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Thanks for all the wonderful comments on the last post, since I’m still learning the links on my new computer, I did the links again here, so you can check out all 11 pictures she posted here. I am still in awe of how great they came out. Also that leads to more posts about you silly people wanting to know how I look so great…which is mind blowing, but I will let you in on my secrets soon.

So I’ve been getting some questions regarding running, how I started, what I eat, how I run etc. I wanted to address them all but that would make for much too long of a post, so I wanted to start off the week, or posts with how I started and why I run. Also what I personally do to get myself going and what I use to help me out when I run.

First off, I kind of mentioned why I came back to running in this post, where I talked about losing my mom and all sorts of emotions that running really helped me explore.

First off, I think one of the most important things when you run or are going to run is your mindset. Honestly, I don’t always want to run. Some days I do, and some days I don’t. It’s the days that I don’t want to run, and I get out there and do it, I realize how much I do love it. Running isn’t always fun, or easy, and it’s not the most favorable thing for many to do, but at the same time, it’s almost like those sayings, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey,” and “Whoever said anything worth something would be easy,” (or something along those lines) and I feel the same way about running.

I signed up for the Long Beach Half Marathon last year in July when the race was in October. I felt like I needed something to focus on in my life. I needed a ‘hobby’ of some sort. I’m not artistic, or musically talented and I did run cross country and track in high school. I do enjoy food often and I felt like I was getting unhealthy. When I graduated from college I weight 155, the highest I ever had. That wasn’t the reason I started running though, that was just an added bonus item. I had gained that much weight from drinking like a fish my junior and senior year in college, being addicted to my best friend Cheese, and eating fast food like it was my job. I didn’t look overweight but I carry most of my weight in my middle. My arms and legs stayed pretty skeletal. I was wearing a size 30 pants which I never even really realized nor was that my big issue.

Today it’s shocking to many but I still weight 136. I wear size 27-29 pants depending on the brand. Right now, I’m completely happy with my weight, and that’s what I realized has helped my running. Being happy with myself. I mostly lost my weight by stopping drinking so much alcoholic beverages and not eating fast food for every meal. Duh right? Everyone thinks I weigh much much less, or I wear a size zero, which isn’t farther from the truth. I wear a size 7-10, J.Crew, yup 10. I don’t like to think of it as a 10 though, I like to think of myself as a dime piece. Cracks me up every time.

To enjoy running, you can’t be worried about the calories burned, how fast your going, your pace, how far, but just to be able to go out and go run is something that some people cannot enjoy at all. I think the main things for beginning runners, and every runner is to realize that what you are doing and can do is special. You may not even love running, if you want to do yoga, seriously, that’s amazing because yoga to me is way more hardcore since I have the flexibility of a tree branch. Just do something that you love.

I think these things really allowed me to appreciate running, instead of going into the mindset of I hate running, I hate working out, etc. Getting up early and running isn’t a favorite thing of mine. When I groggily open my eyes and realize that I have to go out, in the cold, and run I really question my sanity, but once I’m done, I feel amazing and empowered. Give yourself a chance to have that feeling too.

Here’s what I think people need to remember when starting out running.

1. Believe in yourself, you CAN do it, you CAN run, you have to let yourself do it

2. Start running outside and enjoy the scenery around you, some of the best runs for me have been in new areas, where you can get lost in things around you

3. Don’t start out by overdoing it, you’ll just get too sore to move, hurt yourself, or hate running. Walking while running isn’t a bad thing, taking breaks isn’t bad, not everyone is a little speed demon. Take your time.

4. Do it for yourself. Try to enjoy it and relax.

5. Sign up for a race, it’s motivation that will make you run, and you might even enjoy it!

6. Not every run will be great, and not every run will be bad, take the good with the bad, running is a huge learning experience.

7. Think of the accomplishment you are making!

8. Buy really cute stuff so you feel good while running :)

Seriously, running is a mind game. You have to be stronger than your mind when it tells you that you’re too tired to keep going, that you want to quit, that this is just too far.

As for some other great runners sites check out Oz Runner, I think he’s so insightful. Runner Dude has some great advice for all types of runners, and very scientifically proved advice (unlike myself cough cough) The Happy Runner is a running mom who really inspires me as well. :)

Do it and enjoy it. Enjoy anything you do and it will bring you joy and once, maybe after you run for a while, you’ll get the ‘runner’s high’ or this euphoric state that makes you love running like all us crazy long distance runners do. I don’t keep running because I have to, but because I want to.

That was a lot of random posting in one post, but this week we’ll sort everything out, including ice baths, gus, clothes, chafing, training ect, and I’m warning you in advance, I honestly am just going off my own experiences. There are so many other great resources out there, but I’ll have some links in every post that could possibly help as well.


PS I totally forgot to add my earthquake story! So last night there was an earthquake, I was doing what I do best, creeping on face book, and my TV in my room started to shake, along with the floor. I live in an apt. building that was built in the 1920s and just looked around and thought to myself, Oh F! I *usually* run outside during any earthquake which isn’t the smartest idea, but me and my co-workers, who have also oddly enough experienced 2 earthquakes together and work in the oldest building in the city that we work in, have decided that we’d rather die trying to get out than sitting at our desks. Risky, I know. Last night though I wasn’t wearing pants ( this is a whole different story, but I’ve been asked by a police officer to put on pants… maybe one day I’ll share that one ) and couldn’t run outside! So then, for the first time EVER during an earthquake, I did what the experts tell you to do! Ran to the door frame! I stood there and my little heart felt like it was going to die. My roommate was actually out of town so I was all by myself, then it stopped shaking and I went back to my creeping, naturally. Everything was fine, even though I envisioned our walls literally cracking down our home. Too funny, and for the record, I’d take earthquakes over any other natural disaster any day of the week. Shakin’ not stirred baby!

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  • Reply Much Ado

    REALLY love the photos from your shoot!!! Especially the garmin ones! :)

    May 19, 2009 at 4:54 am
  • Reply Leslie

    First of all, nice running story! Such great advice for everyone. I think you’re an inspiration for so many people, that’s really amazing!

    Secondly, earthquakes?! I’m amazed that you would take that over any other type of natural disaster…of course, I’ve never experienced one, but I’m already scared to death of them.

    Thirdly, your pics are all very nice!

    Take care and keep running strong.

    May 19, 2009 at 4:55 am
  • Reply maria k

    i completely agree with you on running…not so much on earthquakes though! that sounds crazy!

    May 19, 2009 at 5:10 am
  • Reply Marlene

    That’s some really great perspective. Thanks for sharing!

    May 19, 2009 at 6:43 am
  • Reply A Toronto girl out West

    I’m starting a new training program this week and this post was just the motivation I needed! Gracias!!! :o)

    May 19, 2009 at 6:57 am
  • Reply *~! megs !~*

    you freakin’ crack me up. I laughed so hard over the “flexible as a tree limb” that i almost wet myself. (TMI) and i love that you’re a facebook creeper. I consider myself one of the best =)

    did you watch dwts last nite? i’m so glad i have another downwithmelissa girl! i thought she looked exactly like a cheerleader last nite and not a dancer.. please don’t let her win america!!

    May 19, 2009 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Rachael

    I was a little jealous when I heard you guys got a little quake down there, we of course didn’t feel a thing up here in norcal :(
    they’re sorta exciting!

    great post, I’m a beginning runner and I’m pretty positive that I’m starting to feel that love … deep deep down there, somewhere. haha!

    May 19, 2009 at 7:18 am
  • Reply unathleticrunner

    Thank you for sharing your weight and your size. That is not always the easiest thing to do. I tend to carry weight pretty evenly and also carry a lot in my legs (i think most of its muscle) so, when I worked out with a trainer and she weighed me she actually said, no this machine must be broken (it was a weight, body fat, BMI). And then when she was working me out like a crazy person and I wasn’t losing much,she was stunned. I did though start running more and more then the weight did come off but, I am still lingering around a number that I tell people and they are shocked (140). Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading your blogs :)

    May 19, 2009 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Love the pictures, love running, love you, MUAH!

    May 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Erica

    Thanks for the good advice on starting out. Found your blog through runners lounge look forward to following.

    May 21, 2009 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Julia

    Great post! I found it to be insightful and inspiring. And I agree with #8. :)

    June 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply celestialbaby28

    love this post chicrunner! i was reading your other post & was completely sidetracked when i noticed “weight issues” along the right hand side…i thought weight issues? really?! there’s nooooooo way. so i read & now understand :)
    very informational & inspirational. you go gal!

    btw…love the pics.

    September 3, 2009 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Your Questions… My answers! | Chic Runner

    […] The weight question. I really don’t mind discussing this at all. I gained nearly 50 pounds when I graduated from high school and stopped running competitively, and since graduating from college, I’ve dropped down twenty pounds again, but I also started running much more consistently. Though the number on the scale doesn’t always sound like a good number to me, I feel great and am somewhat healthy. I have come to realize that the number on the scale is just a number. Sometimes I wish it was smaller than what it is, but I can’t change it unless I go on a strict diet and really restrict myself from what I love to do, EAT! Also, I know I’m okay because I do maintain the same number, it seems like, no matter what I do! Weight is such a weird topic to so many, and though sometimes I wish I weighed less, I am what I am, and I’ve come to learn that that’s how it’s going to be. I don’t go out of my way to eat overly healthy and that’s okay with me at this point in my life. Also, I talked more about weight on this post. […]

    November 5, 2009 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Cat

    Love your site Danica

    January 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Becky

    This is a really inspiring post. I don’t know how many times people have told me that I’m slow because I’m large-chested and have to carry that weight. But I’m not racing them. I’m racing myself! And you’re right, just running by itself is something that most people cannot/will not do.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Kelsey

    Great post! I wear the same size as you and everyone always thinks I’m smaller. I don’t usually correct them!

    September 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply kaitlin

    I respect runners, but people think that cardio and high impact workouts, such as metabolic training will help you tone after losing the weight. Wrong.
    The answer and all around truth is lifting HEAVY weights. And women cannot get big unless they take steroids, so lifting is a perfect way to tone and compliment your curves.
    Now when I say lift heavy, I mean lift HEAVY. it doesn’t include ti y dumbells, think deadlifts, squats, bench press and compound excersises. Another thing is your diet. No fast food. No dining out every week, no foofoo coffee drinks, no soda, and no refined, carbohydrates or diary.
    This is called eating clean, or to some people jusy plain crazy, but it works.
    As for running gaining muscle and toning out thay excess fat cannot be accomplised by running.

    May 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply kaitlin

    To respond to the UNATHLETICRUNNER(s) comment, the trainer you had was probably not the best trainer for you. There are so many diffrent trainers who have diffrent methods of wirking out thier clients. You need to find one that’s right for you

    May 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply The Silent Assassin

    i’m not sure since this is so long back that you’ll get this. But I just wanted to say I can relate to the weight issue. And actually, as I start following bloggers, I start to see how weight plays a small part in wanting to run. 3 years ago, I weighed 235 lbs. Now, I’m at 155, give or take 5lbs. I used to run track in high school, 100, 200, and 400. In college, after marriage, I let myself go. Did everything for my family and did’t really take care of myself. My kids were getting older, heading off to college and it was one of those, “who the eff is that in the mirror” moments that got me going. I ran my first half at over 200lbs, not even training, 2:13, 2011 Womens half in tempe. I crawled across the finish and had cramps in places I never knew you could cramp. Never wanted to feel like that before…3 years of better eating, boot camp, running, and most of all, better support system, and I’m running all the time. I’m back into Track (masters), I coach track, and cross country (I think just like you), I’m on a half marathon a month challenge (streaking on 7) and I just ran my first full. And to be totally honest, right now, it’s people like you, runeatrepeat, runemz, pavement runner, zucchini runner, skinny runner, stuft mama… and all the bloggers that keep me motivated. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your progress. It’s awe inspiring. Running has taken me to a lot of places, and in the near future, out to cali. Long distance running shuts down in AZ because of the heat. I’ll be in so cal next for the OC half and then the Long beach half in october. I have 2 races down south of you in SD in june and july… So hopefully one of these days I can shake your hand personally and say thank you! Stay fierce, stay blessed.

    March 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Gail R.

    Most women, myself included, can relate to weight issues and fluctuations. Running is truly therapeutic for me but sometimes it is so hard that I have to force myself to get out there and just do it, especially when I feel I’ve reached a plateau and get frustrated. Thank you for your motivation and pep talk! Love your photo shoot pics by the way!

    August 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Sara Cooper

    Such a nice post with some real tips for running. I think mind set is the most important one for achieving any fitness goal. Thanks for this awesome post Danica. :)

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