I can't really recall how this all started, exactly, but in my quest to crawl back up the seemingly large and unending hill towards my pre-baby physical self I recently decided to start running. The positives: no gym membership, no driving and no class times to worry about. The negative: without an expensive membership or a class cancellation fee to make me feel guilty, would I actually commit? The answer is (surprise!): yes!
A friend and fellow non-extreme-workout ally suggested I download a "Couch to 5K" app on my iPhone. This, it turns out, was the best $1.99 I've ever spent since I was literally going from the couch to running (hello, target market!). The slow pace of the program with three runs a week is ideal and easy to fit into my days. The app tells you in a perky voice when to walk and when to run, three times a week.
So three times a week for three weeks now I've gotten up early (I do this anyhow), hand the baby reigns to my husband and head out the door with my Pandora set to a great Michael Franti island-like station interrupted only occasionally with a friendly "begin running." It's bliss. It honestly feels like a 30-minute vacation.
Whaaaa? Yes. First, it's not too hard, so that makes it actually fun (running=fun? I know...not just for annoying, perky, athletic people). Second, that solo time early in the morning with no talking, no traffic and with killer views of the mountains (I'm lucky to have a pretty sweet running trail - see below) just makes me happy. Third and finally, I've found some running shoes I love: the Nike LunarGlide. They're light and come in a ton of trendy colors, so I feel pretty cool out there even if, let's just admit it, my shoes are the only "cool" part of my mish-mash of Pilates, gym and hiking/ski gear (it was snowing a week ago at 6am after all).
So if you're on the fence or looking for some motivation to start running, download a C25K program, strap on some new LunarGlides and hit the road! If I can do it - trust me - you can too.