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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why I started running

I got an early birthday present in the mail from my dear blog friend (but feels like real life bff) Pam.  Made. My. Day.
My two favorite things.....candy and running.  It doesn't get better than that. Yes, I did rip into the bag as soon as I got it and create a border of swedish fish on the cover.
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THANK YOU PAM!!!
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I wanted to tell you about why I started running.
I started running when I was 12 years old.  My older sister insisted on going running late at night and my mom wouldn't let her go by herself.
Enter me.  The good, selfless sister that I am.  Actually, I was just obsessed with being her shadow and following her everywhere she went.  So we would go run a few miles every night at 10:30.
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(This picture is from a run last year.  I told her that I was moving to Cali for the summer and she literally stopped dead in her tracks and laid on the pavement.  She said her spirit died when I told her I was moving, bikers and runners that were passing by thought we were crazy, which we are).
When I got into high school I ran track and competed in the 1600.  I felt like since many of my family members were very talented runners, I had to run because they did.  I didn't like it and I quit and did tennis instead.
Let's fast forward to college.  I used running purely for weight loss.  Guess what....I didn't like it then either.  I didn't think about the blessing that God has given us to run and enjoy his creations all around me or the amazing feeling of accomplishment that goes along with a good run.....all I cared about was how many calories I burned and I really hated it.
I competed in a few 1/2 marathons and 5k's and did pretty good but I didn't care because I wasn't running to run I was running to mask other problems.
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Enter Billy 4 years ago.  Billy believed in me.  He made me believe that I was worth so much more than I knew.  He helped me see my potential.
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I slowly changed my mentality from exercise as a calorie burner to exercise as a passion and something that my SPIRIT NEEDED.
He gave me a garmin, running clothes and made me the best playlists ever for my birthday when we were dating.
All of the sudden I had the biggest cheerleader right along side me.
I started out running for other people - then I ran for the wrong reasons.
I didn't love running until I did it FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.  Accomplishment, mental health, my physical health, stress relief and ME TIME.
Running became my thing.  I started to CRAVE a good run.
It didn't matter if I was having a good day or a bad day.....running seemed to make everything better.
Every mile I ran my perspective on life changed a little bit.  I began to count my blessings rather than focus on my flaws.
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Who was the person that inspired you to start running or exercise?
Why did you tie up those laces for the first time and hit the streets?
Do you run for the same reasons that you used to?
-No way jose.....almost the opposite.  I do it for selfish reasons now.  There is nothing in the world like the feeling after a run.

119 Comments:

At January 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM , Blogger C2Iowa said...

Cool story and great pics.

No one really inspired me to run. It was a life changin event that thrust me into this world (divorce). It's kind of like the Forrest Gump thing - just went for a run one day and have not stopped. Now addicted.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:02 AM , OpenID fitchocoholic said...

I looove exercise as a form of having "me" time!!!!! Its when I think about my day and pray about life in general!
Great post!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:04 AM , OpenID chefkatelyn said...

I. love. Swedish Fish. Giiiirl I would eat those things for BREAKFAST.

Awe girl, I'm so glad you found your happy place in running! I'm almost there, but sometimes I can't find that happy running place and my couch is a bit more appealing;)

I definitely used to run for the same reasons you did, though. Early on in high school, I only did it as a means to burn calories and lose weight, and I hated every minute. I hope this post gets some people to start running for the RIGHT reasons:) xoxox

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:05 AM , Blogger Samantha said...

What a great story. I think its so awesome that Billy supports and motivates you. True love!!

I run for fitness and health and because it forces me to push myself and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something everytime.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:05 AM , Anonymous Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run said...

I started running for weight loss about 15 years ago. I still run to burn calories, but now I love it so much more because it's the only time when I can clear my mind and think and not have to worry about anything else about my day.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:06 AM , OpenID runthelongroad.com said...

I started running because it was something I always wanted to do. That was 9 years ago and I can honestly say I'm addicted. Running is part of my (almost) daily routine. I couldn't live without it!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:06 AM , Blogger Geneviève said...

I started running because of my mom. She would go out for 3-6 mile runs a couple times a week when I was a kid and always encouraged our family to be physically active in general. Running was an "easy" physical activity to start because all you really need is a pair of running shoes. So I ran on and off throughout highschool and university just to "stay fit", but it is this year that I truly fell in love with it. I moved to another city, away from my boyfriend, friends and family to get my masters degree. Living alone for the first time, I had to keep myself busy. Running seemed like the perfect choice. I put more confidence in myself and my body, started getting more serious about it (bought a Garmin and actually planned runs) and entered my first 10km race and am currently training for a half.
When I have a bad day, running makes it better. When everything seems to be going wrong, running makes it better. I crave my runs, I get so excited to run, I want everybody to come run with me and I just want to talk about running all the time. I am not fast, I can't comfortably do long distances yet, but it doesn't matter. Running will be with me for the rest of my life, it's something I can 100% count on.

I apologize for this being so long... it's hard not to blab on about something you feel so passionate about. <3

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:07 AM , Blogger J said...

I could so go for some swedish fish right now even if it is 8am! That looks like a great book!

I used to hate running too, but now I love it because I get to go fast (sometimes) and also I love the peace and quiet of the morning runs. Some days I just don't feel right if I don't start with a run. There is just something about being outside, alone and being able to recenter myself.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:12 AM , OpenID evamadera said...

I started running because of my personal trainer. For nearly a year I worked with a wonderful girl at my gym. I started working with her at first because I wanted to run in this 5k trail run/fundraiser for a camp I worked at a few years ago. (I didn't want to come in last.) Well, my trainer happened to be a runner and mentioned casually that we might run the Spinx half or full marathon together.
Honestly this had never crossed my mind but I always kept it there and thought I need to do this so I started running to train.
Well, that's all it took. I was hooked. By the time I actually ran the race I was addicted to running and ready to sign up for my next half (done!)and run the full marathon next october...coming soon. :D

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:21 AM , Blogger Kimberly said...

As if you couldn't be anymore awesome, you go and write such a great post. Jeez!

I had always wanted run but my efforts always seemed to be half-hearted and only with the goal of weight loss because weight loss would make boys like me. Even when I met my husband, and he loved me for me, I still tried to run and lose weight for him. Shockingly (or not really), it didn't work.

Then we inherited our lil guy, Denali. I wanted to be a good dog owner and knew exercise would be key. I figured it would be far more enjoyable for both of us if we could run 3 miles rather than walking. Slowly but surely, I got there.

And then my husband pitched running a half-marathon. I thought he was crazy but I did it. And loved it. The training, the schedule, the goal in sight. I loved the numbers improving, the challenge and accomplishment of a long run. Before I even ran the first one, I signed up for a second. Hooked, I tell you. And in love. In love with running and in love with being the person I always wanted to be.

Now, I'm still that person but running for different reasons. No race in sight or time to beat. I'm running to stay fit, active and hopefully birth a 2:00 marathoner :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:24 AM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

beautiful story, just beautiful. My dad was a runner as well. I can relate, but now its all about health and well being. God's gift to us! My husband inspires me daily. I think God uses these ups and downs for a reason, do make us stronger, wiser, and full of passion.
Cheers to you and Billy for being a great team.
xxoo
LC

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:25 AM , Blogger Jody, RD said...

I started running because of my husband, a college track coach. He'd always go for a run every afternoon so I thought it would be a good use of my time as well. A few years ago the farthest I had run continuously was 4 miles. He convinced me that I could train for a 25k and I did it! And then again the next year!

Running for me is a stress relief, a chance to have think time and a way to be competitive with myself. I like beating my time from yesterday, pushing through to my goal even though my legs are burning. It's a great feeling.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:31 AM , Blogger Crafty Jogger said...

I started running to lose weight too. I had gained 6 lbs during my first year of grad school and wanted to get back to my original weight. I started the couch to 5k plan. The weight came off quickly (through moderate diet changes and exercise), but even after I reached my goal weight... I wanted to keep running. =)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:32 AM , Anonymous Becky said...

I love your story! I started running in October '09. I had lost a good amount of weight and felt really excited, so I signed up for a 5K. It was really tough, but I cried happy tears at the finish line. For so long, I felt like my life was all wrong, but the sense of accomplishment after that race changed things. I signed up for another one and just kept going. I don't come from a family of runners, but many of them have started since I did. It's incredibly motivating and fun to run with my family.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:33 AM , Anonymous Anne said...

I was always a soccer player who despised running! My older sisters always wanted me to try running but I never would...why would I partake in something sooooo boring?! Then I got to college; no more soccer. Now what was I supposed to do with my time?? I started taking some kickboxing classes and one day decided 'hey, i'm going to go for a run!'. I don't know what exactly came over me.

I would only run 2 miles. Knowing I would be entered in a turkey trot, I had to up my mileage to 3! My love and passion sky rocketed from there. I've completed many 5&10k's, and am running my 3nd half marathon with my sister this June! One day I plan on running a full marathon, but for now, I'll stick with halfs!

I love when everyone is home for the holidays, because that means a sister run!! They are my absolute favorite runs.

When I first started, I ran because I wanted to get off my butt and was depressed about being at school. Now I run because I love it and can't get enough of it.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:33 AM , Blogger Sheanna said...

I don't really run...I DO exercise, though! As a mother of two that works full time and is basically, well, Wonderwoman, exercise is THE thing that I do for ME! Sometimes I have to be dragged kicking and screaming by my husband (only in the winter time when I want to hibernate, though), but he's a smart guy and knows that if Momma isn't happy the house isn't happy.

After a crappy, stressful day at the office nothing seems to feel better than pushing myself physically and letting it all go mentally.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:36 AM , Blogger AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

I started running b/c I had to loose weight and was the easiest thing to start...now I'm addicted and *heart* it.
Also...fyi my dear blog site www.goalsfortheweek.com, domain was taken by a computer this week. AHH! So...I have a new name: www.goals4theweek.com, so am trying to tell all bloggy peeps/followers/ etc. if you could 'follow' me there. THX

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Angie said...

What a great post!!! You're such an inspiration!!

My reasons for running were pretty similar to yours -- I started running because my sister did. She was the all star though. She won state in the mile and 1600 one year in HS and went on to run for KU where she ran a personal best of sub 18 minute 5K, 17:46 I want to say.. I kind of lost interest in running because I was never that good. However, when I saw my BF run a marathon this past spring, I knew I wanted to run another. My first marathon was in college and I just wanted to finish, and I did in 4:05! (I also used running as a weight loss mechanism in college where maintaining a certain number on the scale was just crucial in my mind!) For my second marathon I trained much harder and smarter and surprised myself with a 3:23:59 in October! I think I've fallen in love with the marathon, its so fun to train for and you can get away with exercising as much as you want! I love working towards a goal. It's what I think about before I go to sleep. Running is so much better now, I am more concerned about feeling my best and running performance rather than the # on the scale.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:40 AM , Blogger Holly said...

I only really started running this past October. I was NEVER a runner in school. My lungs just couldn't take it I guess. My SIL wanted me to run a 10K with her on T'giving, and it was the perfect opportunity for me to train and be held accountable!! I did great 1:06:45 and haven't stopped running since! I'm running a 10M at the beginning of April and still have to register for a 1/2 M at the end of April. I am always AMAZED at what my body is allowing me to do. It's like having 2 kids has made my body stronger than it was before, allowing me to do things I never thought possible!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM , OpenID girlevolving.com said...

I used to run for the wrong reasons, too, but now I run because I love it, because it's good for me, because it reminds me of the strength God has given me.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:42 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I started running to lose the weight I put on after graduating from college. All the weight came off and then some, but I can't get away from running.

It is my stress relief, and it makes me a much more calf and happy person, I used to be so wound-up and stressed constantly, and now I am so much happier with everything!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:44 AM , Blogger abbi said...

I used to run on a treadmill just to burn some calories. I didn't hate it but I didn't really enjoy it either. I entered a race and saw what it was like to push myself and starting falling in love with it. Thanks for sharing your story!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:47 AM , Blogger BeePie said...

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At January 19, 2011 at 6:49 AM , Anonymous sarah k @ the pajama chef said...

i started running when i was about 12 (jr high track) because i desparately wanted to do a sport & was no good at anything else (true story). but my dad ran CC/track in college and my mom ran for fun so it was in my genes. but i didn't learn to LOVE running til HS when my fabulous coach helped me see my potential... it's been a love story ever since. :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:52 AM , Anonymous BeePie Runs said...

Ooops! I deleted my comment. I said that I started running in college when I took "Jogging" to fulfill a PE credit. It was simply pass/fail and for two semesters I ran all over campus without an agenda. I definitely fell in love. Now I run for health - and sanity!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

I ran track and CC in HS and was decent, but I hated it. I stopped running when I got in college. (except for sprints because I played basketball.) I didnt start running again until I was about 40 pounds overweight and miserable with myself. Now I run because of the way it makes me feel. It's not always the easiest thing to get started doing but I always feel better after.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:54 AM , Blogger See.Kate.Run said...

Swedish Fish!!! I love your face, its so expressive in your pictures, it makes me feel excited to go for a run! :) Great post lady!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:56 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

If you visit my blog you'll see.... I started running because I HATED it. (hence the name of my blog) LOL... What better reason, than to take something you hate and make it something you love. No bigger challenge IMO. I have learned to not focus on how much weight I loose or gain, but fueling my body and enjoying it's potential.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:56 AM , Anonymous Katie @ Healthy Heddleston said...

I always used to hate running too. I honestly started to run last March because I was starting a job that needed you to run 1 mile under 10 minutes and 2 miles until 22 minutes and I wanted to make sure I could still do it (since I knew my times back from HS presidential fitness tests lol).

Anyway, I ended up hating that job, left the company, and had a jobless summer. So what did I do? I ran. Eventually I registered for a 5k, and I just did my first half last november. I loveee running now. Yes, there are days that I dread getting on the threadmill or going into the 15 degree weather to run, but once I'm done running I always know it was worth it.

Loveeee being able to be a commenter and not just a stalker :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:07 AM , Blogger Johann said...

Lovely post! My dad was a runner for as long as I can remember. He inspired me a lot. In 1985 he entered our whole family for a race and I ran my 1st half marathon. I've been hooked since then. In 1985 I ran my 1st marathon and ultra. My dad ran both with me from start to finish.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:10 AM , OpenID lauravirginia said...

I LOVE that you said running is a gift from God. SO true!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:10 AM , Blogger Lynn said...

I've been reading your blog for a bit but don't think I've ever commented! So, HI I'm Lynn! :) I wish I was as fast as you.. you are as fast (maybe faster!!) than my speedy boyfriend and all his running friends that I wish I could keep up with! HAHA

Anyway, My boyfriend inspired me to start running a year & a half ago. Actually, I had tried to start running before I met him but didn't know how to do it the right way (I know it's just running, but there really is a lot to know!!!) and when I met him he was training for a 1/2 marathon, and I wanted to do it too.. so he helped me train, first for a 5k, then a half marathon and now I'm training for my first FULL!! I love running because it is something I never EVER thought I could do and every single run makes me thankful for the ability to run and realize how much I am capable of if I push myself and don't give up.

Love your blog! :)

http://www.thatlynngirl.com

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM , Anonymous Michelle (The Runner's Plate) said...

I started running because I wanted to get a better time in the mile for p.e. in 5th grade. Who does that, right? So since the age of 10 I've been hooked on running.

I've pretty much always run to get faster, but as I've gotten older, there have been other reasons I appreciate it.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Meg O said...

There wasn't really one person who inspired me. I have had an on again off again relationship w running. I also tried track in hs and quit, started again in college and quit, then last year I had to have my gall bladder removed and felt sick all the time. Working out and running helped my body feel strong again. This past fall I told myself I never wanted to feel sick or weak like that again and so far I haven't because of running!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:22 AM , Blogger amanda said...

I started running because I was playing other sports and needed to stay in shape. But my freshman year of high school I joined the track team because I fell for the captain of the team. <3 I wasn't very good and did alot more jumping and throwing (and flirting) than running. Actually dated said captain for several years.
But after school I quit running and married my track coach's cousin. (Ha. Take that captain) Started running again about 2 or 3 years ago. Several of my coworkers were running races and it sounded like so much fun.
Now, I'm addicted. Still not very good but I love the way it makes me feel. And I love getting together for girls' weekend half marathons and other races.

PS. I tried to use "awesome sauce" in a sentence to see how it sounded out loud, now I can't stop saying it. I didn't mean to, but I kinda stole it. Hope you don't mind. haha

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:23 AM , Blogger Maia said...

Every post makes me smile (thank you).

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:26 AM , Blogger Becky said...

I just found your blog and I must say that I love you already. You are such an inspiration! And you and your hubby are too cute. I just barely started running, and I started for weight loss and to help fix my asthma out, but I have learned to love the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a run.

Can't wait to read more about you!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

I started running because I was depressed and I knew there was no way I could go on like that any longer. I keep running because I CAN and because it makes me FEEL AMAZING :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM , Anonymous Laura (LunaChickRuns) said...

Love this post! How awesome that your hubby is so supportive and cheers you on. You have inspired me to do a "why/how I started running" post of my own!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM , Blogger Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

It's weird, because I was the first person in my family to start running simply because I like a little exercise. But my dad was an NCAA cross country star in college and now my little brother is on a cross country scholarship. Another little brother is heading that direction, running a 21-minute 4 mile in high school. How did they all get faster than me?!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:41 AM , Blogger Legs said...

Lovely post!! I'm so happy you have a positive cheerleader in Billy and now in yourself!! I started running by the request of my dear friend Olivia (she's actually my great-grand-little in my college sorority and my biological sister's little, so that makes my biological sister my sorority grand little, haha). She convinced me that I could run despite never having run more than a mile. I ended up completing a 10k by her side 12 weeks later! My current running inspiration is my Aunt (my dad's sister). She recently survived breast cancer! She's been a long time runner and now me and my Aunt & Uncle & counsin and my bf are all going to run by her side in a half marathon in FL that raises money for breast cancer research.

Have a lovely day and an early bday celebration!! Have lots of candy for me!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Anonymous Pam said...

Your welcome Janae!!

Awesome post!! I'm excited to share this with you and your readers! I read your post before I started my treadmill run. It gave me the opportunity to reflect and think about what I was going to write. I'll try not to make this too long!!

My husband has always been my inspiration to do my best, to raise my bar and put my best foot forward in all things. Running makes me a better wife, mother, person. I used to run for vanity. Wanting always to look cute in my clothes. But, now I run to stay sane, get stronger, faster. My thoughts are the clearest when I'm running. I make mental lists, reflect upon my family, myself. Running marathons is something I never thought I could do. My first marathon I cried at the finish. The number on the scale doesn't matter to me anymore. What matters is how I feel in the inside. I want to run as long as my body allows me to. I hope to run a race with one of my kids one day...maybe even one of my grandkids!!

Thanks for allowing us to share our passion with you Janae!!

Have an awesome day sweetie!! :) xoxo

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

great story! I run for me, at first in college, I did it like you, to burn the calories. Now I HATE that I haven't been able to run for the past month =( I need it -- like I'm jonesing for it!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:48 AM , Blogger Trying To Heal said...

I started running when I was in elementary school...remember those DARE fitness challenges? me and my bestie rocked the running part; to think, we started running around baseball fields and soon moved to tracks...now i run between cities. :)

I love how you've changed your mindset and it is absolutely inspiring to watch you become so great and use your talent to achieve your goals. you are totally gonna break 3 at boston...i can feel it in my blood. i wish we could be running buddies; i need running people like you in my life.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:50 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

Great post! Extremely inspiration! I just recently stared running, its still a struggle but I'm getting a little better at it! I enjoy reading your blog for the little push I need some days, thank you!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Jen said...

What a great post! It's neat that you didn't enjoy it until you did it for the "right" reasons! I love it! It sounds like Billy is a real blessing in your life. I feel the same way about my husband. I often say that he saved me from myself.
I started running to lose baby weight but quickly found that it was a great way to have some me time, enjoy nature, see how much support I had, be a good example to my children, and get all the mental and health benefits that I need to be a good mom and wife.
Good post!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Blogger 5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Beautiful post!

I ran in HS to stay in shape for basketball. I ran in college for a minute, hated it and quit. I didn't really run again until my husband's first combat deployment. Talk about anxiety. I ran to keep myself sain. I ran so that I wouldn't sit by the phone all day and night. I did one race a month (and sometimes more) for 10 months, during his entire deployment. Once he got home I didn't quit and it has continued through each of his deployments. Havijng a race on the calendar gave/gives me somthing to look forward to other than a homecoming. I found it made me feel like myself again. I feel more like ME than I have in 10 years. All because of running.

Thanks for sharing your story! And I have that book too!! Awesome stuff!!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM , Blogger Tara said...

Wow! Awesome post and really inspiring :)

I have tried running before to either lose weight or to prove something to someone else but now I'm running for me. I want to be in better shape, feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It has become such a great way for me to relax and get rid of my nervous energy. I've always struggeled to keep my emotions in check when I'm in relationships but for the first time I am able to get out all the nervous energy running instead of taking it out on my boyfriend (who is the most wonderful man on the planet). It's already doing wonders both for me individually and for our relationship!

Yesterday was the FIRST day that I spent all day wishing I was running instead of at work and just couldn't wait to get home and put on my running shoes. I've had friends, family, and coworkers all comment on how my attitude has changed and how much more relaxed I seem (and for someone to tell me I'm relaxed is a big deal).

I love your blog and you are such and encouragement to push myself further!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:03 AM , OpenID marathonmaiden said...

i used to run to stay in shape for other sports but now i run because i LOVE it. once running became more than "go run sprints because y'all sucked at that play" it was sooooo much fun

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Blogger wendy said...

Well, I started running to lose weight. And so far I have lost 55 lbs. Now I run because I love the feeling of accomplishment and I love to challenge myself. I still have about 40 or so more pounds to lose, but I know I can do it now thanks to running.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:13 AM , OpenID runyogarepeat said...

You have such passion for running - it's awesome! I started running when I was 13 with my mom & neighbor, who had run a few 5Ks. I ran my first 5K, then my mom, neighbor, & I trained for our 1st 10K and half marathon later that year. I quickly became obsessed and looked forward to our long runs together on Sundays.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

the first time i ran, i HATED it. i ran with my high school track star bff and she literally had to lure me along about a 3 mile run. it was a few years later that i was also inspired by the same friend after watching her compete. i slowly began running and grew to love it. in high school, it was just something to do. now, i run to stay in shape and recently have run to kick some weight to the curb after spending a semester abroad. i am currently beginning training for a half and am anxiously excited.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I started running initially for weight loss. Then after my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and had survived I ran my first ever 5k (with no training really) for her. When I finished in 33 minutes I thought...hey! I could probably get faster!

Ryan has been my biggest motivator too! He pushes me, runs with me on trails, makes my playlists (he's a dj afterall!!!) and encourages me on days I feel like quitting.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:21 AM , Anonymous Sarah @ goingongoals said...

I used to run so I could eat whatever I want without feeling guilty. That is now only the partial reason I run. I also have learned to love it!!! Plus I now thrive on training!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Greg and Michelle said...

Oh my I just love your blog! I always look forward to reading your post every day because they inspire me so much! Once my baby is awake I am off to the gym to run! Can't wait! Thanks for inpsiring so many people!

I started exercising my sophomore year in high school because I wanted to be healthier, but it spiraled into an eating disorder that was so hard to get over. When I met my husband, he also helped me to change my perspective. Thank goodness for good husbands!! Now I exercise because it is an hour of the day where I am not changing diapers, picking up toys, or cleaning. It is a time where I can better myself and come back to being mommy happier and healthier!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Heather said...

That was great - thank you for sharing!

I always wanted to be a "runner" but used every excuse of why I was a "runner." My Dad was in the military so he ran all my life. We rode bikes w/ him - fun! I always loved working out but when I joined my new job 3.5 years ago, for some reason I jumped on that treadmill (I had never run before). I started w/ 7 minutes walk, 3 minutes run...and that was tough! Jump forward a few months I was up to 3 miles on the TM. My friend at work kept bugging me to run outside w/ him, but I was nervous to do that. I finally (after much prodding!) decided to try it. I found I could only do 2 miles outside but before long was up to 3. Flash forward just a couple of months and I ran my first 8k...and my Dad joined me (he hadn't run since he had retired from the military - but he did it for me!). 3.5 years later I have logged lots of races, a running break during my pregnancy, built back up, ran 3 half marathons and a full...and I am in love...with running! I probably started more for weight loss and just to be able to say I was a "runner." I have always admired runners! Now I run for the pure love of it and hope to get as many people as possible out there running w/ me! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Emz said...

ok. girl..................
.......how am I just NOW seeing you ran a 3:04. seriously?! holy. freaking. cow.

i want to be you. I'm going to train my butt off in 2011 - to be like you.

love it.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Kiley said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm kind of jealous that you have such a good cheerleader. Wish I had that, but at the same time...I love running so I am my own cheerleader!

Have you always been as fast as you are? Or were you slow (like me) in the beginning?! How did you get so fast?

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Runners Fuel said...

I have always ran for me. I also started for weight-loss, then I grew to love it! Now, a good run can give me a head start on my day. I love running!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:29 AM , Anonymous Dorry said...

Love this post! I love the reasons you run. I agree that it's a huge gift from God - and a privilege to be able to run. I just started running last May. I always went out on long walks and would run for a few minutes (if that) at a time before psyching myself out "I'm not a runner" internal talk. Then one day I just decided to overcome that mental block and do it! I'll never forget the 1st time I ran 3 miles without stopping. I haven't turned back since. :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Michelle @ a Whole lot of life said...

I loved this post! I started running because I knew I had to do something for my health. I was a sophomore in college and was the biggest I'd ever been. 200 pounds.

When I first started I didn't know ANYTHING. Running hard was setting the treadmill to 4.7. Shin splints ensued. I was trying my best but I really had no idea what I was doing.

The next year I studied in Quito Ecuador and started taking spin classes and running in the park by my house. I still didn't know what I was doing, but I ran my first 10k to the Equator. Pretty awesome. Really painful.

For the last year I've really stepped my running game up and I've never felt more alive. My body amazes me every day with what it can do. I dream of running a half marathon but I keep rushing into training and hurting myself. Right now, I am focusing on the simple joys of finishing shorter distances stronger and lifting weights to build up my core. I hope to do my first half sometime this spring.

Anyway, you are such an inspiration. Thank you for making me think about this. For so long I felt like I was alive but not living. Thanks to running and being proactive about my life, I really feel like I am thriving.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Reese's Runner said...

Awww I love this!! Frankly, you are so happy it makes me ill sometimes. Anyway, love it anyway! I started running in 7th grade because my mom said we had to be in a sport and that one didn't involve catching a ball. I quit in college and started up again in summer 2009. I feel like you, it makes me feel good!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM , OpenID asideofsimple said...

Love this story! By the way, I just nominated you for a blogger award (you know, because I think you're pretty swell). http://asideofsimple.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/live-and-blog-your-style/

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM , Anonymous Betty said...

I first started running to lose weight. I had already lost about 30pds but I wanted to lose more. I cried my first run. I thought it was going to be a lot easier since I had been working out for almost 2 years. After that it became a challenge for myself. I ran my first half marathon and fell in love with all of it.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM , OpenID Ali said...

I love to run as well. I started running when I was in 8th grade as a member of the track team. It was so much fun, I was never really "good" but I loved the team and I loved to run. In college, I ran as a stress relief and weight control. Now in grad school, I definitely run mostly for stress relief! It is amazing how awesome a run can make you feel. Even when I'm incredibly busy, I try to sneak in a run in if I can. Love it!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM , OpenID reinschinscrubs said...

you are so pretty and inspiring! love you!

i run because it makes me feel strong and accomplished, and because i love sugar :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:01 AM , Blogger Nicole said...

I'm totally with you... I used to run for exercise only or because I need to burn off calories and I would go out for 3 miles of agony. Fast forward to three years later and I run because I love it and I love being outside! I'm in a much better place now, and running has really helped me with that. I'd like it if I had more runner friends but I understand that running isn't something you can force people to like, and they have to want to do it on their own. Anyway, originally my dad got me into running but it didn't stick until I wanted it to :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM , Blogger winstead family said...

Who was the person that inspired you to start running or exercise?

ok...get your kleenex out. here's why i started running. i had a baby in july 09. mom got diagnosed with stage 4 lung, liver, and bone cancer the day before he was born and she lived 12 weeks. i went to a 5k the weekend after her funeral and just started running. was 31 and had never done anything athletic or for exercise. running was healing, sorting it all out, me time, time to cry, scream, pray, think, cry, and basically just let it all out). trained and did my first 1/2 marathon within 4 months of her funeral and when i was approaching that finish line, i could just see her jumping up and down, cheering for me. she would have been my BIGGEST cheerleader and would never have wanted me to quit. so i didn't. :). hands down!

that...is why i started running. xo

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM , Anonymous Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) said...

I love love LOVE this post Janae!! :D I love that Billy is like your cheerleader...so sweet! :)

My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, so that inspired my to run a 10k to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Haven't looked back since!

Part of the reason I ran WAS for calorie burning too, but then it became something I LOVE to do- some 'me' time! I feel FREE when I run, just like a child! :D

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM , OpenID sunapeegirl said...

Hey I just stumbled upon your blog! I loved reading your running story! I use running as "me" time too.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Katy said...

Awww, what a great story! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM , Blogger blondevue... said...

What a awesome gift girl!! Candy and a book, sweet!!!

I started running this fall after a life time of "NEVER" running. I got inspired to run by my super fit sister, friend and my hair dresser. My hair dresser loves to train and she seems to think I can do this! I ran my first 5k in October (I really truly didn't ever think I could run 3 miles) and have just kept on since.

I run because I want the end result. I want to be able to say I ran a half marathon. That I ran a full marathon. I run because having someone to run with me is a opportunity. I need that extra little push and she pushes me.

But I still do not like to run, what I loved about your post though is how you mentioned Gods creation. THAT is what I love about running. In my car I never take the time to notice the beautiful trees or the birds singing. Running makes me think about these wonders. :)

I can't wait to be super good at running, but until then I'm still working at it, and am going to enjoy the journey. :) One stride at a time. :)

Thank YOU for your inspiration!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I HEART the way you tell a story! And, your pictures illustrate it perfectly!!

Now that I am learning so much from other bloggers, running has become more than exercise. It is a challenge to reach my potential, to challenge my body and mind to be better.

During my first and only marathon thus far,each time I felt tired or my legs ached, I thank God for giving my the ability to run and the chance to feel pain.

You rock and I LOVE that you are the next Kara!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:42 AM , OpenID drkgood said...

It's funny that you posted this (great story!) because I have been thinking about this a lot lately. As in, why do I do the crazy things I do. Shout out to Billy for pushing you in the right direction and helping to turn you into the healthy and hungry running goddess that you are. Go, Billy.

I started running on a track team when I was about eight years old. My older step-siblings were on the team in their nearby town, and I think it was a way for me to try to get involved and feel accepted by this new part of my family. (It never really worked.) I was really fast back then. Faster than the girls and most of the boys. Again, a way to try to be accepted and liked. And I guess I liked it for that reason. But later it became more of a chore, I started having knee problems, and it was simply not fun anymore. Now I run because I might not be able to run forever, but I can now and am going to enjoy it. I do it for my health, my sanity, my spirit, and to set a good and healthy example for my kids.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:48 AM , Blogger All Things Jaime said...

Love this post!! I am almost identical to you ..except that you're speedier! Same thing in high school. I didn't quit, but I didn't come close to giving it my all and never saw my talent. I was simply "okay."

In college, I only ran for the sake of burning calories. I'd run 5K's for fun in the summer at around 24 minutes and was perfectly happy with that. During the school year, I'd run some semesters, other semesters not. Not consistent at all.

But, now I love running. I've been running again for about 3 1/2 years and have realized that I'm so much more talented than I ever thought and such a stronger person than I could have ever imagined. I always knew I was competitive! :) I can't not run now! I crave the me time, stress release and just "high" that I get from running every day!

Thanks so much for sharing this post!! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM , Anonymous LauraJayne said...

I used to run because I admired runners and wanted to be like them (fit, healthy, SKINNY, and fun). I started running and hated it, but kept running because I knew it would help me lose weight. I run today because I love the feeling you get at the last mile of a long run, like you could run forever. I love it because it makes me feel strong. I love it because it helps me to relieve stress and become the best and most fit person I can be.
Oh, and I think I am the person that I admired when I started running. That's a pretty cool feeling too!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM , OpenID cleaneatingchelsey.com said...

Loved this post - I hated running when I ran for other reasons than myself. I used it as a weightloss tool before too and I couldn't stand it then!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Jamie Pickle said...

Great post. Your hubby seems like a great guy! I started running back when I wanted to lose weight for our wedding, but then I really started to enjoy it. I ran a 5K with my sis and then quit running because my knees hurt so bad. I am slowly getting back into it, but long for when I could run for longer than 10 mins. without needing a break. Plus, my hip and my knees are giving me problems lately so I have been taking it easy. Have you ever had to deal with injuries that hindered you running?

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

I did it for a stress reliever and for good health, simple as that. It wasn't for weight loss or anything like that. I just felt better when I ran. That's the reason I still do it. I'm not ever going to win a race but I do enjoy it.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Rose said...

1. I LOVE APPLES TO APPLES! My favorite are the blank cards. We put some messed up stuff on those blank cards, man.

Who was the person that inspired you to start running or exercise?
--Random runners on the street. I would see people out running when I was driving somewhere. They always looked awesome. Like, so cool, out there running. I was super jealous, because I could never be like that. I don't know why I thought that.

Why did you tie up those laces for the first time and hit the streets?
---I was thinking about this the other day, and I have no idea. I cannot remember. I know I specifically went out and bought a stop watch so I could start the C25k program, and I know that first day was awful and earth shattering, but I have no idea what prompted it. I even kept it a secret from my then-boyfriend (now husband) and my trainer, just in case I failed.

Do you run for the same reasons that you used to?
---Every time I lace up and run I think about how friggen awesome it is that I am a RUNNER. I still think it makes me super, super cool, if only in my eyes. But it's also a great way to relax and work things out in my head. My last few Halloween costumes have been pretty much planned down to the last detail during runs.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Pam said...

I pretty much do it just so I don't weigh 300 lbs. But I figure if I'm gonna do it, I might as well try to do it well! And that's where I get competitive with myself...

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Small Town Runner said...

I first ran to be a more competitive soccer player...

then I ran to lose pregnancy weight. ...

Now I run to be a competitive runner- competing with myself and others(hopefully, and to have the satisfaction of a serious list that can be checked off.

It's not bad that i can eat almost whatever I like too!

Did you eat all the fish at once, or save some for later :) ?

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM , Anonymous kathleen said...

i started running after i "retired" as a gymnast when i was 16. i needed something to fill the void. after trying a few other things, i found running. it made me challenge myself, was a solo sport and the endorphins were just what i needed. plus, runners are awesome people. they really are. maybe it's the endorphins that make runners so cool?

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Katie said...

that pic of you, in the pink shirt, super cute!

so glad that you're able to be in love with running, and for the right reasons! i don't really know why i started running, but i know why i keep running. i need it, it makes my mind work right, without it i can't breathe.

xo.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM , OpenID melissadishes said...

I started running when Dan moved 900 miles away for a new career. I needed a hobby, something to fill the time, a new goal. My first goal was to run the governor's challenge 5k (did and have several times since).

Then it became a weight loss tool, when I finally learned I had to start making some habit and dietary changes.

After I made my weight goal, then I felt I had to run to keep it off.

Along the way though, I learned that running helped keep me sane. That I can think when i'm running and not be interrupted. Just stare and take in sights if I want. It's peaceful and calming most of the time. And if i'm running with someone, I can catch up with them and enjoy their company.

I've progressed over the years. Just celebrated 5 years since I started running. I'd say only about 2 of those have been for ME though, the rest were for other reasons.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Blogger ShortSkirts said...

This is so great. I know what you mean, I used to just exercise to lose weight and always played sports as well. But when I graduated college and started to figure out what things I really liked, like ultimate, hiking, yoga and now running, I'm in possibly the best shape I've ever been in and its because I just like being active.

I got into running specifically because my amazing friend Kristen that I know from Ultimate Frisbee wrote about training for a half marathon. She has been a runner for a while but had to stop due to an injury, and this was her return to distance running. I was super inspired by her and saw her love of the sport and wondered if I should give running another try, I thought I didn't like it. Turns out I was wrong and totally love it!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Love this Post Janae!!
I think you are very lucky to have Billy, he sounds like such a great guy!! Im so happy he helped you see what a fabulous woman you are!!

I started running because of my sister. Everytime I went home she looked amazing and said how great she felt. After my Stroke a year ago I was desperate to be able to run again. I still remember the first time I ran on the treadmill after not being able to walk. After that I didnt stop!!
I have never felt so inspired by someone and im so happy you are here! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 12:20 PM , Blogger racing dawn said...

great story... i feel like i'm naturally obsessive/compulsive and that luckily it landed on running. i had a friend that talked me into sighing up for st. george marathon before we even started running! not even one step! i trained - did horrible - but the addiction set in... and haven't looked back! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM , OpenID movesnmunchies said...

im definitely in the transition period.. trying to use running as a good thing and not a punishment.. i do enjoy it when I do short runs.. but i ACTUALLY want to do a half in october. which im SCARED POOPED FOR.. since ive only ever run like 45 minutes.. .... ahhhh!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM , Blogger Cynthia said...

Your story is inspiring to me... and your Billy just seems like one awesome guy!

I used to run about 3-5 miles a few times a week just for exercise and count the calories burned. I liked it but didn't enjoy it. So I stopped for a while. Then in 2009-2010 my bf was deployed. It was a TOUGH and stressfull deployment and the first I had ever gone thru with him (also last thankfully cause he is retiring) One of the wives husbands was KIA in August of 2009. She ran a marathon in his honor just 3 months after his death. She is the strongest most inspirational woman I know. So I decided I wanted to train to run a half marathon for 2010. Something to keep me busy and from going crazy trying to get thru the months of deployment. That's when I fell in love with running and really enjoyed every minute I was out there on the pavement. I loved talking to my bf on skype and telling him how far I had ran. He finally got home in May of 2010 and got to see me run my first half marathon in June 2010!! And also got to see me run my first marathon. Now we are running a marathon together in June of this year with Run to Remember to honor our lost Soldiers and those that are still fighting.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

You realize you are famous right? No you really are! you have 90 comments and counting....5 minutes after you post there are like 40+ comments. YOU ARE THE COOLEST CHICK I KNOW! :)

Anyhow I shared my "running story" on my blog today...copied you.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Blogger the dawn said...

what a great "creation story" for your life as a runner! i'm so glad that you began to enjoy running and let it have the soul quenching benefit that it does. so many people miss that. they feel like you used to: like its a chore or a way to punish yourself.

running can be so many things to so many different people. for me, its my way to feel calm and in control. as a younger sibling, i often felt like my world was at the hands of other people. i rarely had a voice in my family and didn't weigh in on many decisions that affected my life. i've noticed that this makes me bend to the wishes of others and sometimes feel super out of control. but when i lace up those shoes, i'm in charge. i get to go where i want, as fast as i want, for as long as i want. when i make a training plan i pick the days and the paces. its my way of claiming back a little piece of my world that isn't under the influence of anyone else. there are no runners in my family...and the only running friends i have are people i have met since i started running. so i feel like this is all mine.

so...i'm pretty selfish with my running as well. but i do believe that it helps me be less selfish with every other aspect of my life :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 1:32 PM , OpenID ihearteggs said...

I'ev always run on and off... but the person to inspire me to actually RACE was my sister in law... she asked me becuase she said I inspire HER to want to be in better shape, so how could I say no?! And honestly, that just kept me wantig to run, having a reason to go home and run a race thats just her and I is kind of cool. I often feel "left out" of the family since I live so fara way so this is my way of worming back in!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 1:55 PM , Blogger Maria said...

I started running as a challenge to see if I could- I felt like I should be able to run 5k so I did it and raised money for charity. I thought I would stop but I started enjoying it and now I love it! I run for me, for my health, to have time to think, to make me stronger, for lots of reasons but they are all for me.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM , OpenID overweighted said...

I have been running for exactly 1 year this month. I started strictly for weight loss. But as I have lost weight the running has taken on a life of it's own. I did my very first 5K in May 2010 and it snowballed from there. My first half marthon I completed in Sept. 2010 at the age of 40! I really enjoy the atmosphere of a race. It inspires me to continue to better myself. I am not fast, but I get better all the time. My goals for 2011 are to complete 2 more half marathons and do the FULL Chicago marathon!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Excellent post... some of what you said here give me goosebumps.
I am inspired by my little sister, who used to hate any physical activity and now runs long distances, does grueling hikes and climbs mountains. I'm also inspired by my boyfriend, who is the most active person I've ever known. Both my sister and boyfriend have an incredible passion for life... it's hard to describe. They inspire me to be active and healthy, each and every day!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I started running when I got cut from the volleyball team. I wanted to be in a team sport so badly and heard there was a cross country team that didn't have cuts. I ran mid pack/ head of JV. I was team captain my senior year.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM , Blogger Deanna@MilesToRun said...

"Why" I run is not as exciting as why I "still" run. I hope you don't mind that I piggy-backed off your blog with my post today. You are inspiring. Great topic!

I love the photo of your sister on the sidewalk and hearing about how close you two are. It gives me hope that my three girls will remain close as they grow.

I love that you run for you!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 3:04 PM , OpenID lovenrunning said...

The person who inspires me is my fiance. He also believed in me when I didn't believe to much in myself. He helped me sign up for my first race and pushed me to be the best runner that I am! He saw my potential and the love I could create for something that I once hated.

I used to run for other reasons, selfish reasons for pure weight loss and to lose every calorie that went in my body! But my fiance knew that god gave me a gift to be used for gods glory and not my own.

7 half marathons later. And going from hating running nd running a 15 minute mile a million lightyears ago, to running a sub 7 minute mile and loving the gift god gave me :)

xoxo

 
At January 19, 2011 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Caroline said...

I always exerciced but I did not run. 100 years ago in High school and then College I was on the swim team and the basketball team. After that I took a gym membership and just kept in shape. The running it started in March 2010 because my friend got the enemy: breast cancer. I was mad. I was sad. I did not know how to help. It sucked big time. She was the bravest warrior ever. I decided to run the Susan G Komen race for the cure in LA for her. She came and she walked it. I got hooked. I started because of her but now this is all for me. Being a wife and a mom is great but I lost myself along the way and I had nothing that was just for Caro-that's me- so now I have this and it is great. Promise me you will not STOP running once you have kids. that would not be good for you or them. TRUST ME ON THIS.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 3:24 PM , Anonymous Susan - Nurse on the Run said...

I posted my running story on my blog, but I started running because I did everything my older brother did sooo I joined cross country and track in junior high because that's what he did. Annnnnd here we are 14 years later...crazy!

That's awesome how much Billy pushed you to do what you're clearly AMAZING at!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM , Anonymous Monique@She's Going the Distance said...

Mmmmm Swedish fish are like my all-time favorite candy!!!!!!! :)

I wish I could remember why/when I started running haha. I guess I always did for sports when I was younger. During the summers we did a lot of speed work/sprints for basketball, track and even softball. Crazy, I can't remember not ever running.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM , Blogger Lindsey said...

You are too cute! I love your pictures. You inspire me so much! I completely relate to the running for the wrong reasons. I definitely run with a different purpose now! Thanks for sharing! P.S. You're so lucky to have such an awesome supporter! Cheers!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Three Girls and a Dad! said...

Yum. Swedish fish. Great story!

I watched my dad get up early and run growing up (I was up early for swim practice). I ran here and there, but didn't do it regularly or seriously until I "retired" from swimming at age 21. I was used to spending hours each day working out really hard in the pool and needed another solo form of exercise to fill the void. I have been addicted ever since!

Now I run for sanity, balance and staying in shape ( okay, also for candy) .I have two babies and most days have to get up at 4:30 to get my run in, but it gives me energy for the day and I cannot live without it!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Gesh... another way we are twins from another mother.

I started running to lose weight. I played sports (like soccer which involves a ton of running) and I hated it. But it burned calories. Then I met my hubby who ran. So I ran to impress him. When he finally showed me that I'm perfect just the way I am, I found the love of running (and now swimming and biking) as something that's an accomplishment and not a means of weightloss (although it does help offset the cheese and poasta addiction that I'm currently battling... at least a little bit!)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:06 PM , Blogger EBURNS said...

Man, between your post and reading all these others i am all teary-eyed. What an excellent post!

*Grew up in a household of doers, not feelers. I was a feeler, and so I just got labeled as being dramatic, or the one with the problems. Feeling, anything, was weakness. I was young, I believed them.
*my heart was broken badly at 21, and i wanted to run from any negative emotion I might feel because I did not have the confidence that I would know how to deal due to the mentioned above.
*running was an escape, my drug, that only masked every feeling from my life I felt like I wasn't allowed to have, or was weak for having. Like any drug I needed more and more of it to keep masking the pain. I lost too much weight, and ran too much, but not having the drug ment facing the everything I never faced or felt.
* took a break when I turned 30 and only jogged 3 miles 3 days a week. I was just tired of running afraid, and running from myself.
*That choice has been the most spiritual, God filled journey of my entire life. for the past 6months i have started to run more frequently, and further only because being active in my body means enjoying the human experience God has given me. My running has never felt better, but probably because God guides the steps now.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM , Blogger Amanda@runninghood said...

Best post ever. REally have so much to say but don't have a lot of time on here today. just know that I am reading and loving it. This is awesome Janae! What a gift you have. I am so glad that you are using it!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

:) running for ME is the only way to be! :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:34 PM , OpenID sheenasheen said...

Fear forced me into running. When my dad had a massive heart attack at the age of 51, I felt like I needed to take control of my life. What better way to do that than with running. I never thought I could run and now after 7 months of running I am training for my first marathon. It's amazing how far a person can go with the right motives!!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Adrianna said...

completely for ME now...but i can totally relate. it started out as a way to lose a lot of weight i put on in college, but i enjoyed it (a few miles here and there while rockin out to music). then i went to optom school, and it became a means to deal w/ a lot of other issues...stress, being away from home, poor grades, fear of fat, anxiety, blah blah. enter disordered eating and i was a hot mess.
now i find food as fuel and fun, and enjoy the mentality of running SO MUCH. its just neat :)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Laura said...

I LOVE this post and the story of how you started running!

I started gaining weight for the first time in grade 10 and was so upset over it... one of my bestest guy friends lived down the street from me, was a hockey player, and went running every morning before school. He was always on my case to go with him... so I did! I went by myself at first to "get the hang of it" so I wouldn't totally embarass myself infront of him and I fell in love! Now I run because it makes me feel fit and strong and healthy and because I want to live to be 100... I just KNOW being active will help me do it!!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous Ellen said...

Hope you have more kleenex handy...I started running right after my husband died. We had been married for 24 fun-filled, love-filled, adventurous years and were lucky to have two sons now 18 and 21 years old. In 2005 he was diagnosed with the deadliest brain tumor you can have. They gave him 6 months...he battled for 3 years! After he died in Nov. 08 I knew that I had to set some goals and do something that I could control because it seemed like the cancer and sadness had taken over... I wanted to run one 5k in that first year.....I ran six! During that time, 7 months after Marty died, I also lost my Mom to early onset dementia. She was incredible, had a huge spirit, loved life! I knew I had to keep going to honor them both. Running keeps me sane. I feel grateful that God has blessed me with the ability to do it... even at the age of 51! I have some friends who say they couldn't run to their mailbox! Not me... I've set some new goals...I see a 10k in the near future and hopefully a 1/2 after that. The best part of it is...it makes me happy, I'm smiling again.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Nat said...

I am so glad that you have found your love for running because YOU actually LOVE it now! Yay for getting over past demons and making your life a beautiful event.

I started running for the most cheesy reason...when I was in middle school Nike made the most obnoxiously colorful running shoes and I begged my mom for them. She made me a deal and told me she would buy my shoes if I started running. So she did and so I did!!! That year, I ran our local Bloomsday 12K race all alone, I knew not a soul and my mom dropped me off downtown to run and picked me up when I was done. I ran for a few years like that and then I took a few years off.

Eventually, I got back into running to clear my cloudy mind of a terrible, abusive relationship I was in. I've been running happily ever since :o).

Nat

 
At January 20, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Kassie said...

Love this post!! I also run to appreciate what God has given me... my body and this beautiful world. Not sure why I first laced up... except to get rid of my baby fat... but here I am still running. Love the feeling of being a runner.

 
At January 20, 2011 at 7:52 AM , Blogger Kassie said...

Oh and I don't want to be too sore to run the next day... that's why I don't strength train... but if I would just do it my body would get use to it right? I hate being sore when I run.

 
At January 20, 2011 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Big Daddy Diesel said...

I race because people doubt I can do it, I was laughed at when I decided to become a racer, now that I am a SUCCESSFUL racer, people still doubt me, its my fuel

 
At January 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

Such an awesome post! I can definitely tell the difference on the days I'm saying to myself "I should/have to go for a run" as opposed to "I want to go for a run". I barely made it 10 minutes today because I wasn't in the mood but I've finally realized that's ok! Thanks for these great posts :o)

 
At January 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Anonymous Lauren @ Lauren Runs said...

I got into running initially for trying to manage weight, and I struggled with maintaining motivation to continue running when I did that.

Over the past two years, I've really gotten into running as a tribute to the fact that I can, and that I'm able to. My main motivator in running had been my boyfriend, and then he was hit by a car while out running. But he returned to it. And I've come to realize that it makes you strong - and to run because I can.

 
At January 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM , OpenID nanosandc said...

I love how you say that Billy saw the potiental in you, husbands are meant to be the biggest cheerleaders, bestest friends and encouragers!

My story of running is too long for a comment- But my Carebear (thats what I call P) brought me running gear and stuff to help me get back into running last year.

Husbands are the bestest :)

 

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