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The Runner Inside Me

My feet ache, my knees hurt, my breath is heavy and my mind is telling me it’s had enough.  The humidity is high. Sweat is covering my eyes and the breeze that I felt within my first few strides has since subsided. I take a deep breath in and then let it out, praying each time my foot hits the pavement the cramp in my side will go away. With every song that plays I wait for the voice through my headphones to tell me I’ve at least run a mile, but when I unlock my phone I’m barely at a half. “I can’t do this,” I tell myself, “not today.” But, I keep going, I don’t stop. The runner inside me is not giving up. The runner inside me will not settle for less than the 3 miles I said I would run before I started this. She knows better. She knows my body is strong enough to finish. She will not let my mind, my self doubt or my insecurities win.

The more I focus on my breathing and my stride, the quieter the voice of doubt becomes. I coast off every now and then to sing a few of the lyrics playing on my iTunes, but that cramp begins to dig deeper into my side so I go back to breathing, tightening my abs to keep it at bay. I hit two miles and am starting to feel better. It may be because my feet are numb and my legs are jell-o that I know longer feel the fatigue, but I hear the voice once again with a per minute mile faster then the last. A smile crosses my face. I’m doing it. I’m more than halfway there!

By the time the 2.5 mile marker comes the sun is much higher in the sky. It’s beating directly down on my face and shoulders and I can feel the stillness of the air much more than before. I thought New York summers were hot until I moved to North Carolina. And even though I’ll take the heat over the snow any day, all I can think of in that moment is water. I’m starting to get dizzy and the ponytail on my head is becoming heavy.

You’re almost there.”

I can hear her loud and clear. She’s pushing me with every bit of strength she has left. With each bead of sweat that is now pouring off of me, she cheers me on. She will not let me disappoint myself. She knows how badly I want this. She is my best friend and my worst enemy. She is the runner inside me.

It was not easy. Actually, it’s never easy. It’s always a battle between mind and heart every time I step out onto that open road. But, when I hit that 3 mile marker, when I could finally slow down to catch my breath, the feeling inside of me was worth it all. I can’t describe it, but I’m sure you know it well. I looked down to my phone for my pace:

Mile 1- 9:43

Mile 2- 9:33

Mile 3- 9:13

I did it. She did it. We did it. I can’t thank her enough on days like this. She pushes me harder, she keeps me going, she won’t let me give up. She has faith in me when I don’t have faith in myself. She is there exactly at the moments I need her the most and because of her I have been able to accomplish goals I never thought possible. All because she believed in me. It took me awhile to find her, but I’m so happy I did. She is the runner inside me.



Video Blog and Concert Recap: Dan + Shay with Canaan Smith

This past Sunday, my friend and I went to see Dan + Shay and Canaan Smith here in Charlotte. For the full experience, check out the video blog below. For a venue that doesn’t usually book country music artists, they definitely pulled in some good energy on a Sunday night. Canaan Smith opened the show debuting many of the songs that will be on his upcoming EP. My personal favorite was a slow love song called “Mad Love.” Canaan’s style is reminiscent of a mix between Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Alternating between ballads and high energy performances he showcased his vocal, guitar and even dance talents. The best part of his show for me was when he covered Nick Jonas’s “Jealous.” He saved the highly anticipated “Love You Like That” for last and came out after he was done performing to meet fans and take pictures.

Dan + Shay came out and ended with a bang playing every song off of their current album. They through a few others in there as well along the likes of Brooks and Dunn, Def Leppard and Diamond Rio. Their cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” was absolutely phenomenal. They slowed it down a bit with at the piano for their song “Fade Away,” and ended the show with vocals from the crowd on their hit single “19 You and Me.”

If the Where it All Began tour comes to a city near you, I highly recommend you make an appearance. You will not be disappointed. Hit the play button the video below and give a listen.

Have you seen Dan + Shay in concert? What do you think of Canaan’s debut song “Love You Like That?”

Next Up: Fitness lovers, mark you calendars or join my email list so you don’t forget to stop by the blog on Tuesday. My awesome blogger friend and fitness instructor Amy Sinclair will be stopping by to talk about barre workouts!