Behind Brown Eyes

21st century flogger. That's food-blogger, fyi. Now if it were the 17th century...
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Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner.
Noel Carroll, Irish runner and two-time world age-group winner at 18 and 19
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.
Les Brown
A zebra has stripes, no matter how much he longs for the spots of the leopard, he has stripes. Embracing ones stripes takes courage. Knowing where to find the resources of a leopard is survival. Glad to know you #20.

~Michael Smith, Coach and colleague :)


Kicked off my first day of #training for my first full #marathon with a 12 mile run in my new #Asics! I’ve finally found my #running mojo again!! #Shoes: the #motivation I needed to free myself from this awful winter funk. Amen!

I felt extremely responsible because the sport of running has given me so much confidence that I knew I needed to advocate for other women.
Kathrine V. Switzer - first official female entrant in the Boston Marathon (1967); inductee, National Women’s Hall of Fame (2011)
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
Steve Jobs
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Jim Ryun
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker

An inspiring story and commitment to making a difference through running, written by my favorite Yankee season ticket-holder, Julie.

What a blessing to think of all of the people we meet as we go through life—at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected places. My mom and I met Julie because she sits in front of us at the Yankee games. Julie has so much spunk, drive and passion; she’s the type of friend you always want to be around. She makes the games fun and exciting, even with no mo’ Mo (for now). And without Mo, the laughter definitely helps us keep our spirits high!

Julie is so dedicated to running that she inspires and (unknowingly) challenges me to be a better athlete. She gives me the confidence to be a better runner through her words, but also through her actions and what she has accomplished.

Wishing you the best of luck on your 24 hour race for BoMF!!! Maybe one year I’ll join you? But let’s stick to us doing a half marathon first, not to mention a full, before I consider a literal DAY of running.

The days and weeks leading up to a race—injuries, anxiety, worries, nerves and duration of training aside—I always say to myself, “Why do I put myself through this misery? I’ll never do this again.” And yet here I am, registered for my second half marathon. And my first of 2012!

There’s a rush you get from a race. It’s indescribable. The adrenaline, the determination, the drive to finish. The emotional, all-consuming feeling of accomplishment that spreads from head to toe when you cross the finish line at top speed. Your goal, once an illusive thought and unrealistic expectation, now in plain sight. So real. So reachable.

And in this moment. When the goal you’ve trained for lies directly ahead…it’s only you that matters. You are in control. You’re doing this for you and you alone. Nothing else matters…in this moment.

Family, friends, fans and fellow runners seamlessly slip into the background. And get lost in it. Every face and shape in the crowd turns a translucent blur, as your eyes focus solely on the destination ahead.

Goals will be reached.

Records broken.

Hope restored.

Passion renewed.

Motivation rediscovered.

The finish line is in sight.

You will reach your goal.

So go on.


You’ve earned it.

And remember…

If you have your mind set on a goal, you can, and you will, achieve it.