Morning Runs Really Are Worth It

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90% of my training runs have been morning runs. When I started running for weight loss I was doing most of it after work because the idea of getting up at 5:30 to run seemed crazy to me. After deciding to sign up for a half marathon I realized that the running required to meet my goal was going to require more time than I was willing to give away from my family. Unless, I did it while they slept, so morning runs became my thing. Continue reading Morning Runs Really Are Worth It

Sometimes I wonder why I run!

Running doesn't love me2I have been pretty lucky since getting this new running life started. I haven’t had any major injuries that put an end to my trying for an extended period of time. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had injuries though. I can almost guarantee that if you decide to step up a level from just walking to some serious training that  involves running you will pay some sort of price. There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of injury, and most likely you can avoid any serious stuff, but you will have pains. Continue reading Sometimes I wonder why I run!

Shoes…Runners Best Friend or Worst Nightmare

Shoe imageIt goes without saying that a runner has a special relationship with his/her shoes. You may assume that most long time runners figure out what they like and stick with it until the end (or until they are discontinued). So as a new runner you may ask around and see what your “runner” friends suggest.

Here is the problem with that…people have different types of feet and feet change. Your shoe needs can change for many reasons, most notably injury and age. Running shoe manufacturers make shoes to work with all different types of feet. Some people have extremely high arches and some people have no arch. These people have drastically different shoe needs. So seeing that your really fast friend down the street runs all the time in Asics doesn’t mean you should go out and buy a pair of Asics. Continue reading Shoes…Runners Best Friend or Worst Nightmare

Running….everyone is doing it!

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It may not always seem like it when you are out there on a long run by yourself, but running has been seeing a big surge in popularity over the last several years. 5K races are still by far the most popular race, but the half marathon is the fastest growing race distance. As a matter of fact the number of people that have raced a half has nearly doubled in the last decade.

Don’t get discouraged when you are out there alone, but also don’t feel like you have to be out there alone. Look for people to run with. Put a note up on this site or just start asking around. You may be surprised how many people will be willing to join your run.

You win some and you lose some…wait if you are up and moving you just win.

Ideal day for a runnerIt’s amazing how much a win of some kind can improve your moral. Maybe its a PR, maybe its losing more weight than you expected that week, it could even be someone noticing the changes in your body/life and mentioning it. The important thing is to ride the emotional wave that creates for as long as possible.

There is nothing wrong with feeling good about our accomplishments. Just like we shouldn’t feel guilty for being down when things don’t go as good. It really sucks to go out for a 10 mile run and have to turn back at mile 3 because you feel like crap and you know it just isn’t going to happen or you feel the start of an injury. You don’t have to pretend that doesn’t bother you, but at the same time you can’t let the hard times set you back. Push on and see if you can fix the issue for next time. Continue reading You win some and you lose some…wait if you are up and moving you just win.

One way to get unstuck

speed workAfter you have ran for a while it is common to end up feeling stuck. Maybe you have done 20 5ks and never broke 21 or even 30 minutes or maybe you have been trying to get to where you can just run 3.1 miles without walking. This is a common complaint from runners. The big plateau! You hit was seems like your ceiling and there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do to go to the next level.

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Run Richmond feels more real as of right now!

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Well the next step is getting closer. The website is in the works…as you can clearly see. When it is finished there will be a list of times and places for group runs, maps for places to run, a page for info about running gear, upcoming races (events) and hopefully a lot more interesting stuff.

Run Richmond first became a dream of mine less than two weeks ago so I am very excited about the momentum being built. I have had numerous conversations with local businesses and leaders that want to find ways to partner with Run Richmond. Please be patient as this gets going, but I have big plans for Run Richmond and eventually it will all come together. Continue reading Run Richmond feels more real as of right now!