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By Stephanie Marie
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Sep 1st, 2015
The first thing that comes to mind when reading this week’s thought is Rihanna’s line from “FourFiveSeconds”: “Cause all of my kindness / is taken for weakness…” Why is it that we automatically associate someone who is primarily kind with something that’s utterly weak, spineless, a pushover? This is a problem I run into quite often. I’m not an aggressive person (except for on the track). I avoid confrontation and I’d much prefer to stay ...
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Aug 11th, 2015
I haven’t been myself these last few days. There’s a lot I can blame that on– travel, jet lag, lack of consistent sleep, emotional stress, upheaval, living out of a suitcase in my own home, hard training, humidity!– but at the end of the day, I have to look in the mirror and admit that I’m just in a bratty funk and it’s past time to shake myself out of it. (Do you ever get in bratty funks? Raise your hand…) Of course, when you are in a funk, you aren̵...
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Aug 4th, 2015
It’s August– and we are well into the last half of the year. Are you who you hoped you would be when the new year rolled around? Have you accomplished your goals, have you fulfilled your visions, have you challenged yourself in exciting ways? We’re in the dog days of summer and there’s no better time for reflection than when on the cusp of a new season… It’s so easy to get distracted by all the noise that goes on around us: our peers have their own lives and dr...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...