Alright all you party people!
The 5k is officially going to be on Colum's Birthday June, 29!
If you are local I hope you can come. I have LOVED seeing comments of people that aren't local that want to run where they live, register, & heck YES we will send you a t-shirt! It made me tear up. It made me feel like this can be even bigger than I ever dreamed!
Here's the amateur Facebook page I created. If you can, please like it. I hear all the cool kids are doing it. There's going to be a website soon, probably in a couple of weeks. It's going to be the real deal!
If you have never done a 5k now is the perfect time to start training. Also, a lot of people (half or more) just walk the whole way. If you want to try running/jogging below is an email I sent an old friend a while back on how I started. The real reason I started was because I have huge calves! None of the cute boots would ever fit over my calves and I wanted some cute boots dangit! So I decided I would try the hardest thing I could think of (running) and I bought my Frye boots (that they cut off me with scissors). If they didn't zip over my calves by Fall, they were going back. Usually, you do this with a pair of jeans but in my case it was the boots.
And I just copied and pasted it, so you will hear of the boots again and again :). Sorry, gotta go. Wrote this at 4am when I woke up gonna go grab a piece of cheese to snack on...got a book to write!
Here is my tips for running. And you have to be very strict and selfish about 1 thing... you, Melissa get 1 hour a day to take care of yourself. Just you, just 1 hour. Let everybody know, Carl, your oldest child, everyone. Set a time AM/PM and stick with it. It's yours... all yours! For me, Colum would wake up pretty early and I'd make him a bottle get a sugar-free rockstar out of the fridge and drink it throughout the morning. After changing bums, feeding everybody breakfast, and slowly putting on my running clothes it would be Colum's nap time and my rockstar would be gone. I wouldn't schedule anything or any clients and I have a treadmill downstairs. I saved ALL my favorite dirty, secret pleasure shows for when I ran. It was my time. I'd put Colum down, Finn would watch whatever he wanted and Mom went downstairs for 1 hour. I had bought very expensive tall leather Frye boots last year at Anniversary sale (Nordstrom) last summer (the sale is on again soon). My calves have always been huge and I told myself I was gonna try and run. If I could fit into them by Fall I could keep them.
I also bought new Asic Kayano running shoes $100 at the sale. They never go on sale. They are normally about $140. I promised myself I was going to use them. This all was on my Nordstrom card...CHARGED. But I didn't care. I was tired with how I looked. I was too busy to go to the gym, I had a treadmill, I was going to make it work. Oh, and I'm so funny... I also CHARGED some very cute and still my favorites running pants. Zella live in leggings. They are running pants but you can wear them as leggings and with boots in the winter. They make me feel skinnier when I wear them and double as cute pants as well as workout pants. Good quality, comfy and last forever!
I started out walking on an incline. Then, I slowly started running really slow for 10-30 seconds at a time. Every week I would push myself to beat my last weeks record. Even if it's 10 seconds longer. (I'm totally doing this now). Before you know it you are running 1/2 mile in a row. Then a mile, 2, 3, 4, ....then 5. When you consistently are running and beating last weeks goals you start to look forward to it. When I got to 4 I couldn't believe it. People like me didn't run 4 miles in a row. When I got to 5... I decided I was officially a runner!
My days were happier. I felt healthy. I was a better Mom. My body was totally changing which just fueled my fire. I went down a few cup sizes in the chest. My legs... Melissa my legs were the most beautiful things I'd ever seen. Ryan and I would sit downstairs and just talk about my legs for 10 minutes every night. While you're running you ask yourself "why am I doing this?", but after you build up strength you stop asking yourself. You literally get high from it. Like a better than anything high. It gets easier to be selfish, your kids get used to it. They like the new you. It's just one hour, a good sports bra, Zella leggings, Sugar free rockstars, and a good pair of shoes...(but you actually need 2 pairs of shoes, switch every other day).
When you start out, listen to your body. If you injure yourself you can't run/walk while you recover. And just run really really slow. Don't over-do it, just push yourself a little harder than you did the week before. One day a week is considered your long run. So maybe do your "long run" on Saturdays and go just as long or 10,30,60 seconds longer than the week before. In just a few short months you will be able to run 1-3 miles in a row.
My boots fit before Fall came, and w/skinny jeans tucked into them btw. I was wearing them the night of the accident. They cut them off with scissors in the ER. CUT THEM OFF WITH SCISSORS. The boots, I'd never let myself buy that changed me. Those boots taught me to take care of myself again.P.S. I should turn this into a blog post... I just might!