On Running and Life: How Running Shapes Who We Are
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It's incredible how much a day makes in "runner time." The bittersweet rewards of a hard workout are the tomorrows where you'll be walking like a geriatric. You tear the muscles down to rebuild them stronger. Time will always march forward. Yesterday I was a runner. Today I still am. Tomorrow I will be, too.
How to Race Like a Champ
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Don't ever be afraid of your competitors. Use them—they will force you to step up your own game, and race your best. Look for the person who is faster than you, sit behind him, focus on his back, and don't let a gap develop. Pick people off; if that back you're focusing on slows, blow by that sucker and move on to the next person in front of you.
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If I could, I'd live in running clothes. Actually, I kinda do. Runner legs always look best doing what they're meant to do: run.
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This is me rocking one of the running shirts I designed. This design is the closest I'll come to getting "Runner" tattooed on my face.
Don't Mess With This Skinny Runner
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Runners sometimes get flack for being skinny, but don't be fooled; when it comes to mental strength, you do NOT want to go up against a runner.
Home Away From Home
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No matter where I am, if I find a track, I feel right at home.
How to Cope With Injury
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Injuries should give you a renewed appreciation for healthy running. When you eventually do get back to regular training, and you catch yourself feeling greedy, take a moment to remember that your running is never a given. And, on those days when you're thinking about wimping out on those 400s, remember the hours you've spent on the elliptical when you thought, "I can't wait for the day I can tear it up on the track."
I Heart Endorphins
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Running makes me happy. It tests me, makes me work, teaches me lessons. Above all, running keeps me sane.
Hug a Runner
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I made this for National Hug a Runner Day, which was put on by Tim Catalano and Adam Goucher through Run the Edge.
I May Be Skinny, But I'm No Wuss
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I'm a runner who hates excuses. If it's windy, I'd rather run into the wind instead of having it "help" me to a faster time. If there's a handicap, I'd rather have it work against me because I'd rather be extra sure I could hit the splits myself.
View Injury as an Opportunity
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For an injured runner, the hardest part of recovery is all mental. Strip the miles from a runner and she feels half naked—half of herself. A shell. The mentality a runner has and maintains through her recovery will either make her stronger or cripple her.
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In running you are forced to become more attuned with your body, and to learn the ways it sends you signals. Then you must choose how to interpret them and how to listen. We all go through the trial-by-fire learning method, but over the years hopefully we wise up and don't repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
Stoke Your Running Fire
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If you're burned out, remember why you run, and how it makes your feel. Go back to running like a kid would—just have fun with it. There will be days where running feels like a chore, but do that chore for the day because soon after will come the days where your feelings for running return to the ever-amazing passion that makes you feel right. You just have to stay the course.