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I have learned so much from my running journey! Here is my top 5
1. I've learned that I can always run the distance I tell myself I will do before I start. I must have a plan for each run. It helps me to be focused. This carries over into everyday life.
2. running is not the time to reflect on hurt feelings, people I don't like, bad circumstances or anything else negative going on in my life. I run out of energy every time and its just not productive.
3. I've learned that this is a habit I never want to quit and will keep on doing for as long as I can.
4. It's ok to stop, walk and catch my breath when I'm going up hill and not feel like the run was a failure.....it really is ok to wak during runs
5. I'm a stronger more confident person because of my running and my running is for me alone...I don't have to compete with anyone else.
I've learned endurance, mentally and physically.
I've learned a lot about stress and what it can do to the body.
I've learned that so many people are just amazing, like an eighty year old I know running a half marathon. Stuff like that.
I've learned the value of expressing my competitive nature and being an athlete in some shape or form for the rest of my life.
Good thread OP! I've learned I can always go farther than I think I can, and if I stop when I want to it hurts much longer than if I stop when I have to. That said, the physical and mental strength that develops in pushing myself hard on a run has proven valuable to my personal development and self knowledge.
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I've learned that...
I can be an athlete.
Not only is there life after 40, it is possible to develop a whole new perspective on health and fitness.
When things are stressful, going for a run almost always helps, and it is fantastic to have this outlet to improve mental and physical health.
I can run so much further than I would have ever thought possible, and I actually enjoy it.
It's not necessary to run a marathon to be a runner.
Guadalupe River Run 10K April 2013 (1:01:36) PR!!
Turkey Trot 5K Nov 2012
RSS Fun Run 10K May 2012 (1:03:17)
Mermaid Run 10K May 2012 (1:09:37)
Turkey Trot 10K Nov 2011 (1:05:20)
Firefly 5K Oct 2011 (49:14) - with DH and DS at son's pace
Rock 'n' Roll Half Oct 2011 (2:32:12)
Run for the Sun 5K Aug 2011 (30:17) PR!!
Coyote Hills 3.5 mi Jan 2011 (38:47)
What appears at first impossible is actually quite doable - if you chip away at it and work consistently over time.
"Kick off your high heel sneakers, it's party time."
-- From the song FM by Steely Dan
Patience and persistence.
@ 5K: Ontario Mills 5K, Ontario, CA, 25:17
New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32
Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15
Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40
Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 49:57
There are days when two miles feels like an eternity and days when at ten miles I feel like I could keep going forever
When I'm stressed or upset there's nothing like getting out there for a run to gain perspective
I can accomplish any goal I set for myself, but I also need to be kind to myself when I don't reach every goal right away
Runners are the most amazing, supportive people I've ever encountered and it's a club I'm honored to be a part of
I can only race against myself; in running and in life.
3/19/11 Holy Grail 5K 36:20 (First 5K)
4/10/11 Wellness 5K 30:48
4/23/11 Stonyfield 5K 30:28
5/7/11 Dover 5K: 29:39
5/23/11 Get Fit in May 5K 29:44
5/29/11 Redhook 5K 29:32 (PR)
6/11/11 Market Square 10K 1:08:40 (First 10K)
8/18/11 Saunders 10K 1:07:35.49
9/5/11 St. Charles Childrens' Run: 29:54
9/10 Fox Point 5 Mile: 49:03
9/25 Holy Grail 5K: 32:33 (with bronchitis)
10/9 Great Island 5K 32:54.23 (still with bronchitis)
11/13 Seacoast 1/2 Marathon: 2:31:39 (1st 1/2 Marathon)
1/1/12 First Run 10K 1:4:45 (PR)
2/19/12 Half at the Hamptons 2:28:18 PR
3/24/12 Holy Grail 5K 28:17 PR
4/21/12Whale of a 5K (first trail race) 30:24
3/30/12April Fools 4 Miler 36:39 (9:10mm)
6/12/12 Margaritas 5K 27:52 (9mm) PR
This is an awesome thread!! Thank you!!!
- No matter how long I have had off from running, it still welcomes me back with open arms, I am an athlete!
- Age, size, speed, wealth, race; none of that matters when we run...we are ALL RUNNERS and part of the Running Family and I feel so honored to be a part of the Family
- It doesn't matter how the rest of my day goes: good, ok, bad or really bad, if I get a run in, it will be better than it would have been without a run - a positive attitude!
- Even if it isn't a particularly good run, any time I go for a run, it is a good run, this makes me feel grateful
- I always see, discover and experience great things while running that I might have missed before
Things I have learned from running:
1) I CAN run.
2) It is ok to go slow sometimes and fast other times.
3) I found my inner peace.
4) I can do anything I set my mind to.
5) 13.1 miles is a long way and mile 11 sucks. And I am crazy enough to want 26.2?!