National Running Day

by Alyssa on June 7, 2013

Wednesday was National Running Day. I only got a 3 mile run in, but I ran.

Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on building my strength through lifting, so it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a nice long run. This week, I am sure  I will get some good ones in there.

For some people, running comes easy. You may see my fitness updates on Facebook, Instagram, Daily Mile, and Twitter and think that it’s easy for me to pull out a good 5 mile run, but it’s NOT. I actually struggle a lot with running, but to me the benefits and fulfillment I receive from running outweigh the struggle. I have to work up to running a few miles, and if I don’t work up to it and just pull it out, I have a longer recovery time to go through before another good run. Usually I have to wait a few days before running again.

 

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This is why running two half marathons last fall was such a success for me. I didn’t make a great time, but I know I finished and pushed through the hip pain I was experiencing. I know I could have trained better, but getting my body to be able to run a consecutive 13.1 miles in about 2 hours is considered a success in my mind.

I played soccer throughout high school, and while I enjoyed running during the game, I absolutely dreaded it outside of the sport. Conditioning in pre-season was an absolute nightmare to me.

As for my love of running, it all started when I was in my last year of college.

 

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I didn’t play soccer because it was too much for my schedule, and I wanted a life outside of the sport, so I slacked and didn’t exercise for two years. I did go on the elliptical and treadmill sporadically, but I hated it.

During the beginning of my junior year, I began dating my ex-boyfriend. He was slash is and always was into healthy eating and working out. Those people that get up at 4AM and go to the gym – yup that was him.

Well, as it goes when you spend so much time with a certain person, some of their habits eventually rub off on you.I saw him run daily and set race goals and become one of the fastest runners in his hometown race every year.

Seeing anyone do this would inspire someone. So, I decided to start running on my own and even participated in my first 5K with him the next 4th of July.

In the beginning of my senior year, my roomie and I went to the gym and ran every single day for about 3 months and ran a 1 mile race that November. I finished with a 9 minute pace.

After that, I continued running, but only a maximum of 3 miles. I wasn’t motivated enough to push myself to go passed that.

As I had previously mentioned, I had put off running a half marathon for a long distance relationship, which only lowered my motivation.

Then, during the spring, a year after we had graduated, my ex and I broke up. I suddenly had all of this freedom to do what I wanted and it was the perfect time to sign up for my half marathons. After all, instead of traveling every weekend, I could now run.

And the rest is history.

Once I got over the 3 mile hump, I found a superior love for running. I found myself, and I felt grounded.

 

 

How did you get into running?

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Christopher Malenab (@chrismalenab) June 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I got into running because it allowed me to explore the world and appreciate the world around me. I was most influenced by my godson who was born with sever disabilities and will never be able to run or walk or stand on his own. He is a blessing in my life who has taught me how to appreciate what we have in life and never ever take our motor skills fore-granted. So I run for him and myself.
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Alyssa June 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

That’s a great story. I love having things like that to look at as blessings. Go you! <3

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Lora June 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Three miles is better than no miles! :D It’s good that you run, even though you find it difficult. GO YOU!
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Alyssa June 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Thanks girl! :)

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AmyC @ running escapades June 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I love reading how people got started. I used to run all the time as an athlete, but that all slowed down after college. After gaining some weight, I needed to get active again and found running worked for me. After my first 5K, I was hooked on races and have been going ever since! Happy Friday!
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Alyssa June 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Keep it up! I can’t wait to explore your blog!

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Caroline Thomas June 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Three miles is great..more than I did today! Great job!
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Alyssa June 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Thanks! :)

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Matilda June 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I never get sick of hearing peoples stories of how they got into running, as ever story is different.

As for me, I got into running cause I had ‘run a 5km fun run’ on my list of things to achieve. I also saw running as the epitome of being fit. You can read more about my story on my blog. I also did a recent spotlight on a friends blog too. But like you the rest is history, couldn’t give up running now, I enjoy it too much.
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Alyssa June 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I love reading them too! I’ll have to check your story out :)

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