If You Don’t Believe, Who Will?

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 18, 2010


Dearest Yellow jacket, we had some GOOD TIMES! You will forever be a part of my half marathon glory! :lol:




You can bet your behind that they believe they are strong!

I wonder what their mantra is?


I was so inspired by this man who looked to be in his 70’s finishing 13.1 miles!


I wanted to quit so many times during this race because I had sharp stomach pains (i think it was from not eating early enough!). I stopped and walked a lot, and I just felt defeated. I had to keep repeating the note that was on my back just to get through the race.


I was never more happy than to cross that finish line (race recap can be found here).

When you think you can’t do something, remind yourself of a time when you reached a goal.

Today I struggled on a 10-mile run and I had to keep reminding myself of times when I did succeed with this distance.

I had to tell myself, ‘You are so much stronger than you think’ over and over until I believed it again.

The run:

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Total ascent (hill climb): 1121 feet
  • Avg heart rate: 162 bpm
  • Max heart rate: 179 bpm
  • Avg pace: 9:21 min/mile
  • Time: 1 hour 33 mins.


Mile Splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:06; ascent- 121 ft
  • Mile 2: 8:52; ascent- 100 ft
  • Mile 3: 9:04; ascent- 108 ft
  • Mile 4: 8:55; ascent 141 ft
  • Mile 5: 9:14; ascent- 110 ft
  • Mile 6: 9:53; ascent- 105 ft (my water ran out and I had none the rest of the run)
  • Mile 7: 9:33; ascent- 117 ft
  • Mile 8: 9:41; ascent- 113 ft
  • Mile 9: 10:11; ascent- 117 ft (I struggled SO much with this mile!)
  • Mile 10: 9:04; ascent- 89 ft (My goal was to finish strong!!!)


I’m not going to pretend like saying those words will instantly make it easy because that just isn’t true, but thinking about times when you have succeeded at something provides HOPE and inspiration. Maybe it was a piano recital that you rocked or your first 5k race or the time you headed to the gym in the dark even though your 8 month old had you up all night.

Each of us have victories each day that we often pass by without recognizing.

When you are struggling, think of the good times. Think of the times when you made a positive step in the right direction and think about the feelings you felt. Connecting the memory to the positive feeling will motivate you to want to feel those same emotions again.

Today’s run was not easy and I wanted to QUIT many times- I was feeling tired from lack of sleep and doing a lot of physical work this morning. Aside from that I was bored after mile 6- I was looping the neighbourhood and did not play any music on this run. However, by believing in myself I was able to push past my mental block and remind myself that sometimes the obstacle is more in our mind than on the pavement.

I’d love for you to tell me about a time when you succeeded that sticks out in your mind- it could be rocking a presentation, a race, a speech, beating an illness, an exam, a job interview, getting through a training workout, helping someone out, etc. Share your glory!

One thing that sticks out in my mind, and will forever, is when I passed my Oral Defense for my Master’s degree. It was quite possibly the most grueling 3 hours of my life and also the most anxiety-provoking thing I have ever been through. Whenever I am anxious about a meeting, speech, or other anxiety-provoking situation, I remind myself of the oral defense and how I overcame my fear. I tell myself, if I could get through that, I could get through anything.

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Bridget May 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

YAY ANGE! You are such a strong and determined woman, and it really shines through in your blog. I just love your positivity :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) May 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

this is kind of depressing, but there was a time in my life where i was at rock bottom…and i never thought i’d make it out alive! but looking back, i made it and i’m a better, stronger person now than i ever dreamed i would be, and i’m living a much happier, healthier life than i was at that point. Thank God i made it!


Jessica @ How Sweet May 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I am a huge believe in the power of positive thinking. I truly think we can do ANYTHING we want to, if we put our minds, passion, and work into it.


Noelle May 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I second Heather’s response. I can do all thing throuhg Christ who strengthens me! I can never do anything on my own free will and strength. I fail everytime!


Chloe (Naturally Frugal) May 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

There have been many times in my life that I’ve struggled & prevailed! Moving up from San Francisco back to Seattle was hard for me to do, but I knew in the end that it was the right thing for me at that point in time.
Another lesson I’ve learned is to not give up, even if I’ve been rejected once before. Last year I didn’t get into my top pick for graduate school, but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying again!

Great post Angela!


Camille May 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Good for you!
When I am running and I feel like quitting, I just say, “Okay, make it to the next street corner and then you can stop!” and when I get there I always think, “Okay, just one more street” and before you know if you have made your goal distance or more :)


Faith @ lovelyascharged May 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Haha I do that all the time with cracks in the concrete!


Krystina May 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I’m so unbelievably inspired by you.


Lauren May 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Dido :)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I’ve definitely had those rock bottom, not gonna make it runs– it feels SO good when you persevere and succeed against all odds!!!

I hope you and the yellow jacket are reunited some day…even if it’s not the same one :-)


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Runs like that are so tough, but you feel like a million bucks once you’re done!


k8 May 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I got sober 3 1/2 years ago. And when I don’t think I can do something, I remind myself of those 30 days, locked up in a treatment center, sobbing on my bed, screaming at the staff that I couldn’t do it anymore, sitting like a stone with no emotion for hours on end, and in the end, getting the gift that not every alcoholic gets. Sobriety. And the first year was tough. Now that I started exercising, I see my recovery from being a slug much in the same light. That first year is going to be tough. I’m resigned to that. But if the last 2 (wonderful) years of my recovery from alcoholism mean anything in the world of fitness, I’m pretty sure my fitness and health will rebound as much as my spirit did in those dark ,dark days.


Heather Dawn May 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

That is the mantra I have been using on my runs lately. It helps! I also tell myself ‘Im going to Rock This run’ before I go out :)
I think being able to run and now training for my first half marathon is a step to a huge accomplishment for me. I always hated running back when I was dancing in High School (back when I actually had good stamina), but my asthma made it miserable. I have now been able to push through that and actually improve my asthma! You can do anything as long as you set your mind to it :)


Jen May 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

My biggest battle was changing my thinking and getting better from depression. I have a hard time thinking positively. I have really over come the negative thoughts. No only about exercise but about every aspect of me. My brain is a totally mysterious thing.


Lisa May 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Wow, everyone’s moment of glory is really inspiring!

I think mine would be this weekend. I successfully completed my 55mile bike ride in Reach the Beach on Saturday. Months of training paid off. The ride was amazing. Then with only 10 miles left, my bike broke and I had to complete the rest of the ride without any gears! But I did it and I crossed the finish line on my bike!


Lauren @ Health on the Run May 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Congrats on finishing your run! I LOVE this line (and totally agree): “sometimes the obstacle is more in our mind than on the pavement.” Our minds are amazingly powerful things…they can set up huge road blocks, or give us the strength we need to overcome them.

A time that sticks out in my mind is actually my very first marathon. I cramped up (leg cramps) at mile 14 and was pretty miserable the rest of the way. At mile 20, I had no idea how I could possibly finish, I was in so much pain. I actually stopped for a second to try to stretch out my legs, but then quickly realized that if I let myself rest for a minute, I would NEVER start running again. Thankfully, I was able to push through and finish, just by taking it one step at a time. Now, when I’m faced with something extremely challenging, I just think back to that — if I can make it through that marathon, I can make it through anything. :)


Rachel May 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

One of my biggest accomplishments happened on Sunday actually!

It was my third race and for the first time I ran the entire distance with no walking breaks!

I am so proud of myself!!


Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt May 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

My mom always says that “something is always better than nothing”. I think that is especially true when doing an activity. you should be so proud of yourself for working through the pain and allowing yourself to be the best during that time.

My big successful moment was this weekend…I completed a 39.3 mile, 2 day walk. My Dad was by my side the whole way. It was a great moment!


Olivia @ Blissful Runner May 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I’ve had a few moments in my life where I was just so proud of myself for having gotten through it and I will always remember the huge relief I felt just knowing it was behind me. The time I got up on a stage in college and sang a sang Orange Colored Sky for my soloist class at a choral concert – sounds silly but it was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done. The first time I finished a half marathon. Giving a speech on behalf of my company. Saying my vows at my wedding – again, sounds silly, but HELLO! there’s like this huge audience and it’s no secret I get crazy stage fright! lol… Nice work on your race, I think sometimes the worst races are the ones we should feel most accomplished for finishing!


Charlotte May 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

The biggest thing I have had to push through was an injury on my foot that left me coach ridden and having to quit my job for the past 6 months. It was miserable going from a very active life to nothing. I kept telling myself that I was doing everything I could to get better fast and there was nothing else I could do to make it happen any faster. Luckily my husband and family helped me through this tough time and I am finally up and walking again without any pain! It is hard when things like this happen, but you have to keep living the best life you can.


nicole @ Making Good Choices May 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I had a successful moment this past weekend. I had a great 10k race and felt really good the whole time. Thanks for making me stop and take a moment to realize that.


Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I went to the gym last night for the first time in a LONG time. I was going to a fitness class and before leaving, I almost talked myself out of it. I was afraid that it would be too hard for me to finish and that the other people would think that I was a fool for not knowing what I was doing. I remembered your post about your mantra that you repeat to yourself while swimming. So I made up my own to remind myself how strong I am and all the times that I’ve already proved that to myself. Of course, the gym turned out to be a fun experience and wasn’t scary at all! :-)


Anne May 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Not a moment, but a few quotes that have helped me through everything from injury, to losing my job to really tough workouts and sports competitions:

-The pain is only temporary, so never give up. – ?
-Pain is only temporary, but quitting is forever. – Lance Armstrong


Katie May 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I had a successful and triumphant moment 2 weeks ago when I finished my spring semester. This semester was especially grueling…I had an intense course and workload, was living in and taking care of my first apartment, writing for 2 newspapers, taking yoga, spin, and weight training classes, AND applying for summer and fall internships. But what made all of that even more horrifying was coming down with mono…which peaked just before midterms. Perfect timing, right?

Well let’s just say, when it rained…it POURED. I have never experienced such a dark time in my life before. It was bad enough having to deal with the pain and exhaustion that accompanied the illness, but it seemed that everything else in my life fell apart. I faced MANY setbacks (some not related to being sick) and I was at the end of my rope.

But I stuck it out. I just kept telling myself that “this is all temporary “and that eventually, good things would start happening. Sure, it took a couple of months and ocean’s worth of tears, but I made it through.

Not only did I get my stride back, but I successfully finished the semester with a 3.9/4.0 grade point average. Trust me, this is a TREMENDOUS accomplishment considering I was so close to giving up and was thinking of taking an incomplete in a couple classes.

I’m SO glad I stuck it out. I now look at myself differently and give myself MUCH more credit for not only what I can endure, but for what I can accomplish when the weight of my world is crushing me.


[email protected] May 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

the weird thing is the first thought i had of these pictures was “a rose amongst the thorns” thats what u remind me of.. ur such an inspiration! <3


Katalina @ GreenLivingNY May 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

You are very brave!!! :) Positive thinking is very important! Loved the idea of that note on your back!! And the 70year old man is so inspiring, yes, made me think about a lot of things to each I said that I can not do it, and I remember now the words that my father always says to me “There isn’t I can’t-it’s only I don’t want to try” !


Robin May 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Awesome run!!

I have a t-shirt from my local running store which, on the back, says “Good enough never is.” I try to repeat this over and over, whether it’s in the middle of a 3-day calculus studying session or in the middle of a really tough run.


Emmanuelle May 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

At first I thought I don’t have anything really to be proud of. But then I have.
I was shy and introverted, and I spent a year in the UK during my studies, I had to step out of my comfort zone to go and speak to people in a language that wasn’t mine (still isn’t, sorry for the mistakes!), and it worked. Best time of my life.

Also one of the worst because I was deep in my eating disorder (binge eating). One year later I had recovered, by myself. And I’m proud of this, I was my own therapist and looked deep inside of me to find the roots of this ed, hard and dark times, but I did it.

Also I started my first job in a Belgian company in Paris, France, then I moved to Belgium for this job. And the company went bankrupt. No income from one day to the next, no way to pay the rent anymore, no Belgian ID or title of residence, no social security. And no way I was going back to live with my parents ;-) So I stayed and bounced, and I found out I was stronger than I thought.

Oh, and I started working out a few years ago after believing all my life that moving my behind was not for me! Not to mention yoga, which helped me realize how amazing and beautiful a human body is!


Sara May 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm

it’s definitely hard to keep a positive mindset…im recovering from an ED right now
and i think i’ve been to rock bottom
its so easy to think that you’re working to get better and healthier and to think about
what that will feel like but its so hard to actually get there..
I’ve been to treatment centers, thrown dishes across the kitchen, broke down in the middle
of the grocery store and woken up screaming and tears streaming in the middle of the night..
and then the time when i wasnt feeling at all…i couldn’t cry no matter how hard i tried..
but when i think about what it does to my body in terms of child bearing-i want it more than anything…and to finally feel better about myself..overcoming this, for me, is about reminding myself everyday that i’m worth the commitment to myself, and that im strong enough to do it.
thinking positive really does have amazing power and also to write down things you are thankful for…
p.s. your wedding video on the about page is beautiful! I like 1:22 :) cutee


Wei-Wei May 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I am so with you on this, Sara. I’m going through a pretty low low right now (such bad timing, before my finals?!) but I’m trying to recover the best I can. And yeah… child bearing. My mom was so sad and heartbroken when she found out I didn’t have my period. We’re still trying to get it back.

Keep fighting girl! I’m cheering for you :D



maissa May 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

My mantra? Survivor, survivor, survivor. Not from the Destiny’s Child song, but because of my mother. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 11, she died EIGHT years later when I was 19. She SURVIVED for eight years and lived a beautiful, complete life. Her strength took her through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Her will to survive allowed her to learn to walk again through excruciating pain after the cancer invaded her spinal column and collapsed a vertebrae in her backbone. She said she got her survival instinct from her father, a holocaust survivor, and I know I get my drive to push through things and accomplish things, my will to survive from her.

The hardest thing I ever had to do was watch her die, but she did it with so much beauty and grace that I use her as a point of inspiration instead of sadness.


Mary May 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Angela YOU are amazing and I have no doubt that regardless of your run today, you’ll be GREAT in your half :)

I think my greatest glory was graduating nursing school last year, AND THEN passing my boards! to have that glorious RN after my name at a ripe 22 years old :) after that, it’d probably be landing a job at duke medical center.


jenny (Green Food Diaries) May 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

angela i totally needed this after today. thank you SO much.
“Each of us have victories each day that we often pass by without recognizing.” — hear, hear. i often forget to pat myself on the back because i’m always so impatient to move onto bigger things.

my greatest glory is (as of one month ago) having healed constant brain fog/poor concentration by diagnosing and experimenting things on my own, without the help of anyone except my own research. i cut out all sugar (including fruit sugar and even large doses of carrot juice) and the brain fog/headache that i had for the past year has cleared up magically. i am so proud of myself for taking alternative healing seriously when no one else believed in me.

thank you, once again.


Lizzie May 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I would have to say psychologically and emotionally the hardest thing I have ever been through was spending 2 years apart from my then boyf (now husband) in separate countries (not my home country either), both with low paying jobs, running up $300/month phone bills, getting rejected from several visa applications and then finally getting approved for one. Without some amazing women in my life I would have quit on my relationship and gone home. Walking through that airport gate and seeing my boyfriend made it all worthwhile.


Faith May 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I run every afternoon after work. I honestly hadnt packed enough to eat today, so now (about a half hour before its time to leave and head for the lake), I just talked myself into skipping my workout, going home, having a glass of wine and EATING. Reading this definitely made me decide to push myself for at least a short 3-miler. I’m stonger than I think and I know I can make it – it’ll be worth the mental push! Perfect timing on this post :)


Wei-Wei May 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm

One of my roadblocks is a “run,” too, except proooooobably on a different level from you guys: I improved my mile time (yes, the mile run in PE! Don’t you miss high school? :D) from 9.59 to 9.15! I thought of you guys the whole way. If Angela can do it, SO CAN I! Just another example of how much you’ve inspired me. ;)



Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

good work!


Kyla May 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

A month ago I ran my fourth half marathon. It was HOT especially for April in St. Louis. There were more inclines than I wanted when combined with the heat is not a fun thing. There were many times when I thought to myself “I am so tired, I don’t even feel like I’m running that fast, I could just walk…”

I powered on, ran the whole time, and had my best half marathon time ever. Sometimes when we feel the weakest is really when we are the most strong.


Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

oh wow – what a fantastic effort :) 10 miles??? IMPRESSIVE!!!! I never cease to be amazed what our strong legs and determined minds can accomplish :)


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow May 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

About a year ago I went through an experience where someone truly violated my trust. This had never happened to me in this way and I was faced with telling someone that I loved and cared for deeply that I was hurt, angry, and had lost all trust in us. It was one of the worst moments I had ever been through and I did not know how to even open my mouth at first. I tried to act normal and be my smiley self but on the inside I was desperately wanting to run away and crawl under the covers.

I had to use all of my belief in myself, my positive attitude and experiences to provide me the comfort I needed that day. And I did what I had to do. I was honest and real- no matter how hard I knew it would hurt the other person and me!

But I am now stronger than I ever ever ever have been. A beautiful lesson indeed!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Aw I love your mantras. I made it through a studio final. People stay up for multiple days at a time and never sleep to finish these projects. I was lucky enough to pace myself and never have to stay later than 10:30 at night and I finished it :)


Jenn (GH) May 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

10 miles! I don’t think I have ever ran that far in my life!!!

Competing in my first figure competition was a huge goal for me on so many levels but mostly b/c I rarely have the discipline to stick things out. That discipline followed me through the entire year as I also wrote an entire rough draft of a screenplay. Now I just wonder where all that drive and discipline went! ;-)


[email protected] Colors May 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Your blog today was truly fitting!!! I went on a run this morning, and STRUGGLED!!! I didn’t even make it to three miles. But remembering times we’ve blasted through truly is the best “sports psychology!!” Reading your blog today reminded me of a year ago when I was very sick with Mono, a full time nutrition student with strenuous classes, and working a job I truly disliked. I lost weight and was down to 100lbs, but through all the stress, I found comfort in running, and blasted through 4-6 a miles almost daily (yes even with Mono, I know… shame shame), but THIS will be my reminder when I go running tomorrow!! Thank you for the reminder of being stronger than I feel sometimes!! And with just having graduated, I now know I am totally capable of conquering anything!!


kath May 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Love your attitude and that mantra! I keep being more and more amazed by the role of mental strength in achieving goals that seem physical at first (like a long run).

I wonder if some day you would tell a little about how you prepared for/handled your Masters Defense? I have a similar kind of oral exam coming up, and it scares me more than anything!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I did mock defenses with Eric over and over and over. Practice makes perfect. I made sure everything was memorized to a tee so in case I was super stressed I wouldnt fumble as much. I knew that presentation inside and out so it really helped me.


kath May 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Definitely a good plan – prepare, prepare, prepare! Thanks for the reply!


Kellie May 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm

When I ran my 1/2 I remember wanting to not even start the race. It was dark, early and I was alone (my family was on vacation). I knew that I would feel worse if I didn’t try and the feeling of accomplishment crossing that finish line was amazing!


Karly (Becoming My Best Self) May 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I did my first half marathon in San Francisco in October. Still to this day, I still don’t consider myself a runner, so why I decided to run a half marathon is beyond me! I admit it – I am a challenge junkie!

I knew I was going to need some extra support to get through at 22km in one piece. My boyfriend couldn’t be in San Fran with me but he wrote me a little note and stuck it in a mini ziploc bag and tucked it into my fuel belt. He told me I couldn’t read it until I absolutely had to. Well, knowing that I had that note with me during my run definitely kept me pushing! And around the 15km mark, I finally gave in and read his note. It was just the encouragement I needed at that time. I crossed the finish line in one piece and a big smile on my face.

The fact that you can do 10 miles on an average day makes you a rockstar Angela!

You will rock your half, I know it! :)


Triathlonbabe May 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

What a great feeling it is to accomplish something you never thought you would or could. I’ve a succeeded in a few great things to me in my life. I lost 90 lbs. after struggling with weight issues for many years. I ran my first marathon and finished. I did my first Olympic distance triathlon and finished. I rock climbed almost 120 ft for the first time in my life. I have the same mentality as several of your responders, I thrive on positive as much as possible.

Way to go to all of your accomplishments!


Rachel May 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Can’t think of one major success that sticks out right off the bat. But what I do know is that I’ll be thinking of this post, and others struggles and mantras when I’m competing in my first half-marathon in two weeks! Thx for always fostering such a positive environment on your blog. p.s. first time I’m reading outside my reader — and I love the new look!


Tammy Root May 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I felt the same exact way as you after I defended my dissertation!! It was grueling, exhausting, and stressful. It was one of the hardest things I had to get through. I think of my defense when I have a public speaking engagement (which always terrify me) and I too say, “…if I could get through that, I could get through anything.”


Amanda May 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm

RIP yellow jacket! You’re not having the best of luck with your lulu’s are you? First you rip your pants during a bike ride and now this. Sorry Ange!


Kara @ MyWellnest May 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm

See it. Say it. Do it.
That’s the mantra I apply when going after something I want to accomplish.
(It’s borrowed from former UGA Gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan.)

Your race photos are so inspiring!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

You are such an incredible inspiration girl! When I ran, I always repeated the same thing, “You are stronger than you think you are.” While it wasn’t a quick fix by any means, it helped me IMMENSELY. Now, when I think that I just can’t make it another month with this stress fracture… I remember how very far I’ve come. It’s been almost 6 months, going on 7, and I’m still here. I’ve made it. I haven’t given up yet and I’m not about it.


Julie @savvyeats May 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

R.I.P. yellow jacket… losing a Lululemon item is very tragic!

I can think of a lot of instances, but the most recent would be my 25 1/2 mile bike ride this morning. My legs were so incredibly tired at the end because I had been biking into the wind for the past 10 miles, so I just kept telling myself “finish strong, finish strong, you’re almost there!” And before I knew it, I was back at my car!


Sophie @ yumventures May 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Congrats on making it through the race! you are so strong and inspiring :)


Eunice May 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I started running earlier this year and I have to admit that it’s been difficult to push through when I’m not feeling a run. I really need to start repeating that to myself. I am stronger than I think!

A few years ago I was in a situation where I was basically left homeless after someone I was close to stole from me. It was the scariest time of my life, and I still get goosebumps when I think about how hopeless I felt. I made it through though. Not only did I find a way to recover financially, but I was able to forgive the person who did this to me. If I can do that, then surely I can run that last mile! :)


The Healthy Apron May 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm

What a great, motivating quote!


Rachael May 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Motivational post, for sure.
I consider myself to be pretty strong, and getting past a rough childhood (though I cultivated a relationship with my parents in my 20’s), a severe eating disorder, two assaults and most recently, a late-term miscarriage have left me extremely grateful and proud to be where I am today. I bounce well :)
I loved the shot of the elder running – I think it’s odd that we so often write older folks off, when for most of history, they were completely venerated. Power to him!


Katy May 19, 2010 at 9:58 am

Hi, Just found your blog and I am loving it. It is quite inspirational! I am trying to eat more healthfully and clean. I read that you pack your lunch. What do you typically pack?


Cristy @ bottegalyla.com May 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

Happy Birthday!!!

Yep, tough times stink but you have to just keep getting up, dusting yourself off, and running :) Thanks for all of your great posts!


Jessica May 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

Hi Angela! Been reading for a few weeks now. I’m a runner myself, training for a marathon in September- my first :-)! What kind of gizmo do you use to track your miles and elevation? I love that you always have a per mile breakdown and would love to have one. Happy Birthday!


Heather ODonnell May 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I am definitely going to put an OB message on my back during my first half marathon next weekend. Thanks for the reminder!!


Jess May 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

This was the perfect post for me today!! I have my first 10k on Saturday and started having back pain today. I was already worried about the distance but… I am going seriously repeat that line over and over after about mile 4.

Thank you!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Please don’t run if you are in pain!


Dee May 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

this was a very inspiring post. :)


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