{Monday Motivation} Be a Dreamer

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!

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{Monday Motivation} Purpose of Running

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!

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{Monday Motivation} Wonderful Things Happen

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!

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{Monday Motivation} To Give Anything Less Than Your Best

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!

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{Monday Motivation} Convince Your Mind

Running is not a physical sport, it’s a mind game. Ok, that’s not 100 percent true but how many times have you been on a hard run and thought to yourself, I can’t do it. You barter with yourself, “Well, if I run to that mailbox, I can take a break…” or, “Maybe I just need to stretch against that street sign for a bit…” or, “I can’t finish this long run, what if I just finish a little early, that’ll count right?”

Your brain is the most important muscle to work during marathon training. Over 26.2 miles the mind can come up with all kinds of excuses to give up, throw in the towel  and just head for the massage table. But you can’t let it. I had my first long run of Marine Corps training yesterday and it was a boiling 90 degrees when I left my apartment. Believe me, I would have much rather stayed at home in air conditioned luxury but my training was more important. I wanted to quit but I didn’t. I’m sure there will be times in October when I’ll want to quit too but I won’t. I powered through my long run and ran my fastest long run average pace ever. Success like that is so much sweeter than giving in to the mind games. Happy running this week, y’all! Stay cool and hydrated!

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{Monday Motivation} Take Chances

I was on vacation last week and spent a few days in York, Maine, and was able to just completely relax before Marine Corps training begins (this week!). I spent some quality time with my family, friends, and loved ones and it was just what I needed to recharge. My little cousin, and basically identical twin, started running last week and decided to run the Four on the Fourth with myself and my friends. She took a chance, a leap of faith, and did an unbelievable job. I was so proud of her and she really inspired me to take a chance. Life, and running, is all about taking chances and jumping at opportunities. If you don’t go out on a limb, you’ll never know what you might be missing out on. So here’s to taking chances, I know I will. Happy running!

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{Monday Motivation} Renew Your Inspiration to Run

I have a pretty concrete running schedule each week. I run five days a week, do at least one speed workout, one long run, and easy runs to fill in. I cross train on Mondays and take a rest day on Friday. This has been my running schedule every week since January. It gets old though and sometimes, especially when I’m not training for anything in particular, it gets boring. I’ll admit sometimes my runs are very un-inspiring. Yesterday I had planned to do a long-ish run, 8-10 miles. But I woke up, it was hot and very humid and I just wasn’t feeling it so I didn’t do it- and that’s OK. Sometimes it’s better to take a rest day when you’re not feeling it than to go out and slog through a run, especially when you aren’t training for something. Sometimes you need to start fresh to feel inspired again. That’s what I’m doing now and I think it’s working. Happy running!

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{Monday Motivation} Don’t Let Fatigue Make a Coward Out of You

Is there anything better than a Pre quote to brighten up your Monday morning? I don’t think so. I also think this quote is perfect as we head into the warm summer months when heat and humidity leave runners feeling more fatigued postrun (sometimes during the run) than we’re used to. But don’t fret, it may be getting hot out there and you may be feeling tired, but you’ll feel stronger and faster when fall goal races come around. So stay strong and happy running this week!

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{Monday Motivation} Wake Up and Live

I had a really incredible weekend this past weekend with my mom and sister. They met me in New York City and we stayed in a very cool hotel (The Thompson Hotel) in East Village. We had never really explored East Village before, and we also took a trip over to Brooklyn, another new place for us, and just had a wonderful weekend together. It’s weekends like that I know I’ll look back on when I get older. We crammed a lot into one weekend but sometimes you just have to…

6.17.13- Wake Up and Live

 

Happy running this week!

{Monday Motivation} There’s Something Magical About Running

I saw this quote last night and absolutely loved it. I’ve always known running was magical. The longer you go, the more magical it feels. But I’ve started to get faster in recent months and yesterday I set a 5K PR of 24:59. As I was coming into the final 800 of the race, I really started to open my stride. I was probably going around 7:45 pace and I felt like I was flying. Last week I ran a progression 5-miler and finished at 7:45 pace. I told Megan about it and she said to me, “You know, there’s something so incredible about 7:45 pace.” She was right, it’s magical. Happy running this week!

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