Positive Motivation

(Fair warning, this will be a long post.)

With 7 weeks and counting to race day, now is when I need positive motivation the most. I’ve just run my highest mileage month ever (August for 231 miles). In the next 5 weeks of training before I taper, I’ll run my highest mileage week (ever) as well. The workouts are getting longer and mentally tougher. It’s now that I must hold strongest to my determination because it’s this training that will help me travel the path I want. So here’s a mix of sayings and images from around the ‘net that harden my resolve, give me the strength to endure, and motivate me to reach my goals.


Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.


I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them.

I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.

– John Bingham


No one is born a perfect runner. And none of us will become one. But through incremental steps, we can become better runners. And that’s the beauty of our sport: There are no shortcuts, nothing is given to us; we earn every mile, and we earn every result.

– Peter Magill


After enough miles, over enough runs and enough years, I realized: No matter what, no matter when, or where, or why, I can find my shoes and go for a run and things will get better. And that realization? Just knowing that? It made things better.

– Mark Remy (So I Went For A Run)


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain


Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.

– Haruki Murakami


That’s what running does to lives. It’s not just exercise. It’s not just achievement. It’s a daily discipline that has nothing to do with speed, weight, social status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, where you live, what car you drive, or whether anyone anywhere loves you. It’s about the slow and painful process of being the best you can be. That’s why the first step out the door is always so hard. That’s when we choose between settling for average and being a superhero version of ourselves.

– Martin Dugard (To Be A Runner)

The more I run, the more I love my body. Not because it is perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible.


I have learned that there is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving. It’s not about speed and gold medals. It’s about refusing to be stopped.

– Amby Burfoot


The Marathon is not about the race, it’s about commitment…It’s not about instant gratification, it’s about endurance. It’s not about the thrill, it’s about passion. To run a marathon, you need to not only commit to the sport, you need to commit to yourself. In short, to run a marathon, you need to be a runner.

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Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.

– Julie Isphording



Won’t Be Stopped

It’s been a horrid and crazy few days for the running and endurance community. Like many, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to put these words up. Like many more, I feel that putting my words out will help me and maybe help others.

We have seen the endurance community come together over the past few days. Many stating they’ll go to Boston, or be back to Boston, in the future. Event organizers agree: the London Marathon will continue as originally scheduled on Sunday. To let fear grab hold and prevent us from doing what we love would be letting them win. And we’re nothing if not stubborn, us runners.

Monday, after receiving updates that all my friends in Boston were okay I stepped away from the news and the internet so I could process. This is what I wrote at that time, pouring my thoughts and feelings onto paper.

I am saddened, dismayed, and stunned. But more than anything I am pissed off. That an event which sits at the epicenter of the running community would be targeted in such a way makes me so very angry.

Many non-runners don’t understand the preparation and training it takes to complete a marathon. Then multiply that many times to get the preparation for Boston. You don’t just sign up. You have to qualify for Boston. It is a plan and process that happens over many months, even years for some. You have to run a race and meet a hard, but not impossible, standard just to consider Boston. Then you train and prepare again.

Boston is the Holy Grail of the running world. It’s the event many “regular” runners spend their running lives attempting to reach. More than 17,000 had already crossed the finish line, but more than 5,000 others didn’t get to. This amazing achievement by running standards is now incomplete for them. And it pisses me off.

But we are strong as a community. Maybe a little crazy too because this won’t stop us. We’ll still work, spectate, volunteer, and run races. We’ll still set our hearts and minds on Boston; to aim for that coveted goal. We, as runners, are strong. We make each other strong and we won’t be stopped.

I may only speak for myself, but I think other runners will share my sentiment. This won’t stop me. I will still spectate and volunteer. And I will still run. My races won’t change; neither will my goals. Because someday I’ll run the Boston Marathon. When I do, I’ll think of this day and know I wasn’t stopped. Surrounded by thousands of other runners, you’ll see that they weren’t stopped either.

My resolve has not wavered, but strengthened, and it will carry me on swift feet towards my goals.