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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Running Strengths

Christina at Lazy Bones Running asks "What are your running strengths?"  I like this question because I've been feeling down and unmotivated lately.  I figured that answering it would make me feel a little more positive.  So, here are my thoughts:

Even if I don't want to, I get out there.  It's rare for me to have a big gap in my running, unless I am on vacation or sick.  After I ran the Disney Marathon in 2007, I took several months off of running and didn't start running again until May.  This was a BAD decision, and I paid for it with a horrible, awful season where I started basically back from square one.  A year later, I made a promise that I wouldn't do that again and I've maintained a base of at least 10 miles ever since (2 1/2 years now).

I am also out regardless of the weather.  I own a treadmill, so I take it inside if need be.  Excuses do not usually keep me from running.  I've run on the treadmill for as long as 13 miles at a time.  I've done training runs at weird hours and in weird places, so that I can get them in.  I found places to run when blizzards blocked my normal trail.  I have woken up as early as 3:00am to beat the heat, and I've done long runs in when temperatures dipped into the teens.  I've run in snowy weather, I've run in nor'easters.  During this past winter, a group of us once slid under a fence in order to get into a gated community to run.  We get out there, regardless.

Relatively speaking, anyways.  I'm not out there running ultras (and I doubt that I ever will), but I run a lot of miles for training and I don't really mind doing it.  For example, even though I'm only running a half marathon this fall, my longest training run was 16 miles.  I know I can get through that 13.1 miles, and my endurance is pushed far past what it needs to be.  I keep telling my running group, "We might be slow, but we sure can run a lot of miles!"

Which is apparently really a word (I looked it up!).  I don't try to kill myself out there.  I don't do tons of races, and I keep my long runs slow.  I do train for speed on shorter runs, but I don't do anything that would risk injury.  Even though I get out there regardless of weather or other excuses, I don't run if I think it will cause injury.  I don't take risks, because I want to keep running for the rest of my life.

What about you?  What are your running strengths?


Tricia said...

Determination. No matter what: I'm getting it done. It may suck, it may be slow, I may want to quit...but I do it.

And am always glad I did. :)

misszippy said...

Love your running determination--that's the stuff that will keep you running for years to come!

I'm very similar. I'm also very good at finding a pace and keeping it.

marathonmaiden said...

i'm going to go ahead and call determination stubbornness in my case. i'm not very good at letting things go which totally motivates me to do my best

i'll also have to say heart because when i run i put sooooo much into it!

Marlene said...

Great idea to look at your strengths.

I'd like to think I'm determined and committed... I know what I need to do and I do it. Things like busy schedules, weather, etc. do not get in the way!

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