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“ If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk.
If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means,
keep moving.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)
American civil rights leader
Nobel Peace Prize winner

“ If you can’t …

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I have a couple of posts about my recent races in the works, but in the meantime, here’s one of my favorite quotes for running, and life in general:

“ Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.
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Today my plan is to run my ASS off as far and fast as I can.  I’ve signed up for three half marathons since my ‘Ready, Set, GOAL‘ post so now it’s time to work.  

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Bikini Bank

About a year ago I came up with a motivational tool for myself.  I named it the ‘Bikini Bank’ and I have to say, it has paid dividends so I thought I’d share it.  Here’s how it works:  you go out for your run.  Let’s say you are going to run 5 miles.  At the end of those 5 miles you make a ‘contribution’ to the Bikini Bank meaning you run an extra mile (or half – up to you).  Tally up your runs SEPARATE from your Bikini Bank miles (if you log your miles) and you’ll be surprised how they add up!  I have over 100 miles over the past year that I wouldn’t have run if it wasn’t for THE BANK.

Mine is a Bikini Bank.  Maybe yours is something else – it doesn’t even have to be physical.  Maybe that extra mile is dedicated to someone you love.  Maybe it is your ‘playing hooky’ mile.  Label it what you like, but contribute regularly and you’ll see results AND feel an extra sense of accomplishment for having gone ‘the extra mile’.

I wore my cute little orange and white bikini at the opening of the pool last weekend, and felt like a million bucks.  And if 100 miles in the Bikini Bank makes me feel like a million bucks, that’s a pretty fine ROI.


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If You Can’t Be An Athlete…

be an athletic supporter. That’s one of my favorite lines from Grease! I’d like to think that I am both an athlete AND an athletic supporter – *ahem*- supporter of athletes. I’ve gotten some link-love recently so I thought I would share some of the blogs that I follow.  ALL of these blogs inspire me, help me tie my shoes when I need motivation, and (sometimes intentionally, sometimes not so) make me laugh.  I’d recommend every one of them to you as well.

Shut Up + Run
Running for Coors Light
Running with Perseverance
Not a Jogger
The Fathlete
Will Run for Glitter
Running Haiku
My Life as a Runner

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If you told me 20 years ago that I would one day be a runner, I would have laughed a big old horse laugh right in your face.  ‘IMPOSSIBLE!’  I would have bleated.  ‘I HATE RUNNING’ I would have yelled vehemently, probably stomping a foot for effect.  But, TAA-DAAH.  Here I am.  A Runner.  And loving every mile.  What could you be if you change your ‘IMPOSSIBLE’?

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Go Put Your Shoes On.

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