on the road to running
I mentioned in my last post that I'd like to get into running, and seeing as running a 5k is in my 30 Before 30 list, I think now is as good a time as ever to start in on this new adventure. I'm quite excited.
As someone who really can't last on the treadmill that long, this will definitely be a long-term goal with many ups and downs along the way. I imagine successes and lapses, rushes of adrenaline and out-of-breath aches. I imagine myself always being one day closer to my goal.
Why running? It's simply something I'd like to be able to do. It also makes you healthier (in so many ways!), helps relieve stress and makes you feel happy inside. Running is something that doesn't require particularly special equipment--anywhere I go, anywhere I travel, I'll be able to run.
So I think one of the best ways to motivate yourself is to think about your end result. For me, it's being able to take on a 5k. Right now, I am waiting for my breakfast date in the dining hall, but I am picturing myself crossing that finish line--actually, many finish lines. Sometimes the finish line is in some small town in New England on a crisp fall day, other times it's in some big city with skyscrapers and taxis all around me.
I really do hope this is the beginning of a lifelong hobby. Who knows? But here are some pretty cool running events that I would love to participate in one day.
Electric Run. A nighttime run with dancing lights and blasting music. That should really keep the energy up!
Disney Princess Half-Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half-Marathon. So much Disney spirit! With these events, you can run around the Disney's Magic Kingdom, get high-fives from Mickey and not be judged for wearing a tutu.
The Jingle Bell Run. Okay, let's be honest. You can get me to do almost anything if it is holiday themed.
The Color Run. This would be a great beginner's 5k. The run celebrates "healthiness, happiness and individuality" and with each kilometer you complete you are doused in a different color paint. So fun!
The Hot Chocolate 15/5K. You had me at "chocolate." This would be wonderful to do during the fall.
I'm so pumped for everything ahead.
Do you run? What's your favorite thing about it?
Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful weekend.