I've been running for less than a year. I started running because I'm a 'struggling freelancer' and I can't afford to join the gym. I can, however, afford to pull on my trainers and head out on the street for 45 minutes. I am extremely slow, and I am never going to beat anyone of any note. I am probably never going to get far off the bottom of the Fetch 5M league table (currently last and proud! :)
I go to races b/c I like the atmosphere, and it allows me to challenge myself. I don't go to compete against other people. And I only go if I can afford it at the time, and therefore often pay on the day. I'm unaffiliated because I a) don't have the money to join a running club and b) can’t run at the same time as most people, as I don’t work 9-5. And I don’t race/buy new kit often enough to make it worthwhile joining the club if I can’t go out running with them.
I made my decision in not joining a club. How then, now, can I carry on using races (which I obviously have no issue paying for individually) to monitor my progress, without participating in this ‘membership’ scheme, which I neither can afford nor wish for? Or is it that, because I'm not a 'serious athlete', and I don't have very much dosh, I am not worthy of racing?
I'm another Fetch user! I tried the Serpentine log thing for a while before I tried Fetch, but as a relative beginner I found that the community thing on Fetch was a big spur to keep me going out.
As for running logs in general - I used to run a couple of times in a week, and then fall away from it, and go for months without, feeling guilty and then getting enthused for a week or so - and so on. Until I started recording my runs, that is - it's a great motivator to see your self improve over a course, or be able to run longer/further!
I'd also say blogging about your runs is a good indicator of how far you've come. It also helps you identify patterns etc in your training. I use a different one, but I think I'm right in saying that FE has a blogging side to it?
Just read your thread - you're doing really well, you should be really proud of yourself!
i'm about to go out on my first run. have been running before, but never for long enough a period to really get into it. i did a 10k (extremely slowly) a few years ago - but since then i've mainly been doing other exercise like aerobics and dance. my other half is a runner though, and he won't listen when i tell him that it really is a different kind of fitness! but i thought i'd take up running as i want to blitz the old belly. am getting married in just over a year, so things need to be - well - smaller, i guess! i'm a 16-18 atm, and want to get down to a 12-14ish... ;) plus, i too am a smoker, and that's going to stop soon too. i think i should at least try to be fit for my wedding/beginning of my marriage!
anyway, i'm going out now - should be interesting! keep it up, and keep us posted...