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The Truth

The truth is, due to some awful mix-ups with Verizon, I have been without internet for almost 3 weeks. And I can’t figure out what’s more frustrating – the fact that I’ve gone without it for so long, or the fact that I have become so incredibly dependent on this form of technology.

But the truth is, that dependence is only one of my many vices, along with an addiction to reality TV, love of anything sweet, and that horrible habit of tearing into my groceries before I even leave the parking lot.


And the truth is, even though I consider myself adventurous when it comes to food, I had been afraid to try Brussels sprouts my whole entire life – until EC’s mom made them at Easter and I felt too bad to not eat them.

The truth is…I actually loved them.

roasted brussel sprouts_1

The truth is, I’d rather run more than eat less.

The truth is, even though I know that regular lifting and core work will make me a better runner, that’s not actually why I stay with it. No, the truth is that I lift because I like what it does to my body –  that after only a few weeks, I already start to notice the toning of muscles in a way that running can never do. And the truth is, the results I can see are way more motivating than the logical results I know in my head.

Because the truth is, no matter how many miles I run, I will never be a “skinny” runner. My thighs will always be “powerful,” my curves always round.

But the truth is, it took running marathons to learn to appreciate those large thighs; to be truly thankful for them and all the amazing things they can do.


The truth is, I run so hard because there’s always a part of me running to prove to that shy, roly-poly, unconfident little girl that she shouldn’t let her asthma hold her back. That if she puts her mind to it, she can accomplish anything.


Because the truth isyou can. And if you want to become a better runner, you have to believe it in your head before all else.

National Marathon Finish

But the truth is, despite all that, I love rest, and I will never truly understand how people can have trouble taking a rest day.

The truth is, I have a 5K on Sunday that I’m completely unprepared for, but I’m excited to run because it gives me a chance to wear these flashy new shoes sent to me by Adidas.

Adidas Adios_front

The Adidas Adios – the first pair of racing flats I’ve had since college.

Adidas Adios_side

The truth is, I will always want the carb over the protein, the dessert over the drink, and the chocolate above all else.

momontherun skor bars

And the truth is, even though I try my best to eat healthy, I’d rather have a life filled with dessert, occasional indulgences, and a few extra pounds than one with no dessert at all.



39 Responses to The Truth

  1. The truth is, you’re one amazing, dessert loving, bread eating, race running, {ontherun} lady. Chocolate and flashy colors make the world a better place. And the truth is, no matter how unprepared you think you are, you will rock that 5K on Sunday. I can’t wait for it!
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  2. I love your truths. Most of them apply to me as well. I can’t imagine going three weeks without internet!

    This is my favorite Brussels Sprouts recipe – http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/goldencrusted-brussels-sprouts-recipe.html
    Lee´s last post ..I am a Warrior!

  3. I love this post! And I’m with you on all of it! Good luck with your 5K!

  4. Dude, you are fully speaking my language here with your truths. I too have a serious problem with diving into groceries before I even get them home. And I’m learning to my own thunder thighs. And the importance of dessert? Well that’s just a given!
    Jillian (Rant and Run)´s last post ..Thoughts on coconut water

  5. The truth is…I love this post! Your truths are not only true but insightful as well! Good luck this weekend on the 5k :)

  6. Those shoes are seriously cute. I LOVE the colors!
    Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run´s last post ..Weekend Timeline

  7. I just nodded along to every single one of these (especially choosing chocolate over anything). Love everything about this post.

  8. Awesome post! Those shoes are awesome. I have a feeling you’ll be extra speedy just because you’ll be wearing those flashy things 😉

    I also start eating food in the grocery store parking lot, and I’ve never eaten a brussel sprout!

    • The truth is, flashy running gear makes you faster. :)

      Also – try brussels sprouts! Even though so many bloggers seem to be in love with them, I always thought they were trying to pull one over on me. But I promise they aren’t as scary as they look.

  9. Good luck in the 5K! Love the post
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  10. I need to steal your awesome attitude.

    Good luck on the 5k, I’m sure you will do amazing!
    Liz´s last post ..Lessons in High Volume Training

  11. Love the truths – I can totally relate to them! Those shoes are so cute. I run in plantar-fasciitis friendly Mizunos, not colorful or pretty at all, but it keeps me pain-free 😉

  12. Love all the truths!!! Totally relate. Truth will always be that I would rather workout hard then not eat- I love my food. My cheese is your chocolate. Obsessed. Super excited about those shoes- I’m sure they will make you super speedy on Sunday. PS- Shush about your thighs- they make you beautiful and strong and powerful! And at least you can wear running shorts!!! My thighs don’t like them : (
    Lizzy @ Food to Run For´s last post ..Tempo Tuesday &amp Workouts

  13. So many great things here! First of all…I’ve had Verizon nightmares too, and I feel your pain. I hope it’s all worked out!
    Those shoes are pretty sick – I think the colors alone will make you speed through that 5k!
    I think it’s awesome to be able to accept your body just the way it is and love it for what it can DO for you, not just what it looks like. It’s been a long journey for me to get there, but (on most days) that is how I feel. I remember always thinking I needed to be really skinny to be a runner, and I fought my natural body type, but when I stopped doing that I had so much more energy and muscle tone and became a better runner. It’s also really inspiring to see people like Kara Goucher (who are really fit but not necessarily stick-skinny) run as fast as they do.
    I’m also of the pro-dessert mentality – life is just too short :)
    You are such a great writer, Lauren! Loved reading this.
    Corey @ the runners cookie´s last post ..Modified Tempo

    • Yes – this is so true! And I really love Kara for that same reason. I mean, she’s still much smaller than me, but it is cool to see an elite female runner with muscle tone.

  14. Curves rule!

    And those shoes… Insert drooling, super cool and such fun colours!

    Loved this post, I always jump straight to your posts in my reader each time something pops up. Always worth it!
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  15. I absolutely LOVED this post! Half of the things you wrote, I’ve been thinking recently. Thanks so much for writing this! It really puts life into perspective :)

  16. What a great post! I agree I’d rather have dessert and a couple of extra pounds than life without dessert.
    Cyndi @ Weightless Life´s last post ..When Opportunity Knocks

  17. The truth is — you’re awesome!!

    Don’t feel bad about the brussel sprouts. I’m 32 and I tried them for the first time last Christmas! They are pretty great :)

    Good luck at your race!! People will probably just say “Wow, did you just see that flash of green feet?”
    Michelle´s last post ..Confession Wednesday- Mama’s Got a Brand New Job!

    • Thanks Michelle!! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who waited so long to try them. There’s just something about ’em…and they don’t exactly smell all that great, so the taste is surprising.

  18. LOVE the new Pink & Green racing flats!! I hope you have an extra special running outfit to match :)I hope your internet situation gets figured out soon, I pretty much lose my mind when my internet goes out for 5 minutes, let alone 3 weeks!
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  19. I absolutely love your honesty here, and I can say I’m the same way. My legs will be muscular, no matter what I do or how I eat. So I’m just going to be healthy because it makes me feel good. And I would never say no to frozen yogurt, ever.
    Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission´s last post ..I’ve Gone Cupcake Crazy

  20. These are awesome truths–love this post!

  21. Hi. (Relatively) new follower here. Love this post! Your truths are amazing and so insightful. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  22. I’m in love with this post and how honest and awesome you are. I feel the same way about my thighs, dessert, and chocolate, to name a few. And I heart fun colored running shoes. Good luck this weekend! :)
    Kelly´s last post ..The Week and On Being Normal

  23. I relate to SO MANY things in this post!!! LOVE IT.

    “I’d rather run more than eat less” – 100%
    Rest days? Love them.
    Brussel Sprouts are my favvvvvvvvvv <3
    Aron´s last post ..One Month Later

  24. Roly-poly? Really? The truth is you were one of the four most beautiful little girls I ever saw.

    Good Luck on the 5K!

  25. I LOVE THOSE SHOES! I wonder if bright colors are key to running faster….maybe I’ll have to buy some bright stuff and find out! If you could please teach me the key to working core/strength work into my regular training plan, that would be awesome. I used to do it in high school (and had killer abs to boot!), but I tend to lack the willpower to do it these days. Help!!

    Also…I would definitely rather have dessert over a drink, and a few extra pounds are definitely worth the indulgences rather than having fruit as a dessert. Unless it’s fruit dipped in chocolate, but even then I think that only counts as half dessert. :)
    Susan´s last post ..2011 Big Sur Marathon Race Report

  26. I feel like I say this every time, but I love this post, Lauren! I don’t even know where to begin as far as commenting, because I relate to pretty much every one of these! I will never give up my dessert, either–that’s just not a life worth living, haha:). And I feel the same way about being a “skinny” runner, although to me I think you DO look like a skinny minnie (and I mean that in a good athletic way:). I’ve always had big thighs…I grew up riding horses and so my inner thigh was always big…which was frustrating because when you’re just standing around (or really, doing anything that is not riding) it just sits there and has no function, hah!:) But yeah, I try to embrace my curves:).

    I hope your internet gets fixed, soon! I am an addict, too…especially now that I’m blogging!:)
    Erin @ Until You Tri´s last post ..There are Only Two Ways to Live Your Life

  27. You really can accomplish anything! Great post, girl! :)
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  28. Being a powerful runner is way, way better than being a skinny one anyway! Woohoo for thunder thighs!! 😀

  29. I couldn’t agree more with all of this!! I thought running was enough, but have learned that strength training produces AWESOME results. Also, I love rest days and am a sucker for sweets!
    Callie´s last post ..Fun- Relaxation- Cooking- etc

  30. Love, love, love this post! I have much more respect for my “powerful” thighs too after 8 marathons!

    I let my asthma hold me back from running until college. I never thought I would be able to run without gasping for breath and wheezing.

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