The Casual Runner

Casual Runner Mailbag – August 2014

It is hard to believe, but it has only been a mere two weeks since we launched, and the response from Casual Runners everywhere has been great.  Since July 24th, Casual Runners of all types (and even a few non-runners who are considering becoming Casual Runners themselves), have started to come together to share stories of their own personal experiences and accomplishments.  This is precisely what is all about, providing everyone with a place to gather, to feel welcome, and to become motivated to take on new challenges in life.  We have also been told that reading the stories we share makes for a great way to past the time while you are at work, but its ok, we won’t tell your bosses.

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In case you have not noticed, the Casual Runner Team has a healthy obsession with SMO’s.

When we launched our new site, the Casual Runner Team announced our own version of a 10k, as we would be releasing 10 feature pieces in our first 10 days…well, at least our first 10 weekdays…even we Casual Runners are entitled to take the weekends off to rest up.  After all, those recovery days are important.  Although there is no shiny medal object to hang around our necks, we are proud to say that we crossed the finish line.  We hope that you enjoyed our first batch of first mile stories, race reviews, and observations from our Casual Runner Team.

While we did just cross our first finish line, we here at Casual Runner are only getting started.

In the coming weeks we have plenty of more exciting stories and surprises coming your way.  We will be launching our coverage of RunDisney events, taking you on the road with us to our summer vacation training spots, and will be bringing you the first pieces submitted to our Team by Casual Runners themselves.  That is right, since our launch, we have heard from Casual Runners who have their own stories they want to share, and we will in turn be sharing them with you.  If you have a story that you want to share, please contact us using the email, Facebook, or Twitter links at the bottom of the page.

August will also be a busy month as we get out and log our miles for a jammed pack fall race season.  That means there will be plenty of race reviews and running stories coming your way throughout the fall.  As if that is not enough, there may some discussion of running/race costumes from Casual Runner’s very own resident costume diva.  So, if you have not already done so, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, and, if you read something that you particularly enjoy, please share it on your own Facebook and Twitter pages so that we can expand our reach to even more Casual Runners.







Did someone say, RunDisney?

You have been hearing from the Casual Runner Team, now it is time to hear from you as we unveil our first Casual Runner Mailbag.

Caitlin from Boston, Massachusetts, after reading Mike’s story about his first mile (, wrote to tell us:

Just wanted to say congrats on the start of your awesome website!  I love the content and will stay tuned!  In fact, I just signed up for a couch-to-5k program today 🙂  (I’ve only “run” one before – and it was a little pathetic).

Ha ha. Too funny. Don’t worry Caitlin, we have all had runs that we would call “pathetic,” some of us have even had way more than others (Mike may have had one on Wednesday morning).  The key however is that we keep getting back out there and enjoy ourselves in the process.  Please let us know what you think about your experiences with the couch-to-5k program.  In the coming months we will be discussing some of the many running training programs that are out there, and would love to hear from fellow Casual Runners about their personal experiences and opinions.


Perhaps a sneak peak of exciting things to come.


Tracey from Annapolis, Maryland, showed off some hometown pride after reading Jennifer’s review of the Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon and 10k (

I’m not a runner, but that race does have nice scenery.

Thanks Tracey, we are happy to hear from the self-described non-runners, as we all start somewhere. Plus, as we’ve said repeatedly, is for everybody. There is no one definition of what it means to be a Casual Runner.  We welcome joggers, runners, walkers, run/walkers, and those who just want to enjoy the scenery or show off a little hometown pride.  As for taking in the scenery, that is a huge factor in selecting what races to enter.  Race entry fees are not cheap, so Casual Runners need to select their races carefully.  Additionally, planning out race courses is not an easy task, so race directors take great care in mapping out their courses to take advantage of the best areas a particular city has to offer (or at least they should, they do not always succeed).  Our Casual Runner Team certainly takes the course route and scenery into account when deciding what races to enter.  After all, as Jennifer pointed out, if you are going to have to endure trudging up those hills, you might as well get the payoff in terms of something good to look at when you reach the top!

In response to Mike’s piece on the Worst Race Ever (, Margie on Facebook told us:

This made me cry, there’s something so inspirational about how u kept going. I may actually start walking/running again soon!

Margie, you have no idea how much hearing words like these mean to us here at Casual Runner. This is exactly why we launched this site, to begin conversations like this and to help motivate one another.  We hope you do get going walking and running again soon, and please let us know how it goes, we would love to keep in touch with you as you embark on your own Casual Running journey!

Several Casual Runners told us that the cameo by Mike’s nephew at the end of his review of the Erie Half Marathon at Presque Isle ( was too cute for words (we paraphrase).  We agree, he is adorable, and now Mike is obligated to put a little extra something into his Christmas stocking this year.

We intend to make these Mailbags a regular feature, so please let us know if you have any comments to share about the content you read on, have any running questions (training programs, products, nutrition, hydration, really anything!), or Casual Running stories of your own to share.  You can reach the Casual Runner Team via email, Facebook, or Twitter using the links at the bottom of the page.  You can also use the comment area provided at the end of every article. See you out there on the training trails!

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Jennifer thought she heard someone say something about costumes.



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