(Closed) Any avid runners out there?

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I would consider myself a novice runner, but I’m working my way up! I’m registered for a 5K, 10K, and 1/2 marathon (21K) all within the next 3.5 months ๐Ÿ˜€

I started with the C25K program and I can’t speak enough about how wonderful it is (and I’m not even done with it yet!!). I hated running when I started and dreaded the thought of long distance running. In 6 weeks I’m up to running 2.5 miles in 25 minutes at a 9 minute mile pace. I love the feeling when I am done, I feel so refreshed and want to keep going.

What has running done for me? It gives me something to look forward to and improve upon. I can set goals and am soo proud when I accomplish them! It has given me fabulously toned legs and a flat tummy as nice perks, too. My upcoming races are are extra motivation to keep going.

My nutrition has improved, also, because I don’t want to ruin all the hard work of running ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 4
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I never considered myself a runner. I mean I ran a few miles on the treadmill a couple times a week but that was it. For the past few months I have been training for a half marathon with Team Challenge to raise money for The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. This has been the best decision of my life! Not only am I raising money for a good cause but I’m getting in shape and becoming a true runner! I did a 10K race yesterday and while it was really hilly and hot out I didn’t give up!

I am now addicted to running. It’s a great stress reliever during this crazy time of wedding planning. So I say go for it! You’ll be so happy you did.

Post # 5
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I just started really running in January. I used to never run more than 5k (3.1 miles). Now I rarely run less than that distance. It is great to feel the accomplishment of finishing a run. I don’t time myself on training runs- it is just about finishing the distance and knowing that I did my best.

To help myself get motivated, I joined a group training for a half marathon (you could do a shorter distance if you want), acutally signed up for the race, and the biggest thing that keeps me motivated is reading running blogs.

It’s great that you live near a trail. I live near lots of trails, so I have no excuse not to run. It’s awesome how much stuff you see that you never knew was there.

Post # 6
946 posts
Busy bee

Avid runner? No.  But I do love running.  I love how cheap and easy of a work out it is.  I ran my first half marathon on Thanksgiving last year.  And running a full marathon is on my bucket list.  For me, it’s more about how I’ll feel after I run.  I don’t like it while I’m doing it, but afterwards, the pride, and energy I get is all worth it.

Post # 8
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I run.  I was one of those who thought I “couldn’t run” but I just started doing it one day.  I did something like couch to 5K…I just started by doing 1 minute on and 2 minutes off, then one minute on, one minute off, etc. and worked my way up.  Now I just finished my second half marathon and I will be running the 2011 NYC marathon.

Personally, I think that there’s just no workout like running.  I can chill on the elliptical for an hour and not get the same workout as 30 minutes of running.  It just works your whole body.

Post # 9
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@hotchildinthecity – I totally agree! You really get the most bang for your buck. So if you don’t love working out . . . you’ll be able to spend a lot less time running than doing other exercise.

I used to be a complete couch potato. About 6 years ago, I joined WW and the gym.  Once I started losing weight, I started to want to try running. Eventually, I built myself up to running 3 miles at a time. Running (combined w/ weight training) helped the rest of the weight come right off.

What has running done for me? It completely changed the shape of my body. I am an apple shape. Previously, I was round with hamhock arms. I now weigh 40 lbs less than my heaviest weight. My body shape is so different now than it used to be I hardly even recognize myself in old pictures.

Now the weight is gone, I run 3-4 times a week (3 miles max) to keep it off.  But I also sign up for 10ks a few times a year to give me something to train towards, change it up, etc.

The thing that keeps me going is an awesome playlist on my ipod. Couldn’t run without it.

Post # 10
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not sure I count as an avid runner… I started playing ultimate and taking karate and it’s cut down on my time to run (and works the same muscles, so I have to be careful not to overwork and injure myself).  BUT I can definitely answer some of your questions.  Here’s some things running has done for me.

My father is also a runner, so every time I visit home, we try to run together.  It’s a great chance to have one on one time and share a hobby with him.  I look forward to it,

Every time I’ve moved to a new place, running has helped me learn my way around / keep something constant as I adjust to new surroundings.

When I’m alone, running is me time – there’s no phone, no work, no hassles or chores.  Everything simplifies to one step in front of another.  Sometimes I just clear my mind and think how lucky I am to have a body that can do this.

Running on vacation can be great, if the schedule / surroundings allow for it.  When I went to Hawaii, I ran along the beach path right next to the ocean.  Amazing views! 

All my best thoughts happen while running (or other solitary intense exercise).  Something about the solitude and stress on the body really clears my mind.

I have more energy!  Like the one above, it’s not really particular to running as it is to all exercise, but I am a much more lively person than I was before I started running.

Lastly – running got me in good enough shape to play ultimate and other sports.  I was NEVER a sporty kid, because I had ashtma and was out of shape and couldn’t run.  Running on my own, at my own pace rather than in middle school gym class meant I could slowly work my way up to being able to run a mile straight, then two and three and even more.  It makes me so proud to conquer something that I used to be the worst at, and it’s opened up chances to play rec sports which I wasn’t able to handle before.

Post # 11
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Similar to what some of the other gals have said – – I run because it’s self gratifying. Instantly!  There is one other workout that makes me feel the way nice solid runs make me feel and that is Spin Class.  It’s the adrenaline – The cardio – Both running and/or spinning put me in a zone. Of course like @Theresa90405 said, great music on the ipod is a key player in my running.

I haven’t always been a runner. A few years ago my sister and I did a mini triathlon, crossing the finish line was very rewarding. Since then I have done several 10ks but that’s it. This summer we’ll be running the Seattle Rock-N-Roll ½ Marathon, I can’t wait. Training has been great – this past weekend we ran 8.1 miles…

What does it do for me – – it allows me to get into a zone. I’m able to step out of work mode, day to day mode, and just run think and listen to music.  Its my time!

Post # 12
1580 posts
Bumble bee

@DecemberBride- here are links to some of my favorites:

Muddy Runner
Run Zoe Run
It’s What Moves Me
5 Miles Past Empty
Jerbear Shares

And basically you can find lots of other blogs through the favorites of those blogs. Some people have been running forever, and some people are just starting, so you just have to find your favorites- the one’s that inspire you.

Another thing that keeps me motivated in my own blog. I am sure there is only like one person who reads it and it’s pretty bad, but it is a good way to keep track of your runs and to be accountable. Here it is: Engineering the Run


Post # 13
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes! I’m an avid runner. I’ve been running since middle school (cross-country and track from junior high through college). I run on my own now. I’ve done tons of 5ks and 10ks, a few half marathons, a few triathlons, and just finished my first marathon this year.

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to start slowly. A lot of people who decide to start running think they need to go out and just run as fast as they can for as far as they can. Anyone who tries to do that will just end up hating the sport because it will be really, really painful! A few ladies mentioned the “Couch to 5K” program, also known as “C25K” and I’d recommend that. It gives you a plan to follow to build you up to running 3.1 miles, so you’re not just bumbling along wondering how far you should run/how many days per week, etc. Here is a link to the plan: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml. Once you are up to running 3 miles, you’ll be able to figure out workouts for yourself!

What does running do for me? It gives me a sense of self-satisfaction. There is nothing like the “runner’s high” after you’ve gutted out a particularly tough workout. It’s made me appreciate everything my body is capable of. It’s a stress reliever. It’s my form of meditation. And the lean muscles it provides aren’t so bad either!

Post # 14
835 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i love to run! ive been running since i was 11…track,cc…then in my twenties 5ks, 10ks, and a half marathon soon…. and i run most days of the week….. def relaxing to do… new runners just build up. be patient… stretch. what has running done for me?? wow… made me who i am… started me being active very young and learning the value of exercise, and i guess got me used to it at a young age….ooooo, and was a common ground when i met my Fiance…. we run together….. the boy can go way further than i though….member that half marathon im doing?? he is going full…more power to him!! lol, ill wait at the finish line with a bagel for ya, dear, and a lawn chair….lol….

Post # 15
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I love running!  I have run five marathons and runnign has done so much for me!

I’m not training now, just running and doing other exercise for fun and fitness–too much is going on now for twenty mile runs for me!

Running gives me a sense of well being and accomplishment.  It’s simple and makes me feel free.  I feel like I can shake all of the negative thoughts and feelings in my head and body with a nice run.

Plus, I’m lucky enough to live in Minneapolis so I get to run around lakes and enjoy nature.

Post # 16
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

my favorite part of running is when i’m in decent shape and i hit that point in the run when i feel invincible, like i could run forever.  too bad i let myself get out of shape again…hopefully i’ll get back there soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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