Today I want you all to hear from my good friend @andrea.barnettt. She and I have kept each other accountable for fitness. This year she decided to become a runner, and I have had a tremendous amount of joy seeing her progress to the point where she now is.
My Running Journey — I have never considered myself an athlete and never thought I would become a runner. About 4 months ago I decided to take my dog for a run to help him get some energy out. I maybe ran half a mile and thought I was going to die – but it felt so good that I decided to sign up for a half marathon and the training began! I started going to Orange Theory Fitness 5 days a week and doing one long run on the weekend. Four months in … I ran 10 miles. In the past 5 months I have learned that running is mental. Your body is capable of so much.
If anyone is considering running, here are a few tips on things I learned the hard way. First of all, don’t underestimate the importance of stretching. I slacked off on this and it has caught up to me. My hips have become so tight and it’s been so painful to run. Thank the Lord for acupuncture and good chiropractor. Second, diet is important. I have almost completely cut out alcohol and a lot of junk food. Don’t get me wrong, I treat myself but for me I try to think of food as fuel. Third, don’t be afraid to push yourself. Get out of your comfort zone and just have fun with it!
Good luck on the half marathon Andrea! And don’t forget to celebrate with ice cream. 😉