The Desire To Quit

“The sometimes overwhelming desire to quit comes from the mind whispering ‘I can’t’ or ‘I’m not good enough, strong enough, smart enough.’ Whatever. Enough. We can be our own worst enemies when it comes to those doubts and negative self-talk. Being around people with positive attitudes helps, but ultimately it has to come from within. In the darkest times, no amount of schmaltzy platitudes will get you through it. When it counts, when you have to pull through, what you need is grit. You wrestle that bear to the ground, chasing it out of your psyche. You remind yourself that it’s easy to quit but hard to live with it afterward – it can turn into a virus that spreads and becomes an uncontrollable urge.”

Marshall Ulrich, Running on Empty

Sneak Peak Mizuno Wave Elixirs

A sneak peak at my new kicks…taking them out for another trial run this afternoon!

Always, Sierra

Running Ramblings

The early bird catches the worm! Er…trash…

Seagull Alameda

I managed to get yesterday’s run in before the sun turned into a fiery ball of death. Without sweat dripping into my eyes, I could enjoy the views.

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It was still warm though, and I spent most of the late afternoon/evening looking like this guy.


Any big plans for the Fourth? Mine involves the two B’s: beer and BBQ :). I couldn’t find any Fourth of July runs where I’ll be, but here are a few local ones if you’ve got the last-minute itch.

Alameda Mayor’s July 4th Parade R.A.C.E.


{race info – Orinda, CA}

Folsom Firecracker

{race info – Folsom, CA}

Thinking about setting off illegal fireworks? Make sure you can outrun the Police Chief first!

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{Race Info – Roseville, CA}

Also, I know it’s weeks overdue (procrastinate much?!), but I had the chance to catch Spirit of the Marathon II when it premiered. I loved it! It didn’t make me tear up like the first one did, but all of the athlete’s (amateur and elite) had stories that were relatable and drew me in. The two Domenico’s and Vasyl Matviychuk are all incredibly funny, and Ylenia Anelli’s energy was contagious. Here are some of the memorable quotes I jotted down:

“I felt like i was somebody.” Domenico after his first marathon & Rome Marathon

“Work, family and running. It’s a matter of the principles in life.”

“Doesn’t matter how many hours [you finish in], everyone has the same emotion.”

“When I’m out running this is my time – not worrying about the future and not worrying about anything in the past.” Cliff

“You simply have to keep moving forward.” It sounds so easy!!

“The marathon originally was and always will be an extraordinary journey.”

“What I’d like to say to everybody listening, to the older people…run, run.” Domenico I think

 I walked out of the theater feeling inspired, two hours well spent!

Always, Sierra 

What would be your dream marathon location?

What are you doing for the Fourth? Any fun runs?

Are you a morning runner or an evening runner?

Motivation Monday and Ice Cream




It’s been a struggle for the past couple weeks to fit in my work outs. Summer is my second favorite time of year, but with all the gorgeous weather and long days come lots of activities. There have been vacations, road trips, time spent with family, friend’s birthdays to celebrate, fun events to attend, busy-ness at work…the list goes on. It’s easy to fall in the “I don’t have time ” or the “I need this hour of free time to just chill” traps.

“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”   – Unknown

And even though I have been making sure to fit in a few workouts a week, they haven’t been at the frequency or the level I’d like. I have more than a sneaking suspicion that I could be putting more into every run, every strength session. So it’s time to kick myself in the butt!

How I get going when I’m not motivated

1. Switch up work-outs. Most of the time I don’t dread the entire act of working out. Instead, I think all day about what I planned on doing, and dread that specific thing. When that happens, I bust myself out of my routine and do something different. The last time this happened I had planned a speed workout on the treadmill, but the idea of running on a treadmill was yawn-inducing. I did a strength session instead and felt revitalized and full of energy after.

2. Change up the location. My neighborhood has a lot of thru traffic and is full of interesting characters. If I can’t get out to run early in the morning, I don’t like running from my house. This means during the week I end up doing runs on the treadmill after work a lot, and that gets real old real fast. When I can’t stand it anymore, I brave the 45 minutes it’ll take sitting in traffic to get to some fun trails or a nice park. It’s a time drain, but being outside and the change in scenery makes me feel like a kid again and puts joy back into the run.

3. Try something new. I just bought a Groupon for barre classes, and I’m super excited to get started. Barre classes are new to me, so I’ll get to learn something new, get a fun strength workout in, and give my body a challenge it’s never seen. Groupon and LivingSocial are great resources for fitness classes and events, but this could also mean doing a (free) run with your local run club if you’ve never partaken or swimming a few laps to enjoy the summer weather.

4.  Read a book, watch a documentary, get immersed in youtube clips, listen to a friend. When I can’t uncover my own motivation, I look for examples of other people’s motivation. Sometimes this means watching an amazing documentary…

And sometimes it just means listening to the Mr. recount his biking adventures and hearing how he pushed himself and how much he put into it. Find the quotes, movies, youtube clips that motivate you, and keep them easily accessible for those rough days.

Now that everyone’s motivated and ready to go…let’s eat ice cream! The Mr. brought me this amazingness the other day.

Dreyer's German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream

Run, don’t walk. Dreyer’s really knew what they were doing, and it’s crazy how much this ice cream tastes like German chocolate cake (one of my favorite desserts ever). It’s a limited edition, keep your eye out for it!

Always, Sierra

How do you get motivated?

What’s your favorite dessert? Your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Do you have a movie or quote or book that gets you fired up?