I don’t know about you, but over the past year, I’ve learned a thing or two about running and, let me just say, not all of the lessons were good! I mean, yes of course, just mustering up the energy to get out there and run is a whole category of its own- it’s fantastic and cleansing, and a fabulous way to feel your body tuned into a constant state of movement, but are there lessons to be learned?

YES, THERE ARE!

I’d like to think I’ve schooled running a bit, ya know, hit the pavement hard, and given it a good run for its money, showing myself, in fact, that I have what it takes to be a great runner.

BUT all of the long runs, short runs, hard runs, milder runs… WHAT HAVE THEY TAUGHT ME?

1] RUNNING TAKES PATIENCE:

There is only so much your body can do…WAIT…WHAT? Well, during runs, although your body takes the brunt of the punishment (fatigue of muscles, joints, etc.), your mind can be punished, too! Not living in the moment, so-to-speak, can really render your mental state, meaning, thinking too far ahead or too far behind, can make you a little crazy; therefore, causing your body to tense up and become less able to perform. It’s best for me to stay in the mile (be where I am) and think positive, encouraging thoughts! 

2] KNOW YOUR LIMITS:

I am a very schedule oriented person, meaning, I respond best when one, I have a schedule and when two, I stay on it. Now, a running schedule is especially important for me because it gives me insight into both my progress and my readiness for an upcoming race. I’ve found, though, that I HAVE TO KNOW MY LIMITS, I have to know when enough is enough! Fatigue is one thing, but injury is a whole other factor! Often times, I defined my day by how my run went (or swim went); therefore, was extremely upset when the mileage wasn’t completed. This made me miserable, so now, I listen to my body and take the proper precautions needed to keep my body healthy. If I can’t complete a run or I need to switch one run with another, that’s okay! 

3] YOGA IS A MUST:

More so than running, my body has taught me that I must do yoga (at least) a few times a week! There are no exceptions to this rule! Yoga is what keeps my body long and lean, and most importantly, injury free! It’s also a nice stress reliever! At times, my right IT Band gives me some trouble, but yoga really helps to alleviate the tension (even more than the foam roller and the stick roller combined).

4] TURN BACK NOW OR ELSE:

On a lighter note, I’ve learned that it’s not always best for me, especially on longer runs, to run half of my proposed miles out and the second half of my run back (the way I came) because one, I have a terrible sense of direction (and usually get lost) and two, I always end up having to wrap my winter layers (shirts, gloves, jackets, etc.) around my waist which in turn, makes me extremely uncomfortable and claustrophobic for the remainder of my run. It’s best for me to circle back around to my car, at least once, so I can ditch what I don’t need!

5] I LOVE MY RUNNING PARTNER:

I used to be very fidgety when it came to even thinking about running with another person, let alone actually doing it! I don’t know, I felt like running next to someone would destroy that “inner chi” that I’ve worked so hard to establish. I WAS WRONG! My husband is my running partner and I absolutely LOVE running with him! We have tons of fun on our runs (laughing, talking, and joking) and consistently push each other to new and exciting levels: He pushes me, I push him back, and…it just works! We are always in sync with one another! Just last night, on the way home from our run, my husband felt rejuvenated! When we first embarked on mile 1 of 6, he felt tired and sluggish, but responded well to my energy and speed, so then pushed me the last 3 miles! Team work! It feels great to know and hear, too, that I’m pushing him as hard as he’s pushing me (being that he’s an 18 minute 5ker and a 3:10 marathoner). He tells me all the time that I’m a natural runner, have an incredible amount of speed, and will continue to run incredible PRs! In conclusion, I love the mindset we put each other in…POSITIVE!

WHAT HAS RUNNING TAUGHT YOU?

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!! STAY TUNED FOR PART 2!

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LOVE MY RUNNING PARTNER!!!

 Xoxo,

Kristin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. TheFreckleFacedRunner

    I am learning, that “yoga is a must” as I age. I am just not as flexible as I want to be and it goes a long way to recovery after runs, you are soooo right. I aslo belong to the hubby running partner club and I think it makes me a better runner. I also push a little harder, run a little farther, and smile a little more when I know he’s staring at my backside! =)

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    1. Kristin

      Haha! I love this!! You’re so funny!! I feel the same way about running with my husband!! 😉 😉 Hehe! It’s great to feel the push and the excitement!
      I highly recommend yoga, too! It has really helped me out (in many different ways)! Thank you so much for the comment!!

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  2. daydreamsandshoestrings

    I love this post!!! You know you have grown as a runner when you can make a list of lessons learned 🙂 “Listen to your body” has become my #1 rule!!! I really want to try Yoga…and it’s been on my radar for a while now…perhaps your insistance will motivate me!!! And I absolutely adore your #5, as my hubby is my running partner too! We have pushed eachother in so many ways…. 🙂 Looking forward to Part 2!

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    1. Kristin

      Awww, I love it!! Thank you so much, too! I have grown a lot as a runner, so I’m happy about that! Thanks again!
      That’s awesome that you run with your husband, too! Fun! It really makes all the difference! I’m a huge lover of yoga, especially Bryan Kest (www.poweryoga.com)! I’ve been “practicing with him” (doing his online yoga classes/DVD) for 7+ years now so highly recommend him!

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  3. 2 Cups 'N Run

    Great post! Number 5 is so sweet! I completely agree with 1 and 2 and I’m the same, I need my training plan, I need to follow it, and I need to be smart and realistic when I write it down.
    One big thing running has taught me: hard work pays off, even with things you never thought you could do.

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    1. Kristin

      Thank you so much!! And thank you, too for the “so sweet” comment. You are so sweet!! 😉
      Yes, I definitely need a plan, too, but also need to be flexible with it…I’m learning that and am getting a little better!
      You’re right, too- hard work does pay off and it feels great to reach new goals!! Thanks for the comment!!

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    1. Kristin

      Aw, thanks so much! So kind! There are so many wonderful benefits to doing yoga! You should try! My husband has recently started and although was uncomfortable the first few times, is becoming more flexible and comfortable with the practice! 🙂

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  4. courtruns4cupcakes

    I always have much better runs when I run with my running buddy than I do when I go alone. Running definitely takes patience. I always have dreams of busting out a 13+ mile run out of nowhere and I’m always humbled at around mile 4 🙂

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    1. Kristin

      Oh yeah, you should be proud of any mileage you do! That’s fantastic and haha, you’re so cute! I love the “busting out” part- such an adorable sense of humor!
      Running with a buddy will give you more drive! You’re 100% right! 😉 Thank you so much for your comment!

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  5. frozencokefridays

    What do you recommend for yoga? I’ve been reading that lately, and I think it could be the vital missing ingredient to a quicker recovery after long runs.
    Your enthusiasm for the sport is very contagious!

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    1. macfiar

      If you go to YouTube and look for Tara Stiles, she is a yoga instructor with hundreds of fantastic videos for all levels. I do one of hers every day.

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    2. Kristin

      Thank you!! Yoga has really changed my life- it has given me more confidence, inner peace, and has really helped to prevent injuries. I recommend Bryan Kest (www.poweryoga.com)! He is like the godfather of power yoga! His workouts can be as intense as you want them to be. He’s all about making it “your class”. He does a series of wonderful, vibrant stretches, too! You can sign up for like $10-$15/month and have access to his library of classes. OR you can buy his DVD which is really good (Bryan Kest Power Yoga Complete Collection)! I have been practicing his stuff for 7+ years and LOVE IT!

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  6. macfiar

    Hey Kristen! I wish I could go running with a partner but when i tried it last, my friend/partner wanted to talk the whole time and was a much faster runner than me. I couldn’t keep up and ended up hurting my ankle and the constant talking didn’t keep me motivated as well as listening to music does. My husband is not a runner because of bad knees. We tried it once but he said I was much too fast (?) and that his knees hurt. He went home after 2 minutes. So I go it alone. 😦 You guys are very cute!

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    1. Kristin

      Aw, thanks so much! I appreciate the cute comment! 😉
      It doesn’t sound like you had a great experience at all (with a running partner). I think it would probably be harder for me to run with someone other than my husband because I might not feel as in sync with the other person…so I get where you are coming from. I guess it would be hard to run with your husband if you’re at different paces and he has achy knees so I wish you much luck on your solo runs! 😉

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  7. Lauren

    haha, I love #4! I also have a terrible sense of direction and I’m constantly getting lost when I go out on a new route! And I think #1 is right on. When I first started, I wanted to go out there every time and run so many miles at such and such pace, and when I couldn’t reach those goals I would get so discouraged. Now I know that to get the results I want, I need to take it one day or one week at a time and slowly build up to my goals.

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    1. Kristin

      Haha- YES, I am so terrible at getting half way out there like alright, I know how I got here, and then…nope, one wrong turn plus more wrong turns…ugh, I really astound myself at my lack of direction (and my husband)! 😉
      #1 is a great lesson! Patience is definitely a virtue which is not always the easiest for me…I usually want things to happen with the snap of my finger, so thanks again for reading!! I’m so happy you can relate!!
      Have a great day!! 🙂

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  8. Francesca

    I was skeptical about a running buddy at first too, but it proved to be the best thing ever…especially for the days I am unmotivated. 🙂 Thanks for the post- you are amazing -xo-

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  9. Lauren Lane

    Kudos to #5!! My husband and my best friend constantly beg me to run with them. I’ve done it once or twice, but I haven’t quite made the commitment. It’s not really because I dislike being with someone else…it’s because they push me harder and I hate cardio. Ahhhh guilty :p now I LOVE lifting with my partner!! So fun and my husband looks great doing it haha

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    1. Kristin

      I really understand this!! I used to run by myself and weight lift with my husband, but now totally opposite…I weight lift by myself during the day and run with my husband in the morning!

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