Many of you are aware that I am a runner. I ran my first 5K only 13 months into my journey to become a healthier me over 3 years ago and I haven’t stopped since. Running is my passion as well as a challenge I take on each and every time I head out the door.
I have been told by countless running coaches in my journey that the running resurgence of today is very similar to the ‘jogging’ era of the 1970’s. As more and more people look for ways of reclaiming their health, as well as lose weight, and beat stress, running has once again become the exercise of choice for many of us.
This year the running industry is sponsoring the Inaugural National Running Day to be held on Wednesday, June 3rd. The only requirement is for you to run on that day. If you have a local running specialty store in your area, you may want to check with them to see if they are sponsoring any events.
This is a fun event. Something to get you excited about running. You do not have to worry about speed or distance. All’s you need is heart and desire and you will and can become a runner. Hey, and don’t worry if you have to walk a little along the way. I actually do a lot of my running with short walk breaks thrown in, especially as I up my running mileage. The idea is to have fun and see where your feet and legs will take you.
However, if you are over the age of 40 and have not been active, it is always best to err on the side of caution and get medical clearance before beginning any running program.
Since the event is 5 weeks away, even the beginner runner will have time to train. SparkPeople’s Spark Your Way to 5K is a perfect place to start. Just make sure you have a good pair of running shoes and a strong desire to run. Even if you are only running for a short period of time, you are a runner. The idea is to get us up and moving and more importantly to have fun along the way.
I am a big believer that goal setting is one of our biggest motivators keeping us on the path to healthy living. I can’t think of anything better then putting this event on your calendar and going for it. How wonderful it would be for you to share your story about how running has changed your life?
If you are ready to take on the challenge I invite you to run along with me on Wednesday, June 3rd. Remember this is all about having fun and challenging yourself to take on a feat you never believed you would ever do. And if you are looking for a race to run after you have put in your training, check out Active.com for a race in your neck of the woods.
HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
Are you willing to take on the challenge of running on June 3rd?
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