Archive | November, 2011

But I am not a “runner”…

7 Nov

Quite often, when I tell people about my love for running, they respond by saying, “good for you! But I am just not a runner”. I feel like this is a common misconception people have about themselves. True, some people might not be a natural runner, and running might not be as easy for them as it is for others…but that doesn’t mean you can’t ever call yourself a runner too!

I have always believed that if you can walk, you can run. You just gotta try it! It might not be easy at first, and you may not enjoy it in the beginning, but if you stick with it I will guarantee that someday you will be happy with yourself that you did.

Now I have a little story to share with you.

When I was college, I had a very close friend. We spent a lot of time together and shared many common interests. However running was not one of these mutual interests. Every time I would say, “why don’t you go for a run with me?” I would quickly hear “NO! I am not a runner, my knees are too weak to run on”.  So with that being said, I went on many runs solo throughout college.

After college, this friend and I quickly drifted apart and lost touch. But can you guess where I re-connected with them (I bet you $5 you can’t)? Well, it was at mile 11 of the Kansas City Half Marathon. I looked over as I was nearing the end of a very long, hard and fast race and saw the person that constantly told me “I am NOT a runner!”. There he was, running a 7:30 mile pace, and he had been doing it for 11 miles already. I was stunned, and so proud at the same time. It was so crazy to think that out of all the years we knew each other, the first time we ever ran next to each other was at mile 11 of a half marathon.

Moral of my little story: I think anyone can be a runner if you just put your mind, body and soul into it. It might not be easy at the start, but you will get it down and start to enjoy it.

 Put your excuses on the shelf and get some cute running clothes. You can do it, I know you can!

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham

And if you need more motivation, just remember…



A busy week ahead….

6 Nov

This week will be the most intense week of running that I have probably ever encountered. We are just a few weeks out from the marathon, and according to Stacy this is our week to really bust out some running.

What’s in Store

Monday – 7 miles easy

Tuesday – 8 miles speed, most likely 800’s

Wednesday – 7 miles easy

Thursday – 8 miles hills/tempo

Saturday – 22 miles, including race pace miles

If all goes as planned I will be running 52 miles this week – WOW! Just the thought of getting in that kind of mileage in one week makes me excited!

I am open to all training suggestions you can pass my way, so please send ’em along 🙂

Wishing everyone a relaxing Sunday and a happy Monday!



What a Marathon Means to Me

2 Nov

Well, it is official – I am running a marathon, and I am running this marathon very soon! On December 4th, 2011 I will be able to call myself a “marathoner”, and I couldn’t be more ready for that title. I have been a runner for years, however running marathon has always been my goal and my dream.

Years ago, my Dad told me I was not “allowed” to run a marathon until I was 25 years old (he thought it would be too hard on my body before that). Well Dad, I am 25 and it is time. I have been running my butt off the past few months, and why not top off all the training with the mecca of all races – a MARATHON. Following a nudge from Stacy and encouragement from my Mom, I decided that it was for sure time for me to do this. And I will be doing this  at the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

 To me, a marathon means that I am in a new category of runners. It seems like every time I tell people that I am a runner, they quickly follow up by asking “Oh! How many marathons have you done?”. Well after December 4th, I will no longer have to answer by saying, “None…BUT I have done 4 half marathons and a TON of 5k’s!”. Now I will be able to say, “I have done one! AND 4 half marathons and a TON of 5k’s!”, and I will say this with a big smile on my face.

As of December 4th, I will have accomplished something that very few people do. I will also have an immense amount of pride in myself knowing that I did so. This race will not be about time (completely) but will be about accomplishing a dream.

I appreciate all of the encouragement, thoughts and prayers people send my way the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more updates on the marathon training, and also the inevitable fears and moments of anxiety that will surely come my way.



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