April 30, 2014

Day by day calendar for runners!

In my Christmas stocking this year was a day by day calendar, published by Runners World Magazine that includes a tip each day for runners. I have never been a fan of these calendars, but thought I would give this one a chance.  One of my siblings put this in my stocking and whoever it was, thank you so much!  We keep stockings a secret and buy a couple things for each other's stockings.  It is fun to see what creative items everyone has found.




Back to the calendar,  January 1st started with a great quote by John Bingham, "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start!"   When we start a new year, we, as runners usually set goals for the year, and this quote helps me remember that if you do not achieve your race day goal, at least you gave it a chance.

My friend Megan, at running toward the prize would have found this very useful this year during the long cold and snowy winter in Michigan while she trained for a spring half, "When running in a winter wonderland, look for snow that's been packed down- it will provide better traction." I remember reading numerous posts when she had to deal with not only snow but ice too! Thankfully the snow and ice is in the rearview mirror for most runners by now.

Did you know that sweet potatoes contain more potassium than a banana?  I did not, but am quite thankful that they are a popular side dish in my household in many forms, including baked, on the grill, and as fries.

Each time you have run a mile, you have burned approximately 100 calories.  You can think of a 10k as being the equivalent of two slices of pizza as your treat afterwards!  Most of us, or at least I feel that after certain distances of running, I have earned the license to eat anything and everything in the house.  It is important that we refuel with the appropriate foods as well as calories.  It is very common for less experienced runners to gain weight during half marathon and marathon training.

"I often hear someone say, 'I'm not a real runner.' We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner."  Bart Yasso made this statement and it is one of my favorite running quotes.  We all have our gifts and just because you may not run faster than your friend, does not make you any less of an athlete/runner. Enjoy running for the many great benefits it brings to your life.

Do you have any special quotes about running to share?
(Pam)

10 comments:

  1. These are all great quotes! I started running in January 2012, I didn't consider myself a 'runner' until November that year when I ran my first race. I have learned, though, that I was still a runner during that time period. There isn't anything that should have kept me from that mindset!

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    1. You are indeed a runner Lauren as we all are. It's funny how that word can confuse many people and some unkind people call us walkers or joggers instead of runners!

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  2. I love Bart Yasso's quote. Its often easy for slower runners to get discouraged that they aren't as fast as other runners. Its so important to not compare ourselves to others though. As long as we're making our own progress, then that's all that matters.

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    1. Kathryn, you have been making great progress this spring with all your races. Hard work definitely pays off on race day!

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  3. That looks like a great calendar! I'd love reading all those quotes! And sweet potatoes are awesome!!! Just saying! ;-)

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    1. I have always disliked those page per day calendars until I got this one. It really is fun flipping the page each morning and reading something new about running!

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  4. 100% agree with the feeling of earning the right to eat everything in sight after a long race but knowing that truly, I haven't earned an entire pizza! :) Also, love the quote about not being a real runner. I need to let that sink in to my brain sometimes! Thanks for this post Pam!

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    1. Rachael, looks like you have company on Sunday.....I am so tempted to sign up for the race too!

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  5. I have gotten a day by day calendar for Christmas as well. I like all the great tips it has. This past weekend while I was out in Big Sur I heard so many great motivational quotes during the many seminars I attended. While I was running the marathon at mile 24 there was a quote from Bart Yasso that said about pain is only temporary but the pride in finishing is an accomplish you will have forever. That really got me through those last few miles-L

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  6. I had this calendar last year and liked learning something different about running, but wasn't always keen on some of the quotes.

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