I never was on a track team in high school. I didn't do much running in college. After college, I gained a lot of weight (and of course lost weight!), so how did I get into running?
The second challenge I was in at the Northwest CT YMCA back in the Fall of 2012, offered points for those that participated in a few marathons. I ran my first 5K race during the challenge. Although I haven't done a marathon since, I would like to do more of them.
I ran today as I needed more steps for the last day of the current challenge. I think I did about 2 miles outside… after doing 2 miles on the treadmill at the Y.
The treadmill has prepared me for running. When I'm on the treadmill I go at intervals of 7.5 to 10 MPH. I can do two miles in about 13 minutes. This means I could do a 5K race in less than 24 minutes. Not bad for someone who never used to be a runner.
There are some things I learned during this challenge. I'm not that good at the spin class. My knees were sore after the class and I think I do better at the treadmill. Also, I learned that not every pedometer is the same. My pedometer is very accurate, I can see it moving along as I step. The pedometer at the Y was probably not calibrated correctly as it usually had less steps than what my other pedometer read.
I'll continue to run once in a while. I don't want to do it everyday as I know it can be tough on the joints. But I do think running is awesome and a great way to keep you in shape!