Please enjoy a wonderful running post by my guest blogger, Darlene, from My First 5K and More...
Here’s some background on me in case you don’t read my blog:
I am not a natural athlete though I love sports. Growing up, I did not participate in anything (which isn’t odd for my generation.) In my 40′s I started playing tennis. I loved it esp the friendships that developed. Again, it didn’t come easy. In my 50′s, 2 of my tennis friends approached me about taking up running. I had never run before. We signed up for FleetFeet’s No Boundaries program. After I ran one mile without stopping, I was hooked. I signed up for a 5k, then another, and another… In 3 years, I think I ran about 50. What I liked about running (unlike tennis) is that there is no winner or loser. You compete against yourself and your own goals.
You’re Not Over the Hill…Why You Should Run… Advice for women in their later years,…(in no particular order):
- Run with younger women; it makes you feel younger.
- Run races, you will meet awesome people; some will even become your friends.
- Running gives you energy.
- Register for races, it will keep you running.
- You will get faster (to a point).
- Age Groups awards are even more possible.
- You can run longer races.
- You may get injured and then you will start stretching.
- Dress like a runner; wear those cute clothes.
- Read Blogs (or maybe start your own.)
- Run all year round not just when the weather is perfect.
I HATE THE COLD!! When I first started running, I quit in October when the weather got cold. In the spring, I started up running again and it took a while to get back to where I was. So the next year, I joined a gym and when it got cold, I ran on the treadmill. I DO NOT enjoy running on the treadmill!! But it kept me in shape during those cold months. This past winter, I decided to run outside no matter how cold. And it wasn’t bad. I definitely prefer it to the treadmill. I still use the treadmill when it is raining, a blizzard or very icy. But for the most part, I run outside all year long.
- Use a Garmin.
I was resistant at first. I didn’t think I needed one. Then I got a Nike plus which tracked my distance and time. I used it until this past January. But it really was not accurate because it is not a GPS. I used it to train for my first half and didn’t know the difference. Now that I have a Garmin, I don’t know how I lived without one. I know exactly how fast I am running at all times. I know my overall pace. I love to download my stats to the computer to see the whole picture. When did I run the fastest, the slowest, where were the hills, when did I stop, etc. I did run my 2nd half without it and felt lost the whole time. Now I never run or walk without it!
- Those who don’t will think you’re awesome.
or as they say: Even if you’re slow, you’re faster than someone sitting on the couch. Runners know that it mind over matter. You can do it if you set your mind to it. Those who have never tried think that I am a super hero for running 13.1 in freezing rain. I know that I am not and they could too. I was like them at one time – Awestruck at anyone who could finish a 5k.
- JUST DO IT!
Happy Running (at any age)!