Dog Days are Over

This might be a weird title for a post of a running and training blog, but I was listening to the song by Florence + the Machine, and one line in the song stuck out to me:

Run fast for your mother run fast for your father
Run for your children for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind you
Can't carry it with you if you want to survive

This line really resonated for me. I feel like I'm no longer running just for my own satisfaction, but for all of my friends and family. They're all just as invested in my progress and training as much as I am, and truly motivate me every day to keep working hard. No longer am I just running fast for myself, but for everyone in my life as well.
Running is also an extremely emotionally and physically intensive activity. To me, it's much more psychologically taxing than physically, and in order to do well I always have to leave all doubt or uncertainty behind in order to "survive" this process, and have grown so much already.

With all that said, I had a great week.
On Monday I went on a beautiful run during sunset and was able to do a long run of 7 miles. I felt incredible and just wished I had my camera with me to share the beauty that was around me.
On Wednesday I went to the gym and ran 4 miles on the treadmill and did a half hour of weight lifting.
On Friday I did some cross training of biking and elliptical.
On Saturday I played volleyball with my roommate for an hour an a half...and she really beat the crap out of me! I'm taking a volleyball class and needed some practice. Afterwards I did a speed workout on the treadmill:
1 mile warmup on a speed of 10:00/mile
1 mile at speed 8:34/mile
1/2 mile walk
1 mile at speed 8:34/mile
1/2 mile walk
1 mile cooldown at speed 10:00/mile

Thank you all so much for the support you've given me. I really do appreciate everything, and will continue to push myself to make everyone proud of me.
The marathon is just over 100 days away! Time to finish strong.
Here is my upcoming week:
Long run: 8 miles
Easy run: 3 miles
Tempo run: 5 miles


  1. Excellent work, Gretchen! I really liked how you said it was more psychologically taxing than physically taxing. That shows how impressive it is that you are able to get yourself up and going everyday and won't let this goal out of site. Keep going it'll be SO worth it in the end and you'll feel more proud of yourself than ever! Love you!

    Volleyball tomorrow?!

  2. oh btw...this is anna...haha long story of why my name is Belisa. kinda forgot about that. But it was for a school project while i was in spain lolz


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