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  • nikkicarr1 Legend 314 posts since
    Apr 28, 2009

    I dont think anyone can start out running for the love of it but for most of us the love evolves, just as in any relationship.  I started out running to prove a point and couldnt find motivation in simply running so I signed up for a race that supported something I felt strongly about, and during the training I felt myself changing and when the race was over I realized that I wanted to continue running races or not - I had fallen in love:  with the sound of my feet hitting the pavement, with the thoughts that race through my head until all is gone and I just run without thinking, with the muscle aches after a hard run, with the stinky afterglow...and that love took me to Vegas for my first marathon this past december.





    http://www.active.com/donate/PawsoverPittsburgh/nikkicarr

    COMPLETED

    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

  • smeltedfeet Rookie 6 posts since
    Oct 13, 2007

    Not in the beginning but you'll fall into it eventually





    http://smeltedfeet.blogspot.com/

  • taylor007 Pro 88 posts since
    Nov 15, 2010

    I run because I love it. Running for me is very freeing. I am also competitive so it is a bonus that way as well. And there are so many other side benefits, some have already been mentioned......why not run??





    5k- 18.17(12/11) - 5m- 32.12(12/11) - 10k- 39.58(12/11) - 13.1- 1:27:42(12/11)

    9/11/11 - I did a green run 5k - 20.00

    10/22/11 - YMCA 5k - 19.38

    11/24/11 - Mesa Turkey trot 10k - 55.36 (PR) (backwards)

    12/4/11 - Fiesta Bowl HM - 1.27.42 (PR)

    12/10/11 - Sally's Run 5k - 18.17 (PR)

    1/7/12 - Run, walk, roll 5k - 18.53

    1/15/12 - PF Changs HM - 2.10.27(PR) (backwards)

    2/12/12 - Runners Den 5 & 10 - 18.24

    2/12/12 - Parkinsons 5k - 19.24

    3/3/12 - Ryan House 5k - 18.21

    3/10/12 - Fight Childrens Cancer 5k - 18.21


    upcoming

    3/17/12 - Kiss me Im Irish 8k

    4/1/11 - Carlsbad 5000

  • camcat82 Pro 67 posts since
    Mar 2, 2011

    There are a number if reasons I run.

     

    The fact that it's something I can afford is a big one. I enjoy exercising and keeping fit but can't afford to join a gym or go to classes and stuff.

     

    It increases my fitness and stamina which was something I wanted to do, but does it doing something I've always enjoyed doing. As someone else said - you can achieve that doing many things so if you don't like running it does seem a silly thing to do. For me running has always been somewhat relaxing and calming. I know it helps keep me feeling calmer and more level. Stronger and more able to cope.

     

    I also run because I like a challenge and it's such an easy thing to keep setting new challenges in. I'll admit I often let life get in the way in the past but I still keep coming back to running because it works for me on so many levels. Now that I've realised again and put some thought into it I've figured out that I slip a little on the accountabilty so I've set better goals for myself and challenges. I'm going to vary my runs a bit more, increase my distance and start doing some races - because running really does just keep me level and happy - which when it comes down to it is the main reason I do it





    Busy mum, but loving it

    My blog - www.runningbeginners.net

    - Every day I'm reminded that perfection doesn't exist, and to strive for perfection will only defeat you. I want to be better than I was today and not as good as I'll be tomorrow -

    First race entered 4.5K on May 22nd - looking forward to it!

    Currently doing C25K - W4D2 completed

  • LMWEL Pro 82 posts since
    Aug 27, 2009

    I started running out of necessity . If I was going to be a triathlete, I was going to have to run weather I liked it or not . Now running and I have a love-hate relationship . Sometimes I love running and it loves me . Sometimes, running and I don't get along so well . We always seem to work it out however . I doubt I could do without...running . I hope I never have to .





    The Monster Dash 5k . Halloween day - 26:08

    The Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8k . Thanksgiving day - 41:57

    The Jolly Elf 5k Trail Run . Dec 11 - 26:09

    The Tobacco Road Half Marathon . March 20, 2011- 1:53.13

    The Triangle Orthopedic Sprint Triathlon . April 23, 2011- 1:21.53 / 5k- 25:48

    The White Lake International Triathlon . Sept 10, 2011- 2:59.45 / 10k- 56:27

    The Washington Half Iron Triathlon . Oct 29, 2011- 5:49.44 / 13.1mi- 2:09.23

    The Tobacco Road Marathon . March 18, 2012- 4:37.56

    Currently Training For -

  • nikkicarr1 Legend 314 posts since
    Apr 28, 2009

    LMWEL wrote:

     

    "... running and I have a love-hate relationship . Sometimes I love running and it loves me . Sometimes, running and I don't get along so well ."


    Totally have this going on too. I sometimes start out a run wanting to stop before I even start and have an internal conflict between "lazy me" and "runner me" because they dont like each other:  "I dont want to",  "You have to",  "No I don't", "well, you should", "but i'm tired"  "so just run a mile or 2"  "I'm walking in between"  "you"ll get done sooner if you don't"  "Fine no walking, but I dont like it"  "JUST DO IT DAMN IT"  "FINE, BUTTASS!!!"  next thing I know I'm running 6-9 miles and I am enjoying the sights and sounds and feeling great and loving the sweat dripping down my back and the tingle in my legs and then I LOVE running again





    http://www.active.com/donate/PawsoverPittsburgh/nikkicarr

    COMPLETED

    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

  • Cool Curtiss Rookie 2 posts since
    Dec 14, 2010

    I started running in December 2010.  I decided to add it to my goals list this year because I could NEVER run distance.  I was a sprinter in high school but would get busted by my coach because I would stop and walk.

     

    I finished my first 5K in February with a time of 29:24 and my second one at Disney World just this weekend with a time of 29:14.  Only a 10 second increase but it's a boost!

     

    I want to do a 10K in the fall.  Anyone have some good training advice for me being a newbie???

  • Lauracooks Pro 76 posts since
    Sep 14, 2009

    only increase your distance 10% a week. Mix up your workouts, try intervals, stairs, 800m repeats this will help improve your speed and break the monotony. I find races motivate me to improve run a few 5k's as training runs before the 10k. hang in there it gets easier





    Lauracooks

    Previous

    '10 Zoo Run Run 25:31

    '10 Strawbeerry Classic 10k 55:06

    '10 Clearwater HM 2:02:14

    '10 Space Coast Marathon 4:13:10

    '11 Dances With Dirt Trail Marathon 5:54:34

    '11 Bolt Run 5M 44:04

    Upcoming

    '11 Florida Youth Ranch Marathon

    '11 Trout Creek 15K

    '11 John Holmes Run/Croom 15m

    '11 Wisconsin Marathon

  • docedwards Expert 43 posts since
    Mar 6, 2011

    The short answer is I don't love it and I do it for other reasons, but...  I ran races throughout the southeast when I was in my 20's and really enjoyed it.

    I got married and raised a family and by the time I was 45 I weighted 230, (I'm only 5'10"). After the birth of our first granddaughter I decided to get serious

    and eventually got down to 160, mostly by diet alone. I started running again last year at the age of 52, mainly for health benefits. Other than a lower

    back problem I'm in excellent health. I'm glad there are some kindred spirits here, as I really do not enjoy running. I do enjoy the races and the feeling

    of accomplishment. Although I'm not real competetive, I am often able to place in my age group.





    Alive and Running from beautiful Oxford, AL

    Personal Bests (m/53)

    5K- 23:04

    10K- 49:55

    Half-marathon- 1:50:58

  • Laumau Amateur 30 posts since
    Feb 24, 2008

    I started running because walking started feeling too slow. I guess you could say I gave in to the running instinct, although in my case it's more of a waddling instinct as I'm not a fast runner, lol.

     

    This past summer my last child went off to school and I decided I really needed to start exercising regularily. I started on the Wii Fit, then added walking and other things. Then I joined Weight Watchers online and lost almost 30 pounds and sometime in December started having a strange urge to run while on my walks. I signed up for the C25K program but couldn't figure out how to time myself while running/walking so I just started running and the rest is history. I just ran my first 5K last weekend and I'm really enjoying it! I still do other forms of exercise as well, and can't wait to start swimming in our neighborhood pool, so I can't say I run just for exercise as I have other options. I do like the way it makes me feel afterwards though, no doubt about that.





    My races:

    First 5K, RRISD Project Grad, 3/5/11- 36:25
    Georgetown Red Poppy 5K, 4/17/11- 32:30

  • s874 Pro 81 posts since
    Dec 10, 2009

    I started running for exercise. Then one year at my family reunion, my little brother, who was in the Army at the time, told me that for Army training, he had to run three miles as fast as he could. He told me how fast most of the guys could run it, and I started wondering if I could run three miles fast enough to be a man in the Army. (even though I'm a woman) That is how my fascination with running fast started. I now run because I LOVE it. My kids will tell you that I am obsessed with it, and I'm sure that they're right. You kind of have to be obsessed to put in marathon training long runs, don't you. I also love the social life of running. I now have friends who are also running obsessed, and I get together with them when I can, and we have a total blast running and sharing stories, and making plans for races. (unfortunately these friends live 30 minutes away, so I can't get together with them as often as I'd like) I run with a couple of guys who've been running most of their lives. These guys have run many marathons, and some ultras, so they are like the Jedi Masters and I am like the Padowan. They share their knowledge, and I'm a ready listener.

     

    So I did start running because I'm vain, and I like to stay in shape. But it has now evolved. I've caught the bug, hard. I know that unless I am disabled in some way, I will always run. It's an obsession and a love. Because of my running, two of my sisters and several of my friends have started running. They don't usually run all year round, the way I do. They usually run a bit in the Spring and Summer and run a few 5K's, or maybe even a 10K, but I think that it's wonderful that they do run, and I am happy to have been the person who got them started.

     

     

    Sondra

  • Leadville Fan Pro 176 posts since
    Oct 8, 2009

    I run because:

     

    a) it's not something that I have to worry too much about "coming in last".

    b) I can eat how I eat and not worry about gaining any more weight

    c) I am healthier now that I was for a decade of my life when my medication was wiping me out.

    d) I like cheese

    e) I LOVE the way I feel after racing--can't race without training.

     

     

    I have turned a few of my runs into 'recreational runs'. i.e. I stop to smell the flowers or enjoy the view (sometimes take pics via the cell phone) and then pull myself back into the run.

     

    I've always enjoyed running in the open air --I hated track since it was just running a circle.  I like the openness of runs and being healthy.

     

     

    AND, I have to say, after hearing the stories coming out of Japan about people carrying others on their back when disaster struck, I have to wonder how many of my fellow family members or friends would be able to do that. I don't even think I coudl carry hubby and he has slight scoliiosis, so not sure he could carry me either.  Either way, to begin with, one has to be in good physical shape, which is what I'm striving to reach.





    adult running life commenced: March 2009

    2012 Rock n Roll USA Marathon 5:28:53 unseasonably hot day, full sunshine, sunburned and dehydrated during race

    Omaha Maraton 5:17: __ yeah, new PR! Too bad the brain got in the way and slowed me down! ---recycled glass finisher medals.

    2011:

    April Fools 5K 32:13.7 age division: 28/71

    7th half: Kansas City Hospital Hill 1/2--this thing is tough, but the heat/humidity were tougher: 2:45:43

    8th half: Park 2 Park 1/2-New PR 2:21 and change

    St. Louis FULL Marathon (my first!!!) Hilly, hilly, course full of turns 5:24

    Sullivan Bros. Veterans' 5K 30:10 New 5K PR

    2010:

    4th half (5/1/10) --ran injured, DUMB move.

    Sullivan Bros. Veteran's 5K/10K (11/2010) 1:07:17.7

    6th half: Vegas half (12/2010) New PR! woot woot. 02:27:58

    2009

    St. Patricks 8K (Wash. D.C.) (3/2009)

    1st half 3:04 (5/2009)

    10K 1:17 (10/31/09) HOT, humid, Kaua'i

    3rd half: Vegas 1/2 (2:34:48) (12/2009)

    I will live my life; life lived in fear is not living. ~~me

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