Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Runners Unite!

As you may already know, I've been trying to become a runner for the past couple of weeks.  I frequent the gym and keep track of my progress as I'm trying to prepare to run a 5k this June.  There are some things that I've noticed about myself:

1) I run best at night - I don't know why, but for some reason, when I go to the gym in the evening, I have more energy and end up having better runs.  The only problem with this is that I have night class 3 nights a week, leaving only Monday and Friday nights as my only options for a fulfilling run (I don't like going to the gym on the weekend).
2) I can't run too close to when I eat and yet I can't run too far away from when I last about confusing!
3) I'm a sneak peeker...I like to check out the time and distance on the treadmill making my run feel all the more longer.
4) I get discouraged VERY easily.  If I have a bad run one day (this happens more often than not), I automatically think that I'm digressing and will never become a good runner.
5) I am very hesitant to run outside - I don't know why, I'm just certain that if I do, I'll have a bad run (refer to number 4).

From reading all your blogs, I've noticed that I'm not the only blogger who is trying to get her run on.  I'm wondering, if you've been trying to run, are running or have been running since you exited the womb, do you have any tips, suggestions, links, etc. to help us runners keep our heads up and continue to progress.  I'd LOVE to hear from you!


  1. I am working on a post all about my adventures in half marathon training. I was going to wait til next week to post it, (I worry that if I post too many things in a row I will run out of ideas - is that wierd??) but since you asked I'll go ahead and post it tomorrow. It's probably way more than you asked for though :)

  2. Kari! I'm trying to do the couch to 5k app on my itouch...its pretty great, and helpful! i like you!

  3. i'll tell you everything i've learned about running. but first- yay! running! i'm so proud of you and you've set a wonderful goal. 5ks are fun, and just challenging enough.
    I made a bad decision and signed up (re:paid a lot of money) to run the half marathon in nashville on april 24th. i had been training, but then i got sick and it took me off my training for like weeks. bad news for this little lady.

    but here is what i know:
    1. treadmills vs running outside- they are convenient with their mileage tracking & clocks & pace stuff, BUT running outside is a whole different ball game. the treadmill kind of moves your legs for you, but outside you have to push yourself forward. its much different- BUT much better. pick somewhere pretty to run!
    2. i get discouraged easily too. i like to stop and walk- always. but- if you are consistent, you will be able to run better and further... you just have to be patient. one day you will go running and just be able to go 3 miles without realizing it!
    go you!

  4. Kari! I haven't been running much lately but I used to run so... Anyway, go run outside! It is so much better than the treadmill! You have a wonderfully patient husband who loves you and runs so I would suggest going with him a few days to get a route figured out (like 1.5 or 2 miles) then you could go on your own! I think the best things about going outside are A: you don't have that awful clock on the treadmill to remind you of anyway B: You can't just quit when you get discouraged (I am like that too) you have to at least get yourself back home.
    PS While I think it would be good to get a little help from your hubby, I personally can't stand running with mine b/c he is way faster than me. So it might be a good idea to have him get his own run over then go with you as a sort of cool down that way you can set the pace :)

  5. hi kari! so glad i found your blog! i'm trying to run now (doing the same app as jenna) and i've NEVER been a runner. i've been running outside on a really nice trail. i'm really enjoying it, especially with the weather being so nice. i do think the treadmill is easier in general, but especially on my old woman joints. i say whatever works for you and keeps you going is most important. just remember to pace yourself, set small goals, and build up your endurance slowly. good luck!


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