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Running for enjoyment

Thursday, February 06, 2014

If you had asked me 3 years ago if I'd be titling a blog called "Running for enjoyment", i'd have called you crazy (or worse!). Back then, I could not even imagine running at all, let alone for enjoyment! But that is the beauty of time - things change. I discovered running, how fun it can be, and in fact how therapeutic it can be. Today I was thinking about my initial runs, and if I could just get to 3 miles in 40 minutes! Now I'm disappointed if I can't do 4 miles in 40 minutes! And today it was a nice 38:10 4 mile run -- just because it was fun and enjoyable! I don't have another race until March 15 -- my birthday -- so this was running for the sake of running! And it felt GOOD!

I know all of you runners know what I am talking about. For those of you wondering, maybe thinking about it -- just start slow, check into Jeff Galloway, and come join in!

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SOFT_VAL67 2/10/2014 2:55PM

    sounds great, i had so hoped to join the ranks of at least novice runners by now, but when i broke my foot last year, it really sidelined me.
even walking has been hard to get back to, but i wont give up, keep pushing and one day i hope to be able to blog about running as well.
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PAPAMIKIE 2/9/2014 11:26PM

    I started to run because the cardio studio was closed for two weeks of renovations. I thought I will just run around the parking lot. Next thing I know I am a Chi Running Instructor. I have run 3 generations with my son and grand kids. I have run more than 3000 km in 12 months. I have run 10km and halfs with my oldest grand son.

Be very careful if you think about starting to run, it is filled with danger not the least of which is you might come to enjoy it.

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MBTEPP 2/9/2014 5:24PM

    I share your enthusiasm.

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PDQ1203 2/8/2014 9:37AM

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MOBYCARP 2/7/2014 8:08AM

    The coach's pep talk after last night's workout: "Nice run tonight! Hills never lie. They are a no glory.. hard work..lung burning workout but in the end you will be glad you did them. Flower city is not a flat half marathon. Prepare.perform. prevail!"

My thoughts after last night's workout: "That was fun. I like hills. Too bad we had to cut it short to get time for the nutrition talk."

Yes, I think I'll still run hills even when I'm not in training for a race. I'll run them for enjoyment.

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PAULOBRY 2/7/2014 7:50AM

    You can add me to the same viewpoint, only my timeframe would have been only a year ago.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/7/2014 7:21AM

    Glad you're enjoying it! My first gal on every run was to enjoy the run itself, time & distances would take care of themselves

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RUN4FOOD 2/7/2014 7:12AM

    Congratulations Patrick. That is quite an accomplishment, to enjoy running for the sake of running.
Where will you be next year?

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POSITIVE41 2/7/2014 5:02AM

    I love to run too - so funny to be able to run and enjoy 5 miles and miss it when you can't. How did your race go? The weather somewhat cooperated with you?

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CHUBRUB3 2/7/2014 12:46AM

    Awesome Patrick!!!
You have done great!!
You are an inspiration.
Hugs,
Angela

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GREENGENES 2/7/2014 12:37AM

    I hear you loud and clear. I remember back in high school when I thought running was boring or when I used to laugh at my friends who went to the gym to "lift heavy objects".

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