I Run

I think I’ve at least hinted at this before, but if not here goes. I run. Not fast. Not all that well. And not nearly as often as I would like. But, I run. And I love it. I was just talking to someone about training for races and got way more excited than any person should when talking about running. The thought of being out there, on a trail, not really sure if you’ve lost your way or if you even know your way back, and making the judgement call to keep going isn’t a thing that most would understand. Running in itself actually isn’t something that most people understand. Even now, as I write this, all I can think about is my next run. I understand, it’s odd to imagine a hobby that basically takes you away from the rest of the world, often for hours at a time. I love it. I mean, I may be a little different, just because I already am a little bit of an introvert (Ok, that’s a lie. I’m a huge introvert, with extroverted tendencies).

For me, it’s everything that your other hobbies are to you. It’s my day at the spa, my meeting with my therapist, my drinks at happy hour, and even my disappointing date night. I’ve had runs where I went out and ran twice as far as I planned to just because I felt that good and I’ve had runs that ended after less than a mile. I’ve taken months off, and under-trained for races. I’ve ran through colds and injuries and have ran myself into catching a cold and becoming injured. Still, I run. It’s my drug of choice.

Honestly, there really wasn’t a jaw dropping point that I wanted to make in this post. Just that I was thinking about running when I signed on here and got excited enough to start to write about it. Hopefully something you do gives you as much joy (and sometimes agony) as I get out of my hobby. Don’t knock it until you try it. Not “try it” as in signing up for a small race and that’s it. I mean give it a real shot. Focus on it. Sign up for a race, find a training plan, actually follow that training plan, and go for it. You might enjoy yourself. Either way, you’ll at least learn something new about yourself.

Until next time, get outside of your four walls and be active, you’ll be glad that you did.

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P.S. This was taken at the finish line of what is my favorite half marathon to date. It was the Coastal Delaware Running Festival, and my qualifying run that got me in to Half Fanatics (HF#14478 in tha house, whoop whoop). I don’t have many races that I come back to year after year, but this is one. The whole thing was very well coordinated, the course was flat, and there was a buffet and beach party afterwards….. What more could you ask for!?….. And yes, I do change into crocs after my runs.

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  1. Hiya from HF #15164! I suck at running but I do it all – the – time. I recently signed up for my very first full… Marine Corps in October. It’s going to be amazing to cross that finish line with Marines all around… during the race, to me, it will be “the safest place on earth.” ;D. BTW, thank you for your service; you are much admired and appreciated… happy running!

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    1. Thank you so much for your support! And I’ll be there in October with you haha it will be my 3rd. You’ll love it! Just make sure to save something for the hill at the end

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      1. Okay, now I’m scared. A hill! At the end?! Damn! I just can’t escape those stupid things! Thanks for the heads up… I will work on it, 😣

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        1. Haha that hill is pretty famous actually but once you get over it it’ll make you feel so much better about your marathon victory, just beat the bridge and enjoy the ride up until that point… Have you thought about becoming a double agent?

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          1. I somehow missed the the hill description so I had to go back and read about it. Now I get it! I also understand the Marines won’t let you walk up it, lol. Which is totally awesome.

            I haven’t thought about the DA thing yet as I don’t know what it feels like to go a full. I’ll get back to you on that, hehe. Are you considering it?

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            1. Yea, you can also join the Facebook group and talk to other runners about it, it’s full of people who have done it multiple times. I’m considering becoming a DA, but that’s tough lol I have to get in marathon shape before I really consider it

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              1. You can do it! Just two more after MCM, for which you’ll already be in shape! I say go for it!! 😀

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                1. Maybe haha we shall see

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  2. irunelite says:

    I follow my training plan for the most part now, but I love to simply go for a run (I am guilty of getting lost too).

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    1. It’s so hard to follow a plan but it has to help in the long run (😉). I tried a couple plans and never followed through with them, but I’m pretty good to sticking to my own plan. And I feel the same way. When I’m training I try to give myself a free run every two weeks or so where I can go off plan and do whatever distance I want. Usually I end up either being extremely lazy that day and just going for a mile to get it over with or I go all out and use it as a gauge to see how far I can go before my form/breathing starts to slack off…. That made me sound like a way more experienced runner than I actually am haha but I think you know what I mean.

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      1. irunelite says:

        My coach gives me weekly plans, but after a series of races, I take a week to do however many miles I feel like doing (the point being to recover). I never followed through with any of those online plans. I revised them so much that they really just became my own plan!

        That half in Delaware sounds fun! Okay, maybe not fun while running the half, but a fun atmosphere, after party etc.

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        1. Ah I see, I’m basically the same way with revising online plans until they are barely recognizable lol. I can’t say enough about how happy I was with the run, you start on the beach, go over the boardwalk, around a pond, and end at a different beach where’s they have a buffet waiting… I fell in love haha

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  3. CLEvangelism says:

    I admire people who enjoy running. I do not. I’ve tried it a few times, and I enjoyed the endorphin rush, but I hated waking up feeling like someone beat me with a bag of oranges. “They” recently said one hour of running adds seven hours to your life, so keep going! I’ll stick to rowing and lifting weights. My life hasn’t been going well anyway, so there’s no sense in dragging it out, lol.

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    1. Wow, I haven’t heard that one before but I’ll take all the hours I can get lol. I thought about getting into rowing, I’m not really sure where to start to be honest. And you have to keep dragging it out so that you can keep leaving great comments on my blog lol

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      1. CLEvangelism says:

        *big smile* Thanks!
        As for rowing, you can start with an erg! I think I read you’re in Philly…? You guys actually having gyms dedicated to rowing: http://therowzone.com/ I saw that when I was in Manayunk and got jealous. It works soooo many muscles: http://www.rowingmachineking.com/what-does-a-rowing-machine-do-for-your-body/ Plus, you get to imagine you’re kayaking through the Caribbean. 🙂

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        1. Haha thanks. Yes, I’m really close to Philly, I’ll definitely look into rowing here but I don’t think I’m ready to get an at home machine just yet haha

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          1. CLEvangelism says:

            If you try rowing, write an update! I’d love to hear whether you like it or not. It seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it activity.
            Take care!

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            1. It’s on my bucket list haha so it’ll happen, hopefully sooner than later

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