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Old 09-20-2011, 07:57 PM
Location: 304
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Turned 20 the other day. Told myself I was going to start running again. I once ran cross country and track in school, but after high school I became lazy and un-interested. It was hard for me to get back to running, so I just pushed it off. Turned 20, and decided to give it another go! Day One, I ran from my house to a local golf course. I live in West Virginia, and as you probably imagine my run was filled with hills. I made it back ok, still alive and still wanting to run. But what I didn't feel was the love. Day 2, after my last class at college I decided to try it again. Where I was interested in running again, I had went out and bought a new pair of Nike runing shoes and shorts for the occasion. I parked under the interstate bridge near Magic Island, it was around 7:30. I started off across the street to the bike trail that runs along the beautiful Kanawha River. The trail is lined with both street lamps and trees, and it guides users through both downtown and the historic east end. The pace wasn't fast, the run wasn't smooth, nor the breathing easy. But it started to hit me. The other runners, bikers, walkers, ect... on the path filled my heart with joy. The friendliness, plus the atmosphere made the vibe feel natural. It was happening, I was remembering the great times I had running, the passion I had once felt, and the feel of the ground on the bottoms of my shoes. The road was familiar again, and the love was there again. Not only did I enjoy a pleasant run, but was able to witness the beauty of the sun setting on what was now a perfect day!
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:28 AM
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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Good for you! as you know from your past running, not every run is good. But when you feel like you did on Day 2, nothing like it! take it easy and enjoy. Or, practice more and enter a race again. what makes it enjoyable is variety.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:54 AM
Location: somewhere near Pittsburgh, PA
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Outstanding. Glad you enjoyed it. Nothing beats running outdoors on a beautiful trail. I'm not far from you here in Western PA, so I know all about those hills! But this area has just wonderful running/biking trails and it's a joy to get outside and exercise in nature. I can't last longer than 20 minutes on a treadmill before I am overcome with boredom, but when running outside, I feel like I could run all day, if my body is cooperating. Nothing clears the mind as well as running outside, it can't be beat after a stressful day at work.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:12 AM
Location: 304
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I'm really glad that I decided to go back. I started at a young age (seven) and ran all the way until I graduated. After 9th grade, I started getting burned out on it, and by the time I was in my 12th grade year it was hard for me to find a reason to continue. Now that I've been sitting on my butt for the past year and 4 months, I had to refill the hole in my life!
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