Let’s take a break from some recipes, shall we?
I don’t post a lot about running on my blog because the truth is – we are in a love hate relationship. Sometimes I feel like I can run forever and sometimes I can’t believe that only 10 minutes has gone by and my legs feel like they have bricks attached to them. But – I have learned that this is a normal occurrence and everyone goes through these ups and downs. That is why I have actually stuck with running. Many times before I have given up and gotten frustrated if I couldn’t run 3 miles when two days prior I had run an easy 5 miles.
Recently, my friend Kevin has gotten into running as well. While his schedule doesn’t coincide with mine enough to run together, it’s been nice to share tips with each other. Recently he tweeted an article from Women’s Health (why are you reading that Kev? ) on 101 running tips. Here are my favs:
“If 15 minutes is all the time I have, I still run. Fifteen minutes of running is better than not running at all.” –Dr. Duncan Macdonald, former U.S. record holder at 5000 (set when he was in medical school)
“You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain.” –Dr. George Sheehan
“My whole teaching in one sentence is: “Run slowly, run daily, drink moderately, and don’t eat like a pig.” –Dr. Ernst van Aaken, renowned German coach
“Energy bars are good portable food for runners. Look for bars with 4 grams of fat or fewer per 230 calories. Fat slows down digestion.” –Liz Applegate, Ph.D., sports nutritionist
“I believe in using races as motivators. It’s hard to keep on an exercise program if you don’t have a significant goal in sight.” –Bob Greene, personal trainer of Oprah Winfrey
“After a run, don’t rush back into life. Take a few minutes to walk, stretch, relax, meditate.” –Runner’s World editor
“Back off at the first sign of injury. Three to 5 days off is better than missing a month or two. Take regular rest days.” –PattiSue Plumer, two-time U.S. Olympian
“The difference between a jogger and a runner is a race-entry blank.” –Dr. George Sheehan
“If you have a bad workout or run a bad race, allow yourself exactly 1 hour to stew about it–then move on.” –Steve Scott, coach and U.S. record holder in the mile
“It’s better to run too slow at the start (of a race) than too fast and get into oxygen debt, which is what 99.9 percent of runners do. You have to learn pace.” –Bill Bowerman, renowned University of Oregon coach
“Never underestimate the value of a good training partner, even if it’s your dog. Training allies will get you out the door on those days when exercise might otherwise be reduced to a finger on the remote control button.” –Runner’s World editors
“We run to undo the damage we’ve done to body and spirit. We run to find some part of ourselves yet undiscovered.” –John “The Penguin” Bingham
“For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I’m far more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics.” –Lorraine Moller
“If one can stick to training throughout many long years, then willpower is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I’m tired? That’s beside the point. It’s simply that I have to.” –Emil Zatopek
Some great advice! I recently signed up for a 10 week 10K group training course through CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association). Starting June 1st we are meeting every Wednesday night for a run. Hopefully I’ll meet some fellow runners who live close to me so that we can meet up and run together!
More to come!