Inspired to get in better shape and improve her general health, Margaret Suanne Bone started running in college. Although other exercise programs left her bored and unmotivated, she eventually grew attached to the routine and even increased her mileage weekly. After a few years of solo outings, her attention turned toward more competitive pursuits. Margaret Suanne Bone had never participated in any form of racing before entering college. Since then, Margaret Suanne Bone has run and completed numerous 5Ks and quite a few 10Ks.
Of all her accomplishments, Margaret Suanne Bone is proudest that she has completed two half-marathons. Those two half-marathons held special significance for her and her family. Her brother suffers from Crohn’s disease. Margaret Suanne Bone says that both half-marathons served as part of fundraising efforts for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She completed her first half-marathon in Napa, and then a second in Nashville last fall. Margaret Suanne Bone and some of her family members have also been involved with another Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation event, the Take Steps Walk.
As has been noted by numerous medical professionals, running is one of the best exercises for burning calories and losing weight. It helps to improve energy and strengthen muscles. It increases aerobic capacity and combats life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Some simple techniques have kept Margaret Suanne Bone on track. For first-time runners, she emphasizes that the right way to run is to focus on distance first and worry about speed later. Drinking plenty of fluids before and after also makes for a successful workout.
Most gyms and exercise facilities carry exorbitant costs, says Margaret Suanne Bone. However, running is a relatively inexpensive pursuit. Runners need a minimum of gear—running shorts, shirts and shoes—to start. The social aspect is attractive as well. Joining a community running group is an opportunity to meet people and make new friends.
In addition to the physical conditioning, Margaret Suanne Bone notes that running also carries mental and emotional benefits. At the end of a long workday, she views running as “therapeutic.” Margaret Suanne Bone prefers to take a morning run before work, but at times she will squeeze in a few miles on West Main Street in Lebanon during the evenings. Whether she is training for a local 5K or simply appreciating a long jog through the neighborhood, she feels happier and more self-confident when sticking with her routine.