Wednesday, June 4, 2014

RUN! And run further. For a good cause.

Hey friends!

Today, June 4, is National Running Day!  Dare you to lace up and RUN in celebration!  

Why run?  Here's why and how I got started.  To answer the question this year of "Why I Run," I'll simply say that running makes me feel alive, and gives me something to work toward (hint, hint, big news below...)

Where?  Dare you to find a group run.

What else?  Dare you to pledge your miles!  You can put today's miles toward a charity at http://www.runningday.org/.

How am I celebrating?  I signed up for a race!  Eeeee



Background:  after taking a fitness (and blogging...) hiatus for the spring semester (as indicated in January, I was stepping back from intense and frequent training while I added new work-related stressors to my life), I'm finally ready to dive back in!

I've been lacing up, too, FINALLY! 

Recently, with the weather improving, I've dusted off my Garmin, gone out on a couple runs, and really enjoyed hitting the road again.  My friend, Jen, let me tag along as she trained for her first 5k run (which she ROCKED!), and she inspired me to jump back in to running, myself.  Having intentionally not pushed myself for several months, I've been feeling the itch to set a fitness goal again, and Jen found one for both of us.

I'll be joining her team for the Women's Health Run 10 Feed 10 10k race in September!

www.run10feed10.com
Why? It's my perfect goal distance, it's for a good cause, it's on a beautiful path, and it's with friends. What could be better?  I signed up last night and thus begin official training TODAY.  Perfect timing, no?

The Cause: Women's Health and FEED partnered together last year to create this race to help end hunger.  By participating in this 10k, I'm providing meals for those in need of food.  YOU can make a difference, too, by visiting our fundraising page to donate today! Every dollar helps.

Learn more at www.run10feed10.com.

www.FEEDprojects.com


For me, a running a 5k (or 3.1 miles) is doable, but it's also about my limit.  I can do more, but not without stopping (or becoming bored).  10k happens to be the longest I've ever run, back in 2011 when I participated in the "Home for the Holidays" Virtual 10k.  Even then, though, I stopped to walk (I hadn't trained for it, was mostly doing it for fun).  I'm great at run-walk intervals, but I'd love to use the summer improve my steady endurance for these 3-6 mile runs.

So that's my new goal!  I've got a 10k race to run, and I'd like to beat my time from my previous 10k time (1:08), which was accomplished back in my running heyday.  Time to run with purpose once again!

This morning, I'm planning to just go for a simple run for as long as I can (recovering from being a little under the weather), and then by this weekend I'll sort out the details of properly training for this thing.  So... More details on my plan still to come, but I'm super excited to have something I can work toward and aspire to this summer.

Do you have any summer fitness goals?
Have any training tips for turning my 5k to a 10k??

12 comments:

  1. WOO WOO I am so glad I found out the DAY BEFORE Running Day! Now I am really going to GET DOWNNNNNN on this "holiday!" ;)

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    1. Excellent! Hope you had a great run :)

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  2. Love the energy and enthusiasm about your new goal! You're going to crush the 10K. Keep us updated on your training.

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    1. Thanks! Will do; I'm pumped to get back into running and back into blogging about it, too!

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  3. any run is a run to be proud of - no matter the time or distance!

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  4. I just signed up for my first half marathon so I can totally relate to this! I desperately needed a new fitness goal that would challenge me in ways I've never been challenged before. I love that your race helps a great cause too! Just like you I am so excited to have a purpose for my workouts! Good luck!

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    1. I saw that!!! Congrats, Caitlin - you're going to rock it. We'll be in training mode together :) A half marathon is a serious goal - I look forward to following along on your journey!

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  5. YAYY!!!!! LET'S KICK SOME BUTT (literally and figuratively

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    1. WOO!! Thanks for the motivation :) :)

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  6. I LOVE ME SOME CHARITY STUFFS (the running? not so much. yet :-))

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    1. Haha yep. I figured at the very least, I'm contributing to a good cause.

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