Running Dreams

“Dream big! Your dreams are your own and they are not silly. Dream of a marathon, a 5K, or to run a mile without stopping. Dream to help other runners learn from your mistakes. Dream to find more joy in the time you spend giving your body the gift of exercise. Dream what you will but do not stop there. Happiness and satisfaction are not found in dreaming alone, but in intentionally moving in a direction to make your dreams come true.” –Run the Edge

A year ago today my friend Evan started his running adventure. As he says, it “all started with a pair of shoes last Christmas.” I am inspired by his commitment to running, and thankful for a running buddy that wakes up early to run with me in the dark in Athens at 6 am (and sometimes even earlier). I would not be as committed to my health and running if it was not for him.

CSAA Friends picture after AthensHalf

CSAA Ath Half Finishers: Evan T., Dr. Linder, Lenet R., & Me!

I saw this quote on my Facebook feed today and it reminded me how much joy I get from running. Are you thinking about starting to run or want to create new fitness dreams (resolutions) for 2014? I hope this quote and Evan’s story inspires you to make your own! Share those dreams below.

UGA Football Inspiration

I love quotes. And as I sat here and watched this emotional UGA football end of year video, I decided I wanted to share the message. Because this advice applies to so much more than football games.

“I think that there is an unhealthy desire for perfection, that what we desire most, we expect to be void of flaws. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The strongest love is measured in it’s inperfections, and what makes us human are mistakes and failures. The desires to preserve, to overcome, to endure. These are the qualities that define passion, that show how badly we want something”

“I think in the end, the most important thing, was giving up the future we had planned, for the one that was waiting for us. Not everything ends up the way you want it to, but taking the time to realize that the most important things are the people you surround yourself with, your friends and your family, no trophy, no title, no victory is greater than that ”

– Frank Martin, University of Georgia Football

Go Dawgs!

Running Quotes

It’s important to remember that each footstrike carries you forward not backward. And every time you put on your running shoes you are different in some way than you were the day before. – John Bingham (Source: Runners World Motivational Quotes )

Sometimes, on good and bad days, I search “running” on Pinterest to find quotes for inspiration. What is your favorite quote about running?

Love, meaning, and motivation

“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (posted on Reddit)

As a Practicum student for UGA’s Student Activities and Organizations office, I am lucky to participate in weekly staff meetings; this quote was on last week’s agenda and I wanted to share it with all of you. It serves as a good reminder for me about the importance of creativity in life  – don’t try to find it, make it! What do you do to make your own love, manufacture your own meaning, and generate your own motivation?