When I hear people say that they can’t run I tell them Yes. You. Can. At one time I too said that I wasn’t a runner. Then I launched a Couch to 5K program as a workplace wellness program and ran my first 5K. From there I worked my way up from a 5K to 10K to 15K and finally a half marathon.
Each time you complete an event you set yourself up mentally to achieve the next distance. Setting a goal to run a half or full marathon without any running experience might be daunting. But breaking those long distances down into smaller achievements keeps you engaged in your training where you develop both the cardiovascular and muscular endurance necessary for longer runs.
Cool Running’s Couch to 5K program is a good place to start if you’ve got the desire to run but you’re not sure if you’re ready. It’s the program that turned my dream of running into a reality. It can do the same for you.
5K at Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL -
This run took place on a beautiful fall day and was for women only. Proceeds went to organizations in the community that proceed services to women in need. Below is a picture of me with my co-workers. It was our first 5K and we rocked it!
15K – Hot Chocolate Race in Chicago, IL -
Here’s the crew on the morning of the race on Lake Michigan in Chicago. It was a cold morning but we warmed up once we got moving. The reward for running a 15K on a cold morning in November? Chocolate!
Illinois Half Marathon
This race is practically in my backyard. Every year we get up early and travel to the race and don’t have the expense of a hotel room. They have a great after-party for runners and volunteers. Here we are at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium with our medals.
Illinois Half Marathon – Post Race Hydration
Ah yes. If you’ve heard that runners like to imbibe a little after they run, it’s true. We do. Of course we always drink responsibly.
The Shoreline Classic 15K – Decatur, IL
This was my first year to do the Shoreline Classic in Decatur, Il. It was an absolutely perfect fall day and the race course was full of rolling hills. The hills weren’t the kind that suck the life out of you, but rather there was a nice steady stream of one hill after another that keeps the running both challenging and interesting. This year was the Shoreline’s 25th anniversary. We (my daughter and I) got medals, a really cool long sleeved shirt and the headbands.
To stay in shape between big events I teach fitness classes and compete in train runs throughout the year. The distance is usually between seven and eight miles but the course can be tricky. On these runs there are creeks to navigate, lots of mud, tree roots covered by leaves and hills (the kind of that suck the air out of you) and even an occasional snake.
Ready. Set. Go!
Get ready to start your running career by picking out a 5K near you, lace up your running shoes, and get outside. Here’s a link to the program that helps thousands of people turn their dream of running into reality: Ready To Launch Your Running Career? Here’s The Method That Works.
You might also like this article on the benefits of a structured running program: Five Ways You Can Benefit From A Structured Running Program.
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