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The Real Daily Mile

March 14, 2011
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Sorry: I couldn’t resist the MV. For full effect, start the video, then read on.

If you’re not familiar with Daily Mile, it’s a training log that records your runs by asking where you ran, how far and for how long you ran, and how you’d rate it: great, good, alright, blah, injured. Then it asks the broad question, “How did it go?” Like most online training logs, it’s a great way to see your cumulative miles add up and your progress with each workout.

What I don’t particularly like about it–and it’s totally my (self-esteem) problem, I realize–is that you can then tweet or Facebook your results of your run.

When I see, “Jenny ran 5 miles in 40 minutes and felt great!” I, in turn, feel not so great. Why?
1. I estimate the pace to see if I can run faster or slower than the person. Nine times out of ten, it’s the latter.
2. If I haven’t run today or yesterday, I instantly feel like crap. When am I going to make time for my daily mile? (Or, if I’m injured, it’s even worse: will I ever get back to daily mile?)

But those updates, like all things related to FB, show the world what you want to show. This is me on my great vacation! This is my kid being so cute! This is the hip restaurant I just ate at! This is me running so fast! (Lest you think I’m above FB, I’m so not. Just stating fact here.)

So it got me thinking: what happened if people dropped the facade and bared their sweaty souls on Daily Mile?

Megan* ran 4 miles in 40 minutes, and swore at herself and wished she would’ve stayed in bed and hated running for exactly 3.9 miles. When she turned the corner and saw her house, she instantly loved running and remembers it now, 5 hours later, as a great! run.
*Real names have been changed to protect identities.

Anna ran 4 miles with her girlfriends. Last night, she indulged a little too much at Chipotle, so she spent the entire time 4 miles pretending as if it wasn’t her farting every third step.

Pamela ran 5 miles in crowded Washington Park. She subconsciously compared the size of her butt to that of every woman that passed her.

Gretchen raced a 10k, and beat her PR by 2 minutes. Now she will walk on clouds for the rest of the week.

Jenna ran 7 miles in 90 minutes. She did a walk/run because her freakin’ IT band feels like it might snap, but she was too stubborn to quit. She promises she’ll take a break after her half-marathon in three weeks. Maybe.

Kate ran 3 miles at a high school track. She attempted speedwork–6 x 400 meters–but, after 3 breathless, burning laps, she realized she’d rather run happy than run fast.

Joan ran 3 miles at a high school track. She finished a 10 x 400 speedwork session because there was varsity boys lacrosse practice going on. The coach was a hottie, so she picked it up every time she passed him. And then she stretched in the bleachers directly behind him.

Liz ran 5 miles. During mile two, she cried, not out of physical pain, and still isn’t sure why. But she feels so much better now.

Rachel reluctantly ran 4.5 miles with a faster friend. She was annoyed that even though the friend said she wanted to run with Rachel at her pace, she stayed three steps ahead of Rachel the whole time, making her feel both exasperated and slower than she really is.

Danielle ran 2.5 miles. And sang along at top volume to Milli Vanilli the whole time. (“Blame it on the rain that was falling, FALLING!“)

Kira ran 4 miles early this morning at that oh-so-special-monthly-time. Thank God for black capris.

Laura ran the 4-mile loop her in neighborhood for probably the 675th time in her life. The whole time she thought, “Throw me a freakin’ bone already, running. Why can’t you ever feel any easier?”

Joyce ran as fast as she could from home–away from the drama-queen tween daughter, the indifferent husband, the seismically loud twin sons. After 6 miles, she was centered and relaxed, and actually laughing at the dynamics in her house. She was ready to run home again.

How would you bare your soul on Daily Mile? Feel free to submit under a pseudonym if you’re feeling a little self-conscious.

151 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 4:19 am

    I struggled ( two weeks ago) to run a 5 miler that used to feel great but I couldn’t recapture that beloved feeling after being off for the past 3 weeks due to an injury. You know, one of those runs where you wonder why you love to run so much!? Then the nagging thoughts of how I peed my pants at the gym while jumping rope for too long kept creeping in. It’s totally normal for your bladder to be weak after having a baby, right? Maybe I should run to the bathroom first next time. ;o)

    • March 14, 2011 6:55 am

      I love this entry! They are all great, but this one made me laugh out loud! Yes, it’s normal! After having given birth 4 times, I recently had a cold complete with a nasty cough. I thought if I coughed and peed one more time, I was going to go NUTS!!!!!!!!! Or at least wear a pad…:) Almost TMI Tuesday. Just warming up.

      • March 15, 2011 12:25 am

        I didn’t know it was normal! So I cleverly told my trainer, “Um, I’m not sure jumping rope is good for my bladder, wink, wink!” and she laughed – explained that she has 3 kids and the random peeing just happens to the best of us!

  2. March 14, 2011 4:38 am

    on most of my runs, if i was honest, i would be saying on daily mile – today i was the little engine that could and I wonder where that path goes, or maybe I could take a shortcut to catch up with them, but then if they turn back they might wonder where I went. Did I hear something behind me? Yay the kids are still in sight. Oh I don’t like hills but it has to go down eventually.
    Or – that was a crap run. (then I would have to add it to the growing tally of how many times I have said crap – around 20)

  3. March 14, 2011 4:42 am

    Rhonda ran 4 miles today and dressed too warmly so she shed her shirt and ran the last half gasped from sucking in her gut tying to display her 2-pack.

  4. March 14, 2011 5:08 am

    Karina missed her planned six-miler today to the occasional insomnia that had her playing iPhone games and checking Twitter from 2 until 3:43 AM, as well as the unforgivable darkness that now accompanies 5:30.

  5. March 14, 2011 5:39 am

    Terri L. had a pretty good 8 miler with beautiful hills and scenery until her iPod told her her pace. She then she felt like a slug and wondered why she bothered leaving the house at all.

  6. KateL permalink
    March 14, 2011 5:40 am

    Kate didn’t get out of bed at 0430 on a Monday morning for the 3rd week in a row and wonders where her morning run habit is going.

  7. Heidi permalink
    March 14, 2011 5:47 am

    After a long, slow, sucky, heavy 9 miler on Saturday, on a route ruined by swarms of gnats, Heidi did not feel like getting up for her run on Monday. In fact, she didn’t feel like getting up or running ever again, but dreamed of a life where she got all the sleep she needed and only had to do the things she wanted to.

    • Heather permalink
      March 14, 2011 6:30 pm

      Ok, this one made me lol!!!

  8. March 14, 2011 5:56 am

    Kathy ran half of a 6k out-and-back today (at a distance) behind a manure spreader, trying not to get farm-poo in her new shoes, and the last half burping last night’s pizza and trying to dislodge a blackfly that she snorted up her nose after km 4. She refused to give up because she didn’t want her 10yr old to ask, “Mommy, back already?” Again.

  9. Carolyn permalink
    March 14, 2011 5:58 am

    Carolyn ran 8 miles on Saturday and by mile 4 her ankle was really starting to burn. And even though she told herself it was justsupposed to be a “normal pace” training run, she beat herself up when she saw her average pace was slower than it felt (9 min miles versus 8:30 min miles). But, it was still 8 miles so she felt pretty good about herself – good enough to have 2 Cabdury Creamed Eggs later that day.

    • Carla O. permalink
      March 14, 2011 7:21 pm

      Love it! Now I have to get some Cadbury Creme Eggs!!!

  10. March 14, 2011 5:59 am

    This is my dailymile entry from yesterday:
    First mile was great, 2nd still ok but than my bladder got the best of me. It was perfect running weather too! Gave up after 5 instead of doing my planned 11 😦

    I’m punkin4675 if anyone wants to friend me!

  11. March 14, 2011 6:03 am

    Randi ran 5 miles on Saturday. The first 2 miles were killer on the treadmill; she had to walk several times and then sprint to make up the time. Even the awesome book The Book Thief wasn’t enough to keep her attention away from running today. So she headed outside where she ran at what felt like a very very very slow pace only to be turned around sooner than expected (to head back to her car) by a little dog that she was frightened would run after her and bite her ankles. Then she went BACK inside to finish out her last mile in a sprint so that her time wouldn’t completely suck. But it was 5 miles finished!

  12. March 14, 2011 6:12 am

    I usually do bare my soul and soles on dailymile. Maybe it’s just my fantastic crew of dailymile friends but we don’t hide and it helps us. I should probably hide more because I often speak of running at lunch as running away from work and how work makes me cry, while being dm friends with a few running coworkers.

    Yesterday’s run as posted on dailymile:
    K ran 6 miles in 1 hour and 12 minutes and felt alright. Nice, relaxed recovery run with [friend]. A lot of things hurt a lot less than they did when I crawled out of bed after 18 yesterday. My abs hurt worse but, well, they could use the work anyway ;). This gives me 44 for the week, my longest week EVAAAAR. Going to scale back next week to ensure everything heals.

    I’m PSUmama on dailymile. Friend away!

    • Karlee permalink
      March 18, 2011 8:12 am

      I’m right there with ya! Hope to be your dm friend soon!

  13. Susan permalink
    March 14, 2011 6:15 am

    Susan ran 17.5 miles on Saturday. I was full of self-doubt about her upcoming marathon and her lack of training due to a stubborn and angry IT band. Many questions filled my head as the miles ticked by: “Will this be my last marathon? Am I getting old? Why am I doing this to myself? Why does my knee hurt already at mile 9? Will my stomach revolt if I stop at Starbucks on the way home? Will my IT band shut me down before I get to Boylston Street on Patriot’s Day?” After an ice bath with a hot coffee I felt a bit better about it all.

  14. March 14, 2011 6:32 am

    Sarah ran 3 miles yesterday 2.65 miles in 30 minutes. The whole time she really wanted to walk. Like A LOT. But she kept thinking of her friend that just starting running, even though I’ve been trying for two years now, and how she is kicking my ass and is super fast and already training for her second half marathon. And if three miles is this hard, why did I sign up for the marathon? Just so I could say I registered before she did? That can’t be a good reason to run a marathon…. When will this running thing get easier?

    I have to admit though, I only feel like that on, like, half my runs now. So at least it’s not all of them! And I TOTALLY compare myself to EVERYONE and make myself feel like crap all the time. We should make a vow to stop doing that! It doesn’t help anyone. Or at least that’s what I keep trying to tell myself…..

    • March 14, 2011 10:28 am

      Sarah–The comparing myself to everyone thing is my problem too. I enjoy all the blogs I’m finding about running, but they also make me anxious because some days it seems like everyone out there is better than I am (in particular, I hate the “I just started running and qualified for Boston on my first marathon” stories). I don’t know how to stop!! It’s not productive for my running OR for making friends.

  15. March 14, 2011 6:50 am

    Mary, determined to run under :25 for a 5K, practiced yet again on her treadmill, pretending her sprained ankle is totally healed. To try to shave even more seconds off, she ran in her Vibram 5 fingers. Oh, and she ran before breakfast. Yes, no energy intake whatsoever! Oh, unless you count the cinnamon coffee she gulped while cooking teenage boys’ breakfast an hour before. She figured if she felt faint while pounding out 100M repeats on her TM, due to lack of energy, she WAS in her own house, for goodness sake, and the kitchen was but a mere crawl away. Oh, and she didn’t make the mark again. 25:09. Gettin’ close, y’all. Must be that thick ass holding her back. πŸ™‚

    • Jamie permalink
      March 14, 2011 7:12 am

      The last sentence of this entry made me chuckle. Good luck with your 5k time! You can do it!
      ~Jamie

  16. WendyLD permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:02 am

    Wendy ran a 5k with her (normally) slightly slower twin sister this weekend. She struggled the entire time and even puked after the race. In the end, they both PRd’.

  17. Laura B. permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:02 am

    Laura has been training for a 10K since the beginning of the year. I’ve been all of that time in pain and wondering if running is ever going to be fun and painless again. Every run b/w miles 1-1.5, I’ve asked myself why am I doing this? If I make it to miles b/w 2-3, I feel ok, remember to work on my breathing, correct my posture and then think I’ll make it to mile 6 today. By mile 4, I’m thinking I can barely make it back to my car. On a positive note, I still get up for training and try, try, try…

  18. March 14, 2011 7:03 am

    My most recent Daily Mile post read: Alecia ran 5 miles and felt blah. “forgot to apply body glide again. Owwwwww!”

  19. Jamie permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:15 am

    Jamie escaped for 3 miles and considered never returning to the house of insanity (vomiting child, cranky husband, etc.). The need to pee brought her home. She hates public bathrooms.

  20. March 14, 2011 7:19 am

    Phoebe ran 12 miles on Saturday and learned she has the most “dangerous” kind of running injury… one that hurts less while running so you are reluctant to let it heal….

  21. March 14, 2011 7:21 am

    Jen ran another 4 miles wondering when this will become the mind/body experience that runners claim.
    Somehow the 13.1 she envisions in her head is elusive.
    If only Jen would have taken up running about, ohh….say, 15 years ago her body might be a little bit kinder to her and a little bit faster. Self confidence…that’s a whole other issue.
    In the end, she tells herself to shut up and Run Like a Mother! It will come.

  22. March 14, 2011 7:23 am

    My post from this morning:
    Hubby left very early for work … looking forward to this crazy work schedule to come to an end … 2 more weeks! Legs were very heavy and sore from yesterday’s 15 miler. Many icy patches so I had to watch my footing. One good thing about daylight savings time is that I get to see the sunrise again. Prayed the entire time that everyone was ok at home (had my cell with me). When I returned, they all were still asleep.

  23. Kristyn G permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:34 am

    Kristyn (29) ran 3.5 miles with an injured 63 year old man and barely kept up. Yeah, and I wanted to slow down after only the first mile. But it was nice to have someone to talk to and to run along the beach while the sun was coming up.

  24. Jennifer A. permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:43 am

    Jennifer ran not one but TWO longish runs this weekend and didn’t do either of them particularly fast. But on the 11 miler yesterday, I finally learned exactly how to RLAM- I watched my 14 year old son soar past me up a hill. he looks like a runner, he runs like a runner and as I watched that amazingly beautiful creature, I was immediately grateful to be where I was, doing what I was doing, and proud to know that I made that!!!!!

    • March 14, 2011 11:59 am

      Wow Jennifer. That made me tear up. But remember your son probably runs like that because he was inspired by you, his mom who RLAM.

    • March 14, 2011 4:00 pm

      LOVE it! Passing on the passion…what a beautiful thing. I have told my 11 year old that I can’t wait for her to pass me in a race! We run together when she’s in a 5K, but one of these days soon, she’ll be leaving me in her dust and I will love every morsel!

      • Jennifer Alvarez permalink
        March 14, 2011 9:07 pm

        You’ll never love being outrun more than when your child does it!

  25. Jana permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:55 am

    Okay, first, I love this post!! LOL!! Truth!! Jana ran 3.5 miles today and felt good except for when she ran up that one stupid long hill. She cursed at herself all the way up it for including it in her route and swore to avoid it tomorrow. She will, however, run it again tomorrow. And there will be more cursing.

  26. March 14, 2011 7:55 am

    Michelle ran 6 craptastic miles today at a pace that she’s too embarrassed to post. The run was full of self-doubt as she’s starting to wonder how in the world she’s going to complete her first half marathon (much less the 2nd one she’s already registered for)! Does running ever get easier?

  27. March 14, 2011 8:11 am

    I laughed out loud several times while reading this post! I found your blog a few weeks ago and love it! I log my runs at Daily Mile as well but for obvious reasons don’t post my runs on FB or Twitter. My only ‘friends’ on Daily Mile are my husband, sister, and friend/fellow runner. This way I can complain about my running honestly πŸ˜‰

  28. Angela Peterson permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:14 am

    After her running partner cancelled n her at the last minute, Angela finally motivated herself to go out and tackle three miles on her own. She’s still trying to find her groove after a cold knocked her back a week. The run was slow, but not as slow yesterday’s first run back.

  29. Alisha permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:18 am

    I don’t have a dailymile account, I just write the same stuff in the notes app on my phone, but I would so LOVE to read these kindsof posts on Facebook instead ofonly hearing how perfectly wonderful everyone else’s lives are. But if I was doing a dailymile post today it would say:
    I’m supposed to run 5 miles today, bur don’t want to because Saturday’s run was so good that this ones guaranteed to be a whopping disappointment, and I am still feeling horrible about my wretched parenting skills this past week, and I have a stinkin’ cold now.

    • Karlee permalink
      March 18, 2011 8:15 am

      Alisha, dailymile is wonderful and I’ve found it encouraging in so many ways! Join and find Karlee M. This would be a much better way to keep track of everything for you. They also have a phone app!

  30. Allison M permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:29 am

    I cut and pasted a couple of my real entries on dailymile. And yes, I do post these to facebook too. I don’t hold back. LOL!
    “Painful Run – The back of my legs are still killing me from 200+ deadlifts at power pump on Wed night. Kathy and I decided to do a slow run to just move and stretch….and work off the pomegrante martinis from last night. πŸ˜‰ It was also really windy at the beach. Rough run.
    I found a new Droid app – RunKeeper – worked awesome.”
    “I was a little pissy on this run. I was happy that it is 45 degrees…feels like a heat wave! LOL! So I wanted to run in my skirt, but for the first 15 min I kept having to pull it up (UGH!) until I was sweaty enough for it to stick to me. Don’t know if I’m going to wear this for 13.1 (glad I got to try it out). Then my sports bra kept scratching me (UGH!) and then my ear buds wouldn’t stay in my ears without my head band (UGH!).
    Do do list TODAY: 1. Order a new sports bra. 2. Order Yurbuds. 3. Pray they all come in before the 11th.”

    • Karlee permalink
      March 18, 2011 8:16 am

      Way to go Allison! I find dm to be encouraging and a place to put it all out there!

  31. Sharon permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:35 am

    On my run, I think or rather I try not to think. I pump up the volume on my iPod and sing out of tune & off key. Afterwards is when I start to berate myself for being a slow giant white blob of a runner who breathes too heavy and sweats to much & oh god now I smell so I need to take a shower. After my run I think about how my stomach and ass jiggle way too much, I took too many walk breaks and how no one really believes I’m a runner basically from the surprised ” I don’t believe u ” look when I say I run. I think my lungs should be used to this by now & for as much as I workout it does not show at all. Shower is now done, and I think “yes I just tan a lousy 2 miles, but I did it” & then my Nike acct posts to my fb & it calculates in KM instead of miles so it looks farther than truth and it makes me happy for the lie & i think “at least I did something while everyone else was still sleeping and getting nothing accomplished”. Sleep is overrated anyway! πŸ™‚

  32. March 14, 2011 8:54 am

    Gina imagined herself running 5 miles since she is recovering from tendinitis. Cycling 10 miles at the gym hurts her butt.

  33. cherl permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:58 am

    This entry is awesome. Absolutely loved it!

  34. Michelle permalink
    March 14, 2011 9:13 am

    After putting in the first 12 miles of a 16 miler, Michelle reached the top of the last hill on the way home. Zipping down the hill she screamed along to Wilco’s “Baby all I need is a SHOT IN THE ARM” (not caring what the people driving up the hill thought about her) and feeling like she found IT. At the bottom of the hill, after regaining her usual slow trudge, a younger, fitter woman flies past her, forcing her to wonder…”just how long has that runner been behind me”? Oh well, The Decemberists are now singing, “I’m an engine driver…woooa, on the long haul,” and it is four slow, quiet, miles home.

  35. Sue permalink
    March 14, 2011 9:31 am

    Can’t or won’t post to daily mile, because I am so darn slow.

    • Emily permalink
      March 14, 2011 11:26 am

      Amen, sister. Amen.

    • Karen permalink
      March 14, 2011 5:11 pm

      My thoughts exactly.

      • Laurie A permalink
        March 15, 2011 6:09 am

        I too am very slow but still post to DM. But I do tend to friend only my friends or people that are similar speed as me. It is tough to see someone out there running 7’s and 8’s while I’m swearing one day I’d like to break into single digits. You can friend me! LaurieA in Morrison, CO

    • Karlee permalink
      March 18, 2011 8:17 am

      There are slow and there are fast on there. But almost all are encouraging and meet you where you are to build you up! Friend me, Karlee M., and I’ll be one of those people! Turtles unite!

  36. March 14, 2011 9:49 am

    I’m not a mother but saw this post on Twitter & love it so much… hilarious! I ALWAYS wish that DM had two places to put “how did you feel?”, one for during the run (“shitty”) and one for after (“so thrilled! I love running! endorphins!!!!!!”)

    • Laurie A permalink
      March 15, 2011 6:10 am

      My girlfriend and I were having this talk on a run a couple of months ago. She always seemed to have better runs than me and she posts how she felt after and I post how I felt during. Which explained the whole difference.

  37. girlsworld permalink
    March 14, 2011 10:14 am

    First, I have to say that you obviously are not my friend on DM of friends with some of my friends, because I’ve seen the “hottie at the track”. Seen the “this run sucked ass but I finished and so I’ll call it a win”. Heck, I’ve written that one more often than not. πŸ™‚

    I did have a non-DM friend who’s on twitter tell me I needed better adjectives to describe my runs because twitter always populates with whatever “face” you rated the run as.

    • Karlee permalink
      March 18, 2011 8:18 am

      Find me! Karlee M. for Wichita! I’d love to follow you! We can bare our souls together πŸ™‚

  38. sarah permalink
    March 14, 2011 10:21 am

    This is inspirational. I’m absolutely sharing my runs on facebook from now on. I am slow, but dedicated. Usually my updates would be: Sarah ran one mile to pick up her son from day care. One mile is more than zero miles. And it’s Cadbury Creme egg season, so I need all the miles I can get.

    • March 14, 2011 12:02 pm

      Is there a “like” button around here? Cause I’d definitely like this comment.

    • Sue permalink
      March 14, 2011 12:59 pm

      Amen to the Cadbury Mini Eggs! How many miles do I have to run to justify the entire BAG I ate this weekend?

      • March 14, 2011 4:03 pm

        You know, I read that, too and thought, what a wonderul post-run reward! I mean, Cadbury EGG, right? I love it…MMMMmmm…haven’t had one in years. I’m thinking this is the year I make a comeback…it should taste waaaay better than the still warm boiled egg I just ate! Egg white, actually. Plus, the Cadbury kind has a way tastier yolk!!!

  39. Lori permalink
    March 14, 2011 10:25 am

    I so needed this today. I fell off the running wagon about 6 months ago and has felt like crap ever since. I just started running again and mostly I hate it. Keeping it real helps me put it all in perspective. I wish everyone was as real as I want to be. This post made me chuckle….thanks for that.

  40. March 14, 2011 10:42 am

    Terzah didn’t run today. She went to spin class because she’s doing Run Less Run Faster and has to cross-train twice a week. Spinning felt good, but she’s at that stage in the training (two weeks out from scheduled half-marathon) where she wonders if she’s *really* trained enough because everyone else runs six or seven days a week and way more miles and isn’t that what the elites do, they don’t run just three days a week, and why with all this exercise and faster running does she still have cellulite and big thighs and a pot belly? And what if there’s a fire in the foothills again and it delays this half-marathon like a fire did the one last fall where she failed to meet her goal? Or what if that hellish wind comes up? She hates the wind. Oh, wait this is a good song. Maybe she’ll stand up on the bike for this one…..

    • March 14, 2011 12:05 pm

      I could have written this! Got a 1/2 marathon in a few weeks and this weeks starts the kick it up to 4-5 runs a week, in the hopes of zapping a few minutes off my time, inches off my thighs and doing away with my belly (at least decreasing it). BTW, did Bodypump this morning, but didn’t run.

      • March 14, 2011 3:52 pm

        Thanks, Monique! It’s good not to be alone. GOOD LUCK in your half (and with the rest of your training).

  41. Katie Pace permalink
    March 14, 2011 11:05 am

    Katie made it to her first TNT run today. After the first 40 feet the rest of the team was running faster than her and she had to accept the fact that she’d be running alone as part of a team. She hated the entire first mile (when does that change?) with an unending loop of “why do I run?” running through her brain. Felt better at 30:06 when she realized she had hit her training pace. Felt stupid at mile 4.75 when she realized she’d taken a wrong turn on the return leg of the out and back because she’d spent the first mile out staring at the ground muttering to herself. Thankful to see her car right as the Garmin beeped 5 miles knowing she made it back alive.

  42. Laurie A. permalink
    March 14, 2011 11:26 am

    Laurie ran 7 miles on Saturday and wonders when the hell she is going to feel that runner’s high. Seriously. Although in general running doesn’t suck nearly as much as it used to, still, nothing even resembling a freakin high.

    • Laurie A. permalink
      March 14, 2011 11:29 am

      Oh, and I don’t post my runs to fb anymore. I figure no one really gives a crap. Just like I really do not care when they check in @ McDonald’s. I will post a particularly impressive long run to fb though. So they think I am a real badass and as far as they know I only run distances longer than 10 miles.

      • Abby permalink
        March 14, 2011 2:52 pm

        That’s hysterical Laurie! You’re a badass anyway!

  43. March 14, 2011 11:27 am

    Oh my word!! I love it!!

    Meredith was so wet and cold after her 14 mile run in the pouring rain that she proceeded to peel her hat, jacket AND shirt off while standing next to her car. She then got in the car and tried to unclasp her favorite sports bra and cursed when she couldn’t get the last one undone. She then wished her husband was there because she knew HE could undo her bra. Finally, after struggling for what seemed like an eternity, the bra came undone and she sat, topless in her car, wondering how in the world she was going to get her sweatshirt on and hoping no one would pull into the parking lot. Eventually, the sweatshirt was on and she was able to drive home only to spend 40 minutes trying to warm up in the shower. By the time she was warm, she was excited and ready to run her next long run and felt like her 14 miler was fantastic!

    • Alisha permalink
      March 14, 2011 5:38 pm

      Thanks for that laugh!

    • Heather permalink
      March 14, 2011 6:37 pm

      OMG! The bra comment is SOOOO true!

  44. March 14, 2011 11:56 am

    Though I’ve run for years I’m slow and based on recent stats, getting slower. But I still run and I enjoy reporting to my small DailyMile community and am often envious at some of results other posts. I’m Moruns and would love to add you to my DM community

    • Karlee permalink
      March 18, 2011 8:20 am

      Just added you! I look forward to following your training!

  45. March 14, 2011 11:56 am

    MamaRuns26 didn’t get to run this morning because she spend the night waking up to check on her Little Man every hour or so as they make the transition from co-sleeping to crib sleeping.

  46. Nikki permalink
    March 14, 2011 11:57 am

    I do the exact same thing when I read about other people and their mileage/time. I run about a 9:40 (sometimes 10) pace, which feels so fast to me. Yet is so slow in the land of runners! This is also why i don’t use daily mile.

    Nikki ran 3 horrible miles on the treadmill at the gym because her husband is oot again and she refuses to run with an almost 4yo in a jogging stroller (in 32* F, no less). As soon as she stopped she felt like the lamest person at the gym for not putting in at least an extra mile, but now a few hours later and freshly showered she’s glad to have made it to the gym at all today.

  47. Alicia Baker permalink
    March 14, 2011 12:15 pm

    I run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with one group of women and Saturda mornings with another group. My gettin’ real Daily Mile would read “I can’t believe that these women get up every Tues/Thurs. at 5:30 so we can meet at 6 to run with me – the only non-stay-at-home mom who has to be at work at 8 am. Plus – they all have treadmills and could run at 8:45 am in their warm comfy homes instead of out here on the wet, windy track with me. Boy do they ROCK!” And because of them – I went from running less than 2 miles 2 times a week to running 5+ miles 3 times a week. Whenever I feel tired or pissy about getting up, I think about their support and I meet them every time.

  48. Rebecca T-W permalink
    March 14, 2011 12:38 pm

    Rebecca did not get up this morning for her usual 5:30am run so she attempted to bring the 5 yr old and the 3 yr old for a 1 mile jog around the neighborhood. Here’s a breakdown of her walk/jog/drag. Haul the pink scooter out for the 3 yr.old, haul the bike out for the 5 yr.old, helmets on “Yes, for the 1000 time you have to waer your helmet!” 1/4 mile in Sophie is wimpering, our cat is following us, Noah is waaay ahead of us. Turn around, gotta get the cat in the house, Soph can’t make it, need the single jogger. Put pink scooter away, haul out jogger, Noah wants his scooter, haul the bike back down to the basement, get the cat in, grab snacks, lamb, blanket. Back on the road 1/4 mile Noah starts complaining, “Your going too fast!”, stop for snacks, between 1/4 -1/2 mile Noah is whining “My legs hurt!”, complaining, “I just want to go home!”, no kidding, carry scooter, push jogger and hold Noah’s hand and turn around to go home. Rebecca WILL run tonight when her husband gets home and will record her AWESOME SOLO miles on Daily Mile!!!

  49. March 14, 2011 12:55 pm

    Awesome post and analysis. I avoid social media about my runs (other than my blog) because I hate how slow I am. I am accepting that this is where my fitness it, but I don’t want to broadcast it. I’m proud to let people know that I’ve become a runner, but I’m not interested in judgment over my lack of speed.

    As for what my latest run would look like on The Get Real Daily Mile it would be similar to Joyce’s entry: Lois ran 5K to get away from her son who had tried her patience all weekend. As soon as DH walked in the door from his boys’ weekend out of town, I turned over the reins, put on my running clothes, and flew out the door. Blissfully, the run did exactly what I needed it to do and I was in a much better space when I returned. After a shower I was even able to interact in a socially acceptable manner with all members of my household.

  50. March 14, 2011 12:57 pm

    I am party of Daily Mile, but for now, my community there is just my sister and me…so I don’t notice other people’s speedy posts so much. My real-life post from Saturday’s run would look like this:

    Christy ran 11 miles for the first time ever, although bystanders might have questioned the “run” part at times. She’s too stubborn to try a run/walk pattern, but she did it! Of course, she was quite overdressed for the weather and spent the last two miles actually looking forward to the ice bath at home.

  51. Michaela permalink
    March 14, 2011 1:22 pm

    Michaela has started counting imaginary miles as real workouts, since her 7-month old won’t cooperate and stay asleep past 4:30 am, her two slightly bigger girls are up with the sun and need help brushing teeth and making breakfast, and her husband now has a broken arm and is like a giant 4th child to care for. I’m not complaining, I’m just accepting the reality that is life this month. And in my imaginary runs, I can go really freaking fast πŸ™‚

    • March 14, 2011 2:22 pm

      Love it! (The post, not the lack of sleep or broken arm.) We have sleep issues in our house as well that mean no morning work outs. I really like the imaginary run concept. Good luck with everything!

  52. Rebecca J. permalink
    March 14, 2011 1:28 pm

    I ran my first 10K Saturday. I was really glad I’d looked at the race map and started incorporating some hills into my weekly runs so I didn’t collapse on the hill in the race. I wish I wouldn’t have tied my shoe with my timing chip so tight so my foot didn’t go numb around mile 4 (cuz there’s no way I’m stopping to loosen it!). I wish my running partner didn’t get injured so we could have ran the whole way together. 6.2 chatty miles are funner than solo, quiet miles! I felt happy with my time, and that my sweetie brought himself and our kids to cheer me on at the finish line. Overall a great day, until I saw how ridiculous my posture is in the few pictures my husband took. Why can’t I stand up straight when I run?

  53. Lizzie permalink
    March 14, 2011 1:54 pm

    Oh my. I, too, laughed right out loud. Mostly because I HAVE BEEN each of those women at some point or another. Even the one that farts every step and pretends it’s not her (why does that happen sometimes?!) Today I rolled out of bed and wished every step of my five mile run that I was back in bed- then turned on cartoons for my littles and slept on the couch by them. Not a superb running day.

  54. March 14, 2011 1:59 pm

    I did it! I ran 5 miles on Saturday! Hooray for me! No records were broken, but it felt awesome to be outside running again!

  55. March 14, 2011 2:00 pm

    Oh, I’ve been that honest on dailymile, at least if I have the time in the comments. I’ve long wished they had more nuanced “how was it” smilies, like “didn’t want to go, went anyhow, the first 3 stunk but the last 2 felt good.” I’d especially appreciate “wasn’t pleasant, but I feel great now that it’s done.” Here’s approximately what I wrote about yesterday’s 10-miler: headed out on known trails to find a new trail. Got lost in some neighborhoods, didn’t find the new trail, but the street was on an awesome ridge and had a great view of the valley below all the way to the foothills. (Who knew?) As a bonus, I didn’t get run over by cars on the sharp curve where there wasn’t must shoulder to run on. Eventually found my way back to the other trail. Didn’t get in as many hills as I needed, even though it felt plenty hilly.”

    Unless it involves a pit stop hidden bushes or behind a few bales of hay, I usually am happy to include it in my comments. Keeps it real, yk?

  56. March 14, 2011 2:06 pm

    Deborah apologizes to everyone who had a far too glorious view of her generous muffin top as she did speed work down her road. You know, the muffin top that lies directly in between the shirt that rode up to her bra line and the tights that rode down to her bikini line. Jiggle jiggle jiggle.

  57. julie permalink
    March 14, 2011 2:09 pm

    Ice coffee just squirted out of my nose when I read the one about “Anna”. Only because I decided to fuel a 9-mile run with Chipotle a couple weeks ago (hey, we had a BOGO coupon, and my husband picked up on the way home from work), and I was pretty sure everyone I ran by was thinking I had a duck strapped to the bottom of my shoe I was tooting so much.

  58. March 14, 2011 2:29 pm

    Kendra just finished a nice 5.5 mile run that was rudely interrupted by 2 huge white dogs that decided to chase her (her first encounter with a dog) and one nipped her in the butt. Luckily, she hid behind a trashcan that was in the street and they left her alone so she could think about them the last 3 miles! Upon returning home, she thought eating her 4 yr old son’s happy meal was a great idea;)

  59. Anon in SF permalink
    March 14, 2011 2:57 pm

    Still haven’t made it out the door. It’s been 4 months since my first half marathon and I am seriously struggling to find my get up and go.

  60. Abby permalink
    March 14, 2011 2:57 pm

    Abby missed her run this morning because DH was just too darn handsome sleeping there. Opted for cross training instead.

    • Teresa permalink
      March 14, 2011 7:54 pm

      Fun! And every bit of cardio counts.

  61. Shari permalink
    March 14, 2011 3:21 pm

    First, I have to say THANKS for this post. Sadly, I could relate to almost all of the status updates. Still laughing!

    from the other day…..

    Shari ran 4 miles through the snow just to stop feeling like a slug (that’s what she told her husband) and to get away from her husband and kids (that’s the part she left out of her explanation why she needed to go for a run “right now”). When she got to the part of her run where she was up to her knees in snow she thought ‘why am I even running…its not like I am keeping up any sort of speed….if I walked I could stay away from those crazy people in my house a little longer…nobody else cares if I keep running so why am I even trying….everyone else just thinks I’m crazy…. maybe I am crazy….maybe “those people” in my house are normal…MAYBE IT’S ME!’

  62. March 14, 2011 3:55 pm

    I’m pretty sure my friends’ and I are embarrassingly honest on Daily Mile. A lot of “I drank too much last night”, or “I only finished the run because I wanted to get it done faster” or “I was planning on doing 8 miles, but I only did 4 because I was feeling lazy”. Also, I don’t post them on FB, because I’m pretty sure my non-running friends would find that VERY obnoxious. Though, it would put good pressure on me to run longer and faster so I don’t look lazy!

  63. March 14, 2011 3:58 pm

    I’ve opened up as much as I’m comfortable. I feel no reason to go after the shock effect.

  64. Stacy permalink
    March 14, 2011 4:00 pm

    Stacy ran 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym this afternoon. Her pace is still incredibly slow after 10 months of running…a 10 minute mile is considered “speed work”. Stacy is an adult onset runner (age 46), but is determined to keep running, because she feels stronger physically and mentally than ever before! Oh, and she ran her first 10 mile run last Friday…on the ‘mill. Slow and steady is her mantra. πŸ™‚

    • Darcy permalink
      March 14, 2011 6:21 pm

      I could have written your response, Stacy (only I am a newbie runner with only 5 months running and I am 38). Love it! Slow and steady with you all the way!

  65. Anne permalink
    March 14, 2011 4:01 pm

    Husband out of town last week. Freshman son fails a homework assignment because he ‘ran out of post-its.’ I’m smack dab in the middle of a crazy hectic 6 weeks where it feels as though every minute is planned. Finally, after driving 120 miles for a U12 game, picking up food for our u12 son’s party I decide I HAVE

    • Anne permalink
      March 14, 2011 4:03 pm

      …oops….TO GO FOR A RUN. Oh wait, here comes DOM neighbor, husband, love of my life, blocks for me so that I can go. He’s with her for 20+minutes and says 5 words. I ran my 5 in 50, legs of lead for the first 3 and come home realizing it wasn’t that hard.
      and then I get my period-

    • March 14, 2011 4:05 pm

      Love it!!!!!!!!! I think we’re related πŸ™‚

  66. rachel permalink
    March 14, 2011 4:45 pm

    today, rachel ran 8 miles in … a lot more time than it should’ve taken her … and almost stepped on a dead bunny in the process. she and her two running friends got honked at by a nasty-looking man, almost got hit by a mack-truck, and wondered why, in this day and age, we still do this whole “daylight savings” thing, because all of this happened in the dark.

  67. Anon permalink
    March 14, 2011 5:19 pm

    Didn’t run today because she needs to grow up and stop being so self conscious about people she knows seeing her running outside. Can’t hide in the gym forever…

  68. Darcy permalink
    March 14, 2011 6:18 pm

    Darcy ran (well slugged) along on her first 10-mile run and was feeling all bada** until her Garmin 305 data told her most of her “run” was in the slow jog zone – 13 min mile pace. Realizing it might take close to 3 hours for her to finish her 1/2 marathon in 12 weeks and feeling totally deflated at her tortoise pace, she determined to do 1 of her 3 treadmill miles today at a 10-min mile pace. Umm…she really isn’t a 10-min mile runner but she did manage to do a 1/4 of a mile at that 10-min mile pace before coming to her senses that there was no way she could do that for a mile YET. But determined, she finished her other 2 miles at 12:30 pace and decided it was time to have a new happy pace and it IS going to be 12:30 min mile instead of 13! Work in progress….

  69. Heather permalink
    March 14, 2011 6:45 pm

    Heather started her 3 mile run today saying ouch, ouch, ouch at every step because her butt hurt from the lunges she did at the gym. She did fine for the first 1/4 mile (because it is a nice downhill) and then spend the next 1.5 miles thinking “This run sucks.” She finished the last 1.25 miles with a smile because she hit her pace and the endorphins kicked in. She ran into her driveway wondering how she is going to fit her training into her schedule for the week, but hoping it happens because she is always happier when she runs!

  70. March 14, 2011 6:51 pm

    Love it! I don’t do DM because it just seems like one more thing and too much work…

    Alanna didn’t run her 29km long run on Sunday because, after dealing with the flu since Wednesday, she was scared of crapping herself within the first 10 minutes of the run and having to go back to the running store mortified and dejected.

  71. Julie permalink
    March 14, 2011 6:55 pm

    I am laughing so hard right now I’m crying!

  72. Samantha @ Becoming Me permalink
    March 14, 2011 6:58 pm

    I use the Great-Good-Okay-Blah-etc-etc thing to determine how I felt overall about the run and how my body feels. If I have a long boring run and can’t get into the groove, but afterwards me body and soul feel good, I choose “good” … If I am exhausted and at the edge of collapse I choose “tired”, but that never happens because I never run until my tank is empty (and I’m okay with that). I use the “How did it go?” bit to describe the run. “That last hill was a killer I thought it would never end” sort of thing. I love the support/motivation/chatter that goes on on DailyMile. My dog has his own dailymile account (I use it to log his runs, but post funny things about him and “quote” what I think he’s saying).

  73. March 14, 2011 6:58 pm

    Debra ran 3 miles today at embarrassing 13:40 pace. Is that running anyway? Who is she kidding? Really she should probably be on the couch with a crochet needle or some other hobby that keeps old ladies occupied.

    • Amanda permalink
      March 14, 2011 7:06 pm

      Nope. It’s awesome.

      • Amanda permalink
        March 14, 2011 7:07 pm

        To clarify, the nope was to “should be on a couch” not to the “is that running?” It is running, and it is awesome.

  74. Amanda permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:05 pm

    Amanda ran 5.5 (okay 8 total, but it was broken up and not the 10 she had hoped) wind-sucking, breath-gasping, muscle-spasming miles, which was unfortunate because she had hoped to talk to her friends on the run instead of focusing on her pain, their asses, and whether or not she would catch them (she didn’t). Oh well, at least she didn’t pass a kidney stone.

    And for Dolly … Dolly ran 5.5 kick-ass, non-stop, fast-footed miles, which was totally deserved and well earned after a long recovery from months of respiratory illnesses, and she looked cute doing it.

    And for Rlamanda … Rlamanda ran 5.5 grueling, post-partum, awe-inspiring miles, which she managed to do 8 weeks post-partum (maybe it is 7, I can’t really remember what she told me because I was trying not to puke).

  75. March 14, 2011 7:06 pm

    Joanne didn’t run today, because she spent the weekend procrastinating and is now studying frantically for 2 midterms, preparing a presentation, and getting ready for her oral surgery rotation, all in the next 3 days. Had she run, she would have huffed and puffed through 4k, cursing herself for not making a greater effort to fit her workouts into her schedule over the winter so that now, her heart rate wouldn’t average 170 bpm on an “easy” run.

    • March 14, 2011 7:08 pm

      Oh yeah, and thanks so much for the post, Dimity! It seriously made my day. πŸ™‚

  76. KathyinMN permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:20 pm

    These are AWESOME! Just the laugh my injured hammy needed.

    • KathyinMN permalink
      March 14, 2011 7:24 pm

      I should add that my runs lately are all “ouch my ass hurts” and “ow-my hammy hurts” as I try to run off all the girl scout cookies I consumed over the weekend. =)

  77. Danielle permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:29 pm

    Whip ran 7 miles on Sunday. The 1st 4 miles sucked b/c she had indulged on Stellas and a Philly cheesesteak the night before this run. Not to mention the bottles of wine and pizza shared with good friends on Fri PM while the kids ran around like crazies. But, the last 3 miles of Sunday’s run reminded Whip of how happy she will be finishing the half in April… with her slowpoke pace.

  78. March 14, 2011 7:43 pm

    That. Was. Simply. AWESOME!

  79. Beverly permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:52 pm

    This would have been mine for Sunday. Beverly ran miles in 90 minutes on the treadmill:-( Had to take a couple of breaks to breathe. Still fighting that chest from a month ago. Running still brings coughing fits that bring up the lungs. Legs didn’t feel that bad though:-)

    • Beverly permalink
      March 15, 2011 1:01 pm

      Make that “7 miles in 90 minutes”

  80. Teresa permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:52 pm

    This would have been me yesterday on my long run: “Teresa ran six miles after 24 hours of a stomach bug and no real fuel, praying that she could make it without having to duck into a porta-john or behind a bush. Afterward she was stoked because she finished the distance at a decent pace and without any stomach protests!”

  81. April permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:11 pm

    The posts that don’t make my Daily Mile:
    “April didn’t run today. Instead she got dressed in her running gear, jumped into the car, drove to her favorite coffee spot, bought latte…and parked her butt under a tree. Alone. And enjoyed every single minute. Before heading home and recalling her TOUGH run to the hubs and boys. And the traffic. The really really bad traffic.” πŸ˜‰

  82. Christine permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:15 pm

    Today I ran, tracked with cardio tracker, and in honor of this post, which I read earlier today, and of course inspired my steps, I left a brutally honest comment and posted to FB…
    “3.2 miles in 36 minutes. Being a HWT sucks. How could I have let myself get like this? It is over now, and I know I am in control to change it.”

  83. March 14, 2011 8:42 pm

    H Set out for 5 miles. Walked probably 3 because too much crying made it hard to catch breath. Overwhelmed by work, kids, schedules, cooking dinner, trying to do it all. Returned home feeling better and thankful for the run.

  84. Jennifer Brannon permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:45 pm

    Jen ran 3.28 miles and felt extremely frustrated, because she has almost figured out her Garmin Forerunner 305… the only watch you need a Ph.D. to operate… Yeah, well… She finally figured out how to program an interval workout into it that didn’t have a pace that left her lungs burning, but about 10 minutes in, she couldn’t resist the urge to go home and pee out all the coffee she’d imbibed (stupidly) right before her run. She tried mightily, but those new Moving Comfort compression shorts just wouldn’t give her bladder a break! (Damn compression shorts!) Better luck next time.

  85. Robin permalink
    March 14, 2011 9:59 pm

    This is why my sister is my only friend on Daily Mile. I can post photos of my roadrash from falling (I was “flying ” along at 8:45 we talk about pee and our

    • Robin permalink
      March 14, 2011 10:06 pm

      Darn mobile devices…”flying” along at 8:45 pace and then I was literally flying through the air–I think the sidewalk was uneven…yeah.) Anyway, we talk about stopping to pee and our butts jiggling. Plus she isn’t faster than me (for now anyway). I’d be honest anyway, but it’s really fun for us this way!

  86. March 14, 2011 10:12 pm

    Alisa “ran” just over 2 miles, cursing that damned no-longer-broken bone in her foot that *still* feels like there’s something wrong with it six months later. With each step she remembered all of the things that she always hated about running until she returned home and realized that her pace was faster than she thought. The run is now remembered fondly and is surely a sign that her real running days are just around the corner.

  87. sheryl permalink
    March 15, 2011 7:13 am

    After ten years in custom orthotics and motion control sneakers, Sheryl switched to a neutral shoe and NO orthotics per her new podiatrist’s recommendation and had a horrible run. Her feet felt like they were pounding and her right foot was supinating. She is wondering how long she gives this????

  88. March 15, 2011 7:58 am

    I. Love. This. Post! I feel like I’m fairly honest on daily mile, but these are awesome…I loved your opening post about not getting out of bed.

  89. Maureen Donohue permalink
    March 15, 2011 10:26 am

    “Be careful what you wish for” was hanging over my head this morning. Sent out my “who’s running with me?” email last night to my running girls, then for the first time in a long time, slept so soundly that I never woke up once until my alarm blared at 6:15 this morning. I lay there momentarily wishing I hadn’t committed to running in the morning and thought up several excuses as I prepared breakfast and packed lunches for my four kids. Asked dh to drive them to school giving me an extra 15 minutes to decide if I was really going to blow off meeting up with my friends. Predictions of rain for tomorrow morning gave me the guilts – I had to run today since I won’t be able to tomorrow. So I headed down to the basement to the dryer to get my running pants where I noticed a pool of water underneath the laundry sink and soaked carpet. UGH! No running for me after all, and $135 later, said goodbye to the plumber. Unfortunately, by the time he left, it was too late for me to get in a run by myself! So yeah, my fantasy of blowing off my run came true but at an unexpected cost! And that is my daily mile update πŸ˜‰

  90. Sue permalink
    March 15, 2011 10:46 am

    Sue just finished 6 sweaty boring miles on the treadmill…again…because she is too big of a wuss to run outside if it’s below 40 degrees. As she plodded through her 6 sweaty boring miles, she watched Octomom on Oprah and felt somewhat guilty for complaining about her two kids, much less eight. Then she wondered what was going to get her through her sweaty boring treadmill miles once Oprah is over. Will they show reruns? During a commercial her eyes darted to the exercise room, where the super-fit, tight-assed instructor was leading a hip-shaking, sexifying Zumba class. Damn her and her tight ass, Sue thought. Oh yeah–she’s 26 and has no kids. Of course she looks like that! Sue’s thoughts then focused on her own not-so-tight ass and she wondered if revving the incline will help the situation “back there”. Unfortunately the really, really old woman next to her was wearing so much Jungle Gardenia perfume that Sue was on the verge of hyperventilating. She tried to distract herself by looking out the window at her children’s daycare, watching all of the Good Mommies pick up their kids in a timely fashion. Sue needed to finish her workout and stretch, which means one more day of flying into daycare just minutes before 6:00, when she has to pay $5.00 for every minute she’s late. Again. Alas, a mommy who runs is much happier than a mommy who doesn’t so her kids are just going to have to deal with being dubbed “late pickups”. Sue knew that getting this workout in was crucial to her well-being and sanity, so she continued to put one foot in front of the other until she reached 6 sweaty boring miles.

  91. Heather permalink
    March 15, 2011 10:08 pm

    Well….because of you, I was honest today πŸ™‚

    “In honor of “Run Like a Mother”‘s blog post today, and being honest….this was not the plan. I was supposed to run with Collin and our friend B.O.B. this beautiful morning while smelling the Oranges and enjoying the shade of the groves, but I locked poor B.O.B. in the wrong car and he could not escape, which meant the dreadmill after hubby got home from work. So, slogged out 4 miles as per my new marathon training plan. After running with the group this weekend, I’ve decided that I need a plan to tell me what to do, otherwise, I’ll have trouble completing my goals. So training plan is a go πŸ™‚ Luckily, I feel ok. Slow but ok.”

  92. Staci W permalink
    March 16, 2011 9:56 am

    Loved this one!
    My post could be any of the above mentioned at any given time. LOL!
    I think we have all been there. πŸ˜‰

  93. Staci W permalink
    March 16, 2011 10:01 am

    ….If I could “thumbs up” or “like” these posts, they’d all be “liked”. πŸ™‚
    Love them, ladies!

  94. Kristen S. permalink
    March 16, 2011 12:13 pm

    I Live in a small town off the Susquehanna river, said river had flooded this weekend. I, not admiting I had “flood fever” like the rest of the town, went on 3 long runs to check the rising water, cresting water, and flood damage! I went on a run, it just HAPPENED to be by the flooding! And damn if the black flies didn’t follow me the entire time!

  95. March 18, 2011 5:25 am

    I have been on Dailymile.com for quite a while and I am now a part of the Dailymile Team because I do love the site so much.

    Drop the facade and bear their souls? I know that this post is probably intented to be tounge-in-cheek but…I just felt I needed to respond with a different view.

    How about the man who ran 11 miles this morning and was heartbroken over the problems with his teenage son?
    Or the cyclist who is struggling to find a job after 3 months of unemployment-now he must uproot his family to another state to keep food on the table?
    Or the woman who ran in honor of her father that died unexpectedly-crying the entire run?
    Then there are the hundreds of Dailymilers that came together to run in honor of a fellow “friend” who was battling cancer and at the end of his life?
    Or the woman who ran to process the thought that her husband of 20+ years was leaving her for another woman.

    These are just a few of the posts that come to mind-there are real people with real lives on Dailymile and no matter what social media you refer to there are going to be those who want to create this “vision” of a perfect life.
    Then again, there are those who are real, honest and spill their guts about their lives and not afraid to share the “real”.
    I have found more REAL on Dailymile.com than any other social site-

  96. Logan permalink
    March 18, 2011 5:43 am

    I tend to be a bit too honest on dailymile – see The Una Runner. If you dig you will see the true feelings. Its not all rosy and awesome. There is heartbreak and pain and suffering along side the triumph and joy. But like Facebook and Twitter some on see the unreal crap. πŸ˜‰

  97. March 18, 2011 5:49 am

    I love Daily Mile for its logging and community. Its a funny place though. When people first join they hold back and don’t always tell the truth about how they felt or what went wrong. That quickly changes though as they become more active. I do post on FB and twitter. I felt funny about it at first but after noticing several of my FB and Twitter friends picking up a fitness routine, one who ran her first marathon this year after being complete sedentary, I feel good about sharing and being an example. That example includes sharing the good and the bad.

  98. March 18, 2011 6:45 am

    Funny post. I agree with Ann. People do tend to go through various stages when they join. Eventually, most people open up. It’s the ability to let go and be honest and get support and feedback from your peers that makes DM a special place. As far as comparing yourself to others – just remember – it’s all relative.

  99. March 18, 2011 7:06 am

    i enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek look at how people really feel when they run or cycle or what have you. what you mention about posts on twitter is interesting. those are likely auto posts from dailymile and they can only feel great, good, alright, blah, tired or injured because those are the emoticons that dailymile gives as options. there isn’t a “i feel sad because my dog died” button to click, so twitter auto posts are going to be pretty sterile. it’s when you click the links and read what people have said that you get the real story.

  100. Karlee permalink
    March 18, 2011 8:28 am

    I’m a lover of dailymile, also! And I’ve seen “Run like a mother” mentioned in several posts so I know many of your fans are on there also. My core group of friends on there never had any problems laying everything out there. And now that my friends have continued to expand, I would say there are many that are using dailymile as a way to tell it like it is. There are some that just want the site to put in their stats and not have to comment on other posts, and I think that’s ok, too. I also feed my posts to facebook and I’ve had countless people tell me how it’s inspired them. I’m sure others might find it annoying–but I haven’t heard from them, yet πŸ™‚ If anyone needs a keep it real friend, I’d love to follow you! http://www.dailymile.com/people/Karlee#ref=tophd

  101. molly permalink
    March 18, 2011 10:38 am

    i sooo relate to example Laura’s comment. THROW ME A BONE ALREADY!

  102. March 18, 2011 3:29 pm

    My posts are all pretty real… I post the good, the bad, the ugly, the painful and the embarrassing. When I puked during a race last year, I posted it. When I had to squat in the woods at mile 24 of the marathon this past year, I posted it. I have no shame πŸ™‚ Feel free to take a look! http://www.dailymile.com/people/ericasara#ref=tophd

  103. March 20, 2011 11:52 am

    Lisa showed up to run a loop of the lake, but her running partner was a no show. Lisa ran with a different, (turns out faster) group instead and spent the entire 9 miles trying to come up with poetic one word answers so as not to let on how out of breath she was.

  104. Jules permalink
    March 20, 2011 4:05 pm

    Julie ran a half-marathon today, beating her PR by 15 minutes, and finished in under two hours. This success was motivated by a kick-ass playlist, another runner who I pretended was my old boss that I would not let pass me, and my kids at mile 13 that I had to showboat for by pouring on the speed.

  105. Laura Evans permalink
    April 19, 2011 7:09 pm

    “Laura ran the 4-mile loop her in neighborhood for probably the 675th time in her life. The whole time she thought, ‘Throw me a freakin’ bone already, running. Why can’t you ever feel any easier?’ ”

    This is me – FOR REAL!! Five years ago, we bought the house I grew up in from my parents, which now at 46, means I’ve run the same 3.5+/- loop in the same neighborhood for about 25 years. Sometimes it is easier; most of the time it is not; all of the time it is pretty boring. The good news is that if I’m suddenly blinded during a run, I’ll be able to find my way home by instinctive autopilot … 238 steps then turn left …

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