Running Goals: Are They Worth the Pain?

The folks who motivate me to keep running. The folks who motivate me to keep running.

Last week I went for a run with my iphone, a playlist and some earbuds. That probably doesn’t sound event worthy to most people, except that the last time I had music when running it came from a Walkman.

In college I used to run six miles a day and eight to twelve (usually eight) on the weekends. I preferred running alone and only occasionally ran with others.  Running companions were so rare that I remember every time I had a running buddy.  Originally, not a lover of running, taking on long distances happened by accident.  One day I went for a run with friends, fell behind (I’ve always been slow) and got lost.  I figured if I kept running it would all be over sooner.  In the end, I’d run six miles.  And once I realized that I could, I wanted to do it all the time.

Now, I rarely enjoy running alone. It’s too bad because I think I got a lot of ideas and worked out a number of problems in my head jogging by […]

Running Goals: Are They Worth the Pain? 2017-10-25T15:49:49+00:00

Motivated By Food or Fear

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I’m up to ten mile runs in my training for this year’s Hartford Half Marathon. I love the season of long runs. Any day I run ten miles or more before 8am, I feel so productive. Although, then I spend a good part of the day a little sluggish, so it’s probably a wash.

Earlier this year a runner-friend of mine asked who or what I pictured chasing me when I want to run faster. I laughed because I’ve never pictured anything chasing me. And I’m not sure I could use my imagination (which is pretty good) to motivate me that way.

So I told the truth. I’ll run faster to get back home and eat some chocolate. Basically, I’ll run fast for food over fear.

Motivated By Food or Fear 2017-09-12T19:31:11+00:00