Hungry Runner

Since I’ve started commuting to work from Long Island, as part of my marathon training, three days a week I’ve been waking up to run at 5 a.m. Exercising in the morning: it isn’t always easy to get out of bed, but I never regret it when I do.

Everyone asks me, “How do you do it?” and sometimes I don’t really know the answer to that question. Sometimes it’s a simple as, I just do. There are a few ways to look at it that help motivate me, though:

  • My performance on race day will suffer if I don’t do this. Not that I’m gunning for any world records or anything, but I do want to finish the marathon in one piece, and preferably in under 5 hours.
  • I know myself; I’m much more likely to say “Screw it, I’ll watch Netflix instead” when I get home from work and I’m exhausted from writing and riding the train all day.
  • After working out I’ll feel more energized for the morning and I’ll be more productive at work.
  • It’s one less thing I’ll have to worry about checking off my To Do list later in the day. This is not so much a “let me just get it over with” mindset as it is a strategy for making the flow and productivity of my day easier.
  • “Your alarm just went off and you’re awake already, so just get the hell out of bed.” (This only works about 10% of the time.)

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"Passion is pushing myself when there is no one else around—just me and the road."

Ryan Shay  (via amberrunner)

(Source: amberunner, via thehappysnippets)


The days are shorter, the covers are cozier and your race calendar is empty, all of which makes it much easier to skip your planned gym time. Use these easy tips to make a habit of working out through the winter.


Never stop.

(I’m obsessed with this Mile Post app, BTW.)

Never stop.

(I’m obsessed with this Mile Post app, BTW.)

"Sure you could join a DietBet to lose some lbs before the meals, but I think finishing the year strong is about creating habits that will take you in to 2014 feeling amazing. Habits that allow you to enjoy grandma’s super special fudge, while still getting in a ton of greens and waking up on time to get in a workout."

Finish Strong- Don’t Stop With Time on the Clock- Run to The Finish

"When I first started running I couldn’t run a long distance. I could only run for about twenty minutes, or thirty… But as I continued to run, my body started to accept the fact that it was running, and I could gradually increase the distance. I was starting to acquire a runner’s form, my breathing became more regular and my pulse settled down. The main thing was not the speed or distance so much as running every day, without taking a break"

The Best Quotes from Haruki Marukami’s “What I Walk About When I Talk About Running”


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