Hello! So I’ve started this blog to share my passion about running and health with rest of the world. Lately, I have been finding it difficult to motivate myself to go run due to vacations and work. Hopefully this blog will help me find my motivation again and keep me on track with my workouts! I guess I’ll begin with a little bit about myself and my running story.
I was raised in the beautiful state of Colorado and I will be a college freshmen attending CU Boulder in the fall. My intended major is chemical engineering. At first running was just a chore that was necessary because I was an avid volleyball player for three years. Running was part of the conditioning. School volleyball, club volleyball, rec volleyball, etc. If I had the chance to play volleyball, believe me I would. Unfortunately I stopped playing volleyball and needed to find some other way to keep in shape so I forced myself to run, no matter how much I hated it. It was one of the best things I’ve ever forced myself to do. At first it was just jogging about 2 miles at a time, 2 painful miles. It was probably so painful because my shoes were really crappy, had no support, and my arches burned like crazy. After I bought new running shoes running became so much more enjoyable and that’s when I really began to love running. Shoes are more important than you may think!
In the summer of 2011 I ran almost everyday by the Charles River in Boston because I was attending Harvard’s Secondary School Summer Program. Although I had to wake up at 5am every morning to avoid the hot Boston sun it was so so so worth it. During that summer I eventually worked my way up to running 6.2 miles (10k) straight, quite the accomplishment for me. Since then I haven’t run farther than a 10k but my speed has increased dramatically. I use the Nike + running app on my ipod when I run and it tracks my miles surprisingly accurately because I can calibrate the distance I run (I use google maps to confirm my distances since I run along roads). Now I run with music but in Boston I never ran with music. I guess the scenic Charles River kept me entertained so I never needed music. Nowadays I find myself running more on treadmills since I never wake up in time to beat the sun so I need music to keep me going.
This past Memorial Day I ran the Bolder Boulder with a couple of friends and it was incredibly fun! Albeit we did not race it by any means, we had lots of fun running through sprinklers and eating cupcakes that people were handing out on the side of the race haha. We did run the entire 10k and ended up with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes. Not bad for fooling around the whole time! Running with a partner is so much more enjoyable than running alone but sadly there’s no one to run with where I live. Another reason why I spend more time on the treadmill than outside.
I have been on vacation for the past two weeks and haven’t even put on my running shoes. I feel like crap! I’ve also been eating like crap and you are what you eat… I need to get my diet back on track as well! I find it funny how easily you can fall off the bandwagon but how it’s so difficult to get back on. These are the times when you just have to force yourself into tying those laces and pushing through those first couple of runs again. Tomorrow I am starting my runs again and hopefully it won’t be too brutal. Anyway, feel free to contact me with any questions or tell me your running story. I would love to hear it!