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Jan 15, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Good morning...honestly I'm having a hard time getting started this year. I signed up for a Half-marathon in mid-March yet I have not begun my training. I purchased a new Garmin watch and new Mizuno sneakers but just haven't gotten started yet...any encouragement would be appreciated!

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Jan 12, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Good morning from Charleston, SC! I was able to complete 3/4 of last weeks challenges and am so grateful for this group! Ive been running on and off for about 2o years (I'm fifty) and completed 5 half marathons. Over the last 3 years, I feel like I've lost my running "why" but after this week, starting to feel it come back.

Currently, I'm digging the 3 miles :D It seems this distance and the time (I'm running a 12.5 min mile right now... slow and steady, yo!) releases enough endorphins that I feel more calm and happy throughout the day. My biggest challenge is GETTING OUT THERE! It's amazing how many excuses fly through my head, kind of like I'm fighting against myself but once I finish, I feel amazing and a little more encouraged to get out there the next day. Doing about 9 miles a week so far and really enjoy running outside and trails. Anything to be in nature!

This being noted, lemme go lace up and get this done. I'm making up for yesterday :D You all stay warm!

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I’m just getting back into running again after taking a long break. Currently practicing intervals of 1:1 and 1:2s.

Having run several half marathons, I am now a happy 5k jogger:-) I must run outdoors, nothing beats it but when it is below freezing I struggle to get out there!

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Jan 11, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Thank you, I am excited.

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Jan 11, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I am late to this posting but let me now chime in....you all inspire me to want to run!

I have been running since a freshman in high school (fall of 1974) on our school's first girls' cross-country team. Yup, I am old! I fell in love with running then and have not stopped running since (although I have had periods of hiatus due to injury, grad school, etc.) I live in Central FL where winter weather is great, but the summer heat and humidity are killer. Training for the fall marathons (NYC, MCM, Chicago) is a lesson in true endurance and perseverance. I have completed 3 full marathons and 35 or so Half Marathons in 10 different states (#11 & 12 are coming up in 2022). I usually run 20 - 25 miles a week over 3 - 4 days and walk or swim one other day. I am no longer fast and usually do run walk breaks (7 min/1 min), but I keep moving forward.

Here in the Orlando area, we are lucky to have a great local running store (Track Shack) that offers several running programs for all types of runners. In 2007 I joined their Marathonfest program which provides support and coaching for half and full marathon runners. To say it is like family now is an understatement and some of my best friends are now my existing or former running group buddies. I can always find someone to run with to cover the miles, but still enjoy the solace of running alone during the week if I need or want to.

My favorite distance is the Half Marathon - I have to train for it, but it doesn't exhaust me like a full marathon training plan does. My second favorite distance is the 15k and the Gate River Run (Jax, FL) is my favorite race of this distance. In 2018 I was lucky enough to run the NYC marathon and it was my favorite race experience of all distances. I LOVED everything about the race and was so happy to endure all I had to in order to run that event, including an 11-year hiatus between full marathons. It will definitely be my last full, but I plan on continuing running until I finish a Half in all 50 states. With good health and God's help, I plan on running well into my 80's. Thanks, Terrell, for a great email and all you do to support us runners (new and old).

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Jan 10, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I'm a "Noob" to the running scene, having started in the spring of 2020. My husband was an ultra runner for several years (2011 - 2018), running 50k and 100k trail races where we live here in Colorado. I was always on the sidelines with our 2 young kiddos, crewing and cheering for him. I fell in love with the trail running community; non-competitive, down to earth, and outdoor loving people. As soon as the kids reached an age they could be left safely unattended for 1/2 hr or so, I shifted my attention back to my own health and joined my hubby for some runs together. :) COVID had also shut down the gym where I had a spinning class 2x times a week before work to get in some cardio. So I turned to running outside, where it was safe and accessible. The first time I could run 5 miles without stopping was a huge achievement. I gradually pushed it to 8 miles. And then 10miles. I signed up for my first trail 1/2 marathon in Sept of 2021 that went really well! It was so much fun I signed up for a road 1/2 marathon two months later in Nov. I ran that in sub 2 hrs, shocking myself and my husband - in an excited and supportive way that maybe I was onto something great with this running thing! He has taken a step back from racing due to some race-burnout, and loves living vicariously through me, and mentoring me through training. Now I am training for and committed to a 25 mile trail race in May 2022 that scares the crap out of me because it will be my longest distance ever, and by far the most difficult thing I have ever physically done (besides birthing 2 awesome daughters). I hope in 2022 I can balance the challenge of finding time to train while working full time, pushing my body without injury, and training on steep hilly terrain through the winter in various snowy/ icy/ muddy conditions. I love reading what some others have said about how much running connects us to nature, and the joy of finding oneself. I just couldn't agree more, and I'm excited to find this community!

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Jan 8, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running in 2015, after realizing I couldn't afford horses anymore. I run about 15 miles a week, usually with my dog (except for speed work). On my 70th birthday this fall, I ran my 5th half marathon and it really, surprisingly, SUCKED! Ended up hobbling through the finish line. It was humiliating. This has become a "listen to your body" experience for me. My races in 2021 had felt harder than normal, my back and hips would be sore during and afterwards, but I was doing hip/knee strengthening exercises twice a week and bootcamp so continued on with training. After the disastrous half, I quit all my exercises thinking "to hell with it" but did continue to run. FINALLY, a visit to sports doc and an MRI confirmed that I had a disk issue in low back. Physical therapist determined I have very week hips and slouch to one side as well. Doing PT now and am optimistic about building back up to a half in the fall. IF I had listened to my body throughout 2021, the half might have gone much better. A hard lesson to be sure.

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I am in Southwest Ranches Florida

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Jan 8, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Hello from North of Boston where about 8 inches of snow arrived yesterday. Making streets icy and snowy. Diagnosed w/ COVID over the holidays, so I have not run for about 2 weeks. I typically run about 3.5 miles about 5 x's per week. I am slowly on the mend but now the inclement weather makes running outside difficult. I prefer to be outside rather than a treadmill. I have been running for 30+ yrs. I enjoy running early am when roads are clear, moon and stars are still out and its just me and bunny rabbits. Things are a tad difficult right now and hope this challenge is behind me soon.

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Jan 8, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Good Morning from snowy Wisconsin!

I’ve been running for about the last 10 years. In an attempt to rebuild my life after a painful divorce and being alienated from my. 3 children, I used running to find myself again and push myself to limits I never knew. I also completed 2 marathons in the last two years! I really thrived on the rush of what my mind and body could do. The running became an addiction and survival! After running the Chicago Marathon in October, I have given my poor feet a much needed rest due to intense over training I believe. Now, I am working to get what I believe is Plantar, and get back on a running schedule. I want to share that as my running has slowed down, I am struggling with what feels like depression. Holding myself to getting back in.my game again. It has literally been a crucial mental survival plan. I love running out here in this beautiful backdrop where we built our home. It is a beautiful wetland and Marsh. We also whitetail hunt out here. On my runs I see so much nature! Truly amazing! I managed to even rescue a orphaned Fawn on a run, and brought it home to be raised and rehabilitated by an appropriate organization. Running out in nature has been a priceless bonus!

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Jan 8, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I have always been a runner. In high school, I was a sprinter, hurdler, and left wing field hockey player. At 5'1/2" I just wasn't fast enough with the hurdles in college.

Back then I would run around 3 miles about 3 times a week. At age 43 a friend encouraged me to sign up for a 5k. I loved it!!! Six months later I ran my first half in Philly!

After that, I usually signed up for a half in the fall and one in the spring to get myself out the door on the cold windy ugly days and to have some structure to my running.

Last spring I was so excited to finally have an in person race again. I had some hamstring pain, but kept going (I knew better!😕) it got so bad I had to defer my race(one blessing of covid). I'm better and have no pain walking or doing everyday stuff, but start to feel it around 2milesish. I'm still doing exercises from PT and just trying to take it slow. But like so many other folks have said here, the older I get, the longer it takes to bounce back.

I'm still getting out there though and am so thankful for this group. I love reading all of you're inspiring stories and commiserating with others.

Good luck training, everyone!

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I started jogging with my dad when I was around 6 years old. I am 51 and now running is just part of The tattered patchwork I call my life. Without it I am not sure I would be here. Running puts an eternal smile on me and helps me see the bright side of every day and helps me to be my best self. I run on paved, gravel or dirt trails. I stopped running on roadways a couple years ago due to poor road conditions, and lack of safe shoulder to safely run on in my area. I don’t run that many races but I’ve decided I’d like to run a race in every state over the next 3-4 years- 10 miles is my sweet spot but I had a wicked knee injury that made me realize I’ve got to do other things besides run so I swim , and play like a gym rat. I’d like to add biking to my regime but it’s so much easier to tie my laces and get out there- less structure.

My challenge is balancing time with training for races, working many hours and raising two kids, and lastly being married to a non runner who does not support or like my running habit.

I run anywhere from 25-35 miles per week. And I love reading so many inspiring stories. I love when people start running. It’s such a natural, primal, organic way to stay healthy and it promotes broad, mindful thinking and happiness.

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Jan 8, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running in High School in 1974. As recently as 2020 I was still running six days a week, but then I was diagnosed with a leaky heart valve and A-Fib and my cardiologist doesn’t want me running more than 4-5 miles every other day and keeping my heart rate under 150. So my pace is now around 12-13 minutes per mile. No more races or running at all during an A-Fib episode. So my best case scenario is 20 miles per week. After 32 marathons and countless shorter races I should be happy I can still run at all, but haven’t yet reached that point quite yet. Retired and sold my house in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and moved to Florida so having transition issues as well. Got my COVID booster after Thanksgiving and so far have avoided contracting COVID.

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Jan 8, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running after I got a black belt in taekwondo and needed something less “scheduled” than martial arts classes. I guess it’s been about three years now. My happy distance is 4-5 miles and I try to run 4 days a week. I am a school teacher and live in the great white north. Have not run much in the past month since I’m struggling with plantar fasciitis. I have finally broken down and made a PT appointment so hopefully I can get on top of it. It really hurts to run right now.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Few years ago I suffered serious injuries when a car struck me while running on the sidewalk. It did not look good then, however, With the help of PT my recovery has been stead-fast and I started walking few months ago. Now I am trying to get back to running. My goal is try to do 2-miles run this month and get to half by June. Ultimately I like to do 1 half marathon this year.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I try to run 3.5 every morning in West Palm Beach FL. My favorite distance is between 8-10. I have run 2 marathons and after each one i swore i would never do it again.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

It has been beautiful weather here in Tampa. Perfect running conditions. I am running the Gasparilla Distance Classic next month. I will be doing the half. I am very excited. This will be my first official half here in Tampa. :)

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Very good so far. Training for NYC half. Winter running so far manageable. Good luck all.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Started running way back when in the '60s when my brother was a #1 miler. I wanted to keep up with him, but there was no way! I did track in my college days, but ran so slow, that I took up the shot-put.

Running fell into the background and yoga came into my life. This was one exercise that fit me and I was consistent. Did not take up running again until the late 1970s when I bought a new pair of yellow Nike's and decided I was going to be a runner! Haha! Got the worst case of tendonitis in my life after a mile and promptly quit!

I stuck with yoga!

In 2009,at 62, my daughter told me I needed more "cardio." I tried running like her and everyone else (heel-strike) with injuries until I discovered ChiRunning. That was a game-changer and turned me into a dedicated runner! No injuries, effortless. . .an amazing technique that is the heart of my running today and onward.

Typically, I run about 15-20 miles per week. I ran my first person 5K in January 2016 in Tucson after I convinced myself it was OK to run in public, No training for 6 months, but came in first for my age group. I was hooked on races!

My "sweet spot"is the 10K,though the Half is second. I can't count how many Half Marathons I've done, but it is a lot. 10Ks are few and far between but are becoming more available.

2020 and 2021 were a bit of a bummer. . .the virtuals kept me going.

I've reconsidered my goals for this year and will just run for enjoyment and sign up for fewer races in the summer. ( I really love warm weather!) Winter will be devoted to yoga (if I can remember the sequence) and short runs. (I ran much better and faster when I used incorporate yoga with my runs.) Fortunately, no health problems at 74. . . keep finger crossed. . .but I've determined I don't like the cold!

The Sammamish River Trail is right out my back door. Its at least 13 miles long and then turns into the Burke-Gilman Trail and on to Seattle. Flat, but there are plenty of hills nearby for a challenge. In case you are interested,Seattle is located in steep hills! I run outdoors. The scenery is always changing. I love the freedom!

Appreciate the 18 Week Training you posted in your last newsletter. It is a good motivator to get me out. The last few weeks have been cold and snow. Now it is rain, but should be nice this weekend in the high 40s. I slacked off the last few days with walking, but should get out for a long run on Sunday. :)

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Well, it's that time of year when all my running just happens to be on a pair of skinny skis. I know I should run a couple times a week, but damn it, I hear the snow calling and I'm off on the trails again! But, since I do about the same mileage (20-25 a week, or at least 2 miles a day) and travel more or less the same trails, it's all good. The biggest problem for me at the moment is that I don't dare go too deep into the back country like I would in the summer for fear of wolves attacking my dogs.

As far as future goals? At my age it's to just keep putting one foot in front of the other for as long as I can!

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running 4 years ago. I do 25-30 miles a week with 1-2 rest days a month. My happy distance is 5 miles (I am at 9 miles for my long run). I run my driveway, which is half uphill and .25 mile round trip. I do it because I run solo, and the roads around here are high speeds and don't have a great shoulder. I'm trying to increase my distance and started strength training to help out. I hope to make 13 miles my weekly long run. I am training for a half at the end of March (N Myrtle Beach--not signed up yet, waiting till the last minute b/c I have to make travel plans and don't want things to fall through b/c of restrictions/cancellations.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I've starting running over COVID, about 2 years now. I ran my first races last fall... mostly 5ks and a few trail runs. I love the energy and excitement of the race. I am planning on running my first half marathon in May. I run about 15 miles a week at this point. I also enjoy biking, hiking, and yoga.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running May 2017, soon-to-be 5 years and I've typically run [injured right now] between 35-40 miles a week consistently. I've always loved the 10 mile-run and race half-marathons when physically able in the Winter months [live in Florida] while mixing in a few shorter ones [5k's & 10k's] along the fall, spring lines. I LOVE running outdoors and really dislike the treadmill - the positive vibe from being in nature in amazing - though, if needed, I will run "indoors" when not wanting to go either early or late in the day during June thru Oct to beat the heat! I'm a former college athlete so my challenges come simply from the desire to continually improve my performance all the time! I do love the notion of the individual nature of running where I continually challenge myself to reach goals, it makes me want to "do" as much as the enjoyment of the run provides [clearing my head, organizing my thoughts, silencing the loud complaints, etc.] - and I've realized it more now as I cannot do these things with my present injury. I just said recently to my wife that I never looked at myself as a runner until now as I'm annoyed at my injury for it's stopped my from running right now in the amazing weather we tend to have in the winter here in SW Florida. So, I'm a groupie and Terrell is the "head"...

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running in 2016 at age 35, never liked doing it before then. Wanted to get in shape and lose a couple pounds so I joined the online group from Under Armour: You Vs. The Year. Feel in love with the sport. I met a wonderful group of people who were very supportive and I still talk to some of them to this day.

I am working on getting back to running after a couple of injuries, so to answer the second question I am running 0 miles right now but I am about to change this.

I really enjoyed running races, mostly 5K and half marathons. I enjoyed training for my halves, it gave me a goal to work towards and kept me on track. I prefer to run outside in a park or on a trail. It has been really cold here (Midwest, St. Louis, MO) so it is hard to get motivated to start back up. I injured my back while running on the treadmill so I am kind of scared to get back on it.

Challenges that I am having right now are motivation to start back up in such cold temperatures. I used to love running in the winter, most of my training was done in the winter for spring races. I am also afraid of aggravating my injuries or re-injuring myself. I know I need to start slow. I usually use the Couch to 5K program when starting back up. If anyone else has any suggestions, I am open to them.

Thanks,

Kim

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Started running 5 years ago at age 62. Took Covid off; working back into mileage and time. Boy is it slow coming back! Planning on a 10K race this month and travel races each month; a Half in Lausanne, Switzerland this fall! I hope I hope.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

When did you start running?

Started running properly in March 2020 thanks to COVID & home office.

How many miles/kilometers do you run every week?

I typically try to get out every other day for 7-10km.

What kinds of distances do you enjoy most?

7km is the sweet spot.

Where do you like to run?

Cities! Since starting to run it's completely changed how I experience where I live. I see friends out enjoying the weather, I appreciate the beauty of nature more & I feel a part of the community rather than being inside all day or in the office.

Are there any particular challenges you’re having right now?

I was training for the Amsterdam marathon back in October & developed the dreaded "Runner's Knee" in July. It was awful. From being able to run 30km no problem I couldn't get past 2km without agony in my knee. The worst part was the treatment - the doctor said "No running for 4-6 months". I substituted running for an exercise bike & got as much physiotherapy as I could. 2 weeks from the race I decided to drop to the 1/2 Marathon & managed a time of 1:49:50. I had pain killers, anti inflammatories & an amazing support group that got me across the line. After that day I had to stop for a few months & only decided again a couple of weeks ago to get back out & see if the knee had heeled. So far so good & it feels absolutely incredible to be out running again.

If there's one thing I learned from the experience it's that times & distances really don't matter once the joy of running is taken away from you. Now I just run for the sheer enjoyment of it & encourage everyone here to do the same.

Long time reader of the newsletter, first time posting. Keep up the great work Terrell & team!

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I just started back up on a marathon training plan this week. I'm signed up for the Eugene Marathon in May, the Missoula Trifecta in June (Beer Run Friday, 5k Saturday and Marathon on Sunday). The goal races are in August: The 3 day Trans Rockies Run in Colorado first week of the month, then I'm a part of my work's Hood to Coast Team running that last week of August.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running at age 59 when my daughter-in-law invited me to run a turkey trot. 8 marathons later at 66 I am still running! Winter miles are around 30 per week, but I have hit 60 a couple of times during the summer. My favorite distance (love/hate) is the marathon. My current challenge ... I am super pumped to get to run the 2022 Boston Marathon for the charity team Last Call Foundation. I can't run fast, but I can run far! I love reading all of your inspiring stories. You guys got this!

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running in 1976…it saved my life from depression and I’m still running…I try to run about 25 miles a week…sometimes more but I’m getting pretty old (70) and I’m a lot slower but I love it..I prefer lond distances 5-8 miles per run…I usually run on my driveway which is 1 mile long one way so use that as my mileage gauge…I am a lot slower than I used to be and I’m almost totally blind..but my dog runs with me and my music motivates me…I wish I wasn’t so slow but I’m in perfect health other than being almost blind so I really can’t complain….

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running in March 2019. I weighed almost 300 lbs and couldn’t run for more than 30 seconds. I had gastric surgery in June (having lost already 50 lbs from radically changing my diet and exercise…) and went on to lose another 110 lbs. I ran my first race (a 5K Turkey Trot) on Thanksgiving day 2019 and I was hooked. Ran my first half marathon in March 2020 and ran 4 half marathons that year. Last year I ran six half marathons, a ten miler, a 10K, a 5K and my first full marathon! My pace has gone from 13 min miles to my fastest half at 8:10 per mile when I qualified for the NYC Marathon which I will run this year. I just turned 54 and am in the best shape of my life. I have a running trainer and I run 30-50 miles a week depending on training cycle. I am in a taper now, running the Houston Marathon (my second marathon) in less than 2 weeks. I am working on running a half marathon in every state, and goals are to run Boston, Berlin, London and Tokyo marathons. Running has given me my life back and, together with horseback riding, cycling and weight training, it is the core of my exercise program. I live on the edge of the Forest and enjoy running there and in nature generally. I would say I like half marathons the most. I enjoy the challenge Of running marathons but they are brutally hard.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I've been running for a little over 20 years. I have tried several distances and love, love the half! I am in my 50's and recently suffering from Achilles Tendonitis, bone spur, bone inflammation. I am being forced to rest it and am in a boot. I am finding myself a bit grumpy and wondering if anyone has had this and has any advice on rehab. Or, just recommendations for sanity when one cannot go out and grab the peace that a long run can give! Love hearing all the stories...inspiring and fun to read!

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

About 10 years ago I went on a 5 mile run and after I suffered a grand mal seizure, pretty scary. I wanted to keep running and I found the Run Walk Run program by Jeff G and I love to run outside in new places. I learned that my seizures were stressed and overheated induced so I changed careers a few years back. I love running because I can really think and pray it has been so good for my mind body and spirit.

I get to run a half marathon next week in St George Utah.

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Jan 7, 2022·edited Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

When did you start running?

2011 after a Dr. called my bluff on adding that to my regimen.

How many miles/kilometers do you run every week?

21 - 5k a day, sometimes more but mindful if my body needs rest.

What kinds of distances do you enjoy most?

Half marathons although quarterly. Daily a 5k will do.

Where do you like to run?

Preferably outside, parks but with the MN weather I'm hitting the treadmill at the gym.

Are there any particular challenges you’re having right now?

Yes and no.

I was/am in a good place but just received word yesterday that my next half marathon was canceled due to the latest surge with the pandemic. I'm triple vaxxed at this time and while I understand if there's a legitimate medical reason not to be, I'm struggling with those citing their rights and causing this country to not move forward for others thst are doing their part. There wasn't this resistance with polio. Flu we get vaccines although some don't. This can be deleted if needed ad I'm not trying to be political but in-person half marathons quarterly are a joy, something I look forward to. I don't do the virtual option as I'm doing enough of that.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running in May 2017 at 54! I was getting back in shape with the gym and found myself able to jog for 20 minutes (always disliked cardio)...took it outside and never looked back. Still can't believe it to be honest. I've run ALOT of races in the last few years - I love the energy of the race, the people, the support, the positivity - and seeing new places. Being an introvert and suffering from what can be debilitating depression - the running/racing community asks nothing of me, but I can feed off the energy and take part - love it. Have a goal to run a race in all 50 states, am up to 14. I used to love 5ks, still do, but now love half marathons. Just the idea that I can run 13 miles astounds me. Have already run 12 Half races.

I normally run 20 to 25 per week and 4 days/week. And, usually right out my front door. I live on the Hudson River, north of NYC, and we have a beautiful water front path. We also have great Bike trails that are paved all around us (within a 20 to 30 minute drive). So, plenty of choices to mix it up and keep it interesting. And my running buddies/ group have been life changing and affirming - they are just great!!

However, currently injured with my left foot in tendonopathy, partial tears in most foot tendons; on the way back though. I definitely over trained last year - did 3 rounds of half marathon training - too much for me. This year will be the joy of running - I'll race, but just to do the race...no big goals other then to stay healthy and injury free.

Loving all the posts Terrell ~ so interesting to learn of others running journey. What's beautiful is no 2 stories are the same yet we all share the spirit of running and rooting each other on!

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started to run again last April. I started because I needed a life change. At my heaviest I was 415 pounds. I had been in running shape when I was in my twenties so I am not new to running but it has been a challenge to start again. I am currently 230 lbs and getting ready for my first half marathon in March. My goal weight is 200 and it's hard to train and lose weight.

I'm currently running Hal Higdon novice 2 half marathon training program. I'm about 20 miles a week right now. I was doing more miles in November and December but my mentor told me I was over training and needed to slow it down.

I have run several 5ks this last year my best time was 24:29. I have only ran one 10k and that was 12 years ago. I want to do the Marine Corp marathon and a half marathons will get me in the shape I need.

My biggest challenges are my disabilities. I have a back injury and PTSD from my time in the marines. My back hurts but I can deal with it most of the time it's the mental game that gets me. Luckily running seems to help when I'm freaking out. It helps me focus on reality and get out of the past. Another issue I have is finding good running shoes. My feet have taken a beating. I have lost three toe nails and have had to deal with several blisters. Trying to find good shoes that fit my feet has been a challenge. I'm running with good shoes now but it seams every time I wear out a pair I have the same issues breaking in a new pair.

But anyway I'm excited to make some running goals and positive life change.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I'll never forget when I started running...exactly 7 days ago. I'm following the 20 week plan and will be running my first half marathon in May.

I surprised myself by completing my first training runs at a easy, slow pace without stopping which was an amazing confidence boost. What I am worried about is my brain. A lot of people have told me about how running is great for their mental health and calming. I am feeling the opposite, lots of random thoughts pinging about (mainly converting km to miles in my head) . Should I be trying to focus on something while running or just let my brain do its own thing?

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running some 5k races in 2015... I wasn't running regularly, just when someone asked me to sign up for a race and run with them. In the fall of 2018 I started training for my first half-marathon. I ran my first half in Feb. 2019 and I was HOOKED!!! Since then, I have completed 3 full marathons and 16 half-marathons. I only run three days per week (I have found that helps keep me from injury)--Tues/Thurs/Sat--on Mon/Wed/Fri I try to ride a bike (both indoor and outdoor, depending on the weather) and I have recently started some swimming on those days. I take Sunday off from any type of training. My wife and I are both trying to now run a half in all 50 states--we have 11 states so far, with a few more scheduled for this year. For 2022, we are trying to run at least one half-marathon in every month.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running when I was 38 and decided that instead of watching the Marine Corps Marathon every year from the Key Bridge (living in Georgetown at the time), I would run it. I did it the next year, and four more times and threw in a couple of Vermont City Marathons along the way. I'm 71 now, still running - well not right now because of the winter storm that just blew through the DC area - and still get great satisfaction finishing ten milers and half marathons, even getting a few age group podiums.

Where do I like to run? There is a trail up in the Adirondacks called the Tobie Trail. It runs along route 28 and is used for running, walking, biking, and, in the winter, snowmobiling. Route 28 follows the contours of the mountains, but the trail is on an old railroad bed and is fairly flat, with the road rising up to it and dropping away from it. That's where I like to run.

Happy New Year to all!

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running infrequently maybe around 20 years ago, and consistently running races about three years ago. I'll turn 40 in June. While I'm not sure how sickly I actually was, I was told as a child that I couldn't or shouldn't run because of severe asthma. I used to have dreams of being a horse in a race, shut into the pen and pawing at the ground waiting to be let loose.

I've just began my next plan to run a second full marathon in May, after running my first in October and three halves prior to that and other assorted 5, 10, and 15k's. Would like my mileage to be higher in training for this next marathon, hovering around 45 at peak. Right now I'm rather low, around 20. That was fine with me through the holiday season. :)

Though I did not begin to seriously run and train until three years ago, and now I am on the cusp of turning 40, I am in the best health of my life thus far, with no plans to ever stop running--so long as I can lace up the shoes and even if I'm shuffling--I will be out there.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

.I started a walking program 4 to 6 miles per day almost every day.............then just before my 69th Birthday i decided to try to run........WOW.......what a rush!!! New passion.......now approaching 73 in May I have a knew outlook. In late fall 2020 I had an injury and several in 2021.....after each I tried to make up for lost time and always would injury myself and be sidelined.........I have finally learned.......goals are great but be realistic........Enjoy the run.........my sweet spot is 3 to 4 miles a day prior to my knee injury that may change.......instead of taking a day off, I rather bike or walk with a friend than run...........I trained a Standard Poodle to run with me and right now he is confused by why we were sidelined during the most prime running weather (our fall and early winter were amazing....I love a cold weather run) I run around a lake........it is an easy flat run.......and beautiful..........my goals for this year is to get back to a 15K in November..........then train for the Chicago Half Marathon in 2023 ( age 74)........then the Chicago Marathon in 2024 (age 75).........Slow and easy........enjoy the run........be a better me both in running and life........ I love this group, their encouragement.....may we all have an awesome 2022!!! Blessings!!!

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Thanks for asking this. I started running at the beginning of the pandemic and ran 2,000 miles exactly in my first year (!!!). Then I got pregnant and had a baby, about 2.5 months ago. I started running again a few weeks ago and want to run more now, but it’s hard with the baby and I’m not sure what I’ll do. My husband can watch her sometimes, but not as often as I want, and for the time being I feel a little antsy and restless. A goal for 2022 is to figure out how to run more. I can’t believe I was ever so free!!!! I’m grateful for having been bitten by this bug.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Just started running last March and really enjoying it. Completed official 5K, 10k and half last year and working on the full in April. Running about 30 - 35 miles per week either around town or a paved trail near our house. This is my first winter running so trying to figure out how to keep running in the snow and cold here in Wisconsin. Can’t wait for the warmer weather. Also trying to figure out the low heart rate training. Seems easy to do in the winter and will see how it works in the summer. Let’s do this!!

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Jan 7, 2022·edited Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I grew up watching my dad do triathlons and marathons and my brothers and I would sometimes run the short kid's race, but I didn't really start running till my last year in college. I decided running a marathon would be a great way to get in shape and give me focus (in addition to working and finishing up my degree!) lol. I went through with it, wasn't very disciplined and didn't get as many long runs in as I should have. BUT I did finish a half marathon, and then marathon by sheer stubbornness. I did the half in about 3 hours and the marathon in 6:22 (and was literally the second to last person to finish -- it was a small and hilly marathon.)

after that I moved cross country w my husband, had our first baby, and got back into running when my son was around 6 months. that was 7 years ago and I've been running on and off since then. the last year has been a strong year of running for me -- I got comfortable running a bit faster, ran 3x a week almost all year, and am two weeks away from running a half marathon for my Sunday long run which will be a PR. I'm looking forward to being part of this community this year and wish everyone the best of luck with their goals<3

edited to add: I run in sunny phoenix Arizona, and current challenge is what to do after running a half? I don't want to go for a marathon but I want to keep running 3-4x a week. any advice for what to do after you hit your goal distance?

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

Thank you for these questions. It’s caused me to reflect on my running and to my surprise I realize that I started running 22+ years ago. Distance per week depends on the training but I would say approximately 13-20 miles per week. I’m a treadmill runner but will run outside when I can get my running buddy to go. I run half marathons and would love to try a full marathon.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running in 1977 when I was 28. I have run an estimated 60,000 miles since then. I have completed 17 marthons and numerous shorter runs. Right now I am battling cancer and have been mostly walking rather than running and carrying a portable infusion pump. I am scheduled for a stem cell transplant in 2 weeks. Looking forward to getting back to running. Long term goals are to be the oldest US male to finish a marathon and to hike the Camino de Santaigo when I turn 75 in 2024.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

- About 6 years ago (and wish it had been years earlier!)

- Varies, as with everybody, but I average about 30 miles. All trail and hills.

- Long ones! I don't have an ideal distance but definitely enjoy long runs more than fast and painful short ones.

- Anywhere as far away from concrete as possible. Love hills and am fortunate to have lots around. Can't beat a run in the woods either.

- My challenge right now is trying to work out how seriously I want to take racing, or even if I want to do it at all...

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I started running maybe 20 years ago, but only once or twice a week, and only a few months a year. I only ran because I was doing triathlons. I hated the run part of the race. It wasn't until about six or seven years ago that I ran my first half marathon, and I only did that because it was only like 15 bucks to run and I happened to be in that town with nothing to do on that day. But after I ran it I was hooked. Got a cheap pair of running shoes and started doing races. I found that the only way I could motivate myself to get out and run during the week was if I had a race goal at some point down the road. I never run to place, I run to stay moving and healthy. This year I'm hoping to run between 20 and 30 half marathons. That's well over double what I've done in any other year and my biggest motivation now is to learn how to run without injury. So far I've only taken time off once for an injury, but even that was only for a few weeks. I've been lucky, and at 50 years old I know I'm pushing my luck.

Oddly, I don't love running. I actually dislike the act of running itself. But I love where running takes me, the health benefits, and I like the accomplishment of doing something hard'ish. I guess I'd say that I love running except when I am actually running. Sure, there are days when a run feels great and I feel like I could go all day, but then the next time out my legs feel like lead and I want to quit inside the first mile or two. But generally I enjoy being outdoors and away from the noise. I run on greenways sometimes but I mostly run at Chickamauga Battlefield National Park, which has lots of roads and trails that are quiet less trafficked if I am careful about when I go.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I ran on and off in the late 80's/early 90's. I started running seriously in 2007 at the age of 51. I probably average 20-25 miles a week, although much less lately. Half marathon is my favorite distance - hard enough to be a challenge, but training doesn't consume your life like a full does. I've done 17 half marathons along with 3 marathons. I live in the Detroit area. My favorite place to run here is a county park (Edward Hines, if any of you are in the area) that stretches about 25 miles along a very small river with a few small man-made lakes along the way. As far as racing, my favorite place is Naples, Florida. I've run the Naples half 3 times. I took a year off of running after my wife passed away in 2020. I'm back at is as of this past July. It's been a struggle, a combination of the year off and my age (65), but I'm determined to get back in shape. My goal for 2022 is to run my first half marathon since Naples in 2020.

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Jan 7, 2022Liked by Terrell Johnson

I've been running regularly for probably 10 years. I usually run 4-6 miles every other day, and the 6 miles seems to be my sweet spot-- just long enough to get me feeling good without taking too much time on weekday mornings. 10k races are my favorite too, though I've been thinking that it may be time for another half. I run on a river trail near my house; I have yet to lose the sense of wonder for the coyotes, deer, freshwater, and trees along the perfect unpaved trail. My biggest challenge has been my lack of motivation to get back in the weight room: It makes such a big difference in speed, injury prevention, endurance, and overall fitness, and I used to love it, so I need to find a way to recapture that enjoyment.

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Hello everyone! I started exercising (first walking, then biking, then running) with a friend for accountability about 8-9 years ago. Hated it. About 3 years in I got mono and was told I couldn't run for a month, and suddenly I realized I missed it. Running has been a lifestyle ever since! (Although I wouldn't recommend mono as an avenue to loving running.)

Since then, I've run two official 13.1s (many more in everyday runs) and one official 26.2. And I've done a couple short triathlons. Half marathons are definitely my sweet spot. Enough of a challenge but doesn't take over my life. I haven't run that distance in a while, though.

Currently, my daily runs are 2-4 miles usually, with longer runs of 5-8 miles. Usually between 15-25 miles a week. My biggest challenge is diversification. I know that cross training and strength training are good for me, but I just prefer running so much more, and it often doesn't feel like "real" exercise unless I'm running. So that's more of a mental block than anything.

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