Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rookie running in New Zeeland -Josephine

Josephine runs with us in New Zeeland. She writes:

I run in Wellington, New Zealand, often with my friend Helen (in red) who makes me run faster and longer. She's going to make me run up that hill behind her! But I like to think of our hearts getting bigger and stronger pumping all that blood around when we run. Thanks for helping me to learn to run.


Rookie running in San Francisco -Dawn

Dawn runs with us early in the mornings. This is what she sees. She writes:
I like to run on this street because it has wide sidewalks and is fairly flat. I also rarely have to dodge vomit, feces, syringes, or discarded mattresses (as opposed to the routes closer to my house). I run in the morning with my silent partner, my husband (possibly the only man in the group). I am not really a morning person, so it helps to have someone to motivate me at 6am.

We're all cheering for the two of you getting up in the morning darkness to run with us! We'll be running in the dark too soon. Darkness is approaching fast these days.

Love from Sweden

Rookie running in Uppsala -Hellena

Helena runs with us in Uppsala, about an hour north of Stockholm, Sweden. She writes:
This is where I run, well, part of my run. Since Uppsala's so flat I LOVE the fact that I have found a hill, and that the view is spectacular on a fine day (however, the day I took the photo it was grey and icky). I don't expect to see much more of this this season though as the sun, as of today, has already set when I get home from work.


Congrats all you 3km runners! You're doing it and I'm so proud of you!
This is how we'll work on this.
This week and next week, I want you to get the 3km smooth and nice.
Then, after that you'll add 500 meters each week until we're running 5 k.
That's in less than 2 months. You'll be able to do it. You're strong and healthy. You were made to run.


ps. If you've run or are trying to run 3k thinking you can't run as fast as whoever is fastest in this challenge I want to tell you this: Let that thought go! You're competing against yourself. When you started this, did you even think you could run 3k nonstop? Every meter or yard is progress. Be proud of yourself! Reward yourself!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009


well done!

If you don't feel ready for 3 k

run 2k this week. but I think you can run 3.

New challenge!

It's time. This week you will run 3 kms nonstop. Do not switch to walking. Run as slow as you want but run. I'm pretty sure you can make it to 3 km in less than 20 minutes. Now you have to start believing it too.


Rookie running in Canberra -Jenzn

Jennifer is heading into spring. She runs with us in Australia. She says "I live in Canberra, Australia's small and not very glamourous capita.l" Wouldn't you love to run here too?

Busy California mom Michele runs at this race track while her kids are at swim practice.

Rookie running in England

Genevieve runs with us in England, a 40 minute trainride from London. I'd love to run there too!

challenge over - Jenzn reigns supreme

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I have not received a single picture

from any of you with your running grounds. Come on! Share, please! A cellphone pic will do just fine. mail

Don't worry I'm not cheating

I'll soon remove my mileage from your challenge. It's not fair that I run with you and I know that. But soon I'll run in my Vibrams, and then it'll be fair.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Important task for everyone

Take a picture of what it looks like where you live and run. You don't need to take a picture on your run if that's too much of a bother, but if you manage - wonderful!

mail it to

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Don't give up!

Running gets harder as the weather gets colder. Many people think this is a reason to stop running. Don't. Fall running is one of the greater experiences life has to offer. The leaves are golden, the sun so rare you feel blessed to bask in it for a few moments before it leaves for Africa. Don't stop running now, but make a few select improvements of seasonal running gear. A hat and gloves. Perhaps a wool layer. I run currently run in an icebreaker shirt I bought last year. I love it. I'm not buying anything new this year, with the exception of the new running shoes I got for my birthday. Quality lasts.

This week, try for 1500 meters. You can do it. We're getting closer to running a 3 k. Within 2 weeks, you'll be there.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Befriend the hills.

If you're running on the treadmill, skip this.

Do you have a hill you detest? A hill that makes you take a detour on your run? A hill that stops your flow as you feel you have to switch to walking?

I'm telling you now: Love that hill. Make it a point to run up it, ever so slowly, tip toe up. Personally, I admit to imagining I'm a small steam engine pulling a train up the hill puff puff puff. I've heard others say they're pretending to be mountain goats. Whatever your strategy, get up the hill. Hills build strength and stamina.

I had a hill I hated. I made a detour then one day decided to think the other way. "This hill is good for me". I worked worked worked on that hill. And you know what? The other day when I was out running, I was so deep in my thoughts and music that I didn't notice the hill until I was running down from it!

Feel free to slap me for going all Oprah on you, but this stuff works.

New challenge

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Sorry I've been absent

My two youngest have had chicken pox and since I'm a freelancer, what little time I've had left has been spent working. But I'm thinking of you cheering for you!

Coffee vs tea is over

Well run!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009


keep it up and you'll run 10 k in under an hour next year.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Posted by ShoZu

Running for you

I'm running a 10 k race today, thinking of you rookies.
If you keep it up, you'll run 10 k races too in 2010.
It's fun.
people cheer for you and you get a medal.
What's not to like?


Thursday, October 8, 2009


Can't stress this enough: THE FIRST KILOMETER IS THE HARDEST.
It took me personally 36 years to get started with running. And once I'd taken it up I think it took a month or two before I pulled off the non-walking kilometer.
You're all moving fast!

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's Monday

Are you ready for this week?
This week, the KILOMETER.
This week, you will run 1000 meters without stopping. I'm not saying you will love it, I'm saying you can do it. And afterwards, you will love yourself.

It doesn't have to be fast. In fact, don't try to be fast. Just try do do it without switching to walking.

Tell me once you've made it. I love hearing about your progress. It might not be a huge step for mankind, but it is for you and me!

Also, if you're not getting your running in, tell me why and I might be able to help boost motivation.

Why you'll eventually love running outdoors

Running heightens your perception. You get a better sense of smell, vision, taste and feeling during your run. This is to your advantage running outside, not so much so on the treadmill.

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