Runners Brain

I always come up with my best blog posts when I’m running.  Sometimes I wish I had a little notepad to write down my thoughts, I guess this would by kind of hard though since you know I’d be running.  Or better yet, I could pull an Albus Dumbledore and pull my thoughts out with my wand into a basin.  Yes, I said with my wand.  I bought one this past October in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  I was the oldest one by 10 years on the line, but whatever 143 Harry.

I'm Harry Potter!

 

Seriously though, how cool is this?

 

 

So anyways, I’ve been thinking lately about how runners are a different breed. Running is like another boyfriend or girlfriend.  Runners speak in different terms and get each other.  For instance, I would never snot rocket in front of my friends BUT in front of runners, totally acceptable. Right? Yesterday, while at work, I blurted out randomly, “OMG Two more weeks until daylight savings time”. Normal employees would not of understood me but fortunately enough, my friend Patty who is a cyclist, was right by me.  I started to apologize and explain why I was so damn exciting about it being lighter sooner, I’m a nighttime runner, and she stops me ” Bri I totally get it, no need to explain”.   Athletes of all types, get each other.  We understand the true meaning of  “the runs”, the need for an ice bath and/or ice cream after a speed workout, G.I issues, and why we don’t drink the night before a long run or race. I LOVE my running friends.  They get me and the insane way I think. Carbo loading Friday nights anyone?

 

So far, training has been going well.  The plan the I’m using doesn’t have any tempo runs, so I’m using the lighter run days( 3-5 mi) as them.  So far so good.  My goal pace of 9:10 seems a little out of reach. BUT I just need to WORK harder.  I keep telling myself “it’s supposed to be hard” “work hard now and the race will be easy”.  It seems to be working.  I’ve gotten my longer runs to stay under 10 YAY and my shorter runs are hovering around 9:20.  I still have 2.5 months more to go.  I’m trying to keep all positive thoughts.

 

In other news, I’m trying to find tickets for The Black Keys. I LOVE them.  They have such a different sound.  When I listen to them, I just picture myself bopping along with a beer in my hand, don’t you?  Too bad I decided to look for tickets after they went on sale.  MSG sold out, I guess I’ll have to buy some obscene price from StubHub.

 

So tell me, what do you tell yourself to get through tough/speedy runs?

 

Until next time,

 

Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.

 

P.S I had such a runners high yesterday that I almost hopped in the shower with my socks on. Totally NOT kidding.

 

5 Reasons Why Running Made Me a Better Person

Alright, so we all know running and exercising is great for the mind, body & soul but last night I was thinking “running made me a better person too”.  I know it may sound odd but I think other runners out there may understand where I’m coming from.

1. I’m not as cranky & can eat whatever I want. – They say nothing is better than a runner’s high (which was widely talked about during last nights FitBlog chat).  Sometimes I think I have a pre-mature runners high JUST because I know I’m going to be running I get all excited. Lame? Maybe, but it’s the truth. There’s truly nothing better than going home after a bad day at work and running off all the tension & thoughts.  I return home not wanting to kill everyone in sight and I usually treat myself to TCBY for a job well done ;-). It’s the little things right?  Now I eat guilt free which means I’m a lot happier to be around– not that I’m saying I wasn’t a nice chipper person before running but now I’ll go out and not worry about getting dessert or better yet eating everything out my “family” mexican dinner nights.  What can I say I love guacamole and luckily so do my friends.  I’m sure some of my friends are reading this now and saying to themselves ” who is she kidding, she’s always watching what she eats” which is true BUT normally that’s because parties always end up being the night before a race.  How lucky am I?

2. Giving back to local charities- I find myself finding local races to do not because of the sweet shirt I might get or to add to my bib collection on my wall, but because I want the fundraising to go to a particular charity rather than receiving a sick swag bag. This year I’ve given back the most I ever have–not that I have all this money b/c being an ex-college student I’m student loan debt.  Sometimes it’s just nice knowing that your $20 you’d probably spend on frivolous things goes to helping someone else.

3. I’m closer with my brother than ever before– Even though my brother and I are 6 years apart we’ve always been oddly close.  I can’t even tell you one time that we got into a fight.  Having a running bond with him is different, at least I think so.  He probably thinks I’m more annoying because I’m constantly asking him questions about running, gear, and what he thinks my capabilities are.  Annoying = closer, right? Maybe one day we’ll run in a race together, MAYBE he’ll even be my rabbit and I’ll chase after him and break a 20 min 5k.  A girl can dream, right?

4. I’ve learned to be a better friend– In a self diagnosis I think I used to have social anxiety or maybe I was just a loner? IDK but running has made me or shall I say let me branch out.  I’ve met so many great people whether it be through my amazing Twitter community or in real life.  I’ve been able to become closer with friends I’ve lost touch with just by saying ” Wanna go for a run?” or ” I saw you running, lets get together!”. So thank you running, I’m now at a place in my life that I think I always wanted to be.

5. Inspiring others Inspires me– There’s nothing better than hearing that someone close to me wants to start running.  I realized I like helping people and being there for them whether its encouragement, a good ole’ venting sesh, or a plain old run.  Recently, my boyfriend and I started running together. It’s nice because he does my warm-up with me, then I drop him off back at my house and I take off and we meet up later.  I wish I was able to get ALL of my friends to start running, but I’ll take what I can get– it’s all a process 😉

This video always inspires me to run fast. In my dream world Lauren Fleshman & I are BFF’s and go on runs together.  That doesn’t sound stalker-ish does it?

Until next time, Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.