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Putting my running shoes back on

Putting my running shoes back on

Of course I get the urge to start working out pretty hardcore again as soon as the weather starts to get colder again. It seems like it always happens this way. It starts getting colder, the days start getting shorter, and all I want to do is to start training for next year’s races. This year I ran quite a few 5K races and I even managed to run a half marathon. I don’t think I’m ready for a full marathon yet but I’m getting closer and closer to my goal of running a marathon. I’m still not sure if I’m ready for a full marathon next year, but I know I want to at least improve my half marathon times.

I think another goal for me next year is to find a running partner. I did pretty much everything solo this year and it got a little boring in the middle of the season. I have a few friends that love to work out but I haven’t been able to get them to commit to any races. Weight lifting seems to be more their style, but I’m sure if I try hard enough, I can convince them to at least run a 5K or two with me.

One other thing I discovered this year is that as I run more and more, I start to burn through shoes. In fact, I managed to burn through two brand new pairs of trainers this year. Next year I think I’m going to see if I can find some cheap trainers at I love running, but it can be expensive. Out of both pairs of trainers I purchased last year, the cheaper pair of the two actually held up quite a bit better than the more expensive, premium pairs.

Over the years, running has turned into one of my biggest passions and all I can think about in the winter is how badly I want to get back out there and race. Sure, I can work inside on a treadmill or run on an elliptical, but it’s not the same at all. Nothing beats the brisk morning air rushing against your face as you are sprinting with everything you have, pushing your body as hard as you can, almost to the point of failure in a race to the finish with hundreds, if not thousands of other competitors. It’s a feeling like no other.

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