Keep Running

By , October 13, 2014 8:02 am

Yesterday I had a chance to do something small to celebrate recent marathon (and half marathon!) success and my general love of running/being active! It’s something I have been considering for a year


I got my first tattoo!


I saw this the text “keep running” on a tattoo online over a year ago, and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I took that as a sign that I was committed to it and it was time to get inked!

A few friends gave me recommendations for local tattoo parlors and I chose to go to Good Family Tattoo in Antioch (Illinois). I am super pleased with the experience and LOVE how the tattoo turned out!

I asked my artist, Elisa, if she had any tips for a first-timer and she said “just remember to breathe.” Basic, but it was a good tip! And it made me laugh, since I say that a lot in the strength classes I teach. 


Of course, the tattoo is tiny, so it only took 10-15 minutes*! It didn’t hurt much at all – just felt like a bit of pinching. I was surprised by how quickly it was over (twss)!


I can see how people get addicted to getting these. They’re fun and easy. I already have another style in mind that I like…


I will probably think that one over for a year or two, as well though! Ha ha. 

*When I called to ask about getting this, they recommended just coming in as a walk-in (right when they open at noon) since my tattoo was so small and simple, and I had a font in mind (BONUS POINTS to anyone who remembers where that font is from!). So the whole experience was around fifty minutes long – getting there, signing paperwork, showing the design, then having Elisa recreate it using the font online and getting the stencil ready, putting it on, going over care instructions, paying, etc. Elisa actually told me that most people get tattoos on top of their shoulder blade or on top of their shoulder, so we looked at those spots too, but Steven and I both really liked it in this area. I’m happy Steven came with me and helped me pick out just the right spot!

78 Responses to “Keep Running”

  1. Heather says:

    Yay!!! I love it!

    And I laughed at TWSS.

    But the tattoo is great and I love the spot! It will show perfectly in your running tanks too!

  2. Rachel says:

    Yayyyyyyyyy!!! I’m so happy you got your tattoo. It looks really great. I’m glad you had a good experience too.

    The font looks familiar but I can’t pin it down. Hmmmmmm…

    So, Data’s face next? 🙂

  3. bobbi says:

    I am so happy you finally got to do it! It is beautiful!

  4. Heather says:

    Love this so much!! Beautiful!

  5. Michelle says:

    OOOOOOOO I love it!!!!

  6. Erin says:

    YAY! That’s so awesome!! Love the font and the placement and I’m happy you had a good experience, too.

    So, when are you going to share what you’re thinking of next? 🙂

  7. Xaarlin says:

    Beautiful! What’s the next one going to look like???

  8. Nina says:

    Lovely!!! Such a great spot because whenever you run in a tank and somebody is behind you it will be inspiring. 🙂
    Tattoos are addicting. I have four, started with a small one that took 15 minutes on my upper back. I’ve been wanting to get a running themed one but I can’t decide on what I want.

    • kilax says:

      Thank you! Yes, Elisa was asking if I put it there to encourage others. I told her that was a nice bonus, but that I just really like my shoulders.

      I want to hear about yours/see pics!

      Hope you had a fun race! 🙂

  9. It lovely!! I’m kind of jealous. I really like the script you picked out! Can you find me a tattoo next, I can’t decide on one 😉

  10. Tiina says:

    I love it!!! Super cute and super classy. I really like the placement too!

  11. I love it! Great tattoo with meaning that looks wonderful and applies to so, so many things. Congratulations!

  12. jan says:

    I love it! Very classy & pretty. Also I love that it will probably show with most running shirts you wear!

  13. Margaret says:

    Awesome, looks great!

    I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for a while now. I have a basic concept, but the specifics of it (content/design and placement) have changed over time, so I’m a little hesitant to go ahead and do it.

  14. Pam says:

    SHUT UP!!! I love it!!!! I’ve got one on my lower back that I want to have spruced up and made bigger, and I’ve got a couple of ideas for new ones too!

  15. LOVE! My Mark has been getting a lot of ink done this summer after we started watching “Ink Masters.” I’ve long wanted a tattoo that actually meant something as opposed to the dumb one on my back that I got at 18. I have an idea in mind but have to wait a few months. Ya know.

  16. What a cute tattoo! I don’t think I’ll ever get a tattoo–I’ve fainted over a flu shot, so I don’t think a tattoo is in the cards for me haha–but I love yours! One of my running friends has a tattoo in that same spot, and I think that’s such a smart location: easy to cover up, but also easy to show off. Perfect!

    • kilax says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Ha ha ha, it really didn’t hurt that much! And it helped that I didn’t have to see it happening 🙂 I don’t like seeing myself get a shot 😉

  17. Pete B says:

    Love the “keep running” mantra!

  18. Jen2 says:

    TWSS – heh heh

    Your tattoo is perfect in every way. It fits you to a T. Can’t wait to see it in person!

    You did such a good job you may have to help me find my next one 😉

  19. Amy says:

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on getting your first tattoo! I LOVE it. I am not really a tattoo person, but I may be persuaded with a running one…

  20. Beth says:

    Beautiful–I love it! Congrats on your new and well-deserved tattoo! You chose a good one. 🙂

  21. Maggie says:

    Congratulations on your first tattoo!! I love it!

  22. Marcia says:

    Cool! I think the spot is perfect and love the font!

  23. Bari says:

    I love it!! I’ve been thinking about my next tattoo since I got the last one 🙂

  24. Irina says:

    Woooo congrats on the new tattoo!! I’m a big fan 🙂 I’ve been planning on getting a tattoo these past 2 years and will hopefully soon just go for it!

  25. Amy says:

    Wow! You are brave! I’m not a big fan of tattoos but yours is very stylish.

  26. Courtney says:

    Congratulations on your first tattoo! I LOVE it and I love what it says- it fits you perfectly!! I love the font (and font name too)!! Very very awesome!!

    • kilax says:

      Thank you! Hopefully I get to show you in person some time 🙂 Data wants me to get a cat related one, now. (actually, he is going around the house saying horrible things about me, now that I have a tattoo, that I can’t repeat. typical Data)

  27. Losing Lindy says:

    that is awesome! I want to get one over the top of my foot, but the policy at work is no tattoos showing, so that would cut out a lot of shoe options in the summer

  28. kim says:

    I love it! It looks great and is so YOU! I’ve really wanted a tattoo for awhile but I don’t know WHAT I want. So I’m waiting until I have something I know I’ll really love and will be meaningful. But this only added to my tattoo desires!

    • kilax says:

      Aww, thank you 🙂 And yes, wait until you know what is just right 🙂 I have always though I would want one, since I was about 18, but it was never this clear until the last year!

  29. Michel says:

    Look at you!! Cool! Getting all tatted up and stuff!! One and done? 😉

  30. Bean says:

    Love! Love! Love!!!

  31. That is so cute and such a great idea! LOVE it! 🙂

  32. I love the new tattoo! It’s definitely fitting for your passion for running!

  33. Yay I love it! I think the placement is great because you will always be able to show it off in racerback running tanks! I am fascinated by the watercolor tattoos. I have been thinking about getting a tattoo in honor of the Ironman but I haven’t decided exactly what I want yet.

  34. LOVE the tattoo! I don’t think tattoos are for me, mainly because I can’t think of something I want on me for the rest of my life. However, it would most likely be running related if I ever become brave enough.

    Those watercolor tattoos you posted in some replies look awesome, though!

    • kilax says:

      Thank you! And yeah… if you can’t think of something that is forever, don’t get it! 🙂 Although, you’ve definitely earned a running one a thousand times over!

      Yes! Those are so neat! I should google some more of them and make a little folder for inspiration 🙂

  35. Mica says:

    Yay, tattoo club! I was so excited when you told me you got it (though sorry that I’m only now getting around to reading this post). It looks really great and is perfect for you.

    I think it’s funny that you assume the tattoo is going to take hours (I guess because you hear about people getting multi-day tattoos on their arms and back.), and then you’re in and out in under an hour. When I got mine (both times…), I was surprised at how fast the process was, and I felt like I didn’t even have time to get worried/worked up about it!

    • kilax says:

      Thank you! 😀

      Yes! I think we hear about the really intense ones that take forever! I had no idea what to expect. Now that I’ve done it, it’s not intimidating at all 🙂

  36. martymankins says:

    I love the tattoo. It fits you very well. Now to plan for the next one. I’ve had mine for almost 15 years and love it. Always wanted to add to it, but never did. I might again here someday.

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