Hi! I love surveys.
I've currently been running for a year and a half or so. I ran for my four years of high school, though, cross-country and winter track. After that I thought I hated running and took a long break from it before venturing back in recently.
So I started running when I started high school, so just before I turned 14. I'm now 32 and, as I said, have been at it this time for about a year and a half.
A typical run for me is in the morning. On a weekday it has to be before DH leaves for work. Since I'm not so hot on waking up at the crack of dawn, this affects distance.
I run through the nearby neighborhoods and a typical morning is now 4 miles of mostly flat street running. On the weekends I can sometimes sneak in a 7 or 8 mile run.
I try to run every day, although that's not realistic. I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that I can still be a runner even if I'm not running every day. I tend to be a perfectionist, which then causes me to be injured. I'm slowly learning how to take it easy and listen to my body.
I generally don't alternate exercises; I'm waiting to save up my funds to join a gym and then I'll get some variety. I've recently joined this crazy 100s group on facebook, though, so I'm doing a hundred sit-ups and push-ups and squats a day. And toe raises to try to keep my kneecaps where they should be.
My biggest challenges are getting our of bed in the morning to actually make it outside to run, and not pushing myself so hard that I end up injured.
I really love the way I feel when I'm running. Powerful and strong and limber.... my days run much more smoothly when I've started with a run. I'm able to be calmer and more patient, and I'm more aware of what I'm eating and able to make better decisions. Running really centers me. Which I need to remember first thing in the morning when my alarm rings.