Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Debunking Running Myths

Based on random statements I hear from people, both runners and non-runners, regarding running, I thought I'd give my take on some of them....
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No, it isn't always easy to get out of bed to run. In face some days it is darn near impossible. But, I force myself out of bed, lace up my shoes and step out the door. I never regret the runs that I take, I only regret the days when the bed wins the fight.

No, I do not have a lot of free time in order to get my miles in. In fact, I give up a lot of things in order to make my miles. I don't "have time", I "make time" to run. I typically get up between 4:30-5:00 am on weekdays to fit my runs in before Jeff leaves for work. I pass up Friday night events so I can get up early for long runs on Saturday. I get up and start running on Saturday morning no later than 6:30am in order to get my run done and not miss out on too much family time. I go to bed early. I don't watch much TV.

No, I do not enjoy every run. Some runs just do not go the way I want or anticipate them going. But it's typically those runs that I learn the most about myself. Just keep going....

No, not every run produces a "runner's high". When I think of "runner's high", I think of the feeling I get (usually after at least 8 miles), that makes me feel like I can run forever. It makes me feel really good about myself, about life. And when I have these wonderful feelings, I KNOW that I will crush my current race goals. Some days I feel this way, some days I don't. Some runners never experience the "runner's high". Here is the Wikipedia definition.

No, I didn't lose all the weight I've lost just because I run a lot of miles. It HELPS to run 30+ miles per week, but I also have to be selective in what I eat. Case in point....I GAINED 5 pounds training for the Cleveland Marathon because I was hungry ALL THE TIME. And I convinced myself that running 40 miles per week, every week, for over a month allowed me the luxury of those Swedish Fish (note...do not consume the whole bag) or to just eat anything that looked good.

No, I can't eat everything I want to just because I am a runner. (see above)

No, I don't eat all healthy, all the time. I LOVE food (see above). I love good for me food, I love bad for me food (cookies, brownies, Swedish Fish, ice cream). I drink beer and wine. And martinis. Just because I run a lot doesn't mean that I eat and look like one of the elite athletes (although, I wish I looked like them....) Many runners start running with a "I run to eat" and some "Eat to Run". Whichever side you fall into is fine. Just don't judge me for eating the foods I like!

No, I am not a super fast runner just because I am a Marathoner. In fact, the higher the mileage, the slower I am.

No, I did not run that 5K Marathon last weekend....But, I may have run a 5K race or a Marathon.... They are not the same thing. A 5k=3.1 miles. A Marathon=26.2miles. There's a lot of running lingo, but that's going to be covered in the next post.

No, you don't need to break in your running shoes. A lot of people say that you should break them in. If they are the right running shoe for you, you should be fine. Example...I bought new shoes (Brooks Adrenaline 11s) on a Thursday and wore them for an 18 mile training run on Saturday. No issues. I have been told by the running shoe experts that you should be able to wear them straight out of the box. Now, if I change brand or model of shoe, I will start with lower mileage runs first to make sure that the shoe and my feet get along.

What would you add to my list? Are there any that you don't agree with?



Disclaimer....I am not an expert. I am not a running coach. All thoughts here are things I have learned in my years as a runner. Remember every runner is different. 

14 comments:

  1. this is an awesome post! I agree with what you have here and have to say whenever I heard that 5K marathon crap I just want to scream! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! I know I shouldn't let it bother me about the distance, but I'm only human! (& I have worked REALLY freaking hard to be able to claim the title, Marathoner...)

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  2. Bahaha! The 5k marathon! Cracks me up every time!
    Love your new look, by the way!

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! It's a work in progress since I'm still learning, but finally figuring some things out!

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  3. I love this! I can't count the number of times I've had to explain how much different a 5k is from a marathon, it's so aggravating. And that no, I can't eat that pizza just because I run a lot. It helps but it doesn't fight off all fat!

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  4. Love this post! The new 5K marathon stuff drives me bonkers too!

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  5. My boss always said "Are you running a marathon tonight?" when he means to ask if I'm doing any kind of run at all. I just always say yes. :)

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    1. Great attitude, Melissa! And it's nice that he's taking an interest, right?

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  6. Lol!!! Love this! Here's one I'm going to add...No, my knees are not going to wear out from running...it actually makes them stronger!

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    1. Thanks, Mindy! I can't believe I forgot this one!

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    2. AND my knees took a lot more of a beating when I was 40 lbs heavier pre-running...

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  7. Love it Anne. Great blog - totally agree with everything you say and I agree with Mindy as well. Hmmm... what would I add..... Oh, I always get told that I must have always been sporty to be able to run this far. Ah, no. Only started running just over three years ago and could only do 5mins. If I can run, anyone can. And like you say, we "make" the time. If you cant find 5% of your day to fit in a run, you aren't trying very hard.

    Keep on posting these great blogs and I absolutely love the new look.

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