Hey, hey, happy Monday! My weekend was pretty low-key and a little lame, I must admit —> the not-so-lame parts: drinks with Melissa, running 20 miles and OTF on Sunday (where I think I did something to my back, boo) followed by watching football with some great people. The lame parts: packing (I do like what the end goal equals for this). 

I saw this quote on FB yesterday and love it —> 

The dream is free but the hustle is sold separately | Crazy Running Girl


I love hearing people make comments like oh yeah, but that’s not hard for you or if only I loved running as much as you do so that I could get up early in the morning to do it. 

News flash: it’s hard and I don’t like getting up that early. 

It’s a choice I make and sometimes, it’s a REALLY tough choice. 

But then I think about where I want to be and it reminds me that it’s so worth it. The feeling of accomplishment and being happy with who I am today, and tomorrow, and the next day. Yes, there are the mornings where the alarm goes off and I whine to myself for as long as I can that I just don’t wanna. There are days where around lunch, I just want to skip OTF for the night and go home and take a nap. 

Keeping my dream in perspective makes a world of difference; it helps to remind me that it’s so worth it. Especially coming off a training week like I had last week (more on that in a bit), I know that sometimes it’s not easy. To get super cliche: nothing that is worth it is easy. 

So yes, you have to hustle to make it happen. It’s hard. It sucks. And sometimes, you just want to eat a pint of ice cream and sit in your PJs instead of hitting the gym and choosing a salad for dinner. But if you want that dream to come true? You have to hustle. 


Twin Cities Marathon Training — 3 weeks to go!

Bad, bad training day | Crazy Running Girl


I think that picture summarizes how last week’s training went. I felt like it was a struggle the entire week. I had a realization this weekend that it may be my anemia acting up again, so I’m back on my iron pills so finger crossed (I can always tell this is the case when I feel like sleeping all the time and never seem to quench my thirst). I only have one week of hard training left before I am in taper mode, which should be fun considering that will also include moving across the country and starting a new job. 

Su: I felt dead after my 20 miler the day before so I opted for a rest day (I think this was a smart move)
Mo: 5 miles, easy
Tu: This is when the week started to go downhill. I was supposed to do 4x1600m repeats. I ended up doing 1x1600m, 1x1200m, 1x800m, 1x400m with a 800m w/u and c/d and 400m slow job in between
We: 4 miles, easy
Th: I had double-digit miles on the calendar and felt so exhausted when I woke up, that I took an impromptu rest day. It was necessary
Fr: 3 miles, easy
Sa: 20 miles! This was my second 20-miler on the calendar and it was pretty solid, even with the disgusting weather.


32 miles total! One more week of hard training… I can do it! 🙂


How was your training last week? How do you emotionally deal with the ups and downs of training? 

Best part of your weekend? What are you hustling for right now? 

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