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That’s what I said to my brain today.

Really, that is exactly what happened.
I was a little mad that I had to run this morning, but I had a friend that was expecting me to be there.
Then that little nagging voice in my mind started saying, “You can’t do this.  You’re tired.  I can’t believe you think you’re going to run that marathon.  You should stop.”

So, I decided to prove it wrong (aka “watch me”).
I took the long route, didn’t walk at all & I ran with intention.
It wasn’t my usual, “That was fun!” -kind of run.
It was more of a “Take that!  You’re wrong again!” -kind of feel.

I’m still a little miffed with that ole’ brain.

Perhaps I should go for another run…


Mind Games

I found this written on my 8 year old daughters memory verse homework.  I thought it was funny, but so familiar to my running thoughts.  Running, like much of life, is very much a mind game.  I’ve heard it said that running is 80% mental & only 20% physical.


During the previous week, all of my short runs were completed with an average pace under 10:00 min/mi, which was a good time for me.  So here it was…long run day.  Like my daughter, I thought, “I can do this!! I can keep my pace under 10:00 min/mi even at a longer distance.”  

…and that’s when the “P.S. maybe not” began…

Here is a snippet of the conversation in my head as the run progressed:
 Me:  “I can do this!! I can keep my pace under 10:00 min/mi even at a longer distance.”  

Mind:  “No, you can’t keep up that pace more than 3 miles…what about those hills too?  You can’t do that.”
Me:  “Sure I can!”

Mind:  “Nope.  You’re not good enough.  Can’t.”
Me:  “You said that I couldn’t run 26.2 miles too.  But I did. Twice.”

Mind:  “Look, I told you so…during mile 4, your pace was 10:35 min/mi.  You can’t catch up now.”
Me:  “Sure I can.  I’ll show you.”

Somehow, during our argument…I got in the “zone”.  Notice, mile 5 was a NINE MINUTE pace!  When the little voice in my earbud told me that my pace was 9 minutes, I was so surprised that it knocked me out of the “zone”.  If you can tell me how to get back there, I’d appreciate it…I really enjoyed that!


So….brain…you lose.  I win again!
This is the picture that came to mind at the completion of this long run…


 So don’t listen to it…just because your mind says so, that doesn’t make it true.

P.S.S.- My girl got a 101/A+ on her memory verse.  She did it!


Run like a deer!

Don’t let what life has thrown at you in the past make you cynical, sarcastic, bitter, and hard.

There are things in your future that need you to be kind, considerate, understanding, and most of all, loving.

The past is….over.

~ Lisa Lyle Brooks


Habakkuk 3:19

My sweet daughter surprised me with this edited picture the other day.  She had taken this shot at the Mercedes Marathon as I headed to the finish line.  You will see the photo now includes my favorite running scripture:

The Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of deer.  Habakkuk 3:19

I consider this verse to be a gift from one of my friends, who shared it with me just before my first half marathon.  (Thank you Mrs. Marilon Seay!)  It’s a common thing to find it messily scrawled on my hand to help me through a tough race.

@ my first Half Marathon...the Talladega Half Marathon

@ my first Half Marathon…the Talladega Half Marathon

The happy finish line picture and this scripture sum up what the Lord has done in my life through running.  When I was at my lowest point in life, & I wasn’t doing my part to get better…God didn’t mind. 

He met me right where I was at. 

 He speaks to me often during those miles.  I’m glad I went when He said, “Hey, let’s go for a run…”

He makes you strong again!

Run like a deer ❤


I’m in it for the Long Run, how about you?


…and concerning real life…

If you base your whole future solely on what you’ve experienced thus far

…you may quit too soon! 

You have many more rewarding miles to go!

Those first 2 or 3 miles are always the toughest for me.  During yesterday’s long run, I had considered quitting after the first 2 miles almost led me to tears.

I’m happy to say…another satisfying 8 miles are officially in the books!  Yay me!

So how was your long run this weekend?


No more sleeping in!

How many morning runs have I missed because I didn’t get up?  Counting this morning….Too many to count!  Let’s blame it on the snooze button.

Somehow I think this would work…

DIY alarm clock will shred your money if you don’t wake up on time

I need one!

I need one!

From the website Digital Trends “There are a slew of alarm clocks out there designed to get you up and out of  bed in a reasonable manner. Ones that’ll deliver  electric shocks. Ones that’ll run away from you. But nothing, we say, nothing beats the  cold hard incentive like threatening your wealth. Ladies and gents, we present  to you this DIY alarm clock that’ll start shredding your dollar bills if you  don’t wake the heck up.

Desperate times call for desperate measure, and Rich Olson of found the wackiest solution.  The home-modded USB alarm clock looks and sounds kind of like a ticking time  bomb. When the set time comes, the clock will start beeping loudly. If you don’t  get up to dismantle the alarm in time, say goodbye to your precious dollar bill  as it starts going down the shredder. Oh, and you’ve got just 10 seconds to do  it.

Olson recommends that if you’re really bad at getting up, stick larger  monetary values in there to better motivate yourself to get out of bed. After a  while, you’re bound to either wake up in time or go broke. If you plan on  tinkering with a SparkFun  ClockIt device to make your own ticking money bomb, just remember that  depending on where you’re based, purposely destroying money may be illegal in  your country.”

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Question:  Should I go to bed earlier?(which I don’t want to do).   Is it simply a decision that I have to purpose to make to GET UP!  or should I just decide to be an evening runner?

What do you think?


Brain Whoopin’

Tomorrow morning at 7am, I’m going to give my brain a whoopin’!  (aka~spanking/whipping)

My husband, daughter and myself will be running the annual Peavine Falls Run at Oak Mountain.  Yay US!


View from the top of the mountain!

Here is a Quote from Birmingham blogger  Yo Momma Runs about last year’s race:

Peavine Falls Run is 8.2 miles which include a straight uphill climb with, what
felt like, very few respites of flatness and then a slingshot at the top to blow
you right back down that hill you just conquered (that’s if you have a liberal
definition of that word). And just for funsies, they throw in a 1.2-mile patch
of trail at the end in case all the downhill didn’t make you wet your pants bad
enough already.

You should read the rest of her blog entry here!

So as I sit here right now this is what my brain is telling me:  “It’s going to rain.  You don’t like the rain or getting messy.  You were in better shape last year.  Bet that speed walker man is going to beat you again.  3.2 miles UP HILL?  ARE YOU CRAZY?  You’re just not good enough.”

As I type, we’ve got our bag packed and running clothes laid out…To my brain I just want to say:

Just wait ’til tomorrow morning, you’re gonna’ get a brain whoopin’

I win.  Goodnight.