A little Monday Motivation :)

I came across this wonderful little article this morning and fell in love with it! What a perfect Monday morning kick in the pants. I just had to share. Dan has tons of awesome little articles like this on his website so be sure to check it out whenever you need that little extra push or pep added to your step!

“How to be Awesome When You Don’t Feel Like It”
By Dan Waldschmidt

There are times when you need to get hard things done and you just don’t feel like doing them.
Call it uninspired or demotivated — your attitude is less than ideal for you performing like a champion.

Which can be OK.

Just because you don’t feel like doing something doesn’t mean you still can’t be the best one doing it at the time.

How you feel about what needs to be done doesn’t need to impact your behavior. But it usually does.

You never get started doing what needs to be done.

You find yourself re-prioritizing, fiddling with other details that don’t really matter, and generally procrastinating until you’re out of time and have to rush to try to attempt to get things done.
And then when they turn out poorly you just chalk it up to “not being good at everything”, when the real reason was that you didn’t feel like doing it — so you didn’t plan to do it right.
Repeat that cycle a few dozen times and you can find yourself completely confused about what you want to do with your life and if you’re good enough to be the best at anything.

This is an attitude thing.

An attitude change you need to make.
The best way to feel like doing something is just to start doing it.
Not tackling the whole task. Not starting in the middle and working backwards. Just doing one tiny piece of the task.
Action yields more action. Results generate more results.

Momentum leads to success.
When you feel uninspired don’t stop and think about it — go do something.

The more you work, the more inspired you’ll feel.

It’s nearly impossible to do nothing when you already have time and effort invested in trying to achieve a goal.
You can box yourself into a “productivity corner” by just getting started.

You’ll feel pretty good when you cross the finish line.

Have a wonderful Monday!! :)

Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon Recap.

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Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon
Official time: 1:58:03

Luckily for this race I had a month between it and my last one, so I had a little more time to relax and recover before I ran it. (And a week of vacation too…) I ran this race last year, when it was held in August and running a completely different route. When I finished that race I vowed never to run it again, but with moving it to a cooler time of year and using a completely different route, I decided to run it again. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this run. It was a bit hillier than I expected, but the course was beautiful and wooded most of the time, with the exception of the start and finish which were in downtown Indianapolis.

This race, I felt really good until mile 12, when the sun was directly in my face the ENTIRE rest of the way. Goodness it was hot, not to mention hard to see! I was soooo happy to see the finish line. My love was waiting for me at the finish and I’m pretty sure the first words out of my mouth were “water”, with the second being “I finished in under 2, right?” ha seriously all I cared about, but I did!! My third race in a row in under 2 hours. Maybe this is becoming a thing? haha I can only hope!

Now I’ve got about a month and a half of no specific training, just running as much as I want to. I’ve found that I have to have times like that during the year so I don’t get burnt out on training. It’s really freeing not to follow a set schedule for a little bit. And now to plan my fall half marathons!!

11 half marathons in the books!! :)

500 Festival Half Marathon Recap.

This is the one race that I keep coming back to year after year. This year was my sixth time completing it, only this time with the fastest time I’ve ever run this race to date: 1:58:29. It wasn’t a PR, but with my PR half only 3 weeks prior, I wasn’t expecting a PR. I am really happy with finishing my second race in under 2 hours though!

The 500 Festival Half is the largest half marathon in the country-capping at 35,000 participants!

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My view while waiting in the corrals for the race to start.

The course of this race is from downtown Indianapolis out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, around the track, and finishes back in downtown Indianapolis. It’s a flat, fast course, minus dodging the mobs of runners who are also trying to complete the run.

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Getting ready to run over the “bricks” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

My parents were waiting for me right outside the speedway. I love seeing them along the route of my races. It really helps motivate and push me to see them on the sidelines supporting me. My dad always has his camera in hand, trying to get as many pictures of me running as he can. For some reason this race, all he got were pictures of my side (haha) but I really liked the one below because I think it signifies the way I felt this race: strong & determined.

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I felt really good this entire race. Although I was tired, there was never a time that I considered walking or slowing my pace.

My brother decided to tackle this race, too, which was a treat for me. We ran the first 3 miles together and finished the rest of the race seperately. He finished with a PR of his own! So proud of him.

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My brother and I at the finish!

I tested my theory of sitting right after a race, that I talked about in my Carmel Half recap., too! After this race I walked around and stretched for a good 20 minutes after I finished. Guess what? Absolutely no soreness the next day. :)

Carmel Half Marathon Recap.

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Mile 10-I was a liiiitttllleee tired by that point…

Carmal Half Marathon
1:56:19 (PR!!)

I’m back after a little bit of a hiatus (aka being wayyyy too busy at work!) I wanted to get back to regular posting with recaps of my spring half marathons! This half I was completely and totally determined to break the 2 hour mark and luckily there were pacers to run with! I started the race with the 1:55 pacer. He was a kind-looking, thin older man, who was very inviting. I ran right beside him all the way until mile 11. Mile 11 is where i hit a massive wall. The sun peaked out from behind the clouds for the first time and it got hot FAST. Thank goodness the course was relatively flat, which did help a bit. Every piece of me wanted to walk, but I kept repeating to myself an old Lance Armstrong quote, “the pain is temporary, the pride is forever.” That little mantra singlehandedly kept me pushing through all the way to the finish. It definitely didn’t ease the pain my body was feeling though! Luckily, my parents and my love were there to cheer me on. I will never forget turning the corner at mile 13 to run the last .1 to the finish line and seeing my mom. Her smile and excited nature gave me that extra bit of energy I needed to push through the finish.

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my mom cheering me to the finish. :)

I accomplished my goal of finishing in under 2 hours with an official time of  1:56:19. I also learned a valuable lesson. I’ve read so many times not to sit right after finishing a long run, wellllll after I finished this half ALL I wanted to do was sit, so I did. Note to self: don’t ever do that again. The soreness I felt in my legs lasted for days afterwards.

All in all, this was a great race and I look forward to participating in it next year.