- 1. Sip water all day, not a gallon before you run.
- If you drink a gallon, and you’ll need to find a bathroom now.
- Shoes last between 300-500 miles.
- Running burns about 100 calories per mile.
- Body glide prevents chaffing.
- Dress like it’s 20 warmer than it really is.
- No cotton socks.
- Running with a buddy is better.
- Listening to music or podcast is a close second.
- Chewing gum helps dry mouth from running.
- Start your runs off nice and slow.
- Sprinting the last 100 meters at the end of your runs increases endurance.
- Achy muscles/joints = Ice.
- Epson salt baths are also great for achy muscles.
- Acute pain = REST
- Schedule your runs. Make it happen.
- Put out your clothes the night before your morning runs.
- Make yourself a special playlist just for running.
- On cold days, put your running clothes in the dryer.
- Make small weekly goals.
- Write down goals.
- Celebrate your goals you accomplished every time.
- Sign up for races to help motivate yourself.
- A foam roller is your best friend.
- Your foam roller will make you cuss like a sailor.
- Write the date that you bought your shoes on the inside tongue with a sharpie.
- If you can’t remember when you bought your shoes…you need new shoes.
- Listen to your body, not your brain.
- Your brain is a liar.
- Relax your hands. Pretend your holding butterflies.
- Don’t kill your butterflies.
- Baseball hats will keep the sun off your face.
- Baseball hats will keep the rain off your face.
- You will not melt if you run in the rain.
- Rain is like sweat but without the salt.
- Seriously, running in the rain is awesome.
- Keep your chest out.
- If you run, you are a runner.
- Stretch after you are warmed up.
- Hills make your butt look amazing.
- Run up on your toes a little, when running up hills.
- Your butt looks good today.
- Get it, girl.
- A dog is the best kind of running buddy.
- If your mind gets cranky on a run, you may need some fuel.
- Don’t fuel with cheeseburgers during a run. Take my word on this one.
- A bad run is better than a no run.
- Endorphins are the cheapest and best drug ever.
- Sometimes endorphins are only felt after the run is over.
- You are a badass runner person. You can do this. Promise.
(warning: my editor/husband/love machine did not look this over and is riddled with all the grammer issues.)
My super power: I see people, like really see people. I see who they are, and what motivates them. I am very good at it, and it helps in my job. Another fun fact is I know a lot of people. Not a brag, its true. Running with over 2000 people in the last 10 years, its just a fact. (And when I do brag, it’s about my rocking butt or my hilarious sense of humor…I am very funny, and humble) And with those 2 things, I have seen, met, and listened to people for the last decade. I love this, and is what actually springs me out of bed in the morning, and makes me fulfilled. It’s the part of my day where I know that humanity is all the same. We all want to be seen, be heard and be loved. I believe this in my pulsing aorta of my heart. And this gift of believing, and listening to people when they are vulnerable in the heaves of multiple miles, has given me a window into peoples lives. And let me tell you everyone, this window is mostly tragically cracked, with streams of light coming through the splinters of glass. I have run with people from every walk of life, from millionaires to homeless, and I have heard stories on runs that would make the anyone fall to your knees and weep. Stories of much too soon deaths, heart break to the millionth degree, broken families and tragic situations that I can’t even think about with out tearing up. We are all hurting.
Current situation: I am in a mega day of travel, on my way to Washington D.C. to stand with a being of women, that is bigger then myself, to help the people who are alone and who are hurting.
Oh, the irony.
I am marching, because most people are in the shit, and suffering secretly, shrouded in shame, guilt and crisis, and very few of them can pull themselves out. And as someone who has been in the the thickest of crap, and was able to pull myself out, I feel it is my duty and love to help others get up, get help, and be free.
And I really love the power of a movement.
My Goal: Shocker, we are not born lucky. The lucky ones do things that align of who they are, and then the world comes together for them, like magic. Some people, most people, don’t have the luxury of doing things this way. They have unimaginable obligations, burdens and tethers, either physical or mental, that ties them down. And then there are those who don’t think that are better then everyone else. I have believed this myself, in the past. But all of that draws out fear, judgement and closed mindedness. If we can see each other as humans, we can slay the fear, and help each other up and out towards a better way.
Please: One thing I would love to ask you is talk to people, different people, who may scare your on some level. Being scared is not a bad thing, it’s how we handle that fear, and usually the fear isn’t real…actually, most of the time.
Truth: No one is better then anyone else. We are all just people, who want to be heard, to be seen and to be loved. And we all deserve this.
All of us.
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