Calling all runners: Former, Present, and Thinking-about-its

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Calling all runners: Former, Present, and Thinking-about-its
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Mon, 06-23-2014 - 1:15pm

Are you,have you ever been, or currently thinking about becomming a runner? I am just curious about a few things and wonder: Why did you start running? Why did you quit if you have quit? What is keeping you from starting if you haven't started yet?  What keeps you motivated to keep going? 

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002

LOL, thinking about its.  I actually did the couch to potato in 8 weeks virtually w/ GR here and a few of us did a virtual 5k at the end of it.  I think I had a concussion from skiing then, too.  At that point, I decided to stop because it was okay but there were things I enjoyed better. But, I met a couple of neighbors at the pool and they invited me to run w/ them so I did. Coincidentally, we ran past another group fitness instructor I know so we invited her to join us. She was a long distance runner so w/ her influence and others I went on to run 10 miles, half marathons and one marathon (and one tri).  Peer pressure, huh? 

I run occasionally now, bout 5 miles oncea  week but it's the first thing to go when I get busy. I like going slow and taking my time.  After all these years, it's still my toughest workout.






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Registered: 09-10-2012

My husband and I were on vacation and happened to be in the downtown shopping district when they were having a 5K. We stayed and watched and thought it looked like everyone was having so much fun. We are both retired and looking for something to do so we decided to take up jogging together. It took us a long time to built up to three miles but once we thought we could make it we signed up for our first one and we ran our first 5K about a year ago. We have since met other older couples who jog and we find races that are close enough for all of us to get to and we do them together. It really has changed our lives and gives us something fu and healthy to do. We are trying to decide if we want to start working on a 10K now.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

That's an awesome way to start. I love that you and your husband are doing it together. It really helps to have someone else w/ something like running.  Welcome to the board, btw!






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Ironically, I started to run after I had a screw inserted in my foot to heal a broken bone. I have a long history of broken bones, including feet bones in college, and I always believed I shouldn't run. But when my doctor said I was healed and could do anything I wanted (I swam and lifted through most of the healing process except for five weeks of 'don't leave your house') I said 'anything but run' and he said 'run if you want to'. Shortly before then I had participated in a 5k run/walk to honor veterans (my dad and brother are both vets) and I thought of how amazed and proud my brother would be if the next year, I ran the race...I talked through a plan with my trainer, and I spent almost a year training in a treadmill. Before the race, my running shoes were noticed and I told him I was training...that didn't diminish his pride. I ran that 5k, and a couple Girls on the Run 5K's, but I am not fast...I run a 14 minute mile. Lately, I run 2 miles once or twice a week. I like the efficiency of calories per minute of running, and I like when. Am done...and the challenge that I keep trying no matter how hard it is.
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Registered: 09-25-2003

I tried to run when my boyfriend (now husband) encouraged me to do so that we had an activity to enjoy together.  I worked my way up to three miles after a few weeks, but my joints ACHED (hips, knees and ankles), and the pain started getting more severe.  I thought it would go away, and then, I developed shin splints.  In recalling my experience with a sports medicine doctor who had prescribed physical therapy to me when I took dance classes in college, he said that I have significantly more mobility all of my joints than most people (there is a name for that), and that coupled with my severely bowed legs, I would probably have knee problems for the rest of my life.  I realized that my body was just not built for running, and that the pain was my signal to stop.  :P

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Registered: 04-07-2008

Jean that is so neat about doing the couch to 5K with some gals from here. My daughter is currently working on that and she just hit 3 miles. She's doing really good. 

I'm currenty under the influence of a bunch of distance runners too so I know it can be contagious. :-)

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008

Jayne that is totally cool that you and your husband run together. I've been trying to get my husband to join me but he won't. He just is not interested in running. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008

SJ, I think I run because it isn't too difficult for me. Weight lifting is hard but I struggle through it because it is necessary (bone health). I also love the atmosphere of races and the commraderie of my little running group so it keeps me motivate for now. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2008

Fresh, I am a pain whimp. If I had to deal with joint/bone pain then I wouldn't run. Thankfully I don't have anything like that. Skinjuries are my biggest problem with running at the moment. 

Karla
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Registered: 06-16-1998

I have never considered myself a runner but I have jogged/run in a few periods of my life. In my 20s I tried it off and on. Then about 15 years ago I tried again. I had been walking the Komen 5K for several years and for some reason decided to try running it so I started training. My dh has been a runner for many years so he helped me and it was something to do together...although my exhausting workout would be just a warm up for him LOL. Anyway I ran the Komen in November and was so proud of myself that I decided to train for a 10K the following May. I did accomplish that but by then it wasn't enjoyable any more and I stopped. I think I'm just not light on my feet, when I run I feel like I'm being pounded to pieces and my hips will hurt. These days I'll occasionally throw in a few minutes of jogging when I walk, to get some cardio, but I doubt I'll ever take up running again.

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