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October 17, 2014
by shalama jackson

Do you ever look back or are you always looking forward?

me looking back on progressHave you taken the time to acknowledge how far you have come along in your personal journey towards a goal? Or are you focused on how far you still have to go?

This morning I thought about that as I was getting dressed in a new pair of pants and top, both smaller than I could have ever imagined six months ago.

Earlier this year I was ready to add a new challenge of stepping on stage as a bodybuilding bikini competitor, but first I needed to lose weight. I had been progressing, but wanted a trainer/coach to help me achieve my overall goal.

When I look in the mirror I typically see how much more I have to achieve. I have lost weight and gained some muscle mass, but because I want to get on stage before June 2015, I see what I have not achieved.

However, while getting dressed, it hit me of how far I have come. It’s always good to look forward to where I am going, but doesn’t hurt to look back on where I’ve come from.

Do you look back on how far you’ve come? Or are you always focused on how far you still have to go?


October 16, 2014
by shalama jackson

Ragnar Relay: Doing it again!


photo: courtesy Ragnar Relay Florida Keys 2014

I can’t believe that I am saying this, but I am doing another Ragnar Relay. Seriously. I have agreed to join a team for Ragnar Relay Florida Keys in February.

After running Ragnar DC, I reached out to a running friend who I knew already had a team and told her that if a vacancy were to come up on her team that I would be interested in joining. Well, I got the call earlier this week that someone has dropped out. That calls means I get to slide right on in.

As far as I know, I will be joining Van 1. My fitness partner in crime, Eboni, will be on Van 2. Yes, we are doing it together. I’m a glutton for punishment like that.

I had a good time with some of the people in our van for DC, but I am looking to have a better overall experience. After this, I’d love to be a part of the Hood to Coast Relay. However for now, let me focus on one relay at a time.

What relay race have you run?

October 13, 2014
by shalama jackson

An Afternoon at the Fair

fun slide sc state fairIt is SC State Fair time. And of course we had to partake.

Shaun wore me down and we went to the fair during the weekend with one of his track teammates. The pair went on most of the rides that can turn you upside down, twisted around and feel like you’ve fallen from the sky all while your heart sits in your throat.

kids ride sc state fairThe annual October event of people watching, ride going and food eating is in full effect for me while the kids rode the rides.

plank challenge sc state fairBut before leaving the boys took on one of the Air National Guard’s challenge. The two wanted to see who would outlast the other in a plank challenge. I will say that I was impressed by the boys. Shaun went down at 3:40 with Keaton following at 3:46.

What did you get into during the weekend?