I have a confession. I don’t like running very much. I will much rather swim, cycle or play sports like Tennis than run.
Then, why the heck did I sign up for the Great Eastern Women’s Run on 9 November this year? Well, because for the last 10 years, my exercise regimes have been running down the supermarket aisle, chasing after the children to get them to classes on time and speeding down the highway because we are late for said classes (ok, so the last one I didn’t have to use my legs).
Still, those who have seen me always commented on how slim and fit I look. Slim I am, thanks to good genes from mom and dad. Fit I am NOT.
As a kid, I was very fit. I love to run and race with my friends, play catch, 老鹰抓小鸡 (Eagles and Chicks) and team sports like basketball. My energy was boundless. As a young adult, I was blessed with good friends whom I go out to party and dance the night away five days a week. My energy was still boundless. Then, as a parent in my 30s, I could put up with late nights (feeding, nursing sick children) and still be up in the early mornings to tend to the kids.
But when I turned 40, all the magic of my “youth” disappeared. I am grumpy if I’m not in bed by 10pm. My lower back aches more. My energy level is depleted by 5pm. And to my horror, for the first time in my life I have flabby arms, thunder thighs and a pudgy middle!
So back to the question — why the heck did I sign up for the Great Eastern Women’s Run?
I need an incentive to get my fitness level back on track! PRONTO!
A key highlight of this year’s Great Eastern Women’s Run is the introduction of a new programme – #RuntoLiveGreat, which aims to encourage first-time runners (like ME) to take their first step towards healthier and better living. I will be attending the various training sessions and fringe activities Great Eastern has organized to motivate and help new runners eventually complete their run on race day. Stay tune for more posts on these sessions.
Having the INTENTION to get fit and ACTUALLY getting fit is different. When I signed on for this run with the other 5 blogger moms – Angelia (gowinghearts123), Christy (KidsRsimple), Dee (prayerfullmum), Elizabeth (MotherKao) and Mei Chee (finallymama) in early July, I was eager to jump on the bandwagon of runners.
But days became weeks… and I was not running.
My biggest challenge is getting OUT of the house!
This morning, I set the intention that I WILL. RUN. TODAY. (The other blogger moms have already started their training and we set a date to run together in 2 weeks time and I didn’t want to be the only one who couldn’t finish the run. )
My first thought was: What do runners wear?
My second: I need to go shopping.
I found a pair of shorts and tank top. I put on my running shoes, stepped out of the house AND actually ran!
A friend recommended that I try the Couch to 5K running app (click link for more information) to help me get started. Thanks Paul!
I really like this app. It is very user-friendly and was like a personal trainer. It instructed me to warm up for 5 minutes; then instructed me to start running, while playing the music that I had pre-loaded prior to the run. It tracked my running distance, path and the calories I burned.
As you can see, for my first training, I didn’t run far. I’m a little embarrassed to even show this.
And on top of it all, I dropped my phone while running and cracked it. Not a good start to my first training. But I will push on.
Well, I am running off to go shopping! Drop me an encouraging line to keep me running. Any constructive advice is welcomed.