Im going to start this off completely honest. I am by no means a "runner". I have not yet entered a marathon, I am not up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday running down the street looking beautiful and not breaking a sweat. (Hands up for who hates those people!?) I am however, a fairly fit girl who wanted something for me. When I started my new job, I was greeted by beautiful women of all ages, two in particular that love to run. Both for different reasons, and the more I chatted with them, the more I realized it's more therapeutic for them than about the calorie count or the weight loss. It was a refreshing take on exercise, as I will never be the girl who adopts a serious hardcore regime. After a few (a lot) of questions, and an unexpected four kilometre walk one morning to get my car after indulging on the wine a little too much, I decided that I enjoyed the feeling of being outside and walking. How far of a stretch could running be? I was off to the store to buy the essentials to start and see what happened.
The first thing I was told by everybody who knows anything about running was that I had to invest in a good pair of shoes. It took some convincing, but I am so glad that I listened. I went to Sportchek (after having a not so great experience at a specialty running store here in Halifax) and found exactly what I was looking for. A pair of high stability sneakers, that would keep my high arches supported, and compensate for the fact that my feet are definitely inverted when I walk/run. I went with a pair of Asics, because they weren't too pricey, but they have a great reputation. I was told for a starter pair of shoes to expect a $100 price tag, and I (of course) got mine on sale for $69.99. I also picked up a Nike running belt, which houses two reusable water bottles, and a zippered pouch for whatever you're carrying. For me when I'm outside, it's my keys and my phone.
I enjoyed my first few "runs" ... I use the term in quotes because the first few times were more like a jaunt outside. A little run, a little walk... regardless it was exercise and an outlet for me to get out and clear my head. Naturally living in Nova Scotia, the weather does not always cooperate, so I have been to the gym to run the track, and I tried the treadmill route too. I much prefer to be outside, but if it has to be the gym, the track is the way to go for me. I find it very difficult to run on a treadmill without feeling nervous that I will fly off of it like one of those videos you see on Facebook.
The last thing I needed to make this a successful hobby was music. I have never been one to download music, I always listen to my music on YouTube because I'm a bit of a techie loser. But my bestie set me up with Apple Music and I haven't looked back. Any song at your fingertips, can be easily downloaded to your phone with one click, and those songs can then be played when you don't have access to wifi. (Insert the eye roll that you're all giving me, I know I'm so behind on the times)
The first time I decided I was just going to go for it, and run until I couldn't run anymore, I put my music in and started. I was timing myself out of curiosity and I ran without stopping for 7 minutes and 29 seconds. Working with women who can run 10km and full marathons without stopping, I was mildly dissapponted, but now I'm actually pretty proud of it! With work and some training I am hoping to be able to do a 5k run without stopping!
Now that I have my routine I can honestly say I am enjoying running, and I plan to get myself into a 5k run at some point during the Fall.
My advice to you? Run for the right reasons. If you enjoy yoga, or fitness classes, it might not be for you. But if you're looking for an activity that you can do basically anywhere, that's not too expensive, go ahead and give it a try! Just make sure you have some good tunes and a pair of quality sneakers that will protect your knees and feet!
Maybe I'll see you guys out there! (I'll be the one decked out in neon, sweating buckets screaming the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody!)
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