Are you an avid runner? Or someone who has always secretly envied anyone who can make running appear effortless? You desire to try but avoid doing so in fear of looking like a fool out there on the street all alone huffing and puffing worried that everyone is staring at you? If so, trust me when I say you are not alone as even the most avid runners began somewhere. I too will admit that I used to feel the exact same way, until now.
Running is one of the very few exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime and is considered to be an excellent all-out full body aerobic workout when performed using mindfulness. The best part is there is no need for any equipment besides of course a solid pair of running shoes, workout apparel and the willingness to hit the road! Or even a treadmill will work just fine.
I am not currently an avid runner, nor do I always run using proper form at all times like that of a life-long marathoner by any stretch of the imagination, as much as I would like imagine so. However, this girl is in training. Having now completed both my first 5k run and 5k obstacle course both earlier this year with success I continue to strive for perfection and progress. Who wouldn’t want to feel that exhilaration and confidence conquering something once unfamiliar that can only come through facing your own fears? To know and enjoy the excitement of each stride as your feet hit the ground leaving a wake of dust behind you, and perhaps a little less stress along with it! What about the scary thrill of scaling a mountain high wall through a Warrior Dash obstacle course with nothing but dirt and rock at the bottom proving to yourself that you are in fact able to accomplish anything you put your mind to! That said, a recent re-ignition to run led to a pile of workout clothes, running shoes, ipod, and heart rate monitor all into my luggage bag along with a deep rooted excitement to get running for my recent vacation to Kona.
And yes, they did in fact get used quite often I might add turning into the first priority both my boyfriend and I enjoyed each morning as a way to explore the island. Of course I personally prefer running outdoors, especially if you are in a beautiful place such as Kona, Hawaii, over a treadmill. There is nothing like feeling the cooling wind against your skin, the gorgeous scenery to feed your eyes and the aromatic florals filling your lungs with each breath as you pace down the road becoming one with your surroundings. However, a treadmill will do the job just fine and is an excellent way to begin your training for the outdoor running experience.
Think you’re ready to get running? Before you go lacing up those shoes keep in mind the following recommendations. The key to running success is to first ensure you are in proper health and physical condition. Secondly, consider hiring a running coach or personal trainer who can get you started with a customized running program. Most gyms and health clubs employ professionals who are skilled to help you in this area. This will ensure you will be on track towards running success to enjoy all the benefits that running can offer you now and for many years to come providing optimal health and wellness.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013