Are you a runner?

  1. I have been a "casual runner" for the past two years, I am starting to train for my first marathon this fall!! Anyone else out there a runner?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Good luck out there. I used to love running and ran throughout my mid20s onto nearly 40 years old until my right knee began giving me problems. My advice is to take care of those knees! I'm much better now, and every time I take up running again it starts to act up.

    I was training for a marathon when I had to quit. I made it up to 13 mile runs and remember well the awesome feeling of going for the goal and the great feeling at the end of the long runs.

    Good luck in the Marathon!!! Which one are you doing?
  4. by   vwgirl
    I have been an off/on runner since I was 12. I ran the Marine Corps marathon in fall of 2001, now I am trying to get my act together to do it again this fall. It is an awesome feeling, crossing the finish line. Next to quitting drugs/cigarettes, it was the hardest thing I've ever done, but well worth it!
  5. by   zambezi
    I like to run too, but it is pretty casual. Lately, my hips and knees have been hurting so bad that I have had to not run as much as I would like. I knew that doing low impact (indoor training) would hurt when I started running again! What kind of training are you doing???? I have been thinking about training for a half marathon but haven't gotten motivated yet. Good luck.
  6. by   Katnip
    I used to run too. Then I hurt my knee in a car accident. Now I'm in my late 40s and starting again with a program called Couch to 5K from Cool Running. It starts you off very slowly, is very sensible, and the site is really supportive of those who are beginners, coming back, or old pros.

    For anybody interested:

    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

    Edited to add: They also have a good section on joints and prevention and care of injuries.
    Last edit by Katnip on Apr 4, '04
  7. by   Havin' A Party!
    Stopped several years ago. Feel better now.

    Knees started making funny noises (like creaking) when I did squats.

    Occasionally do treadmill (walking). But walk a lot at work.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Used to, but haven't since the summer. I'll start again, running in the park on the grass, usually 3 miles 3-4 days a week.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would rather walk 10 miles than run ONE. That is the truth. Only way I am running is AWAY from someone intending me bodily harm, and probably will be in trouble there anyhow.
  10. by   manna
    I've always wanted to "learn to run" (as I put it), but I'm terribly out of shape and never could quite figure out where to start.
  11. by   Katnip
    Take a look at that site I posted. It's great for real beginners who are out of shape.
  12. by   H ynnoD
    When I was in my early 20's I would run 2 miles a day,everyday for a couple of years.Loved to run.Now I'm out of shape and getting ready to take a P.E. class that hopefully will at least help me get somewhat back in shape.
  13. by   zambezi
    For the OP or anyone else training for a marathon or half marathon:

    What kind of workout/running schedule are you doing?
    Any good tips when first starting out?

    I have been thinking about trying to do a half marathon (I really have no desire to run the full marathon...)
    Currently, I run about four miles and could do more but I get bored.
    I run at a consistent pace but not real fast as I feel there is no need to rush...it is is fairly hilly where I live so I usually end up running on hills at some point. I have not started to train for anything this is just what I do when I have time...so if I got motivated enough I could probably be more productive...

    What are others doing?
    We should make this thread into a runners support thread/discuss training tips, etc...
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Well, it would be more accurately called "jogging" rather than running, but yes I do. Usually 5 1/2 miles on a country road with lots to look at. I started on a track but that got boring fast. I sometimes take my headphones and listen to music or talk radio. John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits is a good one to keep your pace up.

    I've "run" in a 6 mile race a couple of times. No marathons.

    steph

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