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Motivation Monday

“Seeing you do a million marathons has also peer pressured me just a little bit to try to learn how to like running. So thanks for being a positive influence on my newsfeed :)” -my Kappa Kappa Psi friend, Michelle

This has been a serious highlight of my running career. In the last year and a half, I have never had someone come forth and mention how much of an influence I have had on them, even so much as to TRY running. I had been really doubting myself lately, especially with stress bingeing on foods I had sworn off during the Lent season. This morning I wrote a very negative journal entry to myself, calling myself a disappointment and all I ever seem to do was disappoint those around me…then I turned it around and wrote,

“But not you. Not this time. Go get ’em.”

With less than four weeks until the Historic Half, Michelle’s FB post was the kick in the ass I’ve been looking for. There ARE people out there that support what I do as an athlete; they DO read my posts and keep up with my tweets and track my numbers. It really feels good that people do care.

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Hall of Fame

I was watching the trailer for “Million Dollar Arm” and heard this song in the background. This might be the kick in the pants i need to start pulling off some intense workouts. Sung by The Script and featuring will.i.am.,  I consider this the male version of Katy Perry’s “Roar”; it’s highly motivational and speaks volumes. Consider the lyrics as motivation for your next race!

 

You can go the distance, you can run the mile
You can walk straight through hell with a smile

You can be the hero, you can get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke

Yeah, do it for your people, do it for your pride
How are you ever gonna know if you never even try?

Do it for your country, do it for your name

’cause there’s gonna be a day…

When you’re standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame…

 

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Running’s Investments

I knew that when I decided to become a runner that it wasn’t going to be cheap by any means. You’ve got race registrations, traveling, expo goodies, hotels, and food for starters. Then you have to look the part. Generic t-shirts and sweatpants just don’t cut it for me at the gym anymore. Now it’s tech shirts, legit workout shorts, compression sockies, sneakers, sports bras, running tights, headbands, etc. Then there’s the training fuel. EnergyBits, fruits/veggies, other feel-good race fuels and nom noms. And the accessories (music, Armpocket, etc.). And the everything else. By the time it all adds, up, it can be an astronomical amount. I’m going to estimate I’ve spent about $3500 so far in my running quest (and that is ONLY an estimate. GSC this year was about $1300-$1400-ish).

Today, I decided to buy new running shoes. I bought my Saucony Pro/Grid Ride 5’s in 2012 when I knew I’d be doing PHM 2013 and starting my running journey. Those have lasted me so far, but I’m starting to notice their wear when I do morning workouts. Since I know I’ll be putting some serious mileage on my legs in the next six months leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon, I decided to go shoe hunting. I really like the Saucony brand, so I decided to stick with it. (I don’t want to screw up my feet too much by changing brands.) After trying on a couple pairs at the Shoe Dept., I headed for Dick’s.

I could stay in Dick’s forever. SO many bright colors and things to buy…I get motivated just by walking in there! I headed straight back for the shoes, and my eyes fell on the Power/Grid Guide 7 shoes. I found my size, put them on, and totally fell in love. Then I checked the price tag.

$119. Holy crap. I’ve never dropped triple-digits on shoes before, running shoes or otherwise. Still, I knew this was an investment, and I was willing to make said investment in the name of my fitness journey and upcoming races.

Before I could change my mind, I took the shoes and immediately went to the checkout, bypassing the Experia Thorlo pad sockies I’ve fallen in love with, the UnderArmour shirts in all the colors of the rainbow, and all the snackies I could buy on impulse. It turns out that if you spend $99+ on Saucony shoes, you receive at $10 iTunes gift card to “Rock Your Run” with! That was a very nice surprise!

I can smell a long run coming for tomorrow. I can’t wait to start breaking these in.Image

 

Running Countdowns:

Historic Half:  42 days

Marine Corps Marathon: 203 days

Anything else: TBA