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What I Learned Watching a Marathon

This weekend I chased Apple Guy around Austin as he owned 26.2 miles. 

Here's what I learned: 

1) Marathons make me emotional in the best way. Like total goosebumps & tears watching people give it their all at the 14 mile mark, the 21 mile mark and the finish. 

2) The sign game is strong out on the streets. Favorites include: ‘Hello from the lazy side’ & ‘Y’all are crazy’ & ’You’re running better than the government.' I'll have to up my game for the next race. 

3) I have mad love and respect for my guy. I run 3 miles and we can call it a day. The endurance and sheer mental strength needed to run 26.2 miles is awe inspiring. 

Will I ever run a marathon? Who knows. All I know is that if I do, there better be dark chocolate at the end.

Although I can say that after watching Apple Guy own his second marathon, I pushed myself a little further this week on my runs.

Motivational for the reals y’all. 

all about that consistency | a running update

Looking back at my running journey in the last year, I’ve definitely had some ups & downs (as with most things in life).

all about that consistency | a running update

Here’s what I know:
It’s not about a pace
It’s not about a race
It’s not about a time
t’s not about a distance
It’s alllllll about consistency

I feel my best physical self when I take the time to hit the pavement, 2-3 times a week.

And sometimes I forget that.

So instead of waiting until 2016 to make this a priority again, I’ve started now, on this 3rd week of December by scheduling 3 runs a week into my schedule. And actually running.

I’m tracking my runs, working to get stronger each time, increase my pace, go longer distances, and eventually run a race. But always remembering that consistency is the most important factor in this journey.

Introspective time: isn’t that true for most things in life?

Want to be a writer? Write consistently.
Want to be well read? Read consistently.
Want to be a maker? Make consistently.
Want to laugh more? Watch The Office bloopers consistently.

Food for thought, I guess.

What do you need to remind yourself to do consistently?

a running update

Remember when I said I wanted to take back September and start running again? Yeah, I hoped you didn’t. 

My goal was to run 8 times in the last few weeks of September, not a crazy goal when you consider that I ran 1 mile every day during July. But I ran a total of 0 times in September. 

Running in Austin | ashleyjoanna.com

The same story: excuses, moving, working, not knowing where exactly to run in my new city, #allthethings.

Fast forward 77 days from the last day I had run. 

I had 45 minutes before a FaceTime hang-out with this gal. I considered taking a nap and cleaning my kitchen, but for no clear reason, I entertained the thought of going for a run. 

So I went for it. Gave myself zero warning, put on my running clothes that had been neglected for far too long and hopped in the car. Once I found my trail, I allowed no time for reconsidering as I turned on a podcast, re-discovered the workout app on my Apple Watch and started running.

In the end, I ran 1.22 miles. Not the most impressive thing ever, but SO encouraging to a girl who was convinced that I’d never be able to run again, let alone get back up to 60 minutes worth of running at a time. 

Now, we are nowhere near 60 minutes of running, but my body was sore in all the right places the next day and I’ve actually scheduled in a run for today.

So cheers to taking this thing one mile at a time. Again.

Also, please don’t let me go 77 days again.  😬