"Don’t pressure yourself. Don’t worry about what others think you should do or what the societal “norm” is. Do what moves you and makes you smile and the “good” will follow."

How to Break Through A Running Plateau Part One

For when you’re overtrained

Sure, overtraining is a physical condition, but it can also be mental. It can happen when your head ODs on running. Suppose, for instance, you become so fixated on a race goal that when you’re not running you’re stretching, icing, foam rolling, blending recovery smoothies, charting your mileage, Tweeting about your runs, and plotting out new routes. “The mind needs downtime from running, just like the body does,” says Chris Janzen, a mental conditioning coach and founder of TriathleteMind.com. “It’s hard to sustain that level of motivation for long. When your life revolves around running, you risk burnout.”

Break Through 

Experts typically prescribe overtrained athletes R&R. Step back and impose a running (and charting and social-networking) sabbatical for a few days. When you resume training, try to keep perspective and remind yourself that running is just one element of your life, Brown says. Do a workout at least once a week that you don’t time or track (go for a fun run or cross-train), and keep up with other interests. Post social-media updates that don’t detail your workouts, and hang out with friends who don’t know how long a marathon is and have zero interest in your splits. You’ll be a better runner for it, Janzen says. “You’ll feel refreshed and will have more mental energy to put into your actual running.”

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subite-vene-in-orem:

it’s not much, but it’s more than ever and that counts :3

*noms a banana because she totes earned it*

Congrats!! This is a really great run :)

@mishacollins I read that fluid intake is the most important thing with endurance sports so if anyone wants to bring me beer on my run…
nerineluna whispered: Just found this blog through Amy/Laura's blog. I guess I should get back to completing the zombie run 5k program.. This blog still active? :P

Umm, to be completely honest, not very, at the moment. I’m personally not running at all right now since I’m already so physically active for my job (walking 10 to 15 miles a day, 4-5 days a week makes it kind of hard to find the motivation to be all “okay, let’s go for a jog now!” on the weekends :P) and I have no idea what Victoria is up to these days.

That being said, you can still tag any posts you make about your endeavours with the #joggingformisha tag — I still track that and I suspect others from this little community might as well — and we can offer support and cheerleading from the sidelines! ;) Happy running and the best of luck :D

edit: (from Victoria, to everyone) I’m so sorry that I have completely failed at this blog during the school year, uni was a big transition for me and I have not managed my time well enough. My summer starts late April and wow do I ever need to get back in shape so this blog will definitely be more active come May. Again my apologies!

snowlantern submitted:

I HEREBY PLEDGE TO RUN 10K THE WEEKEND BEFORE THE SUPERNATURAL FINALE

and I will do it in no more than 1h 30min, which is a challenge for me. Last year I ran 10K in 1h 46min for Misha’s birthday. I kept up the running/exercise into the fall but slacked off after Yule. Decided I had to get myself in gear again, and nothing inspires me like Misha, so

THIS IS IT. SPN FINALE: 10K. FASTER THAN EVER.

Ooh, that sounds like a great goal you’ve set yourself here! Lots of luck completing that 10K, I know you can do it! :D

mommyslittlefitblr:

Dude at the gym told me that I would be pretty if I smiled, so I ran a mile longer than him, faster than him, and THEN I smiled.

freshcleanfit:

I’ve literally made so many at this point that I figured this was in order. 

➳ Click here for more fandom fitspo! ★

Running the Chicago Marathon for Random Acts

agonyofde-feet:

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Greetings, friends! In a mere matter of days (October 13!), I will be running in my very first marathon on behalf of the incredible non-profit organization, Random Acts. I have been training since January (don’t laugh; I’ve never run for any other reason than having a swarm of bees on my tail) to prepare for this daunting task. I’m going to give all I have to reach one goal (crossing that finish line), but I need YOU to reach the more important one: helping to raise funds and awareness for Random Acts.

My motivation for going through almost a year of preparation (logging 800+ miles) and participating in the marathon is to ultimately help others; running on behalf of Random Acts is allowing me to achieve this goal. However, this is also the goal that I can’t totally reach on my own. I need your help.

So, in the spirit of Random Acts, I ask you, please: if you are able share a monetary donation, please click hereyour generous donation will be directly transmitted to Random Acts via their Crowdrise account.

If you cannot, I would ask, if you could, to please reblog this post. But most importantly, no matter what, I would ask, when you see this, to please perform a random act of kindness for someone else. Because, as I learn every day, those acts make all the difference. And “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Thank you for reading, and for your support! It means everything to me, truly, and to the others whose lives you will touch.

That’s amazing! And hey, I’m not gonna laugh; if you aren’t already an experienced runner, it’s actually recommended that you train for at least half a year to a year before attempting a marathon, so you’re very smart for taking your time with the training instead of going into this on a whim! Lots of luck next week! :D

©DH