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By Stephanie Marie
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Jul 28th, 2015
Goldenboy and I have completely different driving styles. He never uses his rearview mirror, but instead uses his side mirrors if he ever needs to make a move; I, on the other hand, obsessively use my rearview mirror and often forget to use the side mirrors. I’m sure you can see the metaphor before I even clarify it: I have the tendency to fixate on the past, stressing and worrying about the things that happened long before I was in the picture. GB rarely looks to the past, choosing to focu...
By Stephanie Marie
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Jul 22nd, 2015
It’s summer and, to be perfectly honest, I have NO IDEA what days are what… instead of thinking in “Monday – Sunday,” I think in “track workout, hour run, hurdle day, double run…”, which means nearly every day feels like either a Monday or a Friday. Do summers ever feel like that for you? Can we pause for a second and think about how this is only the 6th link roundup I’ve done all year? We’re well over the halfway point of 2015 and IR...
By Stephanie Marie
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Jul 21st, 2015
I’ve frequently had people say things like, “Cross that bridge when you come to it,” in response to my worries about circumstances outside my control: if it’s going to rain during an outdoor dinner party or if my track competitors are training harder than me or if writers my age are publishing more work than me or, or, or… and, to be honest, I’ve always been a bit resentful when I hear a response like that. It’s childish of me to insist that I should be i...
By Stephanie Marie
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Jul 19th, 2015
I was prowling through Gala Darling’s archives this weekend and stumbled upon some blog prompts she posted a few months ago– and with my 10 year high school reunion coming up next year (TEN YEARS), I gravitated towards her “Write a letter to yourself 10 years ago” suggestion. So I brought it up to Goldenboy on our run this morning and it got us thinking– what kind of advice would we give our 17-year-old selves? At 17, we were on the cusp of being seniors in high scho...
By Stephanie Marie
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Jul 7th, 2015
I’m thinking about all my teammates and friends over in Europe right now; tonight was the unofficial kick-off of the summer racing season, with three meets in three countries going down. Every summer, elite runners head to Belgium, Italy, Ireland, England, France, and a handful of other amazing locations to race among fast fields and post big times. I’ve joined the masses migrating East every summer since 2011– it’s odd to not be going abroad this year!– so this week...
By Stephanie Marie
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Jun 23rd, 2015
Here we are– the week of the USA Championships. It feels surreal to be here; weren’t we just returning from the Summer 2014 European season? Weren’t we just prepping to race Club Cross-Country? Did I really go to altitude already? The year has flown by and here we are– in a little hotel room in Eugene, Oregon, another opportunity to make a US team before me. I haven’t worn a USA jersey since 2011. And the journey to get to this moment– to go into a championship...
By Stephanie Marie
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Jun 9th, 2015
I had this conversation with my training partner and Fête Collective contributor Heidi a few weeks ago: “I just can’t get motivated to get back to my blog. I don’t have the energy and then I feel guilty for not posting and then I want to hide from it because I’m feeling guilty about not posting and then I end up doing nothing.” Her advice? Don’t feel obligated when it comes to this space. It’s supposed to be a haven for me– a place where I can focu...
By Heidi See
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May 22nd, 2015
I wrote this poem recently after returning back to my current home base of Greenville, South Carolina. In a general sense, it is about running – something that started as a passion that has now also become my job. The poem is about how my sport constantly takes me on a journey, both physically and mentally. While being away, I had a lot of time to think about what really mattered to me and to recognize the things (and people) that make me the happiest. I wanted to share this poem in this s...
By Stephanie Marie
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May 13th, 2015
There’s a reason I haven’t been posting link love roundups lately: I don’t make time to read. I started off strong with book reading this year and have slowly trickled to a halt. I vowed to read more magazines and my piles keep growing taller and taller (my mom just brought me BOXES of magazines from the subscriptions that go to her house… whoops!). I even try to keep up with my blog feeds and the content just keeps coming without stop. So– reading. Pretty low on my ...
By Stephanie Marie
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Apr 21st, 2015
Spring Fever has hit me hard and my days are a mix of spectacular productivity and ridiculous laziness. There’s so much to be done! Is there time enough for it all? Do you ever get that “get to work” anxiety, when your to-do list looms and your ambition is soaring and there’s just not enough time in the day to work, recover, and keep the house clean? My month in Flagstaff has been wonderfully busy, but my focus has been on fitness first– and all my other ambitions (t...