I am a "late bloomer" runner and this article is so true of me! I remember in college I worked up to running around the track 4 times, but often struggled with a "stitch" in my side. Then in my 30's I started running again and for many years, ran 3 miles. One day I told a trainer that I was bored in my workouts, and he told me to train for a 10K. I thought I could never do it, but felt such a huge satisfaction when I completed the race with a decent time. Then I realized that if I pushed myself, I could be a "contender." In my 40th year I ran the Marine Corps Marathon. When the young marine put the medal around my neck and saluted me, "Job well done, M'am!", it was a huge high for me!
Being in a road race is so much FUN. In '00, I walked in 9 races, from 5k to a 10 miler. Yeah, sometimes I came in last, but so what? I got the t-shirt just the same. You can't believe how proud I was to wear that 10 mile race t-shirt. There were 2 of us walking, and yes, we were last and the goodies were all gone, but we trained just the same as the runners and we did it! 4mph race pace, not bad.
I made a race singlet that said "Walkers are athletes too" on it. I never was a runner, even when I was at a normal weight. I always think the runners look miserable and standoffish anyway (if you're a runner, no offense, JMHO). Walkers always have more fun since they're not trying to "win".
That was my best year ever I think. Reached my goal weight, walked for hours and loved it.
I just finished my first 5K! It was so fun!!! Please don't hestitate to try out racing. I was so afraid that I wouldn't be able to finish the race but I placed 5th in my age catagory. You can do it too. Training is harder than actually running the race.
Great points about motivation. And it doesn't have to be a race to challenge yourself. A few years ago I was invited to join a group of Scouts for a two-day backpacking trip. About 20 miles of hiking rough trails, with packs. I had made a lot of progress in my fitness and decided to see if I could do it. One of the toughest things I've done, but I felt like a champion because I made it.
4/8/2010 11:25:04 PM
My boot camp instructor challenged us to enter a 10k race. 4 weeks ago I couldn't run 1 km. I am now running/walking 7 km. Race day is 3 weeks away. I am really scared. But this article helped set my goal in perspective and helped motivate me for the next 3 weeks of training!
I would love to be able to one day soon take part in some of our charity road races.I know that i'll have to build my core strength,and work on muscle strength,before I do any of this.I would definately feel overjoyed to be able to complete the course............. This is a future goal.
I have recently been thinking about training to race to challenege myself. I'm 54 and have never been a runner. But on Thanksgiving this year I took part in a Turkey Trot as a walker and it was the first time I ever wore a number pinned to my chest. It made me feel like an athlete and I have that bib taped to my mirror to remind me. It sparked an interest in me that maybe I could start running.
Excellent article. I'm thinking about training for a race to up my workout routines and this just says I can do it. I'm 62 and loved to run many years ago. But I let too many things distract me (motherhood, career) and never competed. Now is the time!
I thoroughly enjoyed this article. I recently completed my 1st 5K and I must admit I found the 5K extremely thrilling. In addition, I too enjoyed watching the looks on everyone’s faces as they crossed the finish line. It was a very uplifting experience for me, and the atmosphere I found very positive. I dislike negative. I scheduled my next 5k the very next morning.
I loved this article! Just today i decided to fulfill one of my goals which is to run a 5K. I decided to sign up tomorrow and while i'm scared that i'll finish last, my ultimate goal is to show myself that I can do it. I guess i just figure that there are a lot of people who can't walk or run or anything and it's a shame that i'm young, healthy, and don't show any appreciation for it. Come September 5th, i will officially have met my goal!
Wonderful article! And so well-put. I've never run a race to win but my own personal goals are to start strong and end even stronger. And guess what? Every time I've met my goals and often exceeded them by pushing hard throughout the entire race. I love running and I, too, enjoy watching others' faces as they cross a finish line....What a rush!!
I love road races because they're FUN! I run day to day and love doing it, but the payoff comes when you are in a race with 1000s of other runners. I am right in the middle of the pack and that is fine. I don't have the pressure of trying to "win" yet I know I'm holding my own among the other runners. The excitement of setting a new PR is always a reward in itself whether or not I ever win my division.
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