“‘What are you running from?’ My mother used to ask me this whenever I’d go jogging on weekend visits home from college. It had been easy enough for her to accept my habit in childhood—racing through the streets with friends as kids and sweating it out on track and field hockey teams in my later school years. Back then she figured my perennial thirst for sweat and activity was normal because it’s what lots us of kids did. Even the occasional 5k races for good causes and cures as an adult didn’t raise her eyebrows much. But running after that came as a curiosity to her. For all of my marathons, overnight relays, and the training that came with it—not to mention the simplicity of running for fun—she’d still quiz me, ‘What are you running from?’”
For more of @kristepeoples #whyimove story go to the Skirt Sports #realwomenmove Blog. We met Kriste last year through #blackgirlsrun and fell in love with her energy. She’s strong, fun, easy to be around and that combo translates into magic. It’s no wonder she’s a coach and guide to many. Give her a shoutout for her next event - one of those awesome overnight @ragnarrelay races!!! .
5 miles this AM. Ufta.. I didn't eat the best yesterday and could feel it. Now that I'm eating what my body needs it hates when I don't. Kinda funny that I used to eat that way and thought that's how I should feel. When I eat well, my body can function so much better. Excited to get back to some routine.
I was asked to talk about how I started running, so here we go:
Back in Mexico I didn’t run (or do any type of exercise) during my high school years. I failed PE because I never showed up, so yeah, I wasn’t an active person.
After college I joined a gym and the treadmill seemed like the easiest thing to do. So I started jogging a couple of minutes, then walking, repeating this on and on. I began setting up goals for myself, trying to run a couple of minutes more each day.
At the time I was working at a steel mill, and the company organized a fun 5K. My brother signed up and I joined him, panicking internally because I wasn’t sure I could do it.
Race day came and I was blasting Lady Gaga on repeat, trying to focus on her bad romance and not on the uncomfortable feeling in my legs. After I was done I felt so elated! So powerful! So I kept running with my brother (or rather chasing him) on the local track.
The following year I decided to move to NYC to pursue grad school. Moving all alone to another country was stressing me (and exciting too) so I decided to sign up for a 10K as a way to release stress while training. The 10K took place one week before me moving to NY, and my mom had just had back surgery but she came to cheer on me. I crossed the finish line and hugged my mom while crying. But all that training had given me resilience, and that’s what I needed to move to another country.
In NY, I started running on the park, joined a local team and met some of the most amazing people ever. They say that to improve you should be the weakest link in your crew. And that’s what I did. I was hanging out with marathoners, ultras, people who knew endurance. I signed up for my first half marathon and the rest is history.
One year after my first half I completed my first 100 miler. Running definitely changed my life, it showed me that I’m stronger that I thought I was, and it has given me the resilience to face challenges.
Anyway, that’s how I started running 🏃🏾♀️ #running
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Don't listen to the little voices that say you can't do it or that you don't have enough time. Do your BEST, God is already taking care of the rest! Because YOU were design for success, not just me or others, YOU! So let's set this Wednesday on fire! 🏃🏽♀️🔥😎
PM me if you want to join Al Lawrence Running Club this Sunday for a long run. 👍🏼
#latergram because I fell asleep trying to post this last night 😂
Busy morning, busy day at work, busy afternoon..so I’m just getting around to posting.
I’m trying to get back into a normal running routine, as I’ve felt like life had been a bit chaotic and stressful later. I know, personally, I do a lot better with structure and a schedule and that’s been lacking since my marathon and Justin switching to working nights😬 So hopefully I’ll get my running routine back under control and that will help things ☺️
Last night, for the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of hanging out with this guy. As a sports fanatic, I could listen to him talk & tell stories all day long. This year, he made me smile so big that I think my face is stuck like this. He wanted to congratulate me on my performance at the @bostonmarathon & went on to tell me how impressed he was that I completed the race in my best time in those awful weather conditions. He joked & told me about the time he ran a “fake” Boston Marathon in 1986, which was yet another great story...he has many. The highlight of the night was when he told me (in his infamous voice) that my accomplishment in Boston last week was “truly worthy of an atta girl.” I don’t think I’ll ever hear a better compliment than that. Boomer is the best! #boomer#chrisberman#bigeasykenyons#attagirl#backbackbackback#woooop#espn#zurichclassic#pga#teamgolf#golf
The Reality of Running Blog Series Day 208: @elsaisfit AKA my dog twin. 🐾 We ran in the rain today - it was that annoying rain where it’s misty and it almost feels like sweat - that rain that is so terrible for your hair and when you get home you are drenched... we still got it done & let me tell you, the taper is real. .
4 days until my race.
“What are your plans this weekend?”
“Well, I have my race.”
“Yeah, what else are you doing.”
“That is it – its race preparation, packet pickup, carb loading, race preparation, lots of sleeping, water, water, water, race preparation ….”
All runners can relate to this.
This is why I wish more races were on Friday or Saturday – get them over and done and enjoy your weekend. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the race, but running on Friday or Saturday would allow me more time to recover and celebrate before going back to work! .
Today is another day where all I think about is the race.
I think I can … I think I can … I think I can ….
Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running…
4 easy miles this morning testing out my new trainers 👟 I found some UltraBOOST X in an outlet yesterday and decided I needed a little treat. Aren’t they lovely 😍 I also now see that I really need to find leggings that are actually the right length 🤦🏼♀️ but it was another lovely run in the sunshine. Can this last forever please? ☀️
Aquele momento de adrenalina, felicidade e 'dor'😂.. Sim, DOR, pode não parecer, mas correr no nosso limite dói sim, mas ao mesmo tempo é tão gratificante poder fazer isso que mesmo 'sofrendo' , a gente não quer parar... 😂😂😂 Se fosse fácil e não fosse sofrido tbm não teria graça, Não é mesmo?.. Boa quarta feira gente!!!
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PART 1 - London Marathon recap
It’s 9am. I’m at the start and it’s hot. Really hot. I look around and people are lying on the grass soaking up the sun and nervously laughing.
I grabbed my final bits from my bag:
🔸@jaybirdsport (limited edition Earth Day RUN headphones)
🔹@clifbar (Shot Bloks)
🔸@asics hat (thanks for lending it to me @infinityharry)
I attempted to check my phone to do a post (but there was no signal) so I went to find the toilet.
As I wandered round aimlessly, I bumped into Louise (@newfoundrunner) who I’d been chatting to at the expo. What a relief to find a friendly face. We agreed we would wander round aimlessly together, which turned out to be the best thing ever. Laughing, sharing stories and making light of the weather situation (I was already sweating and we hadn’t even started).
It felt like we queued forever in the pens. They changed the start so that each pen goes into waves. Terrible idea. We were stood waiting for nearly an hour in the same crowded spot which just made my feet hurt even more (and it didn’t actually help with congestion in the slightest).
We chatted away to fellow runners. No one peed on my feet this year which was a real bonus. The excitement was building as we edged towards the start line.
Eventually we were off. A wave of emotion flooded over me as we crossed the start line. The noise, the music, the memories of running with @whatcharlierannext last year. I had no pains in my glutes or hips. I felt surprisingly strong.
I knew I was ready...
#VLM2018 PART ONE
Nerves and excitement were overtaking my body and I wasn’t quite sure how to handle these emotions or channel the energy. I met Becca at Greenwich and we walked to the start together, had a photo, used the toilets twice and I was cheeky and snuck into her start zone. I am so glad I did this because I think although there were so many runners, I would have felt quite lonely otherwise. We chatted the whole time, questioned if we needed the toilet, if we were hungry, thirsty, ready. Becca’s sports belt zipper broke and we had a slight panic, but fixed quickly with a safety pin then before we knew it we were crossing the start line. Thank you to Becca for crossing the start with me! We waved at the cameras, settled in our pace and Becca went on ahead. The atmosphere was buzzing from the get go, it was so hot but that brought out the best in the crowds! I tried not to weave too much and stuck to my goal pace for the first 4 miles. Someone had already collapsed at mile 3 and was receiving medical help, which reminded me to be careful and listen to my body. Mile 5 I saw another person struggling on the side also receiving medical attention. I held my hand to my chest and could feel my heart rate was sky high at a pace I normally find easy, and decided to reign it in, slow down. When not used to running in these conditions, our bodies work overtime. We start to use up glycogen stores quicker, loose our electrolytes sooner and easy pace becomes hard pace. I decided to run to heart rate and not pace, and although I didn’t actually have a HR monitor I went by feel, and if I could say a sentence out loud with ease or not, if I couldn’t, then I slowed down and just stuck with conversation pace. The first water station was a godsend, I poured some on my neck and wrists which felt amazing and held onto it taking small sips, then at the next water station dropped in some of my electrolyte tablets. I was going slower than I wanted but honestly did not mind, I was having a blast! TBC
😐😎RUNNING FEELS 🤩😍
So, most of y’all know by now that I do my training plans pretty much week by week and even day by day at times and it’s based on how I FEEL 😬 and my schedule for the week.
That being said, there are days that I really don’t FEEL 😐 like running and I do anyway. Today was one of those days. I was already dressed in regular clothes for the day because I had to take my littlest one to her kindergarten registration. During the rest of the school day I had 3 hours at home before an afternoon of craziness including swim practice x 3 kids and baseball games for 2 kids back to back tonight. So, it really sounded appealing to just take that time to catch up on some housework and then relax some. I knew running meant having to change and then shower only to get dressed again for afternoon and evening obligations. You see where I’m going, running just didn’t FEEL😕 ideal. Buttttt, I have goals and they aren’t going to happen unless I do the work. So, I put on a podcast and started my run. I thought I’d do 4-6 easy miles depending how I FELT. Well, I did not FEEL 😎 like ever stopping this run! I wanted to keep going and going, so I did 7 miles as that was all that time allowed. So often the runs that you don’t FEEL like doing actually end up leaving you FEELING 🤩 the best! They leave you wanting more, excited for the next time! 😍 Next time you don’t FEEL like running, remember, it may be exactly what you need to leave you FEELING excited about your next run! #crazyrunnerfeels
Enjoyed a quick sunset run (because my watch battery was dying and I wanted to finish before it died 😆).. walked home and it was still mild enough for a sleeveless top. Loving this weather! •
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