I am not personally a runner. I worked myself up to running 5 minute intervals last summer and that was my max. I have never been able to achieve that runners high that some people enjoy.
But today I am excited to share the story of someone who has learned that this hobby is not just for health, it can also benefit others and lead to inner joy.
I welcome Jennifer in Day 2 of our 30 Days of Hobbies!
Running for heath, Others and Fun
What led you to Running?
I used to run when I was younger and then stopped when I had kids. A couple years ago I ended up really sick from too much stress. Once I was healthy enough, I started taking my youngest for walks to the park. I saw a woman running every day and was envious until I realized I can do that. I started immediately.
My love of running actually began as a kid, there was something about it that just made me feel free. I do not ever try to be the fastest, I only try to finish. This allows me to continue running and enjoy it my way!
Why do you pursue your hobby? Any tips for saving money on Running?
I blog about running all the time. I end up working with events and getting free entries in exchange for blogging. Otherwise it is just a hobby that I thoroughly enjoy. If you have a hobby that has events like running does, find out who is hosting the event and contact them. If you are a blogger, many of them will comp your entry (and maybe give you an extra so you can run with a friend) in exchange for advertising and a re-cap of the event.
What keeps you motivated with this hobby?
I joined a group where as a runner we are paired up with someone who is unable to run. I run for Jaxson, he is a beautiful little boy with 22q. Every mile I run is for him and it keeps me going even on days where I am sore and tired. I will be running my first half marathon on 12/26/13. A half marathon is 13.1 miles (21.08k), I am going to actually run 22k total in support of Jaxson. I am shocked to think that it has just been a year of running and I will make this distance for him as well as in memory of my father because that is his birthday.
I was chosen as an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen run and accomplished my first 15k for their event, that was such a big honor.
Next year I will be an ambassador for Digital Running, I am so excited to have been chosen and will be wearing some really nice gear they sent me at all of my races next year. To think of these accomplishments that I have done with this being the first year back at running, I am extremely proud.
Any tips for beginners? Special Tools?
Get out and try, when I first started, I could not make it to the end of my street. I would run then walk then run, alternating until I was able to completely run a certain distance – then I would increase my distance to make a new goal. Make sure you get shoes that are good for running and are at least one (1) size larger than your regular shoes (I learned this the hard way). Don’t get tied up in the expensive GPS systems. I use a heart rate monitor with Map My Run, I then get verbal cues the entire way on my distance and time and when I get home I can see my calories burned.
I am a stay at home mom with two boys and a great husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats. The things I enjoy most are my family (that includes my animals), running, and blogging. I learned when I was sick that life is too short to not enjoy it. I changed everything about myself the day I was released from the hospital and now try to live every day to its fullest and try to never take things for granted.