Take It and Run Thursday

Take It and Run Thursday: Getting Motivated

Take it and run thursday This week's Take It and Run Thursday is sponsored by Lindsay (aka:  Imdecken) from the blog, Chasing the Kenyans.

Her question of the week is:  Whether training for a specific race or just running for the fun of it, we all experience the ups and downs of running. What do you do to get yourself motivated to run when it feels like it's the last thing you want to do?

Jump on over to the article to leave a link to your name and url and your great advice for Lindsay.

But before you do, take a few minutes to learn more about Lindsay and her running by watching her slide show.

And our sponsor for next week is KLETCO from the blog by the same name.  Start thinking about her question for next week:

Now that we're heading into the fall and winter marathon seasons, and we've talked a lot about how to prepare for races, let's talk about spectators.  What do you like and dislike from spectators out on a course?  Are cowbells good or bad?  Do you prefer to have someone waiting with food or gatorade?  What tips can you give for people who are just out to watch the race and not participate?

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Take It and Run Thursday: Fuel Before Your Long Run

This week's Take It and Run Thursday is sponsored by JillWillRun from the blog Jill Will Run.  Her question this week is:

It's the morning of your weekly long run... what do you eat and why?

And before you jump to the article and link your advice, learn a little more about her in this picture show:

And don't forget to answer Jill's questions this week - how do you fuel for your long run?  Just click here and add your name and url.


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Take It and Run Thursday: When Did You Become A Runner?

Take it and run thursday This week's Take it and Run Thursday is sponsored by  Marlene from the blog Mission to Another Marathon.  And she wants to know:

When did you know you had become a runner? Was there a defining moment, or was it a gradual progression over time?

I often hear people talking about a recent run they have completed, and then they say, "But I'm not a real runner."

So what makes you a runner? Is it going to a "real" running store to by actual "running" shoes? Signing up for your first race? Achieving a certain distance or time?

For me, I think it came down to my priorities. When I realized that I was scheduling my life around running and not the other way around, I realized "Hey, I'm a runner!" And it's been downhill ever since. :) (Not entirely downhill...)

Here is a little slideshow with a glimpse of my running.

Please click here to add your name and link to your post to the conversation!

NEXT WEEK 

 

Jill Will Run is our host and her question is: 

 

It's the morning of your weekly long run... what do you eat and why?

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Take It and Run Thursday: Training Plan-less

Take it and run thursday This week's Take it and Run Thursday is sponsored by Erin - who gladly volunteered to go first in our new and improved Take It and Run Thursday series.   You can learn more about her and her running on her blog, Erithon, or her profile sunmoonstarz  or follow along below:

 

To the Lounge, From Erin: 

 

How do you decide how far/long to run when you aren't following a predetermined training plan?  I have a few short races (5Ks and 8Ks) coming up but I'm not planning to follow a training plan for them.  I just finished my most recent half-marathon on July 19th and now I'm at a loss as what to do now in terms of distances, etc.  I almost always run with a training plan but I'm not sure if I should now or not.  Or, if I should be, what I should be looking for in one.

 

I’m lucky enough to live in area that has lots of options for running.  I can run laps around my neighborhood for 5K distances.  I can do out and backs through my town for runs between 3 and 6 miles.  I can drive to the 7 mile-long bike path that starts a few miles from my house if I want to get in a long run with minimal stops.  I can run along the lakefront path in downtown Chicago after work or at lunch for any distance I want.   I can do speedwork on the track near my house.  Or I can stick to the treadmill in my basement. 

So, not only do I have the difficulty of choosing what distance to run, I have the challenge of deciding where to run.  And, really, they’re all such great places, how would I ever decide?  Here’s a sample: 


Which leads me to what I want to know from you:  How do you decide how far to run?  Do you base it on a training plan?  On the route?  Or on something else entirely?

Please leave your advice for Erin and help her plan around her trainingplanless part in her training.  Just follow this link and leave your name and url to show her the way to your advice.

 

NEXT WEEK:

Your sponsor next week is Marlene from the blog Mission to Another Marathon.  And she wants to know:

When did you know you had become a runner? Was there a defining moment, or was it a gradual progression over time?

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Take It and Run Thursday: Here We Go!

I am so excited about this new twist to Take It and Run Thursday (TIaRT).   And we are more than Take it and run thursday pleased with the responses for "sponsors"!  We have sponsors for the rest of the year!

And kicking us off next week is Erin - who gladly volunteered to go first.   You can read up on her and her running on her blog, Erithon, or her profile sunmoonstarz  and then meet her in detail next week when she shares more about her running in Chicagoland.

And here is the question she poses for your response next week.   Start thinking about your answer and be ready to post a link to your advice next Thursday:

Training Plan-less. 

How do you decide how far/long to run when you aren't following a predetermined training plan?  I have a few short races (5Ks and 8Ks) coming up but I'm not planning to follow a training plan for them.  I just finished my most recent half-marathon on July 19th and now I'm at a loss as what to do now in terms of distances, etc.  I almost always run with a training plan but I'm not sure if I should now or not.  Or, if I should be, what I should be looking for in one. 


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Take It and Run Thursday: Changing it Up!

Take_it_and_run_thursday Welcome to Take It and Run Thursday! 

 

Change is good!

At least, that is what Tom and I tell ourselves each day.   After a year and a half of Take It and Run Thursdays, we decided it was time for a change to keep it fresh.  After reaching out to some Loungers from ideas, we stumbled upon a great new twist.   Starting next week, here is how TIaRT will be evolving.

  • Instead of the question or theme being posed by Tom or I, it will be generated by you. 
  • Each week, a runner will have the chance to "sponsor" TIaRT and offer a question, a theme, or a current running dilemma they are dealing with and ask the Lounge to help them with it.
  • As for the "sponsor" part - no worries - we aren't talking about money.  The only thing we ask the runner to share is a bit of themselves.   The runner who "sponsors" the week will be asked to do a short post, orvideo clip, or picture slide show to give other runners a "tour" of their running in their community.   We want to learn about you!  We want you to share something about your running, in your town, in your races.
  • And to have a little fun with it, we will send you a Runners' Lounge t-shirt.   We hope you will "Take It and Run" with it!  Pun intended.   Think of it as a bit of Flat Stanley, Where's Waldo or how hometown newspapers ask you to take the paper with you to far away places.   We want the Lounge to get around too!

To get us started, we just need some "sponsors".   Please leave a comment at the bottom if you are interested in sponsoring a week of Take It and Run.   I would love at least four people before we kick it off in the next week or so.

Whatca' think - good change?   We love feedback so let us know if you like this twist or have other ideas for Take It and Run Thursday.


Take It and Run Thursday: Slaying The Long Run Dragon

Take_it_and_run_thursday Welcome to Take It and Run Thursday! 

It's our way to bring together the knowledge of all of us ordinary runners.  It's the virtual equivalent to putting our virtual heads together.  Even though many of us aren't elite athletes, coaches or authors, it doesn't mean that we haven't earned a well deserved PhD in running.   Whether you are starting out, have 50 years of running under your belt or somewhere in between - all of us have lessons learned that make us wiser and better runners.  

This week's theme is ... Slaying The Long Run Dragon.   What are your best tips for getting through the long, hard, hot, hilly, sweaty, torturous but enjoyable runs?

Please click here to add your ame and url.  We have moved the linking widget to the Runners' Lounge Know How section so you can be instantly saved and published as one of the articles in the Building Endurance section.

Next week's theme is ....  A Surprise!!!  Check in next week for a new twist on Take It and Run Thursday's!    

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Take It and Run Thursday: Running is Like...

Take_it_and_run_thursday Welcome to Take It and Run Thursday! 

It's our way to bring together the knowledge of all of us ordinary runners.  It's the virtual equivalent to putting our virtual heads together.  Even though many of us aren't elite athletes, coaches or authors, it doesn't mean that we haven't earned a well deserved PhD in running.   Whether you are starting out, have 50 years of running under your belt or somewhere in between - all of us have lessons learned that make us wiser and better runners.  

This week's theme is ... Running is Like... I know, I know, you are dying to finish this with "...a box of chocolates."   But the longer I run, I also find that running is like so many other things in life.  There are so many challenges out there that running becomes our reality and analogy.   Tell us what you think running is most like in your life.  Raising kids?  Relationships?  Days at work?  College?   Love to hear your take on the topic.

Please click here and leave your url and name.  

Next week's theme is ...Slaying The Long Run Dragon.   What are your best tips for getting through the long, hard, hot, hilly, sweaty, torturous but enjoyable runs?

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Take It and Run Thursday: My Running Set To Music

Take_it_and_run_thursday Welcome to Take It and Run Thursday! 

It's our way to bring together the knowledge of all of us ordinary runners.  It's the virtual equivalent to putting our virtual heads together.  Even though many of us aren't elite athletes, coaches or authors, it doesn't mean that we haven't earned a well deserved PhD in running.   Whether you are starting out, have 50 years of running under your belt or somewhere in between - all of us have lessons learned that make us wiser and better runners.  

This week's theme is ... My Running Set To Music.  Ok, admit it - once or twice you have envisioned your training or running set to music when you thought about how this part of your life would be depicted the movie they made about you.   You might have come up with a few ideas of what song they would play as they flashed different scenes of your training, or maybe what songs would perfectly capture each mile of your run.   No need to keep it to yourself - share it!  Tell us what songs you would use to tell the story of your training and running.   Need a fun example, check out last week's post by Blaine on his 5K Play List.

Just click here to add your name and URL.   We have moved the linking widget to the Runners' Lounge Know How section so you can be instantly saved and published as one of the articles in the On the Lighter Side section.

Next week's theme is ... Running is Like... I know, I know, you are dying to finish this with "...a box of chocolates."   But the longer I run, I also find that running is like so many other things in life.  There are so many challenges out there that running becomes our reality and analogy.   Tell us what you think running is most like in your life.  Raising kids?  Relationships?  Days at work?  College?   Love to hear your take on the topic.

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Take It and Run Thursday: Running Fireworks

Take_it_and_run_thursday Welcome to Take It and Run Thursday! 

It's our way to bring together the knowledge of all of us ordinary runners.  It's the virtual equivalent to putting our virtual heads together.  Even though many of us aren't elite athletes, coaches or authors, it doesn't mean that we haven't earned a well deserved PhD in running.   Whether you are starting out, have 50 years of running under your belt or somewhere in between - all of us have lessons learned that make us wiser and better runners.  

This week's theme is ... Running Fireworks.  In honor of the 4th of July, let's talk conflict, controversary, and commotion.    What are some of the topics that you and your running friends discuss and have different opinions on?  What are some topics that your family members take up with you?   It can be serious, technical or even fun.   Need an example, we loved the recent chatter with was so eloquently titled "Shirtless Coalition" by Nitmos.

Just click here to add your name and URL.   We have moved the linking widget to the Runners' Lounge Know How section so you can be instantly saved and published as one of the articles in the On the Lighter Side section.

Next week's theme is ... My Running Set To Music.  Ok, admit it - once or twice you have envisioned your training or running set to music when you thought about how this part of your life would be depicted the movie they made about you.   You might have come up with a few ideas of what song they would play as they flashed different scenes of your training, or maybe what songs would perfectly capture each mile of your run.   No need to keep it to yourself - share it!  Tell us what songs you would use to tell the story of your training and running.

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