Let’s talk about running for a minute.
I like to call myself a runner. Being a runner isn’t about how far you go or how fast you can run – it’s about having a love and passion for running. That is what makes you a runner.
And let’s not even talk about the word “jogger”…it reminds me of the 80’s
Like most runners, I always want to share my love for running with everyone around me. I desperately want everyone I know to run with me (even if I just met them!) and I want them to love it too. The reality is that not many people actually want to run (either for exercise or for fun).
It’s one of those things that people either love or despise. And the people who hate it usually don’t like it because it’s hard.
And I would bet that if you asked someone who loves running if they think it’s hard, they will answer with a YES! For most people it doesn’t come easy and isn’t always fun, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t rewarding.
I truly believe that anyone can do it! But there are a few common misconceptions I often hear about running that tend to hold people back. Let’s clear some of those up:
- I can’t run the entire distance – When people say they “ran” a race (5k, 10k, half marathon, etc.) that doesn’t automatically mean they ran the whole thing. I know you’re thinking “whaaat?” but yes, it’s true. I would say 85% of people take breaks to walk. The secret is out! Don’t ever be embarrassed to take a walking break.
- I’m too slow to be a runner – There is no set pace that distinguishes a “runner” from a non-runner. If you are running a 15 minute mile, it is still running – just the same as it is for the guy with a 7 minute mile pace.
- Running a race is too hard – Running a race doesn’t mean you have to go out and un as fast as you can. Just go at your own pace and do what feels comfortable to you. The point isn’t to win, but to challenge yourself and have a good time (unless you’re Kenyan, then your goal is probably to win).
- I don’t have time to run that much – Good news! You don’t have to train every day to be able to run your first race. Everyone has different goals, but just a couple times a week is all it takes. Even if you just have 20 minutes twice a week to run, it is still training.
- People will know it’s my first race – It’s nearly impossible to tell if it’s your first time running a race or 100th. No one will know if it’s you first race ever or even if it’s your first race for that distance (unless you show up wearing jeans and flip flops haha). Runners are some of the friendliest people – just strike up a conversation with anyone at the starting line and you’ll see what I mean! Runners love to talk about running
- I am running a race with a friend… – When you sign up to run a race with a friend, that doesn’t mean you have run the entire thing with them (but you most certainly can!). They key on this one is to talk about a game plan before the race. Running with a friend can be lots of fun, but it it can also be challenging if you have different goals in mind.
Most runners I know (myself included) could barely run around the block when they started – it takes time to build up the miles, why not give it a try?
Everyone has their reasons for why they love running. My reason is simple: I love the feeling of finishing a race, crossing that finish line is worth it every time. That’s why I do so many races, it makes the training worth it for me. If you’re a runner too, why do you love to run?
Last week I ran my 4th half marathon. But naturally it didn’t take long for me to decide on the next race for my calendar:
Wait there’s more!
I have partnered with The Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon Series as an Ambassador of Good Health Blogger to blog about my training – and to offer you ladies the chance to win a free entry in the 5k event of your choice:
They have also given me a discount code to share with my readers to register for either the half marathon or the 5k here in Arizona. Just enter one of these codes at the time of registration:
$10 off Half Marathon registration: BLOGGERWHM
$5 off the 5k registration: BLOGGER5K
So who is going to run this race with me?!?
Maybe you’ve always wanted to train and run a 5k? Maybe you want to run one a little faster than the last? Maybe you’ve been injured or took a break and want to get back into running? Or perhaps you’re crazy like me and just love to run races Here’s your chance to win a free entry to run the 5k event of your choice!
How to enter:
Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to run this race.
Want a bonus entry?? You can do any (or all of the following):
- Subscribe to The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie via RSS or email. Come back and let me know that you subscribe in an additional comment.
- Follow @marvelousfoodie on Twitter or like the Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie Facebook Page. Come back and let me know you’ve followed or liked in an additional comment
- Like Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon on Facebook or follow @WomensHalf on Twitter. Come back and let me know that you’ve liked or followed them in an additional comment.
- Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a comment telling me where you’ve shared it!
How it works: Entries for this giveaway will close on Friday August 3rd 2012 at midnight. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org and announced here on the blog on August 6th.