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Opinions Wanted Friday: Running Stories

In honor of this weekends marathon, I think this weeks question had to be about running! Those of you who are long time bloggie friends, know that I post a monthly book review because I LOVE to read. It is one of the most enjoyable things that I do, besides running.

While injured or when lacking in motivation I got sucked in to finding books about running. Here are a a few of the really good ones (in case you are looking for gifts for those runner friends):

My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon (Funny and inspiring)
Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross-Country Team (Made me want to be fast and run really far!)
Once a Runner By John Parker (Thank you all for recommending this one, I hadn’t heard of it but enjoyed listening to this during my last few long runs._

All right already so what is the question…well I feel like there are simply not enough really great running books! Sure, there are books on form which I have also read…I want more stories. So to get me pumped up and inspired to run this weekend I am asking for your PERSONAL best running moment? Was it the day you ran that first mile? Your first finish line? Overcoming that injury?

Todays giveaways: IowaGirlEats Nasoya coupons and Kay's Naturals over at LovesVeggiesandYoga, Aurorae mat at HangryPants
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Gratitude Journal
Dec 4
I am grateful for laying at the pool over lunchsig copy
I am grateful for sweating it out due to insane humidity
I am grateful for travel size nut butter packets
I am grateful for taper being freaking over
I am grateful for the Today Show (news doesn’t have to be so sad!)

38 comments:

  1. I was at 210 pounds and decided I wanted a change. While I was doing the couch-5k program, I signed up for my very first 5k. When I told friends/family I was attempting to run, they couldn't believe it. I had never run a day in my life before then. I finished the couch-5k, and my fiance drove us the 45 minutes (at the cold, windy butt-crack of dawn) to the nearest Susan G. Komen Race to the Cure (the 5k I signed up for). We were FREEZING while waiting for the race to start, but he was a trooper for me. Once the gun went off, I ran my heart out. I saw my fiance as I was about to cross the finish, and when I did, he rushed over to me. I completely lost it... tears, snot, the whole nine yards. I couldn't believe that I did it! I never stopped to walk, and to this day, it's still my PR. It was the greatest moment of my life! Seeing how emotional and excited I was, you would have thought I had done much, much more than just run a 5k, but at the time, it was an unattainable goal to me. It was incredible! Thanks for letting me tell my story. : )

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  2. The moment I crossed the finish line at the Rock N Roll Marathon in 98'. NEVER thought I would finish and I did, the rush of emotion that over swept me was a defining moment in my life.

    Great Opinion Question BTW and Good Luck Again This Weekend. :)

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  3. I have had a lot of great running moments but the best overall feeling was last week during a long run. I was 'cruising' along, enjoying the Fall day and the speedy runners who were ahead of me made the turn around. As they passed me, they give me a big "High Five" and told me how strong I was looking. I had a goofy grin on for the rest of the run.
    I am currently reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall..it is a fantastic read thus far.
    Have a great time this weekend!

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  4. My best running moment had to be last May when i was at the Track State meet for Heptathlon. It came down to the last event, the 800m, and I needed to run 2 minutes 35 seconds or faster to qualify for the regional meet. So My coach had a game plan for me to stay within 5 meters of the leader and just ride her until the end. That turned out to be the best race of my life where I ran a 2:33 and felt amazing the whole time! i have never had an 800m race actually feel good! It had to be the best moment of my running career!

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  5. I Am so jealous of those who run. My body just doesn't like it. I get corns and calluses, and plantar warts on my feet from running (GROSS I KNOW!!). I also have really weak ankles, which can't handle running. I am limited to the elliptical, and power walking. I run sometimes, but for short distances. I am jealous of your ability, and GOOD LUCK this weekend!!

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  6. oh my gosh, I don't know how I could pick. Maybe crossing mile 11 (yes, 11) of the Army 10 miler in 2005. There was a bomb scare on a bridge and they had to reroute the course. Anyway, I was running with my sister, who was about 6 or 7 months into chemotherapy. The strength she displayed in that moment, tired at the end of a race that just wouldn't seem to end...I don't know. Something clicked and made me appreciate what running is for people. Proof of strength, endurance, mental therapy, and so much more. That's when i fell in love with running

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  7. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!
    I don't have any running stories. Boo - I'm boring ;)

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  8. In my short time running I have to say my first 5k and the 6 miler this weekend sticks in my mind. Just the fact that I'm running when 10 months ago I was 113 pounds heavier and could hardly walk anywhere, it still amazes me.

    I'm totally digging Heather@runfastermommy! story. Lovely and so motivating. I'll think of that during my run tomorrow. Good luck Amanda!

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  9. Great question! I remember the first time I ever ran four miles! I know, four miles? But up until that point I was just running three all the time. When I got off the treadmill I was so excited - I finally felt like a runner. And yes, in the beginning, I only ran on the treadmill :( But that first four mile run propelled me into the runner I am now! What's your fav running story?

    Good luck this weekend!!! I will be thinking of you when I am at the starting line of CIM. Can't wait for the report. :) Be safe!

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  10. I think you should write a book about your running/bloggy experiences and comments... wouldn't that be a fun book?

    My best moment happened twice. When I ran my first half marathon and finished in 1:36 and my family wasn't at the finish line because they had no idea I would run it so fast. That was fun. Then 5 months later when I ran my first Full marathon, I crossed in 3:29 and BQ.... I was shocked I could actually run so fast, without following a running plan. I made up my own. I was so excited. Then maybe of course when I ran Boston. I was sick with the stomach bug, but it was still a great day.
    Good luck this weekend.

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  11. Completing my first half marathon, the Fargo Half Marathon 2008. Prior to that, I doubted my ability. I struggled to get through that race with a tight groin and feet full of blisters, but as soon as I crossed that finish line, in pain and all, I was already thinking about doing it again. This past year I battled knee injuries on and off and wasn't able to do the Fargo HM. However, I had a wonderful 5K race and am hoping to do the HM in 2010!

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  12. What a great idea. I'm loving everyone's stories. I'll have to check back later to read some more.

    One of my best running memories was finishingmy first half marathon (also first race ever) with hubs... we held hands down the finishing chute and I had never felt prouder in my life.

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  13. Mine was definitely when I crossed the finish line, at my first marathon. It was such an amazing moment because I NEVER thought I would be able to complete something like that!

    PS-I emailed you the other day re: the Vegas expo.

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  14. My first experience with a "runner's high" when I just wanted to keep on running. I was never a runner until a few months ago, so it was an amazing feeling to realize I started to have a passion for the sport!

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  15. Mine has to be St. George Oct. 09. BQ'ed on my 15th marathon. It was a magical day and actually a magical summer of training. I lost 11 lbs., training went as planned,max'ed out my weekly mileage at 63 miles (a new high for me), perfect weather for the race. Finally, the moon and stars were all in alignment for me to have a break-through race. Of course, the St. George race course and the low humidity all helped so much. Felt great the whole race. Wow! Getting chills thinking about it again. I hope you have that kind of day!

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  16. Hey! Thanks for your comments on my blog...on tying my shoes, I've been having to leave the first 3-4 SETS of holes open at the top, so that the bottom of the laces are what holds my shoe on, and barely...I don't think the running it self would hurt me, but the shoes are too loose to keep them on my feet! I have tried running in my Keen sandals, because they keep the pressure off the top of my foot, but there isn't enough arch support so my arch and shins start to hurt (I am lucky enough to have a really high arch and plantar fasciitis, so I have to wear custom insoles)...Sigh...I may go back to the doctor next week..What are your tips on lacing? I guess I am willing to try anything at this point.

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  17. good luck this weekend!!

    I think my greatest running moment was the Tufts 10k a few years ago, it was such an amazing cause and I ran the whole way right next to my mom, it was a perfect day and I loved every minute of it.

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  18. Seeing (and crossing!) the finish line of my second first marathon at Dallas. I went from succumbing to the heat of 07 Chicago around mile 19, ending up in the hospital for two days, swearing I'd never attempt another marathon, then running Dallas less than 2 month later. The whole race was absolutely incredible! While I'll never get my first marathon back, part II made up for it and more!

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  19. my first half marathon!! it was in denver and the whole trip/race was magical.

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  20. Good Good Luck this weekend!! And High Five.

    I was OVERWEIGHT, my belly hung over my jeans and I was tired of it. When I started running I asked my THIN co-workers if I could tag along (AKA Slow them down). I kept up for a bit, but always had to STOP..to find Air. My first 5K was tough, I wanted to quit so many times but my friend would not let me, we crossed in just under 30 minutes.

    Every step I take today is a reminder of those first few days. It is not painful now, I glide when I used to tromp, I laugh/talk when I used to be gasping for air, and I am no longer overweight.

    I have race reports, daily runs, family runs, track workout, and friends I have met through this amazing sport.

    OK I should probably work today.. HUGS!!

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  21. My best moment...finishing my first marathon in 3:51. That meant more than my recent BQ. It was so personal...*I* trained, *I* made the sacrifices, *I* pushed through and *I* finished.

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  22. One of my favorite running memories is shortly after I started running, my now 19 year old son was still very young 3 or 4. He would be in the stroller; and not a nice jogging stroller a cheap umberlla type one, day after day he'd sit there listening to music or just looking around while I ran. Not the distances that I now run but up to 5 miles back then.
    I remember feeling a bit selfish about having to taking him and one day I said something along the lines of an apologizing thank you for tolerating my runs. That amazing little boy still strapped in that cheap uncomfortable stroller said to you, "It's okay Mommy. I know you love to run and I love being with you!" It still makes me want to cry.
    That little boy did not yet grow up to want to be a runner like Mommy but he has grown up to want to push himself to see what he can accomplish. On January 11, 2010 he will join the US Army to see if he can.

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  23. Loving reading everyone's running stories! Great idea!

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  24. My personal best running moment was crossing the finish line with my sister at her very first marathon. It was awesome to see the pride on her face and the joy in her eyes! I loved every secomd of it!

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  25. my best moment was running with my double stroller in the Val Nolasco Half marathon and coming in under 2 hours. I wasn't just another runner that day. I got a lot of cheers and encouragment!

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  26. when i realized that i was running to run (not to burn calories or work off that last cookie) and that I LOVED IT. that was only about a few months ago...and it comes and goes, but it's always there when i'm having a hard time. Run cause you want to, and you love it.

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  27. good luck and have fun this weekend! wish i could be there to run with ya. :)

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  28. Thanks for the contest linkage love!

    Running story...well, I converted my 40 lbs overweight (new) husband at the time nearly a decade ago to running. He lost all the weight, is a runner, and we ran about 200 races together before life changed again and we have a little girl and so racing season is on hold...but there's always time/space/a chance to roll out my yoga mat :)

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  29. Hey! My best running moment so far was my last race- 10 miles, and I finished at an average 8 minute pace. I never thought my little 5'1" body could run that fast. Made me just want to get FASTER

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  30. Laying by the pool??? Ahhh..it's 2 degrees here this morning, so yes, I'm jealous.

    Best running moment?? One of my faves is crossing the finish line with my 11 year old son at his 2nd 10K. He had a goal to break an hour and we came in at 59:30. I really pushed him at the end and it was fun to share this with himm.

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  31. Honestly, that moment has yet to happen for me. I'm still waiting ;)

    Say HI to Elvis & The Blue Man Group for all of us!

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  32. Nike the first time I had EVER ran 13.1 miles and felt amazing. I felt like I could run all day. It was so gorgeous and I was there with TNT and it was so inspiring. I felt like I really did some good. It seems like a dream I got to go there at all. I want to go back just to realize that San Fran is REAL. It was heaven :)

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  33. GOOD LUCK this weekend! I hope you have fun and it is a great race for you!

    I wish I had good stories to share... one of my best moments was finishing my first marathon. Pushing through was tough but I did it and was proud.

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  34. The moment I crossed the finish line of the Flying Pig Marathon :)

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  35. My favourite running moments are when I cross paths with another runner. It's the smile exchanged signalling "ahhhgyeaaa" while enjoying the day.

    I also cried at the last Run for the Cure. Runners are such great people. Who else runs around in the rain, stomps through puddles and wears crazy clothes to fight breast cancer? The power of runners blows me away.

    Good luck this weekend!

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  36. My best running moment was the when I crossed the finish line at my first half-marathon. It was at that moment I realized that I really was a runner and that it was something I could do, and loved doing, for myself!

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  37. I love everyone's stories, and this is a tough one! Right now I think I have to say my 10 mile race from 2 weeks ago. I knew that I could beat last year's time, but I had no idea how powerful and improved I was until that moment. It showed me that all of my training and my half marathon PR months earlier hadn't been a fluke - I've actually gotten better!

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  38. My best running moment was when my husband and I got back into running together after the kids started junior high...we rekindled our old love for running and getting outdoors together and it was almost magical. Still is actually.

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