So Long, Sunshine
So Long, Sunshine

You know you’re a runner when you plan your week around when you’ll be able to get your runs in.

And yet, come winter, this planning can get a bit tricky thanks to the decline in daylight. Tricky, yet still doable—thank God! Seriously I’d be a mess if I had to take winters off from running. These next few months are always hard enough—what, with the cold temperatures, the pressure of the holidays and the general lack of sunshine. For those of us who use running as a way to help cope with life, it truly is a blessing, especially this time of year. Helps us find balance. Helps us be our better (if not our best) selves.

I don’t take a single run for granted. I’m filled with gratitude for both the ability and the desire to be at it each time I’m out there. It’s a gift. One I plan on enjoying for as long as I can. And while I get that it’s not for everyone, for those of us who do love it, it’s a part of who we are—a go-to stress reliever, a non-negotiable part of our routine, a time-out in the best way possible, and a fail-proof way to steer us back to ‘us’ whenever we’re in need of it.

There are all kinds of hobbies and habits to be had. Personally, I traded smoking for running a little over eight years ago. Figured I couldn’t do both and I was tired of feeling like a slave to cigarettes, so I poured myself into running. Was it hard in the beginning? Absolutely! But stick with it long enough and you get stronger. Can go farther. You find your rhythm. And, if you’re anything like me, somewhere along the way you fall in love with it.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy it more when the weather’s more summer-y than winter-ish. But there is something to be said for that bad-ass feeling you get when you’re out there enduring the harsher elements. It builds character, by teaching you how to dig deep for the inspiration you need to persevere in circumstances that are less than desirable. And that carries over into way more than just your running.

So, yeah, you can bet I plan on hitting the trails this afternoon. During my two hour window of daylight between the time I get off work and the sun goes down. All layered up and with a big ‘ole smile.

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Reposted with permission from 1BeautifulJourney.com

 
 
This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on 

taco Tuesday. This is it people. This 

is what we've been training for.
Me: *sits for 1 minute*

No one:

Literally no one: 

My Garmin:  MOVE!!
Girls getting an attitude because they 

haven't run is a real thing

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Don't let other people to ruin your  scheduled workout. Ruin your own  damn workout
Isn't it cute that you literally tell  your running friend everything like  no embarrassment no shame nothing  hidden. That's a proper running friend.
If you're feeling slow, just know that there's someone out there who's  New Year resolution was  to be able to race at  your recovery pace
Sad that from January 1 bread  and chocolate have calories again
Not to brag but I've run every single day this year
Not sure if I need a puppy or  a runcation or a candle lit bath or  a new tattoo or a shopping  spree or just a movie  night in bed
You haven't known fear until you've tried on a too-small sports bra and  thought you're stuck in it forever
The hardest part of training for a  new race is pretending that I'm still  in shape the first 30-45 days
Telling me I'm fast as f*ck isn't a compliment it's a FACT like thanks for having eyes bro
i f*cked up already, 2021 is gonna be my year i can feel it
Shout out to the runners who haven't  felt okay lately, but get up everyday  and refuse to quit. Stay strong.
When I say "give me 5 minutes"... I mean 5 treadmill minutes
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