everything you want is on the other side of fear

I attempted an FTP test this evening.  It didn’t go so great.  I pushed, and I gave up after 17 minutes.  I went into the test ready, ready to surge, to grow my watts, to show I’m improving.  But I didn’t make it.  There are excuses I could make: coach told me I shouldn’t do it […]

What Running Means to Me

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This was posted previously on the “Run for Boston” site that my friends Katie & Kelly put up.  I’m sharing for Tuesdays on the Run! Thanks to Erika, Patty and April and others for hosting! I run because: it’s an outlet to catch up with and meet friends to use up energy to get great […]

Guest Post: Why I’m Running the Chicago Marathon for PAWS Chicago!

Today I’m doing a blog swap with Kristina from Blog About Running! I’m excited to have her share her goals and reasons for doing the Chicago Marathon this coming fall.  This will be marathon #2 for her and she’s raising money for an awesome charity!  You can read my post about why I adopted my cat […]

Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud: Self Care

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This may be a bit of a ramble, but I’m linking up with Amanda for Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud! Well, it’s been a week now since my workout and other life routines was thrown into a loop with my move.  I’m still figuring out where stuff lives in our new kitchen, adjusting from a […]

Motivation Monday: It’s about the journey


I don’t know if I ever talked about it on this blog, but before Lauren Runs I had a blog called “Its about the journey, not the destination.”  We are all on a quest to be more/better/different/awesome.  Let’s remember how far we’ve already come.   Happy Monday! Related posts: Motivation Monday Motivation Monday Monday Motivation […]

Thinking about accountability


Sorry I’ve been so distant. Right after ironman louisville I jumped back into grad school and boy, was this a shock! Writing papers every week… This weekend I was reading about the concept of accountability in information technology, it made me think about this within our own lives. I am accountable for all of my […]


Next time I'll know this was a winning post-ride combo.

This weekend alternated between crazy busy and super nothing. It was good. The rest that I needed after my crazy busy, falling apart at the seams, week last week. Friday evening & Saturday-day were busy. Saturday afternoon I forced myself to slow down when I accepted to help bring a friends younger sisters (adults really) […]

Fear and How to Break Through It

Last week felt like the never-ending week. I was afraid it would not end, and crummy things would keep happening.  (Please note, these are mostly #FWP crummy things, not horrible things).  I was afraid.   Afraid that the “bad stuff” would not stop. Fears. Fear of not finishing an event that I prepared for over […]

Monday Motivation

Forget All The Reasons Why It Won't Work

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Motivation Monday

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    Sometimes I think about my IM2014 quest and the different points at which I could say “No, I’m not going to do this.”  There are tons of detractors along the way, but I think the biggest motivation for me is I want to see how much I can push myself to be how […]