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Courtney Muller
Chicago, IL
Some tell me I'm over-ambitious. But even if I lose, I've still taken more steps than I had yesterday.
Interests: Reading, Writing, Sleeping, Playing Ukulele, Singing in the Shower, Daydreaming. (Not so much running as of yet.)
Recent Activity
After 282 days, over 2,000 views of this blog, approximately 750 miles, exactly 1,423 dollars for communities in Africa, and a lot of pain, tears, accomplishments, frustrations, injuries, and bottles of Gatorade... October 9 happened. It was one of those things that I planned for, but didn't really expect to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Running to Prove
The 2011 Chicago Marathon is in 20 days. And although I never thought I would say this.. I think I'm ready. I was really nervous about my half marathon last Sunday, but it was amazing. I didn't stop and walk at all, and even though the last mile was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Running to Prove
I haven't written anything in this blog (or really much of anything in general, except a few journal entries) in an entire month. Yikes. I'd like to think I have an excuse though.. I've been really busy. And by really busy I mean my brother got married so I was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Running to Prove
I've decided that I'm going to measure my runs based on effort-- not time or even improvement. This may seem a little first-grade teacher of me, but we can really only do our best. I can't guarantee myself that the run I'm about to do is going to go better... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Running to Prove
I ran ten miles yesterday and it didn't go well but it didn't go terrible either. I had to stop and walk a few times, and my knee started hurting at the very end. And it's been hurting ever since, especially when I walk down stairs. But I finished the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Running to Prove
SO MUCH GOOD NEWS, SO LITTLE TIME! God is absolutely blowing my mind these days. He's so clever and smart and creative with how He goes about arranging things in my life. It's fantastic, really. First of all, I got my internship at 826 CHI. If you don't know what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Running to Prove
Woah. It's August. That's kind of terrifying. That means there's barely over 2 months until my marathon. I keep thinking this is going to get easier. I keep thinking I'm supposed to be getting stronger and faster and better at this (and, maybe even beginning to enjoy it a little)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Running to Prove
I am in awe of God and of the congregation of Athens Christian Church. I spoke today during both services, and collected a total of $1,087 in donations. People are so incredibly generous and supportive, and it makes me feel a lot better about the world that I live in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Running to Prove
Well, today marks 200 days of this challenge. And the unfortunate part is, I always thought it would get easier. I thought after one month or two months or five months, running wouldn't be so hard. I figured I would get stronger and faster and it wouldn't be this difficult... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at Running to Prove
AH! I'm so happy! I ran 3 miles today and my knee and ankle didn't hurt at all! Thank you soooooo much to anyone who has been praying for me. God is absolutely blowing my mind these days. I'm supposed to run 5 miles tomorrow, and I hope my leg... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Running to Prove
God is good! I was able to run four miles today. My knee still hurt a little, and my ankle has been bothering me even worse than the knee, but I made it. Unfortunately, my training plan said to run ten miles today, and I only ran four. Still— it's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at Running to Prove
I'm frustrated. My knee still isn't better. I've been resting it and not running, but that means my training is way behind and I'm getting more and more out of shape every day. My knee has been feeling a little better, so I decided to try to run today. But,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Running to Prove
I'm tired. My knee hurts. I injured it somehow. Something about an I.T. band. I think that's what it's called. It's tight or something. So it hurts. And now I have to do painful stretches to fix it. And I've been slacking on my running because of it. Because I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Running to Prove
This past week was a mixture between accomplishment, inspiration, frustration, discouragement, and apparently a lack of blogging. (Sorry about that last one.) My marathon training plan has been going well, but I don't understand my body. One day, I'll conquer the three miles like it's nothing, and two days later,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Running to Prove
I'm pretty proud of myself. I ran 3 miles today, even though I didn't feel like moving at all, and it went AWESOME. I understand it isn't an enormous distance (the smallest distance in my training program, in fact), but I thought it was going to suck and I would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Running to Prove
Today was the first day of my official World Vision marathon training program. I ran 3 miles in 95 degree weather. It was awful. But I had my friend, Keith, on my bike next to me, so I forced him to keep conversation with me to try to get my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at Running to Prove
Can I just say, first of all, that I don't understand how it is possible that we are half-way through 2011 right now. June?! Seriously?! How did that happen? On a more relevant note, I'm terrible. Absolutely terrible. I continue promising myself that I'll eat better, and then I continue... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Running to Prove
I've been training for this marathon for 150 days now. And I've made some major accomplishments. I ran my first race ever in the rain and took 3rd place in my division, ran my first half marathon in sleet and dangerous winds, and competed in yet another race (this time... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Running to Prove
I'll be honest, I'm too tired to be clever right now. But I do have a few things to say. 1. I'm extremely proud of my mom. She ran a 5k yesterday when I ran my 10k and she kicked total butt. She got an awesome time and all while... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2011 at Running to Prove
All day, I was dreading tonight's run. Okay, that's not entirely true. My in-grown fingernail pain, the eight-hour work shift, and my exhaustion were also consuming some of my thoughts. But the fear of another sucky work-out was around in the back of my mind throughout most of it. I... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Running to Prove
GAH. I feel like I'm drowning, or stumbling, or some other verb used to describe a struggle. So, I ran my half marathon a week ago, and it was quite an accomplishment. And so, naturally, I didn't do crap for the rest of the week. I went six days without... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2011 at Running to Prove
Okay, I know I haven't written in over a week, but I've been extremely busy. And I wanted to wait and post about my half-marathon with the nifty professional photos that were taken at the event, but I found out they were about $40, and that's just absolutely ridiculous. But... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Running to Prove
Sorry I've been slacking on the blogging here lately. Where should I even begin? I guess I'll start with Saturday. I was debating on whether to run 12 miles or 10 miles or 8 or 9 miles because since my training plan was all thrown off with confusion with the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Running to Prove
Hey Darci! Thanks so much! I'm honored to know that I can be an inspiration to you! Any feedback is always welcomed and I hope you enjoy my story. :) -Courtney
Okay, so my whole life has been all over the place lately, especially my running. See, as I mentioned in my last post, I found out that the race that I thought was a half-marathon on the 28th was really just a 10k. I was disappointed because I've been training... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Running to Prove