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My Own "Runner's World" Quote of the Day

Friday, February 25, 2011

I subscribe to the "Daily Kick In The Butt" emails from Runner's World. Every morning they send me a quote said by someone famous who runs. Sometimes the quotes really are motivational and prod me to get out of bed rather than roll over and go back to sleep. Sometimes they're useless. But I still feel like I'm part of some elite society just for getting them.

This morning I woke up DREAMING about running. I didn't even need my alarm, I was up and at 'em a good 15 minutes before it was even set to go off. What has gotten in to me today I have no idea but I wasn't about to complain since I've had the most trouble lately getting motivated to do anything.

After a great 30 minute run in which I increased my pace from a 12:30 min/mile to an 11:40 min/mile for a good chunk of the time, I felt like I was flying.

And then it occurred to me - my own Quote of the Day if I were ever lucky enough to have one:

The beautiful thing about taking up running while also being on a mission to lose weight is that the longer and faster you run, the more weight you lose, and the more weight you lose, the longer and faster you can run. Every ten pounds I lose, I gain more miles per minute, and the more miles I log, the more weight I have managed to drop. The combination of running and losing weight is almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy - each complimenting the other, together they just make sense.

This morning I felt the difference in my body in each stride down the street. Not only am I getting stronger and faster, but I'm getting lighter - in body and in spirit. What a difference from when I started only 6 months ago. In a mere 6 months of running I have gone from barely being able to run for 60 seconds at a time to running over 60 minutes straight. From running about 60 ft to running 6 miles.

It still feels weird to call myself a runner. Still being obese somehow makes me feel like I haven't quite earned that title. But I know I have. And since being obese makes it even harder to run, perhaps I've earned it more than some.

I can't wait to see what the next 6 months of running will bring. I know it will bring another 5K, my first 8K and my first 15K at the end of the season. But beyond that, only time will tell how much more weight I will lose or how much faster I will be by the end of the year. One thing I do know though is that I will be out there - running!

Who's with me?

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    I love your quote! It is very inspirational! Thank you for sharing. :)
    2260 days ago
    I am so glad I friended you! You are in the place I want to be in 6 months! I just started running regularly about 2 months ago. I love it! I can't wait wait until I can run longer and faster..but I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing (3 mi, 16 min mile). Thank you, your blogs are SUPER motivating! Take care!
    2608 days ago
    I love running too... but I had no idea about these runner's world daily emails! I am going to have to subscribe to those :)

    Love the quote, it is so true. I find that each 5K I run I shave some time off and I am really not even trying to. A friend of mine that is very athletic and runs marathons/ triathalons told me over and over again when I started back into running... "Do not focus on your time, focus on the enjoyment of running". How true is that?! I find that when I run for distance/ increased speed during my regular runs that I get tired easily and quickly and do not enjoy my run!

    Way to go on your accomplishments :)
    2634 days ago
    You make me want to RUN..I love that about you! :)

    2635 days ago
    emoticon You've come so far on your journey, Jenn, and I'm really proud of you.
    2641 days ago
    I am! Even though I'm just starting to train for my first 5K...I'm with you! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon
    2642 days ago
    I really like you quote!!
    2642 days ago
    You have definitely earned the title of runner. What you weigh is immaterial. I love that the relationship between losing pounds and gaining stamina, strength and speed while running is so obvious. It's the thing that keeps you going when you'd really rather veg.
    2642 days ago
    Awesome quote !!!! Also you noticed you are not as hot, sweaty or out of breath as before emoticon
    2642 days ago
    You are a rockstar!!!
    2642 days ago
    Awesome job on the run today. You inspire me to get back at it. I lost my running mojo somewhere in the not so distant past ... what with crippling leg cramps at night and tender feet during the day I see the connection. Yet, I inspire to get back at it and move forward with my running goals for 2011. Tonight I might run, again.

    Love your quote!
    2642 days ago
    That is a great quote, and this is an awesome blog! I'm with you!! Great job Jenn!!!!
    2642 days ago
  • ANDREA963
    What a great pace increase! I like the thoughts in this blog. I'm looking forward to getting back to running this Spring and post-bronchitis! I need to come back and read your blog when I'm feeling beaten. Thanks!
    2642 days ago
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