{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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(Source: Nike Running on Pinterest)

{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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(Source: Oiselle on Pinterest)

{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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