The Doctor Is In:
Though New Year’s Day has passed, don’t let that stop you from making a commitment to live healthier this year. Although my plans of running a Commitment Day 5K, were foiled due to it being less than 30° and snowing outside (the coldest I can run/walk outside without an asthma flare up is 30°), I am making a commitment to better health and I’d like to help you too!
My 5K preparation began 24 weeks before my goal race. To prepare myself for this 5K I followed the Couch to 5K training program, which is an app I found on my smartphone. As I said, I am a severe asthmatic who never imagined I would ever run up the block let alone complete 5K’s, 10K’s and 1 half marathon (13.1 miles) but I firmly believe anyone who can walk can become a runner. All the races I have done I was not competing with anyone but myself, I might have pulled up the rear each time but the point is I didn’t quit. Before beginning any training I suggest you first talk to your physician to get clearance. Then go to a running store and let them fit you for the best shoes, not all running shoes are made the same. The University of British Columbia did a study that 20 to 50% of individuals avoided premature death simply by running 2 miles per day.
Ready to get moving? Read on….