What keeps me going…

Ok, so getting out the door is most times the hardest part of running but sometimes I lag in the middle of a run.    In the beginning I would try the grade school trick.  Remember that one?  Telling yourself that can run until that next tree or as far as the green mailbox.   You could take a walking break if you just reached the next block.     Sometimes it worked; sometimes it just made me cranky.     Finding myself cranky in the middle of a run was almost worse than lagging. 

As I can’t exactly use Pinterest while running to look at inspirational images, I needed something else.   A year or so back I stumbled across an article on Runners World by Christie Aschwanden about mantras.    It talked about how a key word or phrase could really get you back in the game.  Ok, so just words?  I could totally do that!  So I set out to make the perfect mantra.  I wanted it to be cool and maybe look good on a shirt.   Easy right?   Yeah, not so much.    I tried numerous possibilities that aren’t even worth remembering.   Some were famous slogans and some were horrible creations of my own.  Nothing stuck.

What finally ended up working sounded a lot like a little Disney fish.  Once I was out for a run and starting to drag, when I just started saying “Just keep running, just keep running”, over and over again.  Not sure where that came from but it worked!  I even made myself a screensaver for my phone.  Image

Anyone have any mantras of their own that they want to share?

Races!

If you’re reading this, you came back! Thanks!

 So I have to admit that part of what I love about running is the races.  Nerdy and kind of needy, I know but I love the prerace jitters and the feeling you get when you cross the finish line.  Doesn’t matter if you were slow or fast, you still did it.   I mean yes I still like to improve my times and get better, but even when I finish slower than the last time, I still feel good.  Plus you get cheesy finish line pictures to show off or hide.

Plus having a race to train for ensures I don’t spend too much time in my comfy chair, binge watching Doctor Who.  So it’s good to have goals:) I have two races in July that I hope to complete, so fingers crossed:)  While in one I do hope to PR ( personal record, FYI), the other I just hope to finish, hehe! I have never run on the beach before so it should be interesting to say the least.  That water is cold!

Welcome!!!!

Hi! My name is Falyn and this is SlackerRunner!  Over the past few years, I discovered that I love to run.  Hated it when I was a kid but love it now.  However there was a small problem.  Know what else I love?  Sitting in my big, comfy chair, and Netflix, oh and pizza.  Conflict ahead!!

I ran for almost three years with little to no improvement.  I checked out all the sites; big names and little ones.  I bought books and tried various training plans, nothing worked:(   I was ready to chuck everything out the window.  About 99% of the sites I researched pushed for running at least 5 days a week, some everyday…um, what?!  It didn’t help that their slowest training plans at the time were still faster than me:( Talk about kicking you when you are already down.

I tried theirs, I failed, and so what’s a girl to do?  I cannibalized everything I had read and learned, took bits and parts and inserted my own inherent slacker-ness and tada!   Results!  In less than 8 months, I had shaved 24 minutes off of my half marathon time and lost 35 pounds, woo hoo!

So if you are interested in hearing more about how I did it, or looking for place to talk about running with a little less pressure, come on back!  There will be tips, random thoughts and probably some hilarity, but right now I need a break!

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