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ERMAGERD IT’S NERTIONAL RERRING DER!

Monday: 20 min Stairmill (1 min lateral, 1 min forward alternating)

Tuesday: 15 hips, 10 core

Wednesday: 2.5m RUN!!! 10:00/pace (4 min running, 1 min walking), 50 pushups, 75 hanging leg raises, 100 single leg balance lunges (50 each leg)

Happy National Running Day! This might be the first time I’ve actually blogged & ran on N’tl R-Day! No IT pain might I add 🙂 And in lieu of this spectacular holiday i’ll be having fun with this post, borrowing a few running questions from Lisa @ Running out of Wine in her style.. with a wine glass in hand!

Cheers to you Lisa!

Cheers to you Lisa!

Here are Lisa’s NRD prompts and my answers..if you want to answer one or all in the comments below, feel free! Share your Run Love 🙂

  • Right now, I run because… I’m testing my IT band out, so I can get back to a training schedule!
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not running, but enjoying time off with this girl!

  • I started running because… I wanted to lose weight. 9 years ago I used to weight over 160 lbs and wasn’t active. Running was a simple and interesting new way to get in shape.

Smiling pre-race cause my knee doesn't hurt...yet.

  • When I don’t run… I cross-train. When i run...I cross train. Only running does not work for my body, plus I like the way muscles look…Right now I’m digging Kettlebells, Rowing, Crossfit Endurance and bodyweight workouts with tons of burpees, pushups & pullups. Anything that’s a challenge!

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

  • One thing that running has taught me is… It brings out the amazing in people. If you ever question humanity go watch a marathon. If you ever want to see how strong you are, go run a marathon. If you ever want to see selfless people, volunteer for a marathon. If you ever want to see people realizing their potential, stand at the finish line of a marathon. No, running isn’t everything, and running a marathon isn’t the only way to see these things, but from what I’ve experienced, it brings out really good qualities in people–> and not just the runners, i’m talking about the family & friends & spouses who support a lifetime sport and the volunteers & race directors for allowing the races to happen.
meeting new runners is one of my favorite things

meeting new runners is one of my favorite things

  • My favorite kind of run is… A race. Nothing beats the day your hard work is put to the test. Plus running a race is basically a tempo run, which are my favorite kind of runs 🙂
Crossing the finish line

Crossing the finish line

  • Right now my biggest running-related goal is… A sub 1:30 half. This is something that might take another year or two. But I won’t rest until I get it.
This face.. cause i think i can do it.

…cause i believe i can do it.

Have a great rest of the day guys! Even if you don’t run–> be active today!


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The Day After National Running Day

Monday: 2.4m walk/run, 30 min chest/biceps, 10 abs

Tuesday: 25 min legs/hamstrings, low back

Wednesday: Rest

Nope, i didn’t post yesterday because I went to run on NRD and as soon as i got to the trail and began running, that little bitch of a pain came back in ankle. Super. Lame. I was really disappointed, almost cried in the shower, and treated Cameron like crap all day because i was depressed with the setback.

I made my way into the chiropractor’s office and he looked at me and asked why the ef i was back so soon. After 45 minutes of painful accupressure and single leg squats on a balance board, we came to the same conclusion. I’m good to ease into running, but there’s something about my anterior tibia that tightens up and pulls my ankle the wrong way. You may remember this issue I talked about back in January. We’re working on trying to figure out what’s going on and how I can keep it loose. This might be a month or two of trial and error.

Later in the evening, I started reading everyone’s blogs on National Running Day and it made me happy and excited to get back to running when i’m 100% healthy. Runners are truly amazing. Seriously–everyone has personal reasons for why they run and I can relate to all of them. That’s why I feel such a sense of community with this blog. We’re all here for a common reason..to run happy :). (Brooks totally nailed that slogan)

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I run because I need an outlet for my thoughts. Work gets crazy, wedding planning gets stressful and life happens. Running is something that is constantly pumping me full of endorphins and clears my head when i need it (always). Running gives me a sense of being a powerful, strong person that can do hard things. Running allows me that extra piece of chocolate or slice of pizza without guilt. Running lets me dress like a 5 year old wearing every ridiculous neon color under the sun. Running lets me explore different cities and experience nature in a whole new way. Running makes me feel. Running creates an indescribable internal burst of love and energy that only runners understand. It’s why we wake up at 5am. It’s why we fit in a run any which way when we can. It’s why 10% of our paychecks go to gear, shoes and races. It’s why no matter what we try and convert people to the BEST SPORT ON THIS PLANET.

(drops mic)

Damn it feels good to be a runner.