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I <3 TO RUN

I used to think runners were happy

'cause all those endorphins until I

become one. Now I know it's 'cause 

we get to eat and drink 

when we are done.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself. [Haruki Murakami]
Never underestimate the strength of a

woman. Never mess with one that runs

13.1 miles for fun.
Ask me about my normal daily run, and the answer won't impress you. Tell me you run longer and faster, and I'll agree; most runners do. But try to tell me that my runs lack "quality" or, worse, are "junk miles," and you'll get an argument. Any run anyone wanted to take, and feels happy for having taken, is never wasted. [Joe Henderson]
You know you're a runner when... you

scoff at paying $10 for a movie ticket 

but you'll happily pay 

$40 for a 5K that you 

hope lasts less than 

30 minutes.
Only a runner can understand the freedom one gets from logging a ton of miles.
Running Strong
Amy Pike
February 28, 2016
"So what do you want to do for 

Valentine's Day?"

"I'm doing it."
All great performances, breakthroughs, and achievements are the result of some form of pain (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), adversity, sacrifice, and suffering. Yet the fun of full extension to reach one's goals makes it all worthwhile. Roger Bannister, the first person to run a four-minute mile, claimed that in 'the joy of going all out, I forgot my pain.' His necessary suffering was overshadowed by his pleasure in reaching his goal. For athletes to develop the desire to maximize their potential, their goals must be meaningful.
You are a runner if your only recent

photos of you alone are race photos!
Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. [Paul Maurer]
I plan on having such an awesome run, 

Morgan Freeman should narrate it.
Ask me about my normal daily run, and the answer won't impress you. Tell me you run longer and faster, and I'll agree; most runners do. But try to tell me that my runs lack "quality" or, worse, are "junk miles," and you'll get an argument. Any run anyone wanted to take, and feels happy for having taken, is never wasted. [Joe Henderson]
Eye on the Prize
Amy Pike
February 26, 2016
Tired of my fitness posts? Just block

everything health and fitness

related... You know like in your real
life.
If you want to be a decent runner you must get out and run; the rest is just noise.

Get the running in first— that is the foundation. Then: Eat mostly good stuff. Get enough sleep. Stretch if you want to— or don’t. Lift if you like lifting. Cross-train if it makes you happy. Wear minimalist shoes or big bulky ones, whichever you prefer. Listen to music when you run, or not. You can carry water with you on a long run, or you can go without. If you want to do a core routine, then do it— but first you must get out and run.
That feeling when most of my laundry 

is running gear!