Category Archives: motivation

Live longer, run!

It’s no secret to dailymilers that running has its health benefits. We’ve heard pretty much all of them from weight loss, and desease prevention, to perfecting memory and brain health. Tack another one onto the list, running also helps us live longer. According to a study from the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, running helps us live almost 6 1/2 years longer than non runners. It could be the lifestyle change that comes naturally when you make lacing … Continue reading

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Celebrate your life with a milestone run

A few months ago I started to think about what I was going to do to celebrate my thirtieth birthday. The first thing that came to mind was running thirty miles. To me, it was a no-brainer. To my friends and family, it was crazy. I’ve never run more than a marathon before, but this distance on this particular day was bigger than any race I had completed or was going to start. “Running thirty miles on my thirtieth birthday … Continue reading

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dailymission redux: Best running videos

It’s hump day. Ready to get your incline on? Big smile on my face today because I love motivational, funny or thoroughly creative running videos or ads. Esp when I have hill work. How about you? A recent dailymission asked, “What is your favorite YouTube video about running?” Here, my fav and a few of yours, too. Thanks for the amazing shares, DMers! Keep ‘em coming. Keep passing them on. Each so super insightful and delightful. First up, Kris R. posted … Continue reading

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Fuel + Fire (#4): Stick With It

In a dailymission last year on favorite motivational quotes, DMers Chelsie and Molly E. picked Winston Churchill’s rousing “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up.” (Also repeated as “Never never never give up.”) The full Churchill speech was given October 29, 1941, while visiting Harrow School after the Blitz during World War II. Snip: But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period, this is the lesson: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, … Continue reading

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The Power of Partners

There’s something wonderful to be said about a great run on a beautiful day with nothing but the sound of your feet on the pavement, the sound of breath moving through your lungs, and the feeling of strength behind each foot strike. But let’s be real. How often does that actually happen? Exactly. More often than not, if left to my own devices, which I often am, I’m not going to get my butt out the door without a fight. … Continue reading

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The Coach’s Wish List: Short Memory, Long Outlook

As a coach, I don’t ask for a lot.  I’m not worried about the genetic makeup of my athletes, as I think that everyone has the potential to become a better, faster runner with a smart approach.  Sure, it would be fun to coach someone to run a 2:20 marathon (or run one myself?), but it’s just as fun to coach someone to run a sub-30 5k for the first time…or even run 3 miles for the first time. This … Continue reading

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Fuel + Fire (#3): Fear Not

“I am not afraid.” Those are the words stamped on a necklace worn by Olympic runner Kara Goucher. In a blog post last spring, she reflected on fear, saying: “No matter who you are or what your passion is, trying to do something as well as you can possibly do it is challenging, and with challenges comes fear.” The elite runner certainly knew a thing or two about the matter. Two weeks later she’d line up to race in the … Continue reading

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My motivation comes with sole.

I’m happy to report that in the week since we’ve last spoken, my running funk has dissipated. Not entirely, but last night I ran a very hilly 8 miles of my own volition, so that has to count for something, right? I’m like a child in that the easiest way to get me to do something is to reward me with something shiny and new. Now, I didn’t actually go buy anything shiny and new, but I realized last night … Continue reading

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A slump of my own creation.

I’m sitting at my desk staring at the snow that’s pouring from the sky, realizing how badly I don’t want to run later. And how easy it was for me to hit snooze through my entire morning, when I could have been out doing the 8-mile hill workout on my schedule. It’d also be easy for me to blame said snow. But I can’t. Because even if it were 60 degrees with not a cloud in the sky, I still … Continue reading

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Fuel + Fire (#2): Mind Over Matter

When I started up casual jogging in my 20s, I was surprised how hard it was to run more than a couple of miles at a time. When I wanted to increase my distance, my body balked and screamed, “I’m tired and cranky! My [insert various body part] hurts!” Mentioning this to a girlfriend (a steady runner),  she suggested, “When you think you can’t run anymore, just keep going…” Can it really be that easy? I gave it a try. … Continue reading

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