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THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS

Apply this to your workouts! If you dread your workouts, you’ll be much less likely to actually enjoy them. Think about your workout as “you time.” It’s a little break from reality. A stress reliever. Free therapy. Remind yourself of how much happier you’ll be once you’re done. Remember: attitude is everything.

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july’s running playlist

RunningPlaylistJuly

1. Reload – Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash & John Martin

2. Summertime Sadness Remix – Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais

3. This Is What it Feels Like – Armin Van Buuren

4. Night of Your Life – David Guetta & Jennifer Hudson

5. Million Voices In Love – Otto Knows vs. Gigi D’agostino

6. If I Lose Myself – Alesso feat. One Republic

7. Spectrum – Zedd feat. Matthew Koma

8. Clarity Remix – Cans & Zedd

9. Lost & Not Found – Chase & Status feat. Louis M^ttrs

10. La La La – Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith

11. So Good to Me – Chris Malinchak

12. Halcyon On and On – Orbital

 

Listening to music that pumps you up during a workout can really change the way you feel and how hard you push yourself.  Sometimes I get lazy and don’t upload new music to my iPhone for a while and I find myself getting super bored during long runs.  Every time I do get around to adding a new killer playlist to my phone, I’m almost certain to have an awesome run.  These are the 12 songs I’m absolutely loving this month.  In particular, “Million Voices” by Otto Knows is my go-to.  It has such a great beat and it really keeps me going.  My marathon training officially started last weekend and Sunday was the first long run I’ve done in a while.  It might sound cheesy, but “Million Voices” seriously got me through ten long miles!  That, and the thought of drinking mimosas and lounging by the pool later that day with my girlfriends. ; ) Either way – download these songs and let me know what you think!

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motivation monday

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I love this Bill Rodgers quote because it’s so true. Nothing inspires me more than getting passed by an eighty year old man in the middle of a race and looking up only to see a girl with a prosthetic limb powering along. Anyone can be a runner. Don’t get discouraged if you’re just starting out and can barely run for 2 minutes without having an athsma attack; trust me, I’ve been there. You will get past that stage. It might hurt for a few weeks, or even a few months, but trust me – you will get there.

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motivation monday

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If I had a penny for every time I said this…

But in all seriousness, it’s true. Once I get a good run or workout in, it’s so much easier not to sweat the small stuff. I’ve been trying to run in the mornings lately because it’s just been so darn hot this summer. It’s the best way to start your day!

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motivation monday

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This week’s goal: Worry Less. Run more. I feel like the two go hand-in-hand. When I run more, I stress less. When I stress less, I make time to run more often. Running is the best stress relief. And it’s free! After you invest in a decent pair of running shoes, of course.

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Running a Marathon Changed My Life

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Running a marathon changed my life.  When I graduated from college and left the world of team sports for good, I found myself searching for the ‘missing piece’ that had filled my life for so long.  I always had my teammates as best friends and a common goal to work towards – whether it was qualifying for districts in the hurdles or placing in my next regatta.  As relieved as I was when I no longer had to attend the practices that consumed most of my life, I missed it.  I missed working towards a goal and having something to strive for.  Most importantly, I missed that adrenaline rush and the natural high (that lasts for weeks… months, even!) after accomplishing something amazing.

That’s when I started running.

First on my list was the Broad Street Run.  A ten miler.  Now, it sounds like a piece of cake but at the time I was terrified.  I’d never run 10 miles before the day of the race and I wasn’t even sure if I could.  As painful as it was,  I finished the race and I didn’t stop once.  After that, I was hooked.  I immediately signed up for my first half marathon and from there my love for racing blossomed.

I remember one day at my office someone asked me if I was running in the Philadelphia Marathon.  To which I replied, “Nope, I’m not.”  As I walked away, I thought to myself, Seriously though… why aren’t you?!  I sat down at my desk and signed up immediately.  And that was that.  My training began the next day.

The next 5 months of training were tough, I’m not gonna lie.  There were times that I would breakdown and cry.  How was I ever going to run 26.2 miles when the half marathon that I ran in September was so painful?  I couldn’t imagine turning around and running the course over again.  Luckily, I had (and have) a great support system.  My family, boyfriend and friends were always right behind me, encouraging me during the training process.  I would call up my dad some days (who is also a runner) and say, “Dad, I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to do this!”  He always told me that I could and that I would.

When I was training for the marathon, my first 20-miler attempt was a complete fail.  My body literally shut down and I could barely walk.  Looking back, I’m glad that happened.  It made me realize that every training run isn’t going to be easy.  I also got to know my body a lot better.  I learned that I absolutely needed to properly hydrate.  I needed to carry a water bottle with me whenever I was running 10+ miles.  I needed to eat;  food is fuel.  By the time the race day came around, I knew my body better than I ever had before.

After months of blood, sweat and tears (literally), race day arrived and I was ecstatic and terrified at the same time.  My goal was to (1) finish the race, (2) not stop and (3) run under 5 hours.  I accomplished all three goals.  As I crossed the finish line at 4:26, I looked to the left and saw my entire family, my boyfriend and my best friend cheering me on.  My eyes welled up with tears and I knew from that moment forward, I could do anything that I put my mind to.  I was forever changed.

If you want to run a marathon but are skeptical, I say, “do it.”  You won’t regret it.  It will change the way you think about the world, the way you think about yourself, and the way you conquer goals and challenges.

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