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Becoming a Runner

Becoming a Runner

I have been asked plenty of times “what makes you like running”

I didn’t start running long distance until I joined cross-country my sophomore year in high school. I only joined because I would have rather been with my friends and maintain my endurance for the upcoming soccer season. I quickly learned that I hated race days and instead enjoyed running in practices. One big reason why I hated race days was the anxious feeling building inside of you from the night before to the sound of the starting pistol. At the beginning of each race I would think to myself “why am I here?”

Because I have always been an active person throughout high school, I felt the need to maintain myself from feeling disgusting by running.

Running isn’t easy. It’s a mind game, and you’re seriously the only one telling yourself you can’t do it. There are days where I will decide to run 6 miles but only do 3. Those are the days that I realize that I gave into my own inner voice telling me that I couldn’t complete my goal. That is why I enjoy running. I’m challenging myself, I’m trying to beat the inner voice. I no longer race to beat others but to beat my own PR time.

 
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How to start running long distance:

3 Words:

KEEP. BUILDING. UP.

Just like when you go to the gym, you have to start doing squats using a light weight then from there you build up. The same concept goes with running. If you haven’t ran more than 3 miles before then don’t go for a 9 mile run. It ain’t gonna happen bud.

  1. Start off where you’re most comfortable. (Ex. 3 miles)

  2. Keep running 3 miles for about a week.

  3. Add a mile on a spontaneous day.

    • Think about it, if you have already ran 3 miles at the end of your run, what does it hurt to just run one more mile? Nothing.

  4. Now you can never tell yourself that you can’t run 4 miles. You already did it.

  5. Work from there. Mix your runs up from 3 to 4 miles.

  6. Keep building miles.

  7. Beat your inner voice.

When I go running with friends who have never ran more than 3 miles and I end up pushing them to run 4 miles. I always always end the workout by telling them “now you can never tell yourself you can’t run 4 miles... you already did it"

Goodbye Chaffing

Goodbye Chaffing