Inspired to RUN!

When I think about running INSPIRED is not usually the first word I think of… As a contributor for the site FE-Media, I wrote a post in which I talked about ways to stay fit through out the fall and the upcoming holiday season. One of the ways I discuss is participating in a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. In my city this is a five mile run through Fairmount Park. This got me thinking… Don’t just talk about it, BE about it! So, I embarked on a six week plan to ready myself to complete this run.

I purchased new running shoes at the end of the summer, I informed my husband of my plan, and downloaded the Runtastic app! That Monday I drove to the track and began to work! The first day I walked two laps and ran two laps and then walked one then ran one then walked one more and ran one more… Over all I ran a mile that day and completed two! Yay me… I ran three days that week and each day I increased my continuous run until I reached one mile.

On my third run day I was not really motivated to run but I forced myself to get it done. My plan was to have my husband drop me off at the track, run my mile and walk home as my cool down… Well when I got there, the football team was in the midst of a game which meant no track for me. So I determined I was still going to get my run in. My husband and children dropped me off, I did my warm up stretches and I ran home! Every step was a confidence booster and I was very proud that I made it one whole mile without stopping.

The next week was not as gratifying. I was able to run a mile and a half on my first run day but as it turned out it would be my ONLY run day that week. So here I am in week three of my six week plan. I am still inspired to run although I have no runs under my belt this week. However, writing this piece is cathartic and is inspiring me to get it done tomorrow at all costs. It is my hope that one day maybe I will wake up at five or six am throw on my running shoes and bound out the door full of desire and energy to get it done! Until then I will keep pushing myself to do just one more run… Maybe just maybe that one more run will be the one that inspires someone else to RUN!

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