Will’s Brilliant Idea and Your Pace is Your Business!

When I was sleeping last night I dreamt up a brilliant idea. You ready? I don’t think you are…it’s AWESOME.

Starbucks in public high schools. 

In my dream, Arbor View opened up a Starbucks, and it was the best thing ever. My Starbucks card was emptying quickly, but I was a happy student with my venti unsweetened iced coffee with coconut milk in hand!

This would be perfect. Could you imagine how much money would be made? So many students walk in every day with a Starbucks drink. If they opened one in the school, the school would make money from leasing and Starbucks would get so much business!!

Until I can persuade my principal, I’ll just have to continue taking the trip to the Starbucks up the street. Ironically enough, I woke up with a craving for iced coffee (and a salad for lunch).

While my school is at it, they might as well open a Cafe Rio too! Here’s my dinner from last night.

Changing topics: Your pace is your business! 

This is just a random thought I’ve had on my mind lately. But, I’m curious as to what you guys think! (Also, please enjoy random racing pics while you read. I look miserable in all of them 🙂 )

Ever since I quit cross country, I’ve become very anti-stress when it comes to running. Some people love the competitiveness of races, but I honestly find it very stressful! To me, the constant pressure to get faster takes the joy out of running. That’s one of the main reasons I quit!


I absolutely hate feeling that I have to run a specific time or pace in order to be successful. As I’ve mentioned before, I run because I love it! I could honestly care less what my time is when I cross that finish line. All that matters is that I had a freaking amazing experience.


Admittedly, if I want to qualify for Boston some day, I’ll have to focus more on running specific paces. But, for right now, I don’t want to worry about it. Rather than force myself to do unenjoyable speed workouts, I’m going to run whatever pace and distance I want, when I want! 🙂

That’s the “I’m in pain” look 🙂

This post was motivated by Amanda Schwartz’s amazing RunHaven article. She basically explained that everyone runs for their own reasons, and everyone runs their own pace! Your pace is your business! Not everyone is an elite runner, and that’s okay! As long as you are getting what YOU want out of running, than you’re doing it right as far as I’m concerned!


I’m going to come into Rock n Roll San Diego with zero expectations or stress. I am going to simply enjoy the fact that I am running in the most beautiful city on the west coast! I may even run it realllyyy slow just so it never has to end!! 🙂

How about you?

  • What are your thoughts? Do race times and paces stress you out? Or do you enjoy the competitiveness of running?
  • Am I the only one that thinks Starbucks would be a great addition to schools? 🙂
  • What’s your next race?

4 thoughts on “Will’s Brilliant Idea and Your Pace is Your Business!

  1. hahaha. oh gosh. Starbucks in schools would be… just horrible. Oh I love starbucks. but those darn little high schoolers would get the most unhealthy sweet thing. They would be jumping off the walls even more. and I would be suuper jealous over here :p that last part may or may not be the main reason why. lol
    and I love competitiveness. but I totally agree with you. It can be stressful at times. You always want to do good and keep getting better, and when that doesn’t happen.. it can be stressful. I quit Track my Senior year.. I was going to be the best Distance runner coming back, but the pressure and stress was just too much. I burnt out majorly in cross-country. and didn’t run for 2 years.. I know that my competitiveness can be too much sometimes. so now I’m suuper careful about my running and training. I try to keep it light hearted and fun.! like you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s exactly why I quit XC. I was just so burnt out and stressed, I really wasn’t enjoying it anymore! Since I was the top returning runner, I had nobody else to rely on. So I think the stress of leading the team just got to me. But now I’m loving running more than ever before 🙂

      That’s a good point. Most kids would just order sugar filled frappuccinos…I sometimes forget that I’m not your average teen 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I go through phases with running where I feel just like you, and want to just enjoy it. Then sometimes, I want to see what I can do and get competitive with myself. Both types of running are fun for me. I think that’s the beauty of running – you can do it for fun or to compete!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s