I am back for more of my running commentary (I am so sorry I just had too). I figured I would use this blog to answer some questions I get from people and give some advice (cause you know I am guru lol) I am been running a lot since I am preparing for my first half marathon on March 18th. During the prep process I have been asking everyone I know who runs what they think I should do to prepare (sorry to all of those people) and I have gotten a lot of good advice. That led me to realize something new about running and that is that there is no set way to do it. I have gotten lots of good advice and I am trying to figure out what I think is best for me.

   So I guess here is some advice for everyone: do whats best for you. If you feel good while running keep running if you don’t feel good while running stop. The one thing that I seem to see everywhere is that you should never run more then 10% more then you did the week before because that leads to injury and that seems like good advice to me (OK I may not have always followed that but it really is a good advice). Most runners will never win a race so for them its about a personal reason for them whether it be because they love it, to get in shape or even to raise money for a charity people are running for themselves. I started out running to get into better shape, hoping to raise money for a charity someday and found myself loving running.

    The two hardest parts of running for me are finding time for the long runs and actually getting out to run. I know if you look at my Facebook page I am not always super busy and like adult beverages from time to time but a long run can take from two to three hours so it is the kind of thing that you need to plan your schedule around. For me wanting to do longer races it is important to get long runs in as often as possible. If you are running for short distances or to get into shape then do not worry about that kind of time a four to five mile run should take about fifty minutes so you would only need to block out an hour at a time. The other hard part of running is the actual getting out and doing it. Once I get out to run I never regret it but sometimes the putting on running clothes leaving my house to run is not easy. Sometimes I have to give myself a pep talk then once I do it I am happy I did. Much like most things in life just getting out and doing it is the hard part.

   Thanks again for reading, commenting and passing my blog along to people. Please feel free to keep passing it along and if you have any topic ideas please let me know. I got one about races and that will be my theme next week for sure!

   Here is some parting wisdom: no matter how slow or fast you run, its 100% faster then when you are sitting on the couch!

Hello Everyone,

This is the first addition of my brand new running blog. The purpose of this blog is to discuss my new found love of running. My goal is to share my experiences and enthusiasm and hopefully learn something from my readers (if I actually get any). Since in my crazy dreams some people who do not know me well will actually read this I should start with a little background info.

I am New York City School Teacher who loves teaching the future of America. The last time I did anything athletic on a regular basis was playing little league baseball. In May of last year I met one of my all time favorite athletes and took a picture of him and I looked awful. I was as big as I had ever been and not feeling good. So I decided to join some of my friends in an attempt to lose some weight by joining weight watchers. (I promise this will actually get to running soon) Since I started I have lost 66 pounds. I did it mostly by following the diet and doing a lot of walking but my loss slowing down a bit and I know I needed to do more exercising. In early Nov I went to watch a friend run the ING NYC Marathon run for an amazing charity the Garden of Dreams (I will discuss them a little more in a future blog). I was inspired as I watched her all sorts of people run 26.2 miles and I began to think I wonder if someday that can be me so I set out to try to run. I found someone at work to run with two mornings a week and by myself for one long weekend run. Those first few runs were painful I could not even do a mile without having to stop every so often and by every so often it was a lot. I thought I was going to die during my first long run. It was like being hungover by ten.

The funny thing is I actually enjoyed it more each time I did it. I also got better each time I did it. Then yesterday I won an olympic gold medal!! (Ok we all know that did not happen) But what I did get was great I got the best hobby/exercise/ passion I may have ever gotten. I figure I spoke enough so far for my first time. In the next few blogs I plan to tell you how I named this blog (though if someone in Seattle reads this she will may know why), about my first race and what I love about running!

Thanks for the time and if you like my blog comment or tell a friend!


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