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So, many of you have been having problems with the feed and subscribing to my RSS feed in your google readers. Well worry no more! I have the link that you are suppose to put in once it ask for the page to get the feeds from…

http://chicrunner.com/?feed=rss2

So, just insert that into when it asks for the site that you want to get the feed from, and you will then in return will get my site in your reader! YAY! Hopefully that solves many problems for some of you guys.

Also, thanks for all the great feedback about Operation Jack. Sam is a great guy, and if you were thinking of doing a marathon in 2010, sign up for one of the many (60) he’s doing to be apart of team Operation Jack!

If you wanted to win 50/50 and can play by the rules listed in the post, leave a comment on this post! It’s such a great book!

Last night after work I ran 4 miles. It was pretty warm but I really pushed myself and I realized that I hadn’t run REALLY hard in quite some time. Whooooweeeeeee. So this morning I couldn’t get out of bed for the life of me. So no working out today for me, sadly.

Funny thing happened today, a good friend of my asked me if I had always loved running. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to run, but there are days, especially like this morning, where I don’t want to. I don’t want to leave my warm sheets and get dressed and get sweaty and have to run. I don’t want to deal with having to put one foot in front of each other and propel myself forward. I just don’t want to run. It’s not always coming easy for me, but it’s the moments that happen when I’m out running that makes me realize that I do love running.

There are some times when I run and everything clicks. It’s so easy and effortless and I could go on forever. My breathing isn’t hard, my body doesn’t ache and I’m just flying around happy as a little clam. Then there are those days when nothing goes right. My feet hurt, my back aches, my arms go numb (yup, that actually happens often) my head hurts, and I feel like every breath I’m taking I’m running out of air. Not all my runs go as I planned they would. Like last night, I felt like I was going to run really fast and it was going to be easy and fun. I wanted to clear my head and just enjoy it. Well that didn’t happen. I felt slow and lethargic, but that’s what comes with ‘running’. Each run is unique and different and you have to accept that with every 10 good runs there might be a bad run.

Whether you are racing through your miles at 5 minutes a mile (I wish) , or whether you are just out to enjoy the scenery, don’t lose the fact that you are running. You have to believe that you are a runner! You can do this! It sounds like I’m trying to be a motivational speaker, but seriously, anyone can do it. You just have to get out there and make yourself do it. Sometimes running sucks. Seriously, it’s not always peaches and cream for me either, but there are so many rewards with running, and giving yourself the opportunity to experience these rewards is worth more than anything that I can put into words.

Basically all of my runs and work outs are done on my own. It gives me a chance to clear my mind, to breathe, and to relax (most of the time, those crappy workout sessions, yea not so much) but if I tell myself that I will enjoy this run, I usually do. So give yourself a chance to like it, take deep breaths when you run and take in the fact that yes, you are running! Sometimes I even need to remind myself that, and I’m very glad that my friend asked me that this morning because it made me realize that though not all my running adventures are amazing and off the charts and I don’t always love to get up early, running is something I do that brings me some of the most joy out of life. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

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