“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are all in charge of our attitudes.” ~Charles Swindoll

This might be my new favorite quote.  Love it.  Love it for work.  Love it for personal life.  Love it for something to teach the kids. Love it for running.

Seriously.  How true is that quote for running a marathon?  When I look back on my 12 marathons, so many of them were sabotaged by my own attitude.  If the weather was too hot (Grandma’s Marathon 2009), too rainy (Twin Cities Marathon 2008), too windy (Lansing Marathon 2012), too whatever, I reacted to it negatively – went in with a bad attitude (“I put in MONTHS of training and now it’s too hot/windy/rainy for me to do well, so I might as well just give up right now”) –  and was doomed from step one.  How different could those marathons have been if instead of reacting negatively to the circumstances that I couldn’t change, I would have just rolled with the punches and gone in with a smile and positive attitude? (And maybe adjusted my pace a bit from the start . . .)  I firmly believe that in marathon running, a positive attitude is necessary to success.

For the past two + years I have been lucky enough to share my days with Scott, who is – hands down – the most positive, happy, easy-going, roll with the punches person that I know.  When I read the complete attitude passage by Charles Swindoll, I thought of Scott and the goodness he brings to my life and the lives of everyone who is touched by him, and it is, in large part, due to his ultra-positive attitude.


There he is: Mr. Positive Attitude. :-)

Here’s the whole passage:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”  –Charles Swindoll

Remember it, blog readers.  Live by it.  There is so much about life we can’t control.  We are lucky that we can be in charge of our own attitude.

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Hello.  Anyone still there?

It’s been awhile!  Life has been busy.  And good.

The biggest change is with my Twin Cities training.  I ended up stopping the plan I was doing (even though I LOVED it – and will definitely try it again for a different marathon).  Instead, I ended up joining a new running group.  It’s a bit of a hike from my house, so I am hit or miss on making the workouts, but I felt like I needed the fun and social and mental support that a group provides.

It’s a large group!  Here we are at our long run this morning:

tc running group

Though our actual running group is much smaller because they divide us into 3 groups based on pace.  So far, so good.  Its exactly what I need.  A good mix of challenging and easy runs, a good group of people and something different.

I am starting week 6 of the 16 week program.   Whee.

Things I know I need to focus on:

  • Core.
  • Eating better.
  • Making sure to do my stretching, warm ups/cool downs and PT exercises

I am love love LOVING every second of my running this summer.  It is so great to not only be back to running, but to be back to training.  I am SO excited to actually run another marathon this fall.


Random cliche life thought:  I am SUCH a big believer in “Things work out the way they are meant to be”.  There are a handful of things that are so so challenging right now.  But there are also many things that are going better than I ever imagined.  I feel like I’m in the right place right now.  Heading in the direction things are meant to head.  End of random life thoughts.

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Life Lessons From My Stress Fracture

The time off of running while recovering from my stress fracture taught me a lot:

How to manage and overcome anger.

How to turn my frustration into something positive.

How to deal with disappointment.

How to be patient.

Turns out these are handy things to know for life’s unexpected “injuries” too.

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Happy National Running Day!

Who knew there was a DAY created just to celebrate running?!?  I celebrate running every day!

running day


I am LOVING my Twin Cities Marathon training. Wheeee!

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Crossing out stress and writing relax on a blackboard.

Thank god I have running right now.  Deep breaths.

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Let the Training Begin!

Tomorrow is the big day.  My Twin Cities Marathon training is kicking off.

I LOVE the start of a new marathon training cycle.  I love the discipline involved with training – getting up early and getting my run in.  Eating (somewhat) better.  Drinking (somewhat) less.  Making fitness and health a priority, which in turn makes me happier and more productive in other areas of life.

Starting a new marathon training cycle is even more sweet this time, after nearly a YEAR off of true marathon training, thanks to multiple stress fractures and other health and life issues.  I am feeling really good – with solid base mileage under my belt, strong legs and lungs, and a positive attitude.

I am also very excited about the training plan that I’ll be following this time.  After looking through the ones that I’ve previously followed (Daniels, Pfitz, Lifetime, Coach MG plan, Hansons), I have decided to go with something completely different.  I’ll be following the Ultimate 26.2 Level Up Marathon Training Plan by my besties from Run The Edge.

level up


Can a training plan that looks like a hyped up version of Chutes and Ladders seriously prepare me for running 26.2 miles?  Stay tuned.  I’ll be sharing more details about the plan, and why I chose it, in future blog posts.*

Wheeee!  Let the training begin!

*Disclaimer: Run the Edge gave me the training plan free.  I’d like to think it’s because these elite author runners recognize talent and charm when they see it.  In truth, I think they may be a bit afraid of my stalker like obsession with them and they thought free stuff might appease me.

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