Things That Got Me Into Running
How I started running:
Chase and I ran our first 5k in August of 2009. It seriously was SO hard, and I did not have the right clothes for it. I wore long sweat pants, a cotton shirt, and had ugly crew socks on (I didn’t have any ankle socks), but I had actual running shoes.
After a couple years of infertility I decided to start running to help me cope.
I ran a few races over the next few years and even did a whole year of running a race per month. I was able to get my running times down, mainly by being consistent in running and getting better running gear. Though I was not doing any type of speed training.
In August of 2011 I ran the Lindon Days 5k with my brother and sister. I got a 10 minute PR and came in at 35:50. I wore better clothes; capris, ankle socks, Ascis, a cotton/poly shirt, and of course had my iPod.
In October 2011 I ran the Cougar Run Homecoming Race. It was cold and I wore a headband, gloves, capris, a long sleeve shirt and a cotton shirt over my long sleeve shirt. I came in with a time of 33:42.
I ran my first half marathon in January of 2012 with my friend Celise.
I finished running a whole year of races in April of 2012 with running the Elevate 5k and even convinced Chase to run it!
How you can be a runner too:
Anyone can sign up and run a race. There are a lot of couch to 5k programs and apps.
Focus on breathing while you run. Most people who want to start running say they can’t breath. That is truth, but also not having built up endurance. I started teaching myself a breathing rhythm. As I was running I would take 4 breaths in with my steps, and exhaled the same amount over 4 steps.
I would encourage you to train and complete a 5k race. It may seem daunting, and you may be scared and say “what if I injure myself?” or “what if I fail.” Most programs only require you to run/walk for 30-45 minutes maybe 3 times a week. Can you give up one indulgence for that long? You can get a LOT done if you aren’t glued to a screen.
Running and strength training have become such a big part of my life. I’ve learned a lot about my body and how to take care of it. It has helped me overcome and deal with those hard days that are associated with infertility as well as other trials that I go through.
I would love to help you any way that I can with questions or training tips. I’m learning how to get faster. Though I am not a certified running coach or a medical professional, I have learned how to take care of my body and my personal limitations.
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