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A Huge Success!

Last Saturday’s concert, Singing 4 Her was a huge success!

Congratulations to all the singers and dancers your performance was spectacular! A special thanks goes to the musicians for their musical talent and for their time: Sonya Dockrell, Xavier Paris, Nat & the Papas – Natalia Maeso, Alex Granda, Juan Carlos Garcia, Albert Roca, Jose Gabriel Bento, Joan Frances Albacete, Albert Gumà.

Thanks to all the Running 4 Her team – students, teachers (especially Ester Hurtado, Laura Pons and Roser Farrus)and my own team members, as well as Albert Alguersuari – your work was invaluable.

My deepest thanks to Ajuntament de Girona – your support, joy, energy and heart truly stands out. The total support of the Generalitat de Catalunya continues wonderfully – I am grateful indeed.

Thank you also to all our sponsors and collaborators.

The support and help offered by Javier Muñoz of Jana Productions was a true luxury for us – thank you!

Some special words are needed for Albert Gumà – apart from being a great drummer, he was technical and stage director, but his dedication didn’t stop there. His work prior to the concert as regards visuals, coordination and general support was priceless – my friend I give my heartfelt thanks. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to put this concert together.

And a final THANKS goes to the audience – you were wonderful!

I leave you with a few of the first images we have until we receive the official photos…tomorrow I’ll be posting the first official photos by Paul Mac Manus!

Be Excellent!

Motivation: Chapter 1

Motivation is one of the most powerful tools we have in sports, and for that matter, in our lives too. Without motivation even the best athlete won’t reach half his or her potential, and similarly, a mediocre athlete with high motivation may well beat much stronger athletes. I’ve seen runners of all levels, from world-class champions to beginners, lose motivation and abandon races or even sports itself with no physical reason whatsoever. Motivation is essential for achieving goals and for living a full life.

When one starts to run, or to practice most similar sports, it’s easy to motivate oneself; in general we like new things and experiences. Everything’s an adventure: the feelings and sensations, the people we meet, first races, new goals, the ability to break one’s own records or to win races. At the beginning it’s easy in the same way that the beginning of a new relationship is easy – the first months or even years are exciting and new, full of the motivation and adventure necessary to continue. Later though, when the experiences are no longer new, and the excitement begins to lessen, is when you can lose the motivation totally if you don’t work at it.

As I said earlier, time itself and experiences already lived can cause loss of motivation, especially considering that in the times we live in, most people’s values are very tied in with the culture of consumerism, where new is best, and where rapid turnover is almost necessary. All too often I here people saying “Been there, done that.” or “That’s nothing new, it doesn’t interest me…” For those who live like this, those whose values are based on searching out what’s new, who are always in search of adrenaline, running or any other sport will therefore be no different. Once they have tried it all they risk demotivation. This is only one of the causes of loss of motivation – there are many more.

The runner who starts to run with his or her best friend, or always trains with the same person, can easily lose the necessary drive to continue when said partner gets injured or decides to stop training.

Many people don’t know how to balance their sports, and over train or push too hard on speed before they are ready. Over training of any sort can lead to injury and certainly to exhaustion, both of which are also cause loss of motivation.

Another major cause is lack of strategy, and failure to set realistic goals. If you’ve set yourself goals far beyond your capabilities, it’s possible that the disappointment of failing to achieve these goals will leave you totally disheartened. Those who know me know that I’m a woman who thrives by setting tough challenges – for me, if it’s easy and if the outcome is guaranteed, then it’s not a challenge. Obviously I like uncertain goals, but this said, when I set one of these gruelling challenges I prepare myself exceedingly well, both physically and psychologically, and I always ensure that there is a logical progression to my challenges. Failure to do so can lead us to failure, after which will no doubt follow a certain degree of demotivation.

Loss of motivation due to avoidable reasons often leads to abandoning the sport completely, and at times may even lead to abandoning sports in general. This same lack of motivation may also lead you to not prepare fully for a race or challenge, leading in turn not only to failure but also to injury. Less obvious, but by no means less serious is the fact that demotivation can also feed depression.

So what can we do about all this then? There are many things we can do, many tools we can use, and to do so we need to go deeper into the topic and need a lot of time, but for a start, we can look at how to try to prevent it…

Enough for today – tomorrow you can return to read Chapter 2…

Be Excellent!

Second Wind

With the mercury rising along with the humidity, one would think that I’d be suffering during my training runs and not enjoying a moment of them. The reality though is very different. I’m enjoying my running more than ever. Last week I thought that this newfound zest for kilometres was all due to the splendid company I have been keeping recently while training – Siscu, Oz, Quim and Fede – but although they are marvellous running companions, I have realised that I’m also thoroughly enjoying my solo training runs. What fun! What joy!

Lately I’ve been thriving running in the heat, the hills, in the early morning, along the National road (this is the one I really can’t understand!), and this morning running a 12 km run with the first 7 km a non-stop long, brutal uphill – I had a brilliant time! 80s music playing on my iPod, suffocating humidity, sweating like a beast, and full of joy for running…

Recently I’ve made a few changes to my plans, have taken some new decisions, and I believe that this has given me a second wind. This simply confirms what I already know, and what I always talk about in my motivational speaking – sometimes you need a change of direction in your life.

Tomorrow I’ll continue discussing all this, but now I need to stop and have my secnd shower of the day, get dressed, and then catch the train in to Barcelona for an interview on Onda Cero Radio – it will be broadcast on SatSunday.

Be excellent!

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