Lots of new members joining lately which is awesome!
Say hello and let us know you are here.
I know we've got a good mix of experienced and less experienced folks.
Next month, I'll be doing my first half.
"Don't feel like running today...suck it up and run ...you're an athlete." (John Stanton, founder & owner of The Running Room)
Three half marathons later, I got a number. Half Fanatic #9292. :)
I'll add to Meg's note - It would be great to hear a little bit more about all the folks who have joined us over the last few months. Yeah, I know we could click on your profile links but it would be easier for the lazy folks if you posted it here!
I'm Matt, I'm originally from the UK , I'm 34 and I live in North Texas (DFW Metromess). I'm married with 2 boys (3 & 5)
I used to play rugby but when the kiddos came along I switched to running. As such I've been "running" for about 2 1/2 years. I found this RA site about 18 months ago and with the help of folkshere. I've cut my HM time from around 2:20 to 1:53
2013 Goals1) Break 1:50 in a HM (PR 1:52:19)2) Break 4:00 in a Marathon (PR 4:20:39)
Climbing Mt Ruapehu
I will bite.
I live on the edge of New Zealand's largest city Auckland among the 40 odd little volcanic cones and the stunning waitamata harbour
I'm clocking over 40 next year but have been running about 12 months. I love my fine wine and fine food. I used to be fit when young doing a lot of distance cycling and was a handy runner even if not footing it with the best. I nearly died of influenza a few years ago so fitness went by wayside big time. Add to that the comforts of marriage, and 3 or 4 years ago I wasn't in good shape at all.
About 3 years ago I started hiking/ peak bagging a lot and took running up really to improve aerobic fitness for that, but running itself is addictive. Add to that I have twin 11yo daughters that are very promising runners (already running 22 minute 5km after 6 months at a club (identical best times), they also came 5th and 6th at the Auckland Cross Country Champs this year - 2 seconds between them)
New Zealand has a very laid back/ relaxed culture. Despite this it punches well above its weight in the sporting world. It does though at ground level have a tendancy to practice 'tall poppy syndrome'. ie if you set goals and set yourself a focus to achieve people tend to label you as an 'ego'. It is an attitude I have little time for. I find this forum really good and supportive with lots of people at different stages/ levels all supporting each other.
Catch you all and good running (I am out for 18km easy this morning - hopefully the rain holds off)
Personal Race Records:
M 3:52:48 (Auckland 2011), HM 1:38:16 (Taupo 2010), 10km 45:05 (Sir Barry 2010), 5km 20:21 (How Pak 5km 2010)
2012 Goals:Run the 75km Hillary Trail in a day (done 10/3/2012)
I'm Emily, the newbie ... (waves awkwardly) ... let's see, I'm from Baltimore, married just over a year with no kids, though we do have a Boston Terrier that I adore, hence the avatar. What else ... I love playing and watching (American) football (go Ravens). (I also love parentheses.)
I discovered RA through a friend's rec. I've been running for about three years but only racing and running "seriously" for about six months or so. Actually, what sparked this new addiction was that I decided to try running outside instead of on my boring treadmill. What a revelation! Right then and there, I discovered just how much fun running can be. I'm still pretty slow, but I'm getting stronger every day ... and I'm running my first half in October, right here in my hometown.
Go as long as you can, and then take another more step.
Well, I could do a better intro than what I said in my first post to start this thread.
I'm Meg. I'm 35. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband and two children (6 and 3 years old). I am a stay at home Mom. I started running in 2008. I laughed at people who said I should get a jogging stroller. Ah, no! Run time is my time and my kids are very familiar with me leaving to run. (Sometimes they like to help me with logging my runs.) I've done a few 5Ks, four 10Ks so far and will do my first half in September. I don't love how slow I am, but I'm hoping that I will improve that now that I'm getting my mileage up during half training.
MTA: Correct typo.
PBs since age 60: 5k- 24:36, 10k - 47:17. Half Marathon- 1:42:41.
10 miles (unofficial) 1:16:44.
Dutchie I go running in the early morning, before my brain figures out what I'm up to.
Run the day, or the day runs you.
Actions determine state of mind - Aristotle
Hiya! I am 34 years old and my doctor told me i am eating like a athlete still but not performing like one. I enjoy eating way too much and while working shiftwork mostly nights in a rural area it seems not much for good food options sometimes. fighting some health issues, my work depending on my fitness level, i began running a year ago again. Felling 2 miles was enough, and long for me over 300 pounds I got bored with it.
In May 2010 I found www.warriordash.com for a race in September. So I began training for the exciting 5k. it was the best time i have had in so long. since my training in May lost about 35 pounds. Still a heavy guy on a big frame. Since September I have uped my training for the Half in Seattle in the end of November. This is really to get me ready for the www.toughmudder.com. That is my goal.
My goal for the half is 1. To Finish 2. maybe 2:20 for my time.
Great site I am using the log to keep me going.... I feel better then I have in a long time. Great posts ive read and it is totaly a mindset and a way of life.
I am running this Half for me. no one is making me everyone says im crazy. I want to fly that liltte 13.1 decal in my window.....
Loves the outdoors
I've just joined you, so I'll add my bio.
I'm a 39yo mother of three (6, 4, 2). I started running Feb '09 using the C25K. I had always wanted to be able to run, but had always started trying to run too far and too fast, generally making it out the door for about 3-4 runs before deciding that I wasn't built to be a runner. The C25K changed that and I got addicted to the success. I really love running now and try to run daily. I've done twelve 5K's, two 10k's and a couple of other odd distance races so far. I have decided to give the half marathon distance a go now.
I live in Wellington, New Zealand. So on the other side of the world from most of you , except vinodrinker. Although, he lives at the other end of the island. Where I live is wonderful for running. I almost never run on the streets as I have river trails, beach-front and bush trails to choose from. I have hills close by, but I live on the flat so most of my running is still done on the flat. The massive wind we get here acts like a bit of a hill quite often anyway.
I'm signed up for a 17.5km trail race on the 13th Nov and a half in Feb.
Mandy is also a Kiwi, and sometimes makes an appearance here.
Good luck for the trail race.
and vinodrinker is a kiwi too :-)
Hi another Kiwi here. I'm Tricesta, I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and my first HM is in February. I have only been running with concerted effort since January, but I am thoroughly addicted now, and I am really looking forward to stretching out the long runs in the coming months. My only concern is the heat. Mid 30s in the height of summer here, although the race I'm running (bullermarathon.org.nz) is in a cooler part of the island thank goodness. I guess the solution is to run early morning or late evening which is great really - the sun down under is such that I get fried in a few minutes in the middle of the day.
I have a 4 year old son who I care for full time and no running partner! So I'm going it alone, but with lots of sage advice from y'all here, I'm sure I'll be fine.
Yes, we had a big earthquake here in September. However, the city is functioning mostly ok, although many small businesses have suffered, many buildings have been demolished, and there was a lot of damage to our sewer pipes, so portapottys are the sad reality for some homeowners. There are loads of impressive fissures to jump over on my home route by the river, and the occasional aftershock to remind us how lucky we were - no casualities - it is no over-statement to say that that fact is nothing short of a miracle.