I Am a Runner

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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?
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    3 Responses May 27, 2014

    My new running buddy is my daughter on her bike.

    Each time we start off, she says, "What shall we talk about this time?" I absolutely adore my runs with her. She's such a motormouth, and I love having our time together. She never complains if I'm doing sprints up the neighborhood hills, either. She just peddles away and gives...
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    4 Responses Nov 3, 2015

    Ran the mcquaid 5k yesterday

    for unseeded boys Varsity A. My first race of the season and it was an 18:32 (:
    tmartin18 tmartin18
    22-25, M
    Oct 4, 2015

    "No matter how slow you go you are still

    lapping everyone on the couch."
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    2 Responses Mar 5, 2016

    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
    2 Responses May 12, 2015

    Today is the day! I trained last month

    for my first 5 km (3 miles) I used to think it was impossible! Now it's easy- today I start training for my 10 km race. Starting over slowly 3 weeks since I pulled my acl- have been stretching and healing it. Taking calcium and magnesium supplements :) I think it's all better...
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    4 Responses Jul 15, 2015

    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
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 3, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Nov 30, 2014

    Ran two miles in the morning today.

    Ready to take on the world. :)
    mockingbird07 mockingbird07
    31-35, F
    Dec 1, 2015

    after 3 days of work

    and 3 nights of rain I needed this 4 miles today. and it felt amazing
    franky2222 franky2222
    51-55, M
    1 Response Nov 30, 2015

    Or maybe more of a jogger.

    I'm not very fast but I like to run distance - in or out of my barefoot shoes (they protect the bottoms of my feet but intentionally provide no support! I wonder if there are others who enjoy this kind of running.
    Islamujer Islamujer
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jan 22, 2016

    I took a small break from running to let my

    heel, heal up. I went for a long run today and it was fantastic. Runners high hit in a big way and I felt on top of the world. It also feels great to be a little sore again. I suppose taking a break from running every once in a while is a good thing to do.
    Jyak Jyak
    36-40, M
    Oct 15, 2015

    I love to run! IDK y

    but it's fun. I only run when it's warm outside, when it's cold I prefer to stay inside.
    Emily555555 Emily555555
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jan 16, 2016

    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...
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    2 Responses Mar 24, 2015

    I went on my run today it was going to be along

    run but I couldn't bring myself to get out of bed . so I chose to wait and go on a short run later which I just got back from buy it sucked I at use to have a running partner and we would push each other to go harder and longer but we went from just running partners to almost...
    franky2222 franky2222
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 30, 2015

    It my only way I can cope with things

    and forget and just everything about it I just have fallen in love with
    Keyana136 Keyana136
    2 Responses Nov 9, 2015
    mikaellann mikaellann
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 9, 2015

    It's not about how skinny you are,

    how far you get, or how fast you get there. It's about feeling your legs giving out yet still move. It really makes you lose the sense of self limitation.
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox
    18-21, M
    Oct 14, 2015

    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
    51-55, M
    1 Response Feb 23, 2015

    Last year I ran my first actual 5k run.

    I made a rookie mistake and ran for practice crazy hard 2 days before my big run. Then wore myself out and hurt my calves. I ran the 5k anyways because I had already signed up. I was going to finish it one way or the other, I told myself. 29mins and shin splints later I stumbled...
    SandInABottle SandInABottle
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Aug 5, 2015

    I don't run physically

    but more emotionally I get hurt or scared of something happening I run and sometimes blow up that bridge always have
    silentpoet23 silentpoet23
    18-21, M
    1 Response Feb 10, 2016

    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
    1 Response May 15, 2007

    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
    Mar 25, 2015

    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
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Apr 7, 2015

    Just started my training

    for another half marathon. It's not until February but I have disc problems in my lower back that I need to be careful with. I hope to beat my pb of 1:46. I love running, it's a great way to escape.
    Daisy06 Daisy06
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Sep 24, 2015

    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
    36-40, F
    Apr 9, 2015

    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

    I run 3 and 1/4 miles 5 out of every 7 days.

    And I walk my dogs 3 miles every day. I have only been running for a short time, but so far I love it.
    Move4Word Move4Word
    51-55, M
    Mar 24, 2016

    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
    46-50, F
    Nov 3, 2014

    I'm running at the mcquaid invitational

    tomorrow! My first competition run of the season!
    tmartin18 tmartin18
    22-25, M
    Oct 2, 2015

    I ran a relay race through one of the most

    scenic areas of the U.S. this past weekend. So beautiful! And I'm so thankful I can run.
    lynnieruns lynnieruns
    46-50, F
    Sep 22, 2015

    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

    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
    6 Responses Oct 12, 2013

    I have a long run coming up in the morning.

    we'll long to me I am going to go for ten miles. it will be my longest run yet
    franky2222 franky2222
    51-55, M
    1 Response Sep 24, 2015

    Great run this morning.

    Ready for the day
    txbabygirl txbabygirl
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Mar 25, 2015

    Hello runners! Give me some advice.

    I wake up 5am and go run. i run about 2,5km. My run finish at 5.45am. Am i running fast? i drink milk and after run ive shower. i do it every morning
    Natureismagic Natureismagic
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Oct 7, 2015

    Welding the lawnmower back together; my

    surprise morning activity. I'm super excited about how much better I'm going to feel after this run. Also, I'll still have time to be showered before my Seminoles take the field.
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    Nov 7, 2015

    I love to run. It's a great keep fit technique

    included in my gym and swim routine. When I am at home with my parents I join my Dad each morning when he goes for his run. I've done this for several years throughout my teenager years and even in the summer recess at university. I think running is a great inexpensive...
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jul 5, 2015

    I wake up early I get ready

    for my work . I run to chase for the local. I run with the time to see how much it would take to reach my destination. I chase the target to achieve it. I run from the office to quickly get home to text my fellow loved one's. I am a runner and I am always in hurry.
    Juffed Juffed
    22-25, M
    Jan 15, 2016

    Usually it's because I'm late

    for my train but I do run as part of my fitness regime. My ballet master gets frustrated with me but then I'm not likely to look to bring a professional dancer now, much to more of his frustration. Running is a cost effective aspect but you should try avoiding running on...
    Banyousbabe Banyousbabe
    22-25, F
    Feb 16, 2016

    10 more days until the race I feel pumped

    and prepared and so does my partner!!!! In 8 days my friend will be here to see myself and another girlfriend run a half marathon. Our first! Woohoo, that was an amazing 10. So ready for some steak and avocado tacos :)
    wantingtobehappy84 wantingtobehappy84
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Dec 2, 2015

    I love feeling the wind in my hair

    and the sense of freedom I get, also the great feeling of peace when I run through a forest. I think more people should be running, it's quite ridiculous to see girls my age gasping for air after one lap...
    LikeICare13 LikeICare13
    13-15, F
    1 Response Mar 18, 2016

    Long run on the beach at sunset.

    .. Nothing beats this feeling.
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    1 Response Oct 9, 2015

    is it weird that I only run

    for a reason Like when I play soccer or football my gym teacher recently recommended me to do track but I don't feel like doing it
    HellishAnime914 HellishAnime914
    13-15, M
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2016

    I'm always running for answers.

    .. trying to convince myself that I've done things, that I've lived a good live. everytime I touch a keyboard or a pencil... I have this deep urge to write my life story or, to put my heart and soul into whatever I'm writing, but... I always know that in putting to much into it...
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    1 Response Feb 27, 2016

    Ahhhh waking up at 5 am to go run on a Sunday

    morning is the best felling ever !!!!!!
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    5 Responses Aug 30, 2015

    Marathon tomorrow! I'm not ready

    for this! (My first full marathon ever).
    lynnieruns lynnieruns
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Oct 3, 2015

    Is funny I never thought myself capable of it,

    like really capable of it and I am not even obese or sick is just a mental block,a stupid mental block that was making me blind all the way.I could have done this years before. Anyway long story short today I celebrate my first 30 minutes of slow running.
    Sheiriam Sheiriam
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jul 14, 2015

    December 18th I was back in my home state of OK

    checking on kids and parents. It had been a brutal week and the Friday night before I left I went to run. I was on interval training day pacing faster than normal and hit a spot on the sidewalk that was moreelevated but not visible and went DOWN hard. Landed on my hands and left...
    Indianrunnergirl Indianrunnergirl
    56-60, F
    Feb 27, 2016

    I am doing a run in June 2016

    for the mental health charity mind. who would be interested in donating to my just giving page?
    pbarn pbarn
    31-35, M
    Jan 31, 2016

    Wow! I feel great!!! Just ran the 5 km super

    slow- 5-6 mins running then 2-3 mins walking- took 40 mins but no pain in my knee! It felt wonderful! I thought I floated on a cloud out of there!
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    2 Responses Jul 15, 2015

    Running clears my mind

    as I listen to my rhythmic breathing. It makes me feel powerful and strong. When I run I feel like I can do anything. I feel free and in control. I can go anywhere. And I feel happy.
    jenjen1500 jenjen1500
    16-17, F
    Nov 29, 2015

    I am having the hardest time in the world

    finding decent trail running shoes. Does anyone have a recommendation?
    biscuitstiq biscuitstiq
    26-30, T
    4 Responses Sep 30, 2015
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