About 6 years ago I decided I had a routine physical exercise routine. Reading the obituaries and seeing Nusance Wildlfie Trapper of the deceased, and hearing stories from friends about different disorders, had me convinced I had to get healthy and stay healthy but going to a fitness center and aerobics classes etc. did not fit my schedule or price range. My husband was a regular runner for several years and we’d done some running together, but I never loved it, and I never did it regularly enough to become good at it, or like it. It had been so easy for me to put off also, I’d use any excuse to be unable to go for a run on any particular day.
I started where most individuals start anything nowadays… the net! There are tons of beginner running programs on the world wide web, but I could not make anything stick. Well it did not work for me and running, I could never reach that point. However, what other exercise is really affordable and convenient. Running was something I could find the maximum benefit from for the least amount of time spent. I didn’t need to go somewhere to work out, I could leave right out my front door. I didn’t require expensive equipment that would occupy room in my home, and that I could do it whatever time of day or night was suitable for me. I knew that running was actually the only exercise choice for me at that point of my life.
Starting out, I could not even come close to a mile. I would read about interval training, and lots of the online programs tout the advantage of it for speed, strength, and weight loss so that is where I began. Interval training is composed of walking for a brief time period, then running for an even shorter time period, then walking again. Beginning this way can help to build endurance for the conduct component of the intervals. Gradually the running part increases, and the walking part decreases. It worked for me for some time, but I was super inconsistent, which makes it tough to find any real improvement.
What really helped me turn the corner was finding a group to run with. Not only were there other girls at my running degree, but there were others worse and better! I felt like my battle was real and there were girls who had overcome the same hurdles I had been facing and were so inspirational, and many others looking up to ME! Hysterical! The best part was that the accountability! Though it was a”course” and I needed to go to a park to attend a program, I committed to make it work since there were people expecting me to be there. We did the exact same interval thing, but this time I could really see the difference. I’d never been one to push myself, but I had others pushing and pushing me. I distinctly remember being really concerned one day because we were expected to conduct 90 seconds straight! However, I did it! I conducted the very first race of my life that fall in age 45. Since that time I’ve run 18 half marathons (13.1 miles), two marathons (26.2 mi) and 1 50K (31.2 mi). From nervousness about 90 seconds to running for almost 7 hours straight! Yep, I know what that’s now. Another unexpected benefit is that running on my own, my door out, on my program has gotten much simpler, because running is much more enjoyable. I am more fit than ever in my life, feel more in control of my emotions, and believe that I am setting a good example of a healthy lifestyle for my kids.
Not every city has a running group for mothers so some gals will have no option but to turn to the internet and books to get motivated. In any event, I encourage you to keep trying, as persistence will pay off in the long run. For those who live remotely or do not have a lot of running community I’ve attached two excellent resources to get you started on your way to a healthier more fit lifestyle.