5 Life Lessons from Badger Moran

5 Life Lessons from Badger Moran

Adopting Badger has been one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made.  In addition to his low maintenance and endless love, I have learned quite a bit about life from this young man.  Below is a short list of my observations.

1. Take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.  Badger typically demonstrates this when we are on a run this hot summer and come across a puddle.  No matter how often we stop for drinks out of my camel back, if he finds a puddle, he’s going swimming!  Applied to human life, this behavior may be as simple as using the restroom I walk past before going into a meeting, but may also be as big as speaking up when a life-changing opportunity arises, such as at a networking event.  If you want to cool down, go for a swim.  People will mostly be supportive, if not merely entertained by your unconventional behavior.

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Thank goodness for this Athens puddle in the middle of a hot summer run!

2. It’s okay to say, “No.”  I don’t have a good image for this one, but Badger constantly reminds me that its okay to say, “no,” or, “no, thank you.” Here are some examples.

  • We are on a run, and come to a stop light.  He sits like a good boy, so I try to give him a treat.  He sniffs, but is not interested, so moves his head.  Its okay, you don’t have to eat treats, especially in the middle of a workout.
  • I’m cooking dinner, and he is patiently laying down next to the kitchen.  I think it is awesome that he will eat (raw) veggies, so I often experiment to see what he will eat.  He won’t eat raw spinach.  He’ll sniff, lick, and drop it on the floor. Which I take to mean, “No thank you, Mommy.”
  • Another running example.  I’ll ask, “Are you thirsty?” He responds by turning his head and getting ready for, “Okay. Let’s Go!” meaning, “No thank you. I just drank out of that puddle that presented itself to me. Now I can’t drink anymore until I do my business.”

This is a major lesson that I (and many others) need to learn.  Badger exhibits confidence in knowing himself and knowing what he wants or needs.  To that end, he is confident enough to refuse my offerings.  This is an extremely important lesson. One should knowing yourself, your ability, and your bandwidth to successfully complete something before accepting more work, setting training goals, or more extracurricular responsibility.  Not knowing how to say no will throw life off balance.  At work, we call it, “exercising your ‘no’ muscle.”  Just like your body needs physical exercise, your mind needs mental and behavior exercises to operate the way you want it to.  Remember to say, “no” when you don’t want to do something.  If you really don’t like something, speak up!  Its even okay to vehemently say no.

3. Be patient, but persistent. Patience and persistence will pay off.  If things aren’t going your way don’t try to force them.  Make your presence and desires known, but don’t be pushy about it.  Stay calm.  Eventually things will turn your way.  I know, I cave every day and eventually give Badger a piece of food from the kitchen or my plate.  He will wait an hour (eternity to doggies) patiently watching and waiting.  As long as he listens and responds appropriately, he will get what he wants.

Badger's in the background, patiently hoping for some bacon wrapped, guacamole filled BBQ'd chicken
Badger’s in the background, patiently hoping for some bacon wrapped, guacamole filled BBQ’d chicken

4. Be grateful, everyday. Like most Americans, I tend to spend my mornings worrying about all the tasks I have to complete that day.  What needs to be done at work? How am I going to fit my training into this week’s schedule?  You know the drill.  Badger, on the other hand, wakes up every morning, get this, happy. He is so excited to see me & Ian, that he has a soft bed, that he has the chance to go outside to run, that he has a tasty meal waiting for him when he returns.  He loves us and shows us his gratitude with excitement and affection, every day! This might be the most important lesson Badger has taught me.  To love life, because I have everything I need.  I love my family and the life we have together.  This is all you need to be grateful.  Everyday is an opportunity to love life again.

All 60#s of pibble love, snuggling on top of mama!
All 60#s of pibble love, snuggling on top of mama!

5. Enjoy the journey, the destination is not so important. Every morning Badger & I go out for an adventure.  Sometimes we just go around in our neighborhood, sometimes we hop in the car and go a little farther.  No matter what, he is stoked to go.  It doesn’t matter if we repeat a normal loop, go to the park to sniff around, go off into the trails. Every day is an adventure, we always eventually end up at home; he’s excited for the experience and the time we spend together.  Love what you do, live your life. You won’t end up anywhere unless you take a journey, so make the best of the excursion you’re on.

Courageously go onward!  Enjoy the journey, whether you know where you're going or not!
Courageously go onward! Enjoy the journey, whether you know where you’re going or not!
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Training Check In – Week 9

Training Check In – Week 9

Its been 1 month since my first training check in!  This training month has been interesting.  I’ve been traveling 3 out of the last 4 weeks, which makes scheduling my runs and workouts seem like a jigsaw puzzle to say the least.  As a result, I’ve been pretty lenient on my strength and cross training.

Badger and I got to run in the hot, hot heat & humidity of Georgia on vacation:

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Did I mention it was really, really HOT!  I just had to let Badger jump in the fountain to cool off.  By “had to” I mean, I couldn’t really stop him from jumping in!  My sneaky little boy.

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Our last days in Georgia were spent with friends in Athens.  Badger was a big hit there, not just for his general awesomeness, but for his resemblance of the university mascot.

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More importantly, I was able to spend time with this beauty, she lives on the other side of the globe and I miss her soooo much!

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After a week of vacation, it was time to go back to work. My first week back, we were out at Stanford University, so I had a few great runs in the beautiful CA sun, with some HILLS!  Yes!
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Last week, I went to San Diego.  It was a VERY short trip and I had a lot of work to do.  I managed to get a short morning run in before hurrying off to meetings.  I didn’t get to snap a photo on my run, but I had some time before my flight home, so I went to the bluffs to watch the sunset.  Even now, looking at the sunset pics almost brings me to tears.  I miss the ocean (the one that the sun sets into).

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Each week, I’ve surpassed my goal mileage anywhere from 2 – 10 miles.  Some of my cross training days were converted to easy run days for convenience.  I’m cutting back on extra runs and putting cycling back in this week.  My shins have been sore again this week, so I’m letting them take a little extra time.  Although my mileage is up, I haven’t been happy with my speed.  I wanted to run a 1/2 marathon this year under 1:45:00.  I don’t think Nike Women’s is going to be that race. I haven’t had many hills to train on.  The only thing going for me is that I will probably be faster in the ideal running conditions (50s-60s deg F, as opposed to 90sF and high humidity) and high adrenaline.  So, I’ve decided just to push myself to my limit and be happy with my performance.  I will try to find another race in November or December to go for my goal time.  …Perhaps I should really make time for my strength and cross training!