Running Girl Monday: 10 Reasons Haters Tolerate Running

I’ve been wanting to start a series of “Running Girl” posts every Monday for a few months now, but life happened and I wasn’t able to get to it until today. At the moment there is not a specific purpose other than sharing candidly about parts of my running journey.

I’ll be honest, I hate those running posts where the individual is so perky and jolly about running.

large-2“What I love most about running is nature, and my friends,
and the way that the air flows through my lungs. It makes me feel ALIVE.”

Running Meme

Meanwhile my running experience involves tripping over sticks in the road, glaring at my overly chatty running partner, and gasping for air as I try to keep up with her.


Many times, I only love running when I am done. Short of that, these are a few reasons I continue to pursue my marathon-before-30 goal.

1. Food: There is absolutely no guilt in shoving down an extra donut (or 4) when you can use ‘carb loading’ as an excuse. 

2. Technology: What better excuse is there to blow $400 on the new Apple Watch than to use it to train for a half marathon? New apps in the app store that track your heart rate, time, with live tracking and weekly goals…and it’s only $17.99 a month. SIGN ME UP!

3. Getting away from the kids: who doesn’t love telling their significant other that they’ll be back in 3 miles…then take an extra mile or two more to elongate their away time. 

4. Bringing the rugrats along: For those who cannot leave their children behind, using strollers can double as strength training.

5. #HumbleBrag: what better way to feel superior to others than being healthy and posting it to social media? Adding a witty-self-confident hashtag to completely annihilate their self esteem is just icing on the cake. This also works in reply to the overly-cheerful Monday morning question, “So what did you do this weekend?” “Oh nothing, I only ran 8 miles”.

6. Medals: who can resist a “OOOooooo SHINY” to display after only doing 1 thing over a period of time! This also works as physical proof of your superiority to those who do not run. While most people have to risk their lives to obtain a medal, all you have to do is run.

7. Instant Running Scholar: dispersing knowledge to novice runners never gets old. Sure, you have no authority on any given topic beyond personal experience and that one thing a blogger said a few years ago, but it doesn’t stop you from passing it on to the newbies. 

8. Runcation: traditional vacations are for blobs. Laying on the beach for 8 hours is boring…unless you spend one day running and then you can use beach time as “recovery” before heading home. (I’ve also been told cold oceans are great alternatives to ice baths!) 

9: Lube, Stimulants and Protection preparedness: Runners training for a half or full marathon can always be found with BodyGlide, GU, and sunscreen. Like Boy Scouts, we are prepared for anything that could possibly go wrong on our run. Typically we can also be found with baggies full of wipes, bandaids, and various compression gear. If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, make sure you have a runner in your crew. 

10. Race stickers: Move over star pupils, ‘I Love My Bichon Frise’, and Stick families! My sticker proves that I have the mental capacity to run 26.2 miles and you want to cut me off? I’ll teach you to think twice next time, buddy!

Any other sarcastic-running-haters out there? What are your reasons for running?

My Unexpected Knight in Shining Armor

By Kannagara at DeviantArtA few years ago, after the car accident that had me re-evaluate a few things in my life, I came across an Australian television special about the Brahminy Group and their work with troubled teens called Outback Kids. During the last episode, Allan Brahminy, the director of the program, stated something that has stuck with me for years:

“You’ve got to choose when to stop being a victim and become a survivor.”

I was shocked when I heard this. Something so simple and succinct but profound and heart changing to me.

Another moment similarly profound happened to me last year during a humorous conversation with a colleague resulted in them referring to me as a knight in shining armor. In that moment a phrase embedded itself on my heart and has become a personal mantra of mine, “Be your own damn knight in shining armor“. I don’t even know where “damn” came from (sorry, Mom and Dad!) but that is how the phrase resonates within my soul.

So many times we as humans act like the princess from fairytales; we hate our job, our family life sucks because they’re all idiots, Friends? They are just back stabbers. Etc. etc. etc. Meanwhile we wait for those things to rescue us from our towers; a job title promotion, boyfriend or girlfriend, more money, that one perfect house, even sometimes our faith/church. However, they leave us with empty promises and broken hearts. I’ve been there, I know.

You know what? I’m tired of waiting around for all of these other things to come through and rescue me when I have every resource to do it myself. Instead of waiting in crummy the tower for something out there to come and rescue me, I’m going to find my own way out. If these other people or resources show up to help me, fine. However, I choose to pick up my own sword and at least fight against the dragons. If I perish, I perish.

For me this took form of having honest conversations with people and resolving situations that were not pretty. Then it meant that I would stand up for myself more even if it meant creating awkward situations or hurting someone. Lastly it caused me to look in the mirror and choose to love myself more but also allow people to love me.

All of these are still so incredibly difficult for me to continue, BUT it is working. For the first time in my life, the girl who has always been the princess waiting in the tower is in the courtyard slaying dragons. You know what I discovered? I AM FREAKING AWESOME.

The proof of this shift in thinking is striking. This past summer while visiting friends I felt more in my skin and “myself” than ever. Am I still insecure, dear me yes. However, I am more forgiving of what I see in myself as flaws or weird quirks. As my own knight I am defending who I am without allowing the dragon of insecurities to rip me apart. 

In the past I was never very driven, which for me was rooted in perfectionism. (Something that was heavily tested this summer while I learned to drive a manual car.) If I know something will not be perfect, I quit. This is glaringly obvious when it comes to me being athletic. I have no athletic bone in my body whatsoever, however, one morning my brain decided, against the will of my body, that it wanted to run a marathon by the time I was 30. Fast forward to almost 3 months later…the girl who could barely run 40 yards is running 3 miles 3 times a week and I have my calendar marked for my first marathon.

So I guess I say all of this to point out, stop waiting for [fill-in-the-blank] to rescue you. Put on your armor, pick up your sword, and fight with all of your might your way out of the tower you’re stuck in.

Be your own damn knight in shining armor.

The set created by Oliviawhen @ Tumblr


Credits: Female Knight | Elven Warrior | Sleeping Beauty Animation | Outback Kids |