Mental Running Game: You’re Done.

An amazing final long run.

Let’s get real for one second:  Running is a HUGE mental game, and for the past 2 weeks running has been winning the battle.

I’m not going go into details, but there have been lots of unnecessary tears and anxiety since getting sick after my last 13 miler.  I haven’t been able to get the distance I want and feel I need since, and my body has NOT been well.  This has taken a tole on me, more than I’d like to admit.

But this morning, I laced up — and I was READY TO GO.

Not to mention, I have an amazing husband who wanted to spend some time with me and laced up along side me for the first 4 miles — including being my personal photographer.

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Elitch Gardens

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GUS EVEN CAME ALONG FOR THE RUN!  His first in almost a year since he got sick — and he did GREAT!

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I need a personal photographer to come with me more often.  Thanks babe!

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I dropped the boys off at mile 4 and did a very similar loop on the trails that the three of us did, then finished with a hill into the Highlands neighborhood and eased back in for 10 miles.

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Seriously — I’m like a new person.  It’s amazing.

Dear Running,

You’re mental game’s got nothing on me.  With love, Kiss My Ass.  I’ve got this race.

Love, Ashley.