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d74323c Amateur 8 posts since
Oct 19, 2010
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Oct 19, 2010 6:34 PM

Do you run for a reason/cause?  Do you have a goal?

I'm a newbie to running, just did my first 5K a couple of weeks ago.  In starting to read all the blogs and magazines and articles, I have a couple of questions.

 

First: I see people who run for breast cancer, food banks, autism, and other causes.  Sorry to sound stupid, but what exactly does this mean?  It's not like you win anything for runnign races; is it just something that inspires you to show your support for a cause?

Second:  What are your personal goals?  Do you want to run 10 marathons in a year or so many miles a week or reach a certain best time? Just looking for some inspiration and motivation, especially with the new year only two months away.

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
    Nov 6, 2007
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    1. Oct 19, 2010 6:53 PM (in response to d74323c)
    Re: Do you run for a reason/cause? Do you have a goal?

    Here's the deal -- many groups organize races as fundraisers.  A couple of weekends ago I ran the Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5k, and raised money for breast cancer research.  A number of years ago I trained for and ran a marathon and at the same time raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.  Unlike using the race as a fundraiser, that group organized marathon training that was paid for by fundraising for the group.

     

    Second, what are my goals?  (1) Running a 5k in less than 25 minutes before the end of the year; (2) running a 10 mile road race in less than 100 minutes (3 1/2 weeks away!); (3) running a half marathon in December; and (4) weighing less than 200 pounds.  Is there anything magic about these goals?  No.  Should anyone else use these as a guideline?  No -- I wouldn't have used these goals 20 years ago.  In fact, I would have laughed at these goals 20 years ago.  

     

    My motivation is primarily my health and the fact that I like to run.

     

    If you are a new runner, sign up for another local 5k.  See if you can beat the time from your first 5k.  I think that you'll find that you have a great experience even if you don't always get faster or make your goals.

     

    Surfing Vol





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  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
    Jan 16, 2008
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    2. Oct 19, 2010 8:35 PM (in response to d74323c)
    Re: Do you run for a reason/cause? Do you have a goal?

    If you're running for a "cause", then basically that means you are helping raise money (through race fees and sponsors) and you are increasing awareness of the cause.

     

    Motivations for running are very personal and individual.  You are the only one who knows why YOU want to run.  Do you want to run a marathon because its on your bucket list? Are you a competitive type and want to enter races to win?  Do you mainly want to compete with yourself and rack up mileage and PRs? Do you like the idea of running for "causes"?  Are you primarily interested in a lifelong running habit to stay in shape?  Do you run for the sheer joy of running?

     

    If you are just beginning to run then you have some idea of what motivated you to begin and that is what will motivate you to continue.  I sometimes run for months at a time with no other goal than to just keep doing it.  Other times I am training for a certain race or to set a new PR.   If you run long enough, you will find that your goals will vary at different phases of your running life (and sometimes circumstances such as injuries will set you back.)  But whatever your core motivation is - and that is something you will have to figure out for yourself - is what keeps you running through it all.





  • johnnysocko Pro 176 posts since
    Jun 15, 2009
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    3. Oct 20, 2010 4:27 AM (in response to Marykb)
    Re: Do you run for a reason/cause? Do you have a goal?

    Actually, I do run for a cause.

     

    I run to be famous.  I want to be recognized and I want people to know who I am.

     

    My daughter just turned 5.  Last Feb. she was intubated for a month in the PICU and nearly died more than once.  We finally took her frail body home, and watched her learn to walk all over again.  Lately, she seems to be developing a love to run, not in a straight line, but all over the place.  Also, she has Down Syndrome.  I want to be famous to draw people to myself to let them see what a beautiful daughter I have, and that she nor anyone else with Down Syndrome is to be feared, but to be known, appreciated, and loved.

     

    That's my story.  I'm Laura's dad.

  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
    Jan 7, 2009

    I like your cause, johnnysocko. Mine is 100% selfish. I don't love running, but I do love the competition of racing.

    And running does help me maintain sanity.





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  • Texas2815 Rookie 7 posts since
    Oct 13, 2010

    Finish Boston next year

  • squeakygirl Legend 557 posts since
    Apr 6, 2010
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    6. Oct 21, 2010 7:09 AM (in response to d74323c)
    Re: Do you run for a reason/cause? Do you have a goal?

    I prefer to enter races that part of the race fee goes to charity - it makes me feel good to know that all the people there racing are there for a specific reason.  But some I just enter because I've heard that it's a great race or I like the looks of the course.

     

    Right now my goal is to complete a 1/2 marathon on my one-year running anniversary - 5/1/2011





    Couch-to-5k Graduate: July 28, 2010

    Complete:

    NK5K - My First 5k as a Runner: 9/11/2010: 34:57

    CVS Downtown 5k: 9/19/10 31:31

    Oceans Run 5k: 9/26/10 31:40

    Newport Federal Pie Run:  11/25/10 (5 miles) 49:04

    Downtown Jingle Bell 5k: 12/5/10 27:37 (A new PR - Woohoo!!!!)

    Upcoming:

    Charleston Half Marathon (My 1st): http://lowcountrymarathon.com/ 1/15/11

    Shape Up RI Half Marathon: http://www.coxrhoderaces.com/ 5/1/2011

    "Well behaved women seldom make history."

  • Dog-lover Legend 373 posts since
    Mar 5, 2008

    Very cool Johnny!!  I bet your famous in your daughterd eyes!!

     

    As for me, I started running to save myself from poor health and an early death, then it became a goal, it's grown into a really fun, really hard passion and I love it!!  I feel stronger and faster every year and find more and more joy in running as I become more and more healthy.  oh, and every once in while I think I'm famous  even if it's only in my own mind!!





    Quote from Bob Moawad  " You can't make footprints in the sands of time if you are sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time"

    2008 - Grandma's marathon - 4:51            2011 - Get in Gear 1/2 marathon - 1:46

    2009 - Get in Gear 1/2 marathon - 1:49    2011 - Green Bay marathon - 3:51

    2009 - Grandma's marathon - 4:13            2011 - Grandma's marathon - 3:45

    2009 - Twin Cities marathon - 4:02           2011 - Minneapolis Pride 5k - 21:31

    2010 - Grandma's marathon - 3:58 ya hoo!

    2010 - Twin Cities marathhon - 3:55

  • Dog-lover Legend 373 posts since
    Mar 5, 2008

    forgot to add.....qualify for Boston!!





    Quote from Bob Moawad  " You can't make footprints in the sands of time if you are sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time"

    2008 - Grandma's marathon - 4:51            2011 - Get in Gear 1/2 marathon - 1:46

    2009 - Get in Gear 1/2 marathon - 1:49    2011 - Green Bay marathon - 3:51

    2009 - Grandma's marathon - 4:13            2011 - Grandma's marathon - 3:45

    2009 - Twin Cities marathon - 4:02           2011 - Minneapolis Pride 5k - 21:31

    2010 - Grandma's marathon - 3:58 ya hoo!

    2010 - Twin Cities marathhon - 3:55

  • Pelón Amateur 12 posts since
    Jul 28, 2010
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    9. Oct 26, 2010 3:02 PM (in response to d74323c)
    Re: Do you run for a reason/cause? Do you have a goal?

    I agree with the previous posters that everyone's reason for running is different and personal.  I started exercising because I was sick of my 6 yr old wearing me out during our nightly races upstairs before bed and I was afraid of succuming to the tradition of heart attacks.  I started running again because I hated looking outside while riding a stationary bike.  I keep running for all these reasons as well as that I really like it.  I'd love to run multiple marathons a year but am completely happy with my clothes being loose and my wife whistling when I wear shorts.  Whatever keeps you running is a good thing!

  • HelenM2002 Pro 153 posts since
    Jul 17, 2009

    Wow, johnnysocko, I love how you get your inspiration! I agree with another poster -- I'm sure you are famous in Laura's eyes.

  • HelenM2002 Pro 153 posts since
    Jul 17, 2009
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    11. Oct 27, 2010 11:55 AM (in response to d74323c)
    Re: Do you run for a reason/cause? Do you have a goal?

    Most of the races I've done are for a cause. It's not necessarily intentional, it's just that a lot of organizations use the races as fundraisers.  I think that the one I'm doing this weekend is the first that hasn't been for a cause, I'm doing it for fun and as part of my training plan.

     

    I agree that the reason people run is personal, and it can change.  I run for a variety of reasons -- so that I can keep up with an active son (he'll be 5 in November) and set a positive example for him in terms of being active; so that I can be healthy and live a long life with my husband; for experience of running; as a stress reliever; to feed my own vanity (there, I said it -- I enjoy hearing that I look younger than my age).

     

    My goal is to run a half-marathon in February (the Breast Cancer Marathon/Half-Marathon in Jacksonville), and to run the whole 13.1 miles. I also want to do the Diva Half-Marathon in October 2011, and improve on my first HM time. Other than that, I want to continue to increase mileage and decrease speed. And I hope to inspire others to start running, like one of my co-workers did for me (she's older than I am, in great shape, and I figured that I had no excuse to not start running if she did it).

     

    Find what makes you run and embrace it! But don't be afraid of the times when you hate running -- I usually do for the first mile, and then I catch a groove and love it!

  • Dreamstate Legend 278 posts since
    Dec 1, 2009

    I agree with others who have said that one's goals are personal...they're all different.

     

    My goals have developed over time. After seeing my friend finish the NYC Marathon last year on November 1, 2009, my goals have been

     

    (1) To run consistently.

    (2) Run 5 miles a week consistently.

    (3) Run outside

    (4) Run 10 miles a week.

    (5) Run a 5k.

    (6) Beat my last 5k time. <-----currently here....

     

    and the next goals will be...

    (6) Run a 5k every month for the next 6 months

    (7) Run a 10k

     

    and we'll have to see what direction my goals go in after that point.





    Completed Races 2012:

    Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon, 02:54:26 (1st run POST injury)

    Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, 01:49:00

    ====================================

    Upcoming Races 2012:

    IronGirl Half Marathon, 4/29/12

    Frederick Half Marathon, 5/6/12

    Atlantic City International Sprint Tri, 09/17/12

    Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon, 09/18/12

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/13/12

    Marine Corps Marathon, 10/28/12

    ING NYC Marathon, 11/4/12

    ====================================

    Personal Record from 2011:

    Teach, Learn, Play 5k, 10/02/11 00:26:57 (PR)

    Marine Corps Marathon 10k, 10/30/11 01:05:38 (PR)

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/15/11, 02:24:15 (PR)


  • coolbikermom Legend 418 posts since
    Jan 25, 2010

    johnnysocko wrote:

     

    Actually, I do run for a cause.

     

    I run to be famous.  I want to be recognized and I want people to know who I am.

     

    My daughter just turned 5.  Last Feb. she was intubated for a month in the PICU and nearly died more than once.  We finally took her frail body home, and watched her learn to walk all over again.  Lately, she seems to be developing a love to run, not in a straight line, but all over the place.  Also, she has Down Syndrome.  I want to be famous to draw people to myself to let them see what a beautiful daughter I have, and that she nor anyone else with Down Syndrome is to be feared, but to be known, appreciated, and loved.

     

    That's my story.  I'm Laura's dad.

     

     

    Wow. This brought tears. I'm such a softie. Hi Laura's Dad.





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    Rock the Parkway 5k 3/27/10  37:40.6

    Mother's Day 5k  5/9/10  33:19

    Walk/Run for Isaiah 9/18/10 4.4k 37:26

    Harvest Moon 10k 10/23/10  1:08.50

    Great Santa 5k 12/5/10 33:22

    Carlsbad half marathon 1/23/11

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  • hp5010 Amateur 17 posts since
    Apr 23, 2010

    Reasons:

    • Loose weight and be healthy.
    • I'm also very jelous/envious/proud/inspired by my 3 family members that have run marathons.  I was the cheering section for one of them a couple years ago and was like, that would be cool to do.

     

    Goals:

    • I just (re)started c25k.  I tried in the spring, pushed too hard, got sick and quit in week 2.  So, I'm back at it.  I'm still on my 3rd week of w1 of c25k and actually have longer rest periods right now instead of the normal plan.  So, my first goal is to get past week 1.  Then:
    • Finish c25k and run in a 5k. 
    • Train for the MCM 2011 and just finish it.
    • Transition to outdoor running, or at least a combo w/gym & treadmill so I don't get bored with never going anywhere.
    • Have a healthier life style.




    Amanda

    Re-started c25k 10/13

    10/13 - 234.2#

    11/3 - 231.2#

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