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Not a Runner, But Now I Want to Run

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I am not a runner. I played soccer in high school, but that is mostly sprinting. It's very different than endurance long distance runs. A friend tried to convince me to join the track team with her and I said forget it. Running isn't something I enjoy. I never have. It is a shame in a way because the only equipment one needs are a pair of shoes.

When I became obese, I never considered running as something I wanted to do. I know I don't like it, so I wasn't going to force myself to do it. I had no aspirations of running a marathon one day. I have maintained a high degree of physical fitness without running.

When I checked my newsfeed yesterday, I was shocked by the headline: "Explosions at the Boston Marathon." My reaction wasn't fear; it was anger. How dare yet another pathetic vermin seek attention through infamy.

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Newtown. Boston Marathon.

I don't ask why because there will never be a reason that makes sense.

I have never wanted to run. Now I want to run out of defiance and solidarity.

Whatever this person or persons wanted to achieve through pain and fear, I want it to fail.
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    I have a kind of love/hate relationship with running, I like the freedom of going without a lot of equipment, but my feet don't do well with the sport! And I always had the bucket list item of running a marathon one day (preferably before I turn 50, but that is now this year!) but the training has put me off doing this. I've done a couple of half's and that training was hard! I can't imagine finding the time to train for a full....but then this really puts that pain in perspective....so maybe it's time to put that dream in motion...
    1799 days ago
    Great way to re-frame running, this from another person who has never liked running...especially timely as I'm coming up on yet another annual official 5K at the Binghamton Bridge Run...it's the only official run that I'm willing to do each year. But this year? Gonna do it with extra SPIRIT! :-)

    1800 days ago
    Do you have an iPhone or iPod touch? Consider the Zombies, Run! 5k training app. It's worth the expense, and treats you to a wonderful immersive story as you train (and it's gentler than most 5k training programs I've tried.)
    1801 days ago
    Charity 5K's are pretty good to do and there are lots of people who choose to walk them. There is a camaraderie that happens when you start running races.

    My heart went out to all the spectators who where injured and those who lost their loves but I also felt really really bad for those who were not allowed to finish the race. Some cowardly A-hole stold that from them and I am sure some had been training for years to do this. Just so so sad.
    1801 days ago
  • BILL60
    Way to go!! I dedicated my 50-miler to "Boston" today.
    1801 days ago
    I was an adult onset runner....hated it all my life till age 48, then I got the bug and couldn't stop....so where there's life, there's hope.

    As for the pathetic vermin who did Boston....their days are numbered.

    Today at spin class, as we started doing intervals at an insane cadence, I shouted out "BOSTON" on every 4th beat....it eradicated any thoughts of slowing down or quitting and kept us all energized & motivated
    1801 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/16/2013 7:20:32 PM
    I should note that I don't intend to run a marathon! That requires way more commitment and dedication than I will be able to give. I'm mulling over what I intend to do.
    1801 days ago
    Running isn't so bad if you have an mp3 player!

    I was shocked yesterday when I heard the news... but it seems like nothing should surprise us anymore.
    1801 days ago
  • MRSP90X
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  • HILLSLUG98239
    I was thinking the same thing last night. I imagine many of us will be inspired to run an event in honor of those who were killed or injured in this terrible act.

    I still haven't decided if I want to commit to such a thing (I'm primarily a cyclist), but I will certainly be among the volunteers who make running events possible.
    1802 days ago

    Run Val, Run!

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    1802 days ago
    Great post, Vahl! I saw that Portland has a nighttime Glow Stick Run in mid-August that I am really thinking about setting as a personal challenge. You can run/walk as you like, no requirements. I like your spin on the reason to take it up now, though!
    1802 days ago
    Why not start with a couch to 5K program ? Spark has a C25K program, but I do prefer this website for my running needs.


    Before you start running, make sure you're properly fitted for a good pair of running shoes. wearing the wrong shoes can cause a busload of problems. I always tell anyone starting to run, they have to make sure they wear the right shoes for their feet.

    I'm not a marathon runner, but I do run in 5 and 10Ks. My knees can't take the long distances. which is another reason I do more bike riding. ;)

    There is a huge charity walk coming up the first week in May called the Walk for Hunger. I've talked about this walk before. It's 20 miles in and around Boston. I've done it several times and really enjoy doing it. This year, I'm DEFINITELY doing it !! It's my small way of showing solidarity with all the runners and spectators who were injured yesterday.

    So, do check out some of the charity walks in your area too.

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