In the Heart of the Beast They Will Lay

Less than two months out from my half marathon I am starting to compile my don’t stop running play list.  So today’s run was a test drive that was really inspired by my sister.  A few months ago I lent her one of my favorite bands Murder By Death.  Now busy as she is she FINALLY got around to listening to it and we had a nice little conversation about how sexy his voice is and how every time I listen to it I can picture myself playing it every second of it on my violin.  (Honestly after I write this my violin is coming out of it’s case)  After the conversation I of course put it on and listened to it all day and decided why stop now let’s run and see how this goes.  BEST RUN OF MY LIFE!  No pausing no cramps no pain just pure focused happiness.  Some people listen to books…some people listen to rap…why me.  I listen to this


And for those of you wondering…yes I am a classically trained violinist…and yes I love playing in a band that does music like this.



So my last post was really the final push for me to find my motivation.  After writing that and speaking with my trainer I got myself off my sofa and ran a great 3 miles!  But what really helped me re-find why I run I saw pictures of my friends riding in the Pan Mass Challenge.  The photos of them signing the vow to end cancer and putting photos and names of people they loved on their shirts for their two day ride across Massachusetts reminded me that my sofa isn’t going to help.  But my motivation can.  Here is beautiful story of people who found an unlikely way to touch those being treated for cancer, and finding a way they could help.


“A little in abundance is a lot”

the ominous WALL

Well…two months to go and I have hit two mental walls…One in my fundraising and one in my running…sadly I am less worried about the fundraising.

One month ago you read I was sitting pretty at 6 miles…well there is where I have stayed.  Sort of like traveling coach class sure it will get you there but LORD does it suck.  Admittedly a lot has happened in the last month I had two deadlines at work, moved, and went on a much needed vacation to the hot hot south and there is NO RUNNING in Alabama let me tell you.  I would attribute running in Alabama to something along the lines of sunbathing on the actual sun.  But I am not sure even the sun is as humid as Alabama.

Lets describe what happens during training when you hit a mental wall.  Motivation rapidly drops to zero, beer becomes the most appealing thing on the face of the earth, and not to mention breathing on a sofa seems more important than even putting running shoes on.

So how do I overcome this?  As of right now the jury is out.  I have a meeting with my personal trainer tomorrow where I will tell him I need to do something besides run that will keep my endurance up and well once again NOT BE RUNNING.

Which brings me to the Olympics which you think would inspire me but after seeing a Citi Bank Commercial about how the Olympians did nothing but train it got even more depressing.  I posted the humorous version that I am leaning towards.  I mean seriously if you haven’t read a book in a while…I don’t even know what to say to that.  Guess I won’t be winning gold but hopefully this week I will be back to running.