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Meg Gudgeirsson

About Meg Gudgeirsson

I have been running for 7 years (!) but only really started racing in 2010, when I ran my first half marathon. The following year, I ran my first marathon. I love running and racing all distances. I live in Santa Cruz and run with a local team, Santa Cruz Endurance (come say if you see us running!) and I am PhD candidate in History at UCSC. The hubs & I are the parents of two cute pups too. I love to connect over running and through social media! Follow me on twitter @megatha. The SFM race is my favorite and I can't wait for July to run it again!!

History, Hope (and Running)

I am going to talk about history for a moment – bear with me, it will make sense to running, I promise!

I am a college history teacher by day (runner by early morning and afternoon). And I often tell my students that history is not teleological, meaning that it does not always progress forward (it does not always get better). Rather, history shows us that people, societies, and nations move forward, then take giant leaps back, sometimes it goes sideways, and sometimes it seems static. College students often struggle with their disappointments in our nation’s history. They become pessimistic and sometimes ashamed. For a long time, I didn’t know how to help them with this. As much as I loved the study of history, I knew how hard it could be to remove the rose colored glasses and see the painful events and choices of our ancestors.

Then I realized, where we can find hope and optimism is by focusing on those who resisted and consistently fought to improve our country and world. From women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton who refused to accept that women should have a second-place status throughout the 19th century and men like W.E.B. DuBois who fought for civil rights 60 years before the Civil Rights Movement “began.” These people who pushed, spoke out, and risked their lives are the ways to mediate a difficult history.

I was thinking about this today. (Here comes the running part!) Running is a lot like the study of history. It’s not teleological, our runs don’t always get better, longer, and faster. We might PR and then watch that PR hang around for way too long. Life sometimes gets in the way, we lose time for […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off

Staying Motivated

I love running. Most days I’m happy to get out and run. But heck, let’s face it. Running can be hard, and some days it sucks. All you think about is your warm bed, your achy legs, the bad weather, etc. The excuses stack up fast and suddenly you have missed your run for the day.

I definitely have those days and I wanted to share some of the ways I stay motivated.

 

Having a Schedule

I have posted about this before on my personal blog and the TSFM blog. Creating a schedule for my runs is one the most powerful ways I make sure that my run happens. I block out time on my calendar for my run in the same way that I reserve time for appointments, meetings, etc. Not only does this mean that I have made a commitment for myself, it also means I know the best time of the day on any given day that is best for my run (i.e. no excuse that I had no time!).

 

Running with Friends

For social butterflies, running with friends is the best. Joining a running group was one of the best decisions I ever made! Most days or weeks, my runs are also my time catch up with friends. Often when I’m not feeling a run, I send a text to one of my “running wives” to see if anyone can join me. Most of the time, someone shows up and gets me into my running shoes.

 

 

Using Music/Podcast/Books on Tape

For those of us, who don’t love running with others or value our solo runs sometimes we need a little extra push. I often don’t run with music, but sometimes the iPod is the trick to make […]

By |January 27th, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off