Keep Moving Forward

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 As the bitter winter cold has finally set in and I have found myself back out on the road, I am constantly looking for inspiration to run harder and longer than ever before. The Glass Slipper Challenge is less than five weeks away and I want to be overly prepared for all that these two races will hold.

Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ultimate sacrifice for equality in our country. I didn’t want to run today since it was so cold and we got up early this morning to drive home from a weekend visit to Nashville, TN, but the prolific words of Dr. King that kept showing up on my social media feeds motivated me to lace up my shoes, put on many layers, and hit the pavement. I waited until 3:00 p.m.to get out and run because it was going to be the warmest hour of the day, at a whopping 34 degrees. With the wind chill, it felt more like 27. Either way, it was cold. I was tired, but I did it. I kept moving forward and completed a much needed training run. It was a rather disappointing run, definitely not my best, but I completed it.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 This week took me to two fabulous southern cities, Birmingham, AL, and Nashville, TN. I spent most of the week in Birmingham on a media blitz promoting Tupelo as a great weekend getaway destination. We recorded a television spot and pitched editorial on Tupelo to some of the amazing publications based in the Iron City. A highlight of the trip was a dinner meeting at Chez Fonfon, Frank Stitt’s delightful French bistro in the Five Points area of the city. I highly recommend a visit to this delectable locale whether you are on business, enjoying a girls’ night out, or just looking for a scrumptious meal. Our hotel was in a very high traffic area, so I succumbed to the dreaded treadmill for my training runs, but at least I remembered to pack short sleeve shirts! Birmingham is such a quick trip from home on Interstate 22 and it was fun sharing all things Tupelo in this beautiful Alabama city.

 With my Run Disney races just thirty days away, I am close to putting in the miles I want to reach to be race ready. I am going to lengthen some of my early morning runs this week so that I am getting closer to what it will be like to run a 10K one day, immediately followed by a half marathon the next. I am confident that I could get through it now, but I know that putting in the hard work and moving forward over the next few weeks, will make my bucket list races that much more fun.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2016 Miles to go: 979

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