Get out and run

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 RD_LogoDay. 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.asics

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!

posted by Ms. S&C

6 responses to “Get out and run

  1. So excited for you completing your first race…and a 9:20 pace? You go girl. Seeing Mr. S&C cheering you on is something that will never get old. I love looking out for KT when I’m racing. During my first 1/2 marathon, I even called him at mile 7 to see where he was! Sshh..don’t tell “real” runners I had my cell phone during a race.

    Anyway, about shoes. I was a Nike girl forever but apparently that whole pregnancy thing made my arches fall? I had no idea that could happen …but our running store fit me for Saucony shoes. I pink puffy heart them. I wish they WERE pink. If they were pink, they’d be perfect.

    http://www.saucony.com/ShoeDetails.aspx?gen=f&use=Run&id=1108&rel=1117,1126,1123,1147,1108,1139,1137,1103,1112,1042,1077,1101,1073,1063,1061,1145,1133,1135,1156,1158,1160,1151,1149

    Run on, my friend!

  2. I love my New Balance 1123’s – b/c I have narrow feet and they come in AAs. So comfy.

  3. Thanks for the shoe recommendation, my Nikes are getting on my nerves and I’ve been thinking about getting new ones, but don’t tell my husband. I too am enjoying running although my knees and shins tell me otherwise … This 5K http://www.actrunfortherainforest.org/ may be my first as an adult and my last, but at least I will say I did it. If you want to do one together though, let me know! I imagine would be more fun with a friend.

  4. I ran in many many pairs of Nike and Saucony during HS cross country. However, I’ve been a loyal Asics gal for the past 10 years or so. Every time I get new sneaks, I try, I really do, to check out other brands. But I always end up with Asics. They fit my foot well and have a good balance of cushiness and support.
    BTW, C-ville has the best running store – Ragged Mountain Running.
    I’ll be running my first 5k in years on Saturday. Can’t wait for the crowds!

  5. Thanks for sharing your fave running shoes! I actually ended up buying a pair of Nikes (the Asics seemed a little too wide for my feet). So far so good. Good luck with all the upcoming 5Ks and half marathons!

  6. I only wear asics…I have bought the same sneakers three times in a row now. I just wish they would make them in a different color :)

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