Hi guys! For today’s post, I decided I would talk to you about something a little different : my running journey.
I want to start off by saying that I am by no means an expert and that I just wanted to share my personal experience with you guys.
When I was in high school, at the end of every school year, we had to run 3 km. The whole school had to do it, and let me tell you, year after year, my attitude towards it never changed : I hated it. I never was the sporty kind of person, so I really wasn’t the best at it. I would be pretty discouraged with myself after each one. So the next thing I would think was : okay, this summer I will seriously start training and will nail the race next year!!! And guess what? I never did.
This year though, as spring came around, I decided to give it another go. When the month of April came around, I motivated myself to work out a little more and to start running. Of course, living in Canada, during the month of April there still was a little snow on the ground and I had to schedule my runs around the weather. Since I have really sensitive ears, I don’t go running when it’s beneath 12 to 15 degrees Celsius outside, or else, it hurts too much.
When I started, I couldn’t go very fast nor could I run very far. I started with distances between one and two kilometers and then gradually worked them up to between two and three. I use the Nike + running app to track and map my runs. I find it’s a good app to track and monitor the runs, you can see how far you’ve been, it tells you your average speed, but the feature I like the most, which really helped me stay motivated, is the “Coach” part of it. On the app, you can go to the “Coach” space and ask for a personalized running plan. You can choose between three different plans, a four week one, an eight week plan, and a plan based on a future race. They then ask you certain questions such as how many runs you would like to do every week, how many kilometers (or miles) you usually run every week right now, etc. Afterwards, they build you a plan with different types of runs (distance, speed, benchmarks to track your progress, tempo…). What I like is that you can change around the schedule a little bit so that if you are busy on a specific date, you can move to schedule the run to another day. They also offer to adapt the plan every week in order for it to be the best plan for you.
I did the four week plan that is mostly aimed at beginners. I enjoyed it and started another one after it ended. It hasn’t always been easy to stay motivated, but it’s really worth it. It’s been about three months since I started running regularly. During the summer, I would run about 3 to 4 runs every week (depending on the weather, as I run outside) and had worked up to running 7 km without stopping. Being active has really helped me feel better about myself and also has made me feel better mentally. It has helped me so much with my stress levels and has made me so much more calm, patient and generally happy. It’s a really good way to get things out of your system.
Now that I am back in school, I have to admit that I have found it more difficult to motivate myself to go out for runs. I am much more restrained with my schedule, as I have scheduled classes, and a lot of transportation to do to get to and home from school. And, since I still do my runs outdoors, I also have to take into consideration the weather. I do manage to run at least twice a week though! Right now, I am training for my school race which will be in November. We are running 4,2 km.
I feel proud of my progress so far, and am anxious to tackle on the next challenges that are coming my way. I also am happy to say that I run for myself. Honestly, the best way to stay motivated is to do something for yourself, not because others pressure you, not to impress or compete with anybody, just for your well being and happiness.
I hope this post will motivate you to be more active. I cannot stress enough about how important it is to do it for yourself. Find something that you like to do, and I promise, you won’t be disappointed. I know it is difficult to stay motivated, but if I can do it, I have no doubts you can do it too.
Well, that is it for today. Thank you so so much for taking the time to read this post. If ever you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment down below. If you’ve enjoyed it, please don’t forget to share! You can also find me on my social media which is linked on my blog or follow this blog either via email or via the WordPress platform. Have a lovely week,
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