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What I’ve Learned in 3 Years of Running


Today is my 3rd Running Birthday. I started running on January 18, 2009. I’ve changed a little since I started running. I’ve lost 75 pounds (for a total of 150), run 6 half marathons, 5 marathons, a few other odd distances, and one 12 Hour race. It’s been a wild and fun 3 years! I’ve been very lucky and I’m incredibly grateful  that I became a runner.

I’ve learned a lot in just 3 years and I know there is a lot more I need to learn, especially as I delve into ultrarunning. But the unknown of running doesn’t scare me anymore. It’ll come as I need it. Or I’ll learn from my mistakes. Hopefully. 😉

In no particular order…this is what I’ve learned from 3 years of running: 

  1. I can do more than I think I can so do not set boundaries.
  2. It’s better to not “think” about what you have to do (whether it’s training or racing or big tasks in life/work), just do it.
  3. Running is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Simple soothes the soul, complicated makes it interesting.
  4. But running is not hard. Seriously.
  5. Patience & consistency are worth more than a flame and a burnout.
  6. Runners come in all shapes, sizes, and ages and you can’t tell by looking at someone how far or fast they can run.
  7. Tackling any distance begins with a single step. Take it.
  8. The running community will support, help, and push you if you need it.
  9. The scarier the challenge, the happier the finish.

On Sunday, I went to watch a friend race in a local bike race and he introduced me to the others there as “This is Lisa, she’s a runner”. What’s funny is that I know him from the local bike shop and I would have thought he’d introduce me as cyclist to them. But no, my “identity” is runner now. Something that would have been inconceivable to me 3 years ago. Me? A runner? Impossible! But yeah, I’m a runner now. How cool is that?



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Lisa (RIF Club Member #5) has completed 27 half marathons, 13 marathons, 5 50Ks, 2 12 Hour races, and 1 100K. Her favorite races to date are the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Leading Ladies Marathon, the Bataan Memorial Death March, and the Jackson Jackass 50K. You can follow her on Twitter @runlikeacoyote

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One Response to “What I’ve Learned in 3 Years of Running”

  1. Dallas Smith says:

    Pretty cool, I’d say.


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