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There is just something special about finding people you can run with. After the 2013 Boston Marathon, I was inspired to train for a marathon, but if felt like one of those things that was so big you couldn’t even begin, especially in the absence of the team running environment I loved in high school and college. I talked about not knowing where to start with my then boyfriend (now husband), and even though he had never ran a race farther than a 5k, rather than trying to convince me I could do it, or give some giant pep talk, he just suggested that we go for a run together. And then another, and then another, until before we knew it we were trained and running our first marathon together. And a year later, our second. And then my Boston race, where Mark met me at four different spots with snacks and dry socks, and when he saw me struggling on the Newton Hills he hopped right into the race with me for two miles, jeans and hiking boots and all (I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t the moment I knew he was the one). Mark and I aren’t currently training for any big races, but he’s still one of my favorite running partners.

Having that person, or those people, to push and support and challenge you means everything (even if you never run together!). From talking about the runs that don’t go well, or the ones you just don’t want to do, changes, to the “hey, when are we running today?” The “I think we can go faster this time” challenges. The “what do you need” offers of support for injury, solo runs, or frustrations. The “we got this”. #iwill #championthewe #uarunning @uarunning @underarmour #sponsored

Tag your workout partner below or biggest motivator, and share WHY you love training with them or why they motivate you!
When you train with someone, you bring out the best in one another. It’s not about the competition, or one upping the other person- but about pushing one another to run faster, train harder and keep moving. The determination and strength I have comes from this community. I’m surrounded by amazing people who lift me up and motivate me each and every day, and there’s no better feeling.
Shout out to my favorite workout partner @klean_build for motivating me every day, and for showing that when you #CHAMPIONTHEWE you go SO much further.
#IWILL #sponsored @underarmour

I get a lot of comments and messages when I talk about running that usually say something to the effect of; “that’s so cool that you are a runner. I wish I could run”. And then I am sad, because if you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. There have been days where walking ten minutes was as long as I could manage and there have been days where I could run forever, and everything in between. 🏃🏼‍♀️ One of the things that helps me feel like a runner is learning more technical information about my runs. I've mentioned before that my @uarunning Speedform Velociti Record Equipped shoes track runs and sync to @Mapmyrun. The data tracking includes standards like average pace and distance, but also ranks your runs and offers things like cadence analysis based on elevation gain, and workout. Having technology that can track and record all those things while I do what I love (like run along these gorgeous views with some inspirational ladies) helps me enjoy my runs, and reflect on them with some cold hard facts later. Even if it's as simple as noticing that I ran my fastest mile on a day I was super frustrated at work, or that I'm a little slower than average on the days I don't get enough sleep, the more I understand my runs, the more I understand myself, my motivations, my abilities. Ready y’all? Repeat after me; I can. I will. 👊🏼 #iwill #championthewe #uarunning @uarunning @underarmour #sp

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I get a lot of comments and messages when I talk about running that usually say something to the effect of; “that’s so cool that you are a runner. I wish I could run”. And then I am sad, because if you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. There have been days where walking ten minutes was as long as I could manage and there have been days where I could run forever, and everything in between. 🏃🏼‍♀️ One of the things that helps me feel like a runner is learning more technical information about my runs. I've mentioned before that my @uarunning Speedform Velociti Record Equipped shoes track runs and sync to @Mapmyrun. The data tracking includes standards like average pace and distance, but also ranks your runs and offers things like cadence analysis based on elevation gain, and workout. Having technology that can track and record all those things while I do what I love (like run along these gorgeous views with some inspirational ladies) helps me enjoy my runs, and reflect on them with some cold hard facts later. Even if it's as simple as noticing that I ran my fastest mile on a day I was super frustrated at work, or that I'm a little slower than average on the days I don't get enough sleep, the more I understand my runs, the more I understand myself, my motivations, my abilities. Ready y’all? Repeat after me; I can. I will. 👊🏼 #iwill #championthewe #uarunning @uarunning @underarmour #sp

There is just something special about finding people you can run with. After the 2013 Boston Marathon, I was inspired to train for a marathon, but if felt like one of those things that was so big you couldn’t even begin, especially in the absence of the team running environment I loved in high school and college. I talked about not knowing where to start with my then boyfriend (now husband), and even though he had never ran a race farther than a 5k, rather than trying to convince me I could do it, or give some giant pep talk, he just suggested that we go for a run together. And then another, and then another, until before we knew it we were trained and running our first marathon together. And a year later, our second. And then my Boston race, where Mark met me at four different spots with snacks and dry socks, and when he saw me struggling on the Newton Hills he hopped right into the race with me for two miles, jeans and hiking boots and all (I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t the moment I knew he was the one). Mark and I aren’t currently training for any big races, but he’s still one of my favorite running partners.

Having that person, or those people, to push and support and challenge you means everything (even if you never run together!). From talking about the runs that don’t go well, or the ones you just don’t want to do, changes, to the “hey, when are we running today?” The “I think we can go faster this time” challenges. The “what do you need” offers of support for injury, solo runs, or frustrations. The “we got this”. #iwill #championthewe #uarunning @uarunning @underarmour #sponsored

Personally, I was never a runner until I ran on a team. For a long time, I was a soccer player who ran sometimes. My willingness to literally run extra miles kept me in the lineup even when I wasn’t the most talented-- I might not have the size, or the foot skills as my teammates, but I could play 90+ minutes without getting winded, and was always the first across the line in windsprints, desperate to prove my worth. But my relationship with running took a 180 when I joined cross country in high school, and for the first time was expected to run as a function of a team-- learning to not only push myself but also the girls before and behind me.
Working with each other to go faster and farther, and to get across the finishline together changed how I think about running, and how I trained and competed in all my other sports. Years removed from high school cross country and college rowing, and I still find I do my best runs as part of a “team”- running with friends, joining a run club, training for a marathon with my husband. The drive comes from within, but the strength to push even further comes from the “we”. Who pushes you to run better, faster, stronger? Shout out your running buddy -- I want to know who I need to be running with next time I’m in your city! #iwill #championthewe #uarunning @uarunning @underarmour #sponsored

Think my girl @wanderingweights said it all, really❤️ Women that support each other are the kind of friends you want in life!
Repost via @repost.apps --------------------------------- Tag your workout partner below or biggest motivator, and share WHY you love training with them or why they motivate you!
When you train with someone, you bring out the best in one another. It’s not about the competition, or one upping the other person- but about pushing one another to run faster, train harder and keep moving. The determination and strength I have comes from this community. I’m surrounded by amazing people who lift me up and motivate me each and every day, and there’s no better feeling.
Shout out to my favorite workout partner @klean_build for motivating me every day, and for showing that when you #CHAMPIONTHEWE you go SO much further.
#IWILL #sponsored @underarmour

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