Great news! Street Dreams, the short film about my USA run, just got accepted into another film festival. It will be screening as part of the Culture Unplugged festival, which is one of the biggest online film festivals in the world! I’ll definitely post an update when I know the category and date details. This is really exciting because I’m hoping to use the video to help find sponsors and donors for a next adventure. That part was definitely the most difficult one in my USA run, as it was very challenging to convince athletic companies that they should listen to some random girl who says she’s going to run across the country. It was hard not to let their rejection affect my optimism – how can you believe so fiercely in yourself, yet not be able to persuade others to believe in you too? Thank goodness I ended up meeting so many generous individuals who did believe in my cause, as well as my family and friends. In any case, I’m hoping that next time around, I’ll have a little more credibility and my plans will sound more legitimate to potential sponsors. And I think having the film will definitely help!
I just got back to Richmond after a nice (too short!) break in Maine, and all I can say is that there just isn’t any place like home. I got to see my family, the coastline, and get a few of my old runs in – definitely a necessity after all those Thanksgiving treats! I even got to run with my brother Gabe and his wife Margaret, which is pretty special because we are all runners but we rarely get the chance to run together. (even if by ‘together’ I mean that Gabe finished a solid mile ahead of us)
And speaking of Thanksgiving treats, I just wanted to share a phrase that I heard last week that stuck with me. Nothing poetically inspirational, just a basic, practical approach to staying fit during the holiday season. The idea is to “maintain, not gain” over the holidays, meaning to focus on maintaining your fitness level and steady workouts, rather than just focusing on whether you’re going to gain weight if you have too much turkey or pie etc. I know it sounds kind of silly, but I like that the emphasis here is on the positive – maintaining fitness, something that’s in your control – rather than on something negative, such as worrying about overeating etc. Holidays at my house always come with huge home-cooked feasts, and it’s just unacceptable to not indulge at least a little – or a lot – so over the next month, I challenge everyone to focus on “maintaining” and not on “gaining”. And then you’ll have earned that slice of pie a couple times over!
And, just for fun, here’s a photo of my beautiful parents, cause I miss them already.