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Tribesports User of the Week: Lucille W


Posted by Lucille W under Running on 21 November 2013 at 12:00 AM

Which Tribesports Challenge has been the toughest and which are you most proud of?

The most fun challenges are always the team relay challenges. But that was not your question. Let me think.

The toughest challenges are those that require me to do something for 7 days in a row. Pushups, sit-ups or run, whatever - 7 days in a row is tough for me.

I am most proud of an archived challenge: find your inner athlete.

I understand why you archived that challenge – it is a very subjective one to evaluate. However, it remains my favorite challenge. I used this challenge as a focused self-reflection exercise.

This challenge required me to look in the mirror, go work out and then look in the mirror again. It took me a few weeks to find my inner athlete, but when I finally did, I had transitioned from someone who had to push herself to work out to someone who found joy in physical activity.

How's your 5 point to-do list for 2013 going?

  1. Decrease body fat% from about 24-25% to about 20-22%. 
  2. Be able to do downward dog with my feet on the ground, legs stretched, back flat. 
  3. Be able to lift legs into a handstand. 
  4. 10 push-ups, 10 full body dips and 10 pull ups. 
  5. Run Wild.

Running wild came very quickly. I had to give myself permission to let go. I needed to come to terms with some possible consequences, such as falling. The first time I ran wild was under Jade Dragon Snow mountain range outside of Lijiang, Yunnan (China). I was participating in a 3 day 60 km race. The last day was across some open fields and I let go. I ran wild. I also fell and tore my running tights. I wear them now with fond memories.

More recently I have been able to incorporate that running wild into some trail runs and a road 10k.

While I have not recently measured my body fat %, a quick visual assessment (see blog post) says I have achieved my goal. I am very happy with my current athletic build. However, points 2 and 3 have the same sticking point: my lower back needs more work. Point 4 comes and goes. I can get to 10 pushups and dips fairly quickly, but the pull ups are tough. And if I let practice go for two weeks, then somehow I am back at the starting point.

I will keep working at them.

I set goals regularly, but along the path to success other opportunities arise that make my heart happy to pursue. Although I come back to my goals, I try my best to follow Rumi’s advice: “Respond to every call that excites your spirit”.

As a result, I have had some surprise achievements that were not on my list. I ran my first marathon (which I did not prepare for) in January with a time of 5:25:46 (China Coast Marathon, Hong Kong). I ran my second marathon last weekend with a time of 4:32:15 (Richmond Anthem Marathon, Virginia USA). I think it helped that my parents were my support crew in Richmond!

This summer, I went to an adult gymnastics class and did a cartwheel on the balance beam.

Love this photo you shared, have you found the balance between work and workouts?

Balance between work and workoutsI am looking more and more like the woman in this photo. At the very least, I always have that coffee cup in hand. 

I have realized that I draw strength from my workouts for work. Sometimes it is difficult to remember that even though I am busy with work, my work product will be better if I stop and go for a short run. 

I am also trying to take what I know from running and apply it to work. Success with my running started by me just showing up - putting one foot in front of the other. It then progressed. I deliberately set distance goals, strengthening goals and time goals. I have a nice excel sheet to track my progress. I allowed space for change to happen. I gave myself recovery time. And now I can set ambitious (for me) goals for race day and achieve them. 

Applying that to work, I am passed the "just show up" part. I am trying to define the scope better, applying my own measurements to my work to track my progress. I practice every day and my presentations and work product delivery is going in the direction I want it to. 

The balance between work and workouts will forever be tricky. In the pursuit of this balance there is quite a bit of material to reflect on and gain from. Like Emerson said, it's about the journey, not the destination.

You've got some amazing photos from around the world, where has been your favorite place to travel and where in the world would you most like to complete a Challenge?

My favorite place to travel is wherever I am going next. My second favorite place to travel is wherever I can use my miles or points redeem tickets. Looking back, there are some very fun exploration trips I have taken:

California Road Trip

In 2012, I did a California road trip that included the Sequoia National Park. There is some magic in the air there. (My profile photo is of me standing in an uprooted Sequoia.)

Earlier this year, my husband and I did a 60km race in the country side of Yunnan China. I will let the photos speak for themselves.


Just being here in Hong Kong, I have the opportunity to go on fun adventures, like this photo here where I am climbing up so that I can jump into the waterfall pool.


When I travel back home, I have been lucky enough to run with my family in multiple races this year. A 10k in February with my mom, a 5k/10k simultaneous option with 5 of my family members in July and a Veterans’ Day 10k with my parents just a few weeks ago. A special mention needs to go out to my father who ran his very first 10k that day at the age of 70.

I would love to run the Rome marathon someday. Perhaps a Rome 2015 event/challenge?

Your events list this year has been very impressive - any more planned?

Yes! My husband and I are participating in the Angkor Wat ½ marathon in Cambodia in two weeks. This is the type of event where I will be more concerned with taking photos than my finishing time.

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

Oh! I have made so many fun,crazy and funny friends (you know who you are).

A special shout out must go to John G. We are often separated by the pacific ocean yet we run together. He has also encouraged me in my marathon efforts and distance running goals. Without him and Amy I, it is doubtful that I would have achieved 250km in one month (October 2012). 

Checking in with a bunch of TSers on a regular basis brings a lightness to my day.

What's your favorite quote?

Ha! There are so many of them. I review motivational saying regularly and use the ones that speak to me on a particular day.

Here are my top 5:

1.  Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.

2.  Mistakes are proof that you are trying.

3. Ambitious goals make for outstanding achievements.

4. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

5. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

I have also put together a motivational playlist on youtube that I review regularly.