Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Film Festivals, Cupcakes and Determination


I am sorry, I know I have been the crappiest blogger ever lately. I just have been super busy with stuff. First of all the documentary film that I co-produced Happy on the Ground: 8 Days at GRAMMY Camp, has been accepted into the Nashville Film Festival! Yippee!! So we've been up to our eyeballs prepping for that. Here's the movie poster. If you're in Nashville, swing by a screening and say hi! (Plus, the film is really great - if I do say so myself.) =)

You can view the trailer here.

I've also been working hard on multiple other projects, being a mom, etc, etc… I know. Cry ya a river. We're all friggen busy.

In any case, I've been getting back up to speed (once again - thanks Lesley!) with the running. I've been quietly getting up extra early, putting in my miles and just doing it. Today I only did 4 out of 6 because I didn't get up early enough so I'll make those up.

I am very excited about Jason's Cupcake Marathon this weekend - I am sending the positive vibes into the universe that I win the spibelt - I need one, money is tight and the leather fanny pack I've been using just isn't cutting it- LOL.  Coach Lesley has me down to run a 12 miler on Saturday but I'm going to go for 13 so I get my virtual 1/2 marathon in!  Jason's rules allows us to break up the run but I figure, "eh, why do that?" I'm arunnin' it straight.

And speaking of coach Lesley - I've got a new roomie for San Diego! Lesley from Racing It Off and Sherry (my newest blog follower - hi Sherry!) Have extended an invite for me to shack up with them for the SD RNR marathon in June. I'm excited and think it's going to be a great weekend. (Although I'm in a panic about being properly prepared… I'm just doing my best, doing my best…)

And (thanks Nik) today's RunnersWorld quote from Jeff Galloway says:

"The more you frame the marathon as a stressful experience, the more negative messages you'll receive. But it's just as easy to frame it as a positively challenging journey."

And more inspiration comes from this Jack Canfield blog post I read today, entitled, "The Power of Determination." Feeling a little uncertain and very "off" lately and this read really struck home.

I would encourage you to read the post, it's a quick read but I especially loved what he had to say about adversity:

Adversity and Discouragement Is Inevitable
No matter how well you plan and how well you execute your plan, you are bound to meet with disappointments, setbacks and failure along the way to your ultimate triumph...  
...The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success will be. 
As Confucius wrote more than 4000 years ago in China, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” 

Hope you all are doing great - what's going on with you?



Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Thrilled to have you shack up with us so we aren't stuck with just quick hello at the start.

Busy, busy, but glad to see the ankle is letting you run. :-)

Congrats on the film, girl! You're such a superstar.

Sara said...

I'm totally checking out that post! Thank you! And CONGRATS on your film!!!! I can't wait to watch the trailer when I get home. Lesley's right - you are a superstar and also one of my heroes! Way to go, Jen!!!!!

Jen said...

Aw, thanks guys! Can't wait to hear what you think of the trailer!

sk said...

okay. cupcakes .. couldn't resist and just signed up. Gonna try it. even if I only do one mile a day. can't be a superstar like you and do it all at once.

Jenn said...

Hey Jen,

I am thinking of training for my first half and am not a huge runner at this point ... what training program did you use? :)


Jen said...

Good luck Sara!!

Hi Jenn,

First I used the 3 weeks to run 30 minute program from About.com which is linked to the right of this blog under "Running training" I then used the about.com 1/2 marathon training program which you could prob. google.

Or you could use a beginner program that's listed on the side -

Good luck!

chris mcpeake said...

congrats on the film

Jen said...

TY Chris!