Last year I participated in a challenge to log 2,015 running miles in a year. The challenge was sponsored by Run The Edge, a group based out of Boulder, Colorado whose mission is to get people moving while at the same time sponsoring charitable organizations that focus on helping others. These include virtual races for efforts such as Girls on The Run, Judi’s House, and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs. There was also a VERY fun virtual challenge to post a running theme selfie every day in the month of July.
There's nothing like the feeling of crossing a finish line. It's empowering! So you'd think the most exciting part of finishing my first 10K would be crossing the finish line (which was really awesome), but it wasn't the most exciting part. For me, it was trekking across the Bay Bridge and running past each mile marker.
That was my most exciting part was the journey.
I was never passionate about running. I mean, sure, I jogged the occasional 3 miles. I even got up to 7 miles at a time, but complained that my knees hurt.I wasn't passionate about running because I told myself I just wasn't built to be a runner. I'm already 40 and it's not smart to start running seriously now. My knees are weak. I'm a slow runner. I get bored. I could never run longer than an hour, yuck.Blah, blah, blah...It amazes me what we can convince ourselves NOT to do because it's outside of our comfort zone....more
I used to think this about running too. I'd see "running is my therapy" somewhere and think, "Yep, it's mine too." But then the other day I was feeling down. I was sad, sluggish, unmotivated. I knew that going for a run would make me feel better, both mentally and physically. And yet at that moment, running was just about the last thing I wanted to do. What I wanted to do was crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head, and take a nap. Which is exactly what I did.
The one thing that you can be sure about in life is that no day is ever the same. Running makes that fact much more apparent. Yesterday I ran four miles... four, not fourteen. But you would've thought I was ending a marathon by the way I looked and how I felt. My legs felt like lead and my upper body felt like a wet noodle. My heart rate shot through the roof in the first mile, despite my slower pace....more
There are tons of articles and books that tell runners to try and run without your watch at least once in your running career. The only times that I've actually done that is when I knew EXACTLY how far I was running and my overall intensity (and even then it was only a mile every time). I will be the first one to admit that I run with my watch all the time. It started out with me checking my pace and wanting to achieve a certain time goal....more
With winter fast approaching and sunny days in short supply, today seemed to be one of those days built for running. While driving to drop my sister off at an event she was attending, I wistfully looked at runners loping along effortlessly in their tights and light jackets. As I pulled back into the parking spot at home, I had a new mission: Rediscovering my Running Joy....more
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