Who Lifts You Up?

Over the past few weeks and months I have found myself stepping out of my athletic comfort zone far more often. Trail running, swimming, signing up for a triathlon, clipping in a road bike, and pushing my pace are all things that have intimidated me to the point of resistance for years. I’ve cheered and supported my friends in these endeavors but never believed enough in myself to personally accomplish them.

Tonight, while pushing through my speed workout, I thought about what I would have done a year ago in this situation. After a long day in the office, I probably would have told myself I could do it next week and shirked off speed work for a few more minutes of work or a relaxing evening. In the back of my head, I didn’t think it was that important because I would be “fast." Now, a year later, the runners in my life are constantly pushing me whether during runs or training conversations, to get out of my comfort zone and focus on how strong I’ve become. These simple words and mantras are finally starting to register mentally and help me push down the negative thoughts.

Surround yourself with people who lift you up

In fact, I’ve evolved into a person I barely recognize sometimes and it is because of the people in my life. They aren’t all here in Geneva, in fact, many are social media friends that I have yet to meet in real life. But regardless of how they came into my life, I am blessed to have people who support and lift me up on a daily basis. On Monday night, as I prepared to swim a mere 100 meters in our swim meet, I was overcome with nerves so severe that I was on the verge of letting a co-worker take my place at the meet. Within minutes every single person on my team was surrounding me, telling me how strong and courageous I was for standing on the starting block, preparing to swim. They motivated and supported me until with only ten seconds left I turned, flashing them a smile, assuring them I would swim as fast as possible. To this day, I barely know some of their names since we spend most of our time with our heads in the water during our early morning practices.

But, tonight, I took the time to organize all my notecards and start writing thank you notes, one by one, to those incredible people in my life who lift me up daily. They will never know what an impact they’ve had on me these past few months during this time of change and adjustment.

Take the time tonight to think about who you surround yourself with each day. Do you have an opportunity to find more positive influences? Have you thanked someone in your life lately for helping motivate you to be the best person possible? 


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  1. Sana June 26, 2014 / 12:52 am

    You really have come so far in all of your adventures! Keep putting in the hard work, it’s paying off!

    • ashleyd June 26, 2014 / 7:16 am

      Thank you so much Sana! 🙂

  2. Gilly@doubletroublerunning June 26, 2014 / 1:12 am

    Ashely, I read your blog all the time and I have to say you’re killing it lately! You’re a great inspiration to me to push myself and I am going to try clip ins also – i am so afraid!! I bet you will really surprise yourself in berlin! Keep it up 🙂 Gilly

    • ashleyd June 26, 2014 / 7:16 am

      Aww Gilly thank you so much! You’ll rock on the bike!

  3. Shea L. June 26, 2014 / 3:36 am

    Love this! We all need a little love and support from others, and it’s great to remind them how much we appreciate them! I know I’d be lost without my boyfriend and my bestie. Great post!

    XoXo Shea L. ⇨ ⇨ ⇨ kissmychocolate.com

    • ashleyd June 26, 2014 / 7:15 am

      Thanks Shea!! I just sent 3 notes in the mail today thanking friends. 🙂

      • Theodora June 27, 2014 / 6:19 pm

        Hasn’t come yet! 😉

  4. kristi@runkwrun.blogspot.com June 26, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    I have several people that support me. I managed to find a friend that has been like a coach to me. He’s really helped me swim and even convinced me that I can run a marathon without doing intervals…and faster. He even has me convinced that I may do a half ironman. It’s so very far out of my comfort zone, but oh well. I’m going with it.

    • ashleyd June 27, 2014 / 9:15 am

      That’s great Kristi! I can’t wait to read about your half ironman journey!

  5. Tracy June 26, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    So awesome, Ashley! You have really handled your transitions with such grace. I know it hasn’t always been easy but you have made the most of it and clearly winning the hard battle of massive change. Kuddos to YOU!!

    • ashleyd June 27, 2014 / 9:15 am

      Thanks Tracy! I have done my best and learned A LOT over the past few months!

  6. Alicia June 26, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    Great post! I feel like reading blogs like yours helps to inspire me to work harder! Just signed up for my first half, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • ashleyd June 27, 2014 / 9:14 am

      Thanks Alicia! Good luck with your first half! You’ll rock!

  7. Nicole June 26, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Just found your blog, and read this post. Thank you so much. So inspiring.

    • ashleyd June 27, 2014 / 9:13 am

      Thanks and welcome to the blog Nicole! I hope you’ll come back daily for more doses of inspiration, running and travel!

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