Hey guys! Paige here again. Everything went as well as it could go yesterday. It was an incredibly sad day, but it was also much needed, and we were all surrounded by so much love. Thank you for the continuing kind comments. I’m about to head off to work, but I have one more guest post for you guys
I actually just started reading Natalie’s blog, Follow My Fitsteps fairly recently. In fact, I think her blog is the latest one I’ve started reading religiously! Although she’s crazy busy with lab work, personal training, school, and teaching fitness classes, she manages to crank out very well-written posts with awesome fitness and health tips to boot. Check out her blog if you want to use some of her kick-butt workouts she posts, too!
Hi there! I’m Natalie from Follow My Fitsteps and I love all things health, fitness, and food! I jumped at the chance to do a guest post for Paige while she’s with her family, because I love her blog and feel we share similar philosophies regarding food and exercise.
Just last weekend I finished my 10th half-marathon, which was also my 15th race over 10-miles. Believe it or not though, I haven’t always been a runner. In fact, until I was 21 I never ran more than a mile…and that was only because I had to in 7th grade gym class!
My junior year of college some friends signed up to do a local 5K charity race. At that time, I stayed in shape by taking group fitness classes at the gym and lifting weights regularly, so I thought this run would be a piece of cake. Boy, did I think wrong…it was one of the hardest things I’d ever done!
Being the type of person who loves a good challenge, I took this as an opportunity to “become a runner”. A month after my first 5K, I registered for the Chicago Marathon. Crazy? Perhaps. Irrational? Probably. Doable? Yep!
I followed a five-month training plan and ran my way to the finish, pleased with what I had accomplished. The fact that one year prior I never even known about this whole world, full of races and lingo (read as: PR, splits, snot rockets, bonk…) blew my mind, and I became hooked. I started logging miles and keeping track of my pace using my Garmin.
Over the past two years though, things shifted for me. Running became less “numbers driven” and more social, and you know what? I like it so much more! Now I prefer to run with someone else than run alone and to do relay type races rather than solo events. Most of the time, I even leave my watch at home!
I’m by no means fast (I am only 5’2”), but after 7-years of running I can truly say that I run for fun. I came to realize there are so many different fitness activities I enjoy doing that I don’t want to spend my time running four or five times a week! These days I run once or twice a week to maintain my fitness, but that’s it…and it works for me! The moral of my running story is to find whatever it is that works for you and go with it, because nobody knows better for you than you!
If you have any fitness, food, or running questions, feel free to drop by Follow My Fitsteps and ask away!!