Happy Wednesday, everybody!
It's time to meet another running/blogging buddy.....
This week, I'd like to introduce you to a lady who calls Canada home. She enjoys the beautiful scenery we saw recently during the Winter Olympics, while she runs and blogs. Like the Turtle Runner, she works at figuring out how her chronic health condition fits into her running lifestyle, and is a newbie runner ~ always reflecting on the journey. We seem to have much in common and always have a good laugh about it. Friends, I'd like to introduce you to .....
Asthma and the Gift of Running
How would you describe yourself as a runner?
A: I’m slow and steady and I’m okay with that …no really, I’m cool. :)
Ageless and Beautiful…. Are you:
A: Fifty plus and feelin’ amazin’
A: When I finally do race, I’ll probably be a back-of-the-pack ‘better-late-than-not-at-all’ runner…with a hopefully show-stopping outfit ;)
How long have you been running and why did you start running?
A: I have been running for approximately 10 months and I started running because I have very severe asthma and I wanted to improve my lung capacity. I always said that I would never run, too hard for me I would say. When I first started, I could seriously barely make it through a full minute of running. I would run 1 minute, walk 2 minutes, but I gradually worked up to 20 minutes non-stop and then I ran my first 5K in September 2009. Now, I love how running makes me feel. I could say I’m addicted!
Favorite running gear and why?
A: I’m not very picky yet. I love my Walmart dryfit running shorts and my running shoes are Asics. I just got a really cute running skirt that I can’t wait to try out!
What do you listen to when you run?
A: Most often, I listen to surrounding sounds, my thoughts and my husband’s fun banter. On my ipod, you will hear a huge variety of music, from Jann Arden to Styx to Edith Piaf to King Crimson and many more.
What is something you cannot run without, and why?
A: Clothes are pretty much the only must (I’ve run without shoes on the beach).
What race distance is your favorite and why?
A: I have a 5K and a half-marathon scheduled for May 2010…I’ll let you know.
What time of day do you usually run, and why?
A: Lately, I’ve been running around noonish due to my work schedule, but I’m hoping to include a few early morning runs once again. They are just such a great start to the day.
Treadmill, streets, or trails, and why?
A: Streets. My neighborhood is great to run in. Treadmill only when I must and I’d love to try trails, but there are none close to home.
What has been your most significant running-related learning experience to date?
A: Accepting my limitations and accepting where I’m at as a runner were important breakthroughs. When I first started reading blogs, I would unconsciously compare myself to other more experienced, younger and healthier runners. This prevented me from being proud of how far I’d come. A few wonderful comments from fellow bloggers helped put things back in perspective. I’m back to enjoying the journey. (*Yay!!)
What advice would you give to someone new to running?
A: It will not always be easy… I continue to find the first kilometer the hardest and I am always surprised that I usually feel much better after getting past it. Do not give up and take the time to enjoy the ride. Running will make you feel amazing!
Short-term and long-term running goals?
A: Short: Running a sub-30-minute 5K. Long: Running a marathon one day.
Mileage goal for 2010?
A: 1000Ks or about 625 miles
Do you have a blog, blog(s), or a website you’d like to share?
BONUS: Any additional info you’d like to share??
A: I’ve found that my passion for running has spread – my husband has decided to join me on my half-marathon and is enjoying running again; my super sister-in-law was a treadmill runner with no specific goal and she is also back on the roads and will be joining me at the half; my best friend Miglena is running again and loving it. Running is a contagious disease, it seems…thank goodness there is only one cure and that is to get out there and run some more!
Happy running, friends....