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How Running Changed My Life

by Nellie

Happy Global Running Day!

Global Running DayRunning changed my life so dramatically in the past 2 years or so, now I can’t imagine my life without it. Today I am going to share with you some great running resources, my favorite all time running posts and what running means to me.

How Running Changed My Life, 2 years ago I hated running and now I am completely in love! Read about my journey and check out the running resources available for you too!

If someone told me 4 years ago that I’d not only like running but I’d do it for FUN I would have given them the side eyes of ALL SIDE EYES. Running was always SO hard, I would run 5ks for fun, like The Color Run or running on airport runways, and the next day I’d be SO sore and SO tired and I would vow I’d never run again, but I did. It always had a call on me.

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What started with the intense desire to run a 10k, turned into a need to run a half marathon. Somewhere during training for 13.1 I found myself saying very weird things like “I need to go for a run” or “How many miles are on my training plan today?!” to my favorite “OH MY GOSH I JUST RAN 10 MILES!”. It is no longer the hardest thing ever, I am a card carrying member of the back of the pack, and I might even be slower than I was when I started. None of that has changed the intense love that has grown so deeply and SO unexpectedly.

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Since starting to train almost exactly 2 years ago I’ve run 11 half marathons, countless 10ks, and even a FULL marathon. (Which I plan on tackling again this year!) I have read countless information, toed the line at countless races, wanted to give up in the middle and thought more than once, maybe running isn’t for me.

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But it is.

Consistency and crossing the finish line over and over has built an incredible love of running in my heart that I could NEVER let go of. I will never be first in a race or even in the middle, but something about running brings me joy that I can’t ever imagine living without. A lot of people say running is “not my thing” or “too hard on the knees”. I thought these things once–now look at me. A curvy running junkie with no plans to ever stop.

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Resources

Not inspired to get out and run? Check out some amazing posts from fellow runner bloggers all over the web:

Build a Better Runner / Gym Free Workout

5 Sure-Fire Tips to Burn Up Your Next Track Workout

The โ€˜It Only Gets Easierโ€™ Track Workout

7 Step Treadmill Run

Hill Workout On The Treadmill

3 Hill Workouts to Get Faster and Stronger

8 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

Tips For Hot Weather Running

Seven Myths Of Marathon Training

5 Hacks That Will Make You Run Faster

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My own favorite running posts:

Officially a Marathoner: My 2015 NYC Marathon Recap

5 Awesome Yoga Resources For Runners

5 Tips For New Runners (From An Old One!)

20 Brutally Honest Confessions About Marathon Training

Must Have Running Gear For Curvy Girls

How are you celebrating Global Running Day? Have you ever thought about starting to run?

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6 comments

Janine Huldie June 1, 2016 - 6:58 am

Aw, love how running has indeed changed your life and I still remember when you decided to give running a try, but cannot believe how long ago that was. Awesome job, Nellie and seriously still so very proud of you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nellie June 1, 2016 - 9:55 pm

Yes! You have been right here from the start! Thank you for your support my love! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tamara June 1, 2016 - 11:47 am

I ran a bit in my 20’s, and I still think about it every day. My body seems meant for it. I’m a sprinter, though. I don’t know if distance is my thing. Slow and steady? Not so much. Bursts of random running? Yes!
I have always been inspired by your running journey.

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Nellie June 1, 2016 - 9:52 pm

Sprinting is fun and carefree and really reminds me of my childhood. I need to do more of that!

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Leslie June 7, 2016 - 1:52 pm

You’re such an inspiration, Nellie. I’ve loved watching your running journey over the last couple years and can’t wait to see where it takes you over the next two years!

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Carla August 1, 2016 - 6:11 am

I’ve been thinking about this the past few weeks. And praying โ€“ โ€“ literally ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€“ โ€“this is me and yoga.

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