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The First Step to a Running Lifestyle

March 5, 2016        Lindsey N. Dyn

The First Step to a Running Lifestyle

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Like many runners, I first took up running as a way to get back into shape.  Little did I know that that first jog around my college track would lead to a running obsession. 

 

Growing up playing sports, running was a necessary part of my athletic life.  A means to an end.  Punishment.  No, literally punishment.  Poor performance on the field from one led to repeated laps around the soccer field or high school track.  Thus began my love/hate relationship with running.  At some point in every runner’s life, I think we have a love/hate relationship (however brief) with running.  You could fall in a rut (prolonged hate – well maybe hate is too strong of a word) or that point where you hit the wall could spark the hatred inside (but don’t worry, you will push through it).  However I often think that the love of running prevails.  How could it not?  You’re here reading this blog, so obviously part of running has captured your heart.  And that’s the great thing about running.  People can come to the running field with drastically different motivations – but once you catch the running bug, it becomes part of you – and you become part of the greater running community.

 

The running community, as you already know, or soon will come to know, is comprised of individuals with such big hearts.  It’s evidenced from everything like the big gestures of the thousands of dollars more than hundreds of runners have raised for charities to the small impact of a fellow runner stopping just to ask if you’re doing okay when they see a runner in distress.  I have witnessed both firsthand and experiences like this remind me every day of why I’m proud to consider myself a runner.

 

So how do you define a runner?  I’m disheartened to hear people say, “Well, I’m not a real runner” even when I see them out for a run at lunch or plugging away on the treadmill.  Well, I counter – why not?  If you run, you are a runner.  You don’t have to run fast (I consider myself a ‘middle-to-back-of-the-pack’er) and you don’t have to run any required distance.  Maybe you use the run/walk method – guess what – still a runner in my book.  And – depending on the distance – I totally endorse the run/walk method, no questions asked.  It helped me complete a 100K ultramarathon.  Had I attempted to run the entire distance, I very well may have had to drop out, like many of my competitors ended up doing.  I didn’t run the entire course, but I finished.  The point is, how a runner is defined is up to you.  Don’t sell yourself short.  By coming to this page, you have taken the first step in your running journey.  Let me help you where I can along the way.

 

Now lace up those shoes, and get moving!

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Until next time, happy running!