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In the summer of 2014, I got the chance to meet Jack and Finn whilst they were filming for the Following Heart series which was filmed in New York. Finn took pictures with everybody on the first day and so did Jack when we met him the following day. The twins are definitely one of the most humble people. I admire them for they serve as inspirations to those who people who wants to go after their dreams and aspirations in life.

This spring, I met Finn during the YouTube convention in New York as well. He was on his way to the venue and the streets were pretty packed. I called out for his name and he didn’t hesitate to take a picture amidst the fact that they were being rushed to the venue. Overall, it’s always great seeing them in person and at the same time seeing them go after what they love to do in life.

-Patricia (@_ezzxy)

Not only is this guy one of the most talented people I’ve seen, but he is also one of the most humble and spiritual persons I’ve ever known. He is truly a rare soul in a generation that is consumed by narcism and greed. @twentyonepilots are by far the most inspiring band I have ever heard. So here’s to you @tylerrjoseph , keep being the voice of reason and hope. |-/
#mcm #clique #twentyonepilots #blurryface #Laneboy (at 🎶Lane Boy -Twenty One Pilots)

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Happy Birthday to Ahn Sohee, the love of my life. I have loved you for several years now, and every day I fall in love with you over and over. Everything about you is so amazing and wonderful, and I feel so lucky that I get to love you.

You are so beautiful. I have never seen a girl who could match you. You have the softest, sweetest voice I’ve ever heard. You’re honestly and angel. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have you.

You give me strength. In a way I’m a lot like you, I’m shy and I get nervous around people I don’t know. But then I see you go on stage and rock it, and then I know that if you can do it, then I can to. Because, you’re my role model and I want to be like you.

I was lucky enough to see you live, and from the front row even. And the love you gave me that night I’ll never forget. I’m just some fangirl that was screaming that I love you. I’m sure I was annoying. You could have ignored me. But, instead you went out of your way to show kindness to me. You smiled to me, waved to me, sang to me, bowed to me. And at the end when I reached out to you took the letters I wrote you. It was the only thing you took before you left the stage.

I love you with all of my heart Sohee. You are the love of my life. Happy 21st birthday my most darling girl. I wish you all the happiness in the entire world. I love you so much.

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“I’ll tell you something. This place is home to us. We will be here just as much as we go home. We will be here year after year, decade after decade. Until we’re old and gray, I will be here in Brazil. I love you people. I love this place. I love your passion, […] I love everything about this place. From top to bottom. It’s the most humble people you’ll ever meet and also the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet”. [x]

I wonder if there’s a measurable spike in race registrations following the Boston Marathon. I was definitely inspired after watching all of our amazing tumblrs run! 

On that note, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking about marathons the past week (thanks Meb!). Mostly about my own less than stellar performances in the distance last year. And I’ve come up with some ideas about why I haven’t managed to run a successful marathon since the Shamrock Marathon in 2013 (rambles ahead!):

Hubris: This is actually the big one. Okay, I am not the most humble of people, I’ll admit. I would actually say that vanity is one of my bigger sins in general. And I got cocky after running 3:33 in my very first marathon. I thought I had this marathon thing down and look at what an awesome runner I am and that wasn’t so hard. Looking back on my training for Boston and Marine Corps, I see now that I thought  “I’ve done it once, I can do it again while also not really trying.” Sure, I trained but I also totally ignored parts of the plan when I felt “that doesn’t apply to me.” Notably, the difference between easy runs, tempo runs, pace runs, and recovery runs. Bringing me to…

Racing my training runs: I have had this idea FOREVER that in order to race a certain pace, you should be able to run it all the time. Despite being told my multiple people and reading everywhere that you should train slow to run fast (see above about hubris). But I’ve started running all of my training runs at around the same pace: 7:40-8 minute miles (average). Part of that is because I have genuinely become a faster runner. Part of it is because I can.  Mostly because I feel like I should. And then I expect to race at that same pace or faster. Sure, I can pull that off for a 10k or half marathon but the marathon is different and trickier. It requires a lot more balance of energy and pacing. 

I went back to my training runs for the Shamrock Marathon and guess what my average pacing looked like? Anywhere between 8:25 to 9:10 per run. Most were around 8:45. And my average for the marathon? 8:07. And I’ve never even gotten close to that since. And that wasn’t even with any sort of speed training. So…duh, Mallory. Train slow and race fast!

Racing Stupid: When I ran the Shamrock Marathon I genuinely was just aiming to run the whole thing. I didn’t care how fast I went, I just didn’t want to end up walking. So I started slow and just let my body go on feel. I never tried to maintain a certain pace (until I got passed by a group that I had passed earlier and then I realized I had to pick my feet up a little). I did the absolute opposite for Boston and Marine Corps. I was obsessed with staying at 8:00 pace or below and pushed myself to “bank time.” Again, THE OPPOSITE of what everyone says you should do. And guess what happened? I crashed both times. Sure, I can also say that there were hills and it was warmer, etc etc but I don’t think I helped myself a whole lot. 

Underestimating the Distance: 26.2 miles is a long distance. I don’t care who you are. It’s a long time to stay on your feet and stress your body. As I became more comfortable with long distance running (post-Shamrock), I subconsciously assumed that I can run every distance the same way: go as fast as possible because it’ll be done soon. I can get away with that for a 5k or a 10k but not a marathon. Not to mention the added challenge of managing my water and food intake. The approach has to be different and I have to pay more attention to how to handle it. Even during the long training runs, I rarely note what factors lead to a better run than others.

So what’s the point? My ‘A’ goal is 3:30 and I am going to do it right this time. It might not be this year in Chicago but I want to get closer than I did in Boston and Marine Corps. It’s time to commit and take every run as a cog in the training machine. I don’t want to end the race feeling like I fell apart again. I want to end it thinking that I put together the best performance I could. 

The next couple of months are going to be focused on unlearning my bad habits and working on my strength and routine. After that, I’ll start the real work of endurance and speed. Hopefully, I’ll start posting more work out posts here to help keep me on track (instead of my usual round ups).

Hi fellow smart girls. I don’t know if you are allowed to submit pictures on here but i thought i’d give it a try anyways because the Smart Girls organization is just awesome. I am inspired by Smart Girls around the world all the time but I wanted to give some recognition to the woman in the picture with me (I’m the blonde on the right, the picture is from when we were in a production of Sweeney Todd together. She was Mrs Lovett). On the left is Tracey. I wanted to submit this because Tracey is basically my real life Leslie Knope. She is the most inspiring person i know, and is like a second mother to me. She is probably the most talented (but humble) person I know. As well as hardworking, no matter how tired she is she will always put a ton of effort into what she’s doing. She is so caring and does so much for others expecting nothing in return. She’s helped me overcome so many obstacles and continues to stand by me every day and we have each other to lean on. I owe her so so much. I could go on for a lot longer but I won’t. I just wanted to share that with you guys, since this site is so positive and happy. <3 

Talia

This is my first experience selling my printed work and it has become the most humbling and rewarding experience in my career so far. It may seem somewhat insignificant to most, but knowing someone not only values your work but in some way it personally hits them enough to hang in their home is unreal. Being hired for some big campaign, or being in some fancy magazine will personally never compare to the gratification of someone relating to your work in such a way.