Monday, October 15, 2012

How I Got Started Running

Running.

I began running in January when I started my weight loss journey. I started out with the Couch to 5K app while also using the Nike+ app. I found that they were really helpful in getting started. I liked the couching that the apps provided because I had no idea what I was doing. I was lacking confidence in my ability to run.

I took a break from running in the spring and attended various workout classes at my local gym. I enjoy the structure of classes and felt really good about my results.

Over the summer I wanted to run but did not want to choke on the humidity. I also found it challenging to find time to go to the gym. I had time to go after work but by that time in the day I just wanted to go home to my family. I am not a morning person so working out in the morning was a big challenge for me because I would rather sleep.

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One day in late August I decided that I needed to get on a work out schedule and decided to try running again. I am so happy that I picked it back up.
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Since August I have grown leaps and bounds in my running. I have accomplished small running goals and find myself creating new goals. I want to read and learn about running. I want to run all the time.

The biggest challenge for me is taking rest days. If I feel like my body is sore, I still really want to run and then I will think about it all day long even when I am giving my body a rest. I think my fear is that if I don't run every day I won't pick it back up the next day. I am learning to let go of the pressure I put on myself and just enjoy the runs for what they are.

Me time!

Do you run? 

11 thoughts:

Meg Henning said...

as a runner i am glad to see all the reasons you listed why you run there are so many positives and benefits to running. keep up the running!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

Thank you so much!!

Amber said...

I started running again for the first time since high school in the spring. It is such a confidence booster for me and I love it! That itch to run is real, and I'm so glad that you're loving it so much!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks! It is contagious and addicting! I've never been a runner and I'm so happy to have found this new love!

Melissa said...

I don't run at all, but I would like to get into it to increase my stamina.

<3 Melissa
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Christina's Adventures said...

that's awesome! I'm proud of you :) I'm SO not a runner, but I've made *slight* progress in the past few months!!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

you should give it a try! :)

Emily // The Best of this Life said...

I used to run a lot, but due to lower back issues from my pregnancy I haven't been able to get back into it. Instead I power walk for 1- 1h30 with my Little Guy in the stroller - sometimes I jog for a minute or two every ten minutes, but I keep it to that until my back gets stronger, through continue core exercise and therapy. Congrats on picking it up and enjoying it as you do!!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

Good for you for getting back out there in some capacity! Walking is wonderful! Go you! :)

Ruthanne said...

Love this post. Love running. Love, love!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Ruthanne! you always inspire me...whether it be sewing or running! :)

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