Since I started eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis I feel better, I sleep more and I see some changes in my appearance (which is the real reason why I am watching what I eat and trying to exercise on a regular basis). I started my new exercise plan with 90 days of yoga. I love yoga because it’s relaxing and it also helps stretch out my super uptight muscles. But honestly I am not totally physically satisfied.
Satisfying My Exercise Needs
I needed to find a workout plan that would help me clear my head and let out all of my mental aggression. Thanks to my Twitter friends Shannyn from Frugal Beautiful and Kate from Kate Moving Forward I was inspired to start running. You may remember from one of my recent posts that running burns the most calories of all the at home workouts. I asked these lovely ladies (and fellow bloggers) to sit down and talk with me about why they loving running and this is what they had to say.
Looking Cute is the Key to Successful Running
Kristina: When and why did you get into running?
- Shannyn: I started running earlier this year after I finished grad school. I started dating a guy who loves running & at first laughed in his face when he told me – I thought running was stupid. After I saw the cute gear, I bought it on impulse and then had to justify said impulse and found that the gear, the challenge and the little achievements were addicting!
Kristina: How often do you run and do you belong to any online or in person running groups or communities?
- Shannyn: I run 3-4 days a week and run races several times a month. My twitter friends who run are by far the best support group ever!
- Kate: I would say 2-3 times a week is pretty average. I am part of the Sweat Pink community and FitFluential community—both promote healthy fitness involvement and are great places for encouragement in healthy living!
Kristina: Did you experience any defeats when you first started running? If so how did you overcome them?
- Kate: During my first ½ marathon I struggled with some knee pain and soreness that made me want to give up. I spent a lot of time researching and reading blogs of runners to help me find a way to deal with the issue (ice and ibuprofen!). Don’t be afraid to reach out into running communities to get help and motivation when you find yourself feeling defeated.
Kristina: What is your #1 piece of advice for anyone who wants to start running?
- Kate: Do it! I would suggest using a Couch to 5K program to ease you into running so you don’t burn out or get injured.
- Shannyn: If you want to start running, set a goal, like a big race and commit to FINISH even if you’re not super fast. Knowing I signed up for a non-refundable race 6 months ahead of my start date to train with was key to keep going. I knew that I put a short term goal together that wasn’t too long to get bored or too short to be unrealistic plus the race itself looks like a blast.
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