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    These are my medals from high school track

    and cross country. The second one was the first and last cross country medal I ever won. I literally fell to my knees after passing two opponents when I got to the finish. The coaches had to help me up, but I was so happy with my medal. I ranked 10th out of 80 girls. I went to...
    XxWolverinexX XxWolverinexX 18-21 4 Responses Mar 24

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    Anyone use MapMyRun on their smartphones

    while running? Sometimes it misrecords distance and I'm not sure if it's because I live and run in the hills where service is bad or if it's just a fault in the app.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 16

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    The Honolulu Marathon is tomorrow

    and 33k runners signed up. Not running this year but I live 1/4 mile from the 16th mile marker so plan to watch the leaders pass by. Will also hang around to try and find some friends who are running. It gets pretty maddening when the middle of the pack comes by.
    NudeInParadise NudeInParadise 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    While I was struggling with depression,

    I barely ever felt ok enough to run, and when I was hospitalized, I gained so much weight. Now I am training for a marathon and every run is hell in the first three miles, and then my feet go numb from the pressure. It is awful that the thing I love most now causes me so much...
    indranimeows indranimeows 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    About to run my first race of the year!

    Brrrrr, it's cold!!! Happy St. Patricks Day (early) everyone!
    SunAgain SunAgain 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 15

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    i love running on this beautiful track 3

    minutes away from where i work . especially since i discovered lately . that i am able to do more and push myself more ----- when i run without music . i used to wonder , when i would see people running without earphones , without music ; ¿¿¿ how could they stand it ??? then...
    Chulazon Chulazon 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 3

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    I run like I stole something.

    Unfortunately, I also drive my car like I stole it and it's all banged up
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 16

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    When I was 50 I joined my local running club.

    Now at the age of 58 I can run a mile in 6:20, a 5k in 21:30 and a 10k in 43:50. My training for the next year and a half will be geared to help me run a sub 6 minute mile when I will be over 60!
    runtom runtom 56-60, M 3 Responses Mar 19, 2014

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    Between the time change,

    the weather change plus my huge falling out with the friend who first encouraged me to run, I don't want to lose my momentum. I was getting up every day at 4 so I could run at 5 to beat the heat. Here I am at 6:30 am still in bed being lazy because its cold. All that to...
    SouthernDaisy SouthernDaisy 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2014

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    Going to a state track meet today.

    our 4x4 guys are no. 5 in the country!
    Runner8 Runner8 16-17, M 5 Responses May 16

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    Running Away

    As she pushed herself forward, she ran harder until she felt that flow she had long missed. Her feet were no longer heavy, her arms cut the air in front of her and with the cadence of an antelope, she flew. Not bound by anything at this moment. She let go and just felt. Her...
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 27, 2013

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    I am exhausted, but I have not gotten out to run

    since Sunday. The gym closes in 2 hours, but my *** is already firmly implanted on my couch. I need to get my focus back or I will never be ready to run May 9th.
    Randomgirl1122 Randomgirl1122 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    The Bad

    Some things that drive me to insanity when I'm running: 1) Rocks and other foreign objects in my shoes. This bugs the sh*t out of me because I HATE stopping once I start. It feels like I'm cheating if I stop so usually I just don't. I've run with pebbles bouncing around in there...
    iRant iRant 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 8, 2013

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    Or at least I try....

    . I have to admit my cardio's not as good as it should be but I still enjoy a scenic jog around the lakeside in the sunshine!
    mrblue22 mrblue22 26-30, M Mar 30

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    The only time I run is

    if something is after me.... bear, lion, rattlesnake, .....ect. Otherwise I choose to saunter. ;)
    SvveetKiester SvveetKiester 41-45, F 7 Responses May 12

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    Midnight Runner

    I run at night. Originally this started because I was training in secret; I’d never run before, and didn’t want anyone to know what was going on if I quit. The program I did, called “Couch to 5k”, makes it clear right on their website that a high proportion of beginners...
    DeborahManning DeborahManning 51-55, F 7 Responses Oct 12, 2013

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    Great run this morning.

    Ready for the day
    txbabygirl txbabygirl 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 25

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    I must be crazy to plan a run,

    yoga and weight training all on the same day.
    Randomgirl1122 Randomgirl1122 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 10

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    Running is a release

    for me from stress. My mind cannot focus on anything else except putting one foot in front of the other. I am not the most excellent runner, more of an adventure junkie then a running fanatic, but I still enjoy it immensely! Getting ready to run a 7 miles mini-race in half a...
    Alexz72 Alexz72 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Your life isn't going downhill.

    Uphills are the hard part.
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox 16-17, M Jan 11

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    I Do It to Become Fit

    I am not a runner for the love of the wind in my hair.... I was dabbling in running prior to my diagnosis with breast cancer.  The cancer treatment changed my body so drastically, I think I aged at least 10 years biologically if not chronologically, and my metabolism slowed...
    ginger1979 ginger1979 41-45, F 2 Responses May 15, 2007

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    Just ran out 4 miles in half an hour; turned

    around and came back 3:11 faster, uphill. Pretty proud of that power hour 😏🏃💨
    peaceinmiles peaceinmiles 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 4, 2014

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    Yay! I recently broke my personal goal of a

    4:40 1600m run. I shattered it, and am now down to a 4:35, and am one of the top in my state. (Please ignore my age being about a year off)
    NicktheWise NicktheWise 22-25, M 7 Responses May 11, 2014

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    So, this is the scene

    that greets me when I get out of the house. It's not my property, (lol), it's my neighbor's front lawn. At the left lower corner is my mailbox. The road on the background is the start of my running track. I'll be going out soon, I'm just doing some EPying, drinking a second cup...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 3 Responses May 17

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    Runner8 Runner8 16-17, M May 17

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    I try my best, so far I can run

    for 15 minutes straight. My next goal would be 18 then 20. I like the feeling of me getting better at it.
    jeednorrozec jeednorrozec 13-15, F 7 Responses May 17

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    Been running track for 8 years now.

    Favorite event is the 400 Hurdles but I also run the open 400 and 110 hurdles.
    Deuz Deuz 22-25, M Dec 8, 2014

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    Hoping all goes well

    so that I can get in a 100 mile week come mid November! Anyone else out there doing something similar?
    KaeRuns KaeRuns 18-21, F 8 Responses Sep 24, 2014

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    But have not run in almost a year

    and have no excuse. Was in the best shape of my life at 45 and dropped the ball. Need to go back to where I felt good about my schedule for running. Maybe it takes new shoes to motivate me, but looking for inspiration!
    WarrenCook WarrenCook 46-50, M 6 Responses Jan 11, 2014

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    Stupid holidays...only place I've been running

    here lately is back through the dessert line to get another cookie. When I finally do get back out I can already imagine my legs saying "Hope you enjoyed those cookies"....evil cackle following close behind.
    Bumblelion Bumblelion 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 19, 2014

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    More things I hate that I've seen

    while running, that I've discussed with a former runner, former friend of mine.... 1) People who smell good when they're running. Come on. Really? 2) Couples in matching running outfits? *gag*
    iRant iRant 46-50, M 6 Responses Apr 7

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    Not too long ago I broke my pelvis,

    tail bone, 4 ribs and my collar bone. I didn't think I would ever run again. Thankfully I have rehabbed ok, and I have even started running again. I'm not quite the swift runner I once was, but with some time maybe I'll get there again. Every run is precious.
    crono84 crono84 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 18

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    5 miles this morning

    and man my legs were tired! I lifted last night so I think my body was still recovering. Tuesday runs are always hard because I usually cant work out until later on Mondays nights then I have to wake up super early to run before class on Tuesdays! But I survived and now Im gonna...
    runnergal96 runnergal96 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    I got back out there tonight

    for the first time this week. It felt so good to just put one foot in front of the other. Running is one of the few things in life that I have found I just can't screw up. I have struggled to get my distance back up since getting bronchitis a couple of weeks ago. Tonight I...
    Randomgirl1122 Randomgirl1122 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 3

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    Well. I can officially call myself a competitor

    now. On May 2nd, i (technically) broke 5:00 on a 1600! I say technically because it was a full mile (10 or so m longer than a 1600) and i can subtract 2 seconds from my time of 5:01 to get... Drum roll plz... 4:59! Whoop whoop! That was way faster than what id been running all...
    peaceinmiles peaceinmiles 18-21, F 3 Responses May 5, 2014

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    I alternate between cardio

    and weights every day, and yesterday was a heavy weights day. It's sprinkling rain but unseasonably warm and humid. Very windy too. So I deliberately left my watch at home, put my earbuds in, put the music on shuffle and went. It was one of those runs, and all you runners...
    cdndave77 cdndave77 41-45, M Oct 28, 2014

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    Am I? I mean I run, mostly away

    but sometimes I return. I run from places to places in more ways that the term run could encompass. But when does one become a runner? Is it when you decide that the casual jog isn't doing much for you any more? Or when u decide that the 5 k is too short?
    discovery5 discovery5 41-45, F 7 Responses May 27, 2014

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    I took a month off of running 25 miles/week

    while recovering from a bug. Ran a quick 3 miles yesterday to get back into the swing of things and I'm feeling it a little today in my abs and quads! If you don't use it you lose it! I'm getting older. Getting out of shape faster than I used to :(
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 17

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    The new Nike commercial is EVERYTHING

    that has ever gone through my head while working out. Spot on Nike!
    Randomgirl1122 Randomgirl1122 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 15

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    My brothers and I were raised to be athletes.

    It's important to being able to run long distances, map points referenced. My parents would take us orienteering in the wilds above Stavanger. I do run still, mainly at the gym, but I do do roadwork sometimes, just go out for a run.
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    Ok, so bitterly cold weather

    and snow set in to my little part of the world last Thursday. Last night the temps dropped to -10 C (14 F) with a howling wind. I bummed around the house as much as I could, trying to convince myself it was smarter to stay in by the fire (right, C?). Anyways, just over an hour...
    cdndave77 cdndave77 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    This world is too small.

    Life is smaller.
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox 16-17, M Jan 10

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    I LOVE when my boyfriend

    and I get to run together. I love how he pushes me, keeps me motivated, and keeps me smiling the entire time. I always feel like I run harder with him by my side.
    Randomgirl1122 Randomgirl1122 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 9

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    Or I try to become one,

    to be more precise. Because I have a muscle disease, I have to be careful and can't increase my exercise too quickly. But with some encouragement from friends and medical supervision, I can just about walk two miles in an above average pace and after some strength training, I...
    Gentle153 Gentle153 26-30, M May 17

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    This weekend I did a distance run along a

    popular trail. Generally I shun people, especially during my run, but I didn't really have a choice given the distance I wanted to do. Inspired by my Brit friend, here's some things that drive me crazy: 1) Cyclists that blow by you with just inches to spare when they pass you...
    iRant iRant 46-50, M 5 Responses Feb 23

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    ERMAHGERD1 ERMAHGERD1 22-25, F 1 Response May 13

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