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How I felt when I woke up for this morning’s 5-miler.

28 Feb

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Somehow I managed to run mile repeats. The cup of coffee I had afterwards was like a magical potion that awoke me from my sleep running.

Today’s Gonna Make You Tear Up Moment

13 Nov

Today’s gonna make you tear up moment is brought to us by U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Gillis, who surprised his wife at the end of the San Antonio Rock N Roll Marathon after being away on deployment for almost 10 months.

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Grab a tissue and check out the rest of the photos here.

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I Wish

11 Oct

Hey Runner Girl

19 May

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I’m a sucker for Ryan Gosling memes so when I saw this tumblr yesterday, I wasted utilized a good 20 minutes of my time scrolling through them all.

Alas, sharing is caring. You’re welcome.

Acorn!

22 Apr

This video cracked me up. I now run in New Balance Minimus shoes, but back in the day when I ran in my Nike Free+ shoes I would often get acorns stuck in my shoes. Each time I thought to myself “Well, at least I have shoes on.”

Shorty

9 Mar

I stand about 5’3″, weight 155 pounds and have really great birthing hips. I overpronate and it takes me almost two steps to Donnie’s one to keep up with him. I, by no means, have a traditional runner’s body, I will never win a race (unless it’s against a crawling baby) and I make all running outfit decisions based on whether my thighs will rub together.

Everything about my body tells me to go find another form of exercise, but I don’t want to. I want to run.

And at least I have a tall man in my house to reach the highest shelves.

Thanks Runner’s World for the chuckle:

Hills, Groundhogs and the Most Inspiring Video

2 Feb

In the efforts of working on both my speed and strength, I’ve decided to rejoin the Marathonfest Thursday morning training sessions. I’ve been running with the ladies Tuesdays and Thursdays, but decided I could benefit from the Thursday hill and tempo workouts. The good news is, I can still join them for coffee afterwards (which I did this morning).

My goal for this morning was to run the 3.4-mile loop with hill repeats without taking any walk intervals. I was able to accomplish this goal. Since I remembered to bring my borrowed Garmin this morning, I actually have stats:

  • Distance: 3.34 miles
  • Time: 37:15.71
  • Avg Pace: 11:09/mi

Back when I trained for my half marathons, I would average around a 10:45/mi pace for shorter runs and 11:18/mi for the half marathon. My Disney Marathon pace was 13:22/mi and I hope to get that down to at least 12:00/mi for Flying Pig.

Going up hills you can usually find me muttering to myself. I tend say things like “dig deep” and “you can do this” and my favorite: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This was one of the bible verses my mom had us say before bed every night growing up and it’s always stuck with me. This morning was no exception. Unfortunately, you can usually also hear curse words flying out of my mouth during tough runs. I tend to have the mouth of a sailor. I try my hardest not to curse around the bible verse.

When I got home this morning I saw that a friend had posted this video. Watch it and tell me you don’t get the chills watching it. Tell me your whole being didn’t get excited at the end. Tell me you weren’t inspired. I think I actually clapped at the end and shouted. My dogs must think I’m weird (thought they have no room to judge).

And today’s Groundhog Day. For those of you in the colder regions, I hope the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow!

How did you feel when you watched the video I link to above?

Shit Runners Say

24 Jan

I’ve been enjoying the the original Shit Girls Say videos and all of the spin-offs that have developed. Most recently, I came across the Sh!t Runners Say version above, which had me chuckling in agreement.

It got me to thinking about some of the more random things said over our morning runs during the last six months. Here are some of the ones that come to mind:

  • “Hey, your sweat on your back looks like a heart!”
  • “That’s right. I sweat pretty.”
  • “Let’s get this hell train moving.”
  • “Do you think running up these hills will make my ass look like Kim Kardashian’s?”
  • “My buns, they don’t feel nothing like steel.”
  • “Can we walk to that light?”
  • “No, not this light. I meant that light down there.”
  • “Can we run Dinky Donk again?”
  • “How long until our next walk interval?”
  • “Does you have any new shark stories?”
  • “Try that berry on that bush and tell us if it’s any good.”
  • “Okay, we just have two stop signs, a left and then some more running and then we’ll be done.”
  • “If I was attacked by zombies running through the cemetery, would you stay and help me?”
  • “Uh oh. Did you you have potato soup for dinner  again last night?”
  • “Where’s the nearest bathroom?”
  • “I think that guy down the road has his pants down. Yeah, he definitely has his pants down.”
  • “If I get hit by a car, that means I get to stop running, right?”
  • “Yeah! There’s purple Gatorade!”
  • “Sorry we’re late. We got lost over in Mr. Roger’s neighborhood.”

During this morning’s run, we tried to pick up the pace during a 3.5-mile run. I forgot to charge my borrowed Garmin yet again, so I don’t know how fast (or slow) we ran. But it felt good to incorporate some hills. I usually hate hills, so I think this cool air must be affecting my brain.

On the way home from my run the sky looked like a work of art. If I was a painter, I would totally paint this (minus the power lines, of course).

Back to the video, which of the Shit ____ Say videos is your favorite?

Pain is Temporary

27 Dec

This is totally how I felt last week during my 22-miler, that turned into a 20.8-miler.

Only twelve days left until my first marathon!

Watch a Girl Race a Camel

13 Dec

This makes me want to race my fat pug Rex. Maybe I can win.