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April 19th, 2016

From 5km to running thongs

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“You’re paying someone to teach you how to run? Why? It’s walking, just faster.”

If only running was that easy.

Prior to signing up for a learn-to-run program, I had a made a few attempts to jog on my own. I would end up exhausted, sore, defeated and with few footsteps taken between my front door and the location where I decided to quit.

Running was simply going to be another sport that wasn’t meant for me.

A few months after my last failed running attempt, I began working at the Guelph Mercury – an amazing newspaper that sponsored the city’s Thanksgiving Day Races. I’m still not sure why, but I mustered up a bit of inspiration and decided to register for the race.

My failed attempts had taught me that running wasn’t something I could figure out on my own. For no other reason than a convenient location, I decided to sign up for the learn-to-run program offered by The Running Room. It provided me with exactly the things I needed: through its program of running and walking (increasing the amount of time you run each week by one minute while still taking a one minute walk) I was able to build up endurance; the scheduled weekly group run was a motivator to make sure I was sticking with the training program and keeping up with my peers; and a wonderful coach gave us great advice on everything from how to avoid injuries, what to wear and what equipment is worth the money (and what stuff is nothing but a gimmick for the average runner – like women’s running thong underwear. I’m not kidding. It’s a thing.).

Ten weeks after I started my learn-to-run program, I completed the Guelph Thanksgiving Day 5km race (and on a record-breaking hot date too!).

And I’m still running. And it’s still tough – but entirely worth it.

There are great local learn to run programs offered at The Running Room and Runner’s Choice, along with loads of information online and great apps like Couch to 5k. We’ve also got a running group at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region to prep us for the Waterloo Classic – and we’d love for you to join us! For details, contact me at 519-741-0190 ext. 302 or