My 5 Running Motivators


1. I watched the race coverage of the Houston Marathon. I ran 5 miles at 6 am so that I could watch the race on TV. I've run it 8 times! Watching the race made me wish that I was racing, but I'll be racing the Woodlands Marathon on February 28. The Woodlands race is closer to where I live now.

2. We've had shorts weather here in Texas and I looked forward to running in the warm sunshine. 

3. I won a Brooks Pure Project Beanie from RunLikeAGrl so I was glad that it was cold enough to wear it for my run yesterday. I like the slouchy design, the fact that it stayed where I put it and that it covers my ears without hugging them so tightly that my earbud feels too tight in my ear.

4. I won a running book, too! Reading running books makes me want get outside and run. I already finished reading the book - Running for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield (giveaway by Skirt Sports). It's really for beginning runners, but it lists strength-training exercises that I'll use. Today I did 30 minutes of exercises from it like one-legged planks and one legged wall-sits.

5. My next race is in less than 4 weeks! It's the Love. Run. Half Marathon held on February 14. All race funds help Colombian orphans and adoptive families. What a great way to spend Valentine's Day!

Comments

  1. Wow! Shorts weather! We are in Florida, and it's still decidedly winter here.

    Best of luck on your upcoming half!

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    1. Lately, we've had chilly mornings, but warm afternoons. Such a nice change from freezing cold winter days and humid summer days!

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  2. shorts weather... dreaming of that right now. though we may get there again soon. and Yay for some fun winnings!

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    1. Two wins - a great way to start 2015!

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  3. All good motivators. I need a good running book. It was so warm when I ran yesterday, I was happy it was windy for a change.

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    1. It was a little windy when I ran today. It felt nice and since the run went better than usual, I think the extra push helped me overall!

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  4. I would be jealous of your warm weather if I didn't love tights weather for running so much. :) You have been lucky with your giveaways lately! Hope you enjoy it all. And good luck at your upcoming half--sounds like a great race!

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    1. Looks like I'll have another chance to wear my new hat this weekend when it cools down again. In fact, I might even need a warmer hat!

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  5. I love watching marathons on TV! Nice weather is also such a great motivator to get outside for a run :)

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    1. It was fun to see the elite runners I usually only read about cross the finish lines. Great motivator!

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  6. I am always looking for new running books to read. I will have to download that one. -L

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    1. Since it's geared for beginners, you might prefer the next in the series - Marathoning for Mortals, written for half-marathoners and marathoners.

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  7. I love John Bingham. He certainly helped me as a beginning runner.

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    1. And I've done some of Coach Jenny's Youtube video exercise programs.

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  8. Running in sunshine is the best :) Even though it's not quite shorts weather here, the sun feels so good! Your Valentine's Day race sounds great! It's cool you ran the Houston marathon that many times, I am still working on making the first one happen...fingers crossed.

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    1. We hope to stay at the park where the race is held in our RV - if it ever gets out of the repair shop. If not, at least the race is close enough for me to drive to on race morning!

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  9. Sounds like your weather is perfect for running right now. We are finally having a good week here in NC, and it will be nice to wear shorts to run with my group tonight. Congrats on your wins....isn't the Brooks beanie so soft and comfy? I love mine! By the way, we used to live in Texas, but I was not a runner at the time. I bet the Houston marathon is a fast course. When you look for marathons in NC, be sure to check out Quintiles....it is in Wilmington where I live and a great race!

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    1. Thanks for the race suggestion! I've never heard of Quintiles and I've never been to NC, but would like to go there someday. Yes, the Brooks beanie is so comfy!

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  10. Those are great motivators! I am going to order that book I think. I need some inspiration and that would fit in nicely with my "do something interesting" goal.

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    1. A "do something interesting" goal is a great idea! Hope you like the book!

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  11. You're definitely a running machine, lol!

    Have you ever read about the Marathon Monks of Japan? Their motivation in the early days was finish the 25,000 mile run or commit seppuku!

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    1. Never heard of them, but a 25,000 mile run? I hope that's a lifetime achievement!

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  12. I read Jenny Hadfield's columns and have wanted to read that book. Cool that you won it!

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    1. I read her posts, too, and follow her on Twitter!

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  13. I love reading about running too! What an awesome Valentines Day plan!

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    1. I just checked your blog... You're not-sitting-on-the-sidelines month is a fun idea!

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  14. I'm jealous of your shorts weather! I have a soft spot for the houston marathon as well. It was my first half and first full (I use to live in Houston). Sounds like they had a wonderful day again this year.

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    1. It looked like much better running weather than the last year I ran it. I was so cold that my legs felt numb, but I did wear shorts!

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  15. You have shorts weather!!! I too am jealous! :) Well, I can't complain too much, our winter has been mild so far :) I'm sure you are going to have an awesome Woodlands race. You handle the mileage so well!

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    1. Yesterday I ran in the cold and rain, though! Afterwards, one of my hands was sore from the way I was clamping my thumb close to my fingers because I was so cold even though I wore mittens. Should be warmer today, though!

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  16. The Houston Marathon will forever be a very special race, as it was my very first race and marathon! Someday I plan to do it again. We have had crazy warm temperatures here in Central Oregon the past couple of days. Shorts weather, when it should be in the 20s/30s.

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