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  • John2635 Legend 504 posts since
    Oct 2, 2004

    Well put Nick!

    It's good to be reminded of this from time to time.

    Thanks for the advice


  • COcarrie Rookie 396 posts since
    Oct 15, 2007

    LRN... I do love your posts!  I still feel like a newbie after almost 4 years of running and many races but can use all the advice I can get.  (Compared to you, many of us are newbies!)  I'm currently working on the slow down thing, thanks to my new HRM and lots of good stuff I read here.

    Note: Over the years people have asked me why they rarely see runners smiling while they run.

    Oh, and I have one (bragging) comment to make... I had an awesome race last week and was SMILING for many miles of the 9.3 miles(15k) . I love to ENJOY my runs.

    Get up on that soapbox any old time. Looks like we can all use it!


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  • Marester Rookie 2 posts since
    Jan 26, 2007

    I just finished W5D3 of C25K and would not have made it even this far without your extremely helpful and wise advice, Nick.  As such a newbie, I feel like I needed "permission" to go slower!  Can't thank you enough!  You are an incredible blessing to me and countless others, I'm sure! 

  • Lee Anne Hooley Rookie 17 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    You are my new hero.

    I'm not as new as a lot of the newbies here, but I have bad runs still (just 2 nights ago, actually), and reading something like this reminds me why I love running so much.  Thanks, and please keep the inspirational words coming.

  • umcee11 Rookie 8 posts since
    Feb 12, 2007

    I read an earlier post by you and I think about it almost every run when I am thinking why aren't I faster yet or maybe I should work harder. I think well better to take it slow then be in the I used to run club. I started in November so your voice of reason is especially important to over achievement oriented me.

  • veganmom Rookie 4 posts since
    Sep 7, 2005

    Thank you, Nick. I fell away from running for a few months and I'm starting back up again. Thanks so much for the reminder to take it slow and enjoy it. I berate myself for going slow but I need to stop that.


  • charliecat Rookie 2 posts since
    Oct 18, 2006

    I was sitting in my office, grabbing a bowl of cereal before hitting the treadmill, feeling pretty low about my last few stinky runs, and then I read your post.   It's ok if I slow down!  Heck, it's ok if I need to walk for a minute.  Hurray!

    Thanks for the wise words--I really needed a hit of motivation.

  • Cam034 Rookie 3 posts since
    Feb 15, 2007

    Thanks so much for your wonderful post.  Keeping a decent perspective on how well you think you should be running, and what your body can actually do is so important.  I get quite discouraged at times.

    Thanks again for the encouraging words.

  • rolling1977 Amateur 183 posts since
    May 23, 2006

    Well, I was getting motivated to run, but by the time I finished reading your post, it was too late   !|src=|border=0!.

    Just kiddin, good info.


    Jimmy Legs

  • sjutton090 Rookie 24 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    Nick's posts should be archived and "stickied" to the top of this forum, IMHO.

  • mmoonhead Rookie 432 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    Once again, great post Nick!

    I can attest to the slow down and relaxing aspect - I took that approach to my post-injury running, and it's made me as well as my running feel so much better.

    It's also had a nice side-benefit - my easy runs are now as fast as the hard runs I was doing last year.

  • mohanapte Rookie 46 posts since
    Mar 3, 2004


    I have nothing but admiration for you. I am one who wholeheartedly supports what you say!

    I have a question. I am 38 and have been running for about 2 1/2 years now and like so many on this forum, I want to be a lifetime runner.

    I run every other day. I got into a trap of doing too much too soon and got injured. Luckily I came out of it and back running.

    The question is - as one ages, does the recovery period between runs increase? I mean, can I continue my every other day routine way into my 40's, 50's and 60's and keep improving (both in terms of time/distance and speed) all the time?

    Again, when I say "improve" I mean baby steps in improvement. Neverthless, over a lifetime, that could mean a significant improvement.

    So assuming I remain faithful to my routine, as one ages, does it become more difficult to improve?

  • Stealth26 Rookie 31 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    As always, good post Nick. Thanks.


  • Sassafrassa Rookie 10 posts since
    Feb 10, 2006

    I haven't been on the forum in quite a while, and what is the first post I read??  Yours...and it was just what I needed. 

    Thanks again for the great advice and encouragement.


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