Running on Sunshine

Saturday morning I met up with my old running group.

Remember how I joined up with a running group back in January? Well since my bro and his gf had to drop out due to running related injuries I kind of neglected that particular group.

I know myself all too well and knew I needed a little motivation to get me through my 12 miler. So I opted to join back up with the old running group.

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I’m so glad that I went. It was nice being able to start this long run with the group and to feel the excitement for our upcoming Robie race.

Saturday’s run was a sort of “mock half-marathon” for the group. So there was a lot of excitement in the air when we began our run.

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As you can see in the first photo, the day started off with blue skies and warm temps. That lasted for our about 5 miles.

Then it started to rain.

It wasn’t so bad until the buckets started flooding down on me and the winds whipped through the air. I was drenched and all my muscles were freezing up.

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I remember reaching mile 10, where I just wanted to give up. I was seriously ready to just walk the next two miles in the freezing cold and wind because I was just done.

Then the song “Walking on Sunshine” came on.

This song always reminds me of my Aunt and there was no way I couldn’t smile when I heard it. I noticed the rain started to die down a little and the air became warm again. As if the sun was trying to come out.

It was crazy, but I had the urge to bust through this mental block. I booked it for the next two miles. Running faster than I had all day.

It totally brought me out of my little rainy cold funk. And then the bagels at the finish line didn’t hurt either.

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Garmina died in the rain, but I estimate I finished the 12 miles in around 2.5 hours. 🙂

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My running lesson of the day: Know Yourself.

I am often struggling to find motivation to run long runs alone. And I knew there was no way I was going to run 12 miles in the cold by myself.

So I figured out a way to make the run happen. Even if it meant randomly joining a running group whom I have not been running with for almost 2 months.

It was the best feeling in the world to feel like I succeeded.

So my running motivation mantra for the day was: Set yourself up to succeed. Every single time. No matter what.

Happy Monday Bloggies!! 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Running on Sunshine

  1. ..this was the song that was playing when we came into Time Square during the NYC half marathon…nothing like a bunch of people singing along with that.
    Great job on the run!

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  3. Aww, now I have that song stuck in my head!

    Way to power through! The rain can be really discouraging, but you found your sunshine.

    I am bummed your bro and his gf had to drop out. Are they ok?

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