Happy National Running Day


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I am a little late to post since I didn’t exactly plan this out properly.  I knew it was National Running Day but I have been crazy busy and although I had my run all planned out, I didn’t have time to think about posting beforehand.  SO instead I will quickly share my run from this morning and why I love to run! :) 

I started my morning off by waking up at 5:15 so I could get started early.  Even though it took me a few minutes to roll out of bed I knew that I wouldn’t regret losing a few winks and getting a run in.  My plan was to run at least 8 miles and maybe more if I was feeling up to it.  I injured my ankle not too long ago so I wasn’t sure exactly how I would feel. 

I drank some NUUN the night before to make sure I was hydrated and then drank some Vega Pre-Workout Energizer before I left for the run to give me an extra boost.  

I am not going to lie, the first two miles were rough (they are always the toughest), but I was determined to keep pushing myself.  

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 This was what I saw on my first mile…the air was cool but refreshing and the views were amazing…I really loved how beautiful the fog looked floating above the field.  

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Then I got to see this beautiful sunrise…SO worth getting up for!!! 

Before I knew it I was in the zone and I knew that I as going to run as far as my feet could take me.  I knew the route I was going and expected the hills that I encountered…I actually was looking forward to them.  I am one of those strange people that enjoy the challenge of making my way up and the victory I feel when I reach the top.  

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This was one of the smaller hills that I went up….there were ALOT of hills!

When I got to mile 7 I really wanted to see if I could make it to mile 9, even though 8 was originally my goal.  I felt good and it felt very doable. Soon I reached mile 8 and I was just rounding the corner from home…what if I could make it to mile 10?! I looked at my phone to check the time and it was on 1%…I planned everything else but forgot to charge my phone…who does that? 

 Needless to say, I ended up running 9 miles, my furthest run to date and at a 8:51 mile/minute pace.  Not too bad and certainly nothing to complain about, although I would have loved to make it to the double digits.  If my legs will allow it, I might try for a 10 miler this weekend! 

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I run because it makes me happy.  It is my alone time and I love the peace I feel when all I have to think about is the next step in front of me.  Often I get lost in my thoughts and find myself a mile further than I thought.  I am so grateful for the running community, how supportive they are and all of the friends that I have made along the way.  Although my running journey is really just beginning, I know the miles in front of me are only going to bring more joy.  

How did you celebrate National Running Day? Why do you run?


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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