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Thursday, June 25, 2009

TIART: Oh, The Things I Didn't Know

This week's Take it and Run Thursday theme is ... Yeah, no one ever told me this about running....  Now that you are a runner, what is something you have learned about running that no one ever told you before.   You didn't read it in a book, a blog or hear it from a friend or another runner.  Or...maybe you did, but you didn't understand it or remember it until you learned it yourself.

Since I was never athletic in general, there are a lot of things that I didn't know about sports, let alone running.  But, let's just talk about a few things:

  1. I didn't know how social running could be.  I always figured that you just spend your time dying, breathing hard and working.  But, no.  Running is so very social and I love my running friends.  We have tons of conversations about lots of things (and that is next week's topic!).  Maybe if I'd known how much quality time I'd get to spend with awesome people, I'd have started running earlier.
  2. I was surprised to find that, for me at least, while 5ks seem to be the easy choice and they way to go, once I started running longer, I never wanted to go back to the 3.1 mile distance.  You have to maintain a tough pace to be competitive.  Longer distance seems so much easier to me.
  3. I definitely didn't know that running could be so damned expensive.  Between clothes (especially winter clothes), shoes, race fees, and electronic doo dads, running can be a terribly expensive sport.
  4. I didn't know how many people there are out there who are just like me.  I really thought that I was the only one who was new to running, or who had never been an athlete before.  But, the truth is, there are tons of folks who are just starting out and want to be runners.  I meet them all the time, and it rocks.
There you have it.  I'm interested in seeing what others have to say because I felt like there are tons more that I've forgotten.  

1 comment:

Irene said...

I'd much rather have the expense of running than the expense of junk I don't need. I can always justify the money I spend on anything having to do with running. :)

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