Running mates can be such an asset in running to improve your wellbeing. Here's my running buddy, Bern. We only get to run together a few times a year but we make the most of it! Our runs are the perfect opportunity to talk about life, family, personal challenges and offer each other a whole lot of support.
Running mates keep you accountable (you don't want to leave them waiting in the gutter outside your place while you press snooze one more time!) But more importantly, there's just something about the rawness and vulnerability of a long run that means you tend to open up and share your life and struggles. And we all know that the old adage of "a problem shared is a problem halved" is at least somewhat accurate.
I started today struggling to get out of bed for parkrun, thinking I'll give this one a miss. But eventually talked myself into getting my butt out of bed.
Was thinking I'd take parkrun easy because I've had a niggle in my hip since completing the 28km at @twobaystrailrun last weekend.
Stuck behind a heap of people to start, i make my way around taking it relatively easy. I decide to up my pace a bit on the second lap and as the 3rd lap comes around I'm feeling good and strong so up my speed a bit again. I check my watch after 4km and start to think a Highlands PB may be a possibility. The last straight comes and I decide to go for it. Feel a bit rude for asking people to move as I come down the hill to the finish line, but know I'm cutting it tight. It wasn't until i got home that i realised I not only beat my @highlandsparkrun PB, but beat all my Parkrun PBs with 26.19
I seem to be going from strength to strength lately, and I have to say it's because of all the amazing, motivating, encouraging and simply awesome people I have in my life. Running is a lifestyle choice, but the running community is a family.
Lovely little bit of parkrun touristing today over to #ashgroveparkrun too tick off the A in #parkrunalphabetchallenge.
Lovely friendly, flat and mainly shaded course, bumped into an old work colleague and met a nice lady who was doing parkrun for the first time, and she kept us on our toes by telling us we were her motivation to keep going as she was using us as her pacer.
Also someone mentioning no names thought it was run downunder day, hence the #matchymatchy shirts again! and so a few people called out go @run_down_under which was nice.
E is one of the letters we need to get for the alphabet challenge, may need to get up a bit earlier to get to Emerald (approx 9 hr drive away) .... #parkrun#parkrunday#runnersofinstagram#runningcommunity#runningbuddies#fitfabfun
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I might hit the gym when it's icy outside, but otherwise I just run in whatever nature gives me. It wasn't too cold last night, but we got some rain. But getting a run in is always good! I added 3 miles before everyone else got there and then did 5 with company. Not pictured James, Rachel & Sara (because I forgot to take the photo before we started).
From only recently stopping pushing a 10kg+ monkey in a 12kg stroller to now being pulled effortlessly by my amazing #runningdog little miss Sadie - wow, who would have thought a 13km run could feel so easy! 🐶🏃♀️🙌☕ So glad to have a vet in our running group to check her growth plates and how she's going.
Still need to work on her modelling skills though, as it took a while to have her look directly at the camera without making a funny face!!😂📷 #kelpie#ilovemydogs
If you think of improving your run by strengthening your muscles, STOP doing squats!
The race is a sequence of jumps whose goal is to move forward! And not up.
Focus your exercises according to the runner's posture: slightly inclined trunk, working the hip extensors !
I admit it, I’m totally girl crushing on @msrachelhollis . After seeing her Made for More movie premiere Jan 7th, I have consumed four of her books. 🎥 📖 📚
When I say consumed...what I really mean is I listened to them on return taxi mom trips from school, soccer, drop offs to college (four hr drive each way). 👂
While I personally am from the Northeast, I am so in love with her “ya’ll”. Super cute. I have a cousin from MD and she uses it too...time for me to adopt it! 🦀
I am thankful for so many of the inspiring books that I have listened to and actually read. I decided to learn from other people’s life lessons...especially the hard ones. No sense in doing that for myself thanks. I feel as though I walk through this life with compassion. Compassion for other’s situations, their struggles and triumphs too. 💕
Towards the end of Rachel Hollis’ book “Girl, wash your face”, she suggests that everyone should run at least one Disney Marathon. I mean she told about all sorts of life bumps, hurdles, and jubilations. But what catches my ear? Everyone needs to run a Disney Marathon. 🏃🏾♀️🏃🏼♀️🏃🏽♀️
Somebody please please pleasssseee take me back to last week when I spent the weekend frolicking around Orlando with this awesome human!
Wanted to take a moment today and thank @brianmfalcon for being hands down the best running buddy out there. I’m so glad we got to spend last weekend together! We had a ball and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I look forward to doing more races with this guy.
I know for certain I wouldn’t of made it on my own...you all were there pushing me and I thought about many of you during the race but Brian was there for me at the finish line when I was completely emotionally drained and crying as I limped back to the car.
He meal prepped for us, he was my chauffeur and he was basically my motivator and therapist throughout the whole weekend! Together we survived the crowds, traffic, #rundisney chaos, the emotional highs & lows... but in the end when the nerves died down we finished what we set out to.