Global Running Day

Happy Global Running Day!
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For those who have not read it before, here is my running journey — the good, the bad and the sweaty.

What better way to celebrate a day of running than with ALL the things running related.

Favorite socks.
Favorite shoes.
Favorite shorts.


Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

At you can create you own free, personalized bib or create a badge to post on social media to show your support and pledge to run on GRD.

Today, I plan on running three miles when I get off work. No watch, no worries, just me and the streets.

But today, I will be a little more thankful for the tough times, the pain in my legs and all the sweat and pain I will endure to finish. Running has given me so much and I hope to keep running for many many years.

If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate global running day, I suggest getting outside and going for a run! (duh.) No technology, just you and your thoughts and your feet on the pavement.

Join the Oiselle Relay Around the World.
Ways to celebrate global running day.
Take that post-run selfie and post in on social media. Who knows, maybe your post will inspire someone else to run.
The Strava Mile.

Whether it’s one mile or 10 miles, on the treadmill or on the trail — happy running!


So I’m sure many of you have heard of run streak before, but those who haven’t, it’s basically where you commit to running at least one mile every day for X amount of days.

The current run streak being promoted by Runner’s World started on Monday. Here is a list of FAQs if you’re interested in learning more. (This post is NOT sponsored by RW, I just really like what they are promoting and hope you will join me in streaking!)

From RW: “The run streak is designed to keep you running through the summer, and to bridge the gap between spring races and training for the fall. It can be difficult this time of the year to keep your running on track—but it’s much easier if you have a goal.”

Post your successes online (or even comment on this post!) and use the hashtag #RWRunStreak. I love looking at other people’s accomplishments — it pushes me toward my own goals.

They also have this neat shirt for sale if you want to display that you’re a streaker 😉

The idea is to run one mile every day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.That’s 37 consecutive days of running.

I’m two days in, but so far so good! Murphy and I ran on Monday and yesterday was a quick 9:48 mile on the treadmill.

I love the idea of the streak because it keeps me accountable and it makes me run every day.

So even if you missed the last two days, get out there and start running. It’s never too late to start a run streak.

Run happy, friends!


20 minute treadmill workout

Short on time but still want to get a good workout in? Try this 20 minute treadmill workout!

I promise it will make you break a sweat and get your heart rate up. So get ready to burn some calories!

Remember, done is better than perfect. I don’t think I have ever regretted a workout. So even a quick workout like this one will be beneficial to you. Enjoy!

Newbie half marathon and marathon training plans

I remember signing up for my first half marathon in college. I thought I had officially lost my mind. The most I had ever run was 7ish miles and running 6 more just seemed insane.

Mile 13 Murray Half PM

But I signed up in December for an April race.
After that I was hooked.
Now, my plan is to eventually run a marathon. You know…”one of these days…”

But even with no race plans for the immediate future, I have been trying to keep in somewhat distance shape. (ha. always a work in progress) Thankfully I have a treadmill at home and I can bust out 3-4 miles runs through the week and I always try to do a long run on Saturdays.


Maybe some of you all are getting ready to commit to a distance race like a half or full marathon. I’ve linked some of my favorite distance race resources below. Enjoy!

Half Marathon and Marathon Resources

Marathon Rookie
The Dos and Don’ts Of Running Your First Marathon <– this is hilarious.

Reminder for today

One of my favorite quotes is a great reminder for today.

John Muir quote.jpg

Fresh air is a wonderful thing, my friends. I love to go hiking and really wish I had the chance to do it more. I plan to get out this weekend and hike and explore wherever my heart desires. I long for the trails and the dirt and the stillness of it all.


My runiversary was a few weeks ago I missed it!


While I had always been an active kid, I definitely had a few extra pounds that I could afford to get rid of. So to stay in shape through the winter (and to be ready for spring soccer) I decided to join the track team at my high school my sophomore year.

It was the week before Thanksgiving break and we had our first practice. A timed mile to see where our fitness was at.

It was cold. Oh my gosh was it cold. I remember my goal was not to walk. I mean how hard could a mile be for someone who was “relatively in shape?” Well friends, let me tell you, IT WAS HARD. I was by far the slowest on our small team of 10.

But you know what? NO ONE CARED. They all supported me. Encouraged me to do and be my best. So I stuck with these girls and my awesome coach and with running.

Nine years ago I ran a mile around the track for probably the first time outside of gym class and it changed my life.


My first timed mile 9:09 and I didn’t walk. Since then I’ve gotten my mile time down to 7 flat, ran hundreds? (if not then pretty dang close) of 5ks, a handful of 10ks and completed two half marathons.

Running is a part of me now. It’s part of who I am. I am glad I made the decision almost a decade ago to become a runner. I hope it’s something I can continue to do for the rest of my life.

Next up — is hitting a decade of running!


A long hike and high school tunes

This weekend was about some high school tunes. I only graduated 6 years ago, but I found so many old mix tapes that I had forgotten about. Bands like Cartel, Jack’s Mannequin and Fall Out Boy blasted through my stereo all weekend. It was awesome.

I snagged these all watermelon Sour Patch Kids for 85 cents at the gas station and had to have them. I ate them all in one setting. Oops.

Since Ryan had to work all day, Murphy and I hung out with a friend and went hiking all afternoon. It was a perfect day, even if we did get lost and ended up walking for hours. 
I forgot how much I love hiking through trails. I need to remember to get out to nature more. This stupid time change makes me miss all my after-work runs.

I saw this quote and thought it was perfect for how I felt after Saturday’s hike.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

I hope you all have a great day working, whether it be at home, in an office or somewhere else! Maybe you’ll get a chance to get out and enjoy some nature today 🙂