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Hi, I'm Aimee! It's so good to meet you. I spend my time reading too many words, worrying over things that don't matter, running in the awkward hours, and spending too much of my time in the kitchen. Sometimes I'm forgetful and selfish and try too hard to make everyone around me happy. Here you'll find me trying to daily live in hope and grace.

Those 16 miles were far from glamorous. But, they did feel amazing.

If there is anything I am learning it is that I know I will finish my marathon next month

I’ve been so scared that I wouldn’t be able to finish that distance. However, this training has only reinforced that I am one stubborn brat. And I may not know what my time will be. But, my feet will cross that finish line. 

Also, yay for side of the road bathroom breaks. 

— 1 month ago with 7 notes
#running  #fitness 

I am not a runner.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times these words have come out of my mouth. Oh, I run, I guess. But I am not a runner.

But yesterday, somewhere around mile 15, I got upset with myself for being stuck on that. I am not a runner. I put my shoes on 4-5 times a week. I place one foot in front of another. I get myself out there. I try things that used to terrify me. I stake my claim on roads, dirt paths, paved trails. I’ve found myself sobbing endlessly halfway on a route. I’ve been filled with the most unimaginable joy possible. I’ve challenged myself. I’ve wanted to give up more times than I can count. Yet, I have wanted to keep going more times than I have ever wanted to quit.

I have clothes that will never smell normal. I have calloused covering my feet. I have tired legs. Yet, a strong mind. I foam roll. I plan my meals around what will best suit a run. I cut my hair because before it was too long to run in a ponytail comfortably. I spend three hours of my Saturday maneuvering through rain, hail, and wind, just for the promise of the sun on the last mile. I have given blood and sweat to the roads. I have found myself in ways I have never imagined. I have grown as a human. I find myself having more grace, more tolerance, more hope.

I am never going to be the fastest. And, yeah, some days I don’t want to move. Or I question my hobbies. But I keep coming back. I will always keep coming back. Running is so much a part of me. I am a runner. That is all there is to it. 

— 2 months ago with 16 notes
#running  #fitness 
Run. Find Joy in the familiarity of your feet on the pavement, the repitition giving ease to you soul. Make the most of this one and precious life. Do things you never thought you could.

This is my only life. I want to look back and know I hit the ground running.

Run. Find Joy in the familiarity of your feet on the pavement, the repitition giving ease to you soul. Make the most of this one and precious life. Do things you never thought you could.

This is my only life. I want to look back and know I hit the ground running.

— 3 months ago with 4 notes
#running  #fitness 

I don’t think I will ever grow tired of that after run euphoria. The feeling that my body (and, more importantly, my mind) can do anything it decides it ought to do. That it can and will exceed my expectations.

I am capable. I am enough. Running makes me a stronger athlete. But, really, it makes me a stronger person. And that is why I love it.

— 3 months ago with 4 notes
#running 
Something Clicked

Basically, for the last year my pace has fluctuated between 10:30/mile-11:30/mile. The former being when I am really pushing myself and the later being my slow casual jog. In the last week this just feels unbearably slow. My pace is naturally falling (ie when I “push” my pace, but am able to maintain comfortably) between 9:50/mile-10:15/mile. 

My stride feels great. My breathing feels great. I feel fast, relatively speaking. I have no idea what happened to spur this, as I wasn’t really trying to get faster. But, I’ll take it. 

And I will enjoy it. 

— 3 months ago with 6 notes
#running 
Do hill repeats, they said! It’ll be fun, they said! 

(And that will be the only time I experiment with running with my bangs down)
(It was pretty fun)

Do hill repeats, they said! It’ll be fun, they said!

(And that will be the only time I experiment with running with my bangs down)
(It was pretty fun)

— 3 months ago with 7 notes
#running 

Today was a run where everything just kind of clicked in a beautiful way. I took my dog, which always help motivate me. And, to be honest I really needed a good run.

Atticus and I knocked out a solid four miles. When I first noticed my pace was sub 10:00/mile I thought oh no, I better slow down there is no way I can sustain this. But, it felt goooood and atti was loving it. So I decided to keep at it. We finished our four miles in just over 39 minutes. It is encouraging to discover that I am capable of maintaining that pace without exhausting myself. That my body is capable of more than my mind thinks I am.

I need to stop listening to my brain and start listening to my legs more. My legs know what they are doing.

— 3 months ago with 6 notes
#running  #fitness 

I live in northwestern Montana. I love it here. It is gorgeous. But I’ve called every single athletic store in the area and not a single one has either of the two trail shoes I had been leaning towards to try on.

I do not love that. Guess I play fun amazon shopping until I get a fit/size that works. Or maybe I buy them and they don’t work at all and I am back to square one.

Let’s do this.

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#running  #montana 
Just hanging out in my new neon CEP compression socks. Twenty bucks on clearance.  A steal. I love them. They are my best friend. So cozy. 

Also, basset hound sleeping. Hims pretty cute.

Just hanging out in my new neon CEP compression socks. Twenty bucks on clearance. A steal. I love them. They are my best friend. So cozy.

Also, basset hound sleeping. Hims pretty cute.

— 4 months ago with 4 notes
#running  #CEP 

Has anybody ran in Brooks Puregrit? Or any other trail shoe you just love? I am looking to get some trail shoes….because I live in Montana now.

And I feel to not partake in glorious trail running this summer would be sacrilegious.

So shoot me your trail shoe favorites so I can try them on and be in running heaven!

— 4 months ago with 2 notes
#running  #new shoes 
Just spent four miles trying to keep my shorts from falling down. Which, while a nice problem, is still a problem.

Just spent four miles trying to keep my shorts from falling down. Which, while a nice problem, is still a problem.

— 4 months ago with 8 notes
#running 
A body in motion

Today Rasputin and I went out for our runs. We don’t really run together because he is faster than me and we both enjoy the alone time of a run. But there was a cute moment on the way back in where our paths crossed at an intersection and he ran over to me and gave me a kiss, patted the tooshy, and we ran the last 3/4 mile in together. This was sweet of him because it’s this last bit that he really likes to amp it up and go fast. My run was fairly slow. But I have to remind myself that I always run a little slower in the winter when it is so icy and slick and cold out.

5 miles in 59 minutes.

Now we do our habitual sunday hour and a half of cranking the heat in our room up to 90 and do the yogas. Sundays are my favorite. Rasputin is my favorite.

— 5 months ago with 8 notes
#running  #fitness  #weightloss 
Well that escalated quickly

Talking goals with Rasputin. I’d really like to run a full marathon this year. Whats my base level of running at? I can do eight easy ten to thirteen if I give it some effort. Oh there’s a marathon in Calgary you want to do in June? Oh im doing it now too? Sounds good. Love you too, sugarlump.

Time to jump head first, I suppose.

— 5 months ago with 6 notes
#running  #fitness 
They are too beautiful to paint

I am proud to report that after many months my big toes have completely fresh new toenails.

I knew you all would want to know.

— 5 months ago with 7 notes
#running  #theyfelloff 
There were no bathrooms around for miles.

You think I would have learned by now the fine balance between having a caffeine boost for a run or too much and getting the “oh crap I gotta poo RIGHT now” in the middle of a run.

I have not.

— 6 months ago with 8 notes
#running  #fitness  #weight loss