I’m A Runner?

Happy Monday, loves!

I was recently persuaded to join a beginners running club. I am not a runner. I’m also not athletic, at all. My idea of a nice workout is one where I leisurely stroll with my dogs in the park followed by Reece’s covered froyo. I like the idea of running, and am constantly jealous when I see people just running down the sidewalk like it’s nothing, but it’s just never been that easy for me. For me, a run is basically just 15-40 seconds of actual running followed by 15 minutes of slow-medium paced walking. So in an effort to try new things and be a little more healthy(ish), I am putting my best foot forward and am going to give this a try.

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I am participating in a 15 week course in my town to become a better runner. The program ends just as my town has its big annual road race at the summer festival. The race is 1 5-mile charity road race that hundreds of people participate in every year. So, it’s kind of a big deal. My decision on whether I will participate in the road race is still up in the air (most likely not, though), but it is good to have a goal in mind just in case I do decide to partake.

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It was okay. The first night we just did a brisk walk through the center of town. It was cold, but it felt great to get moving. Since this is a beginners course to running, there are different levels of intervals to finally get you up to running a full 5 miles. The next interval after a brisk walk was to walk for 4.5 minutes and run for 30 seconds, 7 times. It has been freezing outside, so this was a legit struggle for your girl. Although I would rather pursue this endeavor outside (it’s different running outside then running on the treddy!), I think I am going to have to start off on the treadmill at the gym.

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I just want to feel better and feel like I’ve accomplished something. Like I have mentioned before, I sit at a desk all day for my job. I used to work in a restaurant, so I was always on my feet and moving around. Thank God I don’t wait tables anymore (I have no patience left for serving), but I really do miss being active at work. I am hoping that by taking up running, I will make a habit of moving every single day. I also think it is a great idea to set a realistic goal that I feel obligated to achieve (since this is a beginner’s running group). I certainly don’t want to be the lazy one when there are members of my running group at 50+ years old!

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So I will keep you all updated about my new “hobby.” Maybe I’ll love it or maybe I’ll hate every single second of it, but at least I am trying something new!

With love & lilies,

Lauren

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