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What is a Valley:

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a Valley is:

An elongated lowland between ranges of mountains, hills, or other uplands, often having a river or stream running along the bottom.


Who is a Valley Girl?

A valley girls is thought of to be a girl hung up on fashion and beauty, saying things like "OMG" and "whatev!".  She gets manicures and pedicures, and the only reading she does is from gossip magazines.  Beyond all, she does not get dirt or leave the house with no make-up and a pony-tail!

THIS IS NOT MY DEFINITION. That is the definition that I have always strived not to be.  It has never been who I am.  However, life is ironic...I have ended up as Valley Girl, and proud to be called one!

This title comes from the fact that I run weekly, if not daily, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, or simply, the Valley.  My home.

Here is my definition of a Valley Girl:

A Valley Girl is someone who is not afraid to get dirty or splash in creeks.  She is constantly climbing hills to find her strength, the climbs some more to get even stronger.  She embraces getting lost and making mistakes, because that is how she learns and grows.  She takes a fall like warrior.  A bruise or cut becomes a battle scar, her skin thicker than before.  It is on the trails where she finds her true beauty.

She is NOT simply made of "sugar and spice and everything nice", but of blood, mud, sweat, and tears.

She is a woman who is continually "digging deeper to climb higher".


Twin Peak Training: What is it?

I coined this term a few months back when thinking about my own goals and life plan.  The "twin" part emphasizes the two parts I see neccessary for any running or "training" program: body & mind/spirit. 

But it means so much more than that too!  It means striving to reach your own potential in every part of your life...in fulfilling your life's mission. Of course, I like to put this in Adventure terms:

Everyone of us has our own mountain to climb, our own peak to summit.  It is our main responsibility in life to reach that destination, the peak of who we can become.  Our journeys will be beautiful, hard, and test our limits...but with belief, determinations, and yes, some patience, we can...we will reach our own Peak Potential.

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