but, i run


any runners out there?

i run, but i wouldn't call myself a runner.

it's more like,

i love to move. i love to exercise. i love the outdoors. i love to sweat. i love time alone with my thoughts, or my music. i love people watching. i love feeling tired from energy expenditure. 

i'm not exactly a runner. but i run. 

as i mentioned before i'm running this half marathon in november. i've never done a race this long before, but i'm excited to try. to push myself. the other day i was getting new shoes and the man helping me told me i run like a gymnast who is used to running with men. (how did he know?) apparently i'm loosey goosey because i'm limber, and i have a huge stride because i try to match the stride of the men i run with (adam or dad). i don't imagine running toward a vault and springboard when i run, but apparently i look like i'm about to pull a kerri strug. long strides, arms pumping hard. can you imagine how awkward i must look?

so, i've been trying to fix some things, shorten my stride, relax my arms. it's hard to find your perfect running form. the form that is most energy efficient and easy on your joints. the form that you could run, say, 13.1 miles with.

any runners out there who have gone through this? does it eventually all click into place? i've been running for years and still feel like i'm trying to figure it out.

ps, how many times do you run in a pair of shorts before washing them? i never wash mine after each run. am i gross?


  1. Shortening your stride will do WONDERS for your endurance and fitness - which will be crucial for your 13.1. As I'm sure you know, shorter strides are more efficient and put less impact on the joints :-) When I run with my boyfriend (extremely rare), it can look funny as I'm taking all these short strides to match his speed, but it is better for you! I've been running seriously for almost 2 years now (worked from a 5k to the marathon) and I'm still figuring it out, and sometimes I feel like I know nothing, haha.

    "I often hear someone say I'm not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner."
    -Bart Yasso

    "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."
    --John Bingham

    P.S. I wash my shorts after each run :-) but I also own way too many pairs of running shorts!

  2. wow! thanks molly. i'm feeling so inspired to go run right now. you are sweet. :)

  3. i have been an on and off runner... my knee doesn't love me running, sadly. i've done one half-marathon and a bunch of 5ks - it's been a minute since i've gone for a run.... but i've been feeling like i should get back into it... maybe we can motivate each other? lol


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