5 Verses to Fuel Your Workouts

5 BIBLE VERSES TO

Hey girl!

I know you know that fueling your body with the right food and fluids is vital for your workouts and overall health…but are you fueling your mind and heart with good stuff, too?

Your mental and spiritual health is even more important than your physical health! Yet, it’s so easy to get distracted on our outward appearance and physical goals, so much so that we neglect our souls. I’ve been there too.

That’s why today, I’m sharing 5 bible verses to fuel your workouts, and to inspire you for the week ahead. These little nuggets of scripture point me back to what matters most — not weight loss, or finish lines, or perfect health – but our eternal prize in Heaven, and in knowing Jesus.

5 Verses to Fuel Your Workouts

1 Corinthians 9:24-27: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Isaiah 40:29-31: He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.

2 Timothy 4:7: I have competed well; I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

1 Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Happy Monday – have a great week!

-Charlotte

 

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FREE Plant-Based Meal Plan

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Hi, y’all. I’ve got a little free gift for you today!

Over the weekend, I shared a quick picture of my meal plan for the coming week in my Instagram stories. I received an overwhelming response of votes and direct messages asking more info about it, and I feel like I’m always getting questions about “sooo…you’re vegan, right? What do you actually eat?” both online and in real, everyday life.

I’m here to debunk the myth that eating a plant-based diet is two things: complicated and expensive. It is truly neither of those! I am no domestic goddess – and that’s why plant-based eating works so well for me. I’ve also noticed significant improvement in my skin, stress, recovery from running, and overall health since switching to a 99% plant-based diet about two years ago.

To answer your questions and to show you how easy it is…(and to hope to inspire you to eat more plants yourself!), I created a free six-day sample meal plan, grocery list, and short “recipes” to share with you. It’s super affordable compared to an average grocery budget, and it’s easy to put together for yourself or for your whole family. This plan will show you that eating plant-based is even easier and more convenient than the standard American diet. And so much better for you in the long run, too. Have you watched What the Health yet? Not to mention, all of the sweet animals and natural resources that you alone, as just one individual, can save by making the switch.

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Much love to you,

Charlotte

 

Currently: July/August 2018

Reading The End of Me by Kyle Idleman (for personal growth) and A Love Like No Other by Pamela Kruger (for work).

Watching Not much TV or Netflix these days, but we saw Mission Impossible – Fallout over the weekend and it was fantastic!

Listening To the “Hot Country” playlist made by Spotify. Loooove that happy summertime music!

Eating My favorite protein bars – No Cow! They’re vegan, high-protein (20g!) and super low sugar (1g)! It’s not a candy bar disguised as a protein bar, like so many of the nasty things out on the market right now! Save 20% off your first No Cow order by using code charlottea20.

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Drinking Rose as a favorite treat lately – I’ve never had it before this summer and now it’s my go-to refreshing indulgence on the weekends. 🙂

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Anticipating running my first trail race in a few years…the Raptor Ridge 15k (but they say it’s actually 10.3…) this coming Saturday in San Pasqual Valley. It’s going to be hot and dirty and challenging but FUN! And I’m praying I won’t see any rattlesnakes. 🙂

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Cooking as little as possible lately, in this heat! We’ve been living off of the crockpot, sandwiches, salads, and avocado toast to avoid turning on the oven. I made Chad these Crockpot Steak Fajitas and they were a big hit.

Thankful that we prioritize dating each other, even though we’re nearly 3 years married! Last week, it was a roller coaster and wine tasting. This past weekend, we tried out a new veggie restaurant in our neighborhood. Big or small, quality time means so much to me. These are the good ‘ol days.

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BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwich for Chad – vegan, baby!
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Portobello mushroom burger with garlic cashew aioli (who knew they made vegan aioli?!) and ginger, lime, and rosehips Boochkraft. YUM.

 

Thanks for catching up with me. Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

3 Reasons to Run Today

Happy Monday! I hope you are feeling rested and restored from the weekend. Ours could be summed up by the following words: rollercoaster, volleyball, beach, beer, good friends, and you guessed it: RUNNING!

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Right now I’m not training for anything in particular, there are currently no major half-marathons or marathons on my schedule. I’m just running for the sheer joy of it. When you’re not working towards a specific goal (that you already signed up and paid a lot of money for!) it can be challenging to find reasons to get out the door and push yourself every day, when there is no deadline or finish line in front of you.

Lately, I’ve been preaching the following five reasons to run to myself, and I’d love to share them with you! Whether you’re running simply for fun like me, just looking to start exercising in general, or training for a big goal race…I hope this post will help!

3 Reasons to Run Today

1. Running builds confidence.

Running (and any good workout) makes you feel strong, empowered, beautiful, and confident. Even just a 20 or 30 minute run will have you feeling like you can handle whatever the day throws at you. I tend to naturally be a pretty insecure person, but running has really helped me to combat that. I feel more beautiful after a run than I do with makeup and a fancy dress on. Running will help you to love yourself, and your body!

2. You can run anywhere.

Do you live at the beach, in the city, in the suburbs, or in the middle of nowhere? Great! Those are all fabulous places to go for a run. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, on vacation, or out of your normal environment, you can truly run anywhere and you don’t need a gym, a trainer, or any equipment. It’s a sport that works in any environment. There are no excuses for why you can’t run today. Just go!

3. Running relieves stress.

I always say that running is cheaper than therapy. It’s true! Running boosts endorphins, relaxes the mind, and releases stress. It allows me to time to think, pray, and connect with God on a deeper level. I often “numb out” on runs and my worries, fears, and stressors truly fade away. And as the wise philosopher Elle Woods once said… 🙂

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I’m the first to admit that it can be incredibly hard to get out of bed and put your shoes on when the alarm clock blares and it’s still dark outside. But, it’s worth it! For these three reasons and so many more. I hope you found a little motivation within this post…get out there and get after it!

What are some of your favorite reasons to run? Share in the comments!

In Her Shoes: Meghan (@joyful.runner.meg)

 

 

It’s time for another In Her Shoes interview!

In my 2ish years doing this whole blogging thing, Meghan has been the sweetest, most unexpected gift. She has been such a good friend to me and is always so encouraging! Meghan is super fast, an excellent cheerleader, a trusted friend, and above all – she has unshakeable faith that you can’t help but admire. You’ll read more about her experience below, but she recently inspired me to race my marathon without a watch! I just love everything about her and I know you will too. Enjoy today’s interview with Meghan aka @joyful.runner.meg !

Welcome, Meghan! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us today. For anyone who might not know you, please give a brief introduction of who you are outside of your running life. 

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Hey, I’m Meghan! I recently moved to Michigan after getting married to my wonderful husband 7 months ago. Our city is right on Lake Michigan so we love beaching now that it’s finally warm enough here! I started following Jesus in college, it has been my greatest adventure. I struggle with anxiety and focusing too much on perfection, which is a vicious cycle. Jesus always meets me where I’m at, helps me to be brave, and allows me to strive for progress versus perfection. I’m thankful to serve a God who shows up in both the big things and the tiny things in life! I am a physical therapist, and I work at an amazing hospital. I help sick and/or post-operative patients re-learn how to walk, and regain function again. It’s rewarding work and a lot fun!

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What’s a typical day like in your shoes? 

I don’t really have a typical day because my work schedule is all over the place, sometimes my shifts end at 4:30, sometimes 9 at night! But other than work, most of my days consist of morning coffee, a work out of some type, quality time with my hubby, hanging out or catching up with friends, and prayer.

How long have you been running, and what made you get started?

I started running cross-country in 5th grade. I didn’t like it, but my basketball and soccer coaches told my parents to keep me in cross-country since I could run all over the court/field without getting tired. I stuck it out another year, and that’s when I fell in love. I ran cross-country up until my junior year of college!

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What are your proudest running moments? 

My proudest running moments have been my most two recent races within the past month, where I raced without a watch. I ditched the watch in order to get out of my head and to better enjoy the race. I ran strong races and stayed mentally tough throughout. I crossed the finish lines feeling proud, full of joy, and crazy passionate about my sport, even without running PRs. The perfectionist in me tries to make me believe it’s either a PR or a failure. I’m learning that success in running is not just limited to getting a PR; it’s getting out there and doing what you love, wholeheartedly! There is so much more to racing than just a finish time!

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Are there any goals that you’re currently chasing?

Getting a marathon or half-marathon (or both!) PR without my watch on! Also, completing a race in all 50 states!

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What’s your advice to someone who wants to start living a healthy lifestyle? 

It’s always hard at first! It takes time for your body to adapt to new stresses, new activities, new exercises, etc. When I take a couple weeks off running, it always feels so hard on my lungs and my legs at first. But be persistent, because your body will adapt, and it will get easier. Start small and work your way up. Big changes don’t happen overnight. But don’t give up!

What fitness products/gadgets do you swear by?

I swear by my Garmin for marathon training. I love my goPro for the occasional mid-run selfie

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What are some of your favorite things in life, apart from running? 

DISNEY! My husband and I are huge Disney fans. We actually got engaged and then spent part of our Honeymoon in Disney. We are kids at heart and love the characters, songs, and magic. I also love life chats with dear friends over coffee, sweet potatoes in any form, travelling and exploring new places, and all things Mexican food!

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Just for fun – what are three things that you’re grateful for?

  1. To serve a God who never changes. Life gets crazy, unpredictable things happen, people change, etc. But God is the same God as He was yesterday, is today, and will forever be. It fills me with peace that God is dependable and consistent. I can trust Him with every circumstance that comes my way, and know that life will come from it!
  2. A husband who supports my craziness. He has biked in torrential downpour on race day just to watch me run by for 15 seconds. He is willing to travel and be my support crew for all my crazy running adventures. He listens to my panicking and pre-race freak outs and helps to calm me down. He supports my goals, and goes above and beyond for me. I just love him!
  3. Starbucks, ha! I’m a basic and love my coffee. I treat myself once a week to coffee shop coffee, and I always go back to Starbucks. Hot caramel machiattos, iced caramel lattes, and salted caramel mochas with half the pumps are my recommendations (do you see a theme here haha)

Closing: Thank you to Charlotte for this wonderful series. I have had the ability to be encouraged and follow so many amazing women in their running journeys because of these interviews. Charlotte is nothing short of an amazing woman of God and a dedicated runner. She’s also a light, not just to this amazing running community, but to everyone around her!  I love seeing the Lord work through her passionate and talented self!

Well, I’m blushing. Didn’t I tell you guys that she’s the best? Thank you, friend!

To keep up with Meghan, follow her on Instagram: @joyful.runner.meg
Or read her blog: I Run For Him.

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In Her Shoes: Amanda Ghent

Hello friends, and thank you for reading an interview with this week’s featured runner, Amanda Ghent! It’s been a joy to follow her running journey on the web for what has felt like forever! I really enjoyed getting to ask her these fun questions – and I hope you’ll have as much fun reading her story as I did!

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Welcome to In Her Shoes, Amanda! For those who might not already know you, please say hi!

Thank you so much for having me be a part of story sharing with Stay Great My Girl friends! For those that may not know me, or follow me on any of the social platforms (IG: amandaghent or The Running Señora WordPress blog are my busiest outlets)…my name is Amanda. I am a sinner, saved by God’s grace, with the privilege to reflect the love of Christ in my everyday. I’m a wife for almost 12 years, mother to two daughters (7 & 6), a preschool teacher, violin playing instructor, and Spanish speaking lover of avocados and bananas (of which I’ve recently discovered cause me some horrible health side effects😭).  I’m also a self-proclaimed professional recreational runner. I live in my hometown in SC in the only house we’ve ever owned since marriage and I’m a sucker for fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and a good cup of coffee. One day, just maybe, our family will live in a foreign country…and if I got to pick, it would be Honduras!

What’s a typical day like in your shoes?

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Most days start at 4:15 am – I’m able to spend the first chunk of my morning reading Scripture, whatever passage tags along with the devotions on the First5 app (a ministry by the Proverbs31 folks that I HIGHLY recommend for anyone, but specifically women who need a guided walk through studying scripture and applying it to their everyday!). By 4:40 I’m up and dressed, ready to meet my teacher running friends for some miles, followed by strength training. By 6:30, it’s go-time. I get my girls to school, then head to the preschool for the morning with my sweet babies 6 months-5 yrs old! I seriously have the best job and the joy of teaching Spanish, science, and leading Chapel each week and love all 120+ children I get to see on a regular basis. I’m also thankful for an hour of “free time” before I get my girls from school, do the afterschool/Park/homework thing and head to swim team practice for the night. I’ve also gotten down prepping dinner and having it ready within 10-15 minutes after we get back home! 🙌🏼 Somehow, our days go by so quickly, but we get much accomplished and have fun doing it!!  I LOVE sleep more than TV, girls nights, or food/drink. So being in bed between 8-9 pm is not uncommon!

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How long have you been running? How did you get started?

So, the first time I ran (when I became a runner) was in Spring 2000. I was a senior in college and on the recovery side of an intense eating disorder. I was just beginning to find a healthier relationship with food and exercise, and I realized that Running was so much more enjoyable than walking (what I had been doing excessively during the ED). I felt so accomplished after running just 2-3 miles and so much more energized. And that made me WANT to fuel my body to do it again the next day.  I ran for the years that followed here and there 2-4 days a week but no “serious training.” Running helped me cope with lots of life during that season: stressful job, relationships, my mother’s illness and death (brain cancer), and infertility. When i finally got pregnant, I took a break from exercising regularly (2010) up until my youngest turned 4 (2016). I can probably count on two hands how many times I ran between that season. But since May 2016, I’ve been nonstop with training: first for a triathlon, then half marathons, a full marathon and more half marathons. And it just keeps getting better!!

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What are some of your proudest running moments?

One of the proudest running moments I have is crossing the finish line at my first (and currently only) full marathon. That training cycle introduced commitment, grit, determination, scheduling, and sadly injury for me and it took everything I had to complete miles 21-26 on race day. But for the last .2, I washed away my wallow, forgot the pain, and trotted across the finish line. Emotion swelled in-I’ll never forget it! You only become a marathoner for the first time once. And while it wasn’t the race I dreamed up, it was still a spectacular moment!
One other time my husband decided to join a race at the last minute. And because he was so overly zealous about running with the lead pack of guys, he crashed at mile 3 of 4.93….so I beat him across the finish line. VICTORY! And will remember that moment for forever! 🙂 maybe, just maybe, I’ll cross another finish line and beat him! Haha.
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What are you most proud of, not running related?
Some of my prouder moments without running shoes on: making it to the end of each day; road tripping to MS (10 hr drive) with a 3 and 2 yr old; living for a semester in a foreign country and walking away speaking like a native; conducting my college symphony upon graduating; learning to bake a pound cake; and acquiring a taste for black coffee (when only powdered creamer is available 😵).
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What running goals are you currently chasing?
I’ve been doing a lot of distance running over the last year. Since March of 2017, I’ve been training for 13.1-26.2 miles. But I always feel the desire to go faster. So this summer, I’m speed training. Not for specific races in mind, though I have several lined up. I just want to show up, work hard, and go faster. Ideally, I’ll work on the 5k distance. I’ve always wanted a sub22, and since that’s already come and I feel like I have more room to grow, I’ll be shooting for that sub21 by the end of October. It’s quite possible I’ll get back on the marathon train and have a late fall marathon (goal would be closer to a BQ…but realistically, just finish without the injuries this time!). Who knows?!  One thing I do know-this year has already been a super fun year of training!
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Any non-running goals?
As for non-running goals, I’ve got the desire to play in our local bigshot symphony. I played with them right out of college for some shows but haven’t been able to get back in. My techniques and skills have dwindled some, but I’ve had a few private lessons and hopefully will make it back in the orchestra soon!
What is the hardest running-related lesson you’ve learned?
As runners, we make ourselves vulnerable to injury, pain, burnout, pride, ridicule, celebration, camaraderie, and joy. It’s who we are. We work hard, harder than our bodies can keep up sometime, and we become obnoxious (guilty🙋🏻‍♀️) and obsessed with something that we LOVE to do. Not everyone will agree, understand, or rejoice with you.
BUT, we also have the ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire others who just want to be better than yesterday. Sometimes that vulnerability can cause a chasm between others, but it can also bring about movement (physically and metaphorically) in the greatest sphere of influence (the social platforms). To me, it’s worth sharing what I love to do so much so that it may be a catalyst for someone else to feel the freedom and joy of living out their dream with such passion.
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What’s your advice to someone who wants to be a runner, but feels intimidated?
Just start. Go. While a good supportive pair of shoes and comfortable clothes would be ideal, you really need NOTHING to start, just the desire to begin. For some that means running to the mailbox and walking back home, maybe once, maybe 10 times for days or weeks.  Or maybe it looks completely different. But just deciding to get out the door is the first step. Don’t pay attention to a distance or a pace. Do what feels right to you. The idea isn’t to feel like you’re going to die, but also know that it won’t be easy.  Remember, you can do hard things. And from there, you just keep building!!
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What role does your faith play in your running?

I could run without my faith.

I could probably train without my faith.

I bet I could even make progression, little by little, without my faith.

But without my faith, I am certain I’d lose all perseverance, perspective, and the purpose in my training and running. I wouldn’t be able to see the big picture, “trust the process,” or even view each workout/run/race a success even if it didn’t meet goal paces, the right distance, or a PR. It is only by the grace of God that I have breath and strength every day to move forward.  And for that, I’m extremely grateful. I actually GET to do something that I love to do!! But because of knowing the hope I have in Jesus, my running is not the end all/be all of life. It’s a beautiful passion that God has given me to see lived out for His glory.

But as much as my faith is used in running, it’s really broader than that: running lessons=life lessons.

The days that are hard, I always remember perseverance is key: give yourself grace and keep moving forward. The moments where I am humbled, I remember to keep things in perspective: there is a lesson to learn, I have to see the joy in the simple things, and I need to be generous and share that grace with others. I’m not a finish line success story, and I’m certainly not a daily human success story! I’m just a gal, who falls down, but has the courage to get back up again, puts one foot in front of the other, and gives praise to the One who sees me there. No one is going to steal that joy!

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What are three things that you’re grateful for?

I am especially thankful that God created me to enjoy the beach…or He created the beach for me to enjoy. Either way, the sand and waves and salty air give my heart all the feels!
I’m grateful for passions, desires, and the means to fulfill them. I firmly believe God places them in our hearts and allows us to pour ourselves into them for His glory. For me, that list seems quite long, but I’m so thankful for gifts of music, activity, creation, and writing!
I’m grateful for the spirit of conviction, for without it I’d be a hot mess!! I used to always wonder what that “little voice” was when I felt tugged in one way or another, and as I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve come to understand that it’s the Holy Spirit guiding me in the way I ought to go! What a gift is it to have this wisdom instruct us!!!
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Thanks for inspiring us, Amanda!
To keep up with Amanda, follow her on Instagram: @amandaghent
Check out her interview (episode #63) on the Rambling Runner Podcast!

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In Her Shoes: Meridith (@runningwithcadence)

Happy Friday! I’ve got a special treat for you today – an interview with one of my favorite ultrarunners + supermamas, Meridith.

You might know her around the interwebs as @RunningWithCadence (a fun play on a running term AND her adorable daughter’s name)! I’ve been following Meridith’s running journey for two years now and her strength and dedication to training is nothing short of amazing. She balances motherhood, marriage, career, and getting in lots of miles (and of course, Maggie miles!) each week with grace and a big smile. Let’s read more about her and find out how she does it!

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Not always in running clothes! ☺ December 2017 with the family. Photo credit: Fine Afternoon Photography

Welcome, Meridith! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us today. 

Hi! Thanks so much for reaching out to get to know me a little better! I love this running community and the friends who I’ve met through running.

I’ve been married for 8 years to a pretty incredible person. Jon makes me a better person, and he supports my passions way better than I could have ever dreamed. He’s also a pretty amazing daddy to our 2.5 year old. We have another baby girl due in September, so we’ll be a sea of pink (including Maggie the golden retriever) with my husband as our trusty leader.

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My favorite training buddies

I’m super close to my family, and I get to work with my dad in our family’s business. My sister has four kiddos, so it’s always a party when we get together. God has been a central part of my life, and I’m thankful that I was raised to know Him as a loving Father through all stages of my life. I’ve found that worshiping God through my legs and appreciating the gift of running has been a big part of growing my relationship with Him.

What’s a typical day like in your shoes?

I’m a working momma, but I recently changed my schedule to be MWF in the office. This has been the best change for our family, and I’m so thankful for my Tuesdays and Thursdays with Cadence, our daughter.  It’s also a huge blessing to be able to stay plugged in at my family’s business while I work with my dad and amazing co-workers.

Whether it’s a work day or a Cadence day, I like to wake up and finish my run first thing. I run a lot of weekdays on the treadmill, but I also love running with the stroller or solo runs outside. Whatever gets the job done! Cadence is a great little workout buddy, so most of the time, I can manage to get in whatever I want with the help of Cadence and my husband. I do weights three times a week, so most of the time, I’ll use our home gym on Tuesdays or Thursdays while Cadence plays. Outside of training, we try to fit in as much playground time, library time, and snuggle time as we can!

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Cadence has taught me that you can still train as a momma. She’s the best little training partner, and I enjoy everything more with her by my side.

 

My commute in the evenings on MWF can be 30-60 minutes, so at night, we pretty much just have time to walk the dog, eat dinner, and enjoy Cadence before bed.  

How long have you been running, and what made you get started?

I have been into fitness for as long as I can remember, but I really started running in 2013 when I signed up for my first marathon. It took me several years to figure out training (instead of just going out for a run at random distances on random days—ha!). I really got the bug in 2014 when I attempted a BQ (got it on my 4th marathon) and also learned about trail running. Then we got pregnant with Cadence in January of 2015, and I REALLY learned to appreciate running by running through pregnancy. I came back postpartum as a faster runner, and I started to apply smarter training methods to be a better and healthier runner.

What are your proudest running moments?

I ran my first (and only) 100 mile race one year after having Cadence. It was a great race (2nd female), but most of all, I was surrounded by my family and friends crewing me and supporting me in this goal. It was a really special time for me, and I felt so loved through the process. I was still breastfeeding Cadence, so I had to pump throughout the race. Our bodies are incredible things! I also saw my husband’s support as he helped make it possible to train for a goal like this. There are lots of ways to be romantic, but one of the most romantic things my husband can do for me is to support me in my passions like he does.

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Around mile 50 of the Yeti 100 in 2016 with my sweet crew members. My parents also crewed, which was a really special treat. Cadence turned one year old the day before.

Do you have a favorite race distance, and why?

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My favorite person – after the 2017 San Francisco Marathon

Right now, I’ve got to say the road marathon. I love trails, but in this stage of life, roads are easier to train with family life. I’ve run some really fun and fast marathons lately, and I want to see how fast I can get. The time commitment for the marathon is a good fit for my life right now.

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Awards for the Georgia Silver Comet marathon October 2017 with my number one cheerleaders.  1st place female and PR of 2:57.

 

 

Are there any goals that you’re currently chasing?

Baby due in September! Right now I am just trying to enjoy fitness and keep us all healthy. I’d love to run through this pregnancy, but I know that every week is a blessing. I hope to run a fast(er) marathon postpartum and another 100 mile race.

Do you have a favorite mantra or quote that inspires you?

For every goal race, I like to pick a verse to focus on during training and especially for a race. My verse for my 100 mile race was:

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

It was so special to be running under the starry sky and thinking about how God named one of those stars for me. In 2017, I created a training cycle journal (4 months) so that I could incorporate my faith more into my training. I have found that I train so much better when my focus is on my Creator, not on my efforts. I am currently working on an annual training journal. Hoping to have it available for others to use by the end of the year!

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Middle of the night with my awesome pacers for the Yeti 100. Katie and husband Jon paced me for the last 34 miles of the race.  

What’s your advice to someone who wants to start running?

Enjoy the process! Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by all of the information out there. There are so many different methods of training, and all of them can be effective in their own right. Consistency is the most important element, but don’t be afraid to throw in some cross training on days when things aren’t feeling 100%. I’m also a big fan of strength training!  

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3rd place at the San Francisco marathon in July 2017. Such a fun race, and no expectations except to survive the hills! Lots of wine tasting as a reward.

What running products/gadgets do you swear by?

I love my milestone pod! It is a foot pod with a really handy app that will tell you tons of metrics about the run. I also really love it because it keeps a running log for all of my runs, so even treadmill miles get logged.

What are some of your favorite things in life, apart from running?

I love spending time with my family, preferably outdoors! We love to hike and take walks with our golden retriever. It’s the best way to connect and talk, and Cadence loves to be outside. My husband and I are also big readers. I get most of my reading done on the treadmill, but I also always have a book by the bed with a back-up handy as soon as I finish the last page.

 

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We love to be outside, even if we aren’t running!


 

Just for fun – what are three things that you’re grateful for?

Oh so many blessings to pick from!

  1. A healthy pregnancy (22 weeks as of May 15th)! We miscarried in December, and it’s made me so aware of what a miracle this process is.
  2. A husband who supports my passions. When I told Jon that I wanted to train for another ultramarathon last spring, he said he was totally up for that as long as we travel somewhere fun. We ended up all flying to Oregon, and Jon crewed me for 100k while babywearing our 18 month old. True love!
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This hunk is my hero! He wore Cadence all over Oregon to crew me for Gorge 100k in April 2017. True love!

3. Running friends! Running wouldn’t be nearly as rewarding if I didn’t have my friends to share the experience with. Running is such a special bond, and it tends to connect all of our other stages and phases of life.

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Running friends make it all so much more rewarding! Stroller running fun in Hilton Head with Sara May 2018.
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Running with one of my trail friends, Sam, at the 2016 Yeti 100.

 

Thank you for letting us see what it’s like to run a mile in your shoes, Meridith! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and many happy summer miles!

Check out previous In Her Shoes interviews with strong, inspiring women.