2017 · Attitude · benefits of running · brenna gimler · Doing what you love · Encouraging

Works Every Time!

I woke up today and wondered where the truck was that ran me over was.  The only thing I did yesterday was run.  I ran 3 miles after work, nothing new or difficult or unusual for me.  It wasn’t fast or slow, just average for me.   Today it felt like I did something out of the ordinary, enough so that I laid in bed wondering if I really wanted to go work out.  I didn’t just wonder if I should run, I wondered if I should even work out.  At first I thought I would go work out but if I do Tabata I like to have at least an hour in which to spend working all my junk out.  So I kicked my ass into my running clothes and when I was finished getting my husband ready for work and making his breakfast I headed out.  I decided to run a harder route but one that I’ve run before.  It started with a big ass hill which always makes you feel awesome once you crest the top of it.  As expected, mile 1 was slow with the typical “why are you doing this” and “you’re super slow, just go home” conversations in my head.  The Ukrainian pressed on to finish and as it always does my running knocked the shit out of the tired feeling that was taking over just 30 minutes earlier.  Now right now I’m suffering from the post lunch food coma married with the sitting in the sun for :45 minutes slump which has nothing to do with my slow starting morning.  I always feel better when I go for a run when I’m tired in the morning.  Not every run is great or even good for that matter but every run that happens when your just tired always ends up with me being happy that I went and much more awake.  I’ve never been sorry that I’ve gone for a run tired because I feel not only stronger but better and healthy and good.  The mental happiness from running is ridiculously addictive and makes me want to do more following every time I buckle down and just get it done.  If you don’t love it, don’t do it but do find something that you do love and do that.  Strive to be as healthy as you can and as strong as you can every day.


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It’s All In What You Tell Yourself

want to5 Days of not running began to worry me.  What if all of a sudden I couldn’t run because my body forgot how!!!!  These are the ridiculous things that one thinks about on normal rest days let alone a 5-day running rest marathon!  UUGGHHH!  I hate it so much but have become quite good at accepting them when they occur.  It’s kind of like training for a race.  Why is it that we actually give merit to the question “what if I can’t run the entire distance?”  Seriously…  If you have run one, you can run many.  It’s all in your head in my opinion because unless you are crippled there is no excuse, not even being blind, that should keep you from finishing a race.  I use the blind example because I actually know a guy who was a marathon trainer and guide for someone who was blind so I know it’s possible.  It’s just a matter of want to.  We are amazing creatures that have accomplished amazing things.  There is nothing in this world that I cannot do if I set my mind to it. PERIOD!  If you believe in yourself and in something then you should just go do it.  Don’t wait, Don’t spend endless hours wondering, Don’t think you can, KNOW you can and it shall be done.  Today I knew I could put down three miles because I’ve done it hundreds of times over the last 5 years that I have been running.  I didn’t really think I couldn’t, my impending run did not frighten me, I didn’t actually wonder if I could get it done..I knew it and I did.  I didn’t even have a really slow time for a slow run.  It was about average and it got done.  I knew it would and now I can check off one more fitness routine that I completed in my new and improved routine.  I’m doing really well with challenging myself to switch it up and take on more in 2016.