People always say running is a great metaphor for life. I like running because it gives you an opportunity to constantly improve on yourself, whether that means setting a new PR, getting stronger, or trying to go for the win. But it takes guts and courage to go for those bigger goals and most of that confidence comes from believing you can do it. The training is the easy part, it’s the leap of faith that can be the hardest obstacle. So go out there and test your limits. Happy running this week!
Yesterday I went on my coldest run of the season. When I stepped outside the temperature was in the 20s but with the 25-30mph winds, it felt more like the single digits. I like running in the cold but yesterday’s 12-miler tested my dedication. I had to stop a few times to catch my breathe because the air I was breathing in was just so incredibly dry. At one point, my boyfriend and I actually stopped at his office on the way back to warm up a bit before we ran the final 2 miles back. He offered to run back, get his car, and come pick me up. I was that cold. But I’m also incredibly stubborn and wanted to get in the full 12 miles, especially since our pace had been really good up until that point. So, instead of giving in to the option that would have been much easier (and warmer) I decided to continue on the run- and it was so worth it. My Garmin had died but he said we got in to the 7:XX/mile pace in the final two miles (super fast for me, easy for him) but I felt great. Once I finally warmed up inside with a hot cup of tea I realized that it really was a great run. Happy running this week!
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Well, here I am, less than a week away from running my second marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon. The taper is starting to get at me a little bit but after a successful showing at yesterday’s Runner’s World Half Marathon I’m feeling ready to run. Since I started having some tweaky overtraining related injuries a few weeks ago I decided to let go of my secret time goal for Marine Corps. I shifted focus and decided I want to just PR and have a good race. I’m going to stick to that but I still want (hope) I might have it in me to go for that secret goal. It’s ambitious and I don’t think it’s completely realistic at this point but if I don’t try, I’ll never know, right? Good luck to everyone else who’s tapering this week!
Lately, I’ve been in a real funk with my training. None of my runs were feeling too great and I kept dreading the Sunday long runs. Until yesterday. I had set my alarm for 6 a.m. and woke up to darkness. Instead of wanting to roll over and go back to sleep I was oddly excited. I took it as a good omen that my last 20-miler of Marine Corps Marathon training would go well. Sure enough, it did. I took the first 10 mile super easy and then decided to pick it up for the last 10, running a perfect negative split and a 2-mile fast finish (the last mile was a 8:49!). Runs like that make me remember why I really do love running. Waking up early on a Sunday morning to go run for a few hours is total bliss when all goes well. I hope you had a great long run last weekend and more to come this week!
Happy Fall everyone! I have to admit I’m loving these fall temperatures for running. I had a successful long run yesterday and I literally felt like frolicking in the sunshine toward the end. I hope everyone had great runs last week and good luck with training this week!
I know I’m not the only one who loves running to “Roar” by Katy Perry but yesterday it got me through my 18-miler feeling strong and ready. The lyrics to the song may be kind of cliche but I absolutely love them. So on October 27 at the Marine Corps Marathon, you’re gonna hear me roar! Happy running this week!
Last week I decided to re-evaluate my goals for the Marine Corps Marathon. Nothing drastic just a little more challenging. I’ve always been fond of the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, “If you’re dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” Well, I’ve always been a dreamer but I usually base my dreams on reality too much. If there’s a 50/50 chance I could fail, I lower my expectations. But I’m done with that. It’s time for me to dream big. What have I got to lose anyway? Happy running this week!
Everyone has a different reason for why they like to run. Some runners are naturally gifted athletes who are able to kick it out in a race and win, like Tirunesh Dibaba did at the women’s 10K last weekend at Worlds. Other runners run to train for a goal race like the runners I ran with at Sunday’s Runner’s World Half training run. Other runners like to run for fitness and recreationally, not to race, not even to train, just to run. No matter what your reason to run is, your heart is what gets you out the door to take those first steps- and the heart only gets stronger with each step. Happy running this week!
I saw this graphic on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect back-from-vacation motivational quote for this week. I was lucky enough to be able to relax with my family last week in southern Maine. You’d think, being a runner, I’d be most concerned with getting all my training in but instead I was more concerned with spending as much time with family and loved ones as possible. To do so, I made sure to get my runs done early (some before they even woke up) so I could be with them. In doing so, some wonderful things did happen and even though it was only a week, I’m amazed at how little time you need to feel fully rejuvenated. Between time with my family, and some wonderful (and truly surprising) moments with others, I came back after my week away feeling alive. Happy Monday all, I hope you all take time to appreciate the wonderful moments this week!
This is a classic Pre quote but I really liked the graphic. I think it’s especially important to remember this when you’re training for a race because let’s be honest, you don’t always give your best on every run. There are a lot of miles to log during training and some days might not be your best but if you give the best you can possibly give each day of training, you won’t sacrifice the gift. Happy running!