Ms. S&C ran in her first 5K on Saturday and now she is all hot-to-trot over this running thing. Tomorrow, June 3, is the inaugural National Running Day. National Running Day is an initiative whereby many organizations within the running industry are joining forces to promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise.
A few months ago, Ms. S&C was looking to start a regular exercise regiment. Two things were important to her: (a) she didn’t want to spend a lot of money (i.e. no membership fees), and (b) she didn’t want to dedicate more than an hour or so of her day (i.e. no wasting time in traffic, dressing and undressing in a locker room, etc.). I guess you could say there was really only one thing that was important to her: she didn’t want to join a gym.
She started with a stationary bike in her basement. This was great. She could watch reruns of The Daily Show and Real Housewives of New York City. She could flip thru magazines and listen to iTunes. Then, she got bored. And spring came. She wanted to be outdoors, so she decided to go for a run.
–Okay, enough of the third person– I am by no means a natural or gifted athlete. When I started running, I couldn’t run a mile without stopping, cramping, and cursing. I even joked to a friend that I only ran when an upbeat song came on my iPod. After awhile, a half mile turned into a full mile, a full mile turned into two miles, and so on. Running, up to this point, was entirely a solitary activity, so a friend suggested I run in a race. When I crossed the finish line at the Maya Angelou See Forever 5K, and saw Mr. S&C (also there with the S&C family dog) cheering me on, I’ve never felt more exhilarated. So, if you are looking to start an exercise routine, Ms. S&C thinks you should get out and run. She’s never felt better.
P.S. You didn’t think I forgot about shoes did you? I recently went shopping for a new pair of running sneakers and the sales associate told me that Asics make the best running shoes around. Ms. S&C wants to know from all the runners out there: Do you have a fave running shoe? I would love to hear your recommendations!
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