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Finding Finish Lines

Author: Sally Bulavko

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Let's drop expectations, judgement, comparison, pretense, ego, and anything else that threatens to stand in our way as we chase our endurance goals. I'm Sally. I'm an unashamed middle-of-the-pack marathoner, triathlete, mom, wife, and friend trying to juggle all the good things. Hang around here long enough and I'll have you believing that you can do anything...and hitting that register button. Join us for full episodes on Mondays and a quick, powerful pep-talk on our Five-Minute-Friday episodes. See ya at the start line!
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Doesn't it feel a little bit like as soon as we get used to a new normal right now, something comes up and we need to take a break or pivot? Nothing about 2020 is "Steady State."Which got me thinking: maybe that's no so bad! In fact, a very common running method, running consistent intervals, teaches us how to start & stop to keep our strength up for a long period of time. Running intervals is the perfect training for 2020!Join me as I talk to Friend-of-the Show Hayley about her experience running intervals at major races. Do you run intervals? Have you ever tried it? Let me know! Join me on Facebook or Instagram, or even our Closed Facebook Community We Are Finding Finish Lines. I'd love to hear about your experience! Until next time, carry on, woman of valor. 
Garmin devices are down all over and athletes everywhere are having a bit of an existential crisis: If it's not recorded, did we even workout? Y'all this isn't a disaster! It's a gift from 2020. (See this is the only way we are making it through this year. For real.)We have been...ahem...given...the chance to reconnect to our bodies and our sport without the distractions of our always-on trackers and guides. We can settle into our our pace. We can try out new things. We can just go for it without even the chance to compare ourselves to everyone else. Doesn't that seem kinda great? Let's embrace it! 
Girl! You are holding way too much all the time!You are making incredibly hard decision after incredibly hard decision. You are still doing allllll of the things for alllll of the people.Maybe you are still holding a vision of perfection for your life that just hangs out in front of you, taunting you, and making you feel as though if you could just do a liiiiiitle bit more, you could reach. Well, that's a lie. Perfection is a moving target. So, what can you do that would sustain you, refresh you, and making you feel more like a whole human person again? Let's trade something that feels like a pile-on for something that feels rejuvenating because whole is so much better than perfect. Find more at: https://FindingFinishLines.comFollow me on Facebook or Instagram for more real life training talk.Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 
Just about all of us have been handing the disappointment of cancelled, deferred, shifted-to-virtual race announcements. We have come to expect them here in 2020 in America, and it's likely the right and responsible thing to do. So when I received a letter from Friend-Of-The-Show, Pirete the Tower Running Champion from Episode 10 sharing all about her spur-of-the-moment racing opportunities last weekend, I had to share it! See, she had the chance to run a 9k followed by a marathon on the trails in Estonia, and she took it! Detrained, she registered without fear and went for it. What did she discover? She had it in her! She finished with incredible times and made beautiful memories. That made me thing: the time will come when races come back to us. Will we be ready to be a Yes when our friends invite us to smash the register button?  To make sure that we are ready to scale up, download a plan, hire a coach, and get back to racing, we can take a few simple but important steps each day to keep our bodies ready for the challenge:1. Get MOVING in whatever way feels good and brings you joy right now.2. Get HYDRATED3. Get PICKY with your food choices. Make sure you are noshing the appropriate servings of fruit and veggies to keep your store right and ready for work.PRODUCTS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW:Heads Up: Links below might be affiliate links. That means that I will earn a commission when you make a purchase after clicking a link below to a product. 32 Ounce Hydro Flask - The perfect water bottle, in my humble opinionBerkey Water Filter SystemYoutube video review of a Berkey Water SystemHow To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny OdellShare your current binge-y shows with me in the comments at or in our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines. Follow the show on Facebook or Instagram for more. Until next time, carry on Woman of Valor. Finding Finish lines is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to
Are you still doing your workouts outside? Great! If not, did you now that you can actually train your body to adjust to the heat? Yup. It's going to be miserable at first. That's true. It's also true that the only way to the other side of that phase (well, short of waiting until the fall!) is through it.It's just like living this crazy life in 2020. Yes, it feels too hard. We remember that yesterday was tough and we don't want more yesterdays in our tomorrows. Yet, we are runners! We know that our bodies (and our minds) can adjust to the hard stuff, learn to manage it, and move on. That's why we do this super hard sport of ours: to learn to adjust.Thank God you're a runner! For more, follow Finding Finish Lines on Instagram or Facebook or join the closed Facebook Group We Are Finding Finish Lines. If you have some homeschool advice you'd like to share with this newb, I'd love it! Email me at next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 
Love over Fear

Love over Fear


It might sound a little woo woo, but it's actually super practical to consider that the best way to stay in the game is to practice love over fear. We have to love ourselves enough to believe that we are capable of achieving our goals ever so slightly more than we fear the failure. We have to show love to others when they fall down so we don't have to fear their reactions to us when we face setbacks. We need to determine our values and make them abundantly clear if we are going to have any shot of living them out. This applies in our personal lives and in our training! What are your values? For more Finding Finish Lines, join our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook. If you would like to help guide the show, please take a second to respond to the survey at't forget to share the show with your friends and family! Until next time, carry on, woman of valor! 
Just this week, several huge races had to cancel their upcoming events. It stinks. No doubt. But even though your big running or triathlon event might have been deferred, the only person deferring you big acts of love is you.Don't do that. For the next 3-days, I challenge the brave women athletes in this community to take the love and movement discipline challenge. Whenever you feel like siting, move. Whenever you feel like being angry, love. Just try it on for size and see how it feels. Then come join us in the growing Facebook community We Are Finding Finish Lines and share you wins with us. Let's celebrate together. Thanks for listening. Carry on, woman of valor. For more, check out Finding Finish Lines on:Instagram:
Let's take a look at why we come to endurance sports like running and triathlon. I mean anything from a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultra racing, sprints, 70.3, Ironman...any of them.After listening to some of the stories that we have told ourselves for so long, a song came through my headphones that helped me process what this is all about:We do this crazy endurance training because we "Love how it feels when we break the chains." (Thanks, Imagine Dragons!)Are you ready to break down and build back up as a woman without the heavy chains of old lies about your value and abilities? Then let's get to it. Come join us in the closed Facebook community, We Are Finding Finish Lines.If you would like to help the show grow, please take a second to fill out this quick survey about what you like and don't like. This is for you! For more training stories, follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook. Until next time, carry on, Woman of Valor.
Are there words that you are holding onto as part of your identity that really just don't describe you anymore?Clumsy. Weak. Lazy. Fat..."You couldn't possibly run a half marathon!" Whatever they heck the words are that keep you from believing that you can do whatever it is that is on your heart, IT'S TIME TO LET THEM GO. Those stories that you have been telling yourself are lies. Because you aren't defined by your past. If you were not athletic as a child but you run 3x/week now (at WHATEVER PLACE, SISTER!) then you are an athlete. You are not what you were. In fact, you aren't who you were 10 minutes ago! So who are you? What do you believe about yourself as you head into weekend training? Come tell us over in the closed Facebook group We Are Finding Finish Lines. Introduce yourself as the powerful athlete that you are, and we will all believe it. Until next time, carry on woman of valor. 
Once we are a little lost in our athlete lives, how do we get back on track?I'm not sure why we are like this, but so often we can almost convince ourselves that our past achievements mean nothing about who we are or what we are capable of accomplishing after even just a very short period of being a off track.Have you ever picked a race, trained, focused, had a great race day and then found yourself completely lost after? Maybe your big race for the year was cancelled and you have found yourself a wandering a little since then.Well, Dear Athlete, it's time to put yourself back together. Pick a plan, or hire a coach, or figure out your next nutrition steps. Just decide & go. MENTIONED TODAY: Hal Higdon Training Plans: Galloway Training Plans: by Stacy Sims  (This is an affiliate link. If you purchase after clicking this link, I will make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks!)The Game ChangersFed UpJoin is in our closed Facebook Group, We Are Finding Finish Lines. We would love to meet you!I'll be back with you on Friday and again on Monday. Please don't forget to subscribe, and carry on, woman of valor. 
I’m positive that 20 years from now, I’ll look back on 2020 as the year that I learned how to pivot when plans change. This week, I have been thinking about how all of us are becoming absolute experts on how to thrive in an environment where plans change. Like, it’s becoming what we expect rather than an outlier. And we are all just moving on with our lives. Friends, here is what we know from the places 2020 is bringing us: our plans change, and it’s ok. If you have to switch around the order of your workouts in the coming week? It’s ok. If your nutrition slips a little because your family is heading out for the weekend? It’s ok. Whatever is ahead, we know that we can hit a sick pivot, and keep it moving. Why? Because we are brave women athletes who can handle anything. If you’d like to surround yourself with women who believe this the way that you do, join us in the growing Facebook group We are Finding Finish Lines and introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you and cheer you on. Thank you for joining me today, I’ll be back with you on Monday. Have a blast doing all the hard things in training this weekend, and Carry on, women of valor. Come check out our website for more at https://findingfinishlines.comOr find us on Facebook: Instagram:
Whether you are just starting a running or walking program, are coming back from a long break, or even if you are a regular runner now, join me as I share my hard-won tips for how to stay comfortable out on the run! Do you have any running gear must-haves that I missed? Share them with me! You can leave a comment on the show notes or email me at Sally@FindingFinishLines.comFor links to everything discussed on the show, check out the show notes at us in our new Facebook group at We Are Finding Finish Lines. I can't wait to meet you!For more Finding Finish Lines, follow on:Facebook: next time, carry on, woman of valor!
I wish you could hear how your actions speak so much louder than the words that you use to hide from your greatness. If you are brave. If you lace up those shoes, or squeeze into the suit, or practice those transitions, then I think it’s time to slip into the words, too. Maybe it’s not in sports that you hold back from accepting how great you really are. Maybe you are a fantastic freaking mother who values what is important and lets the little things slide and so you tell yourself you are a mess. Maybe you are a friend who always shows up, who wears her heart on her sleeve, and always always gives, and yet you think you aren’t present enough.Maybe you are an advocate for everyone around you, never backing down from a bully, always speaking up for what is right, and you’re convinced you arent doing enough because you can’t show up for every battle. It’s time to slip into the garments of your greatness. They have been custom made for you and hung in the closet for way too long.And for whatever is about to come next, whatever start line you are standing on, literal or figurative, let’s take this moment to remind yourself that:1. You are trained2. You are ready3. You can handle whatever comes your way. Why? Because You are good enough. If you are ready to find a new community of brave athletes, come join us on Facebook in the new group We Are Finding Finish Lines. I'd love to get to know you! You can also find more:On Facebook: Instagram: the website: https://FindingFinishLines.comUntil next time, carry on Woman of Valor. 
In order to thrive, both as athletes and as people living in society with one another, is to recognize that:1. We are all living in a fluid state of contraction and expansion2. The power is in the quiet, hard work.Please know that this community is an affirming place for everyone, that Black Lives Matter, and that actions will always speak louder than words...even for a podcaster. Check out this post with 75 Things White People Can Do For Social JusticeJoin our growing community on facebook: We are Finding Finish LinesFind us on Instagram: Facebook our Website:
This is our time to shine, powerful women athletes. We spend our free time training to control the controllables. We pay for opportunities to practice the skill, we base our lives around it, we brag about it to unsuspecting non-endurance athlete friends who look at us like we are lunatics.We know that when we lace up for a long run, anything can happen. Blisters?Rain? The Bonk?We don't decide to stay in because it's a big unknown...THAT'S WHY WE DO IT! We just prepare the best we can, and we go. So why are we allowing the possibility of delayed or changed races to throw us off our game?Sure, racing might look different this year. We can handle it. So this weekend, get some sleep, power up your Garmin, lace up, control the controllables, and train like the powerful athlete that you are without fear for the future of your race. That's entirely too heavy a burden for your hydration pack. Join us in the new Facebook group, We Are Finding Finish Lines and introduce yourself! I can't wait to meet you! Catch up on Instagram FacebookThe Finding Finish Lines WebsiteCheck out the No Guilt Disney Podcast for some Disney fun! Want to help the show get better? Take a few minutes to answer the questions on this brief survey and know that your feedback will directly impact future episodes. This show is FOR YOU, after all. Thank you so much for joining me. I'll be with you again on Monday. Until then, carry on, Women of valor. 
Have you ever heard about another woman operating with superhuman strength or endurance? Maybe you haven't even allowed yourself to imagine doing something like that. Well, when Sarah, a working mom of two beautiful kids, found herself living life a life she didn't recognize, she didn't bemoan her situation. She took massive action. Sarah went from struggling to run one mile to completing a grueling 100 mile ultramarathon. Along the way, she faced injuries, disappointments and setbacks. She never quit. She crossed that finish line, earned herself a 100-mile belt buckle, and proved to her kids (and herself) that anything is possible. She wants you to know that whether your 100 miles is running one mile without stopping, starting a business, or even an ultra-marathon, you have it in you. I believe it, too. For more, visit you are interested in participating in a quick survey to help improve the show, I would appreciate it so much! Just visit: us on Facebook: our new Facebook Community called We are Finding Finish LinesFind us on Instagram: next time, carry on, Woman of Valor.
Hey. Come closer. I have a secret for you.You are ENOUGH. I know it feels like everyone else is already faster or fitter, but that's just the way the social media beast of an algorithm tells fibs. If you go outside right now, you will see other people just showing up for themselves, being patient, and putting in the work. And they are looking to you for inspiration! In endurance sports, we race the same courses at the same times as the pros. What an honor! We get to plant out feet in the same place as the best in the sport. Who else gets to do that?But it can also mean that we compare ourselves to them without even realizing they were once where we are. (See how that works?)Since we never know who needs us to show up as an example, let's just freaking do the thing! Let's be brave. Show up. Be patient with ourselves.You got this! Hey, while you are out doing your genuine thing this weekend, snap a quick photo, skip the doctoring, and tag me in it on Instagram @FindingFinishLines.  I can't wait to see you! Until next time, carry on, women of valor! 
"What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"A friend asked me that question some months back and it set me on a trajectory to chase a new goal. So now I ask you the same question. Now let's address 3 of the most common limiting beliefs (dream thieves) that threaten to take us off our journey before we even start:1. Fear2. Judgement3. Inadequacy Dear athlete, whatever puts the flutter in your belly is likely the thing you are meant to do. Stop trying to push it down. It's time to rise. It's time to chase you goals. Let me know how I can help! Find me on:FindingFinishLines.comFacebook: send me an email at Sally@FindingFinishLines.comI'll be back in your ears on Friday. Don't forget to subscribe so that episode will be ready and waiting for you when you are ready for a pre-weekend (What are weekends anymore in the Spring of 2020, but I digress) pep talk. Oh! And share this episode with a friend who needs a little boost of courage to get out there for herself. Until next time, carry on, women of valor. 
The normal ways that we evaluate ourselves against impossible societal standards are shifting. It can be hard for brave & wonderful women to know just how we are stacking up. (I hope you can read the sarcasm in my voice there. Much to my great disappointment, we have yet to determine the sarcasm font.)Don't worry, my dear athlete! I have created a powerful 3 step system by which to grade ourselves. 1. Are you breathing?2. Are you showing up?3. Have you retained the ability to hope?DID YOU ACTUALLY ANSWER WITH A "YES" TO ALL OF THOSE THINGS? Well there you have it. You're doing great. Don't let anyone (including yourself) tell you different. Now go forth at train this weekend as the ultimate act of thriving. It does, in fact, combine all three actions at once.You just might be incredible.Thanks for joining me on another Five Minute Fridays episode of Finding Finish Lines. I'll be back in your ears on Monday. You can find more Finding Finish Lines on:Our website: https://findingfinishlines.comFacebook: next time, carry on women of valor.
It's almost general registration day for the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! To celebrate, a couple of my runDisney race partners have joined me to share some very important runDisney information with you!If you are just considering running you first runDisney race, this will be very informative. If you have been around a time or two, I think you will find yourself nodding and laughing along. Let us know what you think we might have forgotten so we can include it in a future runDisney recap episode! Send me an email at, leave a comment at, or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram. I can't wait to hear from you!DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW:runDisney Race Expo procedures and mega shopping findsRace morning tipsRace transportationArriving at the pre-race partyThe porta-potty tips everyone needsCourse etiquitteInterval runningWater stationsHeadphonesFinish line photosFinisher snack boxesChanging into flip flopsPictures in the theme parksThese are some of our favorite products that we discussed on the show. If you make a purchase on Amazon using one of these links, I will earn a small commission at no additional charge to you! Please know that I would never recommend a product that I don't use and love myself. Thanks for your support!Fitletic water beltBalega socksOofos SandalsBolder Athletic WearThanks so much for joining us today. I'll be back in your ears on Friday with a quick pep talk for the weekend on a Five Minute Friday Episode, and then back again on Monday. Please be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode, and share with a powerful friend who might want to change her life with a runDisney race!Until next time, carry on, women of valor. 
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Tatiana Hughes Hernandez

Hi. Question, do you need to notify Disney ahead of time if you are taking your child who is autistic?

Jan 3rd
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