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Turn On The Music And Run

Over my running years I’ve gone back and forth between no music while I run and having music.  Usually, when I run inside on the treadmill I listen to music to pass the time and keep it interesting.   However, when I run outside, most often, I leave music at home.   Mostly, I do this because I find music a distraction.  Technical issues and mechanical failures aside, I find it also distracts me from my run.  I find that without music I “stay in my run” and get more out of it.  I’m able to concentrate on my form and pace better.

Having said that, sometimes music might be just what you need. I’ve been struggling with running a lot lately.  I’ve struggled to find time. I’ve struggled to set goals.  And I’ve struggled to improve.  Today,  I decided to change it up and take some music with me on my run.  And to my surprise it really helped.  It took my mind of some aches and pains when I got started and to my surprise didn’t seem to distract me as much as it has in the past.  Perhaps I’ve grown as a runner more than  I thought?

The moral of the story is, you’re a runner so get out there and run!  And, if you need to, turn on the music.


Someone Is Always Faster – An Older Wiser Runner Knows This

It’s not like I’ve been running around with the illusion that I’m a fast runner, or faster than most, or even faster than many… Maybe faster than some. However, at my best I’m a middle of the pack runner.

During my run today I was reminded of this fact. It was about four  in the afternoon, sunny and in the low sixties. Perfect day for a run.  I was about two or so miles into it, feeling pretty good, I had just started to settle into my run.  Just then, some young guy blew past me, probably running a good minute faster.  To be fair, my day started off at 6am when my youngest got up.  And consisted of laundry, lots of playing with the kids, and cutting the grass. I’m not saying I would of kept up with this guy if I was just starting off my day.  I’m just saying my day had been pretty full and his had mostly likely just started.  Or, I’m just trying to save my ego…

Nevertheless, I stayed on pace and kept myself in my run.  However, it wasn’t so long ago that I would have tried to keep up, or at least would speed up so it wouldn’t look so easy to blow past me.  Just another futile effort to save my ego.   But, if I had, it would have been  to the detriment of my run.

You see,  I was on a six mile run. Which is not a terribly long distance, but for me lately that is a long run.  I’m trying to get my training back on track, it’s been off for probably more than a year now.  The point is, no matter if you’re on a training run or in a race you need to run your run and run your race. If you let somebody else dictate your run and get you off your game, you may not get from your run what you set out to….

Can’t talk about being wise without Yoda!

The Affect of a Fun Run

In my first running blog post I noted that I began running local races about five years ago.  That race was a local 5k in it’s second year(now in it’s sixth) and occurs before the Memorial Day Parade in my town.  It’s a really fun race that I’ve run every year since and plan to run again this year.  Running this race really opened me up to running.  I had so much fun I ran a couple other 5ks that year.  In the years that followed I ran more 5ks, some 10ks, and a couple half marathons.

With this race coming up soon I’ve been reflecting on the affect these types of runs have on our communities and those of us who participate.  Most of these runs are held to benefit a worthy cause.  Anything from fighting cancer or some other horrible disease, to supporting animal rights or local schools.  But, the benefit to the community often goes much deeper then just the charity or cause it supports.  And the impact on the runner can be long lasting, and perhaps life changing.

These races promote healthy living teaching adults and children alike about the benefits of a healthy life style.  In my case, I was already a runner.  But, the previous year when I watched the race I was motivated to give it a try and here I am five years later still running races.  Perhaps in other cases, people who have never run are motivated to run or to start exercising in some way.

Additionally, they provide a way for runners as a community to compete and participate in their sport.  That sense of community  helps to motivate recreational runners to keep running as well as new runners to start.

Finally, because these local runs are usually 5ks and in many cases have a 1mile run it allows runners of any level to participate.

Now I’m a Runner…Or Have I Been?

Running has been a part of my life for a long time.  I’ve been an active runner and running local 5k, 10k, and half marathons  for 5 years.  Prior to that, running was an on and off again part of my exercise routine for at least 10 years.  I even ran track in high school a couple of years, albeit badly.  Yet, for some reason I didn’t consider myself a runner until somewhat recently(last few years).

Even after I began to run local races I didn’t equate myself as a “runner”.  If someone asked, or it came up in conversation, I’d say “I run but I’m not a runner”.  For me, I think I had some idea in my head of what a runner was.   Like I had to be able to run a certain distance or speed.  Maybe I thought I had to look a certain way.  Or perhaps, I worried that other people thought those things and wouldn’t take me seriously if I said I was a runner.

Over time as I ran more races, began reading about running,  and met more runners I found out that this wasn’t the case.  In fact, I learned that running as a sport, recreation, and competition is open to all types of runners.  Those that fit the stereotype and those that don’t.

For me, I found that running is first a competition with oneself.  As such, determining if your’re a runner is really up to you. There is no minimum speed, distance, age, or body weight required.  It doesn’t matter if you’re training for a marathon or running to keep fit.  Being a runner is about running and what you get out of it.  You define it, determine your goals, and enjoy it however you want.

In addition to health benefits some of the things I get from running are community, confidence, pride, and a clear head.

Sure, I don’t run nearly as much as I’d like to right now.  But, I’m thankful for being able to.

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