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    How to Overcome Your Halftime Score

    How to Overcome Your Halftime Score

    How many times have you turned off a game or event at halftime - only to find out later that your team rallied and ended up winning the game?

    It happens.

    Each year there are games that *seem* decided at halftime, only to have a completely different second half. Most recently, the 2017 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, who trailed the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 in the NFL's championship game, only to rally and pull off a historic 34-28 victory to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the game's best.

    Contrary to what many fans believe, the game isn't over at halftime when the teams head into the locker room. Many times, it's just beginning.

    The same change at halftime can happen in life too. Here's how to make sure you write a strong second half no matter how the first half has gone. 

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    Endurance Training

    How much pain are you willing to endure in order to go for glory?

    If you know what’s coming, if you know what you are striving toward, aren’t you a little bit more focused and more capable of enduring what you are currently going through?

    Take for example your workouts. How many of our workouts just absolutely suck? Our lungs burn, our arms hurt, and our legs are on fire. Yet we know there is an end in sight, so we continue pushing toward either that final rep or until that clock sounds because we know we are gaining strength from it. We understand the benefits of our workout.

    How about a mother who carries a child in her womb for 9 months and then gives birth? Labor is not a comfortable process and it cannot be fun. But at the end of it you have this new creation, a new child and piece of your family. Then how many mothers are willing to go through all of that pain, all of that suffering, all over again for a second, third or fourth child? Plenty.

    This is endurance training at it’s finest. Endurance training is about pushing yourself through that temporary pain, through the hurt because you see what’s ahead and that final point that you are striving toward.

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    Life is a Run

    Hello!

    We are Teal and Beth and we have been friends since 2006, but it wasn’t until 2010 that we started to run together. It really was quit random how this all turned out and it kind of just goes to show you that you can find a running buddy anywhere and something that we totally advocate. Teal was in grad school one day and a girl in her class just said, “I want to run a half marathon.” Teal immediately said, “well I will do that with you” and so it began.  She asked Beth to join her because she knew Beth just liked to work out and didn’t want to really go at this alone. We ran our first half marathon in 2010 and when we finished we kind of felt like we could do more. We decided to make a goal in 2011 to run a race every month and document it leading up to the 2011 White Rock Marathon and thus we became Life is a Run. We ran the marathon and have kept running ever since. We have definitely had our ups and downs and sometimes even a love/hate relationship with running, but it has proven to be one of the best decisions we have made for ourselves. We use each other as motivation and work hard to keep up with our running as much as possible, even though it sometimes proves to be crazy difficult.

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    James Ortiz: Overcome All

    Guest blog by Melisa Rehm

    In honor of the Sochi Paraolympics starting tomorrow; I wanted to share a little bit about a former teammate of mine who has been such an inspiration to me over the years.  His ability and drive to Overcome All and continue to compete for what matters most in his life is something I hope you can all draw a bit of motivation from as well. Meet James Ortiz.

    @jamesrortiz: Colby Track & Field Head Coach | Fastest one-legged miler in the WORLD |#TXST 1500m record holder 3:48.35 | 40% of the time, I win all the time.

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    Doug Katona: CrossFit Endurance

    You may not know Doug Katona’s name but his programming is known worldwide. The two-time California state cycling champion and former NFL athlete training consultant is changing the way endurance athletes train, compete, and win all over the world. Doug and his partner Brian MacKenzie are the minds behind the growing CrossFit Endurance program.

    If you are familiar with the fitness sport of CrossFit, CrossFit Endurance (CFE) is considered a strength and conditioning program that incorporates CrossFit fundamentals with power and speed training crucial to endurance sports success. Doug recently sat down with Compete Every Day to share more about his story, the CFE program, and why he competes every day.

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