REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
I am not normally a runner. Every once in a while, I feel like going for a run, and I go. Running has great benefits. It’s great cardio. It can improve bone health. It can lift a person’s mood and improve their concentration, boost a person’s general athletic performance. In can also really support self-defense and personal safety. Just imagine having to run for your life! Running away could mean survival!
Recently, I decided I wanted to work on my running. It’s been a while. I really like to mix things up. In the moment, I definitely don’t enjoy this mix up, but afterward (once I’ve completed my run, and lived) I am so darn proud of myself! In high school, I used to run with a friend or one of my sisters. We did more of a jog. It was definitely a lot slower, but it was a good time. We would run around the subdivision and talk about life. I don’t want to be a jogger, I want to be a runner. If I’m going to go slow, I’d rather just walk fast. What can I say? My perspective has changed and I like to push myself harder.
When it comes to time, I need a goal. I like having a standard to hold myself to. I like having a guide. The image above shows the standard that the U.S. army upholds amongst their soldiers. Being a military spouse, I tend to use their standards as my guide. I did also find a guide on the LiveStrong website. Good Run Guide actually has this really cool “age-grading” system with a calculator, graphs, and percentages. Likewise, Running Free also has a very cool calculator and graph system.
Currently, I’m two weeks back into running. I run twice a week, leaving me time to strength train, practice yoga, and rest. So, I haven’t been back at it for long, but I can feel my body going, “Hello! Ok, yes! I remember this!” That’s a silly way of putting it, but it’s very on point.
As I mentioned earlier, there are standards/guides to see where your run-time, based on your age, would rank you. I’m decent, but not where I want to be. Right now, I’m focused on getting my body used to just running. In a few weeks, I’m going to start adding more sprints and various running drills to help me get a little faster.
I love the saying, “No matter how fast you’re going, you’re still lapping everyone on the coach.” So many people choose to sit on the coach. Just putting your running shoes on and pushing yourself to get moving (at whatever speed/pace) already makes you amazing, and puts you ahead of so many people! You don’t have to win races. Push yourself as you see fit.