I took on running during the summer of 2009 after signing up for my first 5km run with a good friend. The Pinery Road Race, located in Grand Bend, was a race I was determined to finish even if it meant I was going to end up walking some of the way. Since then, I’ve participated in 4 other races within Ontario including: the Santa Shuffle in London; the Somersault Winterman 5km in Ottawa (in -15 °C weather!); the Mississauga Marathon Starbucks Coffee Hazel 5km Run; and most recently, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 5km run.
After the Scotiabank run I decided that I needed to take my running to the next level, so I planned to extend my baseline run time beyond the 30 minute mark (~5km). In December, I increased my time on the treadmill by an additional 5 minutes. I’m now into January and I’m thrilled because I’m running non-stop for 40 minutes! Despite the blisters that are forming on my feet and toes, I feel great! (I’ve discovered a few great products for preventing blisters too! Send me an email or comment below to let me know if you’re interested.)
At the start of the New Year I took the time to reflect on my running activity over the last few years. Interestingly, when I initially started running on the treadmill in 2009, I could not run beyond 8 minutes because my calves would burn and ache. Now, I can run 30 minutes outside on the pavement and if I maintain my mental focus, I can keep going! Music has been a huge factor in helping me stay on target. Here are some “must have” songs that I have on my Gym playlist:
- Pendulum – Propane Nightmares (My favourite! I can listen to it repeatedly!)
- Kittie – Brackish
- Does It Offend You, Yeah? – We Are Rockstars
- Culture Beat – Mr. Vain
- Mauro Picotto – Like This Like That
- Muse – Plug In Baby
The progress I have made over the last 2 years makes me feel proud. I have a friend who encourages me to run by continuing to alert me of upcoming races. He gifted me a fuel belt (below) for my birthday in December to motivate me to extend my runs…I hope my progress and love for running is ongoing so I can complete a Marathon one day. 🙂
Feel free to share your successes or challenges in the comments below – I would love to hear from you!