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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…

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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  • Reply Shannon

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m not a natural runner…I have to really work at it, and a lot of the personal success I’ve had with running comes from lots of self-talk. Running (or actually any workout) is my best form of stress relief and re-energizes me for all the busy-ness of life.

    Love your blog!

    (AKA @hendy2) :-)

    July 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply aron

    love this post and every word is so true.

    “it’s the moments that happen when I’m out running that makes me realize that I do love running.” i couldnt agree more!!

    July 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Cory

    I definitely need some motivation now that I have to keep my parents motivated to do the LA Marathon next year. My dad competed in the very first LA marathon 25 years ago, finishing the first four before a surgery ended his streak.

    July 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Heather

    5 minute miles baffle me. and to think people go even FASTER than that!! I know what you mean though…one GOOD run can cancel out a week of bad runs!!

    July 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Amber (Girl with the red hair)

    Great post, I completely agree with you. There are SO many days when I just DON’T want to run, but I do it anyways. I NEVER once have regretted GOING for a run, but I’ve regretted NOT going lots!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Jill

    So true! On Monday, I did a 5k run and I thought I was going to pass out. Today, I did 8k and felt great. Weird! Thanks for the inspiration!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Kevin

    What a great post. Not every run can be your best, but as a runner, you have to learn patience and persistence.

    Thanks for the operation Jack link. I havent come up with my 2010 plan yet, but I should be able to do at least one of those if not more. What a great cause

    July 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply christina cadden

    Yay! Back up and running! I am so excited to have you in my feed again!! Thanks for all your help!!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Marci

    I desperately need to update my links, I love your new site, and this was a great post. We all need a little motivation from time to time!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Christy

    Yeah! The feed works now. I totally agree with you about this post. Sometimes running seems effortless and sometimes you have to push yourself so hard, but it is SO worth it. Helps keep me sane!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Angielou Harris

    What a wonderful post! I also had a terribly trying run this morning where I couldn’t find my rhythm, my back ached, etc. I came home feeling drained and cranky rather than energized. But your post reminded me the simple joys of running. I enjoy a miserable run much more than no run at all. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

    July 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply Mrs G.I Joe

    Yay, it worked! I now get your feeds:p Very good post by the way and yes, I had a really crappy run tonight and yes, I got upset that I didn’t finish but I told myself that at least I got out there and tried and did some! Tomorrow will be a better day:)I love running, but you are so right about not everyday is peaches and creams…However, it is all so rewarding and thats why I am still running after three months of mostly struggles:p

    July 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    Well Said! Thanks for the motivation!

    July 8, 2009 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Tara

    i have been such a lame runner lately! they’ve all sucked! haha but I still go out there and put one foot in front of the other because the days when it clicks are the best days ever!

    July 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply kymberli q.

    This was such a great and inspiring post. I will seriously think, “You have to believe that you are a runner!” when I am on the treadmill at the gym. Thank you, my friend. :)

    July 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    ahhh i definitely had the wrong feed, but got it fixed yesterday after seeing all the tweets from you/aron/amanda, etc. yayy :)

    the ‘off’ days are tough but the ones that really click sure make it tough to not-love running!

    July 9, 2009 at 3:52 am
  • Reply Morgan

    Great post! I totally feel the same way… some days I’m on it like it’s no one’s business and then there’s other days… like this morning where I just wanted to cry I sucked so bad! But you just gotta suck it up and put your big girl panties on and RUN! :)

    July 9, 2009 at 5:34 am
  • Reply CharmCityKim

    Perfect summary of what it is to be a runner. There are days when I can easily crank out a few miles and I feel like I’m on top of the world. Then there are days when I can barely make it past 1 mile. It’s tough.

    A good friend of mine told me that I should never let a bad run ruin my day… it happens to everybody.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:49 am
  • Reply Heather

    I couldn’t agree more with your post. Thanks for saying what I try to tell myself on my bad running days. It really helps knowing that everyone else goes through the same thing. You’re awesome!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:51 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Good post! Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m running and I should be loving it… even on the days where NOTHING clicks.

    July 9, 2009 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Denise

    I was just about to leave you another annoying comment saying the feed wasn’t working for me. Perfect timing for this link. I’ll update now.

    July 9, 2009 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Meg

    This post is exactly what I’ve been thinking this past week as I try to ignite my passion for running (again). Monday’s run hurt, Tuesday’s run was a little better, and last night was great! I hate the days when nothing clicks and I’m not looking forward to those, but I’ll try to remember I run through the bad days to get to the good ones!

    Thanks for being so motivational… I’m really happy I discovered your blog!

    July 9, 2009 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    Great post Dainca! There must be something in the air. I’m still sore from Tuesday’s ru.

    I’m like you – I use my run time as therapy. I work through all my frustrations on my run. That way I don’t bite my wife’s head off every night. I do “meet” with a group every Saturday, but once we’re past the first couple of miles, we’re pretty much on our own.

    Let’s see, naming my Garmin. What about George David Effen. That way when you hear me yelling “G D F’n BS!!” during a race, you’ll know I’m just talking to George!

    July 9, 2009 at 7:39 am
  • Reply kristen

    FInally got it! Thanks.

    Totally agreee. When I don’t feel like running, that usually subsides by the second mile.

    July 9, 2009 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    I agree 100%! What an inspirational post, especially for someone who’s maybe toying with the idea of starting up running.

    I also use my running time to think, reflect, work through stuff going on in my life too and even on the crappiest of runs, I still come out with something to show for it in the end. That cheesy saying is so true: “I’ve never regretted going for a run.”

    July 9, 2009 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Dawn

    Great post!
    I’ve tried really hard to start running, always wanted to BE a runner. For some reason it’s really hard for me to get into it and after 10 minutes I find myself stopping or walking even though I know I can do more!

    July 9, 2009 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Great post, so true! Every run is different and you never really know what you’re going to get until you get out there and do it.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Legallyblondemel

    Hooray, the feed really is working – was so happy to see your blog show up with a (1) in my Reader!

    Funny, but I feel the same way about writing sometimes that you do about running. Sometimes you just have to force yourself to get started, and then you remember how much you love it.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:46 am
  • Reply N.D.

    There are def good run days and bad run days. Days you want to get up and days you don’t feel like it. It is all worth it and you are doing great!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Thanks for the inspiration. I have always loved running, but I recently had my 3rd child and just can’t get myself outside to do it. It is much easier to stay inside and mope about being out of shape than it is to actually get in shape! ;) What you said is true though. I need to get some new music to listen to and just run!

    July 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    So true! I’m so much happier now that I’m no worrying about being on schedule or getting in X miles at X pace. Running just to run is much more fun! Ha that rhymes!

    July 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Jenny from Lucky in Love

    This is such a great post. I totally get that “arm numbing” feeling as well. It’s really weird.

    July 10, 2009 at 9:18 am
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    Yay for your posts feeding over to Reader once again. Yay I say, yay!

    July 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Perfectly Imperfect

    So happy to see you showing up in my Reader again! Yay!

    July 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm
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