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I'm a non runner who started running. Here's how I did it.

I'm a non runner who started running. Here's how I did it.

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I’ve been into running lately. Ever since my life transition left me without a proper gym, I have been taking advantage of the summer sun (and sometimes rain if you can relate to how crazy the weather is in Texas). I’ve never been a fan of running. I'm a non runner who started running, well, weeks ago. It hurts. It’s long. It makes me feel like I’m gonna cough up a lung. But when I finish, runner’s high is like nothing else in this world. How I learned to love running, even when I hated it.

Since I started to run more, I reached my first goal of running 3 miles. What's more, I finished two 3 mile runs. Both times, it felt awesome. Nevertheless, I make it a point to run at least 2 miles each time I run for distance. The minimum used to be 1 mile but now that I know that I can run for at least two miles, I strive for two. Sometimes it’s hard. Other days, it feels like nothing (and those are the days that I run 3 miles). I guess it’s because I can’t afford for my brain to think it can start relaxing at two miles when I know I have 1 more mile to go. My goal is to run a 5K soon and then, by the end of the year, I want to run a 10K. My 1st hardcore goal is to run a half marathon next year. If I keep this up, I’ll be well on my way to completing that half marathon. But I must focus.

Focus is definitely key if you're a non runner who started running this year. You must focus on breathing, focus your mind to keep it from panicking, focus your eyes on something to keep your mind off the distance. Running still isn’t easy for me. And I am, by no means, a fast runner. And I’m okay with this.

I'm a non runner who started running, and it isn't as bad as I thought

This challenge is necessary not only for my body but for my mind. Because it’s weird what I think about in order to keep myself going. I think of how some people don’t even have access to their legs and are unable to run. I think of my grandmother who hasn’t really taken care of herself and is now in bad health conditions because of it. I think of my future children and how I want to be able to keep up with them and teach them how to make healthy life choices. I want better for myself and that’s what this whole lifestyle is about for me.

This post about being a non runner who started running was written by PumpUp member @ohmyitschels. Check out Chelsie’s YouTube page here.

Staying healthy during college isn't a walk in the park

Staying healthy during college isn't a walk in the park

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I am a college student (well, I will be for the next two weeks). I work hard and I achieve grades that count. But college has been pretty easy for me. In fact, I say this all the time: school is a skill that I have. I can pass a class pretty easily. Will I work hard? Yes, but I’m not one for all-nighters because I love my sleep. Aside from being a college student, I’m also a student worker at my school’s campus visit office. This means that every week, I’m talking with kids from elementary to high school about my college and college in general. Visitors often ask me what my biggest adjustment was in the transition between high school and university.  Normally, I insist that my time management skills made the largest change. Looking back on it, I earnestly think that staying healthy during college was the biggest adjustment that I had to make.

A lot of students idealize college as a big ball of freedom. In a sense, it is...but with freedom comes responsibility. Unless you play sports or are part of some other organization that requires you to be active, you’re pretty much on your own as far as exercise goes. In high school, I didn’t even know that I was in shape because I just saw color guard as color guard. Performing an 8 minute show over and over again tired me out, but I never gave it much thought.  Once I got to college, I didn’t have my color guard director nor my choreographer to shove certain moves down my throat. As I became increasingly sedentary, I started to lose my muscle.

On top of losing muscle mass, my food intake was low and of poor quality. I ate out so much during my first year of college that the thought of my eating habits sickens me to this day. Now, I’m very particular about where I eat out; I treat it as a special occasion and I savour it. Needless to say, I gained the freshman 15 and then some. I thought that if my stomach wasn’t flapped over my pants’ waistline, then I was okay. As I started to look at my body, my stomach wasn’t flapped over but it was starting to jut out.

I embraced an active lifestyle with a lot of hard work and determination. I will say that a huge wake up call for me came during Christmas this past year. I was wearing a black dress and as I was walking down the stairs, my mother-in-law said, “You’re not pregnant are you?” That was my a-ha moment.  I knew that change must happen.

If you’re in college and you’re eating ALL the ramen and doing no kind of exercise, stop right now. The earlier you start to make a change, the better off you’ll be. Staying healthy during college isn't easy, trust me. But if you really want it, you’ll find a way to make it work.

Staying healthy during college isn't a walk in the park

This is a post by PumpUp member @ohmyitschels. Check out Chelsie’s YouTube page here.