I ran cross country in high school because that is what people in my family do, you could say it’s somewhat of a family tradition. At one race there were 3 of my family all running for different schools. I joined because I felt like I “had to”, but I’ve stuck with it because I enjoy it.
Running is not always fun, sometimes my legs feel as though their on fire. And admittedly, it’s not always what I want to do. But every time I finish a run, whether it’s a race or just a two mile slow jog, I feel as though I have accomplished something. I love that feeling of having pushed myself, and getting up off my butt even if it’s only for twenty minutes.
I have started prepping to start training for my marathon this fall. It will be my first full! I signed up for one last year, but didn’t get enough miles in. I didn’t feel comfortable attempting it (given the time limit) so I pushed it to this year, instead of risking injury.
I love running because it allows you to push yourself to your limits. I know that you can run in “any” shoes, but I don’t really recommend that. Running takes little equipment, but really good running shoes will make you a LOT happier in your running. Yes, good running shoes are usually pricey, around $100, but they have better support for your feet and your body. I recommend going to a local running store that offers a personal running form evaluation. They will often video tape you running on a treadmill so they can analyze your gait and how your foot hits the ground. Then using that information they can recommend the best shoes for how you run. (But honestly, other than good shoes you don’t need anything else. You could run in jeans and a sweatshirt if you wanted, though it might be a bit uncomfortable…)
Here are my race plans for this year:
May: Local 5k
August: Annapolis 10 Miler
September: Divas Half Marathon
November: Richmond Marathon
I’m so excited!!!!