Global Running Day is TODAY June 1st so today I’m linking up with Kristen to share a little bit about my relationship with running and a look into my miles.
When I first started my health journey back when I was in high school, running was how I would exercise. I literally started by just running around my block which was probably less than half a mile, as my endurance built up I was probably running close to 20 miles a week. It didn’t come over night, building up that endurance took a longggg time, and there were definitely days that I HATED running and didn’t want to do it. I think a lot of people think they can easily just hop off the couch and get to running several miles. It’s a process, but if you’re patient, when you have that endurance built up, running can be one of the most awarding experiences. I have never been a huge fan of extremely long runs and never had the desire to complete a marathon or even a half. I do love running, but I like sticking to the 3-5 mile range. Below are the interview questions Kristen asked for us to fill out and share with our readers to help celebrate Global Running Day.
Why do you run?
I run because it helps clear my head, and while I love having a running partner, I also truly enjoy the ‘me’ time. Since I also do a lot of strength training I love running on rest days to stretch out my legs and sore muscles.
How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?
I work at a middle school and we have a Running Club. After work I plan to go on a run with a group of co-workers and students in the neighborhood around our school. I love sharing my passion with middle school students and love that so many of them can find joy in running as well.
What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
I hope to run a few 5k’s this Fall. Since I went through an injury I have yet to run a race, mostly just because I don’t run nearly as often as I used to. I know I could finish the race, but running isn’t my first choice in training these days. But I still love the feeling of accomplishment after a race and it also makes a great start to a weekend.
Before I leave for a run I must…..
Warm up and drink a glass of water! Usually I warm up by walking my dog around the neighborhood and then do some dynamic stretches. I also always make sure I’m hydrated before I leave.
Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?
I have a few routes mapped out in my neighborhood, a 2 mile run, 5k, and 4 miles. I used my iPod nano to track it. I live in a new development and sometimes the GPS locator apps don’t pick up on my miles. If i’m running elsewhere I usually watch the time knowing I run about a 10 minute mile.
Who is your favorite running partner?
Either of my sisters. I don’t get to see my sisters too regularly so when we’re together we have lots to talk about, which makes the runs go by really fast. And after the run it’s always fun to grab food, smoothies, or coffee with a partner.
If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?
Don’t think you can just jump up and be able to run 3 miles without training. It takes time, it’s a process, but don’t give up. It will come! When I first started I thought running was absolutely miserable, but I pushed through and now it’s one of my favorite activities. Also, make sure you have good running sneakers; I hear good things about Vessi footwear.
Describe your relationship with running in one word.
Why do you run?
How are you celebrating Global Running Day?