All My Secrets.

Portland, OregonI have a quick confession to make.

I honestly never, ever, ever in my life thought I’d run a marathon. And if you knew me, YOU never would have thought I would, either. I’m not one of those naturally athletic, all things trim, uber healthy sort of girls. You know the type…cute as sh*t, totally rockin’ the ponytail, born with ASICS on her feet.

Me? Yeah, um…I’m more of a vodka-tonic swilling, carb-o-hydrate lovin’ gal myself.

That’s why no one was more surprised than I when earlier this year, I burned down the finish line of my first 26.2.

I remember walking down the chute thinking, “No f*ing way, man. This sh*t is definitely NOT for me. I think I’ll stick to half-marathons for the rest of my ever-lovin’ life. They seem to be a little more BK friendly.”

It took me all of 4 weeks to forget how messy and hard my first marathon was. (I know, my memory sucks.)

So here we are…my next BIG adventure.

I signed on to run the Portland Marathon October 6, 2013. Woo Hoo!

But this time, I’m taking a much different approach. (And this involves you so keep reading…)

The truth is, I had no stinkin’ idea what I was doing when I trained for my first marathon. I ran an a** load of junk miles. Skimped on weight training. Detested cross training. Shoved cinnamon rolls down my throat ’til hell wouldn’t have it. Nurtured a full-blown addiction to Mexican food and margaritas. It’s anybody’s guess how I even crossed that freakin’ finish line. 

This time, I’ll be running less and incorporating more weights and cross training. I’m adding interval training and speed work, too. I’ll also be checking my affection for vodka and all things sugar at the door.

My “monster” goal in Portland is to shave 26 minutes off my time.  (So I’m shooting for a 4:16 race – freakin’ heroic in my mind.)

Here’s what else is going to be different this time ‘round:

I want you to come with me. 

No, you don’t have to run the Portland Marathon. (Thank you Jesus, right?) But if YOU have a dream, a vision or a “monster” goal of your own…and you want the powerful support you deserve to totally rock YOUR results…

Then get in on my 100 Days of Sole Challenge.

Listen. One of my biggest lessons has been that having other people in your corner to hold your hand, cheer you on or simply kick your a** can change the game. There are many a times I kept truckin’ because I had to tell YOU what the hell I did (or did not) do. And I want YOU to experience the same level of encouragement and support that I did if you’re ready to chase a “monster” goal, too. (Trust me, this sh*t works.)

100Days_Square2Here’s the gig: The doors to the Challenge open Saturday, July 6th.

As a member, you’ll connect with other super cool, amazing people who are all taking a courageous, NO EXCUSES approach to reaching their “monster” goal.

You don’t have to be runner to participate. But you DO have to have a goal…AND a burning desire to pull out all the stops to git-er’-done.

Click here for the details.

I’m totally, 1000 percent, all the way IN on my “monster” goal. (No excuses.)

How about you?

Let’s Roll!


P.S. The other thing I need to mention is that I’m all in on living fearlessly for the next 100+ days. The only thing I know for sure is that this means I will shout, “Hell Yes!” when normally I’d cry, “F* no.”  It means I’ll honor myself. Check all of my excuses at the ever lovin’ door. It may also involve buying a motorcycle, getting a tatoo around my left bicep, becoming a master marksman or a bad-a** belly dancer. Good news is, you’ll be the first to know.

P.S.S. I got a fabulous note from my friend Jack yesterday, here’s what he said: “I’m on standby and ready to follow you over the next cliff to find out whatever the f* it has in store. Rock on!!!” While I promise not to leap off a freakin’ cliff, I’d love to have you with me!

P.P.S.S. What’s YOUR “monster” goal this year? Come on over and share!

One last thing. Last week I asked you to guess what my next adventure would be. Several of you guessed a Tri, someone even guessed the Tough Mudder. I think I’d like to master this running bit before I work my way into mud and/or water. Lol.


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4 Responses to All My Secrets.

  1. Allison Oertel June 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    YES!!! There are 11 ladies here in the Mid-Willamette Valley (Sweet Home, Salem, Portland) who are running this – several of which are first timers. And I believe we ALL read you blog, laugh and commisserate with EVERYTHING in here. We have to absolutely meet up somehow! I’m so excited to welcome you to Oregon and specifically the Portland Marathon!

    • Brook June 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

      Allison – woo hoo hoo! I can’t wait to meet your “girls”! I’m all in on meeting all of you fabulous sole sisters eyeball to eyeball — we will have a blast! Thanks for the warm Oregon welcome — let’s rock this!

  2. Kim June 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I absolutely love your inspiration!!! Could you imagine the power of us women if we all decided to say HELL YES to lots of things that we would normally shy away from? I am not a runner…well, of course I am not if I keep that attitude! I have decided to accomplish a 5K totally RUNNING in August–have walked/jogged the two I have done this summer. YOU ARE AMAZING–and I thank you for sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly with all of us.

    • Brook June 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Kim, just a note sister to say you’ve so got that 5K in August — and I’m cheering my a** off for you from Denver. Keep me posted — I’d love to celebrate YOUR heroic accomplishment! (((BIG HUGS!)))

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