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8/28/15 6:45 P

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I want to start off training for something as kind of a start to this process. I have to admit, that I tend to be more dedicated and focused when there is a race at the end. In my area, our local running club has monthly races so doing races are pretty normal because on the 2nd Saturday of every month, there's a race. For most of them, there is a 2 mile 3mile/5K race and also a longer distance. For the Thanksgiving Day race, I wanted to the do longer distance this time instead of the available 2 mile.

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8/28/15 1:09 P

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I disagree with the posters who said that the best way to get back into running was not by signing up for a race. I find myself so listless about running when I don't have a goal race in mind, even if it's not a big race. The goal of running a race compels me to keep getting out there, keep persevering. Especially now as we head into shorter, cooler days, having something to work toward keeps me from letting my natural malaise set in. So I support that.

Although I haven't taken a significant break from running since I started, I did find myself way down in the dumps about it last winter. I was injured and it was cold and it all felt so hard. I started swimming as cross-training, which gave me an activity that balanced my running and was easier on my body and engaged my mind in a new way. I recommend that and support your plans for greater cross-training.

Good luck!

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8/28/15 11:24 A

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I run. I run because I enjoy running. the other exercises I do to balance my health and wellness goals, but running is what I do. I run because I enjoy it. I don't train for races but I may layoff or shorten by runs a few days before a race event.

Inevitably, something happen where I can run for a while, injury, laziness, or like I just stop for reasons beyond explanation. I those cases I have to "train" to get back into shape. I admit, that getting back into it is tough (vis-à-vis, hate relationship) and I want to quit after the first few days--and I have a few times

Nevertheless, I persevere and after a few weeks or months I'm running again (love relationship). My training is simple- similar to the couch-to-5k training plan-starting slow and increase distance and speed as I am able. I admit, sometimes I talk out loudly to myself when It gets difficult, telling myself that I can go another block, another half mile, another 3 miles etc. " I was doing that this morning when I ran past some kids waiting for the school bus." The only thing that make me stop is physical pain, not to be confused with fatigue or failure to achieve the speed, distance, etc..

But I run and I run because it makes me feel great, it purges my body and mind and it keeps me fit.




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8/28/15 10:35 A

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So very well said!

"To swear off mistakes is very easy, all you have to do is swear off having ideas" - Leo Burnett

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8/28/15 9:01 A

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I agree with the previous posters to a point. If your long term goal is to continue running but you need something to act as a springboard to get you back into the routine of running then I think your idea of training for a race makes sense. However what I hear in your post is that you are already setting yourself up to not continue running by saying things like your splits will be too slow and you have pit on weight.

Forget all that.

You may want to instill more positive self talk like I am finally back to running, and I am looking forward to watching my times improve. Then find runs that make you happy. Find a route you like, find a playlist that pumps you up, find a running partner that you enjoy running with, and when you're running enjoy the feeling of moving and the fresh air.

The more enjoyable the experience the more you will want to do it.

For me, what got me back into running was the horrible feeling of not being able to walk after breaking my ankle last year. I laced up as soon as I hit the 12 week mark.

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8/28/15 8:25 A

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I agree with both previous posters.
I used to run to improve myself, my times etc.
I fell out of running regularly because real life intervened.
But I got wistful when I saw someone running. I wanted to be running.
For me it is a moving meditation. The cadence, the breath, distills me down to one focus.

We change. I used to take pride in my long runs, too. Now I am happy if I can get three miles done. (Sometimes less) But I am out there. More reliably, more consistently, with much less pressure. It is how I take care of me.

Lose the pride. Find the reason.

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8/28/15 8:16 A

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I agree with Pasta. Unless you need the goal of a race to actually make you get out and do it, there is no need to put that pressure on yourself. I love to race. But I also just love to run. To run without a goal race in mind just means getting out there on the road and doing something fun for yourself! Do you run in town? Or in the country? Is it hilly? Or flat? I would not love running if I had to run in town all the time. I would hate it. Running is my connection to nature. It is my alone time with my thoughts about the world. You need to figure out what it is you want out to get out of your running experience.

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8/28/15 1:23 A

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I'm confused. If you want running to be part of your routine, why start out by training for a race? Training for a race puts a lot of focus on an endpoint which is exactly what you are trying to avoid, no?

Is what you truly (want to?) love about running:
- races?
- training for races?
- running for non-race reasons:
--- exercise
--- see friends
--- get outside
--- excuse to eat more :-)
--- excuse to buy shoes more often :-)

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8/28/15 12:38 A

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I finished the couch to 5k program 8 years ago and have done 5 halves and 2 fulls. But it's been a while since I ran. My last half was November 2013 and last full was January 2012 and haven't ran consistently since then.

So we are going to start over with training for a 12K race in November. I have been telling myself that yes, my times are going to stink. I am probably going to do 12-13 minute splits for a 2 mile run when at one point I did a 2 mile race in just over 18 minutes. At that point, I loved running. I loved the way I felt, the way I looked. (I was about 30 pounds lighter.)
I was proud to say on a Saturday morning to my friends that I did a 10 mile long run.

I want to fall back in love with running like I was a few years ago but that love hate relationship with it is terrible!! I figured starting with a shorter race will let DH and I ease back into this again and what I am hoping to do is to FIND BALANCE between running and other exercise. Going to step aerobics, hopping on the elliptical at the gym, lifting weights more often, things like that. I think if I can stick to this idea, that running can just become a part of my fitness routine instead of something I am either doing for a few months to train for a race, and then completely stop it.

I would like to hear anyone elses experiences with starting at square 1 again! What did you do to keep going even when it was hard?

Thanks.

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