Look all around at the mountains you haven’t climbed.

I’ve shared this song/video before, but after re-watching Wreck it Ralph last night, a bunch of the lyrics were stuck in my head as I did my 15 miles this morning…so, here’s the link again if you’re not familiar with this (fun) song:

So, yes, warning…it’s catchy, stuck-in-your-head ear-wormy, but when I hear these lyrics, I cannot help but smile…and yes, I’m gonna tell you why – and how on earth it is relevant to running πŸ™‚

Switch on the sky and the stars glow for you – Go see the world ’cause it’s all so brand new – Don’t close your eyes – ‘Cause your futures ready to shine! It just a matter of time – Before we learn how to fly

When you’re training for an endurance event, there’s a lot you have to do that’s NOT running. What? Well, you see, you have a plan which (likely) includes a training schedule, the right running gear (for weather conditions, temperature fluctuations and comfort and of course, the right attitude. I admit, this crappy weather has put a major damper on that last aspect for me lately, but this song reminded me something last night – I HAVE GOALS. BIG GOALS. To reach them, I just need to execute my plan – and I love running and goal-setting, so what’s standing in the way of me reaching those dreams? And who is the only person that can change that?Β The answer to both questions is ME. Everything is in place. I just need to spread my wings and get out there – take chances!Β 

Baltimore Marathon, 2012.
Baltimore Marathon, 2012.

Life is a trip and the road that leads you – Look all around at the mountains you haven’t climbed – It’s just a matter of timeΒ 

When I crossed the finish line at the Baltimore Marathon last October, I was ecstatic! Not only had I dropped 15 minutes from my PR for the marathon distance, I had gone in with enthusiasm and positivity – NOT stress, anxiety or bad thoughts. People told me how challenging the course was, warned me of the merge between the half and full marathon and more…but I just smiled. It was JUST a race – and yet somehow, I was able to prove that my training was working that sunny October day…and I wish I could bottle up that confidence again, but I know it’s something that just has to ‘happen.’

The BQ that wasn't.
The BQ that wasn’t.


I’ll be the first to admit that my performance at the Three Bridges MarathonΒ is still weighs on my mind- though I did push away a lot of the negativity that surrounded it after running the Walt Disney World Marathon a little over a month later πŸ™‚ But, I’m human, when stuff isn’t going the way I want it to, it’s easy to blame myself – that’s okay…and this song reminds me of that…there ARE a lot of mountains I haven’t climbed…and it IS just a matter of time…I’ll get it!

Gonna wreck that BQ someday!
Gonna wreck that BQ someday!

So, I know it’s corny, but the song + run reminded me that each time we lace up our shoes, it really is another chance, another opportunity. We all have different mountains in our lives, but if we work hard, we can scale them. Nothing is impossible!!

Any unusual sources of inspiration in your life?

P.S. If you need some inspiration and my post just didn’t do it for ya (it’s okay, lol), check out MINDY’S INCREDIBLE STORY of her journey to BQ here. You won’t regret it! πŸ˜€




  1. This post hit home for me today. I ran a terrible 5K this morning. The first mile I smashed my personal best and ran a 10 min mile for the first time. Second mile was okay (just under 12 mins) but then I got a huge stitch in my side and ended up recording my slowest 5K ever when I had thought I was about to kill my previous PR. Just gotta pick myself up and be ready for the next opportunity to smash that PR!

    BTW I love have happy you look crossing the finish line in the Baltimore Marathon pic!

    • Oh girl, I totally know what you mean about missing a 5K goal! This happened to me last summer…I hit a mega fast (for me) Mile 1, slowed a bit Mile 2 and then crashed and burned on Mile 3….yikes!!! Hahah…check it out here: https://shiawaselife.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/were-almost-there/

      The important thing is that we KEEP MOVING FORWARD. Definitely a mantra I repeat often in running, and always in racing. Thanks for stopping by to comment!!

  2. This is a great post, Krissy! Especially for me today, I’m feeling kind of negative, anti running and the line “life way is too short to take it slow” really applies to me!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my gosh – I love that song!! And such a good reminder – there are going to be good runs and bad ones – but whose to say the next run isn’t going to be the best one yet?

  4. Love this song! Thanks for sharing – I’m definitely going to add it to my running playlist! I love uplifting songs like this, especially when running. You are SO right about the future – you’ll get there, girl…like our friend Walt said, “If you can dream it, you CAN do it!” You so got it!!

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