Long Distance Running

Good Morning :)

How was your weekend? Mine was lovely. Lots of cleaning chores, errands, and relaxing. Oh, and I taught some BodyPUMP (wahoo!) and my boss wants to give me a class because of it (I guess I did well?! hah). SCORE.

By the way, check out these awesome pics from our date night (and some delicious tasting sandwiches)!

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I am not a seasoned runner per say, but I have run several races, and I do enjoy running, so I would call myself a “runner.” I have tackled several distances, including the marathon distance twice, and really enjoyed the experience.

Long distance running to me is more than 10 miles (this could be different for everyone, obviously), and I always feel uber accomplished when I tackle those well.

Not every long distance run or race is very easy for me, though. I was not ‘born’ a runner (see my running story), but I believe that anyone can train for, work toward, and enjoy a longer run.

{Marathon, 2008}

If I (and Katie) can do it, anyone can. (Unless of course you’re injured, but we’ll ignore that for the time being).

Some things I LOVE about long distance running:

  • The time allotted to just zone out and LIVE in the beautiful scenery.
  • Exploring new areas and regions that I wouldn’t have other found.
  • Waking up early and running with the sun (for some reason this is fun for me–not in total darkness, but in the dawn).
  • Being able to listen to a bagillion songs at one time. (Hey, I love my Britney and Lady Gaga. Don’t judge!)
  • Feeling my healthy heart beat in a rhythm for a verrrryyyy long time.
  • I really enjoy the sweat dripping down my face and back. I really do. Yes, that is sick and wrong, I know.
  • The time to stretch and rehydrate afterwards. Love that time so much!
  • The awesome feeling of accomplishment at the end of that long running route!
  • And of course, if I’m running a race, the MEDAL that comes with it! Love that thing.

{my sister and I after our marathon -my #2}

Some things I don’t love about long distance running:

  • Having to constantly map new routes and carry water bottles. HATE that. (5Ks can be so much easier in that way!)
  • Road signs and stoplights if I have to run near cars and roads. Ugh.
  • I don’t particularly like long distance running if I have to do it alone and I feel not motivated and tired. Really don’t like those runs.
  • Feeling like I “have to run ____ miles.” For some reason, when I train, it makes the miles drag on (at least for the 2nd marathon it did.) But this is more of my mind’s problem than anything. 😉
  • Wearing a sports bra that ended up chafing. This has happened before and it is no fun!

When I crossed the finish line of my first half-marathon (it was actually the first race I ever did) in 2008, I thought to myself, “there is NO way I am doing that distance all over again (i.e. run a marathon). Less than 6 months later I crossed the finish line of my first marathon.

What happened, you ask?

I set a goal, I drew up my own training plan (seriously, I did), and then I told all my friends about it. And then I trained. Lots. And then I had great friends cheer for me (and run with me) during it.

{this amazing friend -and Boston marathoner-helping me carb load in 08′ for my first marathon….she then ran the last 8 miles with me! AMAZING friend}

Put plainly, I told myself I was going to do it, so I did.

I do have a lot of a inner motivation (I’ve always been pretty dedicated–just ask my mom! In elementary school I would come home from school and immediately start on my homework before playing. Who does that?!)

But anyone can develop that motivation. It takes patience, hard work, and a whole lot of laughs to accomplish it, but it CAN be done.

There is nothing stronger than the human spirit, my friends.

Cheers to setting SMART goals and motivating ourselves (and friends) to reach ’em–especially in the long distance running realm!

What are some of YOUR favorite reasons for doing long distance running?? What kind of inner motivation do YOU have?? Any cool accomplishments for YOU lately?? <–I wanna hear ’em!

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Comments

  1. Does carb loading really work?

  2. the go st louis half marathon was this weekend and this was the first time in several years i didn’t participate! i think my “break” from running is over… i have truly begun to miss it!!

    • Oh I bet you do! But running and strength training can both be enjoyed simultaneously too –so you could prob go back to it?!

  3. I like long distance running because it is my “me” time! It’s my time to plug-in to my iPod, not think about work and enjoy everything around me! Although it does hurt a little (or a lot) when I am out of shape, it’s a fun challenge and I always feel better after a good long, run!

  4. Ashley says:

    Long distance runs are my escape, my time to let everything go and to just relax. I love how accomplished I feel once I finish my run and I feel proud of myself for doing it. I love being able to find the comfortable pace and then to just zone out to the scenery and my music. When I feel unmotivated and try to give myself an excuse as to why I “don’t need to go running” I remember that I need to go because once I do, I won’t regret it!

  5. Haha thanks for the shout out! And I didn’t know you’ve run two marathons! Awesome! I’ll be annoying you with questions in the coming months! I have one already – did you have to lessen up on strength training when marathon training?

    • I didn’t do much strength training then, to be honest…but I stayed with 2 full-body days and was fine. It is SO important to still weight train while training for a run!

  6. I love the FEELING of running…Just knowing that I can do it is absolutely incredible to me.

    I love rocking’ out to music I would ordinarily not rock out to (lady gaga, spice girls, etc) and I love the strength I feel.

    That being said, I do not love long distance running. 8-10 is just perfect for me!

  7. Great post! I love the long distance. I am a Half Marathon runner and 13.1 miles feels amazing. I am running my first full in October. I really hope I don’t die!

  8. Awesome post! I’ve never really enjoyed long distance running and I’m okay with that, but I think anyone that does it is awesome!

  9. Michelle says:

    I am not a “born” runner either, but love it! Having completed 2 half marathons I realized that it is addicting. I don’t love to run long miles by myself. I get bored and want to stop. But if I am running with someone then it makes the time go by faster, the miles go by faster, and i get some girl time in my otherwise busy day.

    I love the feeling of completing a halfmarathon, the adrenaline rush, the medal, and the proud feeling that I just ran 13.1 miles is so exhilirating.

    My goal is to run the MO Cowbell half in october…now just need to start running again (sprained ankle should be healed by now).

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