The Topic for today is: What is the best fitness advice you’ve ever received?
You know me, I can’t just pick ONE thing…
So here’s a few of the most important ones:
- Join a Running Class
Some persons just start running on their own. They risk acquiring bad habits. This may lead to injuries.
One day after a tennis match, one player suggested that three of us enroll in No Boundaries, a Fleet Feet-based class for those wanting to learn to run. The class culminated 16 weeks later with a 5k race. It was a great way to start my running journey. I still recall many of things I was taught by my coaches.
- Find Your Tribe
Of course, it is more convenient to run when you want, where you want and how fast you want. But you will definitely find more benefits in running with others.
When I first started running, I blogged and read other running blogs. One day in 2010, a local blogger (The Happy Runner) asked me to help her start a group for new runners (Strong Running Mamas) with the goal of having them run a 5k race. This group grew immensely to include runners of all ages and levels. I bump into someone from that group at almost every race.
Currently, I am fortunate to be part of another group called the Sole Sisters (as a result of a race-cation for the Wine Glass HM). They support me, motivate me and have become friends, in addition to running partners.
- Run longer distances.
It is perfectly fine to be a short distance runner. It certainly is much easier to fit in a training plan and to focus on speed and PRS.
That was my plan for several years. I ran 5ks and I ran lots of 5ks. Nothing longer.
Then one day, a running friend insisted that I was capable of running a half marathon. I was so skeptical that I signed up for one and didn’t tell anyone (in case I failed.)
My first (2011):
My 41st (2020):
Yes, I got hooked.
In fact, before the Pandemic of 2020, I was planning to run one each month this year. (Yes, 12 in 12 months!!)
- Run the NYC Marathon
No one needs to run a marathon to consider herself a runner. And if you do, it doesn’t have to be a BIG one like NYC.
Running a marathon was NEVER one of my running goals.
In 2018, I ran the Brooklyn HM fast enough to get into the 2019 NYC Marathon. I was told that it was a “no brainer” to run it since it is so hard to get into and I would not likely get in at a future time through the lottery.
However, my job in 2019 did not lend itself to training for one. Again, I was reminded that there will “NEVER be a perfect time.”
So I signed up. I trained (supported by my “Sole Sisters”). I connected with fellow bloggers Lacey and Cari during Marathon weekend. Most importantly, I finished those 26.2 miles with a smile on my face.
I could go on and on. I am sure I was given a lot of other good advice related to fitness. (Much of which I have probably ignored LOL)
I’m also linking up here:
Happy Running! What is the best fitness advice you have ever received? Does any of the advice I received apply to you too? Please share.