on running lately

I've been logging quite a bit of miles lately. I'm trying to get back into the training groove to prepare for my next half marathon. I haven't really talked about running lately. I don't know. It's been weird. After feeling iffy thanks to my great IT band to just feeling...well...slow, I just haven't felt very good about running lately.

But that's something I've learned about running. It's not perfect. There are off days, weeks, months and races. Sometimes things don't go your way. And sometimes you just feel like shit.

But there's a distinct difference between runners and everyone else: runners run though the pain. They keep going. Because they know in the end, things will change. Things will turn around. Things will get better. And then you'll have The Perfect Run where everything falls into place and you feel like you're flying.

Running with Toby has taught me a lot about myself and who I am as a runner. Toby doesn't care how fast we go. Toby doesn't care how many times we have to stop so he can go to the bathroom. Toby doesn't care what our final time is. He runs because he can. And now I run because I can. Because I am physically able, and I have no reason not to.

Come October, when I cross that finish line, that will be my third half marathon in 14 months. And while a lot of people run more or have better times than what I've accumulated, I don't care. I'm so proud of myself I could burst.
Everyone has their own version of running; what makes you proud?


  1. I am so proud of you and all your runnin'! Toby is too. He texted me and told me so.

  2. You should be proud, that's awesome girl! I'm super impressed with your running, I have really been slacking lately! :)

  3. this is great and so inspirational. you go, girl! :)

  4. Ok...about to get all cheesy, but I swear my eyes watered a bit when I read this, "But there's a distinct difference between runners and everyone else: runners run though the pain." Even though I AM a runner, and I own that...the "time off" I sometimes take doesn't feel like it. I have my second half this October, and I'm just now getting back into THAT zone. I pushed through that pain this morning bc I HAD to finish. I am a runner because I can. Not because I'm fast. I'm proud I CAN do it. I'm proud of the way it makes me feel. I'm proud I found a passion in it. I'm proud that I can bust out 13.1. I've done it once; I'll do it again. Thanks for reminding me why :)

  5. Good for you! I ran my first half in June, and I've really slacked off for the last couple of months. I loved how I felt when I was training for the half, and I need to get back to that feeling.


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