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There are no short cuts. No magic bullets. No easy paths. No halfway effort. Just work. The most challenging part of this journey is not the physical toll or humbling exhaustion - it is the discipline to keep going. When it hurts, when you're tired, when your legs ache, when your mind is worn down... and you somehow find it within yourself to keep going. And when you're done? Oh, there are no accolades or celebration. Just the knowing that you didn't quit. That on this day... your discipline won the war.
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Today was my last big brick workout before my 70.3 in two weeks. The road to Ironman 140.6 goes through this race first. I pushed hard today - is it crazy that I wanted to feel the hurt and exhaustion? I craved total depletion. My teammate captured this at our run finish. This is what an empty gas tank and full heart looks like.
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Discipline. That was today.
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Mel
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#fellowflowers #ffcrew #ironman #ironmantri #womensrunning #womensrunningcommunity #goals #runner #triathlontraining #discipline

This is what done and happy and depleted and proud looks like. 56 bike / 7 run @ 8:30 pace. My body wanted to slow down many times today... my stubborn mind had other ideas. Also, that is my salt stick and not a giant nipple. #fellowflowers #ffcrew

We definitely did some arts & crafts in the parking lot... The white #dreamer flower from #fellowflowers was perfect for the #ColorRun Dream Tour 🌈

Today is chemo treatment #4 of 8 for Barbara Bloodgood. In the words of the immortal @bonjovi "OHHHHHHH WE'RE HALF WAY THERE! WHOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA LIVIN' ON A PRAYER! TAKE MY HAND AND WE'LL MAKE IT, I SWEAR!! WHOAAAAAAAAAAAA LIVIN' ON A PRAYER!!!!" As an aside, as a 7 year old, I was very much obsessed with Bon Jovi and Matt Bloodgood and I had Slippery When Wet on RECORD (not vinyl, because 7 year olds don't know what "vinyl" is) (which we played ad nauseum on our Fisher Price record player, as you do). My mom, JUST TO GET MY GOAT, would call him BUN Jovi. Every. Time. And it got my goat EVERY TIME.
Bun Jovi is rooting for you, Barb!
#fucancer #chemotherapy #bonjovi #fellowflowers

Flower City 1/2 marathon at mile 12 about 2 minutes before the skies unleashed a downpour with thunder and lightning. At least I look like I'm having a good time! #skirtsports #cep #fellowflowers #brooksrunning

People ask me how can run so much on a treadmill? It's all about Mind Over Matter. That and lots of Netflix time! πŸ˜‰ #fellowflowers #keepittight #zerolimits #seeninspandits #makeithappen

We are #rundisney family! tinkerbell5k #sparkleskirt #fellowflowers

Cincinnati is a city of hills, but today I flew with pigs. Cool race, pretty course. Marathon number 11 done! Plus I got to meet another fellow flower who rescued me and pushed me through miles 22 - 24. #runflyingpig #gazellesports #mindovermarathon #fellowflowers #ffcrew

Determined heart... because sometimes the long road is the one we need. If not for the miles, for the moments of clarity. #redflower #fellowflowers #strength

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This is what done and happy and depleted and proud looks like. 56 bike / 7 run @ 8:30 pace. My body wanted to slow down many times today... my stubborn mind had other ideas. Also, that is my salt stick and not a giant nipple. #fellowflowers #ffcrew

We definitely did some arts & crafts in the parking lot... The white #dreamer flower from #fellowflowers was perfect for the #ColorRun Dream Tour 🌈

Before and after Bayshore Half Marathon! Beautiful course with lots of spectatheletes! #bayshorehalfmarathon #believe #hope #teampriorityhealth #gazellesports #fellowflowers #winetasting

#RaceDay #SoldierField10Mile... definitely the hardest race I've ever run, and there were plently of moments that I truly didn't think I'd make it, especially in the last two miles. I actually couldn't stop myself from crying at the finish because I was so tired but so happy; never thought a race could make me so emotional, but I ran my race, I didn't stop running, and I just did it. So damn proud 😁πŸ’ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ #werunchicago #SF10 #initforthelongrun #loveyoursweat #instarun #NRCChicago #nikerunning #nikechicago #runCHI #runlikeagirl #runningchick #runalways #runningaddict #runnersofinstagram #runlife #instafit #instarun #justdoit #iwillwhatiwant #happyrunning #fellowflowers #betterforitCHI #instarunners #womensrunningcommunity #maymiles #arewerunningtoday #loveyourrun #runyourrace #pushyourlimits

A perfect way to start the weekend πŸŒΌπŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸΆπŸ’—

A little impromptu long run this AM with @kerrvand and Emily! So glad I did it even though I was as slow as molasses lol. Interval run with 2:30/:30 and a few extra minutes of walking...including the last quarter of a mile. πŸ™Š#ilovetorun #irunthisbody #christianrunner #wisconsinrunner #runnerprobs #fellowflowers

Honorary #FFCrew member. And proud AF about it. We knocked our 4 mile progressive out of the park this morning. It didn't look so promising the first 2 miles, but we found a groove and got it done πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ {9:30β€’9:24β€’9:09β€’8:47 // 9:14 avg.} #coinsinthebank #lifewithshem #squadgoals

#RaceWeek #SoldierField10Mile Training Day 17... supposed to take a rest, but the netves got me amped so I did a mile... and ended up running one of my fastest miles in almost a year LOL.

I am totally nervous... but I will maintain my "Strong Vibes Only" mission :) One day more. ❀️πŸ’ͺπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ #werunchicago #SF10 #initforthelongrun #sweatyselfie #loveyoursweat #instarun #NRCChicago #nikerunning #nikechicago #runCHI #runlikeagirl #runningchick #runalways #runningaddict #runnersofinstagram #runlife #instafit #instarun #justdoit #iwillwhatiwant #powertotheshe #happyrunning #fellowflowers #betterforitCHI #instarunners #womensrunningcommunity #maymiles #arewerunningtoday #loveyourrun

I think I may be becoming a flower 🌺 person! I ❀️ new running gear and these shorts are amazingly comfortable!
#SenitaAthletics, #newrunninggear, #halfmarathontraining, #runlikeaboss, #runnergirlπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ, #fellowflowers, #runnersofinstagram, #runners_of_insta, #runlikeagirl

10 days off to recover from bronchitis and a sinus infection. The speed on my intervals are good, but how in the world am I going to #run a #halfmarathon in just 4 weeks? My longest run since my hip injury in February is 4 miles. I just can't stay healthy!
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#training @sparkleskirts #fellowflowers #ffcrew #hermadisonhalf #run50 #runhappy #runkeeper #sportsbrasquad #sparkleon #womensrunningcommunity #womensrunning #runnerslife

Friday fun run on the treadmill 🌼 felt good today, love when the "EZ run" really does feel easy!

"Replace what ifs and should haves with hell yeahs and no regrets." Gorgeous morning along the TART Trail for a quick shakeout run before #tctcbayshore. Can't wait for the fun tomorrow! #mybayshore #fellowflowers #gazellesports #choosejoy #mamafancy

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