Running takes a lot of self-discipline.

Turns out eating ridiculous amounts of junk all weekend and at a buffet the night before your tempo run is going to make you feel awful for the entire thing. 

I knew from the first step it was going to be a rough one.   

The workout:  

1 mile @ 8:22

6.2 miles @ marathon pace (6:51)

Sat down on the grass for a few minutes (paused my garmin) because those tempo miles did not feel great but that is okay because it is all part of the game.  

1.1 miles @ 8:24

Average pace for 8.2 miles = 7:14

I think runners need to give themselves a pat on the back for a second.  Running a lot of times just plain ol’ hard.  

It’s hard to get out of bed and out the door, it’s hard if we are tired/sore/not feeling great.  It’s hard when we have set-backs and running around in the heatt/humidity/freezing cold is tough work.  But we keep doing it because we know the benefits make all of the hard stuff worth it.   That takes a lot of self-discipline to continue to do something that can be super hard along the way just because we know the end goal is worth it.  

So, keep setting that alarm clock at crazy early times, keep pushing yourself out of that comfort zone and continue to run when quitting sounds a lot easier.  It pays off in the end.  And this tempo run that I had today (that felt slightly like death) will pay off come October 3rd in St. George:)  

Now to muster up some self-discipline when it comes to donuts.

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I did love getting to see the sunrise when I started.  I stick to the busy roads whenever I am running on my own in the morning.   I just have to watch like a hawk for any uneven sidewalk cracks because if there is one then I will trip on it.  

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Yep, just sat there for a bit after the tempo portion and took a picture of my feet because that is normal behavior.  

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I went right over to go see my mom (I mean… it had been a whole 5 days since the last time I saw her) after my run and she had just finished up her bike workout in her cougar shirt.  

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And then since I have missed having Brooke play with my face, I went over and had my nephew try to rip my nose off.  

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This little man is the happiest baby I have ever been around.  He has been such a huge blessing for my sister to have such a happy baby while recovering from her back surgery.  She gets to try running on Thursday.  

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And the randoms:

-Our most listened to song on our road trip (we probably listened to it 30 times) was Budapest… I am beyond obsessed with this song and it is perfect for easy runs too!

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-We made a lot of gas station stops (because my bladder is the size of a dime) and I saw Neccos at EVERY gas station (because I browse the candy aisle overtime).  WHO EATS THESE?  I just need to know 

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-I got to see Candice today.  She goes in on Friday to see if she can take her boot off that she has been wearing because of her stress fracture.  Cross every finger and toe that things are healing up nicely and that she will be back to running in no time.  Injuries are the worst.

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What type of candy do you think is the absolute worst?!

What/who do you take the most pictures of?

-Brooke and my running shoes.  

What did you think about on your run today?

Morning runners—>  what time did you get up today to run?

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black licorice is awful

Most of my pictures are of running things or Max!

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Some people love black licorice… I’m with you though. Can’t stand it.

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Not my thing! Same with black jubejubes or jelly beans – I leave those behind! My local grocery store sells super fresh jubejubes and I totally look at the bags to see which ones have the least amount of black jubejubes in them ;-)

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Oh, yeah. Black licorice is terrible! It always reminds me of my grandpa though, he loves it!

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I’ll take ALL of the black licorice, thanks! I’ve loved it since I was a kid…weird!

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I take the most photos of Lane and our dog, Sam.

I don’t get the appeal of those Cherry Mash things. My husband swears they were good when he was a kid but they don’t sound good at all!

I’ve got 12×400 today in about 15 minutes! Kind of excited to get them started!

Your nephew is so adorable! Good luck to your sister on her first run back! Fingers crossed for her and Candice!

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GO ROCK YOUR 400s…. you’ve got this girl! Cherry Mash? I’m going to have to google that!

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Nerds and other weird fake-fruity candies taste the absolute worst to me! I don’t understand why anyone eats them.
I take the most pictures of my puggle, Charlie, and the mountains when my husband and I go hiking.
Today on my run I thought about how good my pace felt, despite flying for four hours yesterday. I also thought about how happy I was to finally have some Seattle rain on my run, even if it was just a few drops!

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You can just send your nerds on over to us. YAY for an awesome feeling run after a long flight yesterday. Enjoy that rain!

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My former coworker loved those Necco things! Eww!!

I take most pictures of me with my family members. I just think they look really good. :)

I usually get up at 4:37 or 5:07, depending on what workout I have.

LOVE your sunrise picture!!

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4:37… dang girl! PS I love the random alarm times:) I do that too! Please ask your former coworker what they are thinking… I kid;)

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Yes, I don’t like numbers in increments of five. :) And haha for real!!

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I’m not a huge fan of hot, cinnamon candy.
I take photos of my kids!! All. The. Time :)
I thought about today while I was working on my PT exercises that in 9-10 days I get to start running!!!
We’ve been really enjoying summer and sleeping in a tiny bit – no 5 am wake up for me yet :)
Your nephew is beyond adorable!!! Congrats to your sister on running again soon!!

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AHHHHH 9-10 days… you are so close girl! Glad you have had some extra sleep this summer:) Thanks Natalie!

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Me too, Natalie for the hot cinnamon candy! Ick :)

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Black licorice, good ‘n plenty’s and chocolate covered cherries = yuck. My phone is basically pictures of my dog (I work from home and send them to my husband during the day). I had a cross training/cycling day but thought about how much chillier it was and then I got sad, cuz I love summer. I get up at 3:45 am every day (no alarm) to run, cycle or swim.

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3:45 without an alarm… holy cow Susan! Next time I complain to myself when the alarm clock goes off I will just think about how you have already been up for hours:) I could not agree with you more about your candy ‘worsts’ and I would take a million pictures of my dog too if I had one:)

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Monday’s I usually get up at 5:30 to do a pump class at the gym but today I skipped that so I’m running tonight.

Nips (I think they are called?) those nasty black licorice candy coated candies. Ew, why people even think that was a good idea I will never know.

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I am not a fan of those gummy peach rings or circus peanuts.
I take the most pictures of my chihuahua, Darla, and my very large rabbit, Layla! Today was my cross training day so I did a 13 mile bike and some strength training. Yesterday I had my 15 mile long run so it was nice to take a day off.
When I run in the morning, I get up at 5:30, and if I have to work or have class, I get up before 4:30 :/

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Circus peanuts! The worst! LOL They tasted like plastic.

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I hate any and all licorice, it’s just wrong in my opinion.

Most of the pictures I take are of my dogs and mainly the dachshund because he poses. Really.

I thought about my blog post on my run today and how sometimes you really need to run with no music because it’s not always allowed at races and you can be dq’d. That was a fun blog post to write. I pretty much had it all written in my head by the time I finished the run ;)

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Your nephew is way cute!!! I hope my son is a happy baby and smiles all the time. Nothing better than smiles and giggles.

Worst candy of all time = Good & Plenty

I love taking pictures of the trails and scenery around Central Oregon. It never gets old.

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I honestly can’t even think of a candy I dislike! I even love black licorice. It’s a curse but hey, I love my candy:)
I take the most pictures of my food and the kids I nanny for. They are SO cute!! (The kids not my food;)
My run today felt great! Great weather and great pace:) I hope your next run is a little better!! I totally know the feeling of a bad run after an all weekend junk food binge!

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I hate ALL sour candies!!!
I take so many running group photos…and food…lots of food!
I thought about breakfast on my run this morning.
I woke up at 4am. My body hasn’t adjusted to the pacific time zone.

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I ate SO much yesterday and felt like poo today! Thank you for letting me know I am not alone :) It is rare that I indulge and it was SO not worth it! :)

I do NOT like those red hot things. Ick!

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Sixlets are the worst! They call themselves chocolates, but they’re not.

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I definitely take the most pictures of my Shih Tzu, Bosco. :-) My husband said most people might not even know I am married because they only see pictures of Bosco posted. haha

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Girl, I need to know what sunglasses those are!

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Circus peanuts – although I am not really sure they should even qualify as candy.
Pictures are mostly scenery – I love taking pics of the lakefront in Chicago.

Today was a treadmill class day – taught by an honest to goodness leadman (from those Leadville races). I was thinking about how much I really wished it was not the leadman teaching today because I just cannot bring myself to take a break when he is teaching. But I ran 15 miles yesterday, and taking an unplanned break was really tempting…… Now it is time to rest!

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Ross loves his NECCO wafers. I think we both know the grossest candy….Candice’s cherrry cordials.

I take more picture of my kids, but mostly of Felicity. I mean, everything she does is freaking adorable. Food is a very close second place though. #causefood

I am so glad you are home. Missed your face.

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Ugh, white chocolate. Too sweet for me!!

My cats. Definitely my cats.

Where I was going to get a cup of coffee after my run!

If I run in the morning I usually get up at 5:20. Since I was driving to run on the trail today (and since it’s cool and rainy anyway) I slept in until 8:00. Gotta soak up these last few days of summer vacation before school starts up again!

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I hate everything with caramel, and I love black licorice (better if salted) but it is very hard to find a good one in the States.
As usual, during my run I was thinking about food.

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4.30 at the moment to hit the gym by 5 – sticking to treadmill at the moment for safety on dark mornings in my sketchy area. Starting to adjust to it. Just reminding myself it’s better to be safe!! This morning I thought about my breakfast, upcoming day and thinking early morning workouts are the best. Just smashing it out before others are awake. It gets me through my day.

I am not a huge candy eater at all – gives me a headache. I can handle maybe 1-2 jelly snakes, and the occasional darker tastes ie. black licorice, super dark chocolate but that’s about it. People think I’m super weird for this!!

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I honestly don’t know what Neccos are! I hate black licorice and swedish fish.

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I’ll eat NECCO’s. Frankly I’ll eat anything just about. I wish that we could eat whatever we wanted and it would not affect our running. How sweet would THAT be? I take a lot of pictures of helicopters at work. Can’t get enough of them.

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Yuck on Neccos and black licorice. I mean the package that you are holding LOOKS like it’s old. Nobody eats them! I love taking pictures of the scenery from whatever activity I’m doing at the time :)

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I had a horrible run yesterday, no fun! Most of my pictures are of my dog!

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I am not really a fan of any candy that is not chocolate. I have so many pictures of food and my boyfriend…the two most important things in my life!

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I totally need more self discipline too. Not only when it comes to food, but when it comes to walk breaks. I take any excuse I can find these days.
I take the most pictures of my food, lol. No run today, short bike ride though in the afternoon heat and I just thought about bike riding. That’s the best way to do it for me, forget about everything else for a while.

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White chocolate is the worst. Such an imposter.

Up at 5:30 this morning to meet my girls for a run. Then off to Einsteins for Bagel Monday. 13 bagels for $6! Breakfast for my three littles is done for the week:)

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Jolly ranchers. Ick. Taste like plastic and feel like glass in your mouth!

I take way too many pictures of my two cats! Food might be a close second, only because I’m usually so hungry I forget to snap photos before I dig in.

I think about everything and nothing while running. Sometimes the most mundane things pop into my head. Whatever I can think about to distract myself.

I get up at about 5:20/5:25 AM and try to be out the door by 6 AM latest.

I totally agree…it’s not easy to get up when it’s still dark and everyone in sleeping…but once I’m out there and I get to see the sunrise, hear the birds chirping, and run though the sprinklers, I remind myself of how lucky I am. And I always think of how it’s my time and might be the only time of the day I get to be by myself, to think and just let life be.
I always say its the easiest part of my day…

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WATERMELON! Janae~~~ You have to try this. I know you post about watermelon all the time so I had to send you this link when I saw it on Pinterest. :) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/502010689683771735/

Glad you had a great vacation!

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I east Necco, a cousin to my true fave…conversation hearts. I love them all year. And also candy corn :)

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That sweet little boy! What a cutie!

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circus marshmellow peanuts (there orange, and look like a peanut, and taste like “$h#t”

Shadow our four legged furry child

focused on posture, hydration, and nutrition

5:00am

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I had the exact same workout today! I just came home from it and BOY was it hard ugh. I had a similar weekend to you (16 miles saturday followed by lots of junk food/sun etc) so today was brutal.. but at least we are done!! :)

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-Anything w coconut,
-sunrises, and my daughter/me
-I kinda zoned out to music, it was a strength day.
-If its a run at the gym then RT 4:40, if its just a RT run 5:45.

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Mondays are an off day for me. I’m sorry your run didn’t feel super great, but congrats on finishing it!

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Black licorice is horrible.

I mostly take pictures of my dog. He’s really cute!

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I get up at 5:44 but don’t get out the door until 6:30. Don’t ask me what I do during that time because I have no idea.

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I get up at 5:44 but don’t get out the door until 6:30. Don’t ask me what I do during that time because I have no idea.

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BAHAHAHA I have the same thing happen to me. We must be the queens of stalling:)

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I love Necco wafers! My favorite color/kind is the black too! Yup I’m that weird girl! ?

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Hahaha, Neccos are my dad’s absolute FAVORITE candy! I get them for him every Christmas.

And agreed, training definitely takes a lot of discipline. The early morning wake ups, especially. Lately I have to wake up earlier and earlier to get to the gym by the same time…time to suck it up and get it dooone. (Haha clearly you got me all motivated!)

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Today was 10.25 miles total with 6 at tempo. Lately I have been telling myself “nothing lasts forever” and “you can!” Other than those mantras, I like to say some prayers to distract myself. I also finally made Meghan’s zucchini cookies from the recipe you posted a while ago today. Yuuuum!

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WAY to go Paige on your tempo run! LOVE your mantra’s. Oh… yay for those cookies. They are the best!

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I really don’t like coconut, so I think Mounds are super gross. I probably take the most pictures of my dog–she is just so cute! On my run I just thought about putting one foot in front of the other; I wasn’t really feeling it today, but I knew if I just thought about one step at a time, I’d get through it.

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black licorice and ‘good n plenty’ are THE WORST. and my mom loves Neccos…gross!

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I finally created a playlist on my iPod (I have been listening to Pandora on my runs) I loaded many of your running playlist songs! Thank you so much for posting them. Keep them coming! Budapest is a favorite. Check out Beautiful Life by Nick Fradiani – great song :-)

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THANK YOU for the song recommendation! I love it and I have it on repeat now:)

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Today I had a track workout and I thought about 3 things;
1. Don’t quit- you’re nearly done.
2. Try not to step in Goose poo (there were Canadian Geese all over the track and lots of poo)
3. I am so lucky to have friends that will get up and run the track with me at 6.30am even when they aren’t training for anything!

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Licorice! Worst invention EVER!

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My husband’s favorite candy is Neccos! I think they taste like chalk.

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I have a stress fracture too! Happened on Friday the 17th I think. I took a week off (not knowing what it was) and then felt serious pain the next Thursday when I ran so I went to the doctor and have been in a boot since. Just got the OK to start weening myself off of the boot and do things like swimming and cycling (upper body work was ok the whole time). After not taking more than a week off since I was about 15, this has been hard to say the least! I think the first couple of days were the worse, but now I’ve realized it was my body’s way of saying that I need to start working other parts of my body and switch up my routine a bit to strengthen and prevent future injuries. Fingers crossed that your friend gets good news at the doctor today! I can obviously relate (unfortunately).

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Julie. I am so so sorry about your stress fracture. I am glad that you are able to start swimming and cycling. You will come back a stronger runner!

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Thanks! I sure hope so :) If you have any good advice, I’d love to hear it! My email is julie.verhage328 (at) gmail (dot) com. Not sure if you’ve had a stress fracture before, but this is my first injury so I’m curious as to how quickly the miles can add up once I do get the ok to start running again.

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I tried to run this morning but had to stop after a mile because my ankle was really hurting. I rolled it 2 months ago and sometimes it’s fine and sometimes it hurts like crazy. Do sprains just take forever to heal??

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OH Anna! That is a huge bummer. Have you had anyone look at it? Sprains really can feel like they take forever to be 100% again (at least in my experience).

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I LOVE Neccos!!!

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I am laughing to myself because when I was little we were allowed to pick out one kind of candy at the movie theater and I ALWAYS chose NECCOs! The white ones are the best. But yes, they do taste like chalk :) Got up at 5:15 to run this morning and thought that sweet frog (FROYO place in Virginia) should open for breakfast.

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I run by a Sweet Frog (South Carolina) too and I second this :-)

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I’ll third that froyo places should be open for breakfast… we could just add fruit and granola to the top and it would be perfect!

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Worst candy (candies) ever: Almond Joy … Gross flavored Jelly Bellys … Or anything with a weird, slimy liquid center.

Take way too many pictures of my dog … Especially when she’s napping :)

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What a happy baby! And yes I have never met anyone that likes those Necco wafers haha

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My dad loves Necco wafers. He was born and raised during the depression in South Dakota and Necco wafers were an extra special Christmas and birthday treat. I think they are gross, but I always buy them for my dad when I see them.
I think Good and Plenty are of the devil. Or Salty Black licorice. Even the thought makes me gag.

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Candy corn is THE WORST!
And thank you, this post and all these comments are enough to make me commit that 5am is not too early to get up and run.

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I LOVE candy corn! I am dreading fall candy in stores knowing that I will put away a serious amount of that sugary goodness :)

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My kids love it so much, the 4-year old has only recently stopped trying to steal some out of the bulk bins every time we go to the grocery!

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I hear ya on the self discipline thing – I woke up 30 minutes late this morning and had mile repeats to do! Needless to say I sucked down some coffee and knocked them out! So glad I stuck to my training plan and completed my work out :-)

Hey this is random – but I’m still waiting for my shirt – said it was suppose to delivery on 8/7. Any thoughts? Should I email company I ordered from? Thank you!

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HEY RANDI!!! AHHHHH I will contact them and get this figured out. I’m so so sorry that they are delayed!

Great job on getting the mile repeats done! Such a good feeling to check them off:)

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I just got an email that said my shirt should arrive by Friday. I can’t wait to get it!!

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I don’t love black licorice, and since I can’t really think of a candy that I hate, that’s going to have to be my “worst.” They actually make bags of only black jelly beans and my mom loves them and used to buy a bag every Easter. I don’t love fake-orange flavored candy, either. Icky.

Most of my pics are of my adorable daughters!

Today on my run I visualized the half marathon that I started training for this week.

I get up at 4:15 for most runs… 4 for longer ones and 4:27 when I go to BodyPump instead of running. I’m used to it now.

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4:15… HOLY COW. You are amazing Stephanie! Good luck with your half marathon training and keep me updated on how it goes!

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I actually really don’t like fruity candies! Weird, right? Growing up I was all about chocolate candies (Snickers, Rolos, you know). And all my friends wanted sour gummy candies or Starburst or something. It worked out well when we had both options because I was usually in the minority and got more chocolate!

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1: Swedish Fish!
2. My kiddos *read Labradoodle and 2 kitties* are typically my photography subjects. Just everything they do is precious! (yes, I’m that person…)
3. It’s funny you should ask this. My run had to be on my lunch break this morning, and therefore, was a treadmill run (it’s 105 here in Austin today). I pumped up the speed a bit, and I started to think, “ugh. I can’t do this!” And then I thought of your blogs and all the times you say pump your arms and your legs follow and how your mind quits before your body does. I finished with a great feeling! So, thanks for being in my head!

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You are so welcome Hannah! I am so glad that I was able to help:) Great job on your run and try freezing your Swedish Fish… maybe that will help with the heat and they are delicious:)

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I take a lot (most people would probably say too many) pictures of my dog, Paco! :) I thought about how hot it was while I was running and how much longer until it doesn’t feel like 100 degrees when I run. This morning I could NOT get out of bed until I finally made myself at 5:50am.

You are so right about the discipline – most mornings (if not all) I never want to get out of bed but I know if I do I will feel great for the entire day after my run/workout. On the other hand, if I stay in bed – horrible day.

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Circus peanuts are the worst candy ever. YICK!

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Black licorice rules!! And I LOVE Necco’s they are made in Massachusetts – and the black ones are the best! They also make an entire roll of just the chocolate wafers, to each his own!

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Circus Peanuts are so gross.

I get up at 4:45 am to run. I think about anything to get me through. When I’m feeling especially tired and wanting to quit, I do a system check. Lungs-good, stomach-good, legs-fatigued but good, ankles-good (I’ve had tendonitis issues in the past). If I’m all good I tell myself to push forward and that seems to work best for me.

All my pictures are of my kids.

BTW, long time reader and first post. :)

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I probably take the most picture’s of my son…because…well….he’s freaking adorable :)

I get up at 4:40am every day to run/go to the gym…it’s not easy but you get used to it!!

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