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By: hillaryhoffman

I started running for fun and exercise about three years ago, and I'm currently training for my third half-marathon.  This blog will discuss my experiences as well as provide general advice about how to train intelligently and avoid injuries.

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Boston Marathon 2010 - Apr 19
The sun finally peeked out after two days of rain for this morning's Boston Marathon, arguably the most exciting event on the running calendar.  Since I'm able to run neither ...
Less than a month to go! - Apr 12
In just under four weeks, I'll be in NH running my first race of 2010, the Big Lake Half-Marathon.  So, my weekend long runs are getting longer and will continue to do so ...
Advice for new runners - Mar 31
Since I started running just a few years ago, I have a lot of fresh advice for first-time runners.  Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started:  ...
Intro post - Mar 29
Hi!  This is my inaugural blog post here on knee1.com.  I started running about 3 years ago as a way to stay in shape and have fun.  Currently, I'm training ...
Posted: Apr 19, 2010 15:51
  • Boston Marathon 2010

    The sun finally peeked out after two days of rain for this morning's Boston Marathon, arguably the most exciting event on the running calendar.  Since I'm able to run neither far enough or fast enough to qualify, I was not among the 23,021 runners who lined up at the start line today.  Regardless, it gave me a chance to think about why and how we run.  I came across this well-timed press release, which shows evidence that men are more likely to turn to marathon running for the chance to compete, while women run because it makes them feel good and helps them lose weight.

    My experiences certainly align well with the study's findings.  My male friends enjoy comparing times and racking up statistics about how quickly they can run, while my female friends and I are happy and energized when we simply manage to complete a workout or a race.  When I enter a race, I don't worry about how my time will match up with that of other women from my age group.  Rather, I focus on the sense of pride and accomplishment I'll feel when I complete the distance... and on the large ice cream cone I'll treat myself to afterwards.

    What motivates you to run?  How do you reward yourself for a job well-done?

    Be sure to check out the Knee1 Running page and discuss your running tips and concerns in the Knee1 forums!

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  • By: cwarner: Dec, 30, 2010 11:06 AM
    My source of motivation for running is very similar to yours, Hillary. I could care less whether I finish a 4 mile run in 40 or 45 minutes - as long as I complete the run, I'm satisfied regardless of the time. Either way I'll still be able to indulge on an extra sweet or two afterwards!

    However, my brother also runs for fitness, but is much more competitive. Finishing a run in a timely manner is a much higher priority for him than it is for me. He always gloats when his time has improved or groans when his speed slackens. Therefore, in my experience, the gender differences regarding exercise motivations in the press release you found are definitely accurate.

    Although I ran indoor and outdoor track competitively in high school, I now I prefer to enjoy leisurely jogs and focus on my music and the pleasant scenery rather than my watch. 

    By: choir: Jun, 09, 2010 11:16 AM
    What motivates me to propel on the concrete suface has to do with accomplishing my personal goals, whether it is to finish a long distance run or just to remain active. I don't run often enough to feel that sense of urgency to go out for a run whenever the sun peeks out--I like that I can just go on my own pace and not have to worry about anything else but the present. If anything, however, listening to my ipod definitely keeps me focused and post-run stretching most certainly relaxes the mind and body.


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