I started running about two miles a day, three times a week during the summer before my Sophomore year. I built up to running a 5 K (3.1 miles) almost three times a week. I also would run a little further some weekends. I entered the Paris Mountain Road Race and came in second place for my age division with a time of 19 minutes and 59 seconds for a 5 K. That is my fastest recorded run. I ran the Molnar Mountain challenge that year and came in the top 50 runners. This is a race from the PAC building (on Furman's campus) to the top of Paris Mountain. The run is a two mile run to the base of the mountain, and two miles up the mountain. I began training for the "Molnar" in the winter and ran 9 consecutive miles three weeks before the race.
My Junior Year, I maintained my running, although the fall term was very busy academically and I could not run as much. I started training again for the "Molnar" in the winter. I ran the "Molnar" in the spring and came in tenth out of the whole race. Needless to say, my calves cramped up the next day, but it was the fastest I have ever run. In training for that run, I ran 9.5 consecutive miles (the farthest I have run consecutively).
Last year, I ran with the Furman Soccer team during pre-season. I was able to lead the pack for some of the five mile run, and I came in sixth (after five college level soccer players). I enjoy running, but being an Athletic Trainer, realize the risks. I also realize the benefits of running, not only with health but also stress management. Most importantly, I have learned the value of rest during an exercise regime. I have continued to run while in Medical School. My friends and I run 3 days a week in the mornings. It seems to make my mind sharper and my stress level decrease. Running is not for everyone, but it is definitely for me.
Here is a link to a weekly running column
Running Homepage at Sunsite Many Races Listed
Do It Sports!
Road Runners Club of America
Team Oregon Running, Walking and Fitness
On The Run, Hal Higdon Home Page & Column
Running Stuff Home Page
Mount Vernon Virginia Hash House Harriers - Great Page!
Dead Runner's Society
Dead Runner's Society FAQ
Greater Boston Track Club
Running Publications at Sunsite
Second Wind RC, E. Central Illinois
Space Coast Runners
Running on the Web
East Bay Striders - SF Bay Area
Yahoo Sports Page
Beginning Runner FAQ
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