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Welcome to Omni Running

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Omni Running features my blog posts and occasionally curated articles and guest bloggers on topics of interest to you.

The goal of Omni Running is to offer running advice, encouragement, good stories and the occasional rant. I will also offer the occasional running shoe review and reviews of other products that I have used and like.

I chose the name Omni Running because this blog is all about running, all things running. I don’t run track, ultras or obstacle races but I will probably post some articles on these running activities.

Omni Running topics will include:

  • Tips to help you start running or keep running
  • Race re-caps
  • Information on upcoming races
  • Product reviews
  • Nutrition and food reviews
  • General interest, pontifications and mayhem

My First 5K medals

5k medals,first 5k,run medalsI help non-profits raise money through their 5K races with the My First 5K medal. You may not realize how many races are put on by non-profits who use the races to fund their programs. Probably close to 75% of races are sponsored by local non-profit organizations.

Some raise money for medical research and to support people surviving through various conditions.

Other races help kids get swimming lessons or go to summer camp.

If the My First 5K medal can help one kid learn to swim or go to summer camp, I’ll count that as a win. If money raised through sales of the My First 5K medal can help one cancer survivor pay their expenses, I’ll call that a win.

An Award not a Prize

Many people feel that too many awards are given away just for showing up. If you have ever run a 5K, you know that finishing a 5K race is more than just showing up.

Most people train for their First 5K, or they pay for it while running the race.

The My First 5K medal is an award for running a first race. This is something most people never do. I want to encourage more people to run their First 5K. Hopefully receiving an awesome medal at their First 5K will make them pursue medals at other races.

childrens race,childrens medalSometimes for kids, the idea of getting a cool medal is all it takes to get them to go to your next race and run with you. Running a race with your child is an awesome experience. Initiating them into the healthy life-style of a runner is a priceless gift.

Click the medals photo above for more information and to order a medal for your first time 5K runner.

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Run well my friends,

Andy

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500th post!

My 4th of July post yesterday was my 500th post!

I’ve been blogging for about 28 months now, so that is a lot of yammering on about this and that. On Thursday I also received my 1,100th comment which means I’m getting 2.2 comments per post on average.

Boston, memorial day

I had no idea what to expect when I started this blog. I didn’t know anything about blogging or social media. The only writing that I had been doing for the past twenty years was email. I’ve learned a lot about social media and I think I’ve learned a lot about writing.

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me over the past 28 months. Welcome to everyone who has joined the crew recently. My followers have grown from under 400 in January to over 525 today. Hopefully this means I’m writing something worth your time to read. One of the things about writing that I’ve learned over the years is the brevity is a rare and good thing. So I’ll keep this short.

On Monday I have an update on Active Advantage and on Tuesday I have an announcement regarding an award I recently received. So look for those the first of next week, unless something amazing or crazy happens in the mean time.

Run well my friends!

Andy

Survey Results Am I a Runner Yet?

Survey Results

Last week I posted a survey asking if you felt like a runner, or a person who runs. If you keep at it long enough, running becomes part of your identity. It not only consumes your time but excites your imagination, hopes and dreams.

Becoming a runner sneaks up on you. In 2003 I naively signed up to run a marathon, having no clue what it was all about. Over the next few years I ran a few more marathons and then started to run 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons.

I joined a gym so I could use a treadmill in bad weather and also joined a running club. I’m pretty sure that anyone who knows me thinks of me as a runner. I really can’t go more than a few days without running before I get a little cranky. A friend of mine says that being able to control your pace and not always running as fast as you can defines you as a runner. I don’t quite meet his definition of a runner but, yeah, I do feel like I’m a runner.

15 people responded to the survey and this time that number does not include me! Everyone did not respond to all of the questions and multiple answers were allowed. Percentages are based on the number of people responding and not the number of answers. So the math may be a little kludgy.

When did you first feel like a runner?

Responses

%

The first time I put on a pair of running shoes

2

18.2

After I ran my first race

5

45.5

After I achieved my first goal

3

27.3

After I set a new PR

1

9.1

I still don’t feel like a runner

1

9.1

Total Responses

12

Four people left comments on when they first felt like a runner:

When running became a consistent part of my lifestyle and when I began to consciously adjust my pace for specific workouts.

I first felt like a runner, when in fourth grade I destroyed the rest of the class in a 600-yard run in gym class. Up until that point, I had felt like an athletic failure in every other conventional sport that is typically offered to children (baseball, basketball, football, etc.)

When I won my first medal

When I could not go more than 3 days without running.

 How many miles do you run per week when you are not training for a race?

Responses

%

Less than 10 miles

1

6.7

10 to 20 miles

4

26.7

20 to 30 miles

4

26.7

30 to 40 miles

4

26.7

Over 40 miles

2

13.3

Total Responses

15

10 out of 15 (66.6%) respondents run at least 20 miles per week and two runners maintain over 40 miles per week as their base mileage.  I’m in the 20-30 miles per week range.

Do you incorporate a long run into your training when you are not training for a race?

Responses

%

No

1

6.7

Yes, under 10 miles

5

33.3

Yes 10 to 15 miles

8

53.3

Yes, over 15 miles

1

6.7

Total Responses

15

Just about everyone (93.3%) incorporates some sort of long run into their base mileage program. This can be difficult to do on an ongoing bases because the process of preparing to run, running and then getting home and taking a shower etc can easily take several hours. I know this is an addiction, but congrats!

Do you run with a club, group or a friend?

Responses

%

I run with my local running club

8

61.5

I have a group of friends or colleagues I run with

3

23.1

I have a friend or friends that I run with

3

23.1

I run with my spouse

0

0

I run with the dog

2

15.4

Total Responses

16

So no one runs with their spouse? I don’t either but I wish I could. Besides the bonding that runners experience on those long runs, running together could add years to both of your lives.  I should have been clearer on the second answer. I meant to say “I have a group of friends or colleagues I run with at work.” I doubt anyone runs alone all of the time, but I should have given that option. Just in case. Since that wasn’t an option, I’d have to say this is a very social group!

Thanks to everyone who answered the survey, I hope it was fun. I hope everyone enjoys reading the results. As always, thank you for reading my blog.

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