Now an accomplished running journalist with credits in Runner’s World, Outside, Men’s Health and many other publications, Lisa Jhung once hated running so much that she hid from her coaches in high school. Fast forward 20 years, and she’s authored two books on running including her latest, Running That Doesn’t Suck: How to Love Running (Even If You Think You Hate It).
Update (11:05 am ET): We’ve wrapped up the live discussion for today, but you can learn much more from Lisa’s book — it’s available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Running Press.
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Good morning everyone! I’ll get the ball rolling. Lisa, what inspired you to write the book?
Good morning, Lisa. I'm training for a marathon at the end of September. I'm only able to get 21 miles then run out of gas. Everything I read says 20 is enough while training. That last 5 or 6 miles seems impossible. Any thoughts?
What keeps you motivated?
Good morning, I need a meal plan for running please . I need a before running something to eat or snack for energy & I’m always starving after a run or working. I’m trying to build endurance for a 1/2 marathon in October. Can you help me ?
I am about to prepare for the Marine Corps Marathon. I can use any advice I can get! I have been running for over 15 years but have never focused on pace. I have recently been focusing on increasing my distance but any tips regarding pace would be great.
I've tried running, tried run/walk and because of some autoimmune issues I found walking suits me better...in fact I walk 50k's and enjoy them. Running is fine if your body cooperates. I've learned what works best for me.
After a run should you use a cold or hot compress on your joints?
What type of surface is safest to run on...asphalt, grass or dirt road?
One more question, will my hamstring ever heal? i need to hear some positive news because i am so upset about it
My husband and and I took up running about a year and a half ago. We run 30-35 miles a week and have ran 13.1 miles on our own just to see if we could :) We have not joined any runs and are now deciding its time to give it a shot. We want to shoot for the half marathon and then the full. Should we continue same mileage while training? And what type of diet do you recommend when training,
I’m recovering from knee surgery and was told if I started my running again, it might bring back my problem. In a nutshell, I was told I'd never run again, which is an unacceptable response. I presently bicycle 13 miles, swim, and when I'm feeling adventerous, I'll skate to whole foods for a snack (10 miles). My question is from your experience do you know of folks who have come back from knee surgery and, what was the time frame (6 mo or 1 year)? I know each person’s recovery is different, but I’m losing my mind and need to hear there’s hope for me.
Yes, I have been running a lot. Several 18 to 21 mile long runs. I have done many half marathons, but this will be my first full.
Any advice for healing a strained hamstring? i am about to lose my mind with waiting for it to heal. I am swimming and biking, icing and going to PT but it just isn't changing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
I am 68 and walk 3.5 miles per day as well as an hour at the gym of total body fitness. Every December I run a 15K for the Hot Chocolate run with not too much trouble. I also hike Rim 2 Rim in the Grand Canyon once a year. I don't train for either - I just go out and gut it out. I have added a 1/2 marathon to my bucket list. Do you think I can just do it - - or do I really need to do weekly training?
Good morning.. do you incorporate any weight training for your workouts and if so how often?
What is your favorite running event?
As a much older runner, how many miles a week should I run to complete a half marathon. Right now, I’m attempting to get 20 miles a week. I run every other day.
I am signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October. I’ve run 74 marathons in my life but it’s been four years since my last marathon in New York. I’ve been running for about 15 to 20 years but always been really slow. I am so afraid of the beat the bridge at Marine Corps and maintaining a 14 minute mile. I have been training really hard for the last six weeks and will continue to do so but I can’t even imagine going to the expense and all this training only to get swept up at mile 17. My longest run today is 10 miles and it didn’t go great. I am doing a walk run strategy one minute 30 seconds running and 30 seconds walking. Should I differ? Or keep training and do you have any suggestions?
Thanks, everyone! That was really fun! I hope you enjoy reading the book, as there are lots of insights on everything from finding the ideal time of day, location, and company to run (based on YOU as an individual), to how to find the best running shoe and how that can help your running, to how to manage various aches and pains, how to make sure running is NEVER boring, and more. The goal is to get the most out of running to ensure that you always love it. It's also a great gift book for all your friends who say they wish they loved running (like you do) but that they can't do it. (They can!) Here's to happy running! - lisa