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Gearing up to paint the town, I mean, paint myself, RAINBOW!

I have never been one to run but I figure I would give it a try. I know quite a few people who have been taking up running and getting into many local events. But it all just seems to bore me. I have felt that if I wanted to run or jog in a straight line for freaking ever I could do that on my treadmill. But then again, I get bored so the treadmill never gets much use. I need something new and exciting to draw me in. I have the attention span of a 6-year-old when it comes to straight cardio. That is why I fare better with aerobics or dancing. Less of the same thing for 30 to 60 minutes. I like having different movements and routines. I like for there to be more of an element of fun. Wow I am picky and demanding. But hey, I know what I like and I have been getting in all my workouts so at least I have found a way to make this fitness thing work for me.

Now onto the 5k, this will be my first. I am actually excited for it. Registration is next week on 4/9, the race is on 8/5. and I have already found plenty of first time runners to form a team with me. So I won’t be the only 5k virgin in the group. This is The 2012 Color Run. I am doing the Ann Arbor, MI one. So basically this is what it is. You wear lots of white and start the race looking crisp and pristine. Each kilometer of the run is assigned a different color and there are color zones at the end of each. When you hit the color zone you get doused in a color and you get a new color each kilometer so you end up going from white to having five different colors all over you by the end. This is more of a fun run than a race which I like. Low pressure, so that is good for me being a first timer and it is not timed so no need to rush if I feel a bit winded.

I guess I better start the Couch to 5k program and use that in place of my aerobics for cardio a couple of days a week. I know I will not go balls to the wall with training for this but maybe I can build up a bit of endurance in preparation. Plus I know doing some actual walking, jogging and running would be really good for me seeing I never really do it. Maybe while I am on the treadmill I can think of a name for my team.  and do we want to wear tutus? Rainbow colored ones?

I am glad that I started Les Mills Pump, without it I wouldn’t have even thought to participate in an event like this. I better go switch my laundry so I have some shiny clean workout clothes and then get onto my first go at Pump Revolution.

Anyhow if anyone is a runner or just has tips to share with me leave me a comment. I am new to this whole thing so any words from all you experienced or semi-experienced runners would be great! Have a great day everyone.

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30 Something mom, wine and craft beer lover, wanna be crafter who is getting back on the weight-loss horse.

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  1. I recently posted this http://native88.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/look-no-shoes/ and you may find it helpful. Basically, the key for me to enjoy running was to adjust my running form to make it comfortable.

    And if you get bored with regular races, there’s always the challenges of Mud Runs, such as Warrior Dash.

    Good luck and have fun!

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    • Was it hard to get used to the shoes?

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      • Not very. But I think the learning curve was helped by reading up on running methods. I was able to apply what I learned quickly, and make adjustments that fit my body and style. I would definitely recommend reading a little about barefoot running so you don’t get frustrated prematurely.

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  2. Hello!! Thats awesome that you’re picking up running! I’ve been running since I was in about third grade (I’m 26 now) and I’ve done everything from sprints to a marathon, and everything in between including the warrior dash and other crazy races like that. I’m also signed up for a color run this year, but its called Color Me Rad, in Connecticut. But, its the same idea!

    If you’re just starting out, always keep in mind that just by being out there, you’re doing better than most! You’re not going to have a great run everyday, so try really hard not to let the crappy runs get you down. Also, make sure you drink plenty of fluids (of course) and have something substantial (maybe plain lowfat greek yogurt, or plain oatmeal, no sugar added aka, not the packets) about 1 – 2 hours before. One thing that always helped me was starting out slow and easy and just adding 1 minute each day. seriously, just one minute a day…each week you’ll likely add up to 1 mile on your longer runs!

    Cheers! Happy Running!!

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  3. Just have fun. At least during you race. I ran the 500 mini-marathon in indianapolis and I really didn’t know what to expect. It was totally amazing. The atmosphere itself gave me motivation to not stop. I am sure you will do great and not be tired at all. It seems like a fun race.

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  4. Yay! Starting new things is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear about your progress!

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  5. Don’t go flat-out at the start, make sure to leave some energy in the tank for the last kilometre, and obviously have fun! You’ll do great 😀

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  6. Get proper running shoes! There’s a couple running stores in Ann Arbor that can help you get fitted for the right ones. You may pay more than sporting goods stores (definitely more than Meijer, Target) but you’ll be protecting yourself from injury. And that’s priceless. The other bonus is that the stores can hook you up with running groups/clubs that can make training a lot of fun.

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  7. sweetopiagirl

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

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  8. You do Les Mills?! I miss those classes so MUCH! They really do make you work hard and show amazing results. If you feel brave enough, try taking an Attack class. I was taking Pump and Attack 3x a week on top of running and the improvements were astounding. I can’t wait to hear more about your race! 🙂

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