Running has taken a backseat in my life at the moment. 

This last month or so has been one of the most emotionally challenging of my life.

Sometimes the pressure of a race coming up has been helpful and motivational, but at the moment it’s nothing to me but stress, and probably keeps me from what little running I have felt like doing. I am getting back to that - and not training. I’m not training for any races now. I am just, running. When I can. For fun. For stress relief. Because that’s why I used to run. I need that now. 

This is far from the motivational and positive theme my tumblr usually carries but I guess sometimes that’s just the way it is. Thanks for the support always, fellow runblrs :) 

I get a huge kick out of running in weather most people won’t even go outside in.
8 inches of snow? Yes please.
Not a long run, but a hell of a work out trudging through snow.
2.24 miles
10:01 pace 
I’ll take it.

I get a huge kick out of running in weather most people won’t even go outside in.

8 inches of snow? Yes please.

Not a long run, but a hell of a work out trudging through snow.

2.24 miles

10:01 pace 

I’ll take it.

7 miles in 1:10 today. Not my best time but it’s the longest run I’ve managed in a few weeks.  

There’s this evil cycle where I feel bad when I don’t run, and then I don’t run because I feel bad… I think I’m over it. Feeling pretty good :)

You got this! Two months before my first marathon I was completely sidelined. I’m sure you’ll bounce back and do this! You may have to change the game plan for the race, but you will finish :)   runspo

Easily the most motivating person on tumblr - runspo is the best. 

Thank you for the encouragement! I really needed that :) 

Not much time for a run this morning but wanted to take advantage of this white Christmas while it lasts! I’ll do my 10k later tonight.

Merry Christmas!

Not much time for a run this morning but wanted to take advantage of this white Christmas while it lasts! I’ll do my 10k later tonight.

Merry Christmas!

finished importing my Nike+ runs to Garmin Connect

phew, that took forever.

never switching running data platforms again! 

Really loving the Forerunner 10 so far, I don’t even know how I have lived without this. The virtual pacer is the best thing to ever happen to me! 

So much going on in my life lately, can’t even begin… when I’m off my training schedule, my world feels terrible. The dust is starting to settle from the craziness that has been December. Looking forward to better days and better runs ahead

Week 7 done. Uneventful and crappy, obviously. 
As of yesterday I finally feel like I have regained all my strength from being sick - yesterday’s run was actually GOOD. It’s been a rough week, but I am feeling optimistic and strong. 
10 weeks to go to the 20 miler, need to suck it up and get things done. 

Week 7 done. Uneventful and crappy, obviously. 

As of yesterday I finally feel like I have regained all my strength from being sick - yesterday’s run was actually GOOD. It’s been a rough week, but I am feeling optimistic and strong. 

10 weeks to go to the 20 miler, need to suck it up and get things done. 

Week 6 - done… whether I like it or not. 
I’ve been very sick, I made an attempt to run twice after drinking lots of robotussin. One day I managed one single mile, the other day I didn’t even get out of my parking lot before having a coughing fit and turning around. It was pathetic.
It’s been a really discouraging week. I did nothing productive, and I’ve barely slept. I saw Skyfall. That was okay, haha. Dumb week, I feel like a blob. 
On the plus side, I get my student ID this week which means I can use the university gym (pool/indoor track!) and I might adjust my schedule a bit to change my long run days to Friday, which might work better for me, instead of rushing to get it done before work on Sunday. 
My Mizunos look mighty lonely. I’m starting to feel better, I’ll definitely be back at it tomorrow. 
A bend in the road is not the end of the road, right? :)

Week 6 - done… whether I like it or not. 

I’ve been very sick, I made an attempt to run twice after drinking lots of robotussin. One day I managed one single mile, the other day I didn’t even get out of my parking lot before having a coughing fit and turning around. It was pathetic.

It’s been a really discouraging week. I did nothing productive, and I’ve barely slept. I saw Skyfall. That was okay, haha. Dumb week, I feel like a blob. 

On the plus side, I get my student ID this week which means I can use the university gym (pool/indoor track!) and I might adjust my schedule a bit to change my long run days to Friday, which might work better for me, instead of rushing to get it done before work on Sunday. 

My Mizunos look mighty lonely. I’m starting to feel better, I’ll definitely be back at it tomorrow. 

A bend in the road is not the end of the road, right? :)

Marathon Signs

“In our minds, you’re all Kenyans.”

“Your feet hurt because you are kicking so much butt!”

“Your legs will forgive you…eventually.”

“Don’t stop — people are watching.”

“Worst Parade Ever”

“Chafe now…brag forever.”

“That’s not sweat, it’s your fat cells crying.”

“You’ve got stamina! Call me!”

“Pain now…beer later.”

“If a marathon was easy, it would be called your mother.”

“I’m sure it seemed like a good idea 4 months ago.”

“Run like you stole something.”

“Toenails are for sissies.”

“Where are you all going?”

“Hurry up…beer misses you!”

“You’re not slow. You’re just enjoying the course.”

“Stop reading this and keep running!”

“Beat Oprah!”

“Chuck Norris never ran a marathon”

“Don’t trust that fart”

“And I thought NASCAR was boring”

“Beat Paul Ryan!”

“Hurry up! My feet are tired of standing”

“See a doctor if you keep it up longer than 4 hours”

“May the course be with you”

“Hurry up! People are waiting for you”

“Staying up all night making this sign was hard, too”

“I trained for 6 months to hold this sign”

“Smile if you peed yourself”

“This seems like a lot more than 2.62 miles”

“Not impressed”

“Kenyans are lazy - they only run for 2 hours”

“26.2: because 26.3 would just be crazy”

“My mascara runs faster than you!”

“The pain is temporary; online race results are forever”

“You trained longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage”

“there’s no app for this, keep running”

“Take a cab, it’s faster”

“If you made it to the starting line, you’ll make it to the finish line”