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Susan P. 27, from Louisiana. Wife and mommy to a 7 year old. I started walking/running to just lose weight. I always wanted to train my body to run without stopping. Once I mastered it, a friend convinced me to run a half marathon with her. Needless to say, I was hooked. After six half marathons and a marathon, I never thought I would love to run as much as I do. Running is my me time and totally keeps me sane. Peace, love, and run.
Daniel G. 39, from Westcoast Norway, Europe
I started running four years ago, as I was traveling a lot, and unhealthy foods, stress and physically inactive days was taking their toll. Running was fairly cheap, and the shoes are easy to pack when I go abroad. I used a running app for my phone to help me get motivated. It had a training plan feature, which I used. It really helped me, and soon I was running full runs for more than 3 km. Today I stick to runs between 6 and 21km. I'm not fast, but work out and use fartlek and interval training to increase my pace.
My favorite running conditions are when it's either raining, snowing (or both) or is cold enough. I prefer 6 to -15*C as anything warmer just slows me down and raises my pulse. I've had some morning runs in Africa and South-East Asia, and they were not my best, to be honest.
However I love running in new places, and go "runseeing" is my new goal when I go traveling. I have run through London, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Como, Singapore, Duesseldorf and many other places. “Runseeing” let you see real places - not only the "sights".
What I've learned from running, is that it is not a competition against the other runners. They are your friends and know exactly what you're going through. their pace is not comparable to yours, as they are not you. Runners don't applaud one being faster than the other, but simply your personal achievements - I get very happy when someone I know get the results they want. Wether it's a faster or slower than mine is not interesting - because I'm not them, and they're not me.
Marcus C. 25, from Maryland. Ran track in High School, hated it.
Favorite sport has always been basketball but that's quickly changing to running.
I'm 6'4, 200 pounds, people often ask why I run, "shouldn't I be playing basketball?" I respond by saying, I do what I love, you should try it sometime.
Favorite Running Shoe: Asics Gel Nimbus
Favorite Place to Run: On the trails, who cares if you get dirty!
Reason I started running: Stress reliever, to get away from the busy lifestyle for a bit.
Reason I run now: To challenge myself physically and mentally, to prove to myself how strong I am; and because I absolutely love it.
One thing I can't do: Treadmills, I'd rather run outside in the rain or snow than endure running on a treadmill in a hot gym.
My Goal: Sub 1:30 half marathon, & to complete my first marathon this year.
My advice to new runners: Find a pair of running shoes that fit your needs, find your favorite spot to run, stretch, and get out there. It's all mental, usually the brain can push much longer than the body actually thinks it can. Silence the doubters by proving them wrong. Also research the sport, I'm constantly reading up on advice and workouts from the pros; there's always room for improvement.
I'm Melissa K. from NY, Im a single independent gal who works full time and I love to run! I started running about 3 years ago and haven't stopped since! I'm training for my first half marathon which is in 3 weeks! Super excited , running has changed my life and given me a different outlook on life and achieving my goals! Thanks so much for featuring me on your IG page! The running community has been so supportive and pushes me to meet my goals.
Hi, my name's Jeremy D. I'm 35, a single father of 2 young boys, and I live in Oregon. I got into running late in life; just within the past few years. I always enjoyed being active, playing sports, mountain biking, etc. But with kids in my life, running seemed to be the quickest and easiest way to get in a good sweat when I didn't have time for anything else. To me, running is also about living. I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at 13 (arthritis), I had 2 open heart surgeries to replace leaky aortic valves by the time I was 33, and I've also survived a brain tumor and an enlarged heart and try to overcome it with each mile. Running keeps my joints loose, keeps my heart pumping, and it keeps me fit for as long as possible so I get to see my kids grow up. Staring death in the face makes you appreciate each breath, even if it's labored! I never thought I would enjoy running. It always looked boring, and difficult. It was punishment at practice. Now it's essentially my lifeline.
Bethany S, Christian, DOC teacher, wife, runner & team beach body coach
Even though I have always been somewhat active I didn't start exercising until January 2012.
Growing up I had always been the "skinny girl" so I never saw any need for working out or eating healthy. I received a C on my college fitness test in 2010 and was known as the girl that could "put down food". But after a few visits to the hospital in my early 20s, one that lasted 30 days after a complicated surgery, my doctors told me my unhealthy lifestyle had to stop.
Not wanting to undergo another surgery I started running for a few minutes at a time. After a month I made it to 15 minutes. Three months later I was at 30 minutes a day. Feeling encouraged I signed up for a half marathon which took place exactly a year after I started working out. After my race I was hooked on running but, not knowing any better, I over trained and hurt my knee.
I did NOT want to give up racing so I started training for races with team beach body workouts.( Les mills pump, turbo fire, combat etc.0These workouts kept me in tip-top shape so that I could get away with only running once or twice a month but still be competitive when I raced.
In 2013 (my first year of racing), I completed 13 races including three half marathons, one full marathon , and a tough mudder. I was woman’s grand champion for two races and placed in three others.
So far in 2014 I have ran a half marathon and came in second in a 5k. I still can’t run often but am still keeping my cardio up with T25 and P90X3.
I have compiled a list of simple running tips that I believe can turn ANYBODY into a runner’s high endorphin addict. Aka my favorite type of person. = )
1.)Slowwwwww downnnnnnn. Under no circumstances should you get out of breath while you are jogging. I cringe on the inside when I see red faced chicks huffing and puffing down the road only to be passed by us steady paced runners a half of mile later. Slow and steady might not win you the race but it will get you THROUGH the race….and seriously in big races that give you a medal just for finishing that’s all that matter, right?
2.) Stop at every single water station! Get both a cup of water and a cup of whatever sports performance drink is sponsoring the run (Power aid, Gatorade, etc.) Even if I am racing for time, I make sure I slow down and rehydrate at every stop.
3.)Eat that GU! Seriously, you need your fuel. Those GU shots and GU drops really help power you through the race. If (like my aunt) you can’t stomach it, then bring jelly beans or Swedish Fish along and have a few every mile or so.
4.)DON’T STICK TO A TRAINING SCHEDULE!!- I might be one of the only few long distance runners to say this but you don’t need to follow a plan. Personally, my knees would fall off if I ran that many miles a week and I know I would get sick of the sport if I trained that much. Instead, I cross train with programs like Turbo Fire, T25, and X3. It keeps my cardio in tip-top shape and these QUALITY videos help me stay versatile with my workouts.
HIIT training, plyometrics, yoga and even stability work help me stay fresh for my races…..bonus I actually ENJOY my runs and look forward to them when I only run once every two weeks or so.
5.)Build muscle- after I started toning up with Les Mills Pump I could see such a difference in my runs. The leg strength help me power through my long runs and I don’t get sore after running for miles on end.
6.)KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RUNNING A RACE AND RACING A RACE- Call me crazy but when I spend over $100 on a long distance race I don’t want to torture myself by pushing myself to the max…especially if there is no chance of placing. I would rather enjoy the run and take in the scenery (like in gorgeous cities or Disney World!). When I want to work on setting a new PR, I will usually pick a local Delaware run…..cheaper and I’m not missing much if I’m flying through the course.
7.)Do not, do not, do not, static stretch before a run! This can actually lead to injury. Instead invest in a Dynamix workout (like in P90X3) which works on preventing injuries long before you set your new kicks on the course.
8.) Good shoes are key!- You should never “be cheap” when it comes to running shoes. I’m all about saving that extra dollar but I know when it comes to buying sneakers I can’t skimp. I can’t personally recommend a particular shoe or brand for running because it all depends on your own personal needs. (how you run, where your foot lands, how much stability you need etc.) Finding a good shoe is trial and error but it is well worth it.
9.)EAT YOUR BREAKFAST-Before every race, no matter what the distance, I eat a muffin and drink my shakeology first thing in the morning….This way I’m getting a carb load AND all of my necessary vitamins and minerals to keep my body from going in to shock and shutting down on me before I can cross that finish line.
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My name is Henrique B. I am passionate about the sport since the first race , which led me to have self discipline and determination in running, exercise and weight training.This season ( Jan/2013 ) I was still overweight 93kgs ( 205 pounds ) which affected my performance in the race . So I decided , from that month , that I would lose weight to run better . To conquer this task my goal was to have discipline and determination but I had another ally : The diet ( with the help of my mother ) I had a goal to achieve 70 kg to have a good performance in the marathon of São Paulo ( 10 / 06 / 2013 ) . Target achieved . Successfully completed my first marathon in 4:00:25 70 kg . A win !
> Today I 'm over 50 races held as follows : 1 marathon, 8 half marathons , 3 tests of 15 km and 10 km were remaining . I always finish it , never gave up ! This year I have a new goal PR ( personal record ) for the Marathon of Sao Paulo and my big dream : race abroad!
> And I want to emphasize an important point , the friendships that have conquered, there were many , I am grateful to each one of my runner friends
Hi my name is Sarah B. I am 33years old and live in Central New York with my 7yr old son. I am currently unemployed and have returned to college for a degree in Medical Assisting.
My journey began at a young age learning that I had acid reflux that often felt debilitating at times. I was active all through high school, running for myself, played basketball from middle school through high school and just all around active. I never let my belly troubles stop me. As I got older the symptoms got worse. By the age of 21 I was having my first set of scopes and put on double dose medications to control my symptoms. Nothing helped. Changed my diet, cut out stress, and took medication regularly.
In 2005 I got married and pregnant. My reflux symptoms were so bad during pregnancy that I would sleep propped up and even then acid would come shooting out my nose. I was able to take a low dose medication in my last trimester, but even that didn't help. After my son was born in April of 2006, I quickly returned to my gastroenterologist for help again with my treatment. After many trips to the ER and back and forth to the Dr. it was decided at that point to have a Bravo catheter study done to measure the about of acid I had at all times. This was done for a 48hr period and with medication on board. I scored 99%. Which means 99% of the time I had acid in my esophagus. When I went back to the Dr. he felt surgical intervention would be our only hope. The acid had shortened my esophagus 5cm due to scar tissue. In November of 2007 I met my surgeon. He felt he could to a procedure to cut the top half of my stomach away and use it like a belt around my esophagus. This would be irreversible. I was in so much pain I agreed with the plan. My surgery was December 6th 2007. I had a Collis-Belsey Mark 5 fundoplication by way of a thoracotomy. A 6in incision in my back and cut out part of a rib. After 10 days I was able to return home to recover. I was recovering well and ended up with pneumonia and pancreatitis which landed me back in the hospital on Christmas day. 2 weeks later I was ready to head back home.
That recovery lasted 2yrs and I often wanted to give in. I couldn't I had a child to be strong for. Working through the pain of the gastro issues along with my weight dropping and neuropathy from surgery I slowly gained strength and stamina. I returned to work 8 weeks post op and that alone drained me. I would find myself searching for positive quotes and reading about others who had more challenging times. With the love and support of my family I new I would be just fine. I started running again for my own therapy and grew stronger.
In 2009 my symptoms had returned, I felt defeated and decided to seek help from other Drs. I went to 5 different gastroenterologists and 3 different surgeons. All had nothing to offer besides medications. I had changed my diet to gluten free, wheat free, yeast free and lactose free. All temporarily controlled symptoms. I had several more trips to the Drs. for scopes and testing and another laparoscopic procedure to explore and remove my gallbladder. Finally I was put in touch with a Dr. who thought he could help. The option he offered me was laparoscopic partial gastrectomy. Essentially that meant I would have a little less than a gastric by-pass patient. I waited until March 2011 before I couldn't take it anymore. My surgery would be scheduled for June 14, 2011. From March to June I worked as hard as I could running, working out eating healthy to make myself recover from this surgery so much faster than the last. The morning of my surgery I ran 3 miles before we left for the hospital.
Waking up from surgery...the turning point. I woke up to the jaw dropping news of we did an open abdominal surgery and removed your entire stomach and part of your intestine. I was in shock. I had no idea what that really meant for me. How would I live like that? Would I have a feeding tube? What do I do? Did I have cancer? No I did not. The good news. I just had reflux so bad that he felt it was the only option.
Having no stomach is no fun. It comes with a whole new set of rules. My added problems from that only got worse and I mentally was only getting stronger. I would not let this get me. I now have reactive hypoglycemia. My blood sugar can spike and crash whenever it wants. I still almost two years later can only eat 2-3oz at a time. I can't tolerate foods with wheat, gluten, lactose, peanut, no high sugars and low carbohydrates. I only drink water and coffee. I am still learning what I can eat slowly. I have encountered so many obstacles during this and each one makes me stronger.
The rebound...during all of this I made so many friends through support group online and telling others of my story with that and the love and support from friends and family I build each new day.
Last year I ran in my first official 5k run and this year I have done 2 5k runs and a 5k obstacle course called the mighty run. Running is my therapy and it keeps me fighting. I only wish that my story can help at least one person be inspired to keep pushing. Keep fighting. I have gained strength through others kind words and support and hope I can do the same for someone else.
My pictures represent me pre-mommy at 150-160 and now I am at 105-109 and so much stronger!!!!
One of my favorite quotes I share is "Its not the length of life, It's the depth of life" Ralph Waldo Emerson
My name is Edward S. I start running at age 21. What really motivated me to start running is a local 5k race (Sound to Narrows) back in 2010. I saw lots of people participating in that race, from young to old with a big smiles on their faces, so i thought to myself I should try that and so i did. After participating in a local fun 5k race, I got in love with this sport, RUNNING. The adrenaline and competitive stage got me. After 4 years, I still have a big passion toward running and motivate other to go for a run.
I'm Matt C. I'm 31 from Queanbeyan, Australia.
I took up running in April last year for the first time in my adult life to raise some money for breast cancer research last May. I ran a 10km and raises over $800.
I'd never run more than 6 or 7 kilometre events when I did some running for my school.
My goal is to run the Canberra & Sydney half marathons this year. They will be my first races at that distance and I'm aiming at 105-110 minutes
I love drawing inspiration from the Runners Community! Keep up the good work folks!
My name is Adrian P. and got started with running in high school. I attended Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn, New York where I grew up at. I always considered myself to be fast so when I stared high school I decided to to join track. The first two years I just ran indoor and outdoor then my last two years I decided to do cross country. I hated distance running which I find funny because now I love it. The furthest I ran was a 5k in high school but now I've done a half-marathon and a full marathon and plan to do an ultra-marathon and triathlon.
I graduated high school and thought about running in college but it didn't pan out. I attended the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. I did join the team but it wasn't the right fit. Running took a back seat to my studies but in 2011 my New Years resolution was to run a half-marathon. In 2012 I ran my first half-marathon with Team Challenge in Napa, CA. My love for running started that year and since then I haven't looked back yet. I owe all of that to Team Challenge a non-profit organization who has a half-marathon training program to help raise funds for those affected by Crohn's or Colitis. Since 2012 I've ran almost 15 half-marathons and 1 full marathon.
I run for my Team Challenge and since joining Instagram I joined another running group NYCInstaRunners which consists of runners all throughout the boroughs who love running. I am also part of NYRR and will be running the NYC Marathon next year. I also found a guy on Instagram whose handle is @oldguyrunning. He developed his own running challenges and I decided to participate in December. The challenge consisted of running 200 miles in a month. The most miles I ran in a month prior to December was 150 so I knew this would be hard but I love a challenge. I completed the challenge and I knew from there that any running goal I set my mind to I would be able to do it. In February I decided to up the goal and ran 253 miles in a month. I plan to do 300 miles in a month in July which happens to be my birthday month. I use two running apps Nike+ and RunKeeper. Runkeeper because I started with that app first and Nike+ since they incorporate challenges and I am able to run against most of my running friends. Running is now a huge part of my life and have developed life running goals. One goal run a half-marathon/marathon in each state so far I've done 5 states. Second goal to run on each continent. Third run a ultramarathon and a IronMan in Kona, Hawaii. My goal right now is run a half-marathon each month for the year.
I plan on becoming a certified coach by taking the Level 1 course offered by USATF (United States Track & Field Association). I will be taking classes starting next month.
I've learned many things from running which is the importance of stretching, hydration, and strength training. When I started training my first half-marathon I used my track background and that was sprinting. A half-marathon is not a sprint and I learned that quickly when I ran in Napa. I started off running the race very fast and could not maintain it and struggled to complete it. My first half-marathon is still my favorite race to date. My time for my first half-marathon was 1:57:27. Since then I've managed to focus on my pacing and negative splits. When someone new starts running I always tell them don't focus on time because your time will fall the more you run. Also when you run, run your own race don't get caught up trying to run someone else pace, trust your training and enjoy it. To date my PR for my half-marathon is now 1:27:47 which happened in the Rock N' Roll DC Half this past March. Running is my life and I plan to continue doing it for as long as possible.
My name is Daniel M. and I´m a passionate about racing.
I have started to running 3 years ago, motivated by the weight loss and I was slowly realizing that the race was bringing to me a lot of benefits beyond weight loss such as changing my lifestyle and changing the lifestyle of my family, today we live a much healthier life, practicing more sports and eating much better.
As I was losing weight and falling in love for racing, I was realizing that I was a runner, dedicated, disciplined and the main thing, in search of my limits. With that, came the challenges, the first race of 5km, 10km, 16 km and 21km. Not knowing my limits, I wanted more, wanted the more classical distance of all, running a Marathon. I talked with my coach, I trained and went behind my goal.
So, last year that dream came true in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, where I finished in 3:20:11.
This year (2014), I want more, I want my qualifying time for Boston Marathon and I'm going to run a Buenos Aires Marathon in Argentina at October 12th, to achieve the sub 3:10:00 that is the qualifiyng time for my age group.
God bless me and everything goes well.
I would like to thank RunnersCommunity for the opportunity to talk a little bit about myself.
Trough these years running, my best personal times are:
5km - 00:19:45 (2014)
10km - 00:41:10 (2014)
10 miles - 1:05:20 (2014)
Half Marathon - 01:26:59 (2014)
Marathon - 03:20:11 (2013)
My name is Andre S. and I am new runner
On April 15,2006 I was envolved in a motorcycle accident that would change my life forever.
So much damaged was caused from it, that my foot had to be amputated.
On april 22,2006 my foot was amputated.
At the time of my wreck I was about to receive my pilots license.
I thought my life was over at the time, Until a friend called me and told me there was a waver for getting license as long as i can show control of the aircraft.
In september I exibited knowledge and control and received my medical and restrictiion free to still persue a career in flying.
In 2012 I was working on my instructor certificate and I met a man I now call Coach, who is Jeffrey Glasbrenner.
He is an amputee and has 3 Gold medals in the Olympics and has done 22 ironman events.
He approached me at Delta Airlines where I work, and told me he was a quarter mile from the blast in Boston and wanted to go back to Boston and finish and bring along amputees to run it with him.
At the time I was 240lbs. and almost lost my medical again for high blood pressure and I needed a way to become active and lose weight.
It ended up being the perfect storm, I went Vegan and trained and now I am 190lbs and headed to the endeavor games to see where I rank as far as Sprinting in the paralympics.
I ended up qualifying for Boston in colorado springs at the American Discovery trail marathon on September 2nd,2006
And I also ran Little Rock Marathon, and then Boston.
I also talk to kids that want to be pilots, I want them to be the best, and I push people to the limits so that they willl have No excuse.
I'm Ashleigh B. I'm 29 years old and a mother of 2 girls. I also provide child care during the week for infants and toddlers. I started running in February 2012 using the Couch-2-5k program. A few months later, I completed my first 10k. My running goal for this year is to run a half marathon. I enjoy running as it releases stress and gives me a moment in the day where I don't have to focus on anyone else but me.
My nome is Michael F. I am 31 years old married and have two kids (3yr old daughter and 1 year old son). In 2009 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but have been lucky enough to not have any flare ups since then. I am a stay at home dad since my daughter was born in 2010, and it hasn't always been the easiest for me, but after my son was born I was probably in the worse shape of my life from living a mostly sedentary lifestyle. I was at my heaviest in my entire life (close to 200 lbs. now down 30lbs just one year later), and after I pulled a muscle in my back while sleeping, I had enough of being out of shape. I was living next to a forest preserve that had about 3 miles of crushed limestone trails. So last summer (August 2013) I set a goal to be able to run the entire trail by fall. I was never really athletic my whole life, and never thought I would be a runner. So I downloaded a "couch to 5k" app and stuck with it. On the first day of fall I ran my first 5k (and was able to run the entire thing!). I was hooked after that. I was even running when the temperature hit 0 degrees F! I decided to start 2014 out with a bang and signed up for my first single track trail 10k. It was in January, with lots of snow and near freezing temps. Finishing that race was one of my greatest accomplishments despite bad ITBS problems. Once I got over that I started training for my first 1/2 marathon which I ran just one year after starting running. Again it was another great accomplishment in my life! I am now setting my sights on running ultra marathons starting with 50k's. I also enjoy photography and cooking. But running has helped me so much become a better person. It has helped me deal with stress and overcome depression. And most importantly it has made me become more happy with myself.
Hi I’m Kristin L. I’m 32 years old and live in Sweden
Love running, but have unfortunately made the mistake of running too much, probably in the wrong shoes and no other training at all except running. Which has resulted in a “runner’s knee”.
Use to run 4-5 week and love running in the morning. No problem to get up before work at 4:30 to run 10 k.
Now I try to build up my knee and I do a lot of strength training in classes like GRIT (Les Mills). 3 times a week at least. So be careful folks – take care of the whole body and alternate your training
Very stubborn (that’s probably why I have a bad knee J ). I have decided to learn fluid French before I’m 40, so I will take evening courses for 2 years in total, I now have 1 year left.
Loves to hang out with friends over a glass of wine and a good dinner that my husband prepares.
Work for a Swedish company that have sales in over 25 countries – suits me perfect because I love to travel.
I am Adam D.
I began running in spring of 2011 I first started running to lose weight. I was not a fan of running nor was I good at it. I struggled to complete two laps around a track with out stopping. Never the less I kept at it... And little did I know a love affair was taking place, I was beginning to fall in love with the sport of running. Running became my outlet my habit my addiction. And now I encourage others to follow their fitness goals and dreams... Moreover I always tell people a thousand mile journey starts with the 1st step. "Are you willing to take it?"
"Faber est quisque fortunae suae"
My Name is Scott E. and I reside in Chicago, Illinois. I am married with two sons and my oldest was born at 28 weeks and was in the NICU for 93 days. He had numerous health concerns and surgeries, but is now healthy as can be and inspires me every day with his strength and what he overcame at such an early age. I played soccer throughout my life and through college and after that ended I became an avid runner. I run to maintain my health and athleticsim and more importantly I enjoy it. I enjoy the scenery, the outdoors, and the running community. Running is a release for me and a way to get away and enjoy the peace. I am running the Chicago Marathon this year which wil be my first marathon. I have done numerous 5K's, 8K's and 10K's but this will be my first marathon. After the marathon I will continue to do long distance runs and will always be looking for a new challenge. Family and friends are the single most important thing to me and without them I would not be the person and father I am today.
My name is Gina, and I live in Toronto.
Not much of a running history. I ran track in grade school and then only ran occasionally since then. I did other forms of exercise here and there, and have always had a job that keeps me active.
On a trip to Honolulu in 2011, I decided to bring my running shoes to keep my marathoner uncle company on his runs. On our second or third time out he had me on a hilly 8k taking us up and around Diamond Head followed up with an ocean dip, a massive 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' and a few icy Corona. That was all I needed to be hooked.
I started entering races in 2012, and besides some fun runs, have taken part in two 10k events, one 15k, 5 half marathons and one 30k. I have my first marathon on the books for this October 2014, but due to an injury, I don't think it's going to happen. I'm putting off a distance transfer until the last possible minute.
It wasn't until this recently came up that I realized how important running is. I go out in the best and worst weather. No matter mood or energy levels. Even though I want to run, it's beyond that. Now, it's something I need to do.
It's happiness, accomplishment, therapy, confession, life, joy, peace, power, love, and necessity.
And that's why I need to continue to run, smile, repeat.
Hello. My name is, Jennifer C. from Wichita, Kansas. I'm 34, graduated college, and married to my husband of 10 years!
I've started running back in May of 2013 when I become friends with a lady who's husband was in Afghanistan. She taught me a great deal of running. She was the runner and loved to run with her husband but with him away I became the next best thing and we instantly became friends! During the summer I was going to school and my friend got offered a great job in,Texas. I put my running on hold for a few months because I wasn't use to the idea of running a lone. In September of 2013 I started running once a week at the gym, just to see if I could still do it. Then in October I signed up for a race and ran it alone. After that race I started practicing running more often.
In 2011 I have been tested positive for ANA Titer. Combination of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis and I also suffer from depression. When I was running solo, I started to notice the difference in the way I felt with my depression and when I started to lose a little bit of weight I notice the difference it had on my joints. Since then I was hooked! So you could say I run for my health! But I've also inspired my husband (who never worked out before) to run and this also helps keep me going.
I have run multiple 5ks, 2 10ks and I'm currently training for my first half marathon! I'm involved in 2 virtual race communities, Miles4kids and Full Medal Runner's. I'm also on a radio street team 89.1 #KMUW and I'm involved with my community running group #GoRunWichita . I absolutely love being involved and love meeting new people! Running is the best way to do that. 2 in 1!
My goals currently are to have run two half marathons by the end of 2014!
In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with my husband, friends, and family. Love to read and watch movies. Love to go for walks and ride my bike, and I love to eat! :)
My name is Maria, I am 54 years, I live in Stockholm, Sweden. My first running race ever was Stockholm marathon back in 1980, I was 20 years and ran in ca 3.40 hrs. I kept running, joined a club, ran also shorter distances. My best 10 km in ca 36.40. Ran marathons almost every year during the 80s and the 90s. I’ve done three sub 3 marathons (best ca 2.56). 1993 I ran my first 100 km. Ultra was not big then here in Sweden. I ran in 9 hours 26 min. It was considered kind of weird and people almost didn’t believe it was possible. I had the Swedish record for 100 km from 1993 to 2008. (Now that time is well beaten since we have some really good ultrarunners like Kajsa Berg, now Swedish recordholder with 7.35, she came second at World championships 2012 and first at Euroean championships 2012 and 2013.)
Then I ran 100 km 1996, when my daughter was one year old, –97, –98 and – my best 100 km –99 in 8 hours 57 min. Some of the 100 km-races I was the only lady, sometimes there were one or two others. Between 2000 and about 2013 I did not run and race much, kept up little bit of training, but no long runs etc, due to many circumstances (not that I wanted it or got tired of running), let’s just say: life was difficult and I got physically tired etc. Then all of a sudden I simply could run for real again a little more than a year ago. I ran Stockholm ultra 100 km (very slow) last year, very tough, but I made it and loved it and felt: wow I’m back on track. I’m an ultra for real again!
Since then, this last year, I’ve run two marathons, a couple of 50 km-races, a 6hours on treadmill, one 89 km, two more 100 km (the last one now in aug in 10 hours 34 min), my first 100 mile-race (in april, about 21 hours 55 min) and some shorter races.
Ha ha this is a bit long, not so well written either, but when I myself think about what has happened the last year, after so many years of not being able to run as I wanted – wow, to me it feels amazing. Deepest to me is that I AM a runner, I AM an ultrarunner. I dont run & race for times, medals, buckets etc, I run because I am a runner. My soul is a runner. So now, being an oldie or almost an oldie, it does not matter that I never can run as fast as I did when I was young, I do run pretty well even now, but the thing is running itself. And I have other dreams now: going to run a 24hr in november in Oslo, Norway. Hope to do 48hr some day, maybe a six-day-race. Now that ultra has grown so big there a so many new possibilities.
I have one daughter, I’m on sick-leave (don’t know what it’s called in english: I am diagnosed with “non-typical autism”, and have something like early retirement; trying to start working again though, with some writing).
Being chosen Runner of the week was so encouraging for me. Thank you @RunnersCommunity .
Shannon C. 37, from Alaska .
Five years ago I found myself overweight, tired and uninspired. I got on the scale and for me what I saw was a jaw dropper. I quickly joined a gym but did not have a clue what I was doing. I began eating what I thought was healthy and running. Looking back now I was far from eating healthy, but it was a lot better then my fast food and soda addiction. I have since taken on clean eating and a much more structured training schedule. I now include cross training, weights, and cycling. That said, it was only 2 months into my life change when a coworker asked me if I would be interested in running a Ragnar Relay. Ragnar is a 200 mile, 12 man and two van team. Little did I know my life was about to change forever. I was about to fall head over heels in love with running.
Every single one of us has a family. We didn’t choose them, but because they are our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, we do our best to respect and get along with them. Friends are the complete opposite.We choose our friends. Ragnar and running has introduced me to my friends.
At first, I was so nervous to run with a group of strangers. What if they are all smarter than me? What if they don't like me? What if they don't like my hair? I was only barely learning how to run, it had only been 6 months since I started running. I knew I liked it a lot, but what if? While I was busy thinking of all the differences I might have with those strangers, I forgot to remember that each and every one of us already have something in common. We all love to run. We love the challenge, the pain, and the accomplishment. We love the pure joy of achieving a goal we didn’t think was possible before we fell in love with running. Now, sweaty socks, ripe arm pits and blisters are a badge of honor we wear with pride. Wasatch Back in Utah was my first Ragnar. I didn’t sleep much and the van stunk like rotten hotdogs. But, after my 3rd leg, I couldn’t wait for the next one. I love cheering for my teammates from the roof of the vehicle and I love running through the arm bridges they made for me. I love that I get disappointed when I still have a voice after the race is over because I didn't cheer loud or hard enough.The following year I had the pleasure of meeting an Arizona based team in Las Vegas after that, I ran Napa Valley Ragnar and met even more friends. Then came SoCal and Del Sol Ragnars, I was addicted! Running to me isn’t about beating the person in front of me or team nicknames, or PR's. To me, it has transformed from living a healthy lifestyle to the friendships that will last a long healthy lifetime.
I don't just run to keep myself healthy anymore, I run because I love the runners. The runners community.
I am Mari D. I was born in 1966. Father of three children.
I never did sports but I was always a musician who played the drums. Two years ago I could not play the drums because of big shoulder injury. Around the same time I quit smoking after 32 years (one pack a day), at this time I had the strange idea “let’s go for a run”.
Since then I’m still running, my goal was to do a couple of miles around the lake in my neighborhood. That goal I have reached and I went further from there. Did a training by myself to run 5k,10K and now I’m able to run a half marathon in 1:46,39
Next year I want to run a complete marathon. I did not went easy in the beginning I really had serious pain in my knees but I sticked to the plan and kept running on a slow pace.
What I have figured out is that running is not a solo sport but a social sport. Every Wednesday I run through the city where I live with my running crew, around 20 to 30 people going for a social run and chit chat afterwards.
My life has changed since i began to run, changed very positive. I try to inspire other people while running. This is why i’m on Instagram and writing on my own blog http://maridurieux.wordpress.com.
My name is Daniel S, I’m 32, from Naerum, Denmark, father of two young boys (twins) and just love to run. I’m really deep passionate about running, to be out there with my Nike´s on, just gives me the best feeling ever and makes me very happy! I began running in April 2006, after many years of playing soccer, and quickly got into the great and fantastic world of running. In April 2006 I started out by running 10K in a time of 40-41 minutes, but after 6 months of good training I ran 10K in November 2006 in a time of 34 minutes, so the training really was working!
Then I just kept doing lots of training, so I could improve my times and maybe could be competing at a high level in the national competitions. So after some years doing my best to improve, and being competing at the distance from 3K to half marathon, I impulsive decided to run my first marathon in September 2009, which also was the national championships. It was a big experience to run such a long distance, and to cross the finish line was amazing! I ran 02:29:07 at my debut, which was a good time and I got third in the national championship, despite that my shape was to make a better time, but in a marathon you just never know.
Then back in 2011 I got injured, problems with my Achilles, and was not really able to before January 2014. In the meantime, I had put a lot of work into the gym, so I had gained a lot of muscles and weight, from 79kg to 93kg, so I had a lot of “extra weight” which of course affected my running performance. But I started out running a couple of times in the week and short distance, and then with slowly progression, began to run more and longer distance. So to be participating in my first 5K in March 2014 after a couple of years off with injuries, was really fantastic and I barely could believe it. After being injured for so long time, I really appreciate running even more than before! Being away from running was the worst time of my life, and just don’t want to be in that place again. So remember to enjoy every run you make!
In September 2014 I ran Copenhagen Half marathon with a goal to run under the time 01:12:00, and I did a time of 01:11:43. My next goal is Copenhagen Marathon in April 2015, aiming for a time of 02:25:00.
To be third in the national championship 2009 (marathon), winning Samsoe Marathon 2010, third at Palma Marathon 2010 and running Cross du Mont-Blanc 2011 (23K and 1500 meters of ascent) are some of my biggest experiences
Of course I still want to improve my times, but the most important thing for me now, is to enjoy every time I run and just to have the best time of my life! Running for me is just freedom, the feeling of being alive, is where I get my energy back, gets away from the busy lifestyle, and I really just love to run anywhere.
RUNNING IS MY PASSION!
I'm Deena N. from Florida, I am a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I have been active all of my life. I was a dancer and baton twirler for over fourteen years. It wasn't until I graduated with my Master's in Exercise Science did I become really interested in running. I have run for several years but I would say this past year especially has been the start to my serious running journey. I have a few 5Ks, a 10K, and most recently a half marathon under my belt. My new challenge is the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge in February 2015. In addition, I love to play tennis, cycling, and kickboxing.
I like to tell people to always dream big. You can achieve anything with patience, dedication, and the will to succeed. There will be challenges along the way, but the victories are what we remember. Start today by setting a goal and make it happen. The support you receive within this running community is amazing. You will constantly be motivated and inspired on a daily basis.
My name is Alex J. I'm 27 years old, and I'm from South Carolina. I moved to the Dallas area in 2007. I've been working at Pepsi for going on 8 years. I'm also a part-time college student. I'm working on an AAS for an E-Business Media Degree. I design and code websites, but I favor the designing part. I decided to start running after playing some pickup games in basketball and realizing how out of shape I was. I played basketball, baseball, and football throughout school, so I was embarrassed about not being able to keep up with people I knew I could out play. I also tore my right ACL and meniscus during my sophomore year, and my left ACL, MCL, and meniscus my senior year. Both were football injuries. Everyone told me I wouldn't be able to run on concrete because of my knees, and I was determined to prove them wrong. Growing up practicing year round, I absolutely HATED running and conditioning. But when I started running almost two years ago, the strangest thing happened. I fell in love with it. I remember running a mile and a half for the first time, and felt so proud of myself. Then I started getting braver, started pushing myself farther, and started getting faster. It feels so good to break and set new Personal Records. I started getting this feeling of accomplishment that I haven't felt since my glory days. It's turned into my favorite thing to do. I come home and all I think about is running. It's my "me time", my stress reliever, and it makes me feel free. I never thought I would take up running, and actually like it, but I know this is something I will do for the rest of my life. My goal is to start participating in half marathons, and hopefully one day do a full marathon.
Kylo often says, "Training never stops. There's always a race to run!" After his first 5K, in 2007, he was hooked. Since then, he's completed 21 marathons, 18 half marathons and 1 50K ultra marathon. Kylo loves to share his passion of running with family, friends and fellow runners. It's the same passion that led him to pacing races; helping runners achieve their goals. His #1 running goal for 2014 is running 2,014 miles. In 2015, he'll train for his 2nd ultra marathon, Silver Rush 50 of the Leadville Race Series. He has only one rule when it comes to running: "Have fun!"
Hi, my name is Patricia.I currently reside in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. As a former track runner, long distance running was never on my list of things that I want to do. However, I have this dream of running the Boston Marathon by my 30th birthday. And I learned that you have to qualify to run Boston. Since I only started running in February 2014, I have completed my first half marathon & 2x10 km . In 2015 I will running my first NYC race. I want to thank everyone at @runnerscommunity for your support, its very appreciated.
Hi I’m Runnermarx, a native Los Angeles runner and coach who enjoys teaching and learning from others all about the joys and intric acies of running. Whether it be about sprinting, long distance running, training plans, recovery training or just runchat, engage in a running conversation and let's learn from each other.
Born in Whittier CA in Fall, 1975, running was in my blood at an early age.
My love of Track & Field and Cross Country lead me to a 10 year coaching run at St. John Boscoin Bellflower CA.
Presently I am interested in meeting runners from around the world and engaging them in meaningful conversations about running.
I would love to help with any questions you have about training. And, would also love to learn from you about any input you have about your own running experiences.
No one is a running expert, some just are more "running nerdy" than others!
My name is Meredith, I was born and raised in NJ and still live here today, I ran my 1st ever race in Central Park in NYC in 2009' after a friend begged me to run it with her. I wasn't a runner and the thought of running a race never crossed my mind, but I did it! I finished in 2:25. One year later I ran my second half marathon in 1:57 and since 2010' I haven't stopped running. Since I have run 21 half marathons My half marathon PR is 1:38:25. I ran my 1st marathon in Richmond, VA in 2010' finishing in 3:39:25, then a BQ for me, 2nd marathon in Philadelphia in 3:34:03 and third right here in NJ at NJ Marathon, my PR marathon 3:33:34 which took me to Boston in 2013! Today I have run a total of 7 marathons (also including NJM 13; 2 weeks after running Boston, NYC 13', NYC 14; my comeback race after coming off a stress fracture last January) . I am currently training for my 22nd half marathon ; NYC Half 3/15 and my 8th marathon ; New Jersey Marathon on 4/26! I love to run; love trail running and absolutely love our runners community. 💗
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"I am a runner because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I am a runner because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not."