When I first started running almost two years ago, I had a million questions and no idea where to find the answers or who to ask. I wasn’t sure what training program to follow, which races to run, or even what shoes to wear. I just knew I wanted to run and to get better at it. Through a lot of trial and error, I feel like I have finally started to find my own healthy living journey and I love helping others find theirs.
When the ladies at ZOOMA first told me about their new Couch to Race Day program, I was very excited to be apart of it. For their upcoming races, ZOOMA is providing one lucky lady with the opportunity to avoid all of the hassle I faced when I first started out. In partnership with Muscle Milk Light, one lady per race will be provided a training plan, a race entry, and a bunch of amazing things specific to each race to help her reach her running goals. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in get started with running and racing.
As a ZOOMA Florida Race Ambassador, I have had the wonderful opportunity to interact with Michelle and support her with her training. She was selected to be the Florida Muscle Mile Light Couch to Race Day Participant and will be running the 5K on January 19th. Last weekend, she ran her second weekend long run of her training plan and I had the pleasure of talking her afterwards.
Here is what Michelle had to say: (Hint: She is another runDisney enthusiast in the making!)
1. Why did you decide to start running? What is your inspiration to keep going?
I got bit by the running bug late last year and signed up for Disney’s Royal Family 5K that was in February of this year. I couldn’t run it and I basically walked the whole thing, but it felt so good to cross that finish line. I knew I wanted to do it again. My inspiration to keep going is that I want to run, not walk, a 5K!
2. What is your biggest fear/worry? What is the biggest obstacle you have come across so far?
My biggest worry could also be considered my biggest obstacle–I’m slow. I know I should not ever compare myself to anyone else. I am overweight and I know that it won’t be easy on my body, but I’m giving it all I’ve got!
3. What is the biggest thing you hope to get out of running? What is the biggest change you have seen in yourself so far?
I want to keep this momentum going and I want to keep running. I don’t expect to use this opportunity and let it go to waste after the 5K. Biggest change? Well, I’m happy to say that I lost 5 pounds in the first week and I’m focusing on staying healthy. I’m also pretty proud I can now run more than a minute without stopping to catch my breath.
4. What are you most excited/nervous about when it comes to Race Day?
I’m excited at the prospect of actually being able to run the whole 5K. As a newbie, being able to run the entire thing would mean the world to me. I’m not necessarily at the point where I can try to beat a PR, but I do have a number in mind that I would like to beat.
5. After this race, are thinking about training for anything longer? Do you have any new goals for yourself now that you have started running?
YES! I really had my hopes up to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon, but I know it’s too soon for that and the race is sold out. I’m going to keep my eye on local races in the future and would love to train and run a half marathon in 2013!
I am so excited for Michelle and how well she is doing. I can’t wait to meet in January!