Updated: Sep 28, 2020
I’m new to running. It’s not my favorite. But like everything...the experience has had lots of lessons and I’m learning to focus on the gifts of the run. I wouldn't call myself a runner, and I don't know that I ever have a goal to be one, but I do know when something challenges me...it's often a call to grow and break through so that I can become stronger...not just physically but also mentally.
So when I heard there was an opportunity to participate in a 30 Day running program (which turns out to be more of a lifting program with a running component) I had to weigh the pros and cons. Here's what I came up with...
Things I love about running:
The scenery. Just being outside in different parts of my neighborhood taking in the beauty of the ocean, beach, flowers, homes and people.
Time to think. I find I do a lot of thinking and reflecting when I run. It’s not like my other workouts where I’m so focused on the mind muscle connection, reps and good form. When I run, it’s just me and my thoughts. It’s like moving meditation.
The mindset challenge. It’s hard for me. I don’t love it. So I have to choose it. And work to keep going. It’s more of a mindset workout than a physical workout and that’s an important muscle to exercise daily.
The results. I definitely feel more lean, my lungs feel stronger and my speed and endurance are helping me grow in my at home workouts.
Getting a daily dose of vitamin D (especially now when our immune systems really need it) and a great detoxing sweat.
Things I dislike about running:
Turns out, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
So I've decided to take on this new challenge, but this time with structure and a goal. And I'm opening it up to anyone who wants to join me, because I find challenges like this are always a lot easier to commit to and stick to when I'm accountable to more than myself.
Here are the details
The program, 30 Day Breakaway, was developed by Idalis Velazquez, a NASM-certified personal trainer, mom of 3, and dedicated athlete since her days in Puerto Rico, where she ranked nationally as a track-and-field star for 10 years.
Our 30 Day Breakaway challenge is a chance to breakaway from unhealthy habits we might have developed this year. To breakaway from the fears and limiting beliefs that convince us we can’t be runners. To breakaway from the mundane, the usual, and to prove to ourselves that we’re always stronger than we think!
Over the course of 30 days we’re gonna learn to love running. And if we don’t, we’ll at least learn to appreciate it. To control our breath. To push our bodies. To enjoy the scenery and the journey. 30 Day Breakaway is going to help us build a strong, lean physique, and use that strength and stamina to take on whatever our days throw at us as well as a virtual Turkey Trot 5K!
Before we go any further? I hear the doubts and questions in your mind...I hate running, I work out early and can't run outside, it's too hot by me, it's too cold by me, I don't have time, I'd rather lift, I don't want to lose muscle, or even...I'm an experienced runner...this will be too easy for me. Can you just stick with me and hear what I'm proposing please :)
Why this can and will work for all of us