Tuesday, November 03, 2015
I started running almost five years ago. When I started, I could hardly run one mile without stopping. I'm not going to be running a marathon anytime soon (or ever!), but I am happy to say that I can now run many miles continuously and still feel strong when I've finished. Running is hard, but it feels good to push myself physically. I like that I can step outside my front door and in 30 minutes complete a good, heart-pounding workout. Nothing else is more convenient. Running clears my mind and allows me to be more open to impressions and inspiration. It lifts my spirits and puts a smile on my (very sweaty and bright red) face. I am thankful for running, for the physical and emotional strength it has given me. And I am really thankful that my knees haven't given out on me yet.
If you would like to start running and aren't sure how to go about it, here are some tips:
Wear good shoes. It doesn't really matter what brand they are (you'll find your favorites eventually), so long as they are designed for running. When I first started, I just wore whatever old athletic shoes I had and oh man, was that a mistake! My knees and hips were so sore. I almost turned in the towel right then. But Mike convinced me to try some real running shoes and everything felt better.
Find a buddy (or a really good playlist). As soon as I started running with friends, I was hooked. It made such a difference! Being accountable to a running partner helped get me out of bed and out the door. And having someone to talk to while I ran made the miles speed by. Pretty soon my neighborhood group fell apart and Mike and I became running partners. I can honestly say that it is one of the best things we've ever done for our marriage. I think we are rather lucky that our running speed is compatible. And when one of us just isn't feeling it, the other helps push us along. The time we get to spend together is such an added bonus. (Mike started running a year or so before me with a local running club, which is another really good option for newbies.)
Finally, commit to it. I don't think the distance matters as much in the beginning as does the consistency. Even if you can only run for a few minutes at a time, don't give up. Keep going. Eventually your endurance will increase. Take it slow and steady, but stay with it. I remember the first time I was able to run three miles without stopping. It took me months, but it felt so good!
I am in no way an expert, so if you have some words of wisdom to add, please do.
posted by stephanie at 9:52 AM