I am a new runner, having started last August. I had to give up some running time during the winter until I got a treadmill. I am now up to 2 miles and feeling pretty good about myself!
Anyway I was wondering what made everyone start running? Fitness, been doing it forever, what? I started after my foster daughter of three years went back home to abusive parents and I was going through a grieving process. I wanted to do something for myself that not just made me feel better physically but mentally as well. It helped that I needed to lose a bunch of weight too! It has helped me tremendously. I look forward to reading everyone's answers.
I started taking my puppy for walks when we got her last April. We were getting up to 2 or 3 mile walks and I was getting bored. I started running some sprints with her on the high school football practice field by my house. From there we graduated to running a mile, walking a mile. I could see how much she was enjoying the running so we just began running a few times a week and it then snow balled into her and I now running 10-15 miles a week! Once we started taking on multiple miles and consecutive running days my confidence started to build and I started becoming more aware of what I was eating and my sleep schedule and right on down the line. Something as little as taking my dog for a walk has completely changed my way of life and I could not be happier!
I am a REALLY new runner. Well, I don't know if you can even call me that yet! I made a new year's resolution to lose 50 lbs, but I could stand to lose 70! I started walking and incline walking and then progressed to jogging on the treadmill. I could go 3/4 mile before I had to stop. Then I stumbled on the Couch to 5k program, and am really giving it an honest shot. I'm on week 2, day 1 today. I am sooo hoping that after the nine weeks are up, I'll sign up for a 5k, and keep it up! Thanks for your story, too! I really get motivation through these forums!
Graduated C25K 5/8/2010
5/1/10 Turkey Hill Country Classis 5k- 37:03
5/8/10 Miles for Moms 5k- 32:43
6/30/10 Joe Heyer Mem Run 5k- 34:31
8/7/10 Seca Race for Rec 5k- 33:36
10/2/10 Hands on House 5k- 33:58
10/9/10 Spina Bifida Run 5k- 32:17
I started running last Spring because I was stuck in a rut and needed some alone time. I was used to working a full time job as a high school teacher and then I had twins (oh man....do I love them dearly- they are now 3 1/2) but it was an adjustment to say the least. I became a full time stay-at-home mom and kinda started going crazy. So I rolled over in bed one night and told my husband I wanted to do something for myself, I wanted to run a marathon. He said, "okay". He bought me a Polar watch for our anniversary, and gave me all the support I needed. I started training and finished a marathon in September and it was awesome. And THAT's how it started for me.
My reason is about the same as Janapete.....I have 4 children, ages 8, 7, 4 and 2 and just wanted to do something for myself...I wanted run a 5k....found after about 2 months that I could do that so moved to a 10k...then Half Marathon....Im working for a Full now
Moes Better Half Marathon 03/07/10--- 2:26:37 (my very first race)
I start as full time worker in my country at 15, and finished the high school in the night,
at 19 I became a Dad..when my daughter had 3 I became single father, I came to USA
to work hard. got merry and raise 3 more children (now 30, 21, 18, 16), two grand children, so I got involve in the school
during the all process of junior and high School of my kids, but one day I feel that I have to do
something for my self. so I started running at 42 now I have 50, 9 marathons, 11 half.
running is like medicine for my mind, my body and my soul.
I have plan to retire from running at 80...!!! I wish.
But anyway, it pretty much started when my fiancé convinced me I needed a gym membership and not knowing where to start the first time I walked in. I wasn't into lifting weights and ellipticals just seemed boring. But I actually found a challenge with the treadmill, and it wasn't more than a few months later I convinced myself to sign up for a 5k! Now I'm on my way to training for a marathon later this summer/early fall
Basically, I HAD to get out of the house and do something to get my mind off things. I HAD to learn how to take care of myself on my own terms and not somebody else's. More specifically: depression, drug addictions, family problems, suffering friends, multiple break-ups, stressful job that eats up 12 hours of my day, knowing that I have to take better care of myself if I want to make it to 30 with some small chance at happiness. I used to hit the bottle every time things got too hot to handle. All of a sudden I just snapped, went online and googled "marathons", and registered for a half marathon. Cost me $80 for 6 months of motivation (the time I had to train for the race). Now I run. Running is the best solution that I could find to "solve" all of my problems. I have a month and a half left to go before the big day. I can't even begin to explain what running has done to me both mentally and physically. It really is insane what only 4 months of strict running can do. I'm a totally new person with a new life that I can be proud of. I've even had people tell me this. Thanks for this thread. It's great to know what pushed other people to "snap" as well
I was always envious of runners, but every time I tried to start running, I pushed myself too hard and ended up sucking wind & hobbling back home. This past New Years Eve I met a nice couple who raved about running in a local half marathon. When I told them about my attempts, they told me about the Couch to 5K program. There was a 5K held in conjunction with the same half marathon they were training for, so they suggested that I train for the 5K as my new years resolution. I signed up for the race the next day, bought a new pair of shoes, and a Nike Plus system for my Ipod. I have been amazed to learn that yes, I CAN run, and indeed I LOVE to run. So that is the "how" I started running. Why? 2009 was a tough year. I was laid off from my job the week I came back from maternity leave. I had that job for 6 years and I never saw the layoff coming. It was very humbling. I felt like I had lost a lot of control in my life. Running is that goal that I had never achieved before, and it has meant the world to be able to conquer that goal and to have something in my life that is just for me. I guess I started running to prove to myself that I could do it. The health and fitness aspects figured in as well.
Postscript: I ran the 5K a couple of weeks ago, and kicked butt (if I do say so myself) . I have another 5K next weekend, and have a goal of running the half marathon next spring. I started my own business, which is off to a slow start, but I think that the mental clarity & confidence I get from the running have been helpful. I'm down to my college weight for the first time in over 10 years. So I definitely would like to thank the couple who turned me on to the C25K program, and I probably ought to thank my old boss because I don't think I would have stuck with the running if I hadn't been in such a funk.
3/7/10: Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K -- 28:53
3/7/10: Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K -- 28:53
3/27/10: March for Misty 5k Fun Run -- 28:47
5/1/10: Fiesta of Five Flags 10k -- 1:01:46
6/5/10: Billy Bowlegs Night 5k -- 27:18
10/2/10: Epcot Wine & Dine Half Marathon -- 2:20:53
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I never set out to be a runner, it just kind of happened. About 15 years ago I started walking for exercise and running was the farthest thing from my mind (as I mentioned in some other threads, I was always told I had "weak", flat feet so I just assumed I could never run.) I walked for months - going farther and faster. I got to where I could walk a 12 minute mile, which is actually a lot harder than it sounds. I then found myself taking jogging "breaks" - yes breaks! It was much easier to run slowly than to walk that fast. And then I discovered that I enjoyed the running intervals more than walking so I kept on running. It just seemed to come naturally to me. I'm not a great runner by any means, but even as a middle aged, overweight mother of four I started out running 9 minute miles and I never found it very difficult.
Over the years I've had some times when I stopped running for periods of times, for various reasons, but I've always come back to it. Its been 2-1/2 years since the last time I started back and I am not as fast as I used to be but I still love it. I tried walking the other day with my husband, because I have been nursing tendinitis, but I just don't enjoy it like I do running.
I actually made this my first blog post back in sept 09 when I began to get serious about making changes but long story short I was envious of my SIL and wanted to get rid of that envy by being happy with myself. My first attempts failed because I did it without support or motivation . I stumbled upon the C25K program and found a group on active that was starting around the same time I was and found a race that would keep me motivated and registered. I find that I stay motivated better if I have a race to focus on, but I dont need to race to enjoy running, it is great therapy and a good tool to feel energized. I also find it improves my entire family's health because I will not cook different dinners for everyone, so my health changes have been their changes too. basically I started just to prove something and fell in love
2009: Opperation Troop Appreciation 5k oct 29:44 (first race), Greensburg Turkey Trot 5k nove 31:09
2010: On Deck for the Cure sprint 1mi 1-4 9:00, Race for Grace 5k 3-20 32:11, Yough River Council 1/2 marathon 4-10 2:16:39 (goal for 1st 1/2 2:25) 3rd in AG, Pittsburgh Komen Race for the Cure 5k 5-9 30:08, Jerry Mahar Jr Parkinsons Awareness 5k 6-5-10 29:28 6th in AG
Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon 12-5 5:01:?? FIRST FULL MARATHON (with calf tear)
2011: Race for Grace 5k 3-19 30:56, Alpha Fitness 5k 4-9 28:57 8th in AG, Pittsburgh Half Marathon 5-14 2:17:52, 9/11 Heroes Run 5k 9-11 27:34 (PR) 5th in AG, Pittsburgh ZooZilla 5k 10-2 28:03, Greenburg 5k Turkey Trot 11-24 28:35
NEXT PLANNED EVENT: Race for Grace 5k 3-31-2012, Pittsburgh Marathon 5-6-2012, Great Race 10K 9-30-2012
I started running to stay in shape for fast-pitch softball. I'd start in March and stop in November, taking the winter off. Then a co-worker asked me if I wanted to run a race (10K) with the company team. After making sure they didn't expect me to be fast, I agreed. I've been hooked ever since.
I started running for fitness, then someone asked me if I wanted to run in a race. I did, and was hooked on the competition of beating my own times. Now I race competitvely in my age group.
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I started running because of my in-laws' cat. Our family would fly cross country to visit my in-laws. The time change would always kill me so I'd wake up early. If I hung around the house my alergy to cats would have me sneezing and wheezing by the time the family got up. I was always on some sort of alergy medicine and appeared "drugged" all the time. Not a very good impression. One visit I had just bought new running shoes ( to use on the elliptical trainer in the gym back home) and decided why not put them to good use. I set my watch for 10 min. and headed out of the house. When it beeped, I turned around and ran back. Needless to say, I was still a couple blocks from the house when the watch beeped again. I was tired BUT I was not sneezing. I felt great. I ran every day of the week I was there and continued running when I returned home. One year later to the day, I ran my first marathon. It was extremely slow but I'll never forget it. Thank you Blackie the Cat!!!
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