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Days When Nothing Fits

I saw this the other day, and it really hit home. I am pretty honest about my insecurities on here. I try to stay positive about my my body in front of my girls. I am careful not to say negative things about how I look or feel physically. But I have my days. Since I started running, I have fewer of those days. I never imagined my body could run mile after mile. That I could set goals and then crush them. That I would see and feel my body becoming stronger. I still have my days when nothing "fits" and there are a dozen things I want to change about my body. But when I start obsessing about something I want to change, simply going for a run helps me find a little perspective, helps me remember some of the things I like about my body and reminds me that I have power to improve many of the things I do want to change.

There is a lot to love out there (you just have to look for it)

There are just some moods that are not ideal for blogging. I am in one of those moods. But I am going to do it anyway. Since today is a "Things I Love Thursday," I promise to get around to that eventually. But for now, I'm going to vent. I already spent two hours today venting to my hairdresser, but I never got around to my issues with social media. Apparently I have a lot of issues today. I am my own worst enemy. And my biggest critic. I don't need any help finding my faults and criticizing my weaknesses. The reason I don't put many pics of myself on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter is because I don't like most pictures of myself. They show too many of those faults. I do like pictures of all of you though. And I love the amazing tool social media can be for encouragement, consolation, empathy, education and plain old entertainment. I don't like people who follow other people to make themselves feel better about themselves (in a negative way). I do

A race, a winner and a new baby

It's time to announce the winner of the Vega Protein bars! Thanks to everyone who joined the Thrive Forward program! If you weren't one of those that joined already, it's not too late. It's a great way to help you set some goals, make changes and just eat a little better. And it's free!! So head on over and join now . You might be especially glad you did later (wink, wink). Now for the winner, chosen by Cy Waldron Email your shipping info to and you will get a box of protein bars sent directly from Vega. As for me "thriving," I'm trying. It would be a lot easier if I could get rid of this cold. Seriously! I'm going on four weeks here. Yet I didn't let it stop me from running my 5K on Saturday. It was great to be in St. George where it was a little bit warmer (but still not above freezing when the race started) and there was no inversion. I had no hopes of a PR and wasn't sure how hard I was going t

Running into trees (and a guest post worth reading!)

It's Friday! That means I'm off to run my first race of 2013 in the morning. My dizziness has subsided a little, so I feel pretty good about being able to run without running into a tree. And hopefully my second round of antibiotics will kick in fast and I won't try to cough up my lungs at the end of the race. Since I'm cramming to get everything done so I can head down to St. George for the night, I figured I would let someone else take over the blog for today. Golden Harper is a previous all American runner who founded Altra Zero Drop Footwear , a company (based in Utah!!) run by passionate individuals committed to helping running enthusiasts achieve their dreams through biomechanically proper footwear. You can check the company's updates and their latest in their blog at And here's a little insight from him on...   The Benefits of Keeping a Running Website Keeping a website, blog or online diary of your running can tru

Thriving and Running. It's all good.

First things first. Have you signed up for Thrive Forward yet? If not, you should. It's free. You are entered to win a box of yummy chocolate protein bars just by signing up (as long as I know about it so I can enter you into the drawing, of course). And you might just learn a few things that can improve your health and wellness. What have you got to lose? Now, onto the other things happening in the world of I Have Run. I have been running. If you aren't on Instagram, you don't get to see my cute pink watch on a regular basis. So here you go so you don't feel like you are missing out: Pure excitement, I know. Those are my runs since last Tuesday. There's another one planned for today. I was actually in my running clothes this morning but ended up showering and getting dressed because I was so dizzy all morning. I have been dizzy off and on for the past few days, but today it was a lot worse. It started to make me nauseous. The only thing I can g

Winners (you) and Losing (me)

This is a first for me...blogging on my iPad. So I'm sorry in advance for any mistakes. My girls are taking a bath, so I'm blogging while I supervise. Multitasking at its finest. Today was supposed to be the end of the Thrive Forward giveaway , but I decided to extend it another week. So spread the word. And join now! The more the merrier. And I could use use some support. Your support. The five pounds I wanted to lose turned into ten over the holidays. Thrive Forward is a great way to get me back on track and eating better! And don't forget you can win a box of yummy protein bars just for joining the FREE program. Speaking of giveaways... I FINALLY put together the list of Runnerd Photo-A-Day entries and let work it's magic. The winners are: Red ActiveBand : buildthemachine Green ActiveBand : RedheadRunning Silver ActiveBand : melanieamorim Runnerd Sticker: frannyjo13 Runnerd Magnet: marnonicknamelo Runnerd Ornament: KovasP Please send your ma

Thrive Forward Fuel for 2013 (and 1000 miles in 2012!)

I'm sure you have all been dying to know why I have been MIA since December 20. Well, the holidays happened. Then I got a cold. And I had a goal. With some serious dedication, I met my goal in spite of my cold. The goal? 1000 running miles in 2012 . And my first year to hit that many miles since I began running. As of Thursday, December 27th, I had 43 miles to go. After a little "you aren't a quitter" pep talk from the hubs, I sucked it up and put in 10.25 miles. The next morning I ran another 10. Saturday, I pounded out 11.5. And after a much-needed rest day on Sunday, I hit my goal (plus a little) with a final New Years Eve 12. I can tell you with ABSOLUTE certainty that so much of running is mental. If my body had been in charge, I never would have made it to 1000. After my Monday run, my body decided it was time for a break and my cold took over. And now five days, a doctor's visit and some serious meds later, I am on the mend. And hoping to get in my fi