Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How I Learned to Run

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.

Last summer, I was challenged by Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region to participate in my very first 5K for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

It was one of the BEST things to happen to my health in a very long time. 

You see I was never one of those ‘runners’. I never understood running, why people ran and never thought that my out-of-shape self could even complete a 5K run. I would never be a runner, I said to myself.

Well guess what? Running wasn’t as hard or as horrible as I thought it would be - when you break it down into baby steps. I reached my goal of losing weight and my time goal of under 45 minutes and it only took me six weeks to get there. I became more confident and active because of my running. I even joined a co-ed soccer league during the summer to put my new skill to use. I even started running whenever I traveled to a new city, as a fun way to explore and it was better than going to the gym.

Want to start running? Here’s what I suggest:

1) Sign-up for the CIBC Run for the Cure. Not only will you raise money for a great cause that affects so many, having a run to train for will make you responsible for sticking to running. I loved having a goal to work towards. Set a time, weight and fundraising goal to get yourself motivated.

2) Download a couch to 5K running app. I used ‘Get Running’ and it gives you prompts on when to walk and run. It builds up slowly to a full 5K; you will be running 3-4 times a week over 6-8 weeks. Each ‘run’ only takes 20-30 minutes of your time, so it’s easy to fit it into a busy schedule.

3) Update your running gear. Look good and feel good about running! Get yourself a pair of running shorts, top and a solid pair of running shoes. You want something that feels good and will give you some serious support so you don’t injure yourself. If your shoes hurt you or your clothes are too tight, they will hinder you from wanting to run. So set yourself up for success early in the game so there are no excuses.
4) Find a running buddy or form a team. Bonus points if you have someone who wants to train together. Even better if you can motivate a group of girlfriends to do the run with you. Your team can help you keep accountable of your own progress while getting fit and healthy together.

Everyone has to start somewhere don’t feel silly if you can’t run more than 30 seconds at a time. It’s all about building your skill slowly and being consistent. You can read about how I trained and progressed last year and sign-up for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure to get yourself motivated. The CIBC Run for the Cure is happening this year on:

Sunday October 6th, 2013
University of Toronto – St. George Campus (Downtown)
Walk or Run 1K or 5K

The money raised at this event helps fund advancements in earlier breast cancer detection, diagnosis and more effective treatment.

To learn more or to sign up, visit CIBC Run for the Cure online.

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What running tips do you have for someone running his or her first 5K? Who are you running for?

1 comment:

  1. Well, I'm not running a 5K - I'm walking 60K!!

    I am in the same position as you were - I never thought I could do it but all the support you get from other walkers and people on the side makes it seem easy(er). Plus, it has given me the boost I needed to join a weight loss plan and start losing (the more I lose, the less I have to drag around with me for 60 km next month). Maybe I'll try the 5K run next year....