How to love running – A Giveaway
|March 5, 2013||Posted by Carrie under giveaway, Running|
Three years ago, I would have told you that running sucks. That I hated it and that you’d never catch me running unless I was being chased by something.
Somewhere along the line, I started to want to run. But it still sucked. I still hated it and couldn’t understand what the heck the ‘runners high’ was that everyone talked about. I wanted to learn how to love running.
Since then, I’ve run 5 half marathons. And I’m seriously itching to sign up for #6. A good run makes me happy.
Here’s what changed:
I’m slow – maybe someday I can be faster, but I’m not. I’m okay with that.
I learned to compare myself to myself, not to other people.
I signed up for a race that I hadn’t trained for. It was a 5K. It was really hard.
I decided to run another race and see if I could do better.
I decided to run another, longer race and followed a training plan.
Here’s the thing – running is hard. I’ve made lots of mistakes and I’ve learned a lot along the way.
The best half marathon that I ran was when I had a training plan put together by my friend MCM Mama. I followed her plan and had a fantastic experience. I went into the race well prepared and uninjured.
Since then, I’ve branched out on my own, or really just winged it and ran. Since then, I’ve had numerous injuries and am always thinking I know better, but I seriously don’t.
I think the coaching opportunity is huge.
A while back, I met an inspiring blogger through the Go The Distance Challenges… Brad Gansberg has an amazing running program for new runners. Brad is really knowledgeable about running – having started as an overweight and out of shape guy who thought that running sucked. He’s now successfully trained for and completed a multitude of distances including a full Ironman.
Why am I telling you about Brad’s program? Because he’s trying to spread the word about how everyone can learn to love running with the help of a coach. Brad has generously offered a Running 101 or 201 program to one of my readers. This program (a $99 value) is great for anyone. If you’re unsure of how to train for your goals or even if you’re just struggling to stay uninjured, Brad will help you reach your goals! You will receive 100 days of coaching designed to get you to run your first 5K in the 101 program or to whatever distance you choose in the 201 program.
Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested. The giveaway will end on Tuesday, March 12th. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.
Disclaimer: Please consult a medical professional before beginning a new exercise program. I am in no way affiliated with the Running 101 and 201 programs, all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post. I just want to share my love of running.