So, I’ve been slowly getting back into running lately. And on my run the other day, I went 3 whole miles without stopping once.

What’s that? Applause? For me? Oh I really don’t think that’s necess- ok.

truman show bow

Anyways I listen to Pandora’s “today’s hits” station while I run, which is cool for the most part but sometimes it pauses for a few minutes for no reason at all. During these moments, it’s just me and my thoughts.

Most runners will tell you that is a very intimate moment- just you and your thoughts, listening to your feet against pavement, your breathing, feeling your body moving through time and space, telling yourself motivational things to dig deeper, etc.

So, what are my motivational things? Well, remember SNL’s Spartan Cheerleaders?

spartancheerleaders

I cheer myself on to the beat of their cheers.

Like this:

Mile 2, my music stops. My thoughts:

“Roll call!

cha cha boochie cha cha cha boochie

roll call!

my name is charlotte

(clap clap)

I’m breathing heavy

(clap clap)

but I’m still running

(clap clap)

so check me out!

…still no music…

cha cha boochie cha cha cha boochie

roll call!

my name is charlotte

(clap clap)

am I still moving?

(clap clap)

that walker passed me

(clap clap)

I might pass out”

Music comes back for a couple minutes. Then stops again. My thoughts:

“Who’s that girl who will not quit?

Its me! Its me!

Who’s that girl who wants to sit?

Its me! Its me!

Woohoo! Side cramps!”

Music comes back on for like, half a song then stops again. My thoughts:

“So you want to finish strong?

then run right through the pain,

although i think its safe to say,

you ain’t no Prefontaine

Prefontaine! Where is he?

I dunno, I dunno!

Prefontaine! Where is he?

I dunno, I dunno!”

And then the music came back on in time for the hill that I encounter at the end of my route, which isn’t fun, but the downhill part on the other side IS fun so it’s good motivation to get to the top. I purposely save that hill for the end (rather than running the loop in the opposite direction) because I heart running downhill that much. It makes me feel like I’m fast :)

spartan cheerleaders

What’s your favorite SNL skit?

Do you like running downhill?

Do you prefer hills in the beginning or end of your route? Or not at all?

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