Before we get started, I would like to preface this post by letting you know more about me as a runner. (If you need facts and numbers, check out my running profile.) The best way for me to introduce myself as a runner is by providing a disclaimer.
I am not a professional runner. I am not a professional coach. I am not a running expert. I do not know (or use) proper running form. I do not know which shoes you should wear. I do not know what gear you need. I do not know how you should train, and I do not know what a fartlek is (but I laugh when I hear the word).
Fortunately, there is one thing I do know about running. I KNOW HOW TO MAKE RUNNING FUN!
This week, I want to discuss---
How to Make Running Fun BEFORE Actually Running
1) St. Ralph: Ralph is a high school misfit who decides to train for the Boston Marathon. This movie is heartwarming and hilarious. Watch it!
2) Prefontaine: If you are new to running, there is a chance that you have never heard of Steve Prefontaine. Watch this movie to learn why he is a legend in the running world, and also get a small history lesson, and a big dose of motivation.
1) The Purple Runner by Paul Christman: My favorite running book of all time! This is a fictional running book with an ending that will make you want to run a marathon tomorrow. The morning after I finished this book I ran my current half marathon PR. I highly recommend it!
2) Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.: This is a classic running book about a top notch collegiate runner trying to break a four-minute mile. If you want to know more about the mental aspects of being an elite runner, this book is a must read.
The Internet (Yep, I have a category titled "The Internet")
Amanda (from The Lady Okie) and Beka (from Sunshine to the Square Inch) are two blog writers (“bloggers”) who host a monthly on-line social gathering for other bloggers. This is called a linkup. The theme of this particular linkup is running. As the hosts of the linkup, they generously invite other bloggers to join them each month to write about a unique running topic. In short, click on the shoes during the week of the 21st each month to read some great running stories.
2) Runners World on Twitter: I follow Runners World on twitter. Great information, fun articles, and plenty of entertainment. No need for further explanation.
3) Letsrun.com: Your source for the latest and greatest running news. Also the “On the Boards” section allows readers to share their opinions on various topics. Fun!
4) Lopez Lomong: Be ready to laugh as you watch this Olympian miscount his laps in a 5k, then be amazed by his efforts to stay in the race. Fun and motivational!
I listen to music while I run, so sue me.
The #1 song that makes me pick up the pace?
Hey Ya by OutKast: There is just something about this song that makes me feel the need for speed.
Ta-da! There it is, my list of running treats.
I hope you will share too! I really want to know what fun things motivate you to run. Let’s make this a discussion. Even the best runners need a little motivation now and then, and who doesn’t like fun running stuff?