Cece Aiello

Cece Aiello

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KRun Day 20: Say My Name

  • Mar 27th, 2016 at 5:00AM

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“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

―Rudyard Kipling

And what drug can be more intoxicating or alluring or powerful than one’s own name? To motivate, to inspire, to appreciate, to shame?

I wasn’t always this attached to my name. There was once a time where I couldn’t pronounce 'Cecilia' or even spell it for that matter. That time was 2nd grade and the year was 1988. You try saying this monster of a 4 syllable name when you can barely recite the ABC’s or recognize letters. #immigrantlife

My cheeks would burn and my hands get clammy whenever I had to say my name out loud. So I avoided those situations like the plague.. not very conducive to making friends as you can imagine. The path to loving my name was hard won and took years. But worry not, I unabashedly embrace my name today. Probably a little too much.

So imagine my delight when I discovered this week that the Foo Fighters had released a song about me- Saint Cecilia- in their 2015 EP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjBUBFKb5zY

Since then, Dave Grohl has essentially become my running coach. He screams, he pleads, he cajoles, he keeps a mean beat. And he calls out my name. A lot. That’s what happens when you put a song with the title Saint Cecilia on loop for a 30 minute run.

Which is all to say, yes- I’m clearly extremely vain (and I totally think the song is about me) but listening to Coach Dave throatily growl my name on repeat has been the best motivator a girl needs to keep the treadmill going. For daysssssss.

Accidentally ran close to 9k instead of 8 but aside from that snafu, it's been all joy and not a grind with Grohl by my side. My mantra was inspired by John M's recent blog which hyped me up for the distance run today. So good! https://kenzai.me/johnm/blog/k-run-day-20-not-a-grind-pure-enjoyment

And yes, you just read a 350 word love letter to my name. Oh vanity doesn't even begin to cover it. But I say, leverage whatever you have, just get it done with more joy, less grind!

 
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13 comments

Prem K.Prem K.Alumni
over 3 years ago

Awesome Cecilia... 9 k? OMG... A distant dream to me.
Keep it up... U r looking great


    John M.John M.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 19 (Member)
    over 3 years ago

    Cecilia, so happy to hear that my blog inspired you. Also flattered. Now that you've taken that as a mantra, I can't be a copycat and do the same. I still haven't reported in on my mantra. Gotta think of a good one.

    I didn't know that quote from Rudyard Kipling. It's a good one. Words being a drug. There is no doubt that a lot of what gets us through a tough run and can make running in general fun is a mind game. Words are a part of that.


      Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 19 (Member)
      over 3 years ago

      Fantastic Cecilia! Worth waiting for! Between that and John's blog what better motivators. (And it sure beats what I went through when Rocky Horror Picture Show was popular when I was at university! To have one's name always prefaced with Damn it...)


        Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
        Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

        Ha! Whatever gets you moving...The right kind of music can really inspire a fast run.


          Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 25 (Member)
          Trainerover 3 years ago

          Great job on the 9k! That's killer!

          Now I need a name about a Nate or Nathan, because I've never cared much for my name either. . . hahah


            Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 5 (Member)
            Trainerover 3 years ago

            Foo Fighters are the top of my iPod running list. Can't beat them for the energy. Can't wait until that song hits on random next time.


              Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Reach | Day 46 (Member)
              Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

              Accidentally running a 9k is hardly a snafu. Keep at it.


                Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                  Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 5 (Member)
                  Trainerover 3 years ago

                  C , I've got a load of catching up to do on your blogs. Just finished my pool side read , what better way to fill my remaining vacation days than the latest episodes of Ce- Shizzle?!
                  Btw, don't go there with the immigrant names. Try a 13 letter Sri Lankan surname for a laugh. I feel and flinch at your pain.


                    Leah G.Leah G.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 19 (Member)
                    over 3 years ago

                    Accidentally running 9km instead of 8km - sounds like you were in the zone and totally lost track of time! I want Dave Grohl to growl my name I feel like that would get my through a marathon :)


                      Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                      Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                      Dear, Cecilia. I have this friend right. She is super upbeat and funny. But she has been really busy lately. She has been traveling to San Fran to pal around with work friends and trying to adhere to a pretty challenging running routine. I love reading her blogs, everyone does, even my friend Ed, but she just hasn't got around to posting a blog for like seven days. I want to leave her a reminder, but I'm not totally sure how to phrase it. Can you help? Signed, Ward of Maine.


                        Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                        Trainerover 3 years ago

                        Dear Ward of Maine, Being busy is no excuse. Your friend needs to get it together and double down on fulfilling the social contract. No one ever got fit by themselves. Not even trainers. But I'm sure a gentle nudge from her friends will get the job done.


                          Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Reach | Day 46 (Member)
                          Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

                          Dear Ward of Maine. This Ed guy does not read her blogs, nor would he log back on to check the comment thread. Be well. - A friend of Ed's.


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