Running is a Challenge That I Love Facing Every Week!

The Allstate Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon is now officially less than three months away!

Today I tackled a 5.5 mile run and felt great. I hit even splits and was in such a nice flow throughout the whole run.

It was one of those days where:

A.Β I am astounded by how far I’ve come as a runner since last fall.

B. Time passes really fast.

C. I wonder if anyone can listen to “Defying Gravity” while running and not tear up.

There was one point towards the end of the run where I started getting a little tired, but I just reminded myself of something ultramarathoner Scott Jurek says in his book “Eat and Run”:

“This is what you came for.”

Scott Jurek This is What You Came For quote

So true. Running isn’t about doing something easy.

Before I start a long run I know it’s not going to be all roses and cupcakes and I’m okay with that because running is about challenging myself. If it were easy all the time it would’t be a challenge. The challenge is what I’m searching for. It’s what I came for.Β 

Reminding myself of that when the going got a little hard helped me finish strong.

I have a long way to go before I can add a 13.1 sticker to the back of my car, but I’m getting there!

In preparation for the half, I’m looking for some shorter races to do in September and October.

One race I’m doing for sure is the 17th Annual Dunn’s Run in Deerfield Beach, Fl. It’s a 5K / 5 miler run that unofficially kicks off racing season here in south Florida. It will be held on October 6th this year and benefits the Broward Boys and Girls Club.

Dunn's Run Fort Lauderdale

I’m participating in the 5 mile portion of the event and am VERY excited to get back out there – I miss the feeling of crossing a finish line!

Other than the Dunn’s Run I’m looking for a 10K to do sometime soon – hopefully in September, but that may be wishful thinking. I haven’t heard about any 10Ks in the area yet, and being only a month away I would imagine the race director would have started advertising it by now.

I’m super excited about participating in a bunch of running events this fall and winter. This past February I ran my first 5K … and then my second, third and fourth. But even by my fourth one I still had a lot of beginner’s nerves. I’m much more confident as a runner now and I’m ready for new challenges!

How did your training go this week?

Did you have a good long run this weekend? How many miles?

Dunn’s Run has offered me a free race entry in exchange for blogging about the event. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Β 


  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running
    August 12, 2013 / 10:52 am

    Okay, I definitely need to read his book. That quote is SO true!

    There are a couple 10ks near me that I’m excited to do. One was actually an 8k last year but they’re making it a 15k this year! I’ve never run a 15k race so that’ll be sure to be fun!

    • August 13, 2013 / 3:56 am

      Really?? For some reason we just don’t get a lot of 10Ks here. shows a bunch of 10Ks but they’re all virtual runs and quite frankly, it annoys me SO much that virtual runs are mixed in with the listings for local races >:( I get so excited when I see new races added only to realize they are virtual runs!

      Our Turkey Trot is a 10K, but I was hoping to get one in before the half.

  2. Elizabeth Mehrkens
    August 12, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    I love having runs like that, (that totally just cracked me up re-reading that,) easy, for the most part and just enjoy being outside. My last run was like that too. I had taken the week off because of my knee and two days ago I couldn’t stand not running anymore. lol My legs felt great so I went for a run, 6 miles. After my shower my legs tighten up and screamed at me for running. I guess my knee wasn’t as healed as I thought. πŸ™ My next few runs will have to be a little less intense.

    • August 13, 2013 / 1:00 am

      HAHA πŸ™‚

      That’s awesome, so glad your last run was so wonderful – though I hope you’re taking care of that knee! The cool wrap I got from CVS ($10) made my knee feel WONDERFUL when it was bothering me. Have you tried anything like that?

      • Elizabeth Mehrkens
        August 13, 2013 / 2:37 am

        I haven’t looked into anything for my knee yet, but I should. Not sure how long I’m going to be dealing with the sprain. I only ran the other day because I had no pain in my shins or knee. I wouldn’t have ran other wise. However after a few days I get antsy and have a hard time sitting around.

        • August 13, 2013 / 3:52 am

          I completely know what you mean. Taking a full week off last week was driving me nuts!! The cold wrap feels soooo good – I’m thinking about putting it on now even though I’m 99% back to normal πŸ™‚

  3. Karla Bruning
    August 13, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    Love those runs where you realize how far you’ve come as a runner, where time just flies by, and you’re just feeling it. Here’s to many more runs like that in your future!