REACH YOUR RUNNING HIGH

BY BIANCA JADE

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(From October, 2012)

 

Any chance you’ll be running this Fall? I’m running a marathon in exactly 1 month from today. The ING NYC Marathon…heard of it? I’ve already started preparing for it and not just by training.

 

For me, a marathon is all about putting together a lifestyle, a look and a strategy geared towards avoiding death at mile 17 (out of 26.2, yikes!). I want to perform at my best while finding my happy zone (a.k.a. run high). It’s a balance that takes effort to find, but you won’t regret it once you’re out there FLYIN’! And I want to make sure that’s exactly what you do–fly! So I’ve put together some tips for you below that relate to a range of important topics when it comes to running.

* Finding a race & setting the tone for your new running lifestyle *

I believe every mile you run throughout your new running lifestyle, should make you s(mile). If you just go out there and run forever you won’t smile so much. It will hurt, it will bore you and you’ll eventually burn out. Here are my recommendations:

Run for empowerment. I am woman, hear me GRUNT! I’m not implying it’s bad to run with the boys, I’m just sayin’ running with women is super empowering. I’ve done a few all-women races and they’re incredible. The vibe just feels more maternal and sisterly. There’s a bonding aspect to it that really warmed my heart. Women are also a lot less likely to plow you down along the course. I’ve definitely taken some painful (unintentional) elbow jabs from men while racing. Check out Title 9K. It’s an all-women annual race series started by Missy Park, the founder of Title Nine activewear.

Find someone you like to run with. I’m running this year’s 2012 ING NYC Marathon with my good friend Michelle Thomas (she’s the blonde gorgeous ripped model in most of my pics in this article). She and I found each other through a shared love of fitness and started running together. When I saw how well we vibe’d and how similar our workout intensities were, I convinced her to run the NYC marathon with me.

Pairing up with a friend turns running into a social event. I’m not going to lie, running and talking simultaneously is challenging but teaming up will make you stronger and hold you accountable to someone else as you power through training runs and up hills that would otherwise make you want to walk or quit. It can be hard to find a running partner and you shouldn’t pick just anyone. But if you find someone you like to run with, entertain the idea and test it out.

I’m looking forward to spending 26.2 miles with Michelle because she pushes me to run at my fullest potential. I might die but if I do, I know she’ll carry me to the finish. Michelle Thomas is one of the owners of Origin Agency in Saint Louis, Missouri.

 

 

 

Run for a charity that has meaning to you. I’ve run every single marathon I’ve done for a charity. It makes a difference to me because I’m not just running and training for myself, I’m doing it to help other people…or I could even say ‘the greater mankind’. Fundraising ‘ain’t easy and I don’t like it. But knowing that all my hard work and sweat is contributing to a good cause, well, that just makes me teary-eyed and want to soar like an eagle to the finish line. When you run for a charity you meet a lot of great people with great hearts. I’m running my upcoming marathon for the DeGregorio Family Foundation. Here’s my personal story explaining why and who I’ve dedicated my run to. I would love it if you could donate to my run…even if it’s just $1.

Run for absolute fun. There are all kinds of races out there waiting for you to sign up! Last year, I experimented with mud runs! It was a blast and when I think back, I barely remember the running and mostly recall the fun obstacles and laughter. I highly recommend approaching running this way. It’s an excellent way to ease into the sport. Plus, a lot of “fun runs” tend to be shorter and fairly easy to run with a group of friends. This year 5K Color Runs were trending and I can’t think of a more hilarious way to run!

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