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First of all…reasontorunYou might not feel like running today, but that is a reason to run. Some of my best runs have been on days where I did not want to run at all, but I was so glad I did because I would have missed a really great run and the wonderful feeling afterwards. So remember, there is always a reason to run. You just have to find the reason.

Sometimes a certain song can put you in the mood to run. Even though I don’t listen to music while I run, I will sometimes listen to a couple of songs while I am getting ready. The newest song I have been listening to is Roar by Katy Perry. I have listened to it about 10 times today. I love it!

Here is another quote from the link I posted here.

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This quote really hit me today because a lot of my friends have been racing this month. I had several friends run the Marine Corps Marathon yesterday. Just reading their race recaps and experiences was so inspiring that I am super excited for our marathon.

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Which brings me to my question for today’s post…do you run or do you race?

I know some people don’t race. They just go and run for the pure joy of it. For me, it is a combination of both running and racing. I know I will never win a marathon, but for me, it isn’t about winning. It is about giving it my all, everything that I possibly have. I don’t race against anyone but myself because I want to know what I am capable of.

I can already tell you that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought I would be. I remember when I first started running, just a little over 3 years ago, telling Rob “I will never run faster than a 9 or 10 minute miles.” At that point I was running between an 11 and 12 minute mile, and never thought I would be able to run faster than that.

Here I am, 3 years later, running between 8 and 9 minute miles and I am not done yet. I have some big plans ahead me. Am I going to have to work for them? You bet! Am I ready to work for them? Absolutely! Anything is possible, if you just believe! And I believe!

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We entered week 16 of our marathon training today with an easy 5 mile run. To me this week is the beginning of our taper to the marathon. After running 20 miles on Saturday everything seems so much easier. Our longest run from now until the marathon is 12 miles.

Our legs felt a little heavy for the first mile, which felt much slower than it was, but after that, everything felt great!

Here are our splits for today’s run:

1— 9:02
2— 9:11
3— 9:01
4— 9:08
5— 8:26

Average pace: 8:58

A nice finishing mile that didn’t even feel tough, which is always a good feeling!

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– Why did you run today?

– Do you listen to music while you run?

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob