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Running Experiences

Last night on my run I was reflecting on running and my experiences with it, positive and negative. I thought it might be a good series to start on my blog.

When I first started my blog, running was a huge topic for me as it was a really big part of my life. I was in the midst of training for races, including a half marathon. I was at my peak level of fitness and honestly the happiest I had ever been in running.

Somehow running became more of a chore to me, so a break was necessary to get my mind in a better place with running. Post break, I love running again and I try to incorporate it into my life as much as I can. It just doesn’t run my life anymore.

As I begin training for my next endeavors and continuing to enjoy my running journey, I thought occasional posts about various running experiences and moments in my life could be fun, motivating for me, and maybe give insight to anyone else who runs or wants to get into running. I’m not saying I’m an expert, but I do have decent experience and have learned a lot from my coaches, teammates, nutritionists, trainers, etc. over the years.

These are some of the topics I would like to dive into more!

1. How I got into running

2. My first races (4th and 5th grade lol)

3. High school running

4. Fun runs

5. Running camps

6. Nutrition and running

7. Injuries from running

8. 5ks and 10ks

9. Running with a nonprofit

10. Transition to running in college

11. Half marathon experiences

12. Breaks from running

13. How my runs are different in Chicago

14. Key learnings from running

Hopefully some of these topics will be interesting to all of you! Definitely share any running stories or experiences in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Running Experiences”

  1. I’d love to read all of those topics from you! I find one of my issues when it comes to running is running consistently. I’m trying to find a running schedule within my regular schedule but I seem to end up only running once a week when I used to run three or four times during the week during the summer. I also don’t use a running plan, it’s more of making it up as I go. I should probably look into a running plan for my 10k training.

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    1. I have to agree about the consistency part of running. I have weeks where I’m super motivated and running all the time. And other weeks where I barely squeeze in 1 or 2 runs or don’t run at all. That’s something I am working on! It’s hard to balance it with working and doing all of the other things I need to get done.

      I feel like I am a make it up as I go kind of runner too. In high school I always had coaches to tell me what to run, but now I just kind of feel out each run. Some days I want to go faster or further and other days I just want to run to run even if I only go a mile or 2. Plans can definitely be motivating though so that’s something I should look more into too. Or at least finally pick a race to do lol! I’m really excited to hear more about your training for the 10k!!

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      1. I try not to be too hard on myself if I can’t run as much as I want. Because it does take some time out of your schedule, and it depends on where I run, either in my neighborhood or at the track at work.

        Well it’s humanly possible for me to run four miles haha. I ran four sort-of-messy miles yesterday. I think I could probably run 6 miles; I just need the time and the motivation. I’m hoping to keep running my normal three miles and start working in four miles for a month or so, then start running four and five miles, and then work up to 6.2 for a 10k. My race is in March, so I still have some time for training. I hope to post monthly updates with my training up until the race!

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      2. Yeah running can be a process. I always have to plan in advance, especially if I’m going to try to do it before or during work at the gym.

        Training and running takes time, but having a race to train for usually helps a lot! I think if you just keep slowly building up like you plan to, you should be set. I’d recommend trying to do a distance a bit more than a 10k during training to help build some confidence in your race! It always helped me when I was training for races knowing I could run further than I was planning to race.

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      3. You definitely have more confidence in me than I do if you’re suggesting I run more than a 10k haha. I hope I can run 6 miles a few times before the race in March… right now 7 miles seems a little much but who knows haha.

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