via Sheena Dinga – AVAC
Working out has never been something that I look forward to nor has it been a part of my daily routine. Yes, going for a hike or walking the 2 miles to work has always been something I have enjoyed doing, but as soon as I realize it is exercise, it always seemed less fun. I have never had the problem of worrying about gaining weight because I was blessed with good genes and a fast metabolism. Yes, yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking, “I feel so sorry for you” (sarcastic tone), but can I tell you what a wake-up call it was when I turned 28 and I started noticing that my mom’s genes were wearing off and my dad’s genes were starting to kick in. I had to start making myself do something that I spent my whole life dreading… working out.
I didn’t quite know where I wanted to start. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t know what to do. I have worked at a gym for my entire life and most of my friends are very active and I have tagged along on some great adventures. Ok there’s a start.
1. Find Motivation
Figuring out what activity would make me most happy and feel most accomplished was not an easy task. I had to find something that didn’t cost much and would fit into my spotty schedule. Then, I started hearing about some of the upcoming races like Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race and began to remember how much I loved doing them and the excitement it gave me to be a part of the crowd at the starting line. Recently moving back to San Jose I started to look up the different races that go on around the bay area and hence found my motivation. So on to the next step…
2. Start running
I had recently joined the newly formed AVAC Street Team, which is a group of employees that gets together to plan ways to get AVAC out into the community. We go to runs and health fairs and other events to offer our knowledge and support and I thought, what a great way to start my endeavor…I will create a run club. So I did.
Having accountability when getting started is always an important factor. Creating the run club was perfect. I had to commit to showing up and running every Saturday morning at 7am. For the first couple weeks it was just me. But then I had some fellow co-workers show up and it became more interesting. Vanessa and Kristina were consistent participants in the run club and together we started meeting up an extra 2 days a week. Ok so I found my buddies and an outlet to make myself start running. So what’s next..?
3. Create a goal
I became better, stronger and less tired after the 3 and 4 mile runs we did over the months and ended up signing up for a good amount of races. Let’s see the Rock and Roll -5 miler, the Turkey Trot, the Santa Run, the Blacklight Run, I even signed up for the Santa Cruz Half this April and (drum roll please) the Surfers Path Marathon!!! Yes that’s right on May 18th I will officially join the Marathon club and I am so proud to say it! I never thought I would be in a place where 26 miles didn’t scare me. The 18 weeks of training has been and I’m sure will continue to be a rush.
Now I can’t wait to go to run club every Saturday and especially to see myself cross the finish line after running 26.2 miles.
*Come Join us at AVAC on Satudays @ 7am for Run Club. Bring a friend or your family! I want to motivate everyone to reach a goal they didn’t know they had or to just help you start your day off right. Who knows maybe I will see you at the Surfers Path Half or Full Marathon. The AVAC family will be there to support you!