last post before 26.2!

December 11, 2009

running inspiration
i hope everyone enjoyed this completely running-obsessed week on ghost world! don’t worry, i’ll be back to writing about a more balanced (ie: random) mix of things next week. it’s been fun, though, to devote a series of posts to one of my favorite hobbies. i think it’s only fitting to end with a list.

what i love about running

♥ seeing how peaceful the world is at 7 AM as the sun rises
♥ getting to crank and MOVE to my favorite tunes with absolutely no shame
♥ that i do it 100% FOR ME
♥ putting together training plans
♥ racing in fun places
♥ the wonderful euphoric feeling that follows nearly every run
♥ those moments on the run when it just feels effortless
♥ getting time to think, and often having good mental clarity and perspective while striding away
♥ the way brunch tastes after a weekend long run
♥ amazing people that i’ve met through running
♥ seeing myself improve with training
♥ the online running/blogging community!

YES that means you! thank you all for reading, commenters and silent lurkers alike. i know i will be thinking of all of you — runners especially — as i attack the final miles of the race. as in: “can’t give up! what would aron/marathonmaiden/jess/felice/susan/kath/jenny/siobhan/chelsea/hjlongmo/lee/whit and everyone else who might see this do?”

you’d dig deep and tear up the pavement, of course. running bloggers (and readers!) are determined, strong, and truly badass.

i’ve said it before, but i can’t express how much i really do appreciate all of your kind words and sage advice. YOU ARE AWESOME! and, i can’t believe that the next time i write it will be a race report.

PS: speaking of the blogging community, whitney will be running the marathon as well (her first!) and michelle will be demolishing the half! best of luck to both, and i hope i can find you at the race.

obligatory charlotte weather report
still looking good.

although, looking at those morning temps: BRRR! what’s up with the sub-freezing, NC? my hat and gloves may actually stay on for once!

winner winner chicken dinner
gluten-free chicken dinner, that is. because the winner of the planner giveaway is a. marlow from gluten hates me!

this makes me happy, because

a) i’ve met ms. marlow in person and she is AWESOME
b) i don’t have to ship the package — she lives here.
c) i know she will use it well
d) this gives me an excuse to hang out with her!

to those who didn’t win, don’t worry — i’m sure there will be more paper-based giveaways in the new year!



workout: LAST pre-race run (although last night i dreamed i ran today and was upset that i wouldn’t have fresh legs for the race. crazy much?). total = 5 miles, average 8:42/mi. middle ‘race pace’ miles were run at 8:38/mi average, although i think my true race pace will be closer to the 8:45/mi mark.

doin’ time: no cooking, but between clinic and some actual WORK on my research project, i managed to sneak in a super fun lunch with jessica at watts grocery! come to think of it, i’ve now eaten there 3 times in the past week (applicant dinner, brunch and yesterday lunch). so far, it’s been EXCELLENT every time! definitely one of my favorite durham estabishments.

i got the butternut squash salad, which was a delicious pile of fresh baby greens and arugula topped with candied pecans, butternut squash cubes, and bleu cheese.

photo courtesy of jessica’s camera.

of course, i asked for a side of bread. needed some CARBS! jessica also send me home with more carbs in the form of homebaked white chocolate cranberry cookies. josh and i enjoyed them greatly.


  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    you take really great running pictures 🙂

    i feel the same way about every reason you love running too. good luck with the race, can&#39t wait to read how you kicked it&#39s butt!!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Good luck Sarah!

  • Reply Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Have a fantastic run tomorrow! Fantastic lunch with you too 🙂 Was thinking too last night that if we need a place to hold the upcoming blogger potluck, I am happy to host.

  • Reply Kath March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    If I don&#39t talk to you again, GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

  • Reply Whitney@whitsgettingfit March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    eeeeek! I can&#39t wait. IT IS SO COLD HERE! What&#39s up Charlotte?!?!?

  • Reply aron March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    have a GREAT race out there girl!!! stay strong, stay focused, YOU CAN DO THIS!! ill be thinking about you 🙂

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Good luck Sarah!! You&#39re going to be awesome and I&#39ll be thinking about you! Hopefully my mental thoughts can pull you through a few miles. Good luck good luck good luck and I can&#39t wait to hear about it!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Good luck!! Keep moving forward and staying postive. At least to cold will distract you from running. What is up with these cold temps???? Can&#39t wait to read all about it. You are going to rock it!!

  • Reply Jess March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    We&#39ll be thinking about you too! Good luck and I can&#39t wait for your RR!

  • Reply atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    best of luck in the marathon

  • Reply selina March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Good luck and have an awesome time, Sarah!

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