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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:56 am 

Seeing how this forum is so new, I thought some introductions might be nice. Let's hear about you, your background, and whatever fires you up. It's always more fun to chat with people you know than with a bunch of cryptic names.

And if you're one of the anonymous lurkers who reads all these messages, but has never posted anything, let's hear from you too. Come on, I know you're out there! Tell us about yourself!


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:13 pm 

I guess I'll go first... For starters, my name is Steve and not Rick. The nickname came from a former coworker. In his words, "Rickshaw: he's fast, AND he delivers!" Hey, it was dumb, but somehow it stuck. :-)

A couple of months ago I left my high-stress software job, and decided to turn my running hobby into a career, any way I could. The Runworks site is my first real attempt at that. I have to admit that my plans for how this will lead to a running career are vague at best, but right now I'm having fun just growing the site and learning a lot more about running. Maybe someday Runworks will get a bazillion visitors a day and be the next Google. For now it's my pet project, and I spent most of my time on it.

I've had some successes as a runner, but I'm by no means great. I started running about three years ago at age 31, just because I liked the idea of keeping fit and working towards long-term race goals. At first I could only run a couple of miles at best, and at a very pokey pace. I kept at it, though, and within a few months I improved a lot. I ran my first marathon after 9 months of training, and it's been a steady roll from there. Today I'm seeking the elusive 3:10 marathon time needed to qualify for Boston, but my best effort to date is 3:16. Fortunately I'll soon be old enough to use the slower 35-40 age group qualifying standard, so one way or another I hope to be traveling to Boston soon!


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:21 pm 

Rickshaw wrote:
Seeing how this forum is so new, I thought some introductions might be nice. Let's hear about you, your background, and whatever fires you up. It's always more fun to chat with people you know than with a bunch of cryptic names.

And if you're one of the anonymous lurkers who reads all these messages, but has never posted anything, let's hear from you too. Come on, I know you're out there! Tell us about yourself!

I'll kick things off, I s'pose:

I'm 34, live in Los Angeles and work (unsurprisingly) in television. I've been exercising regularly since I was 19 and really started piling on running miles (more than 15/week) only since April.

Oh, I stink at sports. Awful. Last-kid-picked-for-kickball-bad. Tall and skinny and not too strong. But in running, I discovered a solitude that I enjoy, and - whaddya know - something my body is actually designed to do. In only the past 8 months, I've gone from running 9 minute miles/3 mile run to a PR of 10k at 46:28.

Uh, and I like donuts.


Pretender
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Kansas, OK
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 100

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 2:09 pm 

I'm 40, married (13 years) with 4 kids (ages 10, 6, 2 and 5 months). After leaving Dallas 4 years ago, I moved to the middle of nowhere and got really out of shape. I've only been running for the last 4 1/2 months. While I'm very slow, I have made remarkable progress so I guess I'll take that. I'm seriously considering the OKC Marathon in April, but I'm going back and forth on that. Many (Jim2 for example) think that you should really have more experience before you run a marathon. I think it's because of injury risk. I'm playing it by ear. I'll do the training and if I get injured I won't run. That sounds simplistic, but that's my plan.

Anyway, I'm not much of a runner. My body doesn't seem designed for it. I'm 6' and 200lbs. If I were really lean and 175 I would run alot fast I suspect. We shall see.

Next month I will begin a new adventure: running outdoors. Personally, I love the treadmill. I know it's fashionable to hate them, but I don't get bored. I can get lost in my thoughts and enjoy the experience. I like knowing exactly what my pace, time and distance is and not worrying about the hazards and discomforts of the outdoors. A guy that works at a running store (probably about 26, he ran track in college) punched holes in all of my complaints about running outdoors. Our conversation was something like this:

But I live in the country and have to run on dark dirt roads!
"I love dirt roads! They are the best! Who needs lights?"
But we have mangy animals that would certainly harass me if I ran by!
"Just pretend that you are about to throw a rock at them. Works every time."
I don't have proper outerwear for running in the cold/rain/etc!
"You just need a shell. Put whatever you want over it"
Running on the treadmill is the best way to train though!
"Running on the road will make sure you get a fuller workout. Using stabilizer muscles over the naturally uneven terrain and also the hills are great!"
I just don't know.
"Quit the gym and save money! Running outside is free!"

So, I'm going to try. Though I still do not have proper outerwear. I just hope that I don't get ran over by a chicken truck while I'm running on the potholed country dirt road in the dark. They will probably find me with some Dachshund nipping at my pancreas. :o)


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 2:48 pm 

Hi Rusty! Mmm, donuts!

Yeah, that last-kid-picked thing sounds awfully familiar too. I absolutely hated gym class as a kid. I did run track for one year in high school, but finished in distant last place in nearly every race I ran. That's why I think it's such a thrill for people like you and me to actually be semi-good at something athletic.


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 2:54 pm 

Pretender, it sounds like your progress is going very well, and it's great to have a motivating goal like the OKC Marathon. If you're worried it might be too much, why not shoot for a half-marathon or 10K first? Find something next spring that looks good, and sign up for it now. Knowing that race day is slowly approaching will help motivate you on those days when you just don't feel like running.

About the treadmill, I suspect you must be a freak if you truly enjoy it. :-) I don't know anybody who's done a significant amount of running outdoors who prefers the treadmill. Give the great outdoors a try, and I bet you'll love it, chicken trucks and all.


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:57 pm 

Oh yeah, and my real name is Russ.

There.


BGibbsLMT

Southington, CT
Joined: 12 Dec 2004
Posts: 68

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:44 pm 

My turn. My name's Bill (like you couldn't tell). I'm 40 married 19 yrs, 2 daughters 15 and 13. I'm a licensed massage therapist in central CT. I started doing triathlons about 14 yrs ago and got into trail running to train for that. Now I just run mostly trails but some roads too. I do races from 5k to marathons off road and want to try an ultra, 50+ miles in the next few years. On March 13 I'll be running the length of the Quinnipiac trail, 23 miles, to raise money for our church youth group.

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 1:16 pm 

Good luck with your ultra attempt! Do you have a particular race in mind yet? That's something that's interested me too, but it always looked a bit too crazy. Best of luck with the Quinnipiac trail run, too. I assume that's a pretty hilly trail route? Have you ever done anything like that before?

BGibbsLMT

Southington, CT
Joined: 12 Dec 2004
Posts: 68

Re: introductions Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 1:34 pm 

Rickshaw wrote:
Good luck with your ultra attempt! Do you have a particular race in mind yet? That's something that's interested me too, but it always looked a bit too crazy. Best of luck with the Quinnipiac trail run, too. I assume that's a pretty hilly trail route? Have you ever done anything like that before?


I'd like to try the stone cat ale ultra someplace north of Boston. The Q trail is a very hilly route for most of it's length the only flat part is by the Quinnipiac river, it's wet and muddy there. I've done the Soapstone 1/2 marathon (wet and muddy), the Nipmuck marathon (relatively easy) and the Escarpment trail run (More rocky hill than you ever though existed) in the past year. The hardest part of this run should be the weather.


OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: introductions Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 11:51 am 

I'm not really such an Old Man Runner, only pushing 43, but sometimes I feel pretty old - particularly in relation to the young whippersnappers who first started posting around here such as Rickshaw, who happens to be my wee baby brother. Married 15 years, 2 kids, girl 12 and boy 10. Always stunk at sports when I was young. Ran cross country for a year in 9th grade, and gave it up after that...I'd now say because of lousy coaching. Nobody told us that we'd feel like crap during the first month or so, but that after that it would feel good! I've run on and off my whole life, but have gotten much more regular and disciplined about it over the past 3 years. Still setting PRs here and there at most distances, so I'm still having fun getting better. My main focus is marathons, and I ran my first in fall of '02. My wife is about as non-athletic as you can get, and pretty much thinks I'm insane. Someday soon I WILL qualify to run Boston with a 3:20...just getting older so I can qualify with a 3:30 isn't acceptable. Not sure I'll ever be capable of a 3:10, but that would be cool, as would long-term goals of a 40:XX 10k and a sub-20:00 5k.

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 12:26 pm 

What? Wee brother? I never heard of this guy!

About your long-term goals, one interesting thing is to use the calculator in the tools section to convert them all to marathon time equivalents, and see which ones are hardest:

1. 3:20 marathon
2. 19:59 5K = 3:11:06 marathon
3. 40:59 10K = 3:09:04 marathon


psulli
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Vancouver, BC
Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 21

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 1:43 pm 

You think you guys are old? My name is Paul, I'm facing 55, and my two kids are 24 and 25. I started running in 1977 after losing 85 pounds and was looking for a way to keep it off. I love hearing from the guy who is poised to hit the great outdoors -- for that first winter, I ran a loop that consisted of the hallway, the living room and the dining room. I took it outdoors in March and after a week on the road my glutes hurt so much I couldn't sit down. Anyway, I now live in Vancouver (Canada), which is a great place to run, thanks to the legendary Stanley Park Seawall, not to mention all the other beach and rain forest trails. It's also the Canadian Banana Belt -- it's about 50 F. today, and there's not much wind. Rain, that's another matter. I've run 16 marathons, including two CIMs, an LA (Ali! Ali!), a couple of Portlands, and a bunch of Vancouvers. Marathon PR: Portland: 3:40. The current goal: qualify for Boston, which at my age requires a 3:45 -- I was 15 minutes away at the latest CIM. Next crack: Vancouver, May 1. I like the looks of this site -- Good luck Rickshaw!

OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 1:50 pm 

The hallway, living room, and dining room! Oh man, and I thought the treadmill was boring! I can only imagine how wonderful - but overwhelming - it must have been when you first started running outdoors.

psulli
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Vancouver, BC
Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 21

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:05 pm 

OldManRunner wrote:
The hallway, living room, and dining room! Oh man, and I thought the treadmill was boring! I can only imagine how wonderful - but overwhelming - it must have been when you first started running outdoors.

Yeah, it was quite a workout. But it beat running in place, which is what I did for the first few weeks! It was 1977...who knew?


ginger

Cambridge, MA
Joined: 08 Dec 2004
Posts: 46

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:09 pm 

I'm 27, currently working as a software developer in San Francisco but moving to Boston this spring to go back to school to become a teacher. Getting married in May. Oh and my name really is Ginger :)

I started running a little bit in junior high, and then ran quite a bit in high school (in addition to xc skiing and soccer.) Didn't run for a team in college but did run recreationally, mixed in with a bunch of other sports. Did my first marathon in 2000, my second in 2001, then hopped on to the triathlon circuit in late 2001 and have been much more of a triathlete than a runner for the past few years, although I've always squeezed in some run races during the tri season because I really like running as well. I ran a big PR at CIM 2 wks ago (2:59) and am planning to run Boston in the spring.

Rickshaw the site is great. The calculator that uses Daniels' VDOT to get training paces and projected times at other distances is really cool.


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:38 pm 

Psuli, were you at CIM this year? Maybe I saw you there. I've run Portland a couple of times too. We may bump into each other one of these days.

Wow, I can't imagine running laps around the living room, but it sounds like you made it work. Way to go! Good luck with the Boston qualifier goal. That's what keeps a lot of this crowd motivated.


OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:39 pm 

Ginger, you are too damn fast! 2:59 for a woman, and running is only your partial focus...makes the rest of us mortals roll our eyes back into our heads. Rickshaw told me about your Ironman results in October. Incredible.

Pretender
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Kansas, OK
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 100

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:51 pm 

2:59 "for a woman"? Heck, that's fast no matter who you are in my book. I have never run a marathon and my first will be in April (keeping my fingers crossed). I don't expect to bust 5 hours. :o)

OldManRunner wrote:
Ginger, you are too damn fast! 2:59 for a woman, and running is only your partial focus...makes the rest of us mortals roll our eyes back into our heads. Rickshaw told me about your Ironman results in October. Incredible.


ginger

Cambridge, MA
Joined: 08 Dec 2004
Posts: 46

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 3:00 pm 

well ..... I agree with what Rickshaw quoted someone as saying in the "walking a marathon" thread - the longer it takes you to do a marathon, the harder it actually is, because you're out there for so much longer!!

psulli
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Vancouver, BC
Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 21

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 3:02 pm 

Rickshaw wrote:
Psuli, were you at CIM this year? Maybe I saw you there. I've run Portland a couple of times too. We may bump into each other one of these days.

Wow, I can't imagine running laps around the living room, but it sounds like you made it work. Way to go! Good luck with the Boston qualifier goal. That's what keeps a lot of this crowd motivated.


Rickshaw, I ran my second CIM this year--the other in 02. Went more than half the way with Bill Hambrick and the 3:50 pace group, and felt so good, I decided to head out on my own about mile 14--maybe not such a good idea. I should have waited until we got through the wall, and then decided to go for 3:45--might have had enough left in the tank. So the quest for Boston continues.

BTW, I have a lot of good things to say about the CIM, the volunteers and the program -- especially enjoyed listening to Dick Beardsley, who has been to heaven and hell on the same long run. Maybe we'll run into each other in Sacramento next year--even better, come up to Vancouver and run the VIM in May.

Re: the hall/dining room/living room course, it was a big old rambling house, so it was bigger than a hamster wheel and it felt like exercise!


Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 7:41 pm 

i'll chime in with my intro finally. i'm 27, male, architect, no kids, no wife, and new to running. i ran cross in high school but got waaaay out of shape in college. last august i tipped the scales at 263 (i'm only 5'8"). i got busy eating better and running. it took me about a month to run a mile without stopping, but soon there after the weight literally started flying off. i progressed steadily and by this october i had lost 110 pounds and ran my first marathon (chicago where i live) in 3:37 and followed it up with a somewhat overzealous new york 28 days later for a painful 3:51. i'm totally hooked and looking to try and bq this year if i can stay healthy.

rickshaw keep with this site. i'm already starting to like it better than the stand-by's and think it has so much room to grow...

Scott


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:25 pm 

You lost 110 pounds!!! That's like half your body weight! Wow, that is completely amazing. And not only did you drop the weight, but you took up a healthy new hobby and knocked out some solid marathon times to boot. Way to go! Maybe you should give up architecture and become a motivational speaker. Fantastic.

OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: introductions Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 5:32 am 

Oh, don't get me wrong. What I meant to imply was that 2:59 was a fantastic time for anyone and far better than I'll EVER run, but for a woman that's just 11 minutes shy of the Olympic Trials B standard, and a phenomenal time!

sfird
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Long Island, NY
Joined: 10 Dec 2004
Posts: 80

Re: introductions Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:42 am 

My name is Sandy and I'm 52 years old. I'm an attorney in private practice. Having been general counsel for two toy companies for the past 15 years, many of my clients are toy companies. I've been married for 25 years and have a 23 year old son and a 19 year old daughter. I live on Long Island. I've been running for around 15 years. At first I ran around 3 miles 2-3 times a week. Around 5 years ago I decided to start training for my first marathon which I ran in Philly in 2001. I've now run three marathons (Philly, NY and MCM) in the past four years. (I missed 2003 due to injury.) By no means am I fast. My marathon PR is 4:28. I run to stay fit and control my weight (151 right now but could easily be 170 if I don't watch it.) but mainly because I like it. Over the years I have played tennis, racquetball, golf, softball and basketball on a recreational level. In recent years, I have cut down on these activities to help avoid injuries during my marathon training. I also find it alot easier to schedule runs (just go out the door and run) then to schedule tennis games where you have to find a court and someone to play with.

Pretender
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Kansas, OK
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 100

Re: introductions Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:09 am 

sfird wrote:
My name is Sandy and I'm 52 years old. I'm an attorney in private practice. Having been general counsel for two toy companies for the past 15 years, many of my clients are toy companies. I've been married for 25 years and have a 23 year old son and a 19 year old daughter. I live on Long Island. I've been running for around 15 years. At first I ran around 3 miles 2-3 times a week. Around 5 years ago I decided to start training for my first marathon which I ran in Philly in 2001. I've now run three marathons (Philly, NY and MCM) in the past four years. (I missed 2003 due to injury.) By no means am I fast. My marathon PR is 4:28. I run to stay fit and control my weight (151 right now but could easily be 170 if I don't watch it.) but mainly because I like it. Over the years I have played tennis, racquetball, golf, softball and basketball on a recreational level. In recent years, I have cut down on these activities to help avoid injuries during my marathon training. I also find it alot easier to schedule runs (just go out the door and run) then to schedule tennis games where you have to find a court and someone to play with.


Sandy,
Welcome aboard! I admire your consistency. I'm still new to running, but I want to look back in 10 years and say that I have been a runner for 10 years. I bet it helps relieve some stress from the job too! At least it does me. If I ever complain about running in the winter, all I have to do is think of you folks up North. :)


Pretender
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Kansas, OK
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 100

Re: introductions Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:10 am 

Bricks wrote:
i'll chime in with my intro finally. i'm 27, male, architect, no kids, no wife, and new to running. i ran cross in high school but got waaaay out of shape in college. last august i tipped the scales at 263 (i'm only 5'8"). i got busy eating better and running. it took me about a month to run a mile without stopping, but soon there after the weight literally started flying off. i progressed steadily and by this october i had lost 110 pounds and ran my first marathon (chicago where i live) in 3:37 and followed it up with a somewhat overzealous new york 28 days later for a painful 3:51. i'm totally hooked and looking to try and bq this year if i can stay healthy.

rickshaw keep with this site. i'm already starting to like it better than the stand-by's and think it has so much room to grow...

Scott


Dang Scott! You are an animal. That's a whole lot of dedication. From your background as a runner and your age, you are already zipping along faster than I'm sure I ever will. Keep on running dude!


mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: introductions Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 9:35 pm 

Hello everyone. My name is Mike, I'm 43, married 22 years, and have three lovely daughters (14 year old twins, and a 16 year old) and live in New Jersey (I'm originally from Ohio). I played sports in High School and College and always hated running. I started to run in '88 and ran seriously for a few years but stopped and didn't sta rt back up again until '99. I really enjoy running now. I've been running much more steady and have run 6 marathons (PR 3:31 NYC). I developed a bad case of Plantar Fasciitis a month or so before the '04 NYC marathon and managed to struggle through it in 4:31. I've only been running 2 or 3 days a week since while I try to heal my PF. My New Year resolution is to swallow my pride and see a specialist for my foot. Though I've made progress treating it on my own...I desperately need to get back into training as soon as possible. Running, and training for marathons in particular, has helped me keep my weight down.

My brother-in-law wants me to come out to California in April to run Big Sur with him. But I don't think I'm going to be ready in time. But I have registered for the Vermont City Marathon in May...just to keep me motivated if for nothing else.
Before my foot problem cropped up before NYC I was hoping to get a 3:20 BQ this year. I'll turn 44 in January and the qualifying time increases to 3:30. But I'm still going to shoot for a 3:20 in 2005 to run Boston 2006. One of my goals is to run a marathon in all 50 states. I've done NY, NJ, PA, and MA so far.


jennjenn

Vancouver, BC
Joined: 23 Dec 2004
Posts: 4

Re: introductions Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 10:13 pm 

Hi everyone! I am Jenn from Vancouver, BC. I am 24 and I am an RN. I have been running for a little over a year... I started after I graduated from school and I LOVE it! I run about 40-50km per week. I like 10km races but i'm currently training for the half-marathons of spring 2005 (Van International, and the Edge to Edge) I also love the mountains and the snow, although we haven't had much of it this year-- I remain hopeful. hah! :D

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 11:23 am 

Hi Mike! Let me know if you do come out for Big Sur. Maybe we can have an in-person forum meeting before or after the race.

For your plantar fascitis, have you tried the Strasburg Sock? I don't have any experience with it myself, but I've heard it helps a lot.

Another question for you or anyone else with kids-- do you kids run at all? Do you ever run together? My daughter is two, so she's not much of a runner yet. :-) It's my hope that she might develop an interest in it when she's older, though. It would be a lot of fun to do training and races together.


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2004 11:26 am 

Hi Jenn! Another Vancouver runner... these forums are full of them! :-)

Good luck with your spring races. I hear Vancouver International especially is a great race. Have you done it before?


mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: introductions Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:17 am 

Yes, I've tried the Straussberg Sock. In fact, I think I've tried just about everything with varying degrees of success. The sock is great for my arch but it causes the ball of my foot to get tender/sore from the constant stretch. I'm trying to focus on stretching, massage, and good shoe inserts. Switching from being a heel striker to landing more on my mid-foot has helped a lot.

My kids have run with me off and on. My oldest daughter actuall ran with me in a couple short races back when she was in 6th grade (she's a Junior now). They don't mind running once in a while but don't enjoy doing it on a regular basis. I think it's a "time" thing with them. Being teenagers, they can't see taking the time to get dressed, run, and then shower when there are so many other things they'd rather be doing. So, I haven't bothered them about it much. But I'm thinking about trying to get them out with me as Lacrosse season starts to approach.

I dont' think I can offer much advice with your 2 year old other than to enter her in the kids races where everyone gets an award. The little kids I've seen at these races seem to really dig the awards (i.e. medals). As she gets older and starts to run in races that only award the top 3 then she may consider "training" to be more competative. Be patient and supportive. Try to let it happen naturally and then you'll know she's doing it because she enjoys it and not just to make you happy.


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: introductions Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 10:19 am 

mfox wrote:
I dont' think I can offer much advice with your 2 year old other than to enter her in the kids races where everyone gets an award. The little kids I've seen at these races seem to really dig the awards (i.e. medals).

Yup... I actually entered her in the same kids race for the past two years. The first time, she was only six months old, and I carried her in my arms as I ran behind the slowest kids. The second time at 18 months, she "ran" under her own power, and even won her age group. Here's a photo:

http://www.runworks.com/templates/runworksClean/images/photos/alice_race.jpg


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