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July 21, 2011
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If you read my blog, then you already know I’m nothing if not honest with you guys (and gals).  Or at least I try to be.

Seriously, I value honesty.

Which is why I’m announcing today that I’m going to run the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (again) this October.

And it’s also the reason I’m explaining why I was so hesitant to make such an announcement to you all.

I’ve noticed a lot of resistance towards “healthy living blogs” lately.  I’ve seen lots of posts that call out some of the behaviors that are mainstream in the “healthy living blog” community and questioning whether those behaviors are really all that healthy.  I’ve been loving on the attitudes of those bloggers who promote a more “moderate” lifestyle.  One that doesn’t involve running marathons or going vegan, which is why I felt very hypocritical when I made the decision to train for the half. 

Is this the part where you say, “Yeah, she is a hypocrite!” and click out of this page?  I hope not.

Allow me to explain.

No, I don’t think life is about extremes or pushing yourself beyond your own limits.

No, I don’t think you have to run long distances to be healthy or happy.  In fact, I don’t think you have to run at all.

No, I don’t think you have to be training for some big race to fit in in the blog world.  Or to stand out, for that matter.

That’s me…

This decision wasn’t about anyone but me.

I wanted to do it.  I thought long and hard about it before I decided to commit to training.  And I will only care about how I feel at the finish.

For me, running a half marathon is totally do-able.  I know my body is capable because, heck, I’ve already done it!  It’s not about burning calories or having awesome calves and a six pack (um, yeah I gave up on having a 6 pack long long long ago).  And it’s not about needing to feel accepted by the mainstream blogging community by doing something that I’m not really ready or up for.

It’s about the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with finishing a long training run.  And the even greater sense of victory after seeing all your hard work pay off during the actual race.  It’s about feeling invincible and seeing the amazing things I can do when I put my mind (yes, my mind — for me, running is more mental than physical) to it.  

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PA170607 And it’s partly about bonding with this guy.

That being said, I do want to share the experience with you and be able to be excited about training.  I don’t want anyone to be turned off by having to read “yet another long distance runner’s blog.” 

Please say you won’t be.

And in true Honest Abe Lauren fashion, I promise not to say things like “oh and then I ran 10 miles” and move on like that’s not some huge feat.  Because 10 miles is a huge feat (any distance is, if you ask me :)) and even though I know I can do it (and more!), I promise not to belittle anyone (including myself) by making it seem like long distance running is some easy ordinary thing.  In other words, I promise to address it like a real person and not a superhuman running machine.

And speaking of superhuman running machines, did I mention Joey is doing the full marathon? 

  PA170614 I think he just wants an excuse to eat a burrito twice the size of his head again.

Psychooo.  Just kidding.  He’s totally capable and who am I to judge someone for the decisions they make in their own lives?

In conclusion, don’t dismiss me because I turned out to be another long distance-running blogger.  I’m still much much more than that.

Sincerely,

Lauren

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2011 3:20 PM

    loved this post! you are soo much more that just another blogger. YOu are YOU 🙂 haha

  2. July 21, 2011 3:37 PM

    I totally feel you – sometimes I get uncomfortable reading blogs that I’m actually fond of and they end up poking fun at “healthy living” type blogs. I used to think running wasn’t for me, and I’d never be a running blog. Now? I love running and wish I wrote about it more. I’d love to do a half! Next year perhaps 🙂 Also – this is kind of why I was so hesitant to announce that I was experimenting with GF…especially after I specifically remember commenting on a post of yours where I agreed with you in thinking that unnecessary trends like a GF diet when not completely necessary were frustrating.

    It’s funny how I’m afraid of doing things that make me stick out like a sore thumb, all the while being afraid of things that make me blend in with the masses, too. Just remember to do what makes YOU happy…whether it’s something thousands others are doing, or just a couple – and I know you will have a blast at the half because you truly want to be there and train for it 🙂

    • July 21, 2011 4:26 PM

      I was totally surprised to hear that you were trying the gluten-free thang, but you know your body much much better than anyone else so you know what’s best for you. And who says your opinions/beliefs have to stay the same your entire life, anyways?

  3. July 21, 2011 4:51 PM

    So you’re another one of THOSE people, eh? Hehe, just kidding girlie. You know I love you, and I think it’s awesome that you’ve decided to run another half. Congrats! Never be ashamed of the things you love, because the people who care about you will support you no matter what, and the snarky people? Well… who cares about them anyways. Live loud and proud 😀 If you love it, and it makes you feel good, then do it and never, ever apologize.

    • July 22, 2011 9:05 AM

      “Never be ashamed of the things you love” — best quote of the day!

  4. July 21, 2011 5:58 PM

    Healthy is about being you and finding what is best for you. If you want to run, then by all means run. If you want to do yoga, do that. If you want to eat a jar of peanut butter, then eat it -hey it happens to the best of is 😛
    Be proud of who you are and what you enjoy!

  5. July 21, 2011 6:15 PM

    I’m pretty sure I’m one of “those bloggers” you’re referencing that has been hating a bit on the health blog community – but please know that I’m not condoning vegans or marathoners in general. Rather, I’m condoning the mindset that we have to be vegan or run marathons in order to be healthy. If you want to run a marathon, I support you 100%. If you want to eat 20 boxes of donuts tomorrow, I support you 100%. Whatever makes YOU happy!

    • July 22, 2011 9:04 AM

      And I’m totally with you on that incorrect mindset, Jenny! Which is why I wanted to make it clear that I don’t think running a half marathon is necessary to be healthy!

  6. July 21, 2011 6:51 PM

    I guess I can’t criticize you too much because I am also a long distance runner. This is YOUR blog.. talk about what YOU want. Like you said yesterday; no judgement!

    • July 22, 2011 9:02 AM

      Good point! I should take a few of my own tips, huh?

  7. July 22, 2011 10:31 AM

    Awesome that you’re going to rock the Denver Half Marathon again! I’m quasi-tempted by it, but I’m also worried about mixing in training with the start of medical school. My better judgment says I should fuhgeddaboudit, but it was such a fun race! Also, you really don’t need to apologize for signing up for a half marathon. I think you have such a fantastic attitude about healthy living in general that your decision to do the half seems like a perfectly natural extension of your love of food and exercise in moderation. A half is a perfectly reasonable goal, and I don’t think it’s indicative of your joining the (admittedly immense) ranks of long distance running bloggers. It’s just one of many goals of yours, I’m sure. I don’t think you should ever feel embarrassed about your passions….:)

  8. July 22, 2011 12:04 PM

    True Story: I’d run a marathon for that burrito.

    -courtney

    • July 22, 2011 4:02 PM

      Word on the street is that it wasn’t actually that good 😦

  9. July 22, 2011 1:05 PM

    Pfft, your life and your blog, so even if this WAS hypocritical (which it isn’t)–go the heck for it anyway! And I admire anyone who can get out there and run. 3 miles is my max, and that’s only on a reaaaaally good day. And wow, I just got back from Denver, and if you can run a half marathon AND breath there, I am impressed!

    • July 22, 2011 3:58 PM

      Ha ha yes, the altitude would take some getting used to. I don’t even notice it!

  10. July 22, 2011 2:00 PM

    I admire you for picking such a fun goal and keeping it real! I don’t dislike marathoners or vegans, I just like people to be honest about doing stuff they believe in, not for popularity, and it’s clear that this is a goal all about YOU, so I will enjoy reading about your journey. 🙂

  11. July 22, 2011 2:03 PM

    I could never dismiss you girl! Even if you screamed at me “you must run to be healthy”, I would just do like I do with the hubster. Shake my head, uh huh, and go on with my business….lol!

    I love your blog, your honesty, your character, and the fact that you have a variety of content to read about. Besides how could I hate on someone who loves New Orleans so much 🙂

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