An open letter to “Why we all hate your 13.1 Sticker.”

Today while scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw Hal Higdon’s Marathon post this lovely blog post… https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/why-we-all-hate-your-13-1-sticker-af261799c10

If you haven’t read it yet. I highly suggest you do.
The person’s opinion states that all people who have these 13.1, 26.2, etc. are bragging about the milage they’ve completed in a race. Here’s a piece from the post, that truly makes me laugh…

“You’re only impressing yourself
It would have been enough to have an oval sticker with “RUN” on it, or maybe a picture of a running shoe. Something that simply states, “I enjoy running,” and nobody would have any problems with it. But by putting “13.1″ on the sticker it says that you think that you’re better than everyone else because a) you run and assume others don’t, and b) you run more than other runners. It’s not enough for you to just say you like running, you feel the need to prove it with numbers. Nobody likes a bragger.

Why do you need to defend your interests? How do you prove an opinion? Having “13.1″ or “26.2″ doesn’t mean you like running any more or less than anyone else, or that you’re any better at it. When do we see the “52.4″ sticker? And then what, a “104.8″ sticker? Where’s it stop?”

So to answer your open ended question… I’ll tell you when it will stop.

The answer? It will never stop. People will keep running. And will never stop putting those small oval stickers on our car. Would you like to know why? Because we’re proud. We are proud of accomplishing something we never thought we could do. We’re proud of being a part of such a large supportive community of positive people.
So before you assume that we’re “bragging” maybe you should learn why some of us have these stickers on our car.
Do you know why I have my 13.1 on my car? Of course you don’t- because if you did, you wouldn’t have wrote that article. But let me tell you why 13.1 is on MY car…

I began running my freshman year of college in mid December after going through a very nasty breakup. Previous to that, I was a very unhappy, self-conscious and anxious person. I never thought I could follow through or accomplish anything without the support of someone else. I was dependent on someone else’s opinions and needs. But thankfully, my cousins asked me to run 13.1 miles with them in April 2013. My first immediate thought was that I would never be able to. I gave excuse after excuse, and then after a few days of convincing, I signed up for my first half. So in February, I began officially training with my cousins- and at the end of the first week- I ran my first 5 miles. Those first 5 miles motivated me. After running that day, I knew I could run the half. So I kept training, and I trained hard. I learned to motivate myself and most of all- I learned to be happy with myself. I gained independence. I knew I could do anything I set my mind to. The week before my first half- I ran 12 miles and I cried the last .3 miles because I was so close to accomplishing something I never imagined I could do on my own. I’ll never forget this moment- and I’ll never forget crossing the finish line at my first half-marathon. So why do I have 13.1 on my car?
To remind myself that I can do anything. That I can accomplish goals if I work hard. It’s so much more than a sticker. So what if I am impressing myself? BFD. I can tell you now that I’m not impressed that someone went to OBX for vacation when I see those stickers. I slap my 13.1 sticker every time I’ve completed a run outside- because I know I’m a step closer to my goals. I also have it on my car to motivate and inspire others. Because if I can run a half-marathon, others can too. So before you think a runner is “bragging” about their milage, how about you ask why they wanted to run those distances. Because 99.9% of the time- there will always be a story behind it.

Sincerely,
Running has changed my life- get over it.

P.S. Wait until you see my 26.2 sticker in 2015. I bet that’s gonna really piss you off. #idontgiveAF
P.P.S I love running- like how people love OBX

Half-Marathon Training (Round 5)

Hello!

I’ve haven’t blogged for a while have I?
No worries, I was just enjoying my summer!(Full of summer classes and work…yuck!)

So now I’m here to update you on some exciting events!
But first I have a confession…
I didn’t train for any races this summer. Honestly, I barely ran. Oops.

But now, it’s time to get back on track to train for my fifth half-marathon!
Could anything in this world be better?
Yes.

My best friend (who’ve I’ve known my whole life) is training for her first half-marathon with me! I’m so excited to see how we progress in the next 11 weeks!

Yesterday, we wrapped up our first week of training with a beautiful 5 mile morning run! We even passed Kenyans on the way! (I’m not kidding!) (I may have “fan-girled” a little bit)

So here’s to the beginning of another round of training.

(And junior year of college)

Falling in love again

The best kinds of runs are unplanned and unplugged.
It does not matter how far you go, or how fast you run.
All that matters is the enjoyment of the road that lies ahead.

Sometimes, we get too wrapped up in training.
Sometimes, we worry a little too much about pace.

But mostly we forget that…It’s okay to just run.

Leave the headphones and Garmin at home.
Listen, as the earth moves around you.
Feel the sun as it sets and breeze as it blows.
Smell the salt of the ocean in the air.
And let the stars guide you to a place of running bliss.

Don’t stop, until you fall in love all over again.

-SAS

 

Tonight, I went on a late-night run when I came back home to my parents house for the weekend. It was my first real run since my fourth half-marathon. I took all of May off to allow my shin to heal. I have to admit going one month without running was tough. Getting back to the running grind was even tougher. I found myself obsessing over how much endurance  I would lose, since I took a month off. I also found myself worrying about my pace. I was actually afraid to begin again. Until tonight.

Tonight I had no plans on running when I returned home. But when I found myself sitting on my couch, I had the motivation to lace up. So, without my Garmin or any plan of where I was going, I just ran. I had headphones in for a short time, but ended up ripping them out and listening to my surroundings. I ran under a beautiful star-lit sky and listened to the sounds of crickets hiding in the country fields. I wasn’t worried about time. I wasn’t constantly looking down at a watch. All I did was enjoy this wonderful “hobby” of mine. And for the first time in a long time, it didn’t feel like a chore to me. I fell in love all over again, which is what inspired me to write this whole post tonight.
I’ve decided I’m going to begin running randomly more. The past few months, I’ve lost a good portion of my motivation to run. Most of it was due to the wicked winter and injury recovery. I think “random runs’ will help bring back the motivation.  I’ve gotten too caught up in bringing my pace down and running longer distances. Now, it’s time to just focus on myself and motivation to run. (:

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

Recovery Month

If you haven’t noticed, I don’t have a running schedule up for May.
The reason is because I’m taking a month off of running. I’m still unable to run due to my shin, and I’m hoping to have a fast recovery in the weeks to come.

Currently I’m still working out, but doing little work that involves my shins. Mainly I’m focusing on my upper body and stomach area. I just started lifting, and oh do my arms burn. But aside from upper body work outs, today I went back to one of my favorite workouts.

What is that you ask?

This beautiful machine…

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Yes, the erg. AKA a rowing machine.
Oh, how I missed this torture device. For many of you that may not know, I use to row in high school. It’s something I truly love to do, and I hope one day I can put myself back in a boat. I love it just as much as I love running(and slightly a little more (maybe)).
Let’s just say erging felt like home.
Anyway, today I rowed a dirty dozen. What’s a “dirty dozen?” It’s 250 meters intervals 12 times. And guess what? It kicked my freaking butt.

Although, I can’t say I’m too rusty with my splits. I didn’t do so bad for jumping back on after neglecting the erg for over a year. Below are my splits, and I’m pretty happy with them. They’re not exactly where I was in high school, but they’re close! Yay for endurance!

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Also, if you want to know how to use a machine like this, PLEASE watch a video on it. I cannot stress enough how important it is to know how to PROPERLY use this machine. It’s extremely painful to watch people using it incorrectly. You can do serious damage to your back if you don’t use it the right way.

Here is a fantastic website on how to use this machine properly: http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos

Have you ever had to take a month off of running? How did you deal with it?

 

 

And the results are….

Shin splints. BAD shin splints. Basically the worst I’ve ever had. Since last night, I’ve had extreme pain in my right leg. So this morning I decided to go to the doctor’s. Two crutches later, I have physical therapy for me lined up and another doctors visit next week -_-
As of now, it’s a Netflix marathon on my couch with ice.

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Have you ever been injured after a race? How did you heal?

Fourth Half-Marathon Recap

Now, I can officially say I’ve completed four half-marathons. (what?!?! that’s insane!)
It was a great first race of the year and I’m so happy I was able to run without shin splints! It’s almost as if a miracle happened when I was running today. (No shin pain!)

Here’s a few photos to recap my race weekend(:

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As you might be able to tell…I was snapchatting while running. Because, what else is there to do when running 13.1 miles?

 

 

 

 

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End of Race Picture with my cousins who I ran with last year!

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This was taken right after I got done running. Yikes! I was freezing and tired.

So since my first-half of the year is over…when’s the next race?!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Sunday RunDay

Wellllll, I am two days away from running my fourth half-marathon! (It’s so weird to think I’ve already ran three!)

Anywho, like I’ve said in previous posts, this training seasons has been rough.

Come Sunday, I know I won’t PR. It was my goal this year, to make it under 2:10, but I’ve made peace with myself that my body is not trained well enough.

All that matters is I cross the finish line on Sunday. It  just might be my worse half-marathon time ever, but I’ll have other races to make up for it(:

So here’s to finishing another 13.1 (hopefully without the pain of shin splints)

OH! And here’s to nice weather. Last year, I ran the same race in the pouring rain….yuck.