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I don’t usually talk about myself in third person, but it’s relevant. I can only run two miles. 

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SHIT. 

Excuse my language, I’m blogging from a slight runner’s high. I have a lot of emotions (and sweat).
It’s hard to keep running in perspective.
When I run, I think to myself:

  • Where you used to be is not going to happen over night
  • You’re probably dehydrated
  • You’re probably sleep-deprived
  • It’s not going to happen over night
  • You’re running, and that’s a start
  • You have to start somewhere
  • You used to NEVER run, so that’s something too
  • It’s hot in Texas
  • Maybe you need to commit to a half-marathon
  • …Maybe not
  • You have to start somewhere
  • Keep running

And at some point, the thoughts take over and you want to start walking. So I guess for once, I feel unresolved after a run…
The real thought is: Who wants to sign up for a half? I will also be taking more suggestions for running music. If you’re interested in knowing what I’ve been listening to, check out my Spotify Playlist.

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I’m a running fraud.

…because I haven’t run in a week…maybe two.
…because I need new running shoes.
…because I don’t feel hydrated and I might cramp.
…because I don’t have the time anymore.
…because I’m lazy.

Here I am…being honest and vulnerable. I’m also trying to shame myself into running, is that a bad habit? Running, exercise, and healthy living is a stupid mental game- and sometimes my mind lets the fears win, and any sort of “excuse” passes for a plausible excuse. BUT.

I have working legs, I have a body, I breathe in and out- I am capable. 

There are a lot of things I take into consideration when I go running, because I am prone to injury but I know when I’m bullshitting. And I’ve been doing it a lot lately. Mental games and focus- I know these are things I really push on my blog, but it’s because that’s really it. It’s not easy, but mental games are what puts up walls, makes excuses, and keeps me in the house. So I have to play mental games to break down those walls and push me out of the house.

No more self. Get out.

And run.

ProTip: Keep your running mind positive. A negative mind WILL slow you down/tire you out, physically.

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After Tommy and I went to Whole Foods in Boulder, we took our loot and headed to a nearby park called Scott Carpenter Park.

While we gorged our pizza, “Glory Dog”, sweet tea (like the Texans we are), and whatever else we could get our hands on, we noticed this one couple. At first, we had no idea what they were doing. They were walking around like they were casing the joint with their bikes. At one point, they just dropped their bikes and started running. “What was happening?” was a recurring thought in my mind as I continued to observe them.

In the end, this is what they did. Let me try and paint a picture for you. They would ride their cyclocross bikes along a path that led to going up a hill. When they reached the top of the hill, they had to dismount from their bikes, jump over and carry their bikes over a hurdle, mount back onto their bikes, circle around, go down the hill and do the same dismount/mount on ground level, circle around again, go back up the hill- STOP- get off their bike mid-hill, carry their bike the rest of the way up the hill, and lay their bikes down. Did they stop? NOPE. Soon after, they did these leaps across their bike frame and then they were “finished”.

And then they did this another 6 times. This man/woman couple were beasts. Is this what you typically do on a Thursday night? Apparently, yes because throughout the evening, I saw cyclists, a yoga group, people walking their dogs, etc. I overheard the woman talking to another girl introducing herself as Laura.

So when I think about not exercising, I have to think of Laura. Or the guy I saw with one prosthetic leg and cycling or the athletes from the Paralympics or Oscar Pistorius or Lance Armstrong. Exercising is doable and everyone should exercise. I never took this seriously until pretty recent. When I see people do things like become the fastest man on the planet or leap and do 4 flips and land perfectly or simply finish a marathon, I think, “wow, they are incredible human beings.” But the thing I forget is that they are human, just like me. While I may never be the fastest woman on earth or be someone who can do 6-minute miles, I know if I try, I’m better off than if I didn’t exercise at all.

Today’s morals of the story:
1) If I don’t want to exercise, I have to think of Laura.
2) I learned a quote from cyclist Jens Voight while watching the US Pro Cycling Challenge on TV: “Shut up legs.” I need to find a place to put that on my bike.