Nike Booty Shorts

On the run: 5.08 miles in 44 minutes on pavement/grass/gravel.

(MORE PICTURES TO COME TOMORROW).  I opted out of Aggie football this evening and instead studied, went for a run, and am preparing to go on a date with my sweetheart.  It was such a fun, cool, enjoyable run and seeing all the tailgates and hearing all the Aggie Yells and roars miles away from the stadium just made my evening!

I’m sooo not a matchy-matchy person.  But everything I had on was green.  Maybe it’s because green is my FAVORITO color.  Green Garmin, green water bottle, green iPod, green shirt, green underwear… just kidding!

I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they’d give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me. XOXO

It’s 104.2 degrees outside in College Station, TX.  But for some reason, I want to run.  I want to run outside.  I want to run outside for a long time.  I want to run outside for a long time until my heart content.


I have seen their tortured faces.

I have heard their pounding hearts.

I have seen their heads bowed in the sorrow of defeat.

I have seen their hands hoisted in salute to the goddess of victory.

I have wondered why do runners run?

I have seen long lines running in the park.

I have seen them run to the accolades of a thundering crowd.

I have seen them run in the solitude of a rain-swept street.

I have wondered why do runners run?

Is it a burning inside or a thing called pride?

The search for an inner peace or the quest of a golden fleece?

I believe the gods decree that some people must run to prove that pain is fun.

I run for many reasons, and some are admittedly superficial.  Like, I love the way running  has carved my strong legs. 

 Here is a NIKE ad I can totally relate to:

(Click the picture to enlarge it.)

It reads:

My legs were once two hairy sticks.  They weren’t very good at jump rope but by the time I reached the age of algebra, they had come into their own.  And now in spin class, they are revered, envied for their strength, honored for their beauty, hairless for the most part except that place the razor misses just behind the ankles. JUST DO IT.

  Is anyone else blazing their running path today in the heat?  How much water do you drink during your runs? 

So I’m almost halfway done with finals and it’s the most freeing feeling.  I have excellent plans with my job, family, friends and my boyfriend for the month of August.  I hate to say that school has put my life on hold, because I really love learning and I definitely identify myself as a student.  Let’s just say that I’m going to be really glad to show people how much I love them and I really am not trying to ignore them!  Ha!

This evening, I plan on an excellent run after my anatomy lab final.  I really really REALLY need to feel the road beneath my feet.  I need to hear my heart beat and feel myself against the wind.  It’s an unexplainable love that I so miss when I go 3 or 4 days without it because an “A” in a class is sadly temporarily more important. 

I love the ad below.  Running has changed my body in so many fantastic ways that will help me live a longer, more vital life!  But it has its, err, unflattering side effects— scraped knees, busted stank feet and toes, chafing, etc.  Not so glamorous, eh?

It reads:

My knees are tomboys… They get bruised and cut every time I play soccer run.  I’m proud of them and wear my dresses short.  My mother worries I will never marry with knees like that.  But I know there’s someone out there who will say to me “I LOVE YOU and I LOVE YOUR KNEES and I want the four of us to grow old together.”  Just Do It.

How do you handle very stressful weeks?  To whom or to what do you turn to ease your stress??? XOXO

Yesterday’s workout: Gym session: 33 minute run, 10 minute walk, 30 minutes strength training, Abs, Stairs, Sweat.

I stayed up until 3 am working on my 11 page Environmental Factors Affecting Microbial Growth and Division paper for microbiology and ta-daaa! It’s finally finished!   

Something is wrong with my BlackBerry, so I’m going to give the T-mobile store a piece of my marathon sweet heart.  Then, I shall celebrate my hard work this weekend with a run because someone who is busier than me is still out there running and training hard!  I feel so blessed this afternoon.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH for the questions and sweet comments via email, facebook, twitter, text, phone calls.  I read them all and may not respond right away because I want to give you the great answer you deserve when I do my next Q&A post.  I have a butt ton of final exams and papers due this week, so bear with me and let’s shoot for a Saturday August 7th post featuring all of your fantastic questions. 

My sweetest sentiments XOXO

Happy Active Saturday! It’s bright and early in the morning and I’m working on a microbiology enviroment 10 page report.  4 pages down and I’m determined to get that sucker done today. 

Yesterday, I was supposed to go to the gym, but here’s the truth.  I had to hand wash a sports bra and it didn’t fully air dry so I didn’t want to go to the gym in a wet bra.  So my workout session ended up at the grand old dirt trails.  I ran for 60 minutes.  And what do I see other than TWO 2-FOOT SNAKES!  I had to jump over them as they were in the middle of the dirt trail.  I screamed like a girl and then ran like a boy.  If that isn’t enough to make someone run a 5 minute mile, I don’t know what is.  I promise to go back to get pictures for my Marathon Sweetheart blog!  Who cares if I get bitten if it means I will get pleasure AND proof of saying I battled a snake?

All my bras will be dry and today’s workout will take place in the gym.  I wanted to bring to you this week’s Weekly Running Quote #5 in the form of a picture.

It reads:

I HAVE THUNDER THIGHS.  And that’s a compliment because they are strong, and toned and muscular.  And though they are unwelcomed in the petite section, they are cheered on in marathons.  Fifty years from now, I’ll bounce a grandchild on my thunder thighs, and then I’ll go out for a run.  Just Do It.

(See my other Nike Women’s ad: “My Butt Is Big” post here.)

I absolutely love this!!!  My legs are one of my favorite things about my body!  I love that they are strong and how running has sculpted them.  

“I am grateful for _____ about my body.” Fill in the blank! 

I told myself before I went to bed last night that I was going running in the morning before class.  Well, that didn’t quite work out, so I packed my running clothes with me in my car and changed in to them right before leaving my job at 5 pm.  No excuses, just sweat

Today, I ran 5 miles on the dirt trails.  As soon as I started running though, the rain came pouring down!  At first, I was scared because I’ve never run when it’s raining cats and dogs.  I kept telling myself that I had made a plan to run this, to finish this thing!  I’m not going to slow down, stop, or quit because of some water falling from the sky.  It was actually cool and refreshing.  I looked at all the sky around me and it was dark gray.  I realized the clouds and rain weren’t going anywhere, just like the problems in our life.  I had better just run through it and find joy in the journey of this new experience. 

During my run, I found inspiration in nature and all of my surroundings.  But I’m always up for an extra boost in my running bones.  Here are some good, funny ones! 

I don’t know about you, but I’m always talking about avoiding carbs in fear of them sticking right to my butt and hips!  I do cardio, lunges, squats, and all kinda weird butt lift exercises to tone that area and make it something smaller than it is.  This ad (below) really comforts me…and my fluffy booty.  Consider this picture a celebration of bootys of all shapes and all sizes!

I’m so very thankful that I have friends and family who support me in all of my marathon sweetness wackiness!  Still, occasionally people choose to inflict their insecurites and self-loathing on me as I try to achieve my fitness goals.  What I’ve learned to say is “I know what is best for my body and health.  I really don’t believe my body is any concern to you.”  If that doesn’t go over well, here are some more funny ways to put it: 

Do you ever run in the rain?… And do you do anything special to minimize your booty or do you prefer to have more junk in the trunk?

I ran 30 minutes today in the great trails of the Amazon Rainforest a local park here in College Station.  It was my first dirt trail run and I loved it!!! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my runner’s knee injury, it’s this:

The miles never go away.  They patiently wait for us to run them.

It’s time for me to play catch up! XOXO

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