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1/5/09 8:56 P

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I agree -- I actually think I run because I'm addicted. :)
-Amy


There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? --Robert Kennedy

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1/5/09 3:05 P

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For me it was a sense of accomplishment. I didn't think I would like running. In fact at first I DESPISED IT !!! But in order to move forward with my weight loss I had to do it. Now I can't go without running. I feel cheated if I don't do at least 3 days of running.

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1/5/09 9:30 A

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Freedom...mental and physical freedom. What a rush!

Jayme

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1/5/09 8:38 A

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I started to run because I wanted to keep the weight off. But I never thought I could run long distances, so the further I ran the more empowered I felt. It doesn't come easy for me, so if I can run, I can do anything.

And having a full time job, and being a mom, there isn't a lot of "me" time. Running gives me the time alone I need, and does something good for my body and mind. There is nothing better than the feeling that you KNOW you ran faster than you ever have, longer than you ever have, or just finished a tough run that felt awful but still didn't give up!

Plus, I love my running outfits! :)

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1/5/09 6:58 A

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No equipment required. No matter where you go you can run. It's like quiet meditation time for me. The more you do the more you get out of it. The more you want to do it.

Patti




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1/4/09 11:22 P

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I haven't yet become a lover of running but I am getting close. I decided to do it because I didn't think I could. I didn't ever think I could loose weight or feel comfortable in a gym but I am & do, so I thought, "Why not try the truly impossible? Running."



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1/4/09 10:47 P

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It makes you feel so good about yourself. You get into this zone, it's almost religious, the feeling. The runner's high. The muscle definition in my legs. How it never gets boring. You're always aspiring to something new. Learning a different type of run to integrate in your program (speedwork/fartlek, tempo. lsd) making your runs longer/faster, beating a time at a race, training for a farther distance.

I can't say enough good things about it!!




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1/4/09 10:45 P

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Running is me time. It makes me feel proud at what I've accomplished. I want to do more, be more. I want to hurry up and run that 5k tomorrow. Even though I'm not quite ready for it.

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1/4/09 10:09 P

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I'm with Grancy -- I feel like I can do anything, and feel like almost every run gives me something to feel proud about. The improvement that I've seen in myself in the last year (I started running last March) is amazing! It's a great workout and -- not yet mentioned -- people who hear that you're running in races think it's really cool (especially when you're in your 40s and 50s and more people than not are sedentary!)

-LL

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1/4/09 10:02 P

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In addition to all the other reasons listed here.... running offers some "me" time. Time to wallow in my own thoughts.... think through my day... or just not think at all.

Its MY time... and I can do, or not do, whatever I want to do with it!



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I started running because my husband does races and loves it. I wanted be a part of that happiness. (sounds corny). This past summer I signed up for the seacoast road race series to get a free windbreaker. That kept me motivated to run 8 races. I am getting better. The last race I did I was 10th to last. Most of the other races I did I was last or 2nd to last. I find was to motivate myself to continue. You also burn more with a run.

Hope that helps.

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1/4/09 9:56 P

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i first started running to break through my weightloss plateau. Then I was so amazed by the strength of my own body that I kept pushing myself! When I stopped running, my weight came back :( okay, I did more than stop running. I ate like too much and got buzy (my code word for lazy). So now that i'm back at it, I have dropped 10 pounds and am feeling great! I'm hooked!

Edited by: SARCASM198 at: 1/4/2009 (22:00)
"Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment"


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Some things I've learned about running that I never knew before doing so:
* achievements are really clear - you can either run 1 km or not, or you can run a certain speed or not, etc. It's great for those of us who want to "see" how we're progressing.
* you can run alone, with friends, with strangers, at fun runs, competitively, on tracks, streets or trails, etc. Its varied manifestations are countless!
* if you're competitive, it's a great way to channel that energy - run against yourself or in races
* great/fun swag at races - shirts, gear, etc.
* if you enjoy messing with people's minds, go running in bad weather - people will think you're totally nuts and you'll know you can do ANYTHING if you can run in those conditions!

Michelle

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1/4/09 9:44 P

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I now run because it feels so good...it has brought more focus and strength (inner as well as physical) into my life. It has taught the impatient part of me to keep going and results will come...to keep in perspective that everything is a journey and eventually with hard work and dedication you can get to where you want to be! It has impacted my life in so many positive ways.
I use to sit and think to myself that I'm crazy for wanting to run...it's too cold...it's uncomfortable...EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES! So when I would go out and do it despite my silly inner voice telling me not to and I would come back from a run feeling great I was so proud of myself...it creates determination that can't be described...Now I can't wait to get out and log the miles!
I encourage you to give it a try and give it a few months to get comfortable with you and your running style...don't bite off more than you can chew...run walk when necessary and don't run for time or even distance...jut do what you can do and build upon that and I think you'll be amazed at where you will be and what you can do in just a few short months!
Best to you and HAPPY RUNNING!!!
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1/4/09 9:37 P

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because I LOVE IT! It has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I love the way it makes me feel. I noticed my heart and lungs get stronger first. Then I lost 35 okay, 34.4 pounds. I have a new wonderful sense of self. I am strong now, healthy now, capable now. I feel so much younger and happier. It was hard, but I started slow and small and worked my way up bit by bit and I will never go back to the way I was before. I LOVE RUNNING!

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1/4/09 9:24 P

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I run b/c I feel like I can do ANYTHING when I'm running. I have overcome a knee injury on each knee, 16 years of smoker's lungs (I quite 13 yrs ago, but still...), and that lovely feeling of bouncing flab. Each time I complete a longer running segment, I am so darn proud of myself!

And having a butt that looks 15 yrs younger would be nice, too, Deb! LOL (I would settle for 14 yrs younger!)

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"I don't want to be the Granny who sits. I want to be the Granny who MOVES!" (~ me)
"I can do it because I want to do it!" (~ my DH)

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1/4/09 9:12 P

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I'm a beginner. I've been doing about 3.5 miles on the treadmill for about 6 months. When the weather improves, I am going to run outside for the first time. I run because...
1. It's a great cardio workout.
2. It's the BEST stress buster.
3. I LOVE the way I feel after a run.
4. Good for the bones as a weight-bearing exercise.
5. I'm 48 and my butt looks 15 years younger from running!

Debbie

"To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality. "

"In the midst of regular life, running is the touchstone that breathes adventure into my soul. "

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1/4/09 9:09 P

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I run for fun! I'm sure it is good for my heart and all of that, but I do it because it is me time and I really like to run! I keep running as my hobby and still do other exercises for my cardio to lose weight. I really want to be able to run a marathon in the next two years so I guess that is my motivation, I feel good about myself when I finish a run and I just feel like I am one step closer to all of my goals.
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1/4/09 8:53 P

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I first started running in September 2008 to try to break my weight loss plateau.....once I could run mile without feeling like I was going to die, I found that I was hooked! I was about 175 in September, now I am fluctuating between 162 and 163. So, not a huge weight loss in 3 months, but I'm getting there....my legs are not in tip-top shape yet, but I look at them, and think gee, where did those muscles come from? Are those MY legs? I know it's from the running. My usual run now is 4.4 miles, I am slow, but I can do it without stopping. Before September, the most I ever ran in my life was the occasional mandatory mile in PE in high school (and I hated it). I am 42 now, and I feel like I can accomplish just about anything! It's definitely become an "addiction". In the beginning, it's hard, but if you can get through the first month or so and stick with it, you will catch the fever! I also feel like I am setting a good example for my girls, they are 15 and 12. They go out and run together a few times a week, and my 12 year old has informed me that she wants to be in cross country when she is in 9th grade (she has a year and half to go)! emoticon

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11/28/08 5K Turkey Trot 43:38

2/14/09 5K Literacy 39:24

2/21/09 5K Turtle Trek (more like 2.8 miles?) 34:?

4/25/09 5K Habitrot 43:30

5/9/09 Lead the Way Rotary Club 5K 42:55

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So many reasons!!!
1. GREAT cardiovascular workout! My heart and lungs are in great condition.
2. GREAT calorie burner!
3. Stress relief! It really keeps me sane :)
4. I never, ever feel more alive than I do after a good, hard run! It's truly the best feeling in the world!

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Faster calorie burn, if you do races you can help a good cause and yourself, so it is rewarding on 2 levels, it also does amazing things to your body!!

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4 Miles - 45:00
10K 1:05:44
15K 1:48:42
30K 3:59:34
13.1 2:36:16
26.2 5:43:31 (shattered by 21 minutes!)

Upcoming registered races:
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*Make It By Midnight 13.1
*Savannah Rock N Roll 13.1
*Paint the Town 5K
*Space Coast 26.2
*Las Vegas Rock N Roll 13.1


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Hope you'll indulge me, I am very "on the fence" about wanting to begin running.
What's in it for me, compared to other exercises?


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