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Stephanie Garcia  ๐ŸŽ STEEPLECHASER (no, not the horse-racing kind) || Team New Balance ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ || WAALC Global Mental Health Alliance ๐Ÿ† || Wahoowa! ๐Ÿ’™ || Sacramento ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ altitude camp milestones: โ–ช๏ธhitting my highest mileage, equal to my pre-injuries peak ๐Ÿ”ฅโ–ช๏ธtouching PR and goal race pace... maybe just for short reps, but teaching the body to LOVE the lactic again ๐Ÿงจ โ–ช๏ธremembering the difference between training soreness and injuryโ€” a tricky task when your mind is used to the anxiety of injury pain ๐Ÿ–ค What were your #training milestones this week? ๐Ÿ˜˜
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#bettertogether #teamnb #sedona #trackandfield #athletics #strongwomen #fitspo #flexonem #altitudecamp #trainingbuddy #strongertogether #gratitude #fitnessgirl #runnersofinstagram #runitfast #workout #girlpower #grind #lomot #striveforgreatness #seemyrun #dreambig #LFG

Oh, we want to do a #10yearchallenge? ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ In 2009 I was a third year in college, making my first NCAA final in the steeple (after missing it my first two years) and experiencing my first epic fall (on the last barrier with 2 laps to go while defending my #ACC title) ๐Ÿ™ˆ So while not much has changed there, I was actually a completely different person: I wanted to be a journalist, a #bloggerbabe who wore pretty dresses and heels and traveled the world to take gorgeous pictures ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป I hated talking about my #running because that wasnโ€™t really โ€œmeโ€โ€” it was just something I was doing. In fact, I struggled during my first years as a pro because I worried that I was putting off my life, wasting time before starting my real career. I didnโ€™t believe running was a worthy pursuitโ€” why wasnโ€™t I climbing the corporate ladder, writing my novel, having children? ๐Ÿ˜ณ
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Over the last 10 years, I realized it was okay to go a different direction. I discovered that I HAD to be passionate about whatever I was pursuing or else Iโ€™d never be successful or fulfilled. Iโ€™m not afraid to chase nontraditional dreamsโ€” and in 2019, I wholeheartedly believe that running is a worthy pursuit ๐Ÿ–ค
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#LFG #realtalk #runnergirl #runnersofinstagram #newyearnewme #10yearslater #vibes #fitnessgirl #runspiration #ownyourstory #dreamchasing #throwback #steeplechase #uva #wahoowa #strongwomen #girlpower #running #strongissexy #beyourself #striveforgreatness #dreambig #LOMOT

Take the risk or lose the chance ๐Ÿ˜ˆโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ See you soon, NB GP and @jdlfasttrack Camel City.
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PS please appreciate the incredible misspelling of โ€œGarciaโ€ on my race bib ๐Ÿ™ƒ
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๐Ÿ“ธ @joeink || #LFG #TeamNB #newbalance #mondaymotivation #startinglinefeels #trackandfield #runnergirl #strongwomen #powerpose #raceday #mondaymood #newweek #vibes #earnednotgiven #dreamchasing #LOMOT #girlpower #runspiration #striveforgreatness #dreambig

My heart still hurts when I see pictures from the 2016 Olympic Trials final. I have such a strong memory from the middle of the race: I looked up at the stands, awash in green ponchos because the night had turned cool and rainy, and thought: โ€œIโ€™m doing it. Iโ€™m going to make the Olympic team.โ€ Of course we all know how that story ends. To be so close, yet ultimately 200 meters away... โ˜น๏ธ
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But thereโ€™s another side to this story. During the weeks before the Trials, I was so so anxious. I finally had to tell myself this: โ€œIf you had a crystal ball, and you KNEW you werenโ€™t making the team, what would you do? Would you just sit at the back of the pack? Or would you run your heart out, forcing your competitors to run their best races EVER to beat you?โ€ ๐Ÿ”ฎ I chose the latter (and I believe some of those girls did run best-ever times, at that point in their careers).
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While there is a long path ahead before I toe the line at another Olympic Trials, you better believe Iโ€™m going to bring that same fire to the starting line when the day comes ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ
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๐Ÿ“ธ @davealbo || #olympictrials #tracktown16 #tbt #teamnb #steeplechicks #strongwomen #trackandfield #runspiration #workoutmotivation #fitnessgirl #athletics #dreamchasing #earnednotgiven #slay #rbf #determined #striveforgreatness #dreambig #storytime #LFG

The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŠ ( @subliming.jpg)
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Step by step, weโ€™re laying down the foundation here in #Flagstaff... ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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๐Ÿ“ธ @ufnoof || #trackgirls #teamnb #bettertogether #strongwomen #workwife #runnersofinstagram #workoutmotivation #dothework #LOMOT #earnednotgiven #strongissexy #paintrain #trackandfield #athletics #trusttheprocess #fitspo #fitfam #legsfordays #striveforgreatness #dreambig #LFG

Hello 2019! We are now officially into the back half of the 2020 Olympic cycle. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒ‹ As I reset my goals for the 12 months ahead, Iโ€™m also setting an #intention for the year; this #vibe will carry me through the ebbs and flows, the unknown challenges hidden in the 52 weeks stretched out ahead of me...
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2019 is the year of KAIZEN, a Japanese word for continuous improvement โšก๏ธ #Kaizen represents a positive state of mind, a persistent desire to do better, a growth mindset versus disappointed hindsight.
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What is YOUR intention for the year? It can be a word, a mantra, a target goalโ€” slip into the comments so I can cheer you on this year! ๐Ÿ˜˜
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#LFG #teamnb #optoutside #athletics #girlpower #pozzyvibes #adventureisoutthere #choosemountains #tanlinesfordays #strongissexy #fitspo #runspiration #growthmindset #selflove #hititfromtheback #dreamchasing #strongwomen #runnergirl #fitfam #striveforgreatness #dreambig

On paper, 2018 was one big L, an opportunity taken from me by a big bad injury. But thatโ€™s not my version of the story. 2018 was a year of love: falling in love with running ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ , with a boy ๐Ÿงก, with myself, with my new home in California ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ Cementing my love for @kfconley ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ Forgiving my body for the setbacks and retraining it to feel strong with each step ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ As Dr. Jim Afremow of A Championโ€™s Mind said to me, my injury didnโ€™t steal anything away from me IF I walk away from this year with an increased perspective, renewed motivation, and new dedication to the process โœจ Well guess what 2018? I love to race, but I also love all the moments along the way ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ˜โšก๏ธ
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๐Ÿ“ธ @drifting_crackerjack || #LFG #LOMOT #ownyourstory #teamnb #yearinreview #pozzyvibes #likeagirl #boybye #2018 #trackandfield #strongwomen #slay #grind #girlpower #athletics #runnergirl #runnersofinstagram #preclassic #lovetheprocess #bestlifeever #fitnessgirl #flexonem #earnednotgiven #bettertogether #striveforgreatness #dreambig

Day 7 of #12daysofrlyrunning2018 is PARTNER KETTLEBELL SWINGS!! Grab your favorite training buddy for this strength move ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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This move is all about speed! Using a light kettlebell, stand facing your partner. With a slight bend in your knees, hinge back and snap your hips forward as you swing the kettlebell to chest height. On the up-swing, your partner will push down on the kettlebell to make the weight feel heavier and give you extra force on the downswing. Trust meโ€” itโ€™s an extra challenge! When youโ€™re swinging, the push throws you a little off balance, forcing you to stabilize through your core and giving you extra momentum to snap back up. ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ We do this once a week for 3 sets of 10 reps.
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Canโ€™t wait to see your posts with this moveโ€” to be eligible to WIN our grand prize of @ntrecovery NormaTec boots, post a pic/video of you completing today's move, tag @steph_steeples and @kfconley and #12daysofRLYrunning2018 in your caption to be eligible for our prize package!
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#runnersloveyoga #fitnesschallenge #strengthtraining #strongwomen #weightroom #fitspo #fitfluential #strongissexy #runnergirl #runnersofinstagram #workoutmotivation #muscles #gymshark #gymlife #fitnessgirl #doyogarunfaster #healthyliving #wellness #yogagirl #yogachallenge #yogalife #training

Let altitude camp COMMENCE ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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First day in Flagstaff, first session of the month, first time on the #track since August ๐Ÿคฉ 12 x 200 to blast the system before our legs get heavy from life at 7000ft ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
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#teamnb #trackgirls #camplife #trackandfield #fitspo #lomot #alwaysup #workoutmotivation #fitnessgirl #flexonem #training #flagstaff #runnergirl #bestlifeever #grind #slayallday #girlpower #likeagirl #strongwomen #strongissexy #earnednotgiven #striveforgreatness #dreambig

I believe in the power of sport to change lives. I believe that health and wellness can transform the world. After @kfconley and I shared our stories and our @newbalance kicks with the boys of @sacchildrenshome, we heard that they spent the evening racing around the yard, fired up by their early holiday gift. Thereโ€™s nothing that inspires me more than sharing my passion with others ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ For every #selfie of YOU donating shoes, @nbgivesback will contribute $5 to @soles4souls โ€” so please spread the love this season ๐ŸŽ„

#teamnb #nbgivesback #sacramento #holidaygiving #bebetter #gratitude #runnersofinstagram #pozzyvibes #christmas #giving #runnergirl #fitspo #norcal #newbalance #flashesofdelight #changeyourlife #girlpower #dreambig

A few days ago, a weird feeling crept into my mind: is something wrong with my Achilles? I spent a day obsessing over my right lower leg: does this hurt when I touch it? Does it feel weird after a run? Did I twist my ankle during a lift? It took me all day to look at a calendar and realize: it was a year ago that my injury cycle began. ๐Ÿ”

Itโ€™s wild how much our mind controls our body. My Achilles is healthy, my aches and pains are the normal result of getting back to fitness. Everything is moving the way it should. But my body remembered: one year ago, I felt soreness in my Achilles during altitude camp. I ignored it for a week, consuming ibuprofen like candy, until I โ€œtestedโ€ it with a run off of Advil. I couldnโ€™t even jog half a mile due to the pain and that day, my Achilles ballooned up. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I took a week off, then tried again; again, the Achilles swelled up. The day after Christmas, I flew to Indy to see the doctors at St. Vincents. I tried running on the alter-g in early January at 70% body weight and again couldnโ€™t make it a half mile due to pain. It was the start of 8 months of on and off, cycling through 3 different but related injuries. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Today, I am healthy and more grateful than ever to be relentlessly pursuing my dreams. But my body wonโ€™t forgetโ€” and itโ€™s up to me to do ALL the little things even today, when nothing hurts, to ensure I never ignore the warning signs again. ๐Ÿ–ค

#teamnb #realtalk #injurycycle #running #training #grind #hititfromtheback #relentless #pursueyourpassion #allin #ownyourstory #runnergirl #trackandfield #athletics #girlpower #earnednotgiven #striveforgreatness #workoutmotivation #fitspo #seemyrun #dreambig #grateful

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