One of my favorite emails that I wake up to is a daily running quote from Runner’s World. I especially love the one that they had this morning:

The magic of a marathon isn’t in the 26.2 miles on race day; it’s in the nearly 500 miles of training that happens in the months before. It’s in the countless feelings, frustrations, and fears I have worked through while running down those desolate, tree-lined roads. You see, I wasn’t supposed to be a runner. But I am. And my life is better because I chose to be one.  ~ Stacy Lucier


I absolutely love that. It is SO true that a lot of the magic of the marathon happens before race day is even here. I think that is what makes that day so special. It’s not just a few hours of your life on a Saturday/Sunday morning… it’s a compilation of what you have worked towards for the past several months, and a way to prove to yourself that you can do exactly what you set out to do.

So then when I read that while I was laying in bed at 7:30 this morning I felt really bad. Because I totally skipped my run this morning. Oops.

I was supposed to hit up 10 miles but when the alarm went off at 6 a.m…. sleep just sounded so much better.


And then the sleep wasn’t even that good because I was having dreams about our apartment getting broken into and people stealing our safe.


I have definitely learned not to get mad at myself for choosing to sleep instead of going for runs. For one, I can move my schedule around a bit so my rest day is today and not later in the week. And secondly, I think it is kind of a sign that my body needs sleep… and that is just as important as getting out there and hitting the road. It makes me even more motivated to get up (when I’m supposed to!) tomorrow and get that run in.


***P.S. Sarah at Creating an Even Better Tomorrow is hosting a new exchange — monthly mailers! The idea is that once a month you send another person a card, letter, motivational message, etc. Sounds super fun! If you want to sign up, go here.


What’s your favorite running quote?

How do you deal with those days you don’t feel like running? 

Worst dream you’ve had lately?


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