Happy National Running Day to all runners! What defines a “runner” anyway? I have mentioned before that I don’t really consider myself a runner anymore… and then sometimes I do. I love to run. I run a lot of races. I am decent at running. But… I don’t only run. I lift weights. I take classes. I just love fitness.
In honor of this day, I have decided to participate in this running survey that is going around the the blogosphere today. If you are a runner, a wanna-be runner, or you just sometimes go out for a nice stroll, I’d love you to join along with me by answering one of these questions in the comments below.
1. Why do you run?
I started running to lose that weight I had gained in college from too much Keystone Light and late night pizza. Yep, years ago I had it in my head that running was the way to lose weight. I am glad that I know more than I did when I was in college. Now I run to clear my head, fuel my competitive nature, fight off depression and because I….actually…. love it (gasp, I know).
2. How do you plan on celebrating National Running Day?
This morning we ran a lot of sprints at my park workout and then once my kiddos wake up from a nap, we will go out and I will go for one mile as fast as I can. Not much distance running here lately as I am really working on speed right now.
3. How many miles have you gone so far this year?
Another reason why I may not be a real runner: I don’t keep track of my mileage. I run about two times a week: one day of speed work and one long run on Saturday or Sunday IF I am training for a long race. I used to keep track and I used to log about 15-20 miles a week. Believe it or not, ever since I cut back, I have gotten a lot faster.
4. What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
I just got done with my three half marathons for the Spring: Carmel, Indy Mini & Noblesville. Next up on this list will hopefully be a 10k this summer and then the Fort 4 Fitness Half Marathon in the fall. I am thinking of trying another three in the fall again- we will see.
5. What must you have before you leave for a run?
- A watch. Whether it be my heart rate monitor, my cheap target watch, or a Garmin I always need to know at least how long I am running. I am always competing against myself.
- A headband to keep my hair back.
- Earrings… I am serious. I will not even leave the house for a run without earrings.
Oh and some of my other running favorites can be found here.
6. Do you have a favorite app to track your runs?
I use MapMyRun if I am tracking the distance. I prefer to use my Garmin over MapMyRun though.
7. Who is your favorite running partner?
I have a lot. Sometimes I do enjoy running alone, but that is rare. I enjoy running with my husband a lot and he pushes me to be faster. And of course if we are running together I can’t forget my favorite two munchkins we push in the jogger. I also love meeting my girlfriends for a run and my favorite girlfriend to meet is Rachel. Rachel and I trained for a full marathon together in 2010 and have been running partners ever since. Although since 2010 we have been busy having babies so our runs have been sporadic. I also enjoy going on family runs with my husband, mom and soon-to-be stepdad when they come to visit or we go to my hometown.
8. What races have you run so far this year?
9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?
If you are a new runner: don’t give up. It gets easier, I promise. Make small goals, each time make it 1 more mailbox or 1 more tree.
If you want to be a runner: choose a race, find a running buddy and work together. Once you run a race there is something addicting about it and you will be hooked.
If you are a seasoned runner: pick up some weights, do some strength training… you will get faster, I promise!
10. Describe your relationship about running in one word:
And now it is time to go get that fast mile done! Will you join me? Even if it is just a 100 meter dash or a quarter of a mile around your block, lace up those shoes and tell me what you think. Oh and if you will, join in on the survey too by picking a question and answering it in the comments.
Wherever you are on you running journey, just keep going. Set a goal or two and work towards it. When you are out pounding that pavement, it is you verses yourself- you are stronger than you think!