I love to run. Wait, what?!

If you were to ask me to run 3 miles with you 6 months ago, I would have laughed.  I did not consider myself a runner.  I still loved to workout, but running was not in the mix.

Back in July, all of that changed.  My co-workers and I were developing a “Couch to 5K and 10K program”.  We needed to test it out before taking to our clients so I was one of the guinea pigs.  I signed up for a 10K in October and spent 10 weeks training for it.  Before I started I could only run about 1.5 miles consistently before my knee hurt like hell.  By the end, I was eager to sign up for another race and continue the training.  I signed up for the Turkey Trot- 8 miler.

I also should mention that I utilized my resources and realized the whole knee issue could be from my shoes.  I did not own a pair of running shoes so quickly changed that.  I bought running shoes (pic below) before starting the plan.

running shoes

Turns out that training and having a plan are key.  I didn’t have to “go big” right off the bat so I eased into it and somehow that helped me find joy in running.  The runs quickly became my creative time, clear my head time, and kick major butt time.  I started getting excited about breaking another running record for myself.  I used my Ipod and Nike+ to keep track of my mileage.

I am BIG into music and think it is a great motivator to any workout so you better believe creating playlists on my Ipod is a very regular “to do” as well.

My longest run has been 8 miles now.  I am going to train for ONE more race- a half marathon in March- and then I will tone it down again.  I find I REALLY like running about 4 to 6 miles.  Any more than that and it starts to feel like a chore.

So yes, I can honestly say I love to run.  Never thought I would say that, but I can say it with confidence now.  It is amazing what the human body can do when the mind is in sync with it.

  • I took the same transition this year! I use to HATE, HATE running!! One day I agreed to start training for a half marathon (half way thinking I would not follow through!)! But we did it and I completed my first half marathon this past September. So, I grew to LOVE the sound of pavement and the release that running gave me. Now, I do consider myself a true runner because I have developed runners knee =( It hurts terrible and I have been unable to run like I want to over the past month. Just when I begin to love it my body turns to hate it! Congrats on your 8 miles and good luck on your half in March- I also have one in March if I can doctor myself in time. Happy Holidays!!
    Cindy @NwlywdNutrition

    • Bri

      Hi Cindy! So glad you read my post and took the time to comment. I hope your knee gets better. And by the way, it is nice to meet a fellow dietitian. Happy Holidays!

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