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WENDY: I AM NOT A RUNNER

April 4, 2013

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I am not a runner.  For some reason, I have never found it enjoyable.   Exercise is a huge part of my life, but I would rather spend my workout time holding ridiculous yoga poses as long as I can, or chasing after a fuzzy yellow tennis ball.

One of my personal goals for this year is to improve my running, so I asked for help from my friend and running coach Scott Browning.  I am so excited, instead of weights and circuits, this month’s workout is running– and for a great cause.   Scott has prepared a four-week 5k prep training schedule for “Race for the Cure”.

Please join us in completing Scott’s program and joining our team RUN withHEART on May 11.  Scott’s program emphasizes slow, sustainable running and is perfect for everyone from beginners to avid runners and everyone in between (even us running haters).  Scott says most people have a tendency to run way too fast to start out and crater about 3 minutes into the run.

I am enjoying his program and hope you will too (my puppy, Cena, loves it too!)   You can find more helpful running tips and more about Scott on his website.

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  1. I too hated running for a long time. A few years back, I did my first 5K and I’ve done more than I can count on my hands since then. I aim to do 5-7 per year or more. I also have done a 10K, and am doing the Cooper River Bridge 10K tomorrow. My next venture is a half marathon. You can do it! You get better as you go and it eventually becomes easier!

  2. Wendy Widerburg says:

    Thank you for the post, Morgan! It’s so good to hear about your experience. Keep us posted on your half marathon! Thanks for the advice, I’m still going strong, even if it’s not my favorite activity!

  3. Wendy –

    I hated running too. As an athlete (field hockey) it was an activity I was forced to do. Run 8 laps, run 2 miles for time. It was never fun. Then I was injured in college with compartment’s syndrome in both of my calves. The only treatment was rest and no running – for two years. I thought I was home free. But a light switch went on, and like they say you always want what you don’t have. I was dying to run. Now, almost 10 years later I have finally begun treatment for my condition and have found a 90% cure. Now when I run, I just appreciate the fact that my body is healthy and I can do it. I still don’t love it, but I’m very happy that I am able to. Good luck with the Race for the Cure and the training program!

    xxoo – jessica
    http://www.foodwinefashion.com

  4. Wendy Widerburg says:

    Hi Jessica-

    Thank you for the support! I am surrounded by die-hard runners and it is nice to hear from others who, like me, just can’t understand the attraction. I have heard compartment syndrome is very painful and hard to treat, I am so glad you are doing well! What a great point of view you have, keep on!

    Wendy

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