marathon

  • A Runner's Personal Running Motivations

    The good Lord and running.

    The two go together more than you might think.

    For one, there are tons of Bible verses that have helped me through hard practices and victorious races.

    One of the more popular verses that athletes live and die by is Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    For two, do you know how many times I have cursed while running? Whether it’s the pain I feel in my lungs or the feeling of not being good enough, running has broken me down several times. But that’s the thing about running; it can also build you back up.

    Biblical Half Marathon Motivation

    So here is a verse for every mile of a half marathon.

    Mile 1: Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of age. Matthew 28:20

    Mile 2: Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

    Mile 3: He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11

    Mile 4: Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7

    Mile 5: The Lord will work out his plans for my life. Psalm 138:8

    Mile 6: Whatever you do, do well. Ecclesiastes 9:10

    Mile 7: You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

    Mile 8: I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize. Philippians 3:13

    Mile 9: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we van imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 

    Mile 10: Anything is possible if a person believes. Mark 9:23

    Mile 11: I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

    Mile 12: The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38

    Mile 13: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

    So next time you have a great race or are struggling during a daily run, remember these verses and keep run hard.

    Happy running, Meghann

  • A Runner's Guide To Buying The Right Kind of Shoe

    Runners are supposed to replace their shoes every 300-500 miles. So ever since high school cross country, I’ve gotten a new pair of running shoes roughly every six months.

    I usually swap out shoes depending on my outfit. (Yes, I’m THAT girl who likes to match her running outfit and shoes). But in all reality, it’s a good practice to have. Running in worn-down shoes are bad for your feet, ankles, and shins. Depending on where you run (roads, trails, treadmill) will determine how often you need to replace your running shoes.

    1a

    Before you get started running, I would suggest going to a specialty running shoe store to get properly fitted. Just because there are some super cute Nikes in your size, doesn’t mean they are the best for marathon training. Be sure to check out other brands like Asics, Brooks, and Mizuno.

    2a

    Make sure you take the time to break in your new shoes. There is nothing worse than getting blisters from your new shoes rubbing you the wrong way (literally).

    Also, DO NOT run a race in a new shoes. The old rule is true: do not run a race in anything new! Run in what you know will not chafe, rub, or irritate. Running in shorts that are too short, or a shirt that is too tight will know help you run the best you can. Running is not about looking good; it’s about busting butt and making a goal.

    RUNNING IS NOT A PRETTY SPORT.

    Accept that, and move on. Yes, you can match your outfit, but in the end you should still be covered in sweat.

    So here it is: an excuse to buy new shoes! Buy some cute (but supportive) running shoes and hit the pavement!

    Run happy, Meghann.

  • Thoughts on Boston: The Marathon That Changed Lives

    I think deep down every runner wants to make it to Boston. The Boston Marathon, even before the horrific turn of events last year, was one of the biggest and brightest days in the running world. The first Boston Marathon was in 1897 when the distance was only 24 miles. In 1908 the distance for the marathon was officially changed to 26.2 miles and in 1967, Katherine Switzer became the first woman to complete the race. Now, more than 36,000 runners compete in the annual race.

    Now, not everyone can run Boston. For those non-runners out there, you must meet qualifying times before running the Boston Marathon. You have to run the qualifying time at a Boston Marathon certified race. Once you meet the time requirement, you must be entered in to the race before all of the race spots are filled.

     So let’s bring it back to 2014. 371 days after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, people returned to East Massachusetts to run in honor and in memory of those who died and survived last year’s attacks.

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    Boston Strong became a commitment.

    Runners who finished at least half of the course in 2013 were given automatic entrance into the 2014 race. Sports Illustrated made the cover of its April magazine filled with survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

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    An estimated 1 million came to watch the race take back its pride and honor.

    Seventy-three year-old Joan Hill finished dead last in this year’s marathon. She said what kept her going was running to honor those who were injured during the 2013 bombing. You can read more about Joan here.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, 32-year-old Shalane Flanagan led the women’s race for 20 miles. Despite running a personal best by 3 minutes and being the fastest any American woman who has run the course, her race was not good enough to land her in the top five. Shalane finished 7th overall in the women’s race. Read more about Shalane here.

    Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo defended her title, winning her third Boston Marathon with a course record time of 2:18:57. Her first title came in 2006 and her second in 2013. While last year’s title was not as highly remembered as the series of unfortunate events that occurred, she will be known for her 2014 win and new course record of 2:18.57.

    Boston and its runners came back to reclaim their day in running history.

    As the event changes every year and the field gets faster, I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Boston in 2015.

    Have any of you all run Boston? Were you or loved ones affected by the bombings?

    Run Happy, Meghann

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