Friday, May 27, 2011

The Truth About Running

I've been busy gathering first-hand info on running from other runners I know.  Sometimes, if you just Google info on running, you end up being confronted with info solely targeted at marathon runners or even triathalon contenders.  Well, sorry  Google, but that ain't all of us.    We need more info for the everyday runner, not just those that qualify for the Boston Marathon.  So where better to get info than people that have the same running habits that you do.  I'm not saying I didn't tap people who have run marathons, they are in there too, but I also have my own experiences and experiences from people that are around my same level.  This way, we get a broad spectrum of advice, tips, and other info.  In other words, we get the truth about running.

The Truth:

"I recommend switching up your route.  If you keep running the same streets day in and day out, you will get bored and your running days will be over."
-Kristan Alford 

"The only tip I have for beginners is that you have to start somewhere. It can be a mile or two but you have to start your run somewhere and I can promise you that it will get easier every day. Before you know it you will be running 5 miles very strong! Anyone can enjoy running and become a 'runner'."
-Megan Porter

"My advice for beginners is GET THE RIGHT SHOES!! Also take it slow even if you know you can go farther, ease into the distance to avoid injury."
-Josh Stuart

"You will, most likely, HATE your first run.  You will, probably, HATE your second run, but not as much as the first.  You will, perhaps, HATE your third run, but not nearly as much as the first and second one.  Seeing a pattern here?  Running works your entire body and that's hard on us, especially if we aren't used to exercise.  But it gets easier and you get surprisingly stronger rather quickly.   One day you'll look in the mirror and think, 'Where did all these muscles come from?'"

Please comment!  What tips do you have or have been told by others?  Please share your experiences so we can all benefit.


cleggclan said...

Do you know where I can get a list of the races being held in my area? I saw your link to the Teton Running Events Calendar. How do I find something like that for Cache Valley or even SLC?

Anna said...

I found this link for you, Trina.,7912,s6-239-283-284-0-0-0-0-UT,00.html

It lists races throughout Utah.

Let me know if the link doesn't work.

Anna said...

I found this link too.

cleggclan said...

THANKS Anna! Both links worked. Fyi. I have a friend that was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She doesnt have insurance so they wont schedule her surgery until she has made a downpayment of $11,000! I am planning on putting together a 5k in our area to raise money for her medical costs. Both of these links helped me to get the information I needed. She is a big runner and has done Ragnar for the last 5 years. Doing a 5k for her will be a perfect fit. Do you have any suggestions about what makes a race good?