Why Do You Run?

This week, Hal Higdon’s Marathon Facebook page asked a simple question. Why do you run? It took me just a few minutes to figure out what I wanted to say to one of my absolute favorite celebrities, but this was my answer:

“It is something that makes me truly happy and is my own. I think, I vent, I laugh, I cry when I run. I come back home happier, healthier, and refreshed, even after Advanced II training :)”

This is a VERY simplified answer to a question that could take me weeks to answer. My husband nods his head in agreement that I could take weeks to explain/talk about running, how much I love it, and why I do it.  I love to run. It’s a part of me, it’s part of who I am. I do it for so many reasons, but the first and foremost reason is that I love to run and that being so, it makes me happy.

If anyone read my Boston Marathon post about the expo, you’d know that I stalked Hal’s booth for over an hour and never got to see or meet him. What’s so great about Hal? Well, let me tell you. When I first started running for time, I read his books. All of them. Like in the Pixar film Ratatouille, Remy learned from a chef who believed that “everyone can cook”. I believe HaI teaches running to everyone and believes “everyone can run”. His plans are for everyone, the slower runner, the faster runner, the beginner, the experienced. I learned from him (a LOT), I did what he said, I learned more, and I got fast. I tried, I failed, but it wasn’t because of his plan, that’s for sure. I REALLY wanted to meet him in person and thank him for all the advice to me. I took his advice personally, so it was personal to me to thank him. I’m following his Advanced II Marathon plan right now, and it’s a very good, solid training program. I have full confidence I will be able to qualify for Boston again using this plan.

So suffice to say, when I got a message FROM HAL in my Facebook inbox, I freaked out. HAL HIGDON MESSAGED ME.

hal's message

OMG. It was almost like meeting Shalane Flanagan four days after Boston last year. I might have yelled, but I don’t remember. I might have peed a little too. But I was jumping up and down and twirling around like a 2 year old little girl who just met Elsa, so really, can you blame me? Me? In a book??????? Holy crap. More on that below.

ANYWAY.  This week has been pretty good as far as training goes. Monday was 4 easy miles, Tuesday was a tempo workout that would have been ok had I run it with someone else. It was just tough and I actually stopped for about ten seconds in the middle of the hard tempo part. I’m thinking I was still tired from the race, but I tried to suck it up, Buttercup. Wednesday’s easy 5 miler felt A-Mazing and ended up turning into a pace run at 8:13 average, so I was happy about that. It was cold (I know, I know, all you northerners and rolling your eyes when I say cold), but my pup wanted to run when I got home, so I took her out. She was so cute and bouncy as she played with the leash. She just loves the “cold”.

Scarlett and me. What a good girl.

Scarlett and me. What a good girl.

I switched up my workout for Thursday and ended up doing 7 x 800’s.

Pretty good pace, but why am I slightly disappointed?

Pretty good pace, but why am I slightly disappointed?

All of the 800’s were between 3:30 and 3:34.  I honestly don’t know if I should be more tired when I’m done. I was tired, but I wasn’t TIRED. Should I be stepping up? Should I be pushing harder to finish? I know I need to keep them consistent and not slow down as I go, but how hard should I push? Food for thought, time to bring out Hal’s book, isn’t it?

Friday is my day off, and I have to admit that I’m slightly anxious for the thirty miles to run this weekend (nothing new), ten on Saturday and twenty on Sunday, 30-90 seconds slower than race pace. My reward will be eating some good food without guilt on Super Bowl Sunday! Ha! I’m looking forward to the challenge though.

Anyway, I’m going to email the information Hal asked me for 🙂 and if I end up winning an autographed book THAT I’M QUOTED IN (he didn’t say he would send me one or that I would actually be quoted but I’m fantasizing about it), I’ll be sure to aim myself towards the yard, so when I pass out finding it in the mailbox, I will fall into the grass and not the street and get run over. Imagine the headline on that one. Then once I recover and explain to all my retired  neighbors that I wasn’t drinking and then explain WHO Hal Higdon is and that I’m not cheating on my husband, I’ll go inside and see my name printed in a Hal Higdon book and then pass out in the safety of my own home. Wonder if I should cover all the sharp edges?

So in keeping with that theme, tell me, why do YOU run? And should I fall-proof my house?

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14 thoughts on “Why Do You Run?

  1. Randee

    I definitely would have peed a little!

  2. How cool is that…a pm from Hal Higdon 🙂

    I run to release stress and become a happier and healthier person. Now…let’s go run 😉

  3. So cool you got a message from Hal!!! And 7 x 800?? That sounds like a vomity good time!
    I don’t know why I run – I just always have. I just love it. I like how it keeps me healthy, makes people emotional, I get to make good friends doing it, how it’s therapy, and how it inspires others to do it!

    • Thanks for sharing the reasons you run. Finding running friends has been a huge benefit to me since I used to run solo 100% of the time. Hard to believe what I was missing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. FLRunnerBoy

    Definitely some great reasons to run. I run to escape bad family genes, for peace of mind, for clarity, to push myself, and to inspire healthy living for kids growing up in an unhealthy society. And ummmm yeah meeting one of my running favs … I’d so scream like a groupie at a boy band concert haha! lol 😛

  5. I just had a heart attack for you. HAL HIGDON? Oh my god. He’s my hero.
    That’s a lot of 800’s. 🙂
    I run because it makes me feel strong and the endorphins make me happy. To be a good role model for my daughter. And because I like cake.

  6. runner123

    Wow on the PM from Hal! I’m a relative running newbie but my Dad follows his programmes – he’d be very jealous!
    I run because of the confidence it gives me – so far only my immediate family know I run, so having this ‘secret weapon’ knowing I can just put on my shoes and run for 2 hours straight gives me huge confidence I never knew I had! I’m desperate now to try my first marathon but keep reminding myself I need to take things s.l.o.w – I want to do it properly! 🙂

    • I don’t follow the rules so I’d say just got for the marathon but be sure you train right!! What great reasons to run. It’s such a freeing thing you can do on your own or with friends. Thanks for sharing!!

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