I had many responses of amazement when I said I got into my first triathlon for May 15, and I AM SO EXCITED. It is NEW adventure for sure. This particular race is all women and very recreational.
HOWEVER, since I read everyone's reaction to my entry I started thinking. I THINK EVERYONE ON THIS TEAM SHOULD SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT THIS YEAR!!!! It may sound intimidating, but it is not. Every race and event has so many people doing it to finish, because they lost 20 lbs or 100lbs, because they are raising money for a cause, in honor of a friend or family member, or JUST TO SAY THEY DID IT!!
There are 5ks all over the country this spring and summer. They are not just for runners, there are many WALKERS and unless you are in a wheelchair (and many races have wheelchair category) or bed ridden, I can guarantee that everyone on this SP team is capable of walking, jogging, shuffling, or running a 5k OR MORE! Or what about a bike event? Or a triathlon? Or a fund raising cause??? Lots of places have dog walks where you take your dog the entire way. WHAT DO YOU THINK???
I can promise that setting a goal like this will be life changing. Those miles under your feet for the training will give you freedom and make you feel stronger. When you cross the finish line you will feel empowered, like you can do anything.
Look for walker friendly races if you don't run. Find a friend and challenge them too.
There are soo many free training programs for all distances. My favorite running/walking sites are:
Then there are all the couch to whatever distance plans and MANY MANY MORE RESOURCES.
Here on SP I found:
a couch to5k group
a couch to 25k group
a rookie running group
Official 5k your way walk/jog program
Official 5k your way rookie run program
And a favorite: Slow fat runners :)
These are just a few and there are many more groups on here!!!!
I am in my ninth year of teaching High School Health and PE. I have also coached track and Cross Country Running for seven years. I was active, but not a big athlete growing up. I despised PE and hated competition. I fell in love with nutrition and have always had an interest in health topics.
One of my goals as a physical educator and running coach is to help encourage a love and confidence for activity- whether it is running, walking, skiing, jump rope... SOMETHING. To help everyone I am in contact with find something they enjoy and feel they can so, so that they keep doing it for life.
As a coach winning is fun, but far from important, I see it as an added bonus if it happens. One of my desires as a running coach is to help the kids love running so much and not burn out, that I see them running down the road in 10 years... and I do see my kids running along the road every once in awhile!!
You need to know I am not a competitive runner. At my very best I am a 9:30- 11:00 minute mile runner for distances over 3 miles. For a brief few months when I weighed under 150lbs and was working out 2+ hours a day, I ran a few 5ks in the 24-25 minute range. In other words, I am not a fast runner and never will be. After 2 babies and extra pounds, I am doing well to jog a12 minute mile.
If you get butterflies of nervousness or excitement when you think about it... then you are ready!! Use that as motivation. If we always stay in our comfort zone, we are not growing. I do not care if you 16 or 70, have diabetes, arhtritis, cancer, are raising kids or work 60 hours a week... THERE IS AN EVENT FOR YOU, YOU CAN FINISH ONE, AND IT's TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! Plus most events you get a cool T-shirt!
So think about it, research events in your area and report back. Don't just stand back and say I wish I could do that or I wish I could do what she does... YOU CAN!! I am so excited for you all just thinking about the miles we can cover this year. I think it's more fun to count miles done in a week than pounds lost!!!!
If you have an event in mind... then reply and make it reality. What's the worst that can happen? It just gets you moving.
HAPPY TRAILS YOU ALL!