Three things from this morning:
1. The treadmill at least makes it easier to stretch when you finish a run because of the rails. My favorite stretch for that right IT band of mine that loves to get a little tight. 8 miles @ 8:34
2. Turns out that florescent green weights actually motivate me to do a little lifting after a run.
3. Park day in January. WHY ARE WE LEAVING THIS PLACE?!?!
A few weeks ago I read an article (I cannot find it for the life of me) about changing your mindset about working out. It talked about how people force themselves to work out because they do. not. like. their. bodies. They talked about how one of the biggest reasons they work out is because they want to change the way they look.
On the other hand, there are a lot of people out there that exercise/run because they love their bodies. Exercise is a way that they show that they care about taking care of their bodies. They do it because they want to treat their bodies correctly by getting enough exercise each day and they fill their body with nutritious food because they love their bodies and want to take care of it, not because they want to change it.
Hmmmm. I don’t think you have to be one or the other, there is probably a large spectrum as far as why you work out goes but I wanted to hear from you about this topic.
Do you hit the pavement for a run or go to the gym because:
A) You aren’t happy with what you look like and you are chasing after changing your body.
B) You want to give your body some good ol’ TLC because you love your body and want to treat it right by being healthy.
C) Somewhere in the middle on the spectrum.
D) Depends on what else is going on in life—> stress, hormonal times, health problems, relationship problems.
I am definitely closer to B than I have ever been before in my life. After many years of being close to an A (mixed with some D…), pregnancy really did something for me. I feel like it changed my mindset on a lot of things, especially my body. I grew to love my body more and more because it brought me little Spikey. I wanted to keep it healthy and strong to take care of it rather than change it.
Throw Back Tuesday to Brooke when she was Spikey:
Life situations and a change in the people that are in my life over the last few years has also helped me to move towards B and loving my body rather than wanting to change it.
I’m just interested to see where others are at with this and what has helped them to love their bodies more.
This post is kind of all over the place. Topic #2:
I have been emailing back and forth with a girl named Megan about pacing races. This is something I have always wanted to do but I have been too nervous about it—> I just don’t want to mess up anyone’s race! She sent me over her list of best things about pacing and I think she has me convinced that I need to try it!
Sounds like a good time to me! Especially the mini-starbursts.
Who has been a pacer for a race? What are your thoughts about pacing??! Which races have you paced for?
Do you workout because you love or hate (hate is a strong word… what about—> dislike/want to change) your body?
How is the above question changed over time for you? What has helped you to shift to working out because you love your body?
Sarah @ KS Runner
I’ve been asked to pace before and I’m too scared to do it yet. I’m afraid I’d mess up someone’s race and be way off. What if I have a bad day and can’t hang with that pace myself?
I think that I’m a C. I definitely have days when I don’t love my body so much, but for the most part I do it because I really appreciate what it does for me and want to show it some love. I think the days I’m not liking my body so much are the days when I need to run so I can prove to myself what I’m capable of. It’s a little sad if you are B all the time. I hope people love their bodies a little bit at least!
Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
Being a pacer sounds awesome!!! I feel like my relationship with my body got better after I had a baby as well. I wanted to be healthy for her when I was pregnant, and I want to be healthy for her now. That doesn’t meant that emotional issues never arise, and I don’t have some negative feelings sometimes, but overall I exercise because it makes me feel good and I know it is good for my body :)
Sanaz @ runforcake
I think that’s a great question but for most people it’s a combination of the two. I workout because it makes me feel better and look better which makes me love my body more. I’m also motivated to workout sometimes because I want to be in control to change something about my body I dislike or want to change. I think it’s important to love your health and yourself enough to be motivated to keep it in shape!
Right now I am more towards hating my body… 8 weeks post baby is just an awkward time. But once things tighten back up (
Hum… It didn’t post my whole comment but if you want to run a slow race I’ll happily be your first pacey (or whatever the term for the person you pace is…)
Kristina @ Blog About Running
I think you would be such a good pacer! You’re always so upbeat on the blog, if you bring that great positive energy to your pace group it would be so helpful to the other runners! I ran with a pace group at my last half marathon for a few miles and it was really nice. I don’t love talking a lot when I run though so I eventually went off on my own, but the miles I did with the group was nice!
I love being a race pacer!! It’s so much fun to meet new runners and help them accomplish their goals:)
I run for a lot of reasons, but one is because I like to eat! I like that it lets me relax and not worry about my weight.
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I really truly do love working out. It’s absolutely the best part of my day. I love challenging myself in new ways, watching my body transform and become strong. I must admit years ago before my “transformation” and weight loss I dreaded the thought of working out. It really is true that when you find something active you like it automatically becomes part of your life.
I’ve never been a pacer but would love to someday. I think I would like to get some more races under my belt first.
I workout because I love my body and I love what it does for me.
I started to run to fit into my wedding dress, then to lose the baby weight but began to really love what it did for me as I struggled as a new mom and eventually made the shift into single mom. Now, I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
I paced a half marathon once. It was the most fun race I have ever done because I didn’t feel like I had to run it fast. I talked to a bunch of awesome ladies who were aiming for a 2:30 and finished below that.
You do get a cool shirt that says pacer, but I have to be careful where I wear it because I wore it to another race (a 5K/10K) once and someone on the course thought I was pacing that race (it has my local running store’s logo on the front and looks exactly like my ambassador shirt from the store minus the pacer writing on the back). And it’s a free race entry, really good way to use a race as your own long run for yourself and also help people meet a goal. You should do it.
I am somewhere on the middle of that spectrum… I definitely have those runs where I am venting stress or whatever’s going on in life, and sometimes I love my body, sometimes I hate it. Just depends on the day and how I feel, but no matter what happens going into the workout or run I usually feel pretty good about myself when I’m finished :).
I run because I am compelled to. That is it. I love my body. I don’t love my body. I am stressed. All of the above. But with or without any of those… I would run because I always want to. And I’m not a superstar. I’m not even fast. I just have to run. That is all.
I love this!!!
heh. Thanks Guys. ::blushing::
Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
you should TOTALLY be a pacer- I feel like everyone would want to run in your pace group because you would be so entertaining and motivating!!
Plus she would have the candy! ;-)
I started running because of option D (a break up). I guess I’m in the middle (option C) because, like option B, I get really happy when I go to the doctor and he is impressed with my vitals, “do you workout?” However, I’d like to lose 20lbs because I’d like to be more slender (option A) and I’m sure my pace would improve! So yeah, I’m all over the place. That was fun :)
I remember Spikey Brooke. Too precious!
You would be an incredible pacer! My only suggestion would be to pace at a pace comfortable for you so you don’t feel pressure to race? What do I know, I’m not a pro :P
But you’re super positive and a great storyteller (I read your blog daily) so I’m sure your group would enjoy having you.
I love my body AND I hate my body.
It is awesome and limited. Tough relationship.
I workout because it helps my mind at least as much as my body so that I can have more love days. :)
I would love to have a pacer. I ran two races in the CarreraThon Races Gusto Series last year in San Antonio (http://www.carrerathon.com/webpages2.asp?wpid=16#augustorun) and it was the first time I had seen that. The pacers are the ones that also help with their training series that they offer. I run faster if I have a pacer…I know that!
I am definitely C. I am a thick chick so it is good cardio for me but at the same time I am not going to lose a whole bunch of weight from running at this point. For me at this point I remember 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? This reminds me why I need to take care of myself, so that God can use me for his work.
Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
I’ve never paced a race, but I have a great running buddy who is pacing the half marathon I’ll be running in March. She’s the 1:50 pacer, and that’s my goal time so it will be such a blessing to get to run beside her and be so encouraged! :)
I think for me, running is different than “working out.” I’m to the point now where running doesn’t seem to make me gain or lose weight, my body is a little bit stagnant with it. I know that comes from not really mixing up my runs for a long time, but doing the easy more social runs makes me LOVE running, so I’m happy with it. However, workouts (strength training, etc.) I do feel come from a place of body dislike or guilt. I wish it wasn’t that way, but it’s just where I am right now. I have heard SO many women experience the same kind of body empowerment you feel as a result of having kids, and it’s such an awesome, beautiful thing!
WHEW. That got deep!
I totally agree; pregnancy and being a new mom completely changed the way I look at my body and workout. Now I go as my alone time and to burn off stress vs. Trying to look a certain way.
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
I started running when I started college to tone up and stay thin, and in college/graduate school running turned into a form of stress relief for me. Now I run to take care of my body, for the mental/emotional benefits, and because I love it! Running makes me so happy, and as I became more of a runner I broke away from types of exercises only I did because I wanted to change my body (long weight lifting sessions, trends like Pure Barre, Insanity, etc) and added exercises that keep me healthy in general and as a runner (yoga and core work/Pilates in addition to running).
It would be so fun to be a pacer! You should totally do it!
Definitely a lot of the same reasons as you. Before I used to not like my body, but now I feel like I really actually like it.! Especially after having my daughter. It’s amazing how fast my body bounced back from pregnancy. I know I have to take care of it now, because it has been so good to me.
Awe I like spikey. Lol.
Come pace a race for me.! You know you want to come to Oregon.! Lol
I haven’t been a runner long enough to be a pacer but I’m really excited to be running in a race in April that HAS pacers! My first half was so small that they didn’t have them.
I am completely at “B”. I just lost 80 lbs with Weight Watchers and running and once hated my body. Running makes me feel strong and powerful and like I can conquer anything. I used to hate my legs because they are not shapely and don’t look great in skirts & dresses. Running has helped me to appreciate them for all the miles they’ve carried me. I think losing weight and getting older has helped me to appreciate my body for what it is, rather than always shooting for someone else’s ideal body.
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
Becoming a distance runner has totally changed how I feel about my body. I still have days that I wish I didn’t have that extra muffin top but when I look in the mirror I see strong and think how at 41 I can do things I couldn’t do at 31.
Strength training is the one thing I try to do to change my body but I hate it. I don’t get any enjoyment out of it. And it doesn’t really help me emotionally or mentally like running does.
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
I used to NEVER be satisfied with the way I looked and a big part of working out for me was for aesthetics. I developed a really skewed vision of myself and soon enough the eating followed and I dealt with that disordered pattern for some time. I realized that even when I reached what I THOUGHT I wanted to look like, I was the most miserable inside than I had ever been.
That was one of the things that made me start my blog. Sharing that journey and how I have overcome that kind of thinking. I am also an addict, so I have to be very careful and vigilant about anything that can change my mood because I am apt to abuse it. Blogging for me is a way to keep myself accountable, share my journey, and connect with all kinds of wonderful people!
I have paced a race before….a half marathon. It was definitely fun and especially at the end when people come up and thank you cause they had you in their sights and just wanted to pass you (and they did!). Great feeling of giving back to the running community. And yes, free race entry, another medal, what could be better! Just sign up for a pace that feels easy to you. And study the course map so you know when aid stations are coming up and where the hills are. Definitely worth it!
I would say I’m in the middle of that spectrum. After having three kids and getting older, I realistically know that my body probably isn’t going to change much more for me, and I’m fine with that. I do love running, solo and with friends, roads, trails, races, trying to improve my times. It’s definitely something I don’t see giving up on anytime soon!
The Hipster Runner
I did a women’s only race a few years ago where the pacers were men dressed in sports bras, skirts, boas, headbands, and lots of pink. It was a blast
Becky @ Ok, so here's the plan
I workout because I feel SO much better when I do! I love running to push myself and see what I can accomplish. Plus I’m running faster (and with less injuries) at 30 than I ever did when I was younger!
I definitely used to work out to feel better about myself – I didn’t always like my body, but running has definitely improved that relationship.
In high school and early college, I would run 4 miles a few days per week. Not fast. Not because I enjoyed running—in fact, I hated it. I ran just enough to keep in shape and I never got a running high or ever looked forward to it. I viewed it as a chore. I was definitely option A back then.
After getting married and having kids, I realized my body is more than a number. Pregnancy ESPECIALLY changed my ideas about my body. Look what I can do! I can grow and birth a human and there is something so amazing about that and it changed my view from my body being an accessory to my body being something to enjoy. I started setting goals for myself that were not body image related, but that were fitness related and it was amazing. I liked running. I liked checking off my workouts. I finally had a runner’s high. I just had to look outside myself.
There are still things I would change about my body, but that is not WHY I exercise anymore. I do it because I love it.
Its actually really sad but i read this blog every single day and have tried to run but i about die when i do. I would love to get into it more but my lungs almost burst once i start, plus i have a really bad swelling problem when i even walk for a little bit. My brother is buying me a membership to the gym because i havegained 90 pounds in the past 2 years, i need to lose weight but i also want muscle. I really enjoy working my legs and keeping them strong. I played soccer when i was 5 until i was in the 9th grade and then became anorexic. But now i mainly just want to build muscle. Your blog has helped me a lot with actually wanting to be active.
Emily–find something that you can do and that you enjoy and stick with that. Running is not for everyone and that is OK! There are so many wonderful ways to move your body and feel so good. Don’t give up and good luck to you.
Emily… I HATE RUNNING. Seriously, I read this blog mainly because I think Janae is awesome and I love reading each day. If you want to lose weight and gain muscle, and you enjoy working legs, stick with it! Once I realized that I am not and never will be a runner and starting heavy lifting, I stuck with that for so much longer than I’ve ever stuck with a workout program in my life. (And I’ve dropped almost 30 pounds.) It’s been a year and counting :) I wish you all the luck in the world xoxo.
Thank you for the support ladies! I am hoping i find something awesome to stick with. Heavy lifting sounds hard but fun!
I’m in awe of pacers. I chatted with one guy who had paced many races and he said one time he ended up with a bad calf cramp with 8 miles to go and he just had to suck it up (he didn’t tell anyone during the race since he didn’t want anyone worrying.). But even with that “scary” story, he loves it and will continue to do it. He just says you’ve got to pick a pace you feel very comfortable completing.
At some point in my life I’ve been A through D. Right now, I’m definitely more of a B. Probably because I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life (even after cranking out kids) so I’m very appreciative of what my body is capable of.
Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner
I think I am a mixture…workout because I want to give my body some tlc and because I am constantly trying to improve the way I look. I also workout because of the way it makes me feel afterwards. Those endorphins are pretty awesome! I have always thought about following a pacer but I really do run at different paces throughout so I am not consistent.
Definitely option B. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 on my 26th birthday. She passed away at age 58. Too, too young. Since then, my mindset has been about taking care of me and running/cycling/eating right (most of the time) is a huge part of that. Now I’m 50 and very in tune with my body even with major hormonal changes going on. My biggest problem has been elevated blood pressure – it’s always lowest after a run or ride, so I’m giving it what it craves.
Love your picture of Spikey! I started reading your blog about 2 months before Brooke was born – thanks for sharing her with us, she’s a doll!
Those shorts! May I ask where they are from? (Sorry, superficial question for such a good topic! I’m on the spectrum – I love that running makes me love what my body is capable of – just like childbirth did – but some days I struggle to be happy with the body I have to squeeze into my jeans)
I think you should pace. Think of it as a group run to meet new people. I bet it would be a good way to remind yourself why you love running.
I run because I love it so much, at one point I did it to be skinny and stay skinny because I was not a fan of my body. Then it became my therapy and helped me deal with my low body esteem. I started lifting about eight months ago because I knew my legs were weak from sitting all day long at work and it was affecting my running. Then I started to fall in love with lifting. I loved seeing myself get stronger and what I am capable of. I think runinng and working out is something I do to challenge myself and see what I can enhance not change.
Robyn @Robyn's Living Life
This is a great post. Why I workout oa different depending on different times in my life, but I sure aim to do it to take care of myself and hopefully provide mental insights and sanity! I love hearing about how your outlook has changed:) I think age brings us wisdom!
Used to run because I felt like it would change something about my body. Now I run because I love the way I feel when I run…strong…capable…clear-minded. Able to tackle hard things.
I love running because it makes me stronger.
Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
Working out is something that I enjoy and that makes me happy. More than anything, working out makes me MENTALLY more positive, pleasant to be around, and energetic. I would become a big ball of depression without it. As a side effect, it in turn helps my body stay strong and healthy. There are so many positive benefits of running and working out – the body image is just a small fraction of that.
I definitely think this mentality has shifted as I have gotten older. When I was just starting college it was all about body image – thank goodness I snapped out of that phase!!
Cheri @ Overactive Blogger
I definitely fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. I used to not love my body, so I worked out to feel better and improve what I felt like needing improving. Now, I do it to stay sane, I do it because I love maintaining a healthy weight, I do it because it helps me sleep, and I do it because I know in the long run, this is a good habit that I’ve made. Great post!
When I was younger I worked out bc I hated my body… But now that I have Ella I want to be a good, healthy role model for her and at the same time I reap the benefits of what it does to my body!
OMG you should totally be a pacer! What an amazing opportunity! Do it! Do it!
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
Oh I think you should totally be a pacer! I am always fascinated by the pacer people because it has to be challenging to keep running with the sign at a consistent set pace….In terms of why I run, it’s definitely B and sometimes D but never A. I always liked my body and respected what I was born with, even when I was a chubby kid for a few years growing up.
You should totally be a pacer! I had an incredible pacer at a half marathon a while ago and he was SO cool and basically changed my life plus I got my first ever sub-2 (which I deeeefinitely didn’t expect, I had people waiting at the finish line for 2:20+) Pacers are amazing people and I bet you’d be fab at it!
I started working out because I SERIOUSLY disliked my body, But as I started running, I’ve progressed to loving it for being in shape and strong, and it isn’t about being skinny anymore, but rather the lengths I can stretch my body to physically as an athlete. I love that feeling.
I choose option E:
I work out because I love backcountry skiing and hiking. If I’m not in good shape then I can’t get out into the mountains and keep up with my friends like I want to.
Plus, I’ve just come to this epic realization that no one seems to talk about: Fitness IS cumulative. You cannot wake up at age 40/50/whenever and decide that today you’re going to get fit and expect to have the same results and longevity as if you’d been consistent your whole life. I workout so that I can LIVE. I want to live long and be able to do ALL the things.
Kate @ The Endorphin Junkie
If you would have asked me that question five years ago, the answer would have been A., but now I think it’s moved to C. I exercise because I know my body needs it, but I also like the fact that it makes my body look half way decent (and allows me to eat a little more chocolate…hehe).
I love running with pace groups during races so you should totally be a pacer. Plus you’re so positive all the time, so you’re perfect for the job!
I have paced for a couple of races and LOVE IT. I’m really good at keeping a steady pace and fell into pacing when I asked a race if I could be one of their pace bunnies. Definitely a different feel for a race situation but super fun!
Ummm…would love to have you try out your first pacing gig by pacing me to my BQ. It would be a comfy pace for you…beautiful Maine during the month of May!! Whaddya think ;-)
I used to hate my body as a teenager and for some weird reason I thought swimming for my high school team would be a good idea. I guess, in a way it turned out that way. I was forced to wear a suit in front of my peers and since I loved swimming so much I grew to be okay with feeling half-naked around the pool deck. I run know for the good it does my body and, more importantly, my mind.
What a great question AND a tough question! For me pregnancy changed the way I feel about my body as well but it’s been a 2 year journey. My son was born 2 months early, spent a month in the NICU, came home for a week, and then went back to the NICU for another week. During that time I hated my body because it failed my baby. But now, the guilt is gone, the PTSD is gone and I am finally mentally and emotionally in a place where I want to run. And it was the challenge of running that got me back. I ran my 6th half and PR’d by 30 mins POST BABY. And in 11 days I’ll be doing my first full. What I realized is that I am such a stronger and faster runner after having my son bc I’ve been through worse. And my body is strong and capable. whew ;-)
Amy @ Mama Running for God
I’ve never been a pacer. I don’t think I could do it. I need to be running much longer than I have been. My pace is always all over the place!
I think I am working out more recently to lose weight, but not so much because I dislike my body. I’d say it’s more like I am trying to take care of myself, and trying to love my body more. I need to drop 60lbs, so I wouldn’t say I completely love my body yet…but I am getting there.
Jane @ 50statecanuck
I think people who can pace others are amazing – I’m not sure I could bear that responsibility!! LOL!
Since working in weight management in pediatrics where our philosophy is that beautiful bodies come in all different shapes and sizes, I had to learn to walk the talk if I have any hopes of being legit to my patients. And it’s awesome – so freeing to live your life that way. I love the body I have – and therefore want to take care of it.
I really needed this post!! Right now I am a mix between ABC and D but yet those are things I want not necessarily what I do everyday!!! I will get into these awesome routines of regular exercise and because of that I will eat better and my body will change in great ways. A long time ago I lost a lot of weight with eating well and less and exercise! As soon as a I got a real teaching job, I was stressed and tired and quit exercise and I’ve struggled with my weight ever since. It is so annoying though because I wish exercise was just a habit and routine…part of my daily schedule…I hate to make excuses but I get home stressed and tired and just sleepy.
I am getting married in June and my fiancé runs and works out everyday and lost 70lbs and just changed his lifestyle all around. He is so inspiring and we are taking a form running class together so we can start running together again (he is so much faster than me!)
How do you make daily exercise a habit?!!!!! Just force yourself to do it everyday? But then what if you get burnout or just unmotivated?!
You would think looking my best for myself (comfortable in my own skin!) and getting to run and hangout with my future husband would be enough to get me off the couch!
P.S. I think you would be the funnest/most motivating pacer EVER! “Who needs a swedish fish refuel” :)
That is such a good question to ask! It makes me sad to hear some of the answers people give. I workout because it has always been a part of my life and I love how moving my body (preferably outside to get fresh air) makes me feel. I feel very blessed that my parents led an active and healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy and family walks and bike rides were just our life. I think at the time, I never realized what a solid foundation they were laying down for me and now I am just so so thankful.
you would be the best. pacer. ever. do it!
I’m somewhere in the middle! I workout for stress relieve, to improve my confidence, and just because I lovvve it! :)
I’m somewhere in the middle! I workout for stress relieve, to improve my confidence, to take care of my body, and just because I lovvve it! :)
relief** I didn’t mean to comment twice (make that three times I guess haha)! Have a great night Janae!
I’m closest to a B right now and that cool to think about. Definitely hasn’t always been that way. When I changed the way I thought about food–as nutrients instead of just calories–that also changed the way I thought about working out…not just burning calories but strengthening my body and mind.
Come pace with RunYourRace pacers!! You would be amazing. Pacing has given me the opportunity to enjoy so many races without any of the stress and pressure. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone achieve a goal they’ve worked so hard for.
You would make an awesome pacer!!! I think you should go for it :)
Interesting view with this article! I’d love to know a little background on the author(s). I’d catogorize myself as a C. Personally, I cannot say I love every inch of my body. But, I have an inside-out philosophy with fitness: running makes my soul happy, my heart healthy, my mind sharp, my organs clean, my muscles strong, my skin clear, and lastly and least importsntly it helps me fit into my jeans.
I was a bit more confident about my body prior to having twins. Though I have some permanent skin damage from carrying them, I still work out as hard as I ever did because i want to be as healthy as possible— not out of self loathing. I want to be the best and healthiest version of myself. That’s also what I want for my daughters.
I think we all have those days where we don’t like the way we look or feel; for the most part though, I’m a B. I love my body (not everyday, but I do) and I run for ME. I like fruits and veggies.. and burgers.. and donuts. And, I’m healthy and happy and about to run my first marathon.
What shorts are you wearing? They look super cute! :)
And, what do you mean by “why are leaving this place”?! Did I miss something?!
Elle @ The Clean Project
A combination of B and D. I just feel so much better when I run (or workout in general) and I really feel crummy when I don’t. Its also a much needed stress reliever!
Amanda @ Slimplify Life
I used to run to get skinnier. Now I eat hearty foods to get faster.
26.2 > any number the scale will ever show you!
I run for C probably, and maybe a bit of D, although I never run because I am super stressed, I just run, then I find I am not stressed afterwards. I am a good healthy size and wear smalls in clothing, but even thin people can have things they don’t like about their bodies………….I have learned to love myself and work on myself rather than be negative about it……………I have a thin body that can run 10 miles pretty much any day……..that is more than most folks can………….and I am grateful for that!
Linda @ TheFitty
I’m somewhere between C and D. I hope I can slowly lean more and more towards the b!
Leslie @ Life Begins @ 30?
I am definitely a mix of love/want to change my body. I love the way running/staying in shape makes me feel and transforms my body. I have only paced with friends running their first races. It is really fun and it is nice to just run and relax.
Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola
When I was in my early 20s, I definitely worked out because I disliked my body and wanted to make it ‘better’. Now that I’m almost 30, working out is all about the mental aspect for me. I love having the time to myself to clear my mind and relieve stress.
I’ve paced a bunch of half marathons and I’ve done the full marathon twice. For our running group, we have to choose a time that is 7 minutes slower than our PR for the half, and 15 minutes slower than PR for full. For me, I like to choose something 20 minutes slower for the half and 30 minutes slower for the full, just so I could finish even if it’s raining sideways, super windy, or I get a weird cramp somewhere.
If you have the chance, you should totally pace a race!
I agree with you…I’m definitely closer to B than I have ever been. After going through some exercise and eating issues you kind of figure out that the body you have is pretty rockin’ ;) Or at least I did. But I can’t say that the seasons of life don’t affect me sometimes. That’s a hard question to answer!
Pacer –> Until this fall, I never ran a race without trying to PR. I finally ran a half just to run it and it was my favorite race ever. And I loved my pacer. And now I want to be her. And you should be her too. With gummy bears and Starbursts because whenever I see spectators handing out those candies at races, I always think of YOU! Hahaha
I loved this post. For me my mindset makes such a huge difference. I started working out years ago because I didn’t like my body, and as a result I had to force myself to go. Exercise was for me associated with the bad feelings I had about myself. It wasn’t until I accepted my body and started to work out as a treat for my body, to feel strong and healthy and reduce my stress that I actually started to enjoy exercising. Before I was never able to force myself to go to the gym/run regularly, and now I really crave it!
Be a pacer! When I rely on pacers, they’re either (a) faster than the pace time, which pushes me, (b) slightly slower, which makes me feel fast because I eventually pass the pacer, or (c) just right, which is…just right. So you can’t lose…at least for runners like me. :)
I am totally an A/D, but I really think I’m moving closer to B. I don’t think that pregnancy changed me as much as motherhood. Knowing I have to set the example of how to care for and respect my body as well as how to love my body has been the biggest influence.
And yes, you should totally be a pacer. We have a half marathon in town where all the pacers wear costumes. One year I was trying desperately to stay ahead of the bumble, but she passed me and I lost sight of her with 1.5 miles to go!
Topic #1: I used to run to exercise – not out of dislike of my body; more like for health, but it was a chore: something I HAD to do. Then I started racing, loved it, and started running out of enjoyment and enjoyment of racing!
Topic #2: I haven’t officially paced, but I paced a friend in a race, and I really enjoyed it. I would say, though, it needs really good communication – like, “rules” when you start and know what your pacees expect. Overall, though, so much fun!
The reason why I run has nothing to do with my body and everything to do with my mind. Running helps me manage my anxiety disorder without medication.
B) You want to give your body some good ol’ TLC because you love your body and want to treat it right by being healthy.
I have a masters in public health and there is a lot of research that shows people who exercise because they want to be healthy are better off physically and mentally than those who exercise to change the way they look!
This is my fav organization that talks about this kind of research: http://www.beautyredefined.net/lose-your-scale/
This is something I am actually really struggling with right now because I’ve just gone through a miscarriage. I’m left with some extra weight, a whole bunch of emotional baggage and some really hard body issues. I am frustrated with my body for ‘failing me’ with something I wanted so much. I’m unhappy with how I look…it’s just really tough at the moment
I started as A, being forever unhappy about my body.
And now I run everyday, and for the first time I can feel like B.
Love this post, makes me think of Kirstin Armstrong Blog, love her too.
Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom
Pacers are awesome! They are motivational, take stress off when it comes to watching your Garmin etc. I would love to pace someday!!!
I workout for a few reasons, first my kids…they deserve a healthy momma!
Second, I feel better about myself knowing I am healthy. Which makes me want to workout more!!
I work out to stay healthy and because once you get to your 40’s, if you don’t work out, you have to pick things up off the floor to put them back in your clothing because, gravity. I don’t think that sounds too attractive. ;)
Seriously, I work out because I love the way it makes me feel. I sort of thrive on it.
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
You should definitely sign up to pace! I had a very speedy friend who did it for a half last year. She was pacing a much slower time than she normally runs. She was so nervous beforehand that she was going to mess up. Afterwards she said it was the most rewarding thing she’s ever done in running. A change of pace was just what she needed!
Before having Harlow, when I had time to work out, I did it mostly because I wanted to streamline my body, but also because it made me feel like a badass. I was really into lifting, and nothing can make me feel tougher than lifting weights! Plus, I was also big into yoga, even looking into becoming an instructor right before I got pregnant, and that just made me feel amazing. I really miss it & it is one of my goals to get yoga back in my life in 2015!
I can honestly go either way with this. Sometimes i will feel absoltely GROSS because my eating habits have slid to the dark side (aka wine and chocolate!) but most of the time i work out beause i love the way it makes me feel afterwards. There is nothing like a good sweat or a tough weight lifting session to get those endorphins flowing! How can you not love your body after a track workout??? LOOK what you just DID! :)
I’m somewhere in the middle of the spectrum I think. Lately though I’ve found myself saying “I have to run X miles to become a better runner” versus “I have to run X amount of miles to get skinnier.” Body image is still something I struggle with, but it’s becoming a more manageable struggle as time goes on.
Really great post, and I love some of the comments you’ve gotten out of it.
Thank you very much for your nice information. I walk every day half an hour to control diabetes. I have a knee problem. I use recumbent bike daily around half an hour to reduce knee problem without going gym. I am amazed to see that my weight also reduced. Now I feel better for doing my daily work.
I’m definitely changing from an A to a B, probably closer to a D right now.
I think getting older and having a daughter have helped a lot. I’m working on looking at and treating my body the way I want my daughter to look at and treat hers. That’s a little serious so I’m gonna through this in there-
Suddenly I’ve gone from being in “pretty good shape for 30-something” to being “in really good shape for 40” and I’m ok with that;-)
Being a Pacer sounds perfect for someone like you- I bet you’d be awesome at it!
OK.. Ummm.. I NEED you to be my pacer for my next half in April. HOW FUN!
I’m sooo glad you posted it my pacing e-mail!!! I feel famous!!!!! (doing the Snoopy dance!) It took me a few years of distance running to feel confident enough, but I had only done 3 half marathons and 2 full marathons before pacing this race- I’m glad my running group let me!! I’ll be running my 5th Half in a few weeks :)
I got into running XC in high school to be a better soccer player, it initially gave me confidence but then I got bit a too obsessed with weight-loss and I was definitely an A.
I got back into running after college and was a D & C, but now i’m closer to a B than I’ve ever been and I’m loving it! I try not to weigh myself and determine how good my training is going by hitting my mileage/speed goals and how much weight I can lift!
I still have my super self conscious days: I started out my run last night thinking I should use a belly belt (I’m not pregnant) but I finished feeling sexy and strong!
Deep down I am an A when it comes to working out. I realize that it is good for me and all that jazz, but honestly I am vain and do it to *try* and maintain a certain weight.
I have finally gotten to a place that I feel is realistic with my body image and where I want to be and what I can maintain. The crummy part is that I am not blessed with a body or metabolism that is very forgiving, it seems that if I even LOOK at junk food I gain weight, regardless of how much I work out, and being super short a few pounds is a big deal. It is a never ending battle for sure.
Miranda @ Miranda in Motion
I pace a bunch of races for the Atlanta Track Club. I always write race reports so check out my blog for details :)
One thing I definitely recommend is to pace at your easy pace. It’s not hard, you just have to be really body aware and clock aware, and know when to push a bit and pull back a bit. Also, plan for the water stops when you are determining your pace. The goal in pacing is to come in within a minute of your goal time, and I’ve always hit it.
Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughts
I think I’m both A & D at the moment. Right now I can’t run because of health problems which totally sucks. I definitely feel the only reason I do exercise is to lose weight and become healthier. I would love to get to a place where I exercise purely for myself and my happiness but I feel like in order to be in that place I have to love myself more than I do right now. I do feel like running has helped me overcome a lot of my body image issues and reminds me it’s more than just about losing weight, you get so much more from running!
Not sure if this is the article you were talking about, but it’s a pretty good one! Thanks for the perspective :-)
Rheagan @ Hardly Awesome
Hey – I know I am late to the commenting party. I’ve been stuck in the hospital with my poor dad who fell and broke his leg on Christmas :( !
Anyway, I am a marathon pacer, so I wanted to chime in about it. I blogs about it a bit, and I am pacing the full distance for a marathon on February 22.
I got into it by running with a local track club. I naturally have a pretty consistent pace, and run negative splits for most of my races and training runs. I wasn’t even using a GPS watch when the club coach first approached me about pacing. I volunteered to pace training runs, and they gave me a GPS watch to keep things more exact. I paced groups of 10-20 runners for marathon training, at paces between 8:30 and 10:30 mins/mile.
After several months of that, I had the opportunity to “try out” for pro race pacing at the local RRCA 10k championships. I got a track club jersey and free race entry, and I was told to run perfect splits for a 47:00 finish. I hit my pace and got invited to pace a local marathon. I am still pacing training runs, and I have to attend 60% of all track club runs as an official pacer. In return, I get free entry to the marathon (duh) and all club sponsored races between now and then.
It’s a great way to meet runners, and it absolutely guarantees that you make all your training runs, rain or shine. I also love motivating other runners and cheering them on. I should also note that I never was “a runner” until adulthood. I was a USA and NCAA swimmer, but never competed seriously at running until this year.
Happy New Year Janae! This is a great question. I think there are a lot of reasons I work out and run. Because I love my body and want to keep it healthy so I can train for life and keep training as I grow older, because I want to get stronger, because there are always improvements I can make, and because it gives me such a profound sense of empowerment. It is also a social outlet for me … a way to gather friends, spend time catching up with running buddies, etc. There are certainly days I want my body to look better in certain areas, but I also know diet play an even bigger role with that. Thanks for teeing up the dialogue. xoxo
I’ve thought about being a pacer. For better or worse, I run right at the same pace… always… I ran my first marathon a year ago, and my mile times really didn’t differ by more than 10-15 secs. But now I’m trying to improve times its not my favorite running “trait”. :) I still think about being a pacer in the future though!
Meanwhile I’m mostly in B), I have fibromyalgia (chronic pain and fatigue), and running helps so much with pain and my fatigue! Running is my time to recoup and gets me through my days- did I mention that running (and endorphins) is/are the best? And then the only way I do anything else- weight lifting, cross-training, etc is just to avoid injuries so that I can keep running.
Totally not what you asked for but….
I cannot get past ITBS of my right outer knee. After 2 – 3 miles the pain surges. I have taken 2 weeks off and still. What do you do with a nagging pain you can’t resolve?
Alaina M. @ The Simple Peach
I think being a pacer would be super scary but I can also see how inspiring it would be as well. I definitely am a C. I run to take care of my body but I also love the way running makes me feel.
100% a mixture of A and B, but in a good way – promise :)
I would say I’m part A because I work to be more fit, muscular and toned. I do not work out to be “skinny” or loose weight because I do feel as though I’m at a comfortable weight. However I am part B too because if I stayed exactly the same for the rest of my life I would be perfectly content. I am not unhappy with myself because I work hard so I work to maintain the healthy lifestyle I currently have.
I also love to eat unhealthy food, so working out makes it possible to eat brownies from time to time and not see the results of eating brownies :)
A couple of thoughts-
Regarding working out: I generally get really sad for dogs that people don’t take on a walk. I’ve judged plenty of owners for being cruel to their poor puppies, keeping them locked up inside. Then I realized that’s what we do as humans to our poor selves. Now I try to take myself for a walk/run/something every day because otherwise I’m being truly inhumane.
Regarding pacing: definitely do it! I started pacing by pacing friends to goals in their marathons and half marathons. We actually have a program in our community to teach high school students to run marathons to help develop confidence, determination, and other great life skills. It’s kind of like Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, but with running. My advice it try pacing a friend first to see if you like it. Also, don’t pace a group too far off your own pace. I think ideal marathon pacing is around 20-35 min slower than your current fitness. If you get too much slower, you won’t realize when you are picking up pace in an uncomfortable way for your pace victims. Also, if you are going to pace, get used to building it into your training plans or you’ll lose your racing season. You need to be injury free to do a good job for the people relying on you.
Amy @ Life to the Full
Pacing sounds like a blast! I hope to try it someday, though I’m not sure if I could maintain the right pace to be considered a “pacer”. Maybe with some practice :)
I workout now because I love my body. Same as you – it helped so much after having my son. Then I truly appreciated how amazing my body is and all that it can do! For me, I think one of my main motivations for exercising is to hit goals in races. I love racing and competing with myself and trying to set new PRs.
I have never paced before but I think it would be so fun! I am going to put that on my running bucket list :)
Humm… I run for so many reasons.
I do love my body for the wonderful things it has given me – my kiddos, and the ability to feel strong.
When I don’t run I just feel off and cranky and blah.
I have definitely gone through periods when I haven’t been thrilled with my body, but in the back of my mind I know that running will make me fit and strong again.
I have always had a love/hate relationship with my body, I wish I didn’t. I work out because I love the buzz it gives me at the same time if I miss a workout those voices keep telling me that I the weight will creep back on, it’s a combination of things, I know that when I run I make healthier choices in life so it’s a positive.
I feel like I’m inbetween A and B as well, but think I’m closer to B than I have been in the past. I am pregnant right now and I’m definitely working out to stay healthy for my baby, and also for my sanity. I feel like I used to have “fat days” ALL.THE.TIME a several years ago…and to be honest a lot growing up as well. I realize that I do have somewhat of a distorted body image. Now those days happen a lot less frequently. I’ve learned to really love both lifting and running and love seeing what my body is capable of. My husband has also been a huge impact on my self confidence. He is such a positive person and I definitely feel like everytime he tells me I’m beautiful, it’s 100% genuine. :)
Alisha @ Real Girl Running
That’s a really great question, and made me stop and really think about why I exercise. I think I started exercising because I wanted my body to change, because I was unhealthy and unhappy.
Once I got through that stage, I think I’ve really started exercising because I feel great when I do it. My day is SO much better when I include exercise in it, and when I eat healthy wholesome food.
I still want my body to change, but it’s really just to see what my body can become, rather than because I dislike it. In 2015 I really want to focus on feeling strong, so weight training is important, and having a diet that can help me be leaner.
Thank you for this, you inspired me to answer this question on my own blog, lol. But in summary…….all of the above! :)
Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.blogspot.com
Meeting other women who I think have AMAZING bodies and who still hate their bodies or wish they could change them has made me realize (and try to work on) being happy with my body NOW, so matter what it looks like. Because even if I lose the 10lbs I want to, I may think it will make me happy, but that doesn’t mean it will. Does that make sense. I am still somewhere in the middle on that spectrum. I love the way working out makes me feel, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t also do it because I am trying to make it look better or negate all the crap I eat.
I have helped pace a few friends, but I have never been a pacer. I would love to. Stephanie has brought it up with me before and I definitely want to. I think I will stick to half marathons though. Marathons are not something I could just go and run.
And why do you have to know so many Megans? It’s freakin confusing ;)
I’m B – it makes me feel strong and accomplished when I run. And I love what great things it’s doing for my body. My abs and thighs could certainly be more toned, but they get me where I need to be and I appreciate that every day!
Pacing would be a great experience. My husband has paced me for many races and I know the feeling of pride it gives him to help me reach my goals. Wow, I am so thankful for him doing it for me!!
Emma @ Life's A Runner
I’ve definitely switched over to working out because I love my body. Of course I have those days where I do it because I want to change it, but for the most part I’m in love with how running / lifting makes me feel. I’m also pretty committed to making it to the year 2100, which means I need my body to keep on goin’ until at least age 104. ;)
Pacing is one is the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had! You bring people to their goal, and it is amazing to watch them succeed. You also feel like a rockstar, and that is a major plus.
I run/exercise because I want to be skinnier.
This post got me thinking, big-time! So I ended up blogging my answer, instead of writing a million words about it in your comments section. :)
I love the dialogue you’ve created here about body image, and why we exercise.
I really needed to read that part about loving your body. I have never thought about that before. I love to pamper myself and I believe that taking that mind set would motivate me. Than you!
I just read his book on 50 Marathons in 50 Days and I loved it!! That’s when he ate a pizza while running a marathon ? Seriously, though, he’s the coolest man. I loved when he ran on a treadmill for a day on Regis and Kelly, and when he ran across the country. Most importantly, he did it for a charity, which is the best. Anywayy I loved reading more about him ?
I have nothing but grief. I was trading using LCS, it went from 6 thousand to 300 in three weeks, and then I decided to show off to my friends. I stopped paying attention to money management, opened trades on the fly, and lost everything.
. I loved when he ran on a treadmill for a day on Regis and Kelly, and when he ran across the country. Fintech FINMA