Conversations with Cheryl: Make a runDisney Goal – My runDisney 5K Story
I never thought I could achieve a 5k. My friends were in participating in the runDisney 5K, and at over 310 pounds I was scared but excited to join them.
How I started slowly…
The idea of training for my first 5k was daunting at first, but once I became more comfortable with the idea that a 5K was 3.1 miles which I typically walked during a day in the parks I was ready to get started.
My favorite (and easy) practice walk was to go to Epcot and walk around World Showcase, which is 1.2 miles.
After I got comfortable walking for longer periods of time, I found that I wanted to keep going so I would walk at night around my neighborhood or I would hop on the treadmill.
Do you need a buddy for a runDisney 5k?
I like to walk with friends, but it is not completely necessary.
If you think you would like to have a buddy, don’t be shy about asking your friends. Who knows…you could inspire them to give it a try, too!
Also if you look on Facebook it is easy to find running groups, charity runners, and running events in your local area.
You can do it, too!
I wear my 5k T Shirts and people say “I could never do a 5k”. My response is If I can walk a 5k at my weight, they should be able to walk one as well.
One thing that helped keep me motived and focused was Cigna Coaching!
Part of my insurance with Cigna involves Cigna coaching for those that don’t meet their BMI. My coach is friendly and it is incredibly convenient for me to meet my coach at his mobile office.
My biggest piece of advice? Don’t be scared about meeting with a coach!
One of the first things you will do with your coach is to set goals together.
Your goals can be as simple as:
Do you have Cigna as your health insurance? You may be able to get voice coaching.
Cigna also offers assistance with Achilles International, they will have some athletes in the races and some Cigna Employees.
What if I don’t have Cigna Insurance?
Cigna offers a free coaching app which is accessible to everyone on the Apple app store or the Android Google Play Store.
How to register for a runDisney 5K
Registration for the Run Disney 5k fills up quickly, plan to register now.
If your event is full, consider running for Charity listed at the end of the event page.
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