Category Archives: Running

Running Buddy?

Since beginning my official quest to get in better shape (i.e. when I got my Fitbit) I have been very lucky to have an amazing group that keeps me accountable. I even have my very own accountability partner who keeps me motivated every single day, whether I want to get out and get moving or not. He’s such a good motivator that he convinced me to go along with his crazy plan of signing up for a marathon this year… A thing I am still a little scared of, but training my heart out for. What I have never had though, is a running buddy. I have no friends in the area who run, so I am always out there alone. And, it sucks to not have a running buddy… There’s no one there to tell you to keep going, there’s no one there to hold you accountable, you just have to do it on your own.

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Let’s Find A Running Buddy

Thankfully, I found several good running groups on Facebook, and started adding friends, just to keep motivated when I saw their running posts in my newsfeed, and to be able to turn to them for advice. I found myself with quite a few running buddies online. Thank God, because it is so easy to lose steam and motivation, and I did not want that to happen.

One day, I saw one of my Facebook running buddies posting about some places and races that were near me, and about a marathon she signed up for that was the same day as mine. I don’t know why I had never checked out her profile before (maybe I was just lazy?) but I went and snooped. I was so excited to see that she lives in a city that is about 45 minutes from me. Could this be my new running buddy? I messaged her. Mostly about her training plan, and casually mentioned (or begged) her to be my running buddy for long runs one day a week, unless she already had a running buddy, in which case I completely understood.

This beautiful sweet woman wrote me back, I think just as excited as me, and asked me when I wanted to start running with her. We will start this Sunday… I could not possible be more excited. She is way more prepared than I am, she has a hydration plan, and she even has a coach that tells her how far to run (unlike my training plan that I found online).

I can’t wait to spend the next four months training with my new running buddy… I hope we kick each other’s asses every week until this marathon seems like a piece of cake. More than anything, I hope that we can learn from each other’s experiences… Lord knows, I have a lack of experience when it comes to long distance running.

I’ll have to update you next week on my first long run with her. Hopefully she doesn’t decide to kick me to the curb. 🙂

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26.2 Miles

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I’ve done it. I signed up for the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA on November 7th of this year. I’m training. I’m getting ready. It’s 26.2 miles. I know I can do it. Especially if I have a reason to do it. I can do these 26.2 miles… I know I can. I’m nervous, but I can do these 26.2 miles, I promise.

They say to give you the strength to go on when running a marathon, you should dedicate each mile to someone. So here goes…

26.2 Miles

Mile number 1 goes to my sister who says “WHY?”, I say “Why not?”

Mile number 2 goes to my step-dad, who put up with me through some of the worst periods of my life (attitude wise).

Mile number 3 goes to my sister who is coming down to run the 5k the day after my marathon. If she can run the 5k for me, I can run this for her.

Mile number 4 is for my brother, who goads me into going the extra mile, one way or another.

Mile number 5 is for Payton, my niece.

Mile number 6 is for the sweet little girl down the road who thinks I am awesome because I run.

Mile number 7 is for my 7 year old, because I want him to be proud of me.

Mile number 8 is for everyone who says I can’t… I’m going to prove that I CAN!

Mile number 9 is for my nine year old, who thinks that I can do anything.

Mile number 10 is for a little girl I know who is about to be 10, and has never been able to run. Mile 10 is for everyone with cerebral palsy.

Mile number 11 is for every animal I’ve volunteered with at the humane society that never got a home.

Mile number 12 is for Tommy Hill, the preacher who made such a difference in my life.

Mile number 13 is for the ladies I know running the half, so happy for them!

Mile number 14 is for my best friend Katie, who I was 14 when I met.

Mile number 15 is for my mom, who only had 15 years with my daddy.

Mile number 16 is for my nephews, Walter, Samuel, and Nicholas…

Mile number 17 is for my younger self, who used to run at 17, but stopped after some stupid mistakes.

Mile number 18 is for my friend Irena… Hoping that maybe one day she’ll run with me too.

Mile number 19 is for my nephew Tony, the first baby I ever held!

Mile number 20 is for my friend Tracy, who comes out with me every evening, even if it’s just for a walk.

Mile number 21 is Mr. Al Pierce, my boss when I was 21, a really great man.

Mile number 22 is for my niece Alyssa, because if I can do this, so can she!

Mile number 23 is for my husband… Who I was 23 when I started dating.

Mile number 24 is for my friend Richard, who passed away way too early in his life.

Mile number 25 is for everyone who says “Why?” Because I can, and others can’t, that’s why.

Mile number 26 is for my daddy, who told me before that I could do anything I want to do

Mile 26.2 is for me!!!

Now that I’ve told you who my 26.2 miles are for, tell me who yours are for! 26.2 miles can seem a bit daunting, but I’ve been told if we break it down like this, it will make it a bit easier.

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