Things People Say

That morning, I lay on my yoga mat and cried.

I felt defeated by the constant pain, by it not improving no matter what I did, by the way it dulled every waking moment, and by it taking away the race I'd set my heart on.

I'd barely made it one lap around the circle before my hip pain made even shuffling impossible.

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Susan Donnelly
Don't Let Criticism Stop You

Something interesting happened when I started owning my badass-ness.

I got more suggestions that I should do less.

I got more criticism about my lifestyle.

I got more judgment about how big I was allowed to be in the world.

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Susan Donnelly
Do you go for it?

It’s mile 78 of the War Hammer 100-mile race in Kentucky.

I’ve been running for over 24 hours with wet feet, through unbearable heat and humidity with no air movement, over miles of painful, unforgiving pavement, under full sun, through miles of briars, mud, muddy puddles, and creek beds, past loose dogs and flying traffic, covered head to toe (and more, thanks to falls) in poison ivy, mud, sand, and most likely a horde of ticks.

As I head down another gravel road, a convoy of vehicles approaches. 

They reach me, and the woman driving the first vehicle gets out.

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Susan Donnelly
Let Them Roar!

Quick question.

It’s early morning, in the dark, and you’re standing at the bustling, noisy starting line of a race. 

What are you thinking about?

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Susan Donnelly
Two "What You Can Do" Stories

When someone tells me they want to run an marathon or ultramarathon but don’t have the time to train for it, I think of people like my neighbor Jill and friend Jameelah.

Jill has three young kids and needs to be home with them in the afternoons and on weekends. But she loves to run and still manages to put in a decent weekly mileage.

How?

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Susan Donnelly
Four Simple Questions for Pre-Race Nerves

A few years ago, the night before Superior 100, another young woman running the race and I happened to walk out of the busy lobby together into the night to get luggage from our cars.

She knew from the race briefing hours earlier that I’d already finished the race fifteen times.

“Do you mind if I ask you a question?” she said as we walked.

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Susan Donnelly