7 Months!!!Good morning, friends. Today is the 7 month anniversary of the I Run Long page!!! Starting this page is one of the best things I've ever done. It has been so much fun gaining new running friends and supporters from all over the world. Since it's the page anniversary, I am doing a giveaway via LOVE CRAZY DESIGNS https://www.facebook.com/LoveCrazyDesigns?fref=ts and you can find her on facebook. Giveaway details at the end of the blog.
Before the facebook page, I started a blog to journal about my training and races. I had been running 5K's and then the idea of training for a half begun and I wanted to be able to write down all the details of that journey. I was going to be running even longer and after trying to come up with a name that was easy to remember, I Run Long was born. Wish now I could have just made it Running Long, LOL, but anyways.
Looking at the training plan and seeing all the miles I was going to have to run was so unreal to me, especially coming from being a sprinter and cross-country athlete in high school to running a few 5K's as an adult. I thought a 400 meter dash was long in my high school days and here I was attempting to run longer than a 5K! I also wanted to make sure that I shared about races and my times, what events I ran, etc. or I would forget! Anyways, I was new to running again and was excited about starting again! You know when you're excited about stuff and you want to just share with everyone, so, starting the running blog was a great way to help with that and to have others share their journey with me as well. I then started a I Run Long group page, but had a hard time getting that going. I started another page mainly to get ex-high school track runners back to running again and that was better, but I thought about just starting the I Run Long facebook page. I wanted to reach not just ex-runners, but people starting out with their running, people running 5K's, half marathons and more. I also wanted more feedback from readers, so anyways the page was born November 27th, 2012.
Since the page has started It has been wonderful. So many people don't get the support from family and friends and I'm so sorry. You will find the support at I Run Long. It's okay if they don't want to run or find it interesting, but if anyone reading this is one of those people who have no interest, please support your friends and family. They are trying to get healthy. If there's that little, tiny thought of giving it whirl, do it. In fact, start with walking and go from there. Don't say you're not a runner. Anyone can run! It doesn't have to be fast.
I've gotten to hear about so many of your experiences, amazing running stories, people who have been inspired by others who they have witnessed the drive and determination of their friends and family and felt motivated to do so as well. It has been exciting to see many of you go from doing a 5K to wanting and doing a half marathon, something you and never thought we'd do, but we did it! With training YOU can do anything you want. I'm here to help motivate and encourage you to keep pushing forward, go run, small or long run, just move! I enjoy the accountability on the page. You all have inspired and motivated me. I've had my lazy days or days I just didn't make the time to be active. It will take time for a lot of us to get into the groove, but we must keep active by doing something, running, biking, swimming, yoga, spin class or whatever. Let's keep motivating and inspiring each other. We all need that. It pumps us up, right?
I'm thankful for other pages that helped me get my page out there and many of you readers who shared with your friends and family about my page. It has grown so quickly, more than I ever thought it would, so thank you. The page would not be what it is without you. I enjoy meeting new readers and learning more about their race history and everyday life as well. Thank you for sharing with all of us at I Run Long. Looking to help get more and more people out there to run and you all keep doing what you're doing...keep motivating and inspiring others. I look forward to many more awesome months with you all!!!-fRAN
A big thank you to
LOVE CRAZY DESIGNS for making this custom unisex 26.2 (numbers 2/3 inch) on silver and attached to distressed leather bracelet just for one lucky winner! Who wants to win it? be sure to check out her amazing page. She designs some pretty awesome jewelry and her photos are so pretty!
1. Since LOVE CRAZY DESIGNS is offering a gift for this giveaway, Go and LIKE LOVE CRAZY DESIGNS & tell them I Run Long sent you and comment in the comment section below that you did so so I can put your name in the entry.
2. For another entry, invite a friend/family member to my fb page, I Run Long and have them "like" my page and have them put "sent by" (your name). When they like my page, it will show up as new like on my page, but they have to be sent by so you get the credit/entry put in.
Giveaway starts June 27th, 2013
A name will be put in a jar and one winner will be chosen.
The gift will be sent to a U.S. mailing address.
Winner will be chosen Sunday, July 7th, 2013
Once winner is announced, you must respond with mailing address within 3 days or another name will be drawn. If you miss out, I'm sorry, that is just one of the rules and someone else will get the gift.