Melissa Becker (@motherrunnermel)

"Her choking inspired her to vow 'never again,' and this vow pushed her to discover the helpful trick of comparing her present physical suffering in crucial moments of a race against the future emotional suffering that would await her if she allowed herself to choke again."- How Bad Do You Want It
Chicago October 2016, minutes after a 3:27:33 finish. And 10 days after the rejection email from the B.A.A. missing the cut off to run Boston 2017 by 31 seconds.
That's what fueled me that day and pushed me to secure my spot for Boston 2018 (๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ). I fought stomach cramps from mile 8. I gagged through gels just to ensure I had enough calories to carry me to the end. I felt my calves seize and cramp for miles from a bland diet and not enough salt intake the week prior (stupid mistake from traveling and not having my normal diet on available). I had two options that day:
either fight with the God given determination instilled in me to go against all the negativity thrown at me,
or deal with the heart ache of defeat again.
I chose, and continue to choose the former. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
๐Ÿ“ธ: @katieallen1001 (thanks for capturing the reality of fighting the good fight.)

The Virtual Runner (@thevrunner)

โ€ชLooking for something to do in Feb? Why not run a 5k, 10k, half or marathon and earn yourself some #quackattack bling ๐Ÿ… #ukrunchat #runchat โ€ฌ

(@journey_to_the_marathon)

Today was tough. Today was the day I moved out of my little flat, the last 8 months living alone has taught me a huge amount ๐Ÿ™ I will miss my city, my friends and family so much, but ready for my new start. Got all all dressed up for a cheeky goodbye party to myself, and have done nothing but pay for it today. The coupled with packing my whole flat up and cleaning it was painful hahah. But cant complain when it's self inflicted! Still managed to hit my step goal which I'm hella impressed with! #bye #bristol #iloveyou #city #new #adventure #newadventures #hangover #leaving #london #notfit #sorrynotsorry #marathon #lifestyle #change #happy #ilove2017 #priorities #selflove #selfesteem #londonmarathon #thankful #journey #january

Tiffany (@sheranthesunrise)

"Hustle while they party.
Work while they sleep.
Live like they dream" - โค๏ธ
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16 miles for @stjude @ 940 pace. Sometimes its super HARD to pull yourself away from the ones you love to train but that is the #runnerslife for ya. ๐Ÿ˜Ž I forgot to turn my watch back on a couple times but my @charitymiles app got me there. What's great about coaching yourself?? ๐Ÿค” Well I decide what I'm doing and after that run I'm going to do another 16 instead of 18 next week. The last 3 miles today were tough.๐Ÿ˜ฃ I forgot to bring fuel and was a little overdressed for 60ยฐ temps. I did well the first 13.1 so I'm happy overall with today. #runlikeagirl #running #headupwingsout #oiselle #flystyle #oisellevolรฉe #marathontraining

MKZgNYC (@mkzgnyc)

Road to Edinburgh - Bronx. Ending up the 14 mile run with an Oaxacan feast at La Morada. Sorry Staten Island, will see you next time. #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #thebronx #bronx #edinburghmarathon #marathon #saturdayrun #saturdayrunday #running #lamorada

Onnie Gazzo (@imonbon01)

Ugly view on my 12 mile run...had to block it out and focus on getting this slow hilly run! Slow run on plan...hill force you to run slow but make you stronger! #runforyourlife #marathontraining #runstrong #fitforlife #marathon ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผโ›ฐ๏ธ

Cliff Pittman (@cliff_pittman)

Sometimes it's just as hard to go easy than hard. The goal was a 1.5 hour run in zone 2 and hoped for sub 9 pace. I felt strong and averaged an 8:27 pace with my last 2 miles being the fastest. The hardest part was not opening it up after mile 5!
Happy with week 2 of training! Got in my Recover shake, I'll get in a yoga session today or tomorrow to wrap things up before testing week.

Hiroshi Chichi Nakamura (@chichi.achichi)

ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚‚ไธ€ๆ—ฅ่‰ฏใ„ๅคฉๆฐ—ใซใชใ‚Šใใ†โ˜€๏ธ

่—คๆฒขๅธ‚ๆฐ‘ใƒžใƒฉใ‚ฝใƒณใฎๆœ๏ผˆๅ‡บใชใ„ใ‘ใฉ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰
ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจ้ฆ–ๅ‘จใ‚Šใฎ้˜ฒๅฏ’ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚“ใงใใ ใ•ใ„โœŒ๏ธ

#gm #marathon #10miles #fujisawa #goforit

Natalie Susan (@natty_suzi_runs)

"Itโ€™s hard to beat a person who never gives up.โ€ โ€“ Babe Ruth
13 miles at marathon goal pace complete! Avg 7:45 pace on rolling hills and 600ft of elevation gain. Used @theinfinitloop Speed Formula for the first time, and I love it!!! And then, as the cherry on the cake, got a package from @inknburn waiting in my mailbox when I got back home...eeeee!!!! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ #bostonmarathon #infinitnutrition #marathontraining #winter #wisconsin #inknburn #farm #countryrun #longrun #runforfun #inspiringwomenrunners #instarunner #runnersofinstagram #worlderunners #marathon

1:30 Half Or Bust (@lean_is_in)

As you can see from the clouds, the rain briefly stopped. It's probably going to rain some more this weekend but I got my run in.
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#run #runner #running #rain #fit #runtoinspire #furtherfasterstronger #seenonmyrun #trailrunning #trailrunner #runchat #runhappy #instagood #time2run #instafit #happyrunner #marathon #runners #weekend #trailrun #fitness #workout #cardio #training #instarunner #instarun #training

Collin S. (@tridad_cs3)

First Group Ride it never usually works out for me to train with a partner or group when I make it outdoors in the saddle. Today was great learned a lot got kinda caught between two groups trying to stick to the training zones but maintained and found another cyclist to hang with. Really needed another 20-30 min but all and all a great time and look forward to it again. Some stop and goes definitely drug down the pace some but again loved being out there. Stopped by @thefootlanding for a post ride juice at the juice bar and a walk through the farmers market. You get some strange looks walking through a farmers market still in your @nuunhydration cycling kit ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ…#Nuunhydration #RODSracing #lovethepain_official #MojoRacing #honeystinger #baseperformance #teamironcowboy #swimbikerun #triathlete #marathon #ironman #IMCHOO1446 #Chattanooga2017 #newton #cervelo #cycleops #Garmin #xlab #jaybird #GoGators #dadlife #crushitwithasmile #antiquit
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