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Musical Monday with a dash of Motivation

Just another Manic Monday!

 I think The Bangles were onto something. There is, in fact, an element truly gut wrenching about Monday's. Most of the time I feel as if I am scrambling to catch my breath, even if I planned ahead. Spending the entire weekend prepping for the beginning of the week still leaves me in a stressful funk. 

So how do you cure a stressful funk? 

Update your playlist (running or the tunes you listen to on the bus). So here are some tunes I recently added or rely on to get my mood back on par:

Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
We R Who We R - Ke$ha

Now time for a hint of motivation for this Monday!

Last night, as with many a Sunday nights, I participated in #RunChat (which is amazing if you haven't heard of it yet, check it out) and met a fellow runner who felt embarrassed to call herself a runner.

I just wanted to reach out to all of my fellow "slow and steady" runners, who may be hesitant to call themselves a runner. I AM a runner. My first 5K of the year was just below 40 minutes and I was thrilled to be running the whole time. My longest training run has been 7 super slow miles. It does not matter how fast, it doesn't matter how far, running is running. We are all a band of brothers and sisters who find peace and purpose in the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other. Some may think we are a little crazy (maybe we are) but we are doing what we love.

"Just remember that everybody who is ahead of you has been the beginner at some point so everybody knows what it's like to be in your shoes. No one starts running leading the pack, but you have to start somewhere. If you stick with it, you will improve." - Bart Yasso

Some days it will be hard but remember we are all here cheering you on! The running community is a big and beautiful family! No matter what you will always find support and encouragement.

How do you stay motivated? Any words of advice for a new runner?

Happy Running! 


  1. This is excellent perspective! I have actually found myself becoming unmotivated from time to time, especially when i look at my clock and see 4:30am (like now... O_o). But then i remember, everyone has those days. Sometimes, i have to remind myself why i run. Its for no one else. It's for me. It's for how i feel after i run. It's for the benefits that i receive from running. If i don't do it, no one else is gonna run for me, right?
    The advice i would give is this: don't be so hard on yourself, find your why (that's where your value is), and just be steady. If you're a beginner, you're already doing something you haven't been doing. So be happy with that and take it one day at a time. :)

    1. Hi Sam! Thanks for the comment! You are right, no one runs for you. I love that running is something I control. I think one thing that keeps me struggling is any injury. Big or small it really messes with my mind but I try to stay positive. I always try to incorporate other workouts (strength or cross training) to keep my body active.

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  3. I want to start off by giving a a loud AMEN! I agree, if you run, you're a runner. No matter how fast or slow, long or short your runs are. I struggle to call myself a runner a lot of the time, but I know I am. I love that you added onto your playlist. I just spent the last 2 hours putting together a new playlist for me. It definitely works well for motivation, because I can't wait to get out there and try it out.