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A Realization

When I was a freshman in high school, my soccer coach pulled me aside at practice and said “Make no mistake, I appreciate how hard you work, but you’re making your teammates look bad because you are so severely out-working them.” I was in utter shock–perhaps that’s why I’ve never forgotten it. How shameful of a thing to say, as a coach. The reality is that many people still feel this way, I believe. If you outshine them, they are scared shitless and can’t deal with it. Thus, they try to shut you down (instead of improve themselves). Here’s my take away from this: Never let anyone’s opinion of you diminish your commitment to doing what’s right & what’s in line with your purpose in life. Never ever.

Q & A with UltraRunner Emz Eliason of RunEmz.com

So excited to share the wisdom and thoughts of a woman that I truly admire, look up to, and see as a running sister!




Here are my questions to Emz:

1. You run, a whole bunch. What gets you up in the morning with such tenacity?

I’d say for the most part it is my goals. Even if I don’t have a scheduled race in the near future, I know running for charities is my passion. I always want to know that if I received an opportunity to do a run….that I will be ready [training wise]. The early morning hours are MY time for ME. This may mean I get out of bed at 4:30 but it is always worth it.

2. How is each run different for you?

Although I do all my runs on a treadmill, I do try to make sure that I change it up. Some days I go a little faster, some days I take the incline higher. At least three days a week I try to do my runs without any music or TV. Other days I take it easy & just let the legs go.

3. If you could sum up your approach to running, what would it be?

Just. Freaking. Run.
Who cares about the speed. Get out there.

4. If you could only run in one pair of shoes for the rest of your life…what brand & model?

Love this question. Without a doubt Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3’s.

5. Dream place to run:

New Zealand. Every year we go back to visit family – it reminds me that I do like running outside every now & then. 😜

6. Dream running buddy:

My Instagram friends. Truth. Some of the coolest people ever. I have made some of my closest/dearest friends through social media. I have been fortunate enough to run alongside many of them during one of my 24-hour treadmill runs. As well as having some of them pace me during my trail 100’s. Incredible, inspiring, thoughtful, selfless individuals.

7. Favorite run of your life so far:

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim run. It was a completely different experience than any ultra I have ever done. No crowds. No cheering. No crew. No run partners. Just me with myself, outside in one of God’s most incredible creations.

8. If you could give nutritional advice to other runners, what would it be?

That quote, “you can’t out train a bad diet”…… It’s the truth. It took me way too long to get this through my thick skull. Running 70-100 miles a week does not give you the right to eat superfluous amounts of crap. I found when I eat bad – I feel like bad. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy carrot cake & pizza with the best of them. And I do ENJOY my treats occasionally. But not daily.

9. Favorite food/meal:

Mexican food. All of it. [sans meat & dairy]. My go to after a long run….Cafe Rio vegetarian salad [tortilla, black beans, all veggies, guacamole, jalapeños, salsa] = my heaven.
My daily staple = vega one vanilla chai protein shake. Holy. Yum.

10. Favorite Athlete:

All the mom’s out there. I know you may call this generic…. But it’s the honest truth. I am so inspired by moms who get up and put in hard amounts of training every day – then rather seamlessly put on their mom, wife and employee hats. It’s incredible to me. I am far more inspired by “average women” than professional female athletes.

11. Your best marital & parenting advice:

Be honest. Express your needs. Communicate. Hang out together. Not a fan of girl’s night or girl’s weekend but I am a huge fan of date night with my man. I choose him every damn day over anything else.

Don’t make your child’s life easy. Teach them how to work hard. Be an example of this.

12. What impression would you hope to leave on those that look up to you?

That I’m not a talented runner. But I put in a lot of work. My parents taught me the value of working hard at a very young age. It has always stuck with me. If you want something. Put in the work. Get after it. Now.

13. Emz’s Life Motto, summed up:

You’ve. Freaking. Got. This.

Train your brain to tell your body you CAN do hard things.

I’ll be sure to keep this post on hand for days when I want an extra dosage of motivation. You ROCK, EMZ!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me 🙂

Be sure to check out Emz’s blog!!

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you Kate, from RunWithKate.com for tagging me! The Liebster Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they’ve tagged to answer.

3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Notify the people you have tagged.

5. No tag backs.

My 11 Things:

1. The tallest I have been measured at is 5’9″.

2. I have been to roughly 40 states.

3. Aquamarine is my favorite color.

4. I prefer gold jewelry over silver.

5. 2012 was a very eventful year: I got my driver’s license at age 24, I graduated college, I got my ears pierced for the first time, and I started this blog.

6. I can’t wait to get my own first dog. I already have dog names picked out (Gator, Jup, Fletcher, Billy Joel, Rocky Balboa, or Trinity) & I’d like it to be a Chocolate or Black Laborador.

7. My first name is spelt with one “s”. Jesica. My computer tells me I’m spelling it incorrectly. Drives me bonkers.

8. Favorite shoes: Rainbow Brand Sandals

9. I love sushi with lots of wasabi and ginger.

10. I love the Rocky movie series–it always pumps me up even when I’m my most relaxed or tired.

11. I think few things are better than smelling freshly ground coffee beans!

Kate’s Questions for Me:

1. Is this your first blog? If not, where did you start?

-This is my first blog. It was created on a whim on a lunch break in between college classes!

2. Where were you born?

-West Palm Beach, FL

3. What’s something you’ve done that you are incredibly proud of?

-Even though I don’t believe it defines me, I am proud that I completed my Bachelor’s Degree and I am proud that I satisfied a childhood dream of being a college athlete.

4. What’s something you got in trouble for in school?

-Texting in class! (high school)

5. What do you like most about yourself right now?

-I like that I always find/make time for exercise and eating nutritiously, despite all the traveling I do.

6. Who is your biggest fan?

-My parents! They are incredibly loving and supportive.

7. What sport do you follow?

-Volleyball & Football

8. Do you have a hidden talent?

-My feet are like a second set of hands because I have long toes 🙂

9. When do you blog?

-Whenever I have time & an internet connection! I have had to blog from my phone lately because I do not have internet available on my laptop.

10. Is there anyone who doesn’t know about your blog that you’ve avoided telling?

-Quite the contrary! I have tried telling people about my blog that might not have any interest. Haha 🙂

11. Name a song that you can’t get enough of at the moment.

-Young Blood by The Naked & Famous

My Questions for You:

1. What gets you up in the morning?

2. Who is your favorite professional athlete?

3. What is your favorite US state?

4. Beach or mountains?

5. Day or night?

6. Favorite item in your refrigerator/pantry?

7. What would your last meal be?

8. When do you feel the most alive (doing what)?

9. Lover or a fighter?

10. Favorite musician/band?

11. Outfit of choice?

11 People–You’ve just been tagged! (Most of you might have way more than 200 followers like the award description explains, but I wanted to send you some love anyways!)

1. Beginners Runner

2. Organic Eater

3. Fit and Forty Something

4. Stina Sohlberg

5. Feed Your Skull

6. Katie Bug

7. RunEmz

8. Flight to Run

9. Boston Bound Brunette

10. What Kelly Said

11. Jen in Training

Thank you to my fellow bloggers for the inspiration!