I have a love/hate relationship with running. In theory, running is perfection. It’s the human equivalent of learning to fly. It’s your body’s way of taking flight and building a healthier body with every step. I love the idea of it. Lacing up your shoes, turning on your stopwatch and sprinting out the door. Motivation is what I hate about it. No one’s pushing you to eat healthy. A trainer isn’t telling you to stay on your workout schedule. A coach isn’t telling you to do one more lap. It’s all up to you.
Running is for everyone. If anyone argues, they just haven’t fallen in love with it yet. There’s a mysterious pull that draws you back on the track or out on the treadmill that simply can’t be explained.
I’ve been a runner all my life. I competed in track and soccer in middle school. In high school I ran cross country and track and played soccer. In college, I missed that. I missed the competition and the daily workouts. I missed the early morning runs and late night ice-baths. I missed the feeling of success and accomplishment after a long, hard run. Little did I know, I could obtain all that and a free Tiffany’s necklace if I just started running again.
Last week, I competed in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. And you know what? I’m hooked. I’m never going to stop. I’m already looking ahead to what’s next.
Here are a few upcoming races to get bit by the running bug that are fun and challenging:
10.27.12 PHOENIX, AZ- Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA Half Marathon + 5K Walk & Run
11.4.12 TEMPE, AZ- Congenital Heart Walk
11.4.12 SCOTTSDALE-TEMPE, AZ- Women’s Half Marathon
11.10.12 PHOENIX, AZ- Third Annual Phoenix Sister Cities 5k Run and Family Walk
11.10.12 PHOENIX, AZ- Zombie Outbreak Run
11.17.12 PHOENIX, AZ- Dirty Girl Mud Run
11.17.12 SCOTTSDALE, AZ- Mad Mud Run
12.16.12 PEORIA, AZ- Desert Classic 30k, 5k, and 30k Relay
Free Training Plans
- 8 week Running Training Plan from Runner’s World
- Hal Higdon Training Programs
- Mayo Clinic 5K run: 7-week training schedule for beginners
- Self Runner’s Training Plan
- Nike Running Training Schedule
If you haven’t tried running, try it. If you haven’t tried racing, sign up. If you need a running buddy, let me know. Lace up those running shoes, Devils!