How to Push Through Your Long Runs

If you are a runner you know that long runs can be so rewarding but also so very hard sometimes. Today I want to share what I do during a long run and hopefully it will help you during yours.

During winter and early Spring I mainly run inside and on a treadmill (I really despise running outside in the cold). People have often told me how they dread long runs because they are boring, especially treadmill runs, but I don't think so. I think long runs can be really beneficial, for health and mind and I've learned that using a treadmill can really help push me. I will also tell you that the gym I ran have treadmills on the third floor, with glass walls and I can see outside. So it isn't bad at all!

I normally have a few things I do to keep busy during long runs and I want to share that with you. I will also tell you that all this stuff gets accomplished during a really good long run. Some long runs are just horrid and I can't wait for them to be over but some long runs I just feel like a million bucks and feel like I can do anything. Run Forest, Run! I will say that even on a bad run this stuff helps me push through.

Things to do while running distance:

1. Podcasts
They keep your brain active, engaged and off your legs. Plus I love that I am challenging and growing my mind while running. I am currently listening to Christy Wright's Business Boutique podcast and I highly recommend it for all women who are running or thinking about running a small business. Good pun on the running, right? I just listened to this podcast about digital marketing strategies and it was so good!

When I'm running and engaging my mind I get some of the best ideas! During todays 8 mile run I was listening to her podcast and I had the best ideas for mini sessions this Spring. I immediately came home and messaged people to colaborate. I think there is something about endorphins while running that give you a lot of new ideas.

2. Memorize Bible Verses
I am memorizing the book of Ephesians this year (I am currently in chapter 2) and running on a treadmill is a great place to work on those verses and to meditate on what I'm memorizing. You can set the verses right there in front of you and memorize away. I'd also say you could do this outside too. You could print out your verses on a small piece of paper and run with it. If you are wondering how to memorize I have some great tips for you right here.

3. Music
Lots of runners enjoy music during runs. When I first started out I listened to so much music but this past year I've started listening to less and less when I run. I don't know why either but it's nice to have it off and just enjoy what's around me. However, on a treadmill for 8 miles, you gotta have something. I currently have been listening to LeCrae on Pandora and there has been some really good songs on there.

4. Praise
Running is a really good time to praise and thank God and to pray. When I think I'm dying I try and thank God that I have legs to run, that I have a healthy body to run, a heart to pump blood through my body and more! It really is a gift to have health to run.

5. Pray
I also pray and ask God to please help me make it through the long run because I think I might not. I pray for other people and just pray in general.

Now I want to hear from you! What do you do during long runs? If you listen to podcasts, which ones? What is your favorite music to listen to while running? 


Galentine Party

If you've read this blog for any length of time you will know that I love me a good yearly Galentine party. I started these get togethers probably ten+ years ago, long before I was married, and have continued them ever since.

I got cute party supplies from Love of Character and Target this year. Love of Character is located in College Hill and they have THE CUTEST PARTY SUPPLIES and awesome customer service! Go check them out!

We always do a white elephant gift exchange and this year we did a gift them of 'your favorite product'. It could be a favorite beauty product, household cleaner, etc. We had a variety of gifts ranging from Clorox wipes, to body spray, a face cleaning brush, candles, food and lotions. It was a lot of fun to see all the gifts that came in.

I always set up a little photo booth for the Galentine party and it was super fun. Speedy was apparently the prop of the day and I think her pictures are hilarious. I also think little Claire is just the cutest thing.

If you go to or host a Galentine party I want to hear about it!


Things I'm Loving

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! You'll be reading this most likely on the 15th but I am writing this on actual Valentine's Day, its' just 8:35pm. 

Today I took Jonathan and Speedy for a super long walk and I was thinking about all the things I am lvoing right now and thought I'd turn it into a blog post: 

Things I'm Loving: 

I love that Verita Coffee opened up a shop right here in my neighborhood. It's located in Clifton Square and it's small and cozy and everything old charm about our neighborhood. Go check them out. 

I love that this morning when I was getting coffee at Verita someone payed it forward. I was having a rough morning and it made my day. A small act of kindness goes a long way. So to the stranger that did that, thank you!

I love this stir fry recipe from Pinch of Yum (originally recommended to me by Amanda). I've tweaked it to make it my own (because beef > tofu any day) and I have made it more times than I can count. It's just so good!

I love that Wichita is having two days of warm weather today and tomorrow. It's been a huge blessing in the midst of a cold winter.

I love that my nephew, Zachary, turned 5 today. He he has had a ruptured appendix and three surgeries in this past year so I'm extra thankful that God preserved him and that he is having good health now.

I love half marathon training and crossfit. A lot of days I pull doubles, meaning I run and then do crossfit or vice versa. It's been really nice to up my physical fitness this winter. I think it help combats the winter blues.

I love that my tulips and daffodils are popping through the dirt. It reminds me that winter won't be here forever.

I love that we spring forward an hour in 24 days and I love that Spring is in 34 days.

I love that Dave and I didn't have expectations for Valentine's Day this year. It was nice. We plan to go to sushi on Friday to celebrate and I'm looking forward to that.

I'm still loving Speedy. She is a really good little friend. She finishes up level 2 of obedience school this month and I'm hoping to get her into agility. I've decided she is my main hobby right now, and a fun one. Side note, we don't allow her to lick but she got away with it in this picture.

What are you loving lately, friend? How was your Valentine's Day? What's the weather like where you are, I'm curious.