How you got into running...

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    Jan 05, 2013 8:59 AM GMT
    I forced myself to join cross country and track in middle school to lose massive weight. Stuck with it throughout high school and now running is a lifestyle, 3X a week 60-90 min. I love running now. Lost all the weight. I can't go more than 2 days without running long-distance. Never looked back since.

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    Jan 05, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    Helps me run my feelings out and I told myself if a 70 year old grandpa can finish a marathon I cant lose to him at all
  • Medjai

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    Jan 05, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    It's my alone time, and stress relief. Between the solitude and endorphins, I always finish in a great mood.
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    Jan 05, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    I wasn't much of an athlete in high school, but started running in college to stay in shape. I discovered that I loved it for its own sake as well as being a great stress reliever. Now I run 30 to 40 miles a week and compete in races from 5K up to half marathon (I've done 3 marathons) I added weight lifting, cycling, and kickboxing for cross training
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    It's a great chance to listen to my favorite music and move at the same time - that's my main motivation.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    I didn't.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    Army. I never ran before, but at basic training, they placed me into "A" group, and I discovered that I'm pretty good at it.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    I started running (and cycling) as a boy. I had long legs and found I was one of the two fastest kids in my school. I had excess energy, so running & cycling helped me channel all that energy. Later in high school I ran on the track team until about mid way through, when I discovered H20-polo and made that team in h.s. and college. I never stopped running though, but never again for a team.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    huhwhat saidArmy. I never ran before, but at basic training, they placed me into "A" group, and I discovered that I'm pretty good at it.


    A Train!!
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    The first time I got runners high I was hooked and it's only happenend 2 other times and I run almost everyday for the last 20yrs.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    My school district had a district wide track & field day during the spring in which all five elementary schools competed. I'm pretty sure everybody looked forward to it as an excuse to not have class. The high school track team officiated.

    Distances ranged from 50 yards to 400 yards (they didn't change it to meters until I was in middle school), plus the softball throw and standing long jump. My dad felt I'd be pretty good at the longer 400y, so had me start running with him to get ready when I was in 4th grade. I went on to run xc/ track in middle school, high school, and college, and was a multi-time state champion in high school. I guess dad was right!
  • mybud

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    Jan 05, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    It gives me time to sort out my thoughts...I run near my home where there are miles of trails...Most go through forests...by creeks...Yesterday, I saw two fawns run across the trail...I felt blessed to see this natural beauty...Up close and personal.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    Because I'm not very coordinated and sucked at most other sports...
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    A friend signed me up for a half marathon. I was starting to put on work weight and wasn't going to let the registration fee go to waste so started training for it and realized it was a good way to relieve the stress and start getting back into shape. (It also helped that there were hot shirtless guys running the park for the extra motivation ;) )
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    Well I was like the guy in the movie the Bachelor. I've had so many men chasing me that I learned how to run.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:46 PM GMT
    I got into running because of my doctor. I had a deep vein thrombosis in my right leg. She would not let me exercise much until my treatment was over. Once it was over she said that the best thing I could do for it now, was to run. So, I joined a 5k training program in July for motivation and now I will be starting a half marathon training program in a couple of weeks. My doctor was right, it has cleared my leg up, i get some good cardio exercise and i run off the stress.
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    Jan 05, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    I was never allowed to run growing up. So when my heart finally was fixed and my doctor said "go do all the things I wouldnt let you do before"...I ran
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 05, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    USMC makes everyone run, everywhere.
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    Jan 05, 2013 6:25 PM GMT
    I always admired people wearing the race Tshirts. Now I have a few of my own.

    Trainer had to convince me a 6 minute mile won't lose the spare tire nearly as fast as a 20 minute mile up a very steep hill. So, 5K under 50 minutes does it for me.

    I am relatively ache-free for my age, trying to keep it that way.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Jan 05, 2013 6:28 PM GMT
    signed up for a marathon and thought "this should make me run, i hope..." you better believe i finished that marathon
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    Jan 05, 2013 6:29 PM GMT
    sanjose408 saidsigned up for a marathon and thought "this should make me run, i hope..." you better believe i finished that marathon

    Do I sense a little sass in that sentence? mmmMMhHHmmm....
  • RaggedyMan

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    Jan 05, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    huhwhat said
    sanjose408 saidsigned up for a marathon and thought "this should make me run, i hope..." you better believe i finished that marathon

    Do I sense a little sass in that sentence? mmmMMhHHmmm....

    i snapped my fingers just now...
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 05, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    sanjose408 said
    huhwhat said
    sanjose408 saidsigned up for a marathon and thought "this should make me run, i hope..." you better believe i finished that marathon

    Do I sense a little sass in that sentence? mmmMMhHHmmm....

    i snapped my fingers just now...


    I actually can picture you snapping your fingers all sassy like. This I'll have to see. Oh and you ran a marathon???
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 05, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
    runningstud saidI wasn't much of an athlete in high school, but started running in college to stay in shape. I discovered that I loved it for its own sake as well as being a great stress reliever. Now I run 30 to 40 miles a week and compete in races from 5K up to half marathon (I've done 3 marathons) I added weight lifting, cycling, and kickboxing for cross training
    Your physique looks awesome, keep up the great work.


    Now if I could only get rid of this plantar faciitis in my right foot so I could start running again.
  • Markguy

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    Jan 05, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    Stress at work was killing me. I was 50 years old, 70 lbs. overweight, and ready to give up. Started walking as I was losing weight. As the weight came off the walking turned into running. Hooked up with a group sponsored by the local running shoe store and trained for a half marathon. Three years later I've completed half a dozen half marathons and one full marathon. I can't imagine not running now.