Today, I Hate Running

Post by Susan Lacke.

I got an e-mail from my friend Jess a little while ago:

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Jess and her son, in a moment of not hating running.“Today, I hate running,” it began.

Jess was two weeks away from her first half-marathon. In spite of all her training, she was nervous and feeling like maybe the whole thing was just a bad idea. 13.1 miles is pretty scary, after all.

I smiled when I read her e-mail.

Yes, you read that right: I SMILED. I assure you, I’m not a bad friend. I wasn’t being smug. I smiled because I knew exactly what she was going through.

A week before my first marathon, I shot up from a deep slumber. It had finally hit me that I was about to put my body through an intense fight with 26.2 miles, a distance I had never raced before.  I got out of bed and went for my training run, only to experience anxiety and fatigue. I hit the wall very, very early in what was supposed to be an easy 6-mile jog.

I walked home, sat down at my computer and typed an e-mail to my friends: “Today, I hate running.”

The responses I got from my friends, most of whom had raced longer distances, were invaluable. Each had their own way of reassuring me I could do it. Some were inspiring, others humorous.

One person used reverse psychology on me, telling me maybe I was right: Maybe I COULDN’T do it. It worked—I responded, “You know what? I’ll show you. I’m gonna OWN this marathon.”

Bart Yasso recently said, “As runners, we each have a duty to accept the role as mentor to a slower runner, new runner or someone who doesn’t think he or she can walk around the block.” Truer words have never been spoken. I never would have started running had I not been exposed to great friends who inspired me. I never would have kept running had I not been able to ask those friends the most random and awkward questions about running (“Is it normal for my toenail to be black?” “What the hell is a Fartlek? Please tell me it doesn’t involve Beano…”)

Most importantly, I never would have had the drive to keep going had my friends not celebrated my victories along the way. If I ran a 5K, my friends who have finished Ironman triathlons could have laughed and said, “Aww, 3.1 miles. That’s so cute.”  But they didn’t. Instead, I got high fives and genuine empathy when I shared how HARD those 3.1 miles felt.

My friends never tried to one-up me and tell me I didn’t know pain until I tried to run 13.1, 26.2, or 50 miles. They didn’t compare my 10-minute miles to their own 7:30 splits. They simply celebrated my accomplishment with me. I was suddenly a part of this community of athletes, and that felt incredible. It’s because of this feeling of community that I was motivated to do more, to improve. The mentors I had made me feel like I could do anything, so long as I was willing to put forth the time, energy, and effort.

No matter what skill level you’ve attained in your activities, you are an ambassador for your sport. When people discover that you run, do yoga, or lift weights, they’ll automatically and indefinitely associate you as a resource in that activity—even if you don’t think you’re deserving of that status.  If they’re thinking about taking up your sport, your attitude may serve as a tipping point for whether they actually begin. Your responses to their random and awkward questions will determine if they stick with the sport.

And for the love of all things Yasso, please…celebrate the victories of each person, no matter how small they seem in comparison to your own accomplishments. To that person, running a mile without stopping might be the coolest thing they’ve ever experienced. You should be honored they chose to share their elation with you!

Passion is contagious. If you have an enthusiasm for what you do, there will be people who can’t wait to follow in your footsteps.

After I had been running for a little while and sharing how much I was thoroughly enjoying it, I was asked by my friend Donnell about what kind of races I had been doing:

“5K?” He guffawed. “ That’s nothing! We used to do at least that every day in the Marine Corps!”

That era, for him, had ended 10 years ago. I called him out, challenging him to run with me. It’d be fun, I suggested. He accepted, though he quickly discovered running was not the same for him as it was when he was in the Marine Corps. Our friend Doug saw what we were up to, and quickly joined us.

The summer we spent running 5Ks together was one of the most fun times of my life. Over post-race beers, I fielded those same awkward questions I once had for my own running friends, celebrated my friends’ accomplishments, and suggested training tips that had worked for me in the past. I slowly was changing from a newbie runner to a mentor.

So, when Jess e-mailed me to tell me “Today, I hate running,” I smiled. I knew things had come full circle. I was able to share with her the same things my friends shared with me when I had the same feelings of fear and apprehension about long-distance running.

Jess completed her first half-marathon, and just as I assured her she would, she completely, totally, and undeniably rocked it. Running has found a new ambassador to join its ranks. I’ll be going back to Wisconsin over Memorial Day Weekend to run Doug’s first half-marathon with him, as a show of support for my friend’s awesome accomplishment.  I couldn’t be more proud of either of them.

One day, when one of them gets an email from a newbie runner that begins “Today, I hate running,” I know they’ll smile, too.

Bart Yasso, running icon, inventor of the Yasso 800’s, fellow no-meat athlete, and inspiration behind this post, is one cool dude. So cool, in fact, that he’s agreed to give away an autographed copy of his book, “My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insight of a Road Racing Icon” to one lucky No Meat Athlete! To enter, just leave a comment before next Monday, May 31, 2010 about a newbie you’ve mentored in a lifestyle change.  Good luck!

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  1. No mentoring a newbie. I am a newbie. I swore I would never race. I have dear friends who are marathoners who encouraged me through slow paces, injuries, discouragement so that now I am running half marathons.
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..I Said Yes =-.

    • I used to swear I’d never race, too. No sense in running unless someone’s chasing me, right? :) Your persistence is great, Nicki! :)

  2. I know this is oddly sappy, but I really think you are just such a fantastic writer. You are so relate-able, kind and down to earth.

    Sorry – I know that’s random, but just felt like I should let you know how much I appreciate all of your posts.

  3. I’m an “average” runner (moderate, not fast pace; race mostly 10ks and half-marathons and I do a few tris a year.) I was vegetarian for eight years and in January began eating vegan. I have an amazing friend who ran her first 50 (yes! FIFTY) mile race two weeks ago! She’s now a hard-core ultra girl. She and I have had some similar health issues and I’ve shared with her how much better I’m feeling after eating vegan only since January. So….I sent her lots of web links (including this site), she purchased “Thrive” and on Sunday she took the dive into vegan eating. She isn’t committing to a vegan lifestyle forever. Just right now. And I’ll be by her side helping her along!

  4. I still consider myself a newbie runner. I’ll be running my first half marathon in Madison this weekend. But, I must be doing something right because my love for running has motivated my husband to take up the sport. He is in the middle of a C25K program and will be running in a 5K race in July….coincidentally it is the same race that I chose as my first ever race last year. :-) I can’t wait to cross the finish line holding hands with him.
    .-= Heather ODonnell´s last blog ..Another coat of paint =-.

    • Heather, I’LL BE RUNNING MADISON, TOO! :) That’s the race I’m doing with my friend Doug. I’m super-excited, especially since I’ll get to do Farmer’s Market the day before — that’s one thing I’ve missed since moving to Arizona. I’ll be wearing my No Meat Athlete shirt at the expo and at the race…so if you see me, make sure you say hi so I can personally congratulate you on your first half-marathon! :)

  5. Running has been a part of my world for 16 years, but severe injuries from an accident in May ’04 prevented me from running for 4 years. Initially docs didn’t know if I would walk again, so I was thrilled to recover well enough to run again! When some non-running friends heard I was running again, they wanted to run also, so another friend and I started a running club called “Running … Because I Can.” About 20 women, most first time runners, came weekly. We started with a run/walk program and slowly built up from there. A few months later, we were excited to have four 4-person relay teams in a local marathon. Being able to come back to the sport, plus watch so many other women find a new joy was/is wonderful!!
    This post was timely for me – because I’m running my first half (was my favorite distance pre-accident) since being injured, in 3 weeks and I’m scared :)

    • Janet,
      Dont be scared, however I KNOW how you feel…I was scared also and without thought the fear left and by mile 1 I had found my groove, and you will too. I think the most important thing that Susan told me, other than feeling like this is normal, was that my body knew how to run so just trust it. SO trust your body, it knows how to run and enjoy it!! Good LUCK
      Jessi

  6. Great post. Although I am the newbie myself being mentored by the great NMA, my wife also had gotten into running and will be running her first 5k in a couple weeks. Its fun to act like I know what i’m talking about sometimes.

  7. Well, thank you for this post today!!! I just posted about putting up signs for my LOST Running Mojo! You may have helped me find it. Thank you :)
    p.s. sorry, I didn’t offer a reward ;)

    • Marisa, I accept all rewards of cash and/or cupcakes. Contact me for my address. :)

      Glad to help you get your running mojo back. Keep it up!

  8. This was such a great post. I’ve had some great running mentors in my life- most notably my Dad, who even when he was gearing to qualify for Boston, cheered my graciously through my first 5k. I hope to emulate him soon enough!
    .-= Suzanne´s last blog ..Homemade Pizza Dough for Dummies =-.

  9. Ryan Wachter says:

    Not too long ago when I first started my 5k training, I quickly attracted the interest of my friends. Soon 6 of us were all training when we could to run some charity 5ks as a team. A few of them, completely new to running would slowly but surely ask questions about why I did this, or if they should do that. I simply answered them with, “Im not expert, but if it was me I would…” Every other morning I would send out a text “need a running partner today?” I know its really hard in the beginning and sometimes very difficult to stay motivated, so I always made sure they knew I was there and wanted to run with them. We recently ran a 5k as a large group, taking first overall, sweeping our age division and raising the most money for the charity. Running is amazing!

  10. Caroline says:

    Hi Matt,
    I love your blog and this post from Susan is great! It made me smile big on this Monday morning thinking of the many, many times over the years when I have been the giver and the receiver of words of wisdom on running, biking, yoga, and healthy vegan food. It’s the beauty of life that one minute we are the student… next minute the teacher… next minute back to student. It is so inpiring to help someone get started on a path of health and/or exercise. My most recent inspiration is a co-worker who started running about a year ago. She has two small kids so fitting in a full time job, kids, and running is no easy feat. She calls every so often with questions about training plans, shoes, what to eat, etc. She did a 1/2 marathon in December. She rocked it and we celebrated! After that we talked about a marathon…she said “no way, can’t do it”. A few weeks ago, she called to say she registered for a fall marathon. Here’s to a summer of inspiration powered by running!

  11. JeanneB says:

    I am fortunate enough to mentor new runners all of the time through Back on My Feet.

    • Jeanne, can you tell us a bit more about Back on My Feet, or provide a link to where people can go to learn more about it?

  12. Great post. I completely agree we should all be ambassadors to those who are just starting running. I’ve tried to be a good running mentor to my wife and my father, both of whom just finished a half-marathon (my wife’s first!).
    .-= Brett´s last blog ..Adding Track Workouts to Marathon Training =-.

  13. I definitely consider myself a newbie runner. I swam all throughout high school and college, but always secretly wanted to run. So when I met my now fiancé who was also just beginning his journey as a runner, we teamed up together. I think we both inspire and mentor each other. When I’m not in the mood to run, he gets me out the door. When his knee is hurting, I make sure to do a little dance at each mile marker to make him smile. We both finished our first half marathon this past April and smashed our goal times. We passed each other a few times on the course, and it was just the boost we needed. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor for myself, and I like to think he feels the same way! We even inspired my 55 year old mother to take up running and she’s now a memer of the Central Jersey Road Runners. She’s hoping to complete her first 5k this year, and I know she can do it! So maybe I’m her mentor, too.

  14. Even though I am a newbie myself (started running in January and have since only run 1 half-marathon) I have been fortunate enough to get some other people running. The key, as it turns out, is my “weird toe shoes.” My Vibram Five Fingers have sparked so many conversations about running and footgear that several of my friends have taken to running and are loving it. Though I get no kickback from Vibram for it, I believe that running is something that can benefit almost everybody. It just so happens that my shoes have been that catalyst for other people to start getting more active and healthy. This post was great, thanks for always maintaining a great blog!

    • I haven’t done the VFFs, but I know a lot of people who have said it’s made a difference for them as far as making running comfortable and fun. Who would have thought ‘weird toe shoes’ would be one of the big trends in running?

  15. I agree with above – you are an awesome writer! This was just the post I needed to read and exactly what I needed to hear. I’m running my first half in a week and the only thoughts going through my head are “I can’t” and “what if”.
    .-= BostonRunner´s last blog ..Finish it! =-.

    • Replace those thoughts with “you can” and “so what?”

      Your body is perfectly capable of running, and the training that you’ve been doing shows. You can. You totally can. Before the race, look at the people around you. You’re going to see a huge cross-section of people — young, old, fat, skinny, etc. If all of these people can cover 13.1 miles, you certainly can!

      And “what if” what? If you have to walk at some point? So what? That’s fine. Listen to your body. If it’s telling you to walk through a water stop, that’s perfectly okay. It might give you the opportunity to quickly recuperate and finish strong…and you WILL finish! Make sure you have a smile on your face when you do — everyone’s going to be taking pictures of you. :)

      GOOD LUCK! Let me know how it goes!

  16. I want to offer a slightly different way to look at things — not to diminish the sense of fear people feel in taking on a new challenge, nor the sense of accomplishment they feel having conquered the new challenge. But I do think sometimes new runners — and triathletes, maybe triathletes even more so — feel compelled to constantly move up to a longer race. They’ve done a 5K and boom, well now it’s time to move up to 10K. Then a half. Then a marathon. I often see people making this move up the running ladder in the course of a year, sometimes even quicker. Too often, the result is stress and injury. People should do what they want, but I want to suggest that it’s OK to run shorter races for several years — or even forever! Me, I did triathlons for seven years before doing an Ironman. I went through a little bit of a “I hate triathlon” freakout a few weeks before the event, but it passed quickly. Having done a dozen half-iron distance races I was able to refocus and remain healthy physically and mentally throughout the experience. Race day was hugely satisfying and blissfully not traumatic. True, in the years before I raced Ironman I did have to endure non-triathletes asking me, “When are you going to do a real Ironman.” But I’m glad I took my time. I think it really contributed to me gaining a strong foundation of strength and fitness and allowed me to become a lifetime athlete. So that’s my thought: Do what you want, but don’t feel compelled to go longer. It can be great fun and very satisfying to focus on become faster at a 5K or 10K or half-marathon, for instance.
    .-= Pete´s last blog ..On Plans, Spontaneity and Joy =-.

    • Pete, I hear ya. I never said everyone should move up to a higher distance — only that it’s what I was inspired to do. The definition of “improving” and “doing more” is as unique as a fingerprint to each person. I was inspired to move up to doing Ironman — other friends of mine don’t want to do more than a 5K, but they want to get faster at it, or be able to finish without feeling wiped out, or even finish without walking. All of these are awesome goals and huge accomplishments for those who achieve them.

      It’s interesting that you say that people kept asking “when are you going to do a real Ironman?” I have one friend who just finished her first half-Ironman, and someone actually told her after the finish, “you’re not a real triathlete until you do an Ironman.” She was tired and sore from exerting her all in this race, and this guy actually had the nerve to minimize her accomplishment like that! How sad. If I was there, I would have given him a very big piece of my mind.

  17. Brittney says:

    What a great post…it was so fun to look back and think who encouraged and inspired me! There have been lots of people and I am grateful to them all for getting me into this slightly crazy but wonderful sport. As for encouraging newbies, my mom is finally starting to run and I never thought i would see this day. She has run/walk a few 5K’s that I’ve entered her in and not been overly enthusiastic about any of them. So when she called a few weeks ago to tell me she’d gone on a morning run and eaten a clean diet all day I was floored. So excited for her and hope I can be an encouragement for her to keep running at whatever distance and pace feel right for her!

  18. I’m two weeks away from my first marathon and woke up this morning with the same sort of feelings you mentioned. Thanks for the post, it was what I needed to regain some confidence today. My wife has decided to run the Seattle RnR half with me and its been a treat to see her start her training and encourage her after her runs.

    • RJ, everyone has those feelings. One thing I’ve found that helps is if I remind myself that the energy I’m exerting by worrying, being scared, etc., is depleting the reserves of energy I need to run a good race. Take a deep breath and remember — you can do this!

  19. I agree that mentoring newbies is one of my favorite things about running. Even though I don’t consider myself an excellent runner (sooo slow!), the fact that I’ve done a few marathons makes me a pro in my friends’ eyes. It feels great when they come to me with questions (What should I eat before a race? How do I choose shoes? etc) and it feels even better to actually be able to help them.

    I recently helped a friend train for her first race ever – a 5k – by creating her a training schedule. We ran the race together and it was so fun to watch her get hooked on running just like I did! We’re running another 5k together in 2 weeks.
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Meatless Monday #33: Veggie Stir-Fry with Quinoa =-.

  20. I liked this post because I am now getting to be a mentor. But I started running completely on my own. I didn’t have mentors and no one who I really knew ran. I turned to the internet for motivation, tips and mentoring. Without even trying and without asking for it, I have people coming to me for advice. I have people telling me I’ve inspired them to run. My brother’s girlfriend runs with me now and looks to as a mentor, and we’re influencing my brother to start training too. I love this cycle! And I love this story. Thanks!

  21. LOVED this post!! AND i canNOT wait for my shirt to get here!!!

    I use to be ‘that’ person…the one that ‘ran’ 12:30 min miles and longed to be able to run ‘fast’ like all the ones i looked up to. I had my mentors along the way and i am still very close to most, especially one of them.

    i wish i could nail down one person that has told me “you inspire me” and i always blush. Most recently it is a woman named Jamie. Who i knew back when we were both NON exercisers let alone runners, where we drank beer, stayed up all nights, and eating very poorly. I fell first to the new lifestyle and most recently Jamie has had some weight issues and through my blog and FAcebook, she secretly started to run, with my input a little at first…i got her through her first 5K, her first 10k and now shes tackling the 1/2 marathon distance. Shes lost weight and just yesterday tweeted about cutting ‘most’ meat from her diet….um…hello? do we have another possible no meat athlete among us soon???

    LOVE. YOUR. BLOG.
    .-= Junie B´s last blog .. =-.

    • Way cool…I always like hearing about people progressing to becoming a new No Meat Athlete.

      Enjoy your shirt, Junie! It’s one of the best conversation pieces you’ll ever own.

  22. Having just 1 half marathon under my belt i’m helping a friends mom run her first one with me this July. She has the best can do attitude that I wish I had and i’m so glad I get to help her move toward he goal.

  23. I have been mentoring a runner for the past few months, and it has been so rewarding. We have been training for the Maryland Half Marathon, and yesterday, after a series of events, I decided to run the race with her and not for a PR. It was so rewarding to cross the finish line with her! this post made me all the more happy of my decision. Thanks!
    .-= Maya´s last blog ..The Half Marathon That Almost Wasn’t: Maryland Half Marathon Recap =-.

  24. This is such a timely article today! I started running to honor the memory of my fallen (work) partner and my dad, a long time marathoner, ran with me on my first half-marathon. His mentor-ship and the advice of mom-runners that have taught me how to run with a stroller have generously motivated and impacted me. While I am still slower than a geriatric tortoise, I hope that my experience and passion can be the encouragement to those who have started to come with me on my running journey. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I just ran a half-marathon this past weekend with my father. After many years of trying to convince him to get back in shape and enter some races with me, this year, he finally did! I knew he could do it, and I am currently trying to encourage him to commit to a marathon!!!

  26. This post & question could not come at a better time. A few weeks ago I finished my second marathon up in Boston and shortly afterwards my fiance announced that he wanted to start running too, and so we have started running together. We go slowly and I offer him encouragement on form, how to stretch afterwards, recovery foods, etc. – I couldn’t be more proud. I was bursting with pride in his new-found enthusiasm for fitness and was telling my friend and co-worker, when she responded with “do you think you could help me out too? Like with food and getting into running and fitness?”. She admitted she’s fallen out of good healthy habits, both in eating and in exercise. Since she knows I am very interested in nutrition (considering a possible career change in the future), she asked if she could possibly be my first guinea pig client.

    I spent the weekend evaluating her current nutrition and exercise levels and was so excited to come into work today with recipes, running tips and a sample meal plan. I remembered when I started running in high school and how my brother used to coax me to keep going and never made fun of my for having to stop for a while once we got to the halfway point of the town beach in our run after 1.5 miles before being able to go back home. He taught me how to ice my knees and start off slow so I wouldn’t burn all of my energy and know here I am, helping not one, but two people down similar paths. My brother gave me the building blocks to become the marathon runner I am today, and now I feel blessed that I might be that person for someone else.

    I don’t think I’ve ever thanked my big brother for what he’s done for me… that will soon change though!
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Slaw & salad =-.

    • Michelle says:

      Awesome post!! I can totally relate to this on so many levels! My Ironman friend encouraged the heck outta me and made me feel like I could do anything! I got the courage to tackle a half marathon because of her support and I am moving on to training for a full marathon next year.

      I now have a friend who gleefully completed her firt mile of running without walk breaks and I took great pleasure in celebrating the moment with her and encouraged her to keep adding the distance!

      Running and runners ROCK!

      • Don’t you love it when friends do that? They send an e-mail that talks about how they just ran twenty/forty/sixty minutes without walking, and their writing is so excited, you can FEEL how giddy they are! It’s so cool…and it always inspires me to get out there and pound the pavement.

  27. This post was really good for me to read! I’m recently undergoing the transition from runner newbie to mentor. After completing my first marathon a few months ago, many friends have asked about my training and if they could join in. Just yesterday my “mentee” complained he couldn’t run 4 miles that morning because he was “too sore” – rather than encourage him, I scoffed that he didn’t know soreness yet! I realize now that my attitude towards his running needs/accomplishments is really important and I better shape up as a mentor!

    • I’ve made the same mistake in the past, Ashley — but once I realized how much I hurt that person’s feelings, I learned my lesson and never made that mistake again. I’m glad I could help you learn this lesson, too. Send your mentee an apology (and include this article, too!), then offer to take him out for a post-run breakfast this weekend. He’ll appreciate it. :)

  28. What a cool and unique prize to give away!

  29. VeganRunner says:

    Awesome post! Truly inspiring and very easy to relate to, since this is my first year running on the school team. I’d love to win a copy of that book.

  30. caroline m. says:

    when i came back from my semester abroad, i was a few pounds heavier than when i left (man, i love Spanish food…). my roommate, who was overweight, asked me if she could start exercising with me. before i knew it, she ran a 5k with me and has lost 20 pounds. i’m so proud of her and humbled that i played a small roll in her change (she’s also now a vegetarian!).

  31. Jennifer says:

    Well I am also a newbie, I trained and ran my first half last summer and although life got hectic I am restarting my passion this week :) At first I thought that the 5K fun run was way too far! Funny at how you keep going and eventually get to the point that pumping out an 18…21…or more K is nothing but an awesome Sunday morning! I credit my awesome experience to the Runningroom and their great staff. The training was great and I met great people of all areas of the sport and all were very encouraging and even answered my embarrassing questions with reassurance and just made my whole experience fun :)

    Thanks for all the Great info NMA (and guests)
    Jenn

    • I love how you said it’s “nothing more but an awesome Sunday morning!” That’s so true — three years ago my idea of an awesome Sunday morning was one where I woke up with minimal hangover effects from my Saturday night partying. Now it’s getting up before the sun to get my long run in. How times change… :)

      What is Runningroom, Jennifer? Can you share a link with those of us who are curious?

  32. My husband always encourages me to run and to take it to the next level. My PR at a half marathon is one where he ran beside me and pushed me to tackle the insurmountable hills.

    When my friend Deb said she wanted to run her first half marathon, I knew I wanted to be the one helping her to finish. We signed up for the Disney Half Marathon in Orlando. We live far from each other, so we weren’t able to train together. The course was flat. The day was warm. I took pictures of her along the route. I was there with her stride for stride, encouraging her not to stop. As we crossed the finish line, I could see the joy in her face, having accomplished such a feet.

    Now, a few years later, she has run more marathons and half marathons then I have!

  33. I have been running for 2 years now. It took a long time for me to consider myself “a runner” –when I was training for my first 5K, I was praying just to FINISH and not embarass myself…so much so that I only told ONE friend that I was racing….slowly but surely as I learned to love running (most days), I found myself in that position, being asked, how did you, how do you, (why do you, being the most popular question) — and it was my brother & his girlfriend that I mentored from “I’ll never run” to their very own 5K. We trained on the treadmill for the most part…I mentored them by example. Slowly but surely I convinced them they needed to try the pavement long before race day because it IS different. They finished their 5K together, with me on the sidelines. I didn’t race, because it wasn’t a competition…it was a celebration! Two new runners were born.

  34. Michele says:

    Thank you for the boost. I’m doing my first 1/2 this weekend and was all full of courage until about a week ago when I’ve hit the hardest brick wall. I keep telling myself what a mind game this is and that my brain is way stronger than my body thinks it isn’t!

    • I went through some of my old e-mails to find a quote I thought would be perfect for you. It was one of the best pieces of advice I got from my friends: “During the run, the body will start arguing with the mind…your body will have thousands of good reasons for you to stop. You better be ready with really good answers to continue moving forward.”

      Think of how far you’ve come…now just keep going! You can do it! Good luck! Let us know how it goes!
      .-= Susan´s last blog ..Today, I Hate Running =-.

  35. Elizabeth says:

    I love this post! It hits home in so many ways! I have an old colleague who’s not only a great runner, but an inspiration, whether he’s offering encouragement, sound advice, or simply leading by example. I’ll admit, it was great, too, to finally have someone to talk to about running at work! :) He’s one of the reasons I got back into racing. Overall, the running community is so accepting and encouraging!

    What I learned from my running mentors I was able to pass on as well. My old college roommate actually began e-mailing me last fall to make inquiries about running. I was so flattered that she turned to me for advice! She’d seen me running in college and never thought she’d be able to do it. And now she’s doing wonderfully in 5ks and running distances that she never thought possible. It’s so great to have another runner join the community. I only hope that what I’ve learned along the way I can continue to share with other runners! :)

  36. Just catching up on my reader now and I love this post, it was so well-written and really touched me!

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