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Definitely # 1 though I'm neither a)older (I'm 28),
b)interested in running with others or c) interested in running a marathon (though maybe a HM). I've been running off and on for years but didn't get consistent until January.
I'm 30, run both alone and with my husband, run HMs and 10Ks with my first marathon scheduled for October. Definitely a #4. I just like the feeling of achievement after a great run.
I'd have to say I'm a 2. Been running (consistently) for a little over a year; I started because I felt guilty my dogs weren't getting enough exercise. In everything else in my life, I'm very competitive and actually have one of those jobs where life and death can hang in the balance. So it's kind of nice to have something that is different. I didn't start for the psychosocial benefits, but that's one of the reasons I keep doing it. Mostly, my dogs are lovin' it so I can't very well stop.
I run about 10-20 miles a week depending on work and yes, I'm slow. I am doing a HM with my sister and brothers in January. Maybe one sooner, maybe not. I can run 13.1 just as easily (read: slowly) around my neighborhood. I am ambivalent about 5ks, so I haven't done any.
(edited to add, I'm 30 and female.)
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I'm 34, female, and have been running for only one year. I'd have to say that when I first started running, I was a #2. I started running as a way to cope with every day stress, and had absolutely no desire to run with others. Now that I've been running a year, I still enjoy running on my own, and my primary motivation is still stress relief. I'd say now, though, that I'm leaning towards being a #3. I'm training for my second HM, and I'm really driven to improve my time, and see what my body is really capable of.
I'm female, 51 and have been running about a year and a half. When I started reading the categories, I thought I was a #1 until I read #2 and thought that fits better. But I also like bits and pieces of #'s 3, 4 and 5.
I'm not a marathoner yet. I've done some 5k's with my main motivation to improve my own time. As a bonus, since I'm old, I very often win age groups due to being the only entrant in that category! Gotta say that winning a plaque or medal is kind of fun, too!!
If I had to pick, I'd say I'm a 2.
#2 for me...I do this because it makes me feel good, great for graduate school stress, and maintaining weight. when I am not training for something I sometimes get less than 10 miles a week in, and am not so much concerned with speed as I am about completing races (longest being a HM).
I think I would like to get more serious...but I should finish my dissertation first, so this will do for now!