History and running DO mix!

For the last few years I’ve tried to train my mind and body to like running. It all started when  our entire family signed up to run in a 5k last February to support breast cancer research. I’ve never liked to run, even when I was a 20 something and in to Jazzercise. I found it boring, it gave me a stitch in my side and it was just plain difficult. But something changed in me when I had this important goal in front of me — I had to finish this 5k!

The thing that changed everything for me was to realize I didn’t have to run the whole darn thing without stopping! What a revelation. It was the game changer that got me motivated and made me think I might really be able to do this!  I took to it once I figured out that the only one judging me was myself and that I shouldn’t beat myself up if I wasn’t the fastest or the most athletic one out there! And I did finish!

Since then I’ve run in a few more 5k’s and even enjoyed a little jogging when I was on vacation. I NEVER would have thought I’d say that! But I think the most fun experience I’ve had in my very short life as a snail paced runner was a run my hubby and I participated in while in Boston.

I found out about The Freedom Trail Run on Tripadvisor when I was looking for things to do in Boston. It combines a 5k run while visiting a slew of historical landmarks pertaining to the American Revolution. On Saturday and Sunday mornings year round the run starts in Boston Commons, then winds it way through the streets of Boston ending up at the Charleston Navy Yard where you take a ferry back to Boston’s Long Wharf. I signed us up before I could change my mind hoping that their claim that runners of every ability could participate was true. Gosh I was hoping they were right!

The Massachusetts State-house in Boston, Massa...

It was so much fun!  Our tour guide, Eddie, started out quickly, climbing up the hill from the Commons to the Massachusetts State House then back down the hill to The Granary Burying Ground where Sam Adams, Paul Revere among others are buried.  We went past Ben Franklin’s birthplace, Paul Revere’s House, Bunker Hill, the sight of the Boston Massacre and across the Charles River.

Paul Revere House, side view.

At each of the 16 landmarks our tour guide stopped and told us facts and stories about  what we were seeing and even managed to snap some photos. Most of the time I managed to stay up with the rest of the 15 runners just fine. There were enough stops that I never felt too tired or out of breath. I have to say that I was probably one of the slower runners and there were definitely some “ringers” in the group with lots of running experience. Show offs!! But everyone was so nice and two hours of running together kind of forms a bit of a bond.

I honestly wouldn’t be ready to run through the streets of Boston right now! Living in a cold climate and not having a gym membership I have NOT been running at all this winter.  Just the fact that I’m writing a post about running makes me think this couch potato may be getting ready to lace up those tennies!!

Born to walk

As a sometimes runner and an everyday walker I’ve always been curious about the distances I’ve gotten under my belt. I’m not a long distance runner/walker by any means but I am curious about my accomplishments no matter how small.

I’m not a fan of the pedometer. I’ve tried several different versions and have found that they either stop recording at some point during my walk or they don’t record at all no matter where I place them on my clothes.
I’ve used an app on my IPod that was just ok, but I found that it was inconvenient and not very accurate.

But I wanted to share something I found on the internet that is just great, it’s the g-map pedometer. You can figure out distances for walks/runs any place in the world or just use it to record walks/runs around your neighborhood. If you want, you can get a free account that enables you to set a default starting point, and keep a log of routes that are already under your belt.