Inspire Yourself.

The first person you have to inspire every day is yourself. Running will do that.

Marc Parent, Runner’s World columnist 

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Finding your Push

Stepping outside the comfort zone is the price I pay to find out how good I can be. If I planned on backing off every time running got difficult I would hang up my shoes and take up knitting.

– Desiree Davila 

This quote sums up what I’ve discovered in myself through running. I started with small goals “put one foot in front of the other and get over this hill”, “keep it up to the next cross street”, or “keep it up to the top of hill”. Almost every time I kept going after that impromptu goal. Now I think “I hope I can make it through this intersection without stopping”.

Every time I think well that’s not possible: I’ve adjusted my goals and beat it. I’ve placed 2nd in my Age Group in two 5k races! I’ve run 2 half marathons: 1) 1:39:30 (avg. 7:30/mi) 2) 1:34:18 (avg. 7:11/mi). Not every run is a winner, but the majority I enjoy myself.

What I love about running can be summed up simply

Running forces me to find my inner strength, and launches me beyond the things I said weren’t possible.

I hope this helps you tap into your inner strength. It’s there: you just have to find what gets you in touch with it. It might not be running. But I promise that the longer you dig deep and “push” yourself in anything, the better you’ll feel at the end. That little victory is yours. It lasts for several hours after said workout. It doesn’t matter whether you tell anyone or not: That’s up to you. Stop reading this and go challenge yourself.

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Runner or Jogger? Doesn’t matter.

Pace is irrelevant. This is really the only difference I know of.

I didn't make this. Saw it on facebook. No idea the source. But it's awesomely true.

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Ten things I Love about Running

  1. The hardcore feeling you get when while running in the cold rain and snow.
  2. The ability to track your progress and evaluate your efforts with technology.
  3. Gear, gear, and more gear!
  4. Setting and beating goals.
  5. The clarity that after a long run.
  6. Watching the steam pour off you body as you stretch after a long run in the early morning cold.
  7. Cool spring evenings in farm country.
  8. Nature’s smells while out in the early morning or evening. Like being a kid again.
  9. Getting faster.
  10. How it motivates me.

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The Transition to Natural Running:
Brooks PureFlow

They make me a more efficient runner. Proven by nike+.

When early December hit, I needed a new pair of shoes. My Asics Nimbus 13’s were starting to feel real flat after 600 miles. Reading and hype led me to want to try a pair of Brooks Pure Project shoes, but they weren’t available from my regular running store. Brooks decided to offer their shoes only to big box and stores that would carry the whole line from the beginning. While this creates hype and  anticipation from restricted supply, it shuns the stores that foster the sport. So taking a chance I ordered them straight from Note to Brooks: I will not buy running shoes from ANY big box store: I don’t trust them and they don’t offer realistic return policies for runners. The best I’ll do is try them on there, order them else where.


Running in Asics for the last 3 years and never liking a single Brooks shoe, I absolutely love this shoe!! The improvements to my gate/stride were immediately noticeable after my first run, where my avg. pace/mile dropped by 30 s.!

After 100 miles:

My pace is steadily 7:30/mi , even when I go out with the intent of a slow recovery run and don’t look at my watch for the whole 5 miles, I’m still 15 s/mi faster than my November runs. I am starting to feel some arch pain after my runs behind the ball of my left foot. A month before I bought the shoes I decided to try to crank 180 miles before the end of the year to hit 1,000 miles. Given the increase in my mileage since I bought the shoes, the transition to minimal running footware, and the amount of treadmill running i’m doing now this is not surprising in the least. I plan to push through and see how it goes.

Lessons learned:

Landing more forefoot feels exhilerating, much faster and lighter on your feet. Each stride, push off I can feel my foot and toes separate and launch. 

At this point I don’t think I’d go back to anything else, I’m totally hooked! Every stride feels right, every push off feels powerful. This is what running is supposed to feel like. It’s natural and I dig it!

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Brooks PureFlow