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I <3 Twitter!

The title is little bit of a dead give-away to what this post will be about, don’t you think? I’ve never been known for my subtlety. What’s the point if no one gets it but you?

Also, I am apologizing in advance for the lengthiness of this post, but I hope you will stick with it until the end. Please and thank-you!

ANYWAYS… 

I know there are a lot of haters out there who don’t like Twitter, but most of those haters have never even tried Twitter! And as our parents have always told us, you can’t hate something if you have never tried it(That’s how my parents got me to eat Brussel sprouts, and now I love them!). So, to all of the haters reading this; Shut your mouth and open the web browser! Go to Twitter and get signed up, then follow me at @AlexRunner27 or press the follow button under my “Tweet! Tweet!” column on the right side of this page. Cute, huh? Widgets can do such amazing things!

While on Twitter, I have come across some pretty awesome people! Some are hilarious, others are extremely truthful and a few are a little of both.  I could go on all day about all the great people on Twitter, but I REALLY doubt you want to read all that! So I have chosen 5 accounts that I feel are a must to follow. Not only are these people runners, but they are also bloggers! Yes, I have finally found my kin! Granted, they are a million times more successful and insightful than I, but I’ll get there eventually…I hope.

So here’s my fabulous five and why you better follow them;

So first and foremost, @ultrarunnergirl. She was one of the first people I followed and also one of the first to follow me back! (Thanks @ultrarunnergirl, big boost for me!) I can honestly say that her blog is my favorite. She has so much insight and good advice, there’s almost too much to take in! Not only is she honest, but extremely inspirational. She makes me want to run, run and never stop! Please check it out, it’s really good. Thank you @ultrarunnergirl for being an amazing role model for my running and my blogging!

Next up is @RunEricRun. What first grabbed my attention was his Twitter picture; covered in mud and a huge smile on his face. He reminded me that running is FUN! This fact tends to escape a lot of runners, including me. His enthusiasm is contagious and spontaneous, an attitude my running life has been missing. He was also very nice and commented on myblog, which I was not expecting, but was very much appreciated(It made me feel like a real blogger, like the people I follow, so thank you!). Kudos @RunEricRun! Keep up that spirit!

This next person is very unique and I feel blessed to have found her, blog/Twitter. This one’s to you @sprintingsalina! Her story is one of struggles and triumph as a victim of asthma. She made the life-altering decision to stop nurturing the asthma and fight back; she became a runner. No one thought she could do it, but she knew it was what she had to do and she’s still going strong! I have exercise-enduced asthma and only started using an inhaler this year. My asthma is not nearly as severe as hers, but I can relate to the helpless feeling of being breathless.You’re my hero @sprintingsalina! Stay strong!

The story of @Coupleontherun is truly special. Their motto “Go further together” could not be more true for this couple. It absolutely melts my heart to see this couple unite in running and enjoy something together. Want to know how they got the name “couple on the run?” They ran 8 marathons in 8 countries in 8 weeks, side by side the whole time. If that doesn’t say love, I don’t know what does. Truly memorable, so go check them out!

Certainly not least, but last on my list is @JenZenator. The reason I love her Twitter/blog is simple; she makes me laugh!  She isn’t running obsessed or training for insane amounts of time, but she’s being a regular person who has the urge to run and acts on it, a remarkable feat for anyone! She is random and hilarious and her blog so cute! It can also be serious at times and address problems I know that a lot of runners face and is supportive because she’s gone through it too. Great blog, great runner, great person!

It’s been a long post, but thanks for reading! These people deserve a lot better representation than I can deliver, so check them out for yourself! I guarantee that you will not regret it! Who knows, you might even get hooked on running and blogging, just like us!

Blog ya later!

Game Plan

This week has been extremely hectic, so I apologize for my lack of blogging. I am trying to get my posts in order and my ideas figured out, so bear with me. Hopefully I will have a post finished tonight. My next post is going to be about some pretty amazing people on Twitter that you should follow. Don’t have Twitter? Well get out of the Stone Age, man! Get with the times!

Once you sign up for Twitter, make sure you follow me @AlexRunner27 That is my Twitter account exclusively for this blog. I also have a personal Twitter account, but that isn’t important.

Next, you should return here after I make my next post and follow the 5 Twitter people that I tell you about. Would I tell you to follow someone lame? NO! Of course not. These people have some good, quality things to say and what’s even better about these people is that they are runners with blogs! That’s one of the things I love about Twitter; It’s so easy to find people similar to yourself. Keep in mind that these people are a little lot more professional than I am, but we still have a love for running and blogging! Hopefully one day I will be as popular as these amazing, talented people!

Well, that is all I have to say for now. I’m going to start working on that next post. Blog ya later!

I’m SO Nervous!

It’s finally Friday! XC has our Spaghetti dinner and I am super excited, but I’m also SUPER nervous! Tomorrow morning is our Conference meet! I get a little scared before races, but never like this. This is my LAST XC Conference meet! I’m really scared, but wish me luck! I will be back either Saturday or Sunday with my results (I have a wedding to go to right after the race, so I’m not sure if I will have time). Blog ya later!

It’s Just a Dream, It’s Just a Dream

Dreams. We all have them, whether we remember them or not. Some dreams are funny, some are hard to follow and some scare you to death. I personally believe that most dreams have a deeper meaning, something that is rooted in our subconscious.

I tend to dream about my insecurities and my fears, things that no one else knows I worry about. There are a few reoccurring themes that I dream about at least once a year that have led me to take certain actions in my life….

There is one dream that specifically has to do with running; I’m being chased. What I’m being chased by always changes, but the important thing is that I’m being chased. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t run fast enough to get away. My legs are always too weak. And when I get caught, I’m not strong enough fight them off. I always wake up from this dream really freaked out. I hate that trapped feeling I have in those dreams. I can feel my power on the inside, but I can’t release it to save myself.

I decided that in order to make myself more secure about this situation, I needed to make myself stronger. Freshman year I began lifting in the weightroom, making myself stronger and more in-shape. I’m not extremely strong, but I am stronger than I used to be and the dreams have become less frequent. These dreams have helped me stay active and healthy. Sometimes, good things can come from bad situations if you choose to use it constructively. Hopefully you can appy my experience into your own life and move past any insecurities you have.

Have a great day everyone! Blog ya later!

Inspiration continued….again!

OK, so this is the last part of this inspiration post, I promise. We are on the last bullet of our inspiration list:

  • Hardcore music (check!)
  • Awesome exercise attire (check!)
  • Have something to run for (almost check)

This is probably how most people start running. There are tons of fondations and organizations that host walk/runs to raise awareness about their organization. My family participates in the March of Dimes every year and my school district hosts a run/walk for Cystic Fibrosis. Training for events like these are the perfect motivation to keep your legs pumping.

I would like to bring Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Livestrong back into the picture. It is most likely that they have the highest race attendence of any other foundation. People wait all year for these events. Training for great causes like these can keep anyone going.

Keep on running! Blog ya later!

Inspiration continued!

As a continuation of yesterdays post “Got Inspiration?”, I would like to move onto the next bullet point on my little list of running inspiration. As a recap, here’s the list:

  • Hardcore music (check!)
  • Awesome exercise attire
  • Have something to run for

So, onto awesome exercise attire! Hopefully you saw my previous post “It’s Here!!!” If not, you can find it in my archives, a.k.a. The Shoe Box (It’s in October). In that post I was EXTREMELY excited for a new Cross Country shirt that had finally came. I could not wait until our meet the next day so I could show off my new shirt! I believe this is one thing people love about sports and exercise. When you have really cool gear, you tend to get noticed, and who doesn’t want to be noticed? Not only do you feel good about yourself and how you look, but you are prepared for whatever activity you are going to do. Honestly, wearing some sweet gear always gets me pumped up for a good run. So here are a few things that I adore:

So my first, I would like to bring attention to the Susan G. Komen collections. I personally have a couple of relatives that have been affected by breast cancer and I support the fight for the cure. I love this gear, even though I am not a very big fan of pink. Here’s a shirt I plan on getting: http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/ua-power-in-pink/pid1222975-Women-s-PIP-She-s-A-Fighter-Graphic-T-Shirt/1222975-001.

Next, shorts. A pair of great shorts will make you feel, well, great! Another amazing foundation fighting against cancer is Livestrong. I love the colors and the gear they make is phenomenal! I own a pair of Livestrong shorts and they are my favorite pair! http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31C7bTW4wXL.jpg 

Shoes, shoes, shoes! Girls love shoes! I love running shoes. Usually, I get Asics because  I like the models of their shoes and it’s what I’m used to. My mom wear Asics most of the time and she passed it on to me. I’m pretty sure most of my team wears Asics as well.

But, I KNOW that you have been wondering about those Vibram Five Finger shoes, am I right? I will admit, I am dying to get a pair of those!  And when I do, you guys will be the first to know! But for now, here’s a site you should check out. He’s a runner that does a lot of review on everything running. Shoes, snacks, whatever. I found his reviews on minimal shoes like Vibram very informational; http://www.runningandrambling.com/

See you tomorrow with the last bullet on our list of inspiration! Blog ya later!

Got Inspiration?

As a runner, I sometimes forget that not everyone has the same love for running as I do. A lot of people have to force themselves to run for their own health/fitness. There’s a saying that my XC team loves to use;

“Our sport is your sport’s punishment.”

This is in fact true. In almost every other sport, the most dreaded part of practice/training is running. No one WANTS to run(unless you are a runner, of course), they are forced to. I just have one question; WHY DOES NO ONE LIKE RUNNING?

Personally, I love to run, but you already knew that, didn’t you? I have an internal desire to run, a driving force that pushes my legs to keep moving. My inspiration comes from within me. Many people aren’t as fortunate as me, so I feel it is my duty to lend a helping hand.

For your reading entertainment, I would like to supply you with a list of inspirational…things that will get you “pumped” for a great run!

  • Hardcore music
  • Awesome running attire
  • Have something to run for

Only one topic for today, so I will start with the first bullet:

Hardcore music: Ok, it doesn’t have to be screamo music or anything like that, but it does have to be music that really gets your blood pumpinng. Usually music with a fast tempo will get the ball rolling. Be aware that your exercise music may be totally different from your every-day music. My sister, for example, only listens to rock music when she is working out. Outside of the weightroom, she is strictly pop music.

I know that everyone has different tastes in music, but I would like to give a suggestion to your music selection. My favorite band is, without a doubt, Skillet. They reach me on a deep emotional level and their music is the best I have ever heard. Skillet has helped me through more than a few hard times and I don’t know where I would be without them.

One of my favorite songs of theirs is Monster. I believe everyone feels like this at one point or another and it really gets me going. Enjoy! (Check out all the running in this video!)

Cross Training Pictures!

Yesterday was a blast! We weren’t able to hike for as long as we wanted to, but we still had tons of fun and took way too many pictures. There were 2 guys and 5 girls in our little troop and we owned that trail! This post is going to be mostly pictures, so hold on!

So this is our checklist of things to do when you go on a hike.

#1. Strike a pose. (this picture is probably my favorite, taken by yours truly.)

#2. Do something daring. (“Look Mom, no hands!…NOT!)

#3. Creep on your friends. (You can’t see me!)

#4. Take PLENTY of pictures!

#5. Drink some rusty pump water. (A few of us got lost, so we stopped for a drink!)

#6. Appreciate nature’s beauty.

#7. Get in a tight spot…or two!

 

 

 

 

 

#8. Have WAY too much fun at the park.

That crazy kid in the black shirt is a very good friend of mine, and he just happens to be in the same internet publishing class as me! You HAVE to check out his blog because you have no choice! I can honestly say that he is one of the brightest people I know and definitely understands the meaning of Carpe Diem! Take a look at his blog at http://balancing-life.tumblr.com/.

If you want more hiking pictures, just ask! I have plenty!

Blog ya later!

Put the “Cross” in Cross Country

Although there isn’t an organized XC practice, the girls team decided to go hiking today after school. Hiking is one of my favorite activities in the fall. Not only is it beautiful, but the air is more crisp and clear and refreshing, which is exactly what I need. So this brings me to another important point to remember when you are training:

Make sure you are cross training!

Why do experts say that endless crunches won’t give you results? Because your muscles will get used to the motion and stop improving. This is called the platue effect, where your progress starts to flat-line. The cure? CHANGE IT UP! My XC coach realized this and that’s why every Wednesday, our team has practice in the pool to give our legs a rest. We never do the same workout 2 days in a row. This keeps our muscles “on their toes.”

At least once a week, you should cross train. If you are a runner, take a day to go swimming, ride a bike or you can go HIKING!!! Whatever floats your boat really.

I will be back either later today or tomorrow with a few pictures from our hike. Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

Blog ya later!

Here’s to you…

Okay everyone, please bear with me  for this post, but I need to do this. I feel like this will help me feel better, so here it goes…..

I would like to dedicate this post to Dalton, the guy I blogged about yesterday. For 3 years, he has been my best friend and for the last 10 months, he has been my loving boyfriend. Wednesday morning we tragically broke up and we both are suffering. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but for now I think it is for the best. We both have a lot going on in our lives at the moment and we both need to focus on our goals. Relationships shouldn’t be too hard, they should be more fun than work. At this point, we were more stressed than I think either of us have ever been in our entire lives.

We are keeping in touch and I honestly I think it helps. It was hard at first, but when you know someone as well we know each other, it would be hard not to talk. He was my closest friend before we were together and he will remain to be long after this point.

He took me to Prom and we shared the wonderful moment when I was crowned Prom Queen, just as he insisted I would. That night was truly magical, one that I will never forget. That’s part of the reason I will not change my profile picture for my blog. He is the only person I wanted to share that moment with and that’s the way it will stay, forever captured in that picture.

 He always supports me in my sports, my school work and anything else I aspire to. He has pulled me out of the deepest of dark nights and shown me the bright  happiness I had been needing. I will treasure him in my life, no matter the role he plays.

Dalton, thank you for all the memories and all of the ones still to come.

Thanks for listening everbody.