Running is not something I ever thought I enjoyed, until I started doing it. I still don’t classify myself as a Runner most days as I remember the tough days of trying to jog 1km and just not being able to do it. I was the Personal Trainer who could not run and had other PTs running 1km like it was a walk in the park. My strength has been in resistance training whether it involved lifting weights or just bodyweight. I could do push ups on my toes and lift heavy weights. But somehow over the years I have come to enjoy running and I wanted to share my 5 reasons why I love to run. 1. For the Challenge This September I am taking part in my first ever Half Marathon in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. It was never something I had imagined that I would complete. Last year was the first time I was able to continuously jog 5kms. This year I thought it was a reasonable goal to aim for the 10km Fishers Ghost Fun Run. When discussing my plans with friend, client and now running buddy, Serena Ryan, she shared her plans to run the half marathon this year. I thought I could join her for the 9km bridge run as that ticked the box of what I really wanted, running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She broke it down and when I thought about it, I realised I could do it. I had forgotten that I have completed the City2Surf 3 times which is 14kms, what’s another 7kms? It’s great to challenge yourself to complete something above what you think you can do. And look at the awesome medals you get at the end. 2. For the Conversation People laugh when I share how much Serena and I chat on our training runs. We don’t want to be running full pace when we have big distances to cover. We set ourselves a pace that allows us to continue our coversation but still hurts enough to know we are working. My sister will also vouch for my singing abilities while I jog. As I was jogging at her pace one day and not running at my full pace, I was able to sing and motivate her to complete her first ever 5km jog. She will forever have the Foo Fighters’ Monkey Wrench in her head whenever she runs. 3. For the Commitment Running has given me a goal to commit to. It’s easy to go through life day to day with no purpose. As soon as you have purpose you achieve great things. I can now focus my training efforts towards improving my running endurance. I have other flimsy goals around losing weight but I am hoping that will become a side effect of training rather than a focus. I don’t do well with calorie restriction and crazy dieting. I don’t want to feel deprived so if I commit to my running, I will achieve many goals. 4. For the Clarity of Mind I find running is fantastic for the mind. Sometimes I run with music, other times I run with myown thoughts. Even when I run with Serena, we chat and open up about things in life and business that we forget when we are alone in our offices. I have written many blog posts in my head while I run. It’s a shame I don’t always remember them when I sit back down at my computer. 5. For a Cause Running at events like the City2Surf and Blackmores Sydney Running Festival also allows me to raise funds for charities that I am passionate about. In my third City2Surf in 2012, I ran for the Cancer Council NSW. I raised funds as I had recently lost my Aunty Marg to cancer and wanted to complete the run again at my full capacity. I took over 1 hour off my previous race times to finish in 1 hour 48 mins. When I complete the Half Marathon I have decided to raise funds for the Can Too Foundation. They combine two passions of mine, fitness and cancer fundraising. Participants pay a registration fee to train with Can Too and that registration fee helps pay our qualified coaches, they then pledge to raise the nominated fundraising amount and monies raised goes towards funding young cancer researchers. I’m not currently training in a pod but I think a training pod in this area would be a fantastic idea and to inspire more runners to get involved. As a bonus reason, I really enjoy running to inspire others. I hope that by leading through a positive example, I can encourage others to work towards achieving something they never thought possible. I can see the change in my clients now that I have a goal and I get to hear encouraging words from my husband too. If you would like to support my fundraising for the Can Too Foundation, please donate here: https://bsrf2016.gofundraise.com.au/page/MelissaWoodward
It’s only 2 weeks away and you have committed to race. Have you been training? What should you do to prepare? Are you ready for the Fishers Ghost Fun Run? Evolution Health Services has entered a team in this years race. For me, this is my first time of completing the 5km Fun Run. I have wanted to do it for years but timing was never right. I have completed the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in the past and could not run the whole thing. I kept walking. So I made it my goal in our 12 Week Challenge to run the whole 5km without walking. While training, inspired by my own client who is about to run the New York Marathon, I decided to just do it. I ran 5 laps of Park Central Campbelltown which is just over 5kms. I didn’t stop but now I have a time to beat. You may be thinking, why are you setting goals when you are the Personal Trainer. Well I believe that to motivate your clients, you need to show them it is possible. I am by no means an athlete. I don’t look like the sculpted babes on the magazines, I am a real person with a family, business and life to deal with too. So I would like to share my tips of what we can do over the next 2 weeks to get prepared. 1. Tell yourself you can do it. Mindset will get you far. When completing my training, I was actually saying the number 5 out loud as I ran. Not 2.5, not 3 or 4… I wanted to complete 5kms so I kept telling myself to do it. Luckily there were not too many others nearby so there was no one to hear this crazy person talking to herself. <hatulclass=”font_8″>2. Picture yourself and imagine the feeling Achieving a goal is one thing, but have you considered how you will feel. Do you crave to have that feeling? Well start picturing yourself going the distance and how proud you will feel when you achieve it. It is easy to set a goal but attach your emotions to it and the goal will drive your body when your mind wants to give up. 3. Keep hydrated. Did you notice on the back of your race bib they provided you with a Hydration message from Sports Medicine Australia? Hydration is important before the race, as well as in the weeks leading up. You do not want to start a race in a dehydrated state so ensure you get the required amount daily. Also remember that you need to increase your intake when training. 4. Get yourself some comfy gear Running shoes and active wear choices are important. Choose shoes that will support your feet and avoid shoes that are too tight, too loose or likely to cause you blister. I choose to run in tights as I have the lovely issue of my thighs rubbing together so short shorts ride up. Tights allow my legs the freedom to slide against one another easily. You may start the race feeling cool but run in a singlet but bring along your sunscreen to protect your skin. 5. Address any injuries now As a Remedial Massage Therapist I can also help to identify any issues with your muscles prior to racing. If you have a niggle in any area of your legs or back, speak to me about how I can help. You may require a massage treatment or I can provide you with appropriate stretches or foam rolling exercises to help. If you would like to join the Evolution team in the race, head to the Fishers Ghost Fun Run website to enter now. If you need any more tips, Contact Us today.