Some great running reads from this week

Women’s distance running is at an all-time high right now. I feel like there are so many amazing women in the sport currently and they are all crushing it. Even though I am an average runner, the pros inspire me and make me want to push harder. With my marathon less than one month away, I’ve been trying to get into this positive mindset and visualize only good things about my running.


These articles from around the web are certainly helping. They are all so helpful and motivating!

A champion’s new chase: Gwen Jorgensen on her move to marathoning.
With Boston being less than two weeks away, I thought this was appropriate — Shalane Flanagan has some unfinished business to attend to on April 16.
The woman who crashed the Boston Marathon.
How this 34-time marathoner—and mom of 3—fits it all in.
An interesting read on the “equality” in cross country.


Friday Favorites v.87

Happy Friday from snowy Kentucky! Snow blanketed our area again yesterday afternoon and it’s so neat waking up to a fresh start!

1. On Wednesday I got to eat sushi with my dad as a belated birthday lunch. We are the only ones in the family who like sushi, so it’s a special treat to go out together.

2. Julie’s maple cinnamon whipped cream. This would go perfectly with the blueberry banana french toast recipe I shared on Wednesday!

3. Which running playlist are you? Run Rock N Roll put together a fun quiz to find your new favorite playlist.

4. Forget about setting goals. Focus on this instead. 

5. Saw this quote on Facebook earlier this week and I LOVE it. img_3676.jpg

6. My post from yesterday with some great ideas for running gifts for your valentine.

7. Taking a vacation day to spend Ryan’s birthday at home with him! Tomorrow we are celebrating by bowling with friends. I’m so excited! I love celebrating birthdays.

8. Murphy loving his toys is my favorite. Except now Gordo (the Gorilla) doesn’t look quite as plump nowadays.

Running inspiration from around the web

Just in case you need a little motivation (ya know, besides the new year) I’ve rounded up some of the best and most inspiring things I’ve seen on the web this week. Make 2018 YOUR year. I know I am.

• Kelly Roberts is one my favorite running-vlogging-social media from her will always be one of my favorites. Check her out if you need some motivation. She’s the real deal, y’all.

Oiselle posted on their blog earlier this week that they were creating a community called Prologue. They encouraged people to tweet their goals, reasons, steps, and mantra for 2018. I also love the idea of picking a word/verse/phrase of the year. Here’s mine:

My weight has nothing to do with how good a runner I am. YAS GURL.
• An oldie, but a goodie. Harriette Thompson sets new record: oldest woman to finish a half marathon.
• FloTrack predictions for 2018.

4 running stories from this week

One of the great things about the internet is the ability to connect with some many different people. I love being able to read stories from and about other runners. Here are five of my favorite running stories from around the web this week.

1. Now that it’s almost a week after the MYC Marathon, I read Allie Kieffer’s story and it left me SO inspired! It’s crazy to think that she took 26 minutes off her marathon time and placed 5th in the marathon and IS NOT SPONSORED!
I especially enjoyed reading her story in Runner’s World along with some of her great advice – “If there’s anything I could pass along to younger runners: Love yourself, eat healthy through your college years, and you’ll be stronger on the other side.”

2. This 40,000-member Facebook group is connecting runners to people with special needs.

3. I am fascinated with trail running. While I don’t get to do a lot of it, I love following trail runners and all of the crazy races they do. Trail Runner Magazine always has great profiles of runners who go above and beyond.
French ultrarunner Francois D’Haene, 31, spent more than a year conceptualizing and outlining his recent attempt of the 222-mile John Muir Trail (JMT) speed record, which he successfully accomplished on October 17. His speed record arrived less than two months after he set the course record at the 106-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc—his third time winning the race.

4. Another NYC Marathon story. Not only are runners like Shalane an inspiration, but so are the runners who finished in the final hour of the race. These amazing photos of the TCS NYC Marathon runners who wouldn’t give up are so motivating. I am so proud of them for finishing!


TCSNYC Marathon

What. A. Race.
TCS New York City Marathon

I teared up when Shalane crossed the finish line. This was her race and her moment to shine and I so glad everything fell into place for her! She get to end her career the way she wanted to, and I think that was such a cool thing.

She was the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon.

I am inspired by women like Shalane, Kelly and Stephanie. Not only are they badass runners, but they are advocates for a clean sport, mothers, boss ladies, and so much more.

While my eyes were glued to my phone for the women’s race, I did care about the men’s race solely for one runner — Meb Keflezighi. This was his 26th and final marathon. It’s been so fun to watch his career and this was still a great race for him. He finished 11th, but you could tell how much pride he had for this sport.

So while I watched and cheered for all the runners in the marathon Sunday morning, that night when we got home from Tennessee I hopped on my treadmill with no music and thought about why I run.

Nothing is more inspiring than watching someone run a marathon. Hopefully one day I can do the same.

Check out some of these stories from around the web on yesterday’s race.

The race that no one could take away from Shalane Flanagan.
This U.S. woman took 26 minutes off her PR to place 5th at the New York City Marathon.
In Meb’s final marathon, exhaustion and emotion.

Just search #TCSNYCMarathon on Twitter. Your heart may explode.

Friday Favorites v.70

Can you all believe this is my 70th Friday Favorites post?! That’s crazy to me! These are some of my favorite posts to write because they are always such a happy roundup from my week.

So let’s get it started!

1. Some weeks are so up and down with work and blogging and I feel like I’m treading enough water to keep my head above water. Anyone else feel this way? I wish I knew how to get more traffic to my blog, but I don’t have a lot of money to go to a domain name + I don’t have a ton of time to constantly promote my stuff and get my name + blog name out there. While I do like having the blog as an online journal, I do wish I had more readers and people to connect with.

2. Porta Potty Challenge. I feel like this is something I would have done in high school with my cross country team.

3. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and with it just a couple weeks away, I have scouring Pinterest for ideas. This article is 12 costume ideas to make out of a big shirt. I love it! So simple but cute.

4. With all of the craziness that is my life (full-time job, part-time college teaching job, running, meal planning, social life and more) I love feeling like I have all my sh*t together. I’ve raved about my Simplified Planner before, but I want to bring it up again if any of you are looking to buy a Christmas present for someone who needs to organization in their life (you included)!

5. Best girl squad movies.

6. Does anyone have any recommendations for super cute fall booties? I’ve been eyeing several pairs online, but I have to try on shoes before I buy. Any suggestions or sites with free shipping and return? Trying to dress cute is harder than it looks.

7. This is a super interesting insight on what a triathlete eats in a week. Triathlife with Jesse Thomas: I Eat A Lot And That’s OK. 

8.  Murphy and his toy mouse, Mick.

A little something to remember

When I first got interested in running, (like for fun, not because I had to at soccer practice) I started learning about the key players in the world of running and racing.

Steve Prefontaine was one of the first I remember reading about and becoming obsessed with. His drive, his passion, his life — was all so mesmerizing.

Also. He had the best quotes. I saw this one on social media this week and it brought me back to when I was in high school and just learning about the sport of cross country. Every week I gave it my all even though I was slowest on my team. But I knew I was emptying my bucket and giving it everything I had.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

I want to encourage you all to not sacrifice your gift. Today, give it your all.

Find the ‘me’ in time

Isn’t that the reason most of us don’t work out/work out enough? I feel guilty for taking an hour or so for myself.

But you know what. I NEED IT.

I need the time to decompress and get out all of my stress. While sometimes running + working out feels like an obligation, most of the time, I look forward my time outside or in the gym.


So today I encourage you to find the ‘me’ in time. Whether its running or reading a book, enjoying a glass of wine or watching your guilty pleasure tv show, I want you stop, take a deep breath and recharge.

Friday Favorites v. 68

This has been my first full work week in almost a month and whew! I could definitely feel it. But this weekend is supposed to be glorious and there are lots of local events going on, so I plan on spending all of Saturday and Sunday outside.

But first I have to get through this work and picking up groceries after work. Thank the Lord for Clicklist.

So lets jump into Friday Favorites.

1. An oldie, but a goodie. Total body indoor workout.

2. So I know frozen meals have a ton of sodium, but this one isn’t too terrible (in retrospect) and it tastes great. I try not to eat this brand too often, but since Aldi is closed and I can’t get my usual meals, this worked as a substitute. Plus, sometimes I just DO NOT feel like cooking. This was the case Tuesday night. Frozen meal for the win. Remember guys, it’s all about balance.

3. 15 health living podcasts. I haven’t listened to all of these, but this looks like a pretty solid roundup.

4. This is hilarious. Definitely watch this if you need a laugh.

5. Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. I love saving food and outfit ideas from other people! This breakfast toast roundup looked delicious, so took a screenshot and saved it for inspiration throughout the week. 

6. Four dogs freak out when they realize they are going to the park. This is adorable! Murphy always knows when we are heading to my parent’s house or the park, and he always gets super excited. He also knows when we are heading to the vet and whines and hides in the back seat.

7. A feel good story from this week.

8. Murphy cuddling with his pal. Murphy might be a handful, but I love these sweet moments when he cuddles with us on the couch.