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By Sports activities Nutritionist and On-line Dietitian Jana Spindler

As a self-proclaimed gymnasium rat…what was I doing??

Joyful motion to me, is shifting my physique in a non-judgemental manner that’s enjoyable and makes me really feel good. It doesn’t really feel like one thing that have to be finished or is a approach to burn energy, however slightly is one thing I sit up for and offers me all these really feel good endorphins.

The ways in which I get pleasure from shifting my physique proceed to evolve annually and every season of my life. There was a very long time, that I used to be happiest on the basketball court docket and would spend hours a day there. After retirement from basketball, my time shifted to lifting weights and lifting even heavier weights. Then once I moved to Calgary I found my love for mountaineering within the mountains. Now don’t get me flawed, I nonetheless entire heartedly love enjoying basketball, mountaineering and lifting weights when I’m within the temper, however lately, I’ve added to my repertoire.

I began operating extra. And I appreciated it. So I ran additional and that felt good, so I stored going.

What was working for me?


On a phenomenal, sunny day I discovered myself craving being exterior as an alternative of indoors. It didn’t matter to me whether or not I used to be operating for 20 minutes or 1 hour, I used to be having fun with being on the market.

2. TIME.

Over the previous variety of months I’ve had the chance to journey fairly a bit and once I was not touring, I had a very full schedule right here at house. With the restricted time obtainable, I discovered operating to be very time environment friendly. I might run on my lunch breaks from work or from my doorstep at house and spend much less time commuting to the gymnasium.


In latest months, I’ve gone operating in Calgary, Langley, Invermere, Bali, Australia, and Montreal to call just a few. It was simple. I at all times had my sneakers with me and there was no drop in charge to exercise. Plus, I bought to see some wonderful views and uncover new locations that I might not have seen in any other case.

So why did I select to run a half marathon?

Why would I voluntarily run 21.1 km? Properly to be trustworthy, it was a problem put in entrance of me… and I hate to show down a problem. I suppose I’m aggressive by nature.

Throughout my teaching season with the Calgary Basketball Academy this spring, one in all my fellow coaches was coaching for her personal half marathon, so I began happening a few of her coaching runs along with her. It was so enjoyable to run with another person and socialize whereas we ran. She requested me now and again if I might ever run in a half marathon, however I might at all times give the identical responses – “I’m too tall for distance operating”, “I max out at 12km”, “No, I’m extra of a weight lifter”, or “I don’t wish to add to my already busy journey schedule to go run a race”.

My co-coach listened to my excuses and by no means pushed… till she discovered a digital race that I might do alone schedule and it even got here with a coaching plan to construct up my tolerance to longer distances. So I took the problem! I did a number of the coaching, however not all of it, as a result of following a strict schedule took the enjoyable away from operating for me.

Then I did it. I raced my digital half marathon in mid-August this 12 months! The race is GPS tracked and I nonetheless bought the finisher medal though the run began from my very personal doorstep. I ran a distance that 5, 10, or 15 years in the past I might by no means have imagined or myself and I’m actually pleased with that!

So will I race once more?

I don’t know. Coaching schedules and following paces for runs was counter intuitive to me.

I’m extra of a “run when the climate is just too good to be inside” sort of individual.

I’m a “run to the beat of the music” sort of individual.

I’m a “run to get pleasure from shifting my physique” sort of individual.

So am I tremendous pleased with engaging in one thing that I by no means actually thought I might? Completely!!!

Will I race once more, perhaps, however perhaps not, and I’m okay with that. I’ll see the place joyful motion and the subsequent problem takes me.

In case you are inquisitive about joyful motion, studying get pleasure from train with out it feeling like a chore or higher gas your physique for the train you might be presently doing, please attain out! I might love that will help you obtain this.

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