**This is all about my personal experience. If you are thinking of joining the world of running, you should always ask your doctor first!
Am I even a "runner?" It is sometimes hard to call myself a "runner." But this post is going to focus on how I taught myself to LOVE running. Seriously. It is a love.
I think it started in 2011. The year I got married. Two weeks before my wedding my BFF and I
I am not going to bash myself. I am going to sit in amazement because my body was able to finish 13.1 miles with ZERO proper training and ZERO proper nourishment. I kinda laugh because I even wore a cotton shirt and knew nothing of Body Glide or Garmin. What runner commits such running crimes?!?!?
Anyway, with this little running I was doing (daily 3 mile runs) I thought I was in the best shape of my life. No.
Now that I've given you the background on what DIDN'T make me a runner, now I shall tell you what actually made me a runner. The desire to do more. I did finish a half. But I know I didn't train for it. I wanted that sticker. I wanted to earn that sticker. I wanted my body to be trained and nourished as a runner. So I began to register for more races. Smaller races. 5ks, 10ks.
I started reading anything and everything about running. I researched the right running shoes and equipment. My life was forever changed by Body Glide. Seriously, what did I do without this stuff!?
I even changed the socks that I was wearing. I eliminated cotton from every single piece of running gear I ever had. Coach bought me a Garmin to keep up with the miles.
I researched the proper training schedule for my lifestyle and ability. I made it 100% no matter what a priority to run. I also searched Pinterest for some amazing running inspiration.
I joined online running boards where people share advice and product reviews. All of this made me feel comfortable while running. So now I KINDA like running.
Then came the game changer. Nutrition. Fueling my body. I NEVER fueled my body like a real runner should. Once I learned how to fuel, I then fell in love with running. LOVE.
I love Advocare products. I trust them. I love them. I know what to take, and why to take it. Rehydrate was a lifesaver.
Now when I run, I know I have the fuel my body needs. I don't feel sluggish, and if I do, I know I didn't do what my body needed for fuel that day. It keeps me balanced.
I've now earned my sticker with more races, AND proper training!!!
I now LOVE running.
This is how I fell in love with running. Most people ask me why I run. My answer is and always will be the same....
"To be smokin' hott for my husband!" :)