Friday, January 11, 2013

Running Crack

My training for my 10K starts this week and I've been mentally preparing for this for a while, apparently. See that picture, to the left? With all those running books (that doesn't even include the three e-books)? Yeah, I bought most of those within the span of the last 2 1/2 months.

Because I live in Southern California and apparently am a weenie for the cold, I've taken some time off from running. A long while. To fill up that running hole I've turned to books about said activity. Have I read each of them cover to cover? Naaah. Do I drool over more training books and pine to buy more soon? Of course!
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They get me into the mood of running. They get me jived about wanting to wake up an hour early and hit the pavement. They show me I'm not alone when I'm cranky and see the sun is not out and want the comfort of my own, warm bed. They tell me it's OK to go slow. In fact, they endorse it. As a beginner who used to be an intermediate this is a hard pill to swallow.

When you're pushing your body too hard, it's time to take a break, and that's what I did. I trained too hard, set my bar too high, and I fizzled completely. I firmly believe that any physical activity is 90% mental and 10% physical so if you're even thinking about getting up off that couch and haven't yet, it's OK. Read blogs, buy cute running clothes, read training books for men, for women. Read inspirational books about your favorite athletes. I guarantee you'll be over the moon and chomping at the bits to follow through and take those baby steps if you do. Whenever and however you take your first step, that's perfect.

Happy Running,



  1. Great advice.
    I'm not a runner but I know that reading stuff that other mama's write encourages me to be a better mama.
    That's the same thing sorta right?
    Anyway, good luck sugar!
    Knock'em dead!

  2. Hey! I just started reading this blog today! That's a lot of running books you have! I've read a few good ones lately: "Born to Run" by Chris McDougall, "The Longest Race" by Ed Ayres, and "Eat & Run" by Scott Jurek. Scott Jurek is a champion ultramarathoner and he's vegan too! There's a vegan recipe at the end of each chapter! And all of them make me want to put on my running shoes and get out there. Check 'em out! OOooohh also check out No Meat Athlete - for recipes and running tips.

    I've definitely been off and on with running. I'll run at least a couple times a week for a few weeks before a race, and then take a nice long break afterwards. Ideally I'd like to have a race about once a month so that I always have the motivation to get out there, but I don't have the money for that right now. :/


    1. It's so funny you should mention those books.. those are the ones I have on my Kindle!

      Like you, running races are my motivation for the rest of the time, so I HAVE to set aside money for them. It's tight sometimes, but I like to find deals on They have races that normally cost $55-75 marked down to $22-35!