- to be healthy
- its something I can do with my kids
- its something I can do with Chris
- I have a really awesome running partner (Lisa)
- I like to spend time with her while we run
- because I like to run with my dogs
- because I'm actually not that bad at it, and the more I run, the better I get.
- because it's simple, one foot in front of the other, and keep on going
- some days I run just to listen to my running songs
- because it makes me feel good to accomplish a goal
- to train for 5ks and half marathons
- because I'm a naturally competitive person
- for a cause (whatever the race is for) breast cancer, moffitt cancer centers, wounded warriors, ect...
- to train for the BIG marathon with Lisa coming up the end of this year
- because I like cute running outfits :) and shoes :) (it gives me a reason to buy them both)
- to live a long, healthy, active life for my kids, my husband, and for myself.
I ran track in high school, but never really considered myself a runner. Before, I didn't really liked running, but I did it anyway. Mostly to stay in tip-top athletic shape for cheerleading and then theres that competitiveness aspect. I never ran more than 1 to 2 miles in high school. Then in college I would run 3-5 with Chris every now and then. So when I ran that first half marathon, it was an awesome accomplishment. Now I would rather run than spend an hour at the gym, I consider myself a runner. Next up on the list is a full marathon, 26.2 miles!!!
A little bit of advise for people wanting to get started running or even walking more.
- Start out small (1 mile) or even run/walk.
- Reward yourself! even while you are out running, say "OK, if I run 3 more blocks then I can walk a block".
- Keep it enjoyable, don't push yourself too hard-too fast because then you will dread the next run. If you need a break, take it!
- Work your way up the miles or time. When I'm not training for anything, I like to gauge my runs on time. I run 15 minutes away from our house, then turn around and try to beat my 15 minutes back to the house.
- Find a running partner that is at your same level and motivate each other. Or run with your dog, you both will benefit from the workout.
- If you have kids, strap them in the stroller and go have fun on a run. Mine now say "faster Mommy!" or "Yay, we did it!" when I turn back onto our street. Then motivate me to keep going :)