Girl in the Big World readers! I’m Jacqueline from According to Jax.
guest posting for Meghan, especially since she has been a huge inspiration to
been one of those people who always “wished” I was a runner and “wished” I was
in better shape. I would sit on the couch with my bag of chips while pinning
pictures of fit athletes, “wishing” I had those
arms, those legs, that strength, that power!
posts about Meghan starting her journey with running, then weeks later seeing
pictures of her crossing the finish line to a half marathon. I was truly inspired and decided it was time
to put down the chips and get back into running. And I did.
that helped me start running:
1. Couch to 5K Program: It’s an 8
week running program that gradually works you up to running a 5k. I love the
iPhone app because it tells you when to run/walk and you can stream music while
the app is running.
2. MapMyRun App: I have this app
running at the same time too. This app documents the distance of your workout, and
keeps track of your calories and pace. It’s definitely helpful to know how far
you just ran, and see your pace per mile. (And
so motivating when you see the pace decreasing!)
3. Pandora Music: Find something
that you like to run to. For me, it’s Pandora-Black Eyed Peas Radio. The funky
beats keep me “workin on my fitness”! And good ear buds help too, there’s nothing
more annoying than having to stop running because your ear buds fell out.
4. Partner: The first five weeks of
training, I ran alone. I didn’t want anyone holding me back, or worse, being
faster than me where I would feel defeated.
Then, I decided to try running with a partner…and it made all the
difference. It is so motivating having
someone next to me, keeping me going, not letting me quit. And let’s face it; the chatting helps the time fly by. I still run
by myself all the time, but on the days where I need extra push, I know who to
5. Goals: When I first started the
C25K program, I set a goal to complete a 4 mile race in 8 weeks. That’s right;
I was training for a 3.1 miler yet aiming for a 4 miler. Sometimes I have wishful thinking. Well, 8 weeks went by really
fast. So fast that by the time the race arrived, I was only on week 6 of my
training program!! I was completely
unprepared, but I didn’t want that to hold me back from completing my goal.
finished the 4 mile race in 46 minutes, averaging a 12 minute pace! I couldn’t believe it!
weeks ago I could barely run 60 seconds straight (It’s true, I couldn’t
breathe, my legs were heavy and tired, my face was beet red), and now I’m completing
remember: “You are not going to die from running. Your legs will not fall off,
you will not hyperventilate, and your body will not give up unless your brain
tells it to. So KEEP RUNNING.” I said this to myself 10 times on my first day.
Obviously my body is not built to run a marathon yet, but I know what it can
do, so when I’m running and my mind is telling me that I’m tired and I should
take a break, I have to remind myself to keep going, and that I’m not dying.