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.
It’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.
After 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.
Continue reading One way to get unstuck
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!