020

5 min 50 sec

Whether you are just starting a running or walking program, are coming back from a long break, or even if you are a regular runner now, join me as I share my hard-won tips for how to stay comfortable out on the run! Do you have any running gear must-haves that I missed? Share them with me! You can leave a comment on the show notes or email me at Sally@FindingFinishLines.comFor links to everything discussed on the show, check out the show notes at https://FindingFinishLines.com/32Join us in our new Facebook group at We Are Finding Finish Lines. I can't wait to meet you!For more Finding Finish Lines, follow on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Until next time, carry on, woman of valor!

Jun 2020

32 min 40 sec

I wish you could hear how your actions speak so much louder than the words that you use to hide from your greatness. If you are brave. If you lace up those shoes, or squeeze into the suit, or practice those transitions, then I think it’s time to slip into the words, too. Maybe it’s not in sports that you hold back from accepting how great you really are. Maybe you are a fantastic freaking mother who values what is important and lets the little things slide and so you tell yourself you are a mess. Maybe you are a friend who always shows up, who wears her heart on her sleeve, and always always gives, and yet you think you aren’t present enough.Maybe you are an advocate for everyone around you, never backing down from a bully, always speaking up for what is right, and you’re convinced you arent doing enough because you can’t show up for every battle. It’s time to slip into the garments of your greatness. They have been custom made for you and hung in the closet for way too long.And for whatever is about to come next, whatever start line you are standing on, literal or figurative, let’s take this moment to remind yourself that:1. You are trained2. You are ready3. You can handle whatever comes your way. Why? Because You are good enough. If you are ready to find a new community of brave athletes, come join us on Facebook in the new group We Are Finding Finish Lines. I'd love to get to know you! You can also find more:On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/On the website: https://FindingFinishLines.comUntil next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 

Jun 2020

5 min 38 sec

In order to thrive, both as athletes and as people living in society with one another, is to recognize that:1. We are all living in a fluid state of contraction and expansion2. The power is in the quiet, hard work.Please know that this community is an affirming place for everyone, that Black Lives Matter, and that actions will always speak louder than words...even for a podcaster. Check out this post with 75 Things White People Can Do For Social JusticeJoin our growing community on facebook: We are Finding Finish LinesFind us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/On our Website: https://findingfinishlines.com

Jun 2020

26 min 39 sec

This is our time to shine, powerful women athletes. We spend our free time training to control the controllables. We pay for opportunities to practice the skill, we base our lives around it, we brag about it to unsuspecting non-endurance athlete friends who look at us like we are lunatics.We know that when we lace up for a long run, anything can happen. Blisters?Rain? The Bonk?We don't decide to stay in because it's a big unknown...THAT'S WHY WE DO IT! We just prepare the best we can, and we go. So why are we allowing the possibility of delayed or changed races to throw us off our game?Sure, racing might look different this year. We can handle it. So this weekend, get some sleep, power up your Garmin, lace up, control the controllables, and train like the powerful athlete that you are without fear for the future of your race. That's entirely too heavy a burden for your hydration pack. Join us in the new Facebook group, We Are Finding Finish Lines and introduce yourself! I can't wait to meet you! Catch up on Instagram FacebookThe Finding Finish Lines WebsiteCheck out the No Guilt Disney Podcast for some Disney fun! Want to help the show get better? Take a few minutes to answer the questions on this brief survey and know that your feedback will directly impact future episodes. This show is FOR YOU, after all. Thank you so much for joining me. I'll be with you again on Monday. Until then, carry on, Women of valor. 

May 2020

5 min 56 sec

Have you ever heard about another woman operating with superhuman strength or endurance? Maybe you haven't even allowed yourself to imagine doing something like that. Well, when Sarah, a working mom of two beautiful kids, found herself living life a life she didn't recognize, she didn't bemoan her situation. She took massive action. Sarah went from struggling to run one mile to completing a grueling 100 mile ultramarathon. Along the way, she faced injuries, disappointments and setbacks. She never quit. She crossed that finish line, earned herself a 100-mile belt buckle, and proved to her kids (and herself) that anything is possible. She wants you to know that whether your 100 miles is running one mile without stopping, starting a business, or even an ultra-marathon, you have it in you. I believe it, too. For more, visit https://FindingFinishLines.com/28If you are interested in participating in a quick survey to help improve the show, I would appreciate it so much! Just visit: https://findingfinishlines.com/surveyVisit us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Join our new Facebook Community called We are Finding Finish LinesFind us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Until next time, carry on, Woman of Valor.

May 2020

41 min 24 sec

Hey. Come closer. I have a secret for you.You are ENOUGH. I know it feels like everyone else is already faster or fitter, but that's just the way the social media beast of an algorithm tells fibs. If you go outside right now, you will see other people just showing up for themselves, being patient, and putting in the work. And they are looking to you for inspiration! In endurance sports, we race the same courses at the same times as the pros. What an honor! We get to plant out feet in the same place as the best in the sport. Who else gets to do that?But it can also mean that we compare ourselves to them without even realizing they were once where we are. (See how that works?)Since we never know who needs us to show up as an example, let's just freaking do the thing! Let's be brave. Show up. Be patient with ourselves.You got this! Hey, while you are out doing your genuine thing this weekend, snap a quick photo, skip the doctoring, and tag me in it on Instagram @FindingFinishLines.  I can't wait to see you! Until next time, carry on, women of valor! 

May 2020

5 min 53 sec

"What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"A friend asked me that question some months back and it set me on a trajectory to chase a new goal. So now I ask you the same question. Now let's address 3 of the most common limiting beliefs (dream thieves) that threaten to take us off our journey before we even start:1. Fear2. Judgement3. Inadequacy Dear athlete, whatever puts the flutter in your belly is likely the thing you are meant to do. Stop trying to push it down. It's time to rise. It's time to chase you goals. Let me know how I can help! Find me on:FindingFinishLines.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Or send me an email at Sally@FindingFinishLines.comI'll be back in your ears on Friday. Don't forget to subscribe so that episode will be ready and waiting for you when you are ready for a pre-weekend (What are weekends anymore in the Spring of 2020, but I digress) pep talk. Oh! And share this episode with a friend who needs a little boost of courage to get out there for herself. Until next time, carry on, women of valor. 

May 2020

25 min 33 sec

The normal ways that we evaluate ourselves against impossible societal standards are shifting. It can be hard for brave & wonderful women to know just how we are stacking up. (I hope you can read the sarcasm in my voice there. Much to my great disappointment, we have yet to determine the sarcasm font.)Don't worry, my dear athlete! I have created a powerful 3 step system by which to grade ourselves. 1. Are you breathing?2. Are you showing up?3. Have you retained the ability to hope?DID YOU ACTUALLY ANSWER WITH A "YES" TO ALL OF THOSE THINGS? Well there you have it. You're doing great. Don't let anyone (including yourself) tell you different. Now go forth at train this weekend as the ultimate act of thriving. It does, in fact, combine all three actions at once.You just might be incredible.Thanks for joining me on another Five Minute Fridays episode of Finding Finish Lines. I'll be back in your ears on Monday. You can find more Finding Finish Lines on:Our website: https://findingfinishlines.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/FindingFinishLines/Until next time, carry on women of valor.

May 2020

5 min 4 sec

It's almost general registration day for the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! To celebrate, a couple of my runDisney race partners have joined me to share some very important runDisney information with you!If you are just considering running you first runDisney race, this will be very informative. If you have been around a time or two, I think you will find yourself nodding and laughing along. Let us know what you think we might have forgotten so we can include it in a future runDisney recap episode! Send me an email at Sally@FindingFinishLines.com, leave a comment at FindingFinishLines.com/24, or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram. I can't wait to hear from you!DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW:runDisney Race Expo procedures and mega shopping findsRace morning tipsRace transportationArriving at the pre-race partyThe porta-potty tips everyone needsCourse etiquitteInterval runningWater stationsHeadphonesFinish line photosFinisher snack boxesChanging into flip flopsPictures in the theme parksThese are some of our favorite products that we discussed on the show. If you make a purchase on Amazon using one of these links, I will earn a small commission at no additional charge to you! Please know that I would never recommend a product that I don't use and love myself. Thanks for your support!Fitletic water beltBalega socksOofos SandalsBolder Athletic WearThanks so much for joining us today. I'll be back in your ears on Friday with a quick pep talk for the weekend on a Five Minute Friday Episode, and then back again on Monday. Please be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode, and share with a powerful friend who might want to change her life with a runDisney race!Until next time, carry on, women of valor. 

May 2020

54 min 11 sec

I was listening to media mogul Gary Vaynerchuk this morning when he said something that stopped my in my tracks. He said, "You can build a billion dollar empire on good."It got me thinking, why do we always think we are supposed to figure it all out and then start? That's silly!As we all have this time to sit with our dreams, I have seen brave women declare their next steps. You are speaking up for the first time, changing your diets, or exercising more. It's amazing.The best part? When we take a step and make a change, we can bring others along with us! We don't have to have it all figured out to be impactful. So what are you going to do? What is your billion dollar empire that you can start with just plan good? Let me know! Leave a comment at https://FindingFinishLines.com/23 or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram  (and don't forget to hit the follow button while you're there!) or email me at Sally@FindingFinishLines.com. I can't wait to hear!

May 2020

5 min 43 sec

In our sport fitness life, we are all navigating between reasons and results. Beachbody Coach and friend, Maria Trees, joins us today to share how finding a community in running, and later through her home workout programs, makes showing up for yourself so much easier. Do you ever think that you are far too busy for your workout routine? Believe it's not worth starting because you will never have the results you want? Do you want out of the dark spaces of postpartum depression and anxiety? Maria has been there! She wants to share what worked for her. PLEASE NOTE: I am not a Beachbody coach, nor do I have any financial interest in the programs. I created this episode because I respect how Maria shows up for her community, and I believe these programs have value for all athletes in this strange time. These are NOT affiliate links. Find Maria Trees on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariatreesFor more on the programs Maria mentioned:21 Day Fix10 RoundsBarre BlendFor more Finding Finish Lines, find us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Email: Sally@FindingFinishLines.com

May 2020

35 min 54 sec

Though it might seem like every woman in the world (except you) is handling this pandemic life by pulling a cork before the afternoon, it's just not true! For the incredibly brave women handing all of the responsibilities of this pandemic while staying true to yourself and your sobriety, I SEE YOU! YOU ARE AMAZING!Let's be sure that we are making our group calls and socially distanced community meet-ups a welcoming space for our sisters who are walking the road to sobriety. If you are in need of resources to support your sober journey check out:The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline at: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)The Online Intergroup of Alcoholics AnonymousCelebrate RecoveryCelebrate Recovery at Park Valley Church in Haymarket, Virginia.For more Finding Finish Lines, check out:The Website at https://FindingFinishLines.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/I'll be back on Monday to bring you a chat with a runner who has transitioned to home workouts and is crushing it! You won't want to miss her. Until then, carry on, Women of Valor.

May 2020

5 min 7 sec

It's Spring of 2020 and many of us are searching for ways to bring the joys of outdoor training indoors. Whether it's the weather, childcare constraints, circumstances in your area or out of an abundance of caution, it has become more desirable than ever to make training a 24-hour, safe possibility. Which is exactly why it is nearly impossible to buy a Peloton bike! Yes, many of your friends might have one of these deluxe training tools, but there are other ways to have a blast while getting sweaty that cost substantially less and you can start almost immediately. Thank you so much for hanging around with me for 20 episodes already! I'm so excited for the future and grateful that you are allowing me to be part of yours. <3Check out these links from the show:If you make a purchase after clicking a link in the show notes, I might make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting the show! For more information about bike trainers, visit DC Rainmaker's Youtube ChannelCycleops WahooZwiftTrainerRoadFulGazSufferfestNordicTrackBeachbody with Coach Maria  <--- This is actually a list of FREE workouts she put together for you!Orangetheory At HomeYoga with AdrieneGoNoodleJust Dance 2020Finding My Voice by Mike ReillyRev 3 Tri QuarantriRev 3 Tri Williamsburg For more from Finding Finish Lines, please visit:Our website at https://FindingFinishLines.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Until next time, be well and carry on, women of valor!

Apr 2020

33 min 45 sec

Welcome to Spring 2020, where everything feels a little upside down. While everyone under the sun has a new "Unique" message for you about how you should be spending this time, maybe their methods aren't quite right for your situation. I have one suggestion that works for everyone, without fail: Make it rain grace. Grace for yourself.Grace for everyone around you. As athletes, the advice we hear most often is that we need to be consistent, and there is so much value in that message. For now, though, let's let our consistency be in our grace. Ask yourself, "What can I do to be most gentle with myself and those around me today?"If the answer involves training, EXCELLENT! Go to work, girl. If it involves resting, that's equally valid. Be consistent with your grace now. Consistency with your training will come. Visit Finding Finish Lines on:On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/

Apr 2020

5 min 19 sec

Why should we allow comparison to get in our way? Though we might like to, we can't completely avoid comparing ourselves to others. It's just part of our human experience. Instead, let's recognize that sometimes it can be illuminating. When we compare ourselves to those around us and it stings, it shows us the areas where we are maybe a little raw, a little vulnerable. It can point us in the direction we need to go to make positive changes in the places that have the most impact. This is especially important right now, when we all have just social media to keep in touch with our people! It's so easy to fall into the scroll-trap and walk away completely convinced that we will never measure up. Check out the three ways that we can overcome the endless comparison paralysis and get started. 1. Accept imperfection2. Recognize the highlight reel3. Move your body. Thank you so much for joining me today!Starting this Friday, the podcast will come to your ears twice per week. You will find regular episodes on Mondays and Five Minute Fridays will be a short message to bring you into your weekend training. Make sure that you are subscribed so that you never miss an episode!This show exists for you! I can't stress enough how much it would help me to know what you like and what you don't, what you want to hear more of, and any other tidbits. Reach out! Find me on:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/Or even email me at Sally@FindingFinishLines.com.Until next time, carry on women of valor. 

Apr 2020

34 min 16 sec

Life is strange right now, right? Luckily, there are 5 truths that endurance athletes know that we can lean into to get us through.I don’t want to add to the to-do list in this time, but because I love you, I’m bringing you the reasons why moving can make you feel much better. -There is space for incremental change-We don’t have to decide between doing nothing and doing everything-Why did you set your first fitness goal? Did you evolve after?-Shout out to the Peloton App, with it’s free trial for 90 days. -Evolve or stay the same?-Where are you right now? Want to stay there?Episode with Angie about becoming a runner. Episode with Ashley about trail runningWomen who compete in endurance sports have an advantage for 5 reasons:1. We do hard things for fun2. We jump right in3. We know we aren’t alone4. We know we can change our story5. It’s good for our family.I’d love for you to leave me a quick message. Tell me what you’re trying, share with me what you like about the show or what you’d like to grow. Is there a topic you’d like me to cover or a person you’d like me to talk to? Let me know! Go to https://FindingFinishLines.com/17 and leave me a message through SpeakPipe.Or, send me an email at Sally@FindingFinishLines.comFind me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/And don’t forget to subscribe to the show and share with your friends and family who could use the lessons from endurance sports. ...and lace up & go. Until next time, carry on women of valor. 

Apr 2020

32 min

While we are all at home with either nothing but time (Hello single friends) or seemingly less time that normal (Hi Momma! You got this!) maybe now is the perfect time to give a new practice a try. Today, I mean yoga. In today's culture, hearing the word yoga is equally likely to have you imagining ancient Indian symbols and really long words you can't pronounce as it is to make you recall that shirt you saw on the 'gram that says, "Namastay in bed."Well today, I'm just focused on encouraging you to try the practice of stretching, settling in to unsettling postures, and giving that body of yours a great stretch. Today, I talk to my favorite yoga teacher. I am very privileged because she is my sister! Join us as we debunk some yoga myths, try to persuade you to try it even from the comfort of your own home, and discover improvement in your endurance sport of choice by showing some love to the parts of your body you often neglect. MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:Hot Spot Power Yoga - this is where you can sign up to practice with HayleyYOD Yoga - a combination of traditional yoga and High Intensity Interval TrainingCosmic Kids Yoga on YoutubeWE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!Find Hayley on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/shayleyyj/Email me at: Sally@FindingFinishLines.comLeave comment on the blog at Https://FindingFinishLines.comOr find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/As always, you can find a full transcript of this episode on our website at https://findingfinishlines.com/yoga-for-everyone/Until next time, carry on women of valor! 

Apr 2020

26 min 50 sec

It's just the reality of the moment. For many of us, our A-races, the ones we have been visualizing and training for, have been either cancelled or postponed. What do we do now?It's a bit of an endurance athlete existential crisis. But it doesn't have to be! Join me for a bit of tough love today. Since your race is cancelled, let's dive in and examine our "Why." We know that in life our reasons need to be stronger than our excuses. If the race itself is the reason, we owe ourselves better! Then, once we have established some common reasons why we endurance athletes challenge ourselves in this way, it's time for us to identify excuses that might present themselves and ways to overcome them. Today, I'm all about making sure that you are still moving your body even after this disappointment. Sure, your race is cancelled. That doesn't mean all of your future races will have the same fate. Do you want to show up to your next starting line the kind of woman who took months off nursing her sadness or a resilient, well-trained athlete that never lets anything get in her way? I thought so. Maybe you will decide that this is the perfect time to make the jump to multi-sport. If that's the case, then you will definitely need my list of what you do (and DON'T) need to try a triathlon this year. Find it at: https://findingfinishlines.com/try-a-triathlon-gear/Find a transcript of today's episode at: https://findingfinishlines.com/your-race-is-cancelled/Mentioned on the show:Rev 3 Quarantri - the virtual triathlon at the end of April. DO THIS! Let's support our local race directors. Peloton app - currently giving a 90-day free trialYoga with Adrienne If you have found a cool way to keep moving, share it with me so I can share it with others! We all need to be a little creative right now.Please let me know how you are doing! Connect with me by:Email: Sally@FindingFinishLines.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findingfinishlines/My website: https://findingfinishlines.comThat's all for now. Until next time, carry on Women of Valor.

Mar 2020

28 min 24 sec

After a few years struggling to find consistency with activity, Ashley decided to forget what she told herself about running and try a local 5k...and she loved it! Join us to hear how blossomed from training with an app that told her when to walk and when to run (VERY helpful at first!) to flying down hills on the trails as an ultramarathoner. What will you try next?FROM TODAY'S SHOW:Have you tried guided meditation yet? Check out last week's episode for a quick guided meditation with Hayley, or check out Women's Meditation Network for a whole host of podcast meditations to start, or continue, your practice. If you are looking for a way to fill in your Sunday morning service gap, or if you are just looking for some answers with a dash of hope, join me in the livestream of Park Valley Church, my local church's services on Facebook or through their website, ParkValleyChurch.com. If what we focus on magnifies, let's focus on what is beautiful. Come on over to Instagram and share moments that you are noticing in this crazy time using the hashtag #ForcedPause. I'd love to join you in recognizing the beauty all around us. For more Finding Finish Lines, check us out on Facebook, Instagram, or on our website at FindingFinishLines.com.Until next time, carry on, women of valor. 

Mar 2020

57 min 50 sec

As the coronavirus forces us to change so much of our regular routines to protect those that we love, anxiety can take hold in our lives. We can fight those feelings with just a few simple steps. Join me as I explore the ways that we are empowered to keep our bodies and our minds healthy in the coming weeks. Maybe this pause-period will be one where you decide to change what grabs your focus and start the healthy, simple new habits of exploring nature, moving our bodies, and quiet mediation. For a transcript of today's episode, visit FindingFinishLines.comHere is the Harvard Health study on anxiety.Check out the livestream of Park Valley Church.Until next time, carry on women of valor. 

Mar 2020

32 min 57 sec

Cara was just minding her business and counting her calories one year ago when a friend surprised her with a runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 10k registration. She didn't know it at the time, but this act of kindness would change not only the way that she sees herself, but would shift the way her family spends their time together. Seeing herself as a runner has changed her life. She wants the same for you!Join us as we talk about runDisney race excitement, self-doubt, smashing through the barriers in our own minds, and straightening crowns. For more, visit us at FindingFinishLines.comOr on Facebook or Instagram.

Mar 2020

31 min 46 sec

Are you a sidelines cheerleader or a fraud detector? In every interaction, we have the chance to decide if we are going to bring light and encouragement or judgement and darkness. Let's test this out, just for a week. What it would be like to speak light into everyone around us for seven days? Let’s try it. I dare ya.Find us on FacebookFind us on InstagramLooking for a complete transcript? Find it here on the episode page of FindingFinishLines.comFROM THE SHOW:Disclaimer: Links in the show notes might be affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through them, I make a small commission at no additional cost to you.)Check out the episode with Meredith Atwood called Meredith Atwood (Swim, Bike, Mom) Gets Real About Nonsense.Order her book, The Year of No Nonsense on Amazon.Have you decided to join the VSCO Girl set? Get your genuine Hydro Flask. Hint: I like the wide mouth much more than the standard!)I think this is the Harry Potter Running Club (well, one member at least!) that was out cheering with us. It looks they are are up to a ton of good!If you enjoy FindingFinishLines - The Podcast, check out the blog at FindingFinishLines.com!You might like:Just Be Kind. It's That Simple.Start Fresh. Right Now.

Feb 2020

34 min 18 sec

You know how sometimes we see other people experiencing real success and we immediately discount our abilities to do the same? Right? Like sometimes, we are completely convinced that they have something going on that we could never have. We let those limiting beliefs keep us from just getting started.Join me as I chat with Pirete, the female tower running champion of Estonia. Listen as she takes us along her path from adventurer to elite athlete. Then get moving. We believe in you. For a SHOW TRANSCRIPT and more, visit FindingFinishLines.comFor more information on the Towerrunning World AssociationListen to the episode with Sarah about starting a real estate business: https://findingfinishlines.com/Show2Follow us on Facebook Follow us on InstagramTODAY'S TOPICS:-Being an athlete without a background in sport-Being adaptable and falling in love with movement-Everyone wants to run a marathon?-Being resiliant through injury-Define what you can still do. Breathe. -I could have prevented, but would I have prevented? I’m not sure.-Keep your eyes open for new opportunities-Showering at the gym turns into workout -Just give yourself a chance to try something new-Some of these workouts are very hard!-It all comes down to making it fun-Curiosity opening doors-Now tower running-Description of tower race distances-Dubai tower running experience-Comparison-I don't do well. I DO well. -Just start somewhereUntil next time, Friends...carry on, women of valor. 

Feb 2020

27 min 11 sec

That line in Hamilton when Alexander Hamilton says, "I've seen injustice in the world and I've corrected it" stands out to me as one of the most powerful in the entire play. What if we want to live that kind of life but don't know where to start? I'd say, find the people out there doing the work and find ways to help. Today, I have one of those opportunities for you. Jackie Faye and her organization, She Can Tri, are empowering women in Afghanistan to find movement as triathletes. Yes, women in triathlon in Afghanistan! In fact, two She Can Tri athletes, Zahra and Zeinab, are competing in Ironman 70.3 Dubai on February 7, 2020! Join us to hear how She Can Tri came to be, catch a glimpse of life as a social activist in Afghanistan, be inspired by these fearless women, and learn how you can help! Follow She Can Tri on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Check out The Disney Homegirls Report Today's Topics:-The start of She Can Tri-Free To Run was an organization helping marathoners-What a powerful statement to enable an Afghan woman to compete in an Ironman event-The mission was always going to be hard-Holding many prioirties at once-How sports can transform society-"I was able to do this. You can do it too."-Six Ironman Triathlons on six continents-Gender equality is for all of us-Women in develped countries can race to raise funds for women racing in underserserved areas-Racing for She Can TriFor more Finding Finish Lines, Visit us at FindingFinishLines.comFollow us on FacebookFollow us on InstagramUntil next time, carry on, Women of Valor. 

Jan 2020

35 min 16 sec

What are we believing about ourselves that we have never even verified? It's time for us to grow. Let's agree to be impeccable with our words to ourselves and others and evaluate everything for it's truth and position in our lives. Yes, it's going to require some work. No, it might not come naturally. But it will be worth it, for ourselves and for everyone around us. Let's be brave with the truth. Links to books discussed on today's episode: (Note: if you purchase a book through a link here, I will score a small commission and you will have an awesome book to read. Yay for both of us!)The Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizYou Are The Girl for the Job by Jess ConnollyToday's Topics:-Upcoming interview episodes-We don't live in a bubble-Personal attacks-How can we find something so mean funny? Not me. Not today.-Be impeccable with your word-How can we share light into the lives of people who are spreading ugliness-Check YOUR source documents-Who told you the lies that you believe?-How do lies we believe rob us of our power?-Maybe it’s time to dump out our file boxes-Why would you chose to squander your power by opening up the door to ugliness-What are you going to choose? Comparison or light?-Is it true? Is it helpful?-Every. Single. Person has value-We can still sit with people who are in darkness-Don’t build your house in a valley-Megzit  - yeah. I couldn’t help itVisit FindingFinishLines.com for a transcript of today's episode (normally up within 24-hours of publishing) as well as more about life as an active woman, triathlon, and travel. Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!Until next time, my friends. Carry on, Women of Valor. <3

Jan 2020

35 min 47 sec

We are one week into the brand new decade and everything is going exactly according to plan, right? Of course not! We live here in the actual real world. It's just fine because we are giving ourselves the authority to start fresh whenever we need to. New beginnings don't have to fall on a Monday, the first of the month, a new day, or even a new year. You can start living the life that you want right now! Go ahead. Give it a try. If you have been enjoying the show, don't forget to hit that subscribe button and leave us a quick review! I'd really appreciate it. Check out the series on peace in the new year on Finding Finish Lines - the blog.SHOW TOPICS TODAY:Easy new yearWe can love politics and still tune it outAre New Year's Resolutions necessary? It doesn't have to be perfectVisualize the life you wantMake a planIt doesn't have to have a nameOnline communities can be helpful or toxic. Go easy.Slide off the wagon? Climb back on. Don't explain yourselfYou don't need permissionChange for you or for show?Change = Danger + opportunity. Maybe.Where is your stop?One step back doesn't mean a LEAP forwardMy hopes for youShow up and breatheFor more, including full show transcripts, meet me over on the blogFor more Finding Finish Lines, join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FindingFinishLinesUntil next time, carry on women of valor.

Jan 2020

26 min 56 sec

Jackie left her beloved career as a middle school music teacher when her beautiful son was diagnosed with autism at age three. Always brave enough to acknowledge her feelings, she is open about how that sudden shift was difficult, but not paralyzing, for her. Thankfully, through a love for Disney Parks vacations, she has discovered a whole new, inclusive and supportive community of families of all types. From her gratitude, she loves to share her stories and help families enjoy beautiful vacations of their own.With creative pre-planning, Jackie has toured the world with her whole family and witnessed incredible development and heartwarming moments thanks to the magic of travel. She joins us today to remind you to give yourself grace when life shifts your path, and to take your next step forward with courage and compassion. For more from Jackie, visit:Instagram: @PaintBrushesAndPixieDustBlog: The Path to HappinessFacebook: The Path to HappinessTODAY'S TOPICS:What is courageMeeting baby AndrewDiagnonsis and then treatment in the houseLeaving the workforceToxic positivityHow did Disney come into your lifeDisney makes me feel like a typical familyHow could you see yourself ten years agoCommunity and the saftey net Self carePre-planning is just like with any other familyUpcoming transitionsGiving yourself graceFor more Finding Finish Lines, please visit:The blog: Finding Finish LinesFacebook: Finding Finish LinesUntil next time, carry on, Women of Valor. 

Dec 2019

40 min 42 sec

Disclaimer: There are affiliate links included below. If you decide to make a purchase after clicking through a link, I will make a small commission and you will be supporting the show. Rock on. :)Join me as I straight up fangirl Meredith Atwood. #NoChillMeredith is a wife, mother, 4x Ironman Triathlete, triathlon coach, podcaster, motivational speaker, and author. She joined us to discuss her upcoming book, The Year of No Nonsense, available for pre-order now and on shelves December 17th. Though I smile through the entire chat with Swim, Bike, Mom, we discuss some weighty topics from her deep-diving book:TODAY'S TOPICS: A God of fear vs. loveWhat is Nonsense?Self-help books as coping mechanismsChildhood traumaThe names we chooseStart with movementThe need for hustlePositivity culture and the self-care industryBody positivity as an excuse for bad behaviorEYES ON YOUR OWN PLATE!Burning the boatsBeing "On a Mission."For more from Meredith Atwood:SwimBikeMom.comThe Same 24 Hours PodcastOn InstagramOn FacebookFind Meredith's books on Amazon.com:The Year of No NonsenseTriathlon for the Every WomanCheck out For King and Country's song, Burn the Ships on Youtube. It's so good!For More Finding Finish Lines:FindingFinishLines.comOn FacebookOn InstagramUntil next time, carry on, Woman of Valor. 

Dec 2019

47 min 40 sec

Maybe this is your favorite season of the whole year. Have you been waiting for the Thanksgiving dishes to be done so you could joyfully decorate for Christmas? That's fantastic. Seeing you love it makes me smile! For others, this season is exhausting. Girl, I see you, too! Let's agree to drop the pretense and bring our authentic selves wherever this season takes us, eh? Life is just easier that way. TOPICS:December in a boot. Boo.Limited quiet timeSometimes the Christmas season is hardJobs are hardSometimes being lucky is hard (WHAT?)Loving our bodies is hardLoneliness is hardYOU ARE ENOUGHSeason of slowingSeason of rushIt doesn't have to be perfectMessy wrappingJust show upWe need YOUToday we celebrateFind more at FindingFinishLines.comArticle on messy wrapping paper: http://bit.ly/MessyWrappingSee ya next time!

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Dec 2019

19 min 14 sec

Angie is a fabulous midwestern momma who set her sights on the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 5k in February 2020, and scored a fun new way to bond with her daughter in the process. Join us as she shares her journey from registration to, “I actually think I can do this!”Today's Topics: -Those social media pictures will get ya.-Running as a way to go on an extra vacation-When our kids are go-getters-Race outfit planning-A unique motivation strategy-Training runs in costume-Running in a giant hat-Galloway App for training-So much progress in so little time-Pausing to honor our achievements-Time to call ourselves runners-The mile day...duhn duhn duuuuuhhnnn-Girls on the Run-Bonding on the track-The first trip to the running store-Me? The running club?-Rescue dogs-Tough little chicks-Freddie Mercury-runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend 2020 is Villians themed!For more Finding Finish Lines, visit us:On the Blog: FindingFinishLines.comOn Facebook: facebook.com/FindingFinishLines/

Dec 2019

21 min 47 sec

Sarah Wood is a fearless entrepreneur. Though she would not have guessed that she would ultimately become not just a successful Realtor, but the president of her local board, a nominee for Georgia Realtor of the Year, and the Broker of her very own office, she has always known that a life with adventure is the type of life for her. Sarah is a brave, bold woman with a no-nonsense attitude. She considers her personal motto, "Screw it! Let's do it" and she doesn't hesitate to share it. Check out our interview with her and leave feeling inspired, empowered, and a little lighter thanks to her witty sense of humor. Find more at: FindingFinishLines.comVisit Crest Realty at: https://www.facebook.com/crestrealtygafl

Nov 2019

19 min

Welcome to the very first episode of Finding Finish Lines - The Podcast.Something incredible and timely happened today. As the circle of people who know about this podcast highlighting courageous women grew, I suddenly felt far less brave myself. It's funny how life works like this sometimes, right? Join me as I touch on:-Imposter Syndrome-The words from my sister that always snap me back to life-My experience with the Disney Parks Moms Panel-Attempting endurance events for the first time-The loneliness of new parenthood -Serving other moms-Applying for a new job-Stepping out in Faith-Growing our communities-Being stretched in scary situations and coming out better I share an excerpt from You Are The Girl For The Job by Jess ConnollyHere is a Facebook post from Jen Hatmaker that I referenced about "Christianese." It's worth a quick read if you have ever felt out because of the interesting language used in some circles.Thanks for joining me today! Find more at FindingFinishLines.com

Nov 2019

36 min 49 sec

I have a little secret for you, Friends. The world wants you to think that you aren't enough and that is a big, fat, hairy lie. In fact, I am willing to bet that you are brave, and strong, and powerful, and fearfully and wonderfully made. I think that you just need a little reminder.This is where I come in. I'm Sally, the creator of FindingFinishLines.com, a place to celebrate the joy and honor the work in a life filled with endurance sports, family, and travel. Here on Finding Finish Lines - The Pod, I want to recognize and celebrate the inspiring acts of bravery from the women around us. Little things, average things, BIG WORLD CHANGING THINGS, everything. I want to celebrate it all. This is a place to find inspiration, to be empowered, and to be challenged to drop whatever isn't serving you in your life so that you can run towards whatever brings you joy. Join us! 

Nov 2019

2 min 45 sec