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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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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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More than I expected

“More than I expected” is the first post in a series about the human side of dailymile: How We Succeed. As a part of this series, dailymilers write about their experiences as athletes struggling to overcome obstacles and solve problems with the help of their friends on dailymile. Being an athlete makes our bodies stronger, but having the support of a crowd of athletes makes our minds stronger. This series highlights the side of training that requires more than muscle … Continue reading

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