{Monday Motivation} Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

One of my favorite shows of all time is Friday Night Lights and this quote from it is just perfect. In running, or any sport really, you have to make the decision to either go for it and be all in, or hold back. The scary thing about really going for it is the chance of failing. By holding back, there’s room for error. But sometimes going for it is half the fun. If you fail, you can always try again. So, like Coach Eric Taylor always said to his team, you have to have clear eyes and full hearts, because with that, you can’t lose. Happy running this week!

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{Monday Motivation} Test Your Limits

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!

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{Monday Motivation} Keep Going

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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P.S. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged but I promise to start it up again! Anything you’d like me to write about in particular? Let me know in the comments section below or tweet to me at @byHannahMcG

{Monday Motivation} Decide You Want It

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!

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{Monday Motivation} Sunday Mornings

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!

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{Monday Motivation} Go For It

After a pretty lackluster few weeks of training I am FINALLY feeling good about how I’m doing for Marine Corps. I had a great long run this past weekend and have been hitting all of my paces. To be honest, the past few weeks I haven’t been super confident about Marine Corps but I’ve decided to forget about all of that and just go for it. Happy running this week!

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{Monday Motivation} Twerk Less. Run More.

I’ve been slacking on posting here lately because things have been a little busy (OK, really busy) in my life but when I came across this graphic on Pinterest I had to post it. Now, I’m a big fan of dancing- used to do ballet and pointe for 12 years and was a latin dance director in college- but this whole twerking phenomenon has thrown me for a loop. So, since I can’t twerk, I might as well run. Twerk less, run more!

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