The Haunted Half

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To celebrate the Halloween season, I ran a spooky 13 miles with the Breakaway Running marathon training group.

Here’s some great history about the course!

Rainbow Lake in Overton Park where it’s said the ghost of the Lady in Blue is sometimes seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=536q_2kXfeo

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Bettis Family Cemetery http://historic-memphis.com/memphis-histo…/…/cemeteries.html

Annesdale-Snowden area. Annesdale Mansion served as a hospital during the Civil War. Many neighborhood homes are said to have non-living Civil War soldier inhabitants. Every few years the neighborhood hosts a “ghost tour” of homes. https://www.annesdalemansion.com/what-we-do

Skeletal remains were found recently in the Annesdale Mansion. https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/…/possible-human-remains-fo…/

The historic Elmwood Cemetery. The history of Memphis is chronicled there with many significant people buried there including generals, yellow fever victims, slaves, politicians, soldiers from pretty much every war we’ve fought. http://www.elmwoodcemetery.org/

 

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The race was great. Perfect foggy, dark, and spooky weather. During the course we ran through the thick forested Overton Park. It was so dark I could not even see a few feet in front of me. Definitely spooky!

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Elmwood cemetery was my absolute favorite part of this course. There is just so much history and beauty in that place.

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Thank you Breakaway Running and Barry Roberson for creating a great course!

 

-Sarah

 

Day 1 Marathon Training 2019

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Day 1 of Marathon Training!

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This is actually a lake! The fog was so thick you couldn’t see anything.

Today was super foggy. The fog this morning represents to me the goal that I can’t quite see yet. As I struggled this morning to complete 5 miles, it’s hard for me to imagine running 26.2 miles in less than 4 months and trying to make it my fastest marathon time yet. But as the fog lifts, I know that I will be able to push through and achieve my goal. It will be HARD but in the end I know achieving my goal and supporting St. Jude will all be worth it.

To Donate: http://heroes.stjude.org/Sarah_Burns

-Sarah

 

A Badass Unicorn’s Running Playlist

 

One thing I love about running is that I can be alone with my music. Even though I love my running playlist, I’d also love to update it with some more songs! So I need your help. Below is my current playlist.

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  1. Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaji & Ty Dolla Sign) – Jason Derulo
  2. Love Runs Out – OneRepublic
  3. No Scrubs – TLC
  4. Roses – Outkast
  5. HandClap – Fitz & The Tantrums
  6. Honey, I’m Good. – Andy Grammer
  7. Closer (feat. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers
  8. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  9. Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – Andy Grammer
  10.  Hey Ya! – Outkast
  11. Come With Me Now – Kongos
  12. Heartless – Kanye West
  13. WTF (Where They From)(Feat. Pharrell Williams) – Missy Elliott
  14. Jesus Walks – Kanye West
  15. Pep Rally – Missy Elliott
  16. Lose Control – Missy Elliott
  17. Work it (Remix) – Missy Elliott
  18. Gossip Folks – Missy Elliott
  19. Move This – Technotronic
  20. The Power (7″ Version) – Snap!
  21. Whatever it Takes – Imagine Dragons
  22. Trippy – Antiserum & Mayhem
  23. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  24. Fix My Eyes – for King & Country
  25. Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) – Pitbull
  26. Bon, Bon – Pitbull
  27. Don’t Stop The Party – Pitbull
  28. Freaks (feat. Savage) – Timmy Trumpet
  29. Throw A Fit – Tinashe
  30. Hotel Room Service – Pitbull
  31. Go Girl – Pitbull
  32. Culo – Pitbull
  33. Toma – Pitbull
  34. Bojangles Remix – Pitbull
  35. HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar
  36. Drip (feat. Migos) – Cardi B
  37. Here Come The Hotstepper (Heartical Mix) – Ini Kamoze
  38. Risen – Israel Houghton & New Breed
  39. Ass Drop – Wiz Khalifa
  40. Stronger – Kanye West
  41. DNA – Kendrick Lamar
  42. Work Bitch – Britney Spears
  43. Work – Iggy Azalea
  44. Booty Wurk ( One Cheek At A Time) – T-Pain
  45. Armageddon – Ying Yang Twins
  46. She Twerkin – Ca$h Out
  47. Run Boy Run – Woodkid
  48. This Is America – Childish Gambino
  49. 16 Shots – Stefflon Don
  50. The New Workout Plan – Kanye West
  51. Live It Up (Official Song 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia)(Feat. Will Smith & Era Istrefi)
  52. Get Busy – Sean Paul
  53. Watch Dem Roll – Sean Paul
  54. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  55. Level Up – Ciara
  56. Blue Ribbon (Feat. Tim Shuby) – Jessie Reyez
  57. Shake Senora Remix – Pitbull
  58. Bueller (Vocal Mix) – Etc! Etc!, Brillz & Diplo
  59. No Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) – G-Eazy
  60. DJ Turn It Up – Yellow Claw
  61. Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
  62. Shaky Shaky – Daddy Yankee
  63. Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede
  64. The Saints – Andy Mineo
  65. Move Shake Drop Remix – DJ Laz
  66. Krazy – Pitbull
  67. Money – Cardi B
  68. Outta Your Mind – Lil Jon
  69. High Hopes – Panic! At The Disco
  70. 1 More Shot – Ne-Yo
  71. Fitness – Lizzo
  72. Backin’ It Up (feat. Cardi B) – Pardison Fontaine
  73. Sauce All On Me – Coca Vango
  74. Black Skinhead – Kanye West
  75. I Do (feat. SZA) – Cardi B
  76. She Bad – Cardi B & YG
  77. I Wanna Rock – Luke
  78. Niggas in Paris – Kanye West & Jay-Z
  79. Put On – Young Jeezy
  80. APESHIT – THE CARTERS
  81. No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
  82. Turn Me On – Kevin Lyttle

So as you can see I enjoy a little bit of everything. I hope you can add some new songs to your workout playlist as well as suggest some new songs to add to my playlist! Comment below with your song suggestions!

-Thanks

Sarah

St. Jude Marathon 2018

 

On December 1, 2018, I ran in my second marathon race. It was a doozy! Tough, Hell,  and disappointed are just a few words to describe it. Let me explain.

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I started training for the marathon in July just as I did last year. My main goal this year was to beat my 2017 marathon time which was 4:59. Quickly into my marathon training I knew I was going to beat my pervious time. In 2017, my average pace was between 11-13 minutes per mile. This year my average pace is about 9-11 minutes. I was significantly faster. With my new pace, I was predicting to finish this year’s marathon around 4:30. I continued to keep this pace and even get faster throughout my marathon training. I was confident that I would PR (set a personal record) this year.

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Race day arrived. I felt good. Even though I trained and prepared the best I could, December 1st turned out to be an unexpected and unpredictable day. First, the race was delayed 1 hour due to stormy weather. We were now starting the marathon at 9am. Also at 9am the temperature was already 64 degrees and expected to continue to get warmer. Plus due to the morning storms and warm weather, humidity was also added to the mix. I was thankful though to have Kayla and my sister at the start of the race. Even though Kayla was running the half this year, I am glad we were able to start the race off together.

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I started the race with a good pace. I was averaging around a 9:30 pace. It was exactly where I wanted to be. I kept this pace all the way up to the half, 13 miles. Then at mile 14, it started to go down hill. Around mile 14 my legs started hurting really bad. I had never felt this pain before. It was really bad. I remember thinking to myself that my legs can’t hurt this bad already, I still have around a half to go. Shortly after this realization, is when I had my first panic attack attempt. I felt myself getting really overwhelmed. I started breathing really heavy and then it became difficult to breath. I had to start walking, calm down, and slow my breathing. Because of the pain, my pace was drastically getting slower. The 4:00 pacer had already passed me awhile back but I was still ahead of the 4:30 pacer. I knew I was slowing down but I was still on track to achieve my goal time. Around mile 15 the 4:30 pacer passed me. I kept up wit the pacer for about a mile then had to slow down due to the excruciating pain in my legs. This is when my second panic attack attempt hit. I got so overwhelmed because I knew I was not going to be able to make my 4:30 goal time. I was eventually able to calm down and keep running.

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Miles 18 – 24 were a blur of pain and exhaustion. I remember being in a lot of pain and anticipating every single water stop because I was so thirsty and hot. I wanted to keep pushing myself. I knew the 5:00 pacer had not passed me yet. So if I just kept pushing, I would beat last years time even if that meant by 1 minute. Then I saw a lot of runners getting hurt. I saw runners passed out on the ground and taken away in ambulances. This told me that I had to ease up. I was worried that if I kept pushing myself so hard when I was already in a lot of pain, that I would eventually hurt myself. From then on I did a lot more walking. I had to stop several times as well to stretch. The pain was really intense. Kayla started texting me around mile 21. She gave me some much needed motivation. She let me know I was doing great and I was a badass. Around mile 22 or 23 is when the 4:50 pacer passed me. I was disappointed but I at this point I just wanted to be done.

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Mile 24 came and I knew I was almost done. I knew if I could just keep slowly going that I would finish soon, plus I still had not seen the 5:00 pacer. It was a bit windy during the race but right around mile 24 is when the wind decided to get intense. I remember being so exhausted and giving it everything I could just to run up the hills near the end. I remember a strong head wind blowing against me right as I was trying to run up a hill. I said “f*ck it,” gave up and walked up the hill instead. It was insane. Near the end of the race wind gusts were up to 25 mph. Plus the temperature was around 75 degrees.

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Mile 25, “one more mile” was my mantra. I knew I was almost there. I had only one more mile left, I could do this! I round the corner and see the finish line. I see and hear Kayla cheering me on. I make the last turn then cross the finish line. That was it, I did it! I was beyond exhausted and in so much pain. My sister met me right as I crossed the finish line. As soon as I saw her I collapsed in her arms and started crying. I remember telling her, “that was really hard.” lol Of course the photographer comes around right in the middle of me bawling my eyes out. I am really glad though that he was able to capture that special moment between my sister and I.

I was still unsure of the exact time I finished. I didn’t think I beat my time but I never saw the 5:00 pacer pass me. I changed into new clothes, grab some pizza, then went to the booth to print my official finish time.  I got the print out and saw that I finished at 5:03. I met up with Kayla, and as soon as I saw her I started bawling crying in her arms too. I was a mess. I was so disappointed that I didn’t beat my time and that I was only off by 4 minutes!

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I knew how hard I worked and trained for the marathon. There should have been no reason why I didn’t beat my time. I feel the main reason was because it was so hot. Now usually if I don’t reach my goal, I just try again. Its not that easy when the goal is PRing a marathon. I couldn’t just run a marathon the next day. So I will have to wait.

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I will definitely be running the St. Jude Marathon again in 2019 where I hope to beat my original time of 4:59. Until then I will continue to keep running, making new goals, and achieving those goals. Looking back, I may be still disappointed but I know I did the best I could. I still ran 26.2 miles! Not a lot of people can say that. Plus I survived through miles of excruciating pain but yet no injuries. I may be hard on myself but I still know that I am a badass unicorn and I will continue to fight and achieve my goals!

-Sarah

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Sacrifice.

Six days till we get in our little corral and nervously wait to cross the start line of our first marathon!!

It’s been six months of training which means six months of sacrifices! We thought we would share some of the things we gave up so we could make this goal a reality.

Kayla’s Sacrifices.

1. Alcohol

2. Sleep

3. Comfort

I didn’t give up alcohol for the entire six months. I would sacrifice drinking on Friday nights because I would have a long run, bright and early! I did give up alcohol in the last month though. I made a couple exceptions, like Thanksgiving! I thought it would be nice to cleanse out those toxins in the last month so I would feel extra healthy for the race. I made sure to keep drinks on hand besides water. I learned that there is a habit in drinking, just having that glass of wine in hand after work. If I dressed up a virgin drink after work, it was almost like I was satisfying that craving with just a fancy drink. I will definitely be thinking of the nice, cold brew I’ll treat myself to while running.

Training for a marathon while working a full time job is no joke! There were mornings I had to get up at 4 a.m. Sometimes I would be trying to beat the heat for a long run, others I would be trying to fit in a run before my work day started at 7 a.m. Usually with these early wake up calls would mean that I would be in bed by 8 p.m. asleep by 9. Now it’s almost like I can’t sleep past 7 a.m. and I really feel like it is a direct result of this crazy running lifestyle I developed.

Sacrificing comfort for me means that, at times, I was physically uncomfortable. Either having to wake up at 4:30 in the morning and make myself put my shoes on and get out the door. Or the aches and pains that your body goes through while training. Talk about getting up from sitting at work and every muscle in your body feels like it is protesting your movement! And of course, making yourself push yourself out of comfort zone while running. While I wasn’t able to get faster through training (damn hip!) I was able to push myself way beyond my limits. I remember when I could barely run three miles and in six days I will be running 26.2. So it may hurt and you may feel defeated at times, but push yourself, it’s worth it!

Sarah’s Sacrifices.

1. Excuses

2. Comfort

3. Giving up

I use to be good at making excuses. Then I became a runner! There are no excuses in running. December 2nd (date of the marathon) will come no matter how much training I have done. To make sure I was fully prepared for the marathon, I had to train, I had to run. No matter what life threw at me, I had to run. And if I absolutely had to skip a run, then I had to make it up later that week. Running has taught me that what I once thought were obstacles that were keeping me from doing things, were just my own excuses holding me back. Running teaches me how strong I really am and that there is nothing that can stop me from doing what I want to do, and nothing keeping me from becoming the strong, badass unicorn I am meant to be!

Running is uncomfortable. It is uncomfortable physically, emotionally, and mentally. I don’t like being uncomfortable(who does?). But I now believe that you will never know how much you are capable of, and how strong you are until you are forced to be uncomfortable. “Great things never came from comfort zones” Discomfort causes you to change, to grow, and to adapt. Yes, its uncomfortable, but did I die? NO! I got through it and I can do it again!

I had to give up on giving up. You can see the finish line, but you can’t feel your legs. You can’t just stop. You have to keep going. I remember when running a mile was hard, and now in 6 more days I’ll be running 26.2 miles. Will it be hard? Hell yes! But I know I will be able to do it because I haven’t given up yet, and I’m not going to start now! There would be no way I’d be where I am today if I had given up. There is no way I’d be the woman I am today if I had given up. Giving up is not an option. There is nothing like the feeling of when all you want to do is to stop and give up. You are tired, hungry, irritated, can’t breath, and everything hurts, but yet you still push through and keep going. You may think that you could never run a marathon (yea, I thought that too). But if you work hard, train, embrace being uncomfortable, stop making excuses, and never give up, then you could run a marathon too and anything else you set your mind to!!

Love,

Kayla and Sarah

Seasons Change

Seasons change, the weather changes, the leaves change colors and fall. What does not change is the date of our marathon, December 2nd!

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No matter what changes are going on in the weather, in the seasons, or even our personal lives, the fact that we still have to run stays the same. The race is not going anywhere therefore we still have to train no matter what changes are going on.

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Change! That’s a loaded word. With change can come frustration, anxiety, and chaos, but it can also bring joy, excitement, and new beginnings. For myself, I am slightly OCD. Slightly meaning I like things to be a certain way. I like things to have their own place and for it stay there. I like to do things a certain way and to not deviate from that way. Thus I do not like change that much. Change stresses me out and gives me anxiety. I really think it is a control thing. I’d rather be in control of the outcomes of my life. Funny right? Because we all know that will never be the case. Change is constant. It will forever interrupt our lives. So we can either get used to it or forever fight it.

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Running continues to teach me every day about life and about myself.  And as the seasons change, running teaches me that change is okay. You have to adapt. As the weather gets colder, I have to now learn how to run with more layers of clothing. I have to figure out the right amount of layers and what is most comfortable as well. I have to get use to running in the cold. I hate the cold! I also have to adjust my running schedule due to the sun rising later and setting earlier. Because of this I have had to do a few afternoon runs in between my am and pm jobs. I am thankful for the time change though. I can hopefully be able to get in more early morning runs now. 

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Running teaches me that no matter how life changes we still have to keep running. I have worked hard training for this marathon and I’m not going to let any changes stop my progress. Through running I have learned that I can adapt. I am strong and change does not have to be difficult or scary.

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Without change you are comfortable and complacent. Without change you don’t progress, you don’t grow. Change forces you to fight, to push. Change forces you to change something about yourself which then forces you to grow and become a stronger and better person. So when changes happen, embrace them. Yes it will probably be difficult and uncomfortable but it will also push you to grow into the strong person you are meant to be and the badass unicorn you truly are!! 

-Forever Adapting, Sarah

100 Miles Later

I’ve been in the trenches of marathon training for a month now. I’ve ran 103.78 miles. I’m sore. I’m tired. I’m hungry. All. The. Damn. Time.

I don’t know if I mentally blocked what training for a half marathon was like but this seems different. I am not even up to the super long distances. Next week I will be hitting 12 miles. Of course, 13 is the longest Sarah and I have ran so we are getting close to new territory. The level of hunger at 25 miles a week is literally ravishing. I can’t imagine what it will be like in another month. I want to eat all the foods!

Other than the never ending need to consume something delicious, the training is going pretty well. I have only skipped one run and one cross training session. I think it was from the sheer fact that training is exhausting. I don’t remember being this tired last time I trained. It may have to do with the fact I get up at 4:30 in the morning. But it comes with some beautiful sunrises, so it works out.

If you are ever thinking about running a marathon, just know, you will be tired and hungry. Very hungry. And sore. I have come to realize how important stretching is. If I do not stretch after a run, I will pay for it by the end of the week. I get horrible lower back pain. So I have been making sure to take the 15 minutes after a run to stretch it all out.

So far, this training has been a good way for me to focus on a goal. It’s been a good way to let my mind wander. I have been able to center my thoughts and focus on a path moving forward. A positive path that will allow me to move on. Training is hard and so is life. But I’ll get through it. And after I cross the finish line, I’ll eat and eat. And eat and eat and eat.

 

Don’t forget, all this training is for a great cause! The children of St. Jude! Donate today!

 

With love,

Kayla

Strong

Not Skinny

Just because I’m not skinny doesn’t mean I’m not fit.

Just because I run doesn’t mean I’m skinny.

Just because I’m not skinny doesn’t mean I can’t run.

Just because you’re skinnier doesn’t mean you’re faster.

Just because I’m not skinny doesn’t mean I don’t eat healthy.

Just because I’m not skinny doesn’t mean I’m ashamed of my body.

I run to be strong, not skinny.

Just because I’m not skinny doesn’t mean I’m not strong.

Just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you’re not strong.

Skinny or not skinny we can all be strong.

-poemish by Sarah Burns

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What is Strong?

By definition strong means: having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks. exterting great force. able to perform a specified action well and powerfully. powerfullly affecting the mind, senses, or emotions. (of a person’s character) showing determination, self-control, and good judgement.

Running is all of these and more. Running is probably the most physically demanding tasks I’ve ever done. It definitely affects the mind, senses, and emotions.  It also requires a lot determination and self-control. I’m sure plenty of people would argue that running is a choice of good judgement but you get my point. So by definition if you are a runner, you are strong. No matter if you are skinny or not.

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So let’s support each other. Let’s not judge based on body type, which also means not judging yourself. We can all be strong. We can all be badass unicorns!

-Strong Sarah

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Navy 10 Nautical Mile Recap

What is a nautical mile, you ask? According to Wikipedia, it is exactly 1,852 meters or approximately 1.15 miles. When I looked up the equivalent miles for the race, Google said 11.5. My phone said 11.7 after the race. People online who used the hashtag #10NM said it was 11.8. So…let’s just say it was almost 12 miles aka 10 nautical miles.

Okay, so why is this the only foot race measured in nautical miles? According to NSA Mid-South, the Navy base in Millington, Tennessee, the unique distance represents the distance from a ship to the horizon line, a distance in which the United States military battled when they stormed Normandy in June of 1945. So part of this runs allows us to show support for the work of our Armed Forces. This race also gives back to the Sailors and their families in the Millington area. So, yeah, Go America!

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Like any good military related race, the start was bright and early, 0600. Meaning I had a wake up call of 0345. while Sarah had the benefit of sleeping till 0400. Thankfully, due to a threat of storms, the entire race was overcast. The biggest complaint I have heard about this race is how hot it is. It was muggy but thankfully no sunshine to fry us or rain to annoy us. The popsicles we were treated with at Nautical Mile 6 were still a blessing!

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We were drenched with sweat. There wasn’t a part of our clothing that was dry. I couldn’t even dry my phone off after a water station mishap! After this mishap, I got a false short burst of determination and started running faster. I thank T. Swift for motivating me through the haters (Lady in the red shirt, I’m talking about you!) Sarah began to get delusional as I began to get tired and over it.

Sarah was Miss Peppy, trying to motivate me to keep pushing, not only keep pushing, but push harder. I just didn’t think my legs could push any harder. We only had one nautical mile left. My personal cheerleader, who thought I was mad at her, actually helped me make it to the finish line. Without Sarah, I would have walked way more in that last mile. Thanks to her peppy cheering and pushing, I kept moving! She wouldn’t leave me behind and that is what I love about this friendship that grew around running. We have each other’s back. Even if that means yelling at the other, “We’re almost done! There’s beer at the end! And food. Keep pushing!” While in my head, I am like, “Bitch, shut up, I am dying.” (I say bitch in the most loving way). See below for the picture that pretty much sums up the interaction between us on that last mile.

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I think it is safe to say, that we both highly recommend this race. You might not luck out with an overcast day, but you will luck out with free beer and food. The volunteers throughout the course were so supportive. They did great with making sure the runners had liquids. They also made sure to cheer us on. Even the military personnel that allowed us to come on base, were a great support! Sometimes you get a race where the volunteers don’t say anything. Don’t be that volunteer! We need a “WooHoo Keep it up!” There was also a great expo after the race that included vendors with lots of unique goodies for runners. They had different free food options, not just one lame-o choice. Overall, one of the best races we’ve done in awhile. Keep an eye out for next year’s registration and take the challenge!

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Above, you can see this is what people mean by Runner’s Amnesia. I already had forgotten how much the last mile killed me. I was running on fumes and just glad to have a beer. We were proud of ourselves. Running isn’t easy. I think that might be the best part. You get to conquer a challenge and if you’re lucky, you get a free beer at the end!

Speaking of Runner’s Amnesia, Sarah and I have both registered as St. Jude Heroes for the full marathon in December. If you would like to donate to helping us raise money for the children of St. Jude, please follow the links below.

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With love,

Kayla

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Sarah’s 10 Nautical Mile Recap

Overall I feel this was a great race! I remember when Kayla first told me she wanted to do this race. I totally did not want to do it. I’ve always been told how hot and tough this race is. Well, we lucked out this year. It was cloudy the entire race. It was a bit humid and still hot but at least there was no sun! And even though the race started at 6am, I am so happy that I was able to catch the sunrise before the race.

I do not know what was up with this race but I was hype the entire time! I was super energetic and positive. I did not feel much pain throughout the race either. My feet and knees were hurting near the end but nothing more than usual. I was dancing and singing all the way to the end!

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Photo Courtesy of Blair Ball Photography

We finished the 10 Nautical Miles, almost 12 actual miles in 2:22. A bit slower paced than in our half marathon, but I feel we are on a good start. We have just started our marathon training and I know our pace will increase.


The race ended with free food and beer. Also a great expo with awesome running gear and gadgets! Great race! I would highly recommend this race and I’m sure Kayla and I will run it again next year. The absolute best part about this race and every race we run though was that I was with my bestie Kayla. Near the end of the race I wanted to go faster, but Kayla did not. She told me to just leave her. I wasn’t going to do that. No unicorn left behind!! Yes, races are competitive to me but it’s not all about winning or getting a better time than my running partner. It’s about the journey. The journey in which we push ourselves past our limits and push each other to be better. I know I would not have been in such a great mood this race if it wasn’t for my badass unicorn running partner with me! Even though during the last Nautical mile Kayla called me delusional and was annoyed with me, I’m so proud of her for pushing it even though she wanted to walk. Kayla even went along with her delusional running partner when I told her we were going to sprint to the finish line. As soon as we were past the finish line we quickly forgot about all the painful, tiring, almost 12 actual miles we just ran!

-Sarah-

Why I Run?

I think it is very important to know why you started something. The reason you start something and continue to do it is usually very powerful. And when you are struggling or have lack of motivation, your Why will keep you going. So as Kayla and I are training for a full freaking marathon, I think it’s time we were reminded of our Why.

Why does Sarah run?

I run because it’s FREE.  When I first started running I didn’t have much money at all and I needed to get into shape.  Running is probably one of the cheapest and best full body exercise. Later I learned that it does cost a little bit. You have to pay for shoes, clothes, gear, supplements, etc. But not all of that is really needed. Shoes are a definite must though. Please spend some money and get you some good running shoes.

I run because of the feeling after I run. The runner’s high. Yes sometimes I’m exhausted but I feel amazing. I pushed myself, I accomplished my goal, I’m fit and strong. I also run because I feel like crap when I don’t run. Seriously. After you have been running for a while, it’s like your body craves it. Not only your body, but your mind too. I just feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally because of running.

I run because I love food! For the most part I eat healthy but because of running, I don’t feel as bad when I eat some not so healthy foods. I also love running because it keeps me strong and in shape. I have a hard time controlling, maintaining, and losing weight. I know I would be miserable and not happy with my body if I didn’t run. Running helps balance everything out or so I tell myself.

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I run to run away. Run away from life, stress, hurt, chaos and I run into my own world. A world full of nature, beauty, and music. When you run you see things from another perspective. You get to notice all the natural beauty around you. I also love music. So to be able to be outside and listen to my music for an hour or longer is just heaven to me. It is definitely a stress reliever. I get to spend time with myself and my thoughts.

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I run because others can’t. One of the main responses I get when I tell people I am a runner is, “That’s awesome! I wish I could run.” I run because I still have the ability to run. Some can’t run because of major impairments: missing limbs, paralyzed, or wheelchair bound. While others can’t run because of what could be seen as minor impairments to others but major impairments to themselves: weight, age, painful joints, feet, ankles, shins, hips, health reasons, etc. Whatever the reason, some people can not physically run. I run for them. I run because God has blessed me with the ability to run so I am going to keep running till I can no longer!

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I run because I love to challenge myself. I love to push myself to the limit and then surpass it. I never knew how strong I was till I started running. Now I know that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I can crush every obstacle in my way and accomplish any goal. My main goal in life is to inspire, motivate others, and to change lives. I run because I see how running can do all of that and more. I see how my running inspires others. I know running can change lives because it has changed mine. I have truly learned who I am because of running. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it. Because of running I know that I am a badass unicorn and I am unstoppable. Watch out world!

–Sarah B.

So why does Kayla run?

Some of these may end up being the same as Sarah’s or similar, but maybe that will just make someone want to start running!

I run to be in control. I get told a lot that I am a controlling person. In all honesty, though, I feel like I don’t control that much in my life. I can control running. Only I can make the choice to actually put my shoes on and get on the road. I can control how far I am going to go. I can control my breathing. I can control which direction I go in. I get to choose everything when it comes to running. And it’s pure bliss.

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I run to be closer to Mother Nature. The photo above was taken by my aunt while I was running in Cocoa Beach. All I want to do is be outside. Running gives me a chance to reconnect with the world, even if it is a solo endeavor. I am able to get in touch with nature. I see a lot of neat things while running. Sunrises, raccoons, deer, puppies, armadillos, even snakes. I travel frequently for work and running has given me the ability to fearlessly explore these new places. There is a great sense of peace and serenity in running. It really is the best form of therapy.

I run for food. And beer. As any inner fat kid turned runner knows, after spending two hours on a long run the best thing about the end is the chance to eat. When I am struggling, I like to think of what I get to eat. And I don’t feel so guilty when I want another beer! It is all about balance though. It is easy for new runners to overeat and find themselves gaining weight. I don’t think losing weight needs to be the focus, you’ll most likely shed some pounds and can brag to your friends about how strong you are. As long as you find balance in your food choices. It’s about being healthy, not skinny.

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I run to inspire people. Now, I did not start running to inspire people. I started for weight loss. I did a 5k and was hooked! Along the way, I began sharing my journey through social media and with my family. All of sudden, I had people telling me that I was the reason they started running. They were asking me for advice and wanting to hear when I ran so they would to. When you have people looking up to you in that way, it actually inspires you to be better. I was able to encourage one of my best friends to run her first 5k (Emmy and me pictured below for the Wicked Wine Run 5k). I’m seeing a pattern, there was booze at the end! The community that comes with running has been such a welcoming experience. I always thought runners were stuck up…NOPE! Most runners want everyone to be great, at any pace.

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I run to challenge myself. So my last reason is the same as Sarah’s. I think everyone can benefit from doing something that isn’t easy. Running hasn’t become easier in the last two years. I have found ways to keep it challenging *cough*marathon*cough* I love how I feel when I get done with a really hard run, hell, any run for that matter. There has never been a run I’ve regretted. There have been runs that didn’t go my way but I still come out proud of myself. I haven’t given up on myself. Being able to fail and still conquer the challenge is satisfying. I never thought I would be a runner, but here I am. Being all badass working my way to a new goal.

With love,

K