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.
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.