Marathon Motivation: I Choose the Outcome

Ahoy there! Hope your week is off to a great start. I forgot to mention it yesterday but this week I am going to vlog every single day. I’m not sure how often I’ll vlog in the future but I thought it would be interesting to try this for a week as something different.

I know video blogs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea so I’ll be keeping up with my regular posts too. Some days they might lack the normal amount of pictures because I decided to shoot video when I would normally take a photo but I’ll try to keep up!

I love watching vlogs and I find editing them to be a really interesting experience. You might say editing a vlog is a serious exercise in self acceptance! Unlike pictures where you can snap a few shots until you get the right angle, daily vlogging means you gotta accept the good angles with the bad. I think video does present me in a somewhat different light and I appreciate that you haven’t abandoned me! 🙂

Last night was technically a rest day for me, but since I didn’t run at all over the weekend I decided to get in a couple of easy miles. I’m glad I did because I didn’t go out to see the blood moon on Sunday night but I got to see a diluted version of it last night. It’s not showing up red in my pictures but it was!


I’m so over the crazy warm temps we’re still having down here. Bring on Chicago weather! (Just don’t bring on any rain… PLEASE don’t rain on race morning!)

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Yesterday my coach sent me links to some motivational things to read and there was one mantra that really stood out to me:

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^ I love that. I plan to repeat it over and over again during the hard miles in Chicago to remind myself of how rewarding it will be to cross the finish line with a shiny new PR. No one chooses the outcome to my race but me!


What’s your go-to mantra for tough races?



  1. September 29, 2015 / 6:28 am

    I will trade weather with you! It has been chilly and rainy here since Friday and I’m over it! I’ve never completed a marathon but whenever I’m pushing myself physically, I always tell myself that I can do it. Hope you’re having a great week!

    • Kristina
      September 29, 2015 / 8:14 am

      Chilly? Send some of that down here (but no rain please)! The feels like temps at night are still in the upper 90s here which is so unacceptable for fall!

  2. September 29, 2015 / 6:50 am

    that is a great mantra! Lately, I have been telling myself, “It’s a beautiful day” I don’t know why, but it seems to work!

    • Kristina
      September 29, 2015 / 8:13 am

      I like the positivity! Sometimes during a tough run I just look up at the sky and think the same thing. It always pushes me forward. Plus looking up at the sky instead of the road ahead gives you a bit of a mental break. You don’t have to look ahead at how far you still have to go, instead you give your mind peace for a few seconds!

  3. September 29, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Hey stranger…my mantra has been “it’s a building process”. This reminds me that it’s ok to cut a run short, run slow miles, and even walk during a run. The name of the game is getting to the start line ?

  4. September 29, 2015 / 10:19 am

    Rain is not that bad!! Really, it’s not! Okay, you don’t want it to be pouring…but once you’re running you’ll hardly notice it, plus it will cool you off! Don’t be afraid of rain. It’s a heck of a lot better than heat!

    My mid-race motivation is actually very plain and pragmatic. I don’t really have a mid-race mantra other than “come on, you can do this.” I remind myself that I’ve been in this position so many times before, and this time is no different; I got through it then, I’ll get through it now, this hard stuff is just part of the same cycle that repeats itself every single race. I kind of treat my negative thoughts like a child who is whining about doing chores or something: I don’t indulge the whining, but rather, I tell myself “come on, just get it done. You can do this. It’s okay.”

    Haha I guess that’s not very inspiring but it works for me!

  5. September 29, 2015 / 11:39 am

    I LOVE participant guides! The only race I ever ran that had one was Boston. That is really the only HUGE marathon I have run.

    I also love your straight hair. 🙂 Are you allowed to video record at NFL games? I am very excited to have a whole week of VLOGS from you!

  6. September 29, 2015 / 11:42 am

    I love that mantra, I think i will borrow it!! I sure hope you don’t get rain race day. I know a lot of folks running this time, I want you all to have a fabulous race experience!
    I usually play in my head, My race, my pace, I got this!
    If things go a little sour it turns to My race, whatever pace, I got this, i will keep moving.

  7. September 29, 2015 / 11:47 am

    and your hair is looking great!

  8. September 29, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    I like that mantra. I might borrow it to try it out sometime. During my last race I found myself repeating (in my head, thank god) “good pace, strong pace” during the parts where I was feeling crappy. It wasn’t in reference to the pace on my Garmin, but just to remind myself to find that space where I could keep putting one foot in front of the other. When I looked back at my splits after the race, I noticed that I’d started doing it during a slow point in the run, but as I continued it, I picked up speed again. I think by forcing myself to pay attention to what felt good I was able to pull myself out of the slump and even surprise myself with a PR! Ever since then it’s been my mantra during tough speed workouts.

    Also I think it’s so cute that you inserted the missing words onto captions on the video. Its amazing how we don’t notice that we are doing things like that in everyday conversation, but we all do it. I have a lot of recordings of interviews and conversations from my research and when I go to transcribe it it is amazing how often it happens!

  9. September 29, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Love that mantra! It was very warm & humid this morning here too. I’m so over this weather!!!

  10. September 29, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    “I choose to overcome.” Oh, yes! I have a mantra: “transcend” that reminds me of that. It really IS a choice!

    I don’t usually watch vlogs because I don’t have time, or I’m reading blogs during reading challenge at work, or while watching tv…So I’m glad you’re still going to keep up your regular posts.

    I hope you’re getting rain and cooler weather like I am!