“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”- Oprah Winfrey
How do you keep the fitness fire burning after the initial excitement of New Year’s has waned? How do you keep pushing through the soreness? What do you do after your support system falters? You find something big to chase…a finish line. And even though we are in the dead of winter, now is a great time to research races in your area or where you may visit.
Assess your fitness level. If the thought of running raises your blood pressure, maybe you should start with a walk for fun with your family. If you are in pretty good physical condition, find something that will challenge you. A pretty reasonable time frame to get ready for a race, depending on fitness level and length of race, can be around 2-4 months. There are plenty of sites and apps available to map out a training schedule. Runnersworld.com and the Couch to 5k mobile app are 2 good places to start.
Other considerations: Always check with a physician to ensure that you are healthy enough to begin a training program. Go get fitted for proper running shoes with ample support. Make sure you are cross training (strength training and doing cardio other than running), to make sure that you are not over exercising some muscles while neglecting others. Grab a friend or join a running group for support. And most importantly, have some fun!!