I Survived + The Runner’s Transformation

I “pushed the pace a little” on my 3-miler tonight and this is my I Survived selfie:

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It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it did require sitting on the gym floor for a few mins afterwards! It was a treadmill run since I have no idea how to force myself to run fast (for me) without it. Maybe someday this speedwork will increase my “fast” pace so that I am not too embarrassed to share it with you : )

I think I listened to “My Hometown” by Bowling for Soup 5 times during the run. It is without a shadow of a doubt a bad song, but it gets me pumped up!

Speaking of running motivation, I was looking through my Pinterest boards today and noticed something kind of funny. When I started my running board back at the beginning of this year my pins tended to be along the lines of “I don’t want to do this, but I guess I will” like this one (although this one applies to some of my runs today too):

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But as I scroll through and get closer to the top where my more recent pins are I can see the transformation I took this year. The pins are no longer about forcing myself to do something I don’t really want to do, but doing something I LOVE to do.

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Maybe you wouldn’t notice this transformation if you looked through my running board. Maybe I only notice it because I remember pinning specific images in Jan, Feb, March of this year for motivation. I specifically would always go to Pinterest after work to get motivation to get my butt out the door. It wasn’t easy.

I used to think “I have to do this. If I want to run a 5K, I must do what is necessary even if it’s not fun. I’ll feel better when I’m done.” It was all very goal oriented.

Now 99% of the days I look forward to my run. Getting out the front door is hardly the hardest step, it’s the one I am most anxious to take after a long day of work.

I know this transformation isn’t unique to me, but it’s kind of fun to see that I went through it!

It reminds me that I can do tough things. It also reminds me that I haven’t increased my speed at all since March of this year so this pushing the pace thing is a good thing!

Have you always been a runner or did you go through The Transformation?

11 comments

  1. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    What a cool transformation to see…I love that it occurred naturally without you even noticing! Your mindset just changed on its own…so cool!

    I use the treadmill to help with speedwork sometimes, too; it makes it much easier. Then eventually your body learns what “faster” feels like, and it becomes second nature!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I hope so! I wrote my coach a little note saying that it’s unfortunate but I have no idea how to run fast outside and I hope that she can live with that πŸ™‚ I have a feeling she will not want to live with that…

  2. Karen

    I felt that way for months, i couldn’t wait to get out the door. You know I am in a little ebb for now but I hope to get there again πŸ™‚ I like to run intervals on the treadmill and it has helped my pace. When I am outside I work on running a fast mile then try to string two fast ones together and eventually I got to my goal 5K. It took a lot of months though! Hang in there πŸ™‚ You are doing great if you can’t wait to get to the door and run.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      You will get out of the funk soon I bet. Sometimes going into a funk is just our body’s way of saying it needs a little break.

      I have been trying to string two fast miles together for a long time, I apparently am a big baby and cannot make myself run through the pain unless I am on a treadmill!

  3. Nicole @ Running for Chai

    The treadmill is so helpful for increasing speed, and I’m sure your fast pace will increase in no time:) I definitely went through that transformation too! Sometimes I do have those days where I make myself run, but more often than not it’s because I just enjoy it now:) Great job on your run!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ I love hearing about other’s running transformation stories. I think that is why the running community is so embracing. It’s because we know what other’s had to endure to get to the point where running is something fun!

  4. Nicole @ Running for Chai

    And congrats on the marathon registration!!:) That’s so exciting!

  5. Nicole @ Pink Elephant on PArade

    I always loved running, from my earliest days I remember how thoughts of the mile run for the physical fitness test filled my dreams for months… Oh wait, no, those were nightmares. Okay, I hated it.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ugh I can’t even … the mile for gym class… ugh. πŸ™‚

  6. Lou @ Running Through China

    LOVE this post! I always thought (hoped? assumed? haha) that everyone must have also gone through the same transformation? I remember years ago attempting to go on a couple of kilometre run with my dad (who was a very keen runner) and his friend on Christmas morning (a long held tradition of theirs, and now mine too) – it nearly killed me! Was so hard and I was dumbfounded as to how people could ever enjoy running lol… Now, I can’t imagine life without running, so somewhere along the lines have made the transition from: non-runner, to runner on a treadmill, to runner outside and for fun and not just a calorie burning workout.

    Great work on the speedwork too! You’re on fire! πŸ™‚ x
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yay I had exactly the same transition. Non-runner to treadmill runner to outdoor runner. The only difference is I never made that jump from outdoor runner to winning races like you πŸ™‚

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