my favorite running day ever

Hey y’all!  

I sincerely hope that you each had a marvelous Monday!  I am just so excited right now because I hit a new running milestone yesterday!

In case you are new around here, I’m training for my very first half marathon.  The race is a little bit less than two months away now, and I’m trying to increase my mileage in an extremely safe way.  However, in the last few weeks, I haven’t been getting in my long runs on the weekends.  Sure, I’ll run two or three short runs during the week (usually 2-3 miles each), but the distance running just hasn’t happened lately.  Last time I ran any sort of long run (for me – remember I’m still a running newbie) was almost a month ago, and it was a six miler.  

Enter Monday: my favorite running day ever.

Yesterday morning, I woke up super early – 4:30 – and couldn’t go back to sleep.  I read my Bible (on my phone via the youversion Bible app – it’s awesome!) for about 30 minutes until my alarm went off.  I hopped up and started getting ready to go out for a run, and I was all set to go at 5:15.  I kissed Daniel goodbye and headed out the door.  Did you know that it’s still pitch black dark at 5:15 a.m.???  It may be just me, but I don’t feel safe running in the black dark with no street lights (too many CSI, Law & Order, and Criminal Minds episodes!).  It was also drizzling rain, so I headed right back inside.  I was determined to run today since I didn’t get a long run in over the weekend.  I packed up all my stuff for the day, took a quick shower, and drove to school to run on the track.

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The track around our football field is one quarter of a mile.  I set out with the goal of running twelve laps, which would equal three miles (I know, I’m an amazing mathematician).  The rain had stopped and it was a cool 62 degrees with a light breeze.  I reached in my bag for my little shuffle, and came up empty-handed.  WHAT??????  NO MUSIC????  HOW WILL I RUN???  Yeah – all those things went through my mind!  I then remembered that I am strong (and extremely stubborn) and could get myself through 12 circles around the track.  As soon as I started, I decided to pray through the first lap.  Then, I decided to pick one thing to pray about for each lap I did.  This seems like no big deal, but I know I am guilty of the 2 minute prayer that encompasses everything, so it was a nice change to really focus on one thing or person and pray about nothing but that for at least two and a half minutes.  I kept thinking of more things that I wanted to talk to God about, so I ended up running 14 laps total (3.5 miles).  The run felt amazing.  I honestly did not even miss the music.  Prayer is such a powerful and peaceful thing, and it was the best start to the day and to the week.  I think this will be my new Monday morning routine!  Anyone else want to join me for a prayer run?

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I went throughout my day planning, teaching, and prepping for the rest of the week.  I had it in my mind that I wanted to get in at least 2 more miles after cheer practice.  When I got home, I was having those “oh, I ran this morning” and “man, I just want to sit down!” thoughts.  I punched those thoughts in the face and mapped out my evening run.  I set out at 6:15 and ran a loop that ended up being 4.15 miles.  That’s right – I, Natalie, the former non-running-enjoyer, ran TWICE in one day for a total of 7.65 miles.  Yep, I’m proud!  On Wednesday, my friend Amy and I try to run after school together, and this week we are planning on either 4 or 5 miles depending on what time we get to start.  It’s supposed to be warm, but hopefully it won’t be too terribly bad.

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I still can’t believe all this running talk is coming from me – who have I become?  🙂

I hope that y’all have a great day today!

much love,

natalie

so tell me…

Why do you run???

What motivates you the most to get out the door and start your run (or any workout)?

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22 Responses to “my favorite running day ever”


  1. 1 maddisonvernon August 21, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Wow congrats! I too am training for a half marathon in a couple of months – and am not a runner in any sense, but am loving the long distances and my accomplishments!
    I love to run because I know it just feels great during the run and I love after I’ve run the sense of accomplishment and the buzz I get. Sometimes it is very difficult to get motivated but knowing I have to train usually kicks me out the door.
    Good luck on training for your half marathon!

  2. 2 Angie @ Pint of Goals August 21, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Nice job Natalie! Running can be so therapeutic – I am glad you found another way to be happy running.
    I run because I enjoy running with friends and talking nonstop; I find races fun; and I love the feeling after a good run.
    Have a great day!

  3. 3 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 21, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Good for you! Congrats! I’m training for my first half marathon right now, and those long runs are a mental struggle for me! I know that I just have to keep pushing through it!

  4. 7 Ashley August 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

    So ambitious of you to run twice in one day! Wow! I love running because it makes me feel good, helps me clear my head, and challenges me!

  5. 9 sandy sneakers blog August 21, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hey there!! I am also training for my first half marathon and just started a blog to document my training as motivation and hopefully to inspire others. Sounds like you are doing a great job! Keep it up!!

  6. 11 Nicole August 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations Natalie!! 🙂

  7. 13 keepmoving4wd August 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Wow your blog is awesome, so glad I came across it, you write really well and I love the quotes! 🙂 Good luck with your training for the half marathon… Can’t wait to hear all about it! Keep strong! 🙂

  8. 15 Kimberly Boots August 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    When I started training for my first 5k I didn’t have music and I wondered how in the world I was going to get through it. The biggest obstacle in running for me is the mental struggle. I found that running was a perfect time to spend with God. I would sing praise songs (in my head…naturally I would have no breath to be able to sing out loud!) or I would just talk to God. I really enjoy that time and miss it since I haven’t been running as much. Even when I finally got an mp3 player, I felt like God was pushing me not to use it on the 5k I was about to run, and that’s the race when I made friends with Lisa Melton. I would have never met her if I was focused and zoned out to my music. I would love to do a prayer run with you on Mondays! I probably wouldn’t keep up with your pace, but I would at least be there at the same time you are! LOL I have to be at work at 7:30, so early is good for me. I’ll be in town this Monday, so keep me posted!

  9. 17 notsodomesticated August 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve done the praying while running thing, and I definitely love it. It is a special time between me and the Lord. Good stuff! 🙂

  10. 19 High Heels & Running Shoes August 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Wow! I loved your post! Last year I ran a lot of 10k races and used to pray while running; giving thanks for each step I took brought me peace and strength. I’m also training for my first half marathon and feel great each time I get up early for a run. Good luck with your training! I’ll keep visiting your blog checking for updates!


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