Me = Runner ?
While at home in New Brunswick I have started learning how to run. Since I am now a career mum, opportunities for fitness are harder to come by. When I was working I could hit the yoga studio at lunch, or even go to the gym before kids... but now it is hard to find an hour to do anything, and there isn't that much around our house. So running seems the perfect solution.
Every time I think of wanting to be able to run, I think of the Nike commercial above. I remember seeing it on TV and loving it, and when I looked for it on YouTube (everything is on there!) I was surprised to see that it had been taken off the air after all kinds of complaints that it was making light of violence against women. I find this surprising, as to me the spot is so empowering (and funny!). The message I took from it was you have to save yourself and be your own hero. (Being fit and gorgeous is just icing on the cake!)
I have been using the Couch to 10k app on my iPhone and I LOVE it so far. It seems like a slow ramp up to actual running, but I can feel my legs getting stronger and my running sections getting more comfortable. I highly recommend it. It helps that my route along the river is just beautiful, even in the fog and rain.
It also feels good to discover my inner athlete - as an "artistic" kid I always thought sports and physical fitness were for the jock kids, and not something I should be involved in unless I was a sucker for embarrassment. I hope my boys grow up feeling that they can be athletic AND artistic - at the same time!
What about you? What are your fitness routines and priorities? Anyone else feel like there just isn't enough time?
Enough typing - I gotta get my shoes on and hit the road! :)