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04 Feb Adventures with Ami: Running Back in Time

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If you know me at all, you know how I detest cardio.
Fitness in general for that matter.
I have had moments of like with a few things in the arena of exercise.
I really enjoy Bikram (hot) yoga.
For real.
I like riding a bike for transportation, but not for fitness.
There is a difference.
I don’t mind weight training.
I DETEST boot camp.
I hate running.
I’ve never been any good at it.

bionic shoes
Nike Free Run+ 2

These babies will make you run faster…just like when you were a kid.

They do so by uploading your run data into the nike+ portal via your iPhone.
The transmitter calculates everything.
There by challenging you to try harder, run faster, farther, more often.
If you are at all competitive – like myself
you indeed will feel like you have on bionic shoes.

Employing any mechanism that will make me feel like going for a run
is a true feat.
My personal trainer, Travis, can attest to the numerous dirty looks and grumbling excuses any time the words run or jog come up in a session.  My gym teacher in 5th grade Mr. Burgoing, can show you my failed Presidential Physical Fitness assessment.  My sister can tell you that while she was running miles and miles in practice for field hockey, I opted to be a cheerleader, because we didn’t have to run.  Seriously.

I have bionic shoes.
My husband bought them for me for Valentine’s Day.
He loves me.
He loves my heart too.
I ran 3 kilometers today.
2k solid without slowing to a speed walk to catch my breath for a minute or so.
I did it on purpose.

Tomorrow I will do it again.

I wrote the above blog a year ago this month.  A lot has changed since then! Over 300km later…If you’ve been anywhere near me, my Facebook page or twitter, you’ve heard me talk about running with zombies. The Zombies, Run! app – has taken over my fitness fun these days.  I keep telling everybody that will listen about how much fun I’ve been having running lately.  Last year, I hated running outside, opting for the controlled environment of the trusty treadmill.  This year, I’ve been opting for running outside, where I can really stretch out and sprint at full speed during intervals.  Where hills challenge me and the air is cool.  It’s been a great adventure, this running thing…all because I got running shoes instead of roses for Valentine’s Day 2012. What a spectacular gift!
I never would have guessed that I’d be so fond of running and look forward to getting out there the way I do.  I’ve switched up my shoes to Brooks Pure Drift’s, the treadmill for the pavement and watching the news in the gym while I run, to listening to the story of the zombie apocalypse unfold while sprinting so they can’t catch me.  There is only one thing left for me to do… sign up for my first race!  2013 will be the year I run a real race – or two. On purpose, for fun.  It still sounds funny to me.  I’ve come so far in a year.  How far do you want to go?  Let the boundaries of your imagination fall away, so you CAN be healthy, fit and happy.  You never know what you are capable of until you decide that you are ready for an adventure.  Don’t let fear get in the way.  Let preconceived notions of what you are and are not capable of wash away. You CAN do anything!
What are your challenges or fears?
How do you plan to tackle them?


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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Blue
    Posted at 12:12h, 04 February

    You’ve been such an inspiration, Ami Lady! I’m lucky to call you a friend.

  • Bonnie
    Posted at 15:32h, 04 February

    I started running at age 58. I am never fast but have run nearly 7000 miles since then. Last year I turned 65 and had my highest total annual mileage 1207 miles. This is not the seventh decade of my life that I imagined and I love it. My husband and I both feel great and weigh about what we did in 9th grade.

  • Laura Younker Black
    Posted at 19:27h, 04 February

    Way to go girl!!! I am training for my first 1/2 marathon in April (actually going to run two 1/2 marathons, and two 5k’s in April). If I can do it, YOU can. I am coming up on my one year anniversary of no smoking, in March! Plant-Based lifestyle SAVED MY LIFE!!

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