Favorites List: Top Favorite Things I Enjoy About Running

Running can often evoke different emotions and feelings.  Even those these feelings can oppose each other, it’s part of what makes running so challenging.  This juxtaposition can also keep running interesting.  Here’s my ten favorite, but opposing feelings from running:

  1. The solitude of running alone — the ability to clear your mind and simply run.
  2. The friendship of running with others — it’s difficult to beat the memories shared with others during runs.
  3. The consistency of sticking to your training plan.
  4. The flexibility of knowing when your training plan is not working and making the necessary changes without worrying about the consequences.
  5. The nerves just seconds before a race starts.
  6. The elation of crossing the finish line.
  7. The sense of accomplishment after a slow but long run.
  8. The challenge of holding a fast pace longer than you anticipated.
  9. The quiet serenity of trail running.
  10. The bustling nature of running in a metropolitan area.



3/31/12 Training

Today’s run was much slower than my recent runs.  My left knee starting hurting last night, so I was a bit fearful of how today’s run might go.  I was able to get in my planned mileage, but I took the knee pain as a reminder that I need to dial back on the pace as I add more miles to my base.  By slowing down my pace, I was able to complete the run without pain and my knee has not bothered me since.  I’m hoping it was an early warning of too much at a quicker base during my building stage.

The 7.06 mile run took me 1:04:21.  It was another early morning run on the Greenway Trail and the weather was almost a repeat of yesterday morning.  I have a little less than 10 miles to run tomorrow to reach this week’s goal of 39 miles.


3/30/12 Training

Today was an early morning run which felt really good.  It was nice to get out while the traffic was not busy and enjoy the cool morning and birds chirping.  It was a nice, relaxed pace focused on getting the mileage in early today.

The run was along the Greenway Trail in Lee’s Summit.  One of the bonuses of running in this area is that it is well-lit in most areas.  A pretty flat route with only one big hill, it was a nice change of pace from yesterday’s run.  The run was 6.37 miles in 54:50.

3/29/12 Training

Had a nice run with a friend from the office.  We ran 6.25 miles in 50:34.  The run was an out and back starting near Knobtown through Unity Village.  Today was proof that running with others help with motivation as well as making time pass quicker.  The route also contained some good hills to test the cardio today.


3/28/12 Training

This morning’s run in Des Moines was lots of fun.  The only regret I have is not going earlier in the morning to run a little longer.  As planned, I ran near Gray’s Lake.  I highly recommend this trail.  Even though it was still quite dark when I started the run, the path was well-lit with an abundance of emergency phones always nearby.  In addition to running around the lake, I also took the path that headed near downtown.  Stopping to take a few pictures and texting to catch up on events at home, my pace was quite slower today as I finished the 3.55 mile run in 32:08.

Even though it was nice catching up with friends in Des Moines, it was also nice to get back home today.  The kids kept me hopping as my oldest son finished second in the mile race at his track meet (5:39) today and my daughter and I planted a few more starter plants for strawberries and kale in addition to planting more cucumber and tomato seeds.