Sorry (NOT SORRY!) if my running updates have been annoying you. I started running in late 2014 when I decided it was the best way for me to get exercise without leaving my dog at home by himself. Next thing I know, I’m training for a 10k run this summer and am running a few times/week. It turns out I really enjoy it! I always said I would never become one of those people who shares photos and updates from their run.
Full disclaimer: I have totally become one of those people. And I don’t plan on stopping!
I suppose that’s the funny thing about saying that you’ll never do something. You just don’t know what you’re going to be doing or where life will take you. Last year I didn’t run this often and I rarely ran outside or in bad weather. This year I do, and I’m enjoying finding friends on social media with similar interests. There is a huge running community on social media. I’ve connected with some other runners and can’t wait to meet even more.
Even more importantly, sharing my running progress keeps me honest and accountable. I can’t lie about the distance I ran when I push updates from the Nike+ Running app. I can’t track my progress properly if I’m not measuring my speed, distance, and patterns. If my running posts are making you feel guilty, or even worse lazy, I dare you to join me! You’ll be sharing your own updates in no time. If you can’t beat em, join em!
On Sunday I ran my first official race and my first bib at the Nike International Women’s Day 5k Run. Our time was tracked and I’m proud of myself even though a sore knee made me slower than I had hoped. The event was in advance of the upcoming Nike Women’s 15k on Toronto Island this summer and we all got guaranteed entry into the race by participating! Here are some photos from the event:
Registration for the Nike Women’s 15K in Toronto is now open! It all goes down on Toronto Island on June 14, 2015. It’s a lottery system so register and I’ll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you. It was a difficult decision, but I’ve decided to continue nursing my knee injury this summer and not run it. I’m incredibly bummed about it but I’ll be there cheering on everyone I know! You can register here: http://gonike.me/nikewomen15ktoronto
Best of luck in your training!
Btw, a few people have asked if I work with Nike. The answer is – I wish! I share these posts because I really dig what Nike is doing for the running community in Toronto and as a way to build critical mass for the brand in a Canadian city. I don’t get paid (in money, product, or coupons) to talk about them or go to their events. I guess I’m just a fan girl!
(Photos from the event courtesy of Nike Toronto)