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Think You Will Never Be A Runner? Think Again.

by Nellie

  

Happy Global Running Day!

It’s still astonishing to me to look back at my running career of a solid 3 years and marvel at the fact that I have run 15 half marathons, 2 full marathons and countless smaller races in between. I was a person who HATED running. I thought it was an evil form of exercise. I’d do everything to avoid running for 30 minutes.

I had every excuse in the book:

  1. “OMG, what? No. I don’t run.” ‘Why?’ “Because I don’t”
  2. “My knees!! You see, I uh, had this injury one time…”
  3. “Do you see my size? NO Runner I know, looks like this! I’ll have lose about 50 pounds before I can run”
  4. “How long is 5k? More than a mile? Nope.”
  5. “I am a MOTHER, I don’t have time to run”
  6. “I can barely walk fast”
  7. “My elliptical is my best friend”
  8. “Sorry, no runner’s body here”
  9. “I sweat A LOT when I run” 
  10. “I don’t have any actual running clothes, there is no way I’m running around in short shorts with all of this junk in my trunk”

The crazy part about it all is that I set a small goal of running a 10k because I wanted to dress up in a tutu as my favorite Princess in Disney World. (If I need to get inspired to do anything Disney will pretty much get me there every time!) At the time a 10k was such a lofty goal, from a person who had really never run more than 4 miles in her lifetime, 6.2 is quite daunting.

But I did it, and you can too. Here’s how:

Press reset: Get rid of the excuses. All of them. If you want to run, and you are physically able, then you can try. Run for 20 seconds. Heck, run for 10. You will get better, you will adjust but most of all you will become more comfortable with YOUR running body.

Find your tribe: Join local running groups that accept all levels. Find a peaceful beautiful place to run. Go online, find bloggers that you identify with. Join running FB groups. Learn new things, surround yourself with inspiration. It will keep you going, and running will be come a part of you.

Set a goal: Want to run a 5k in 6 months? Does it terrify you tremendously? If the answer is yes, then that is the right goal. Pushing towards a specific date will keep you consistent in your training.

Love yourself: Take care of yourself as you take on a new regimen. Take your rest days, even when you don’t feel like it. Had a bad run? Don’t beat yourself up. We all have them. 

Respect your journey: With every step, with every run—look back and appreciate how far you have come. DO NOT COMPARE yourself to anyone, whether they have been running for 5 minutes or 50 years. Running is a completely individual sport.

Think you will never be a runner? Here are 5 reasons you should reconsider. #globalrunningdayClick to Tweet

If you are a non runner? Why don’t you run? For my regular runners, how did you start running?

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8 comments

Carla June 7, 2017 - 5:35 am

I’ve been under some incredible life stress recently and, while my walking friend has been a saving grace I started to look more and more enviously upon the groups of women who leave early morning and late late late afternoon from our local running store. I may need to join them. It shocks even me

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Allie June 7, 2017 - 5:37 am

I love everything about this! I will never forget how excited I was when you said you were going to start running and look at you now!!! You are an inspiration to so many. xoxoxo

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Janine Huldie June 7, 2017 - 6:57 am

I think you know how I feel about running. I was never really into it and now I also deal with all my lower back issues. But glad to see that even if you aren’t a fan at first that that can indeed change. Thanks for sharing your experiences here with running, too 🙂

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Michelle June 8, 2017 - 6:17 pm

Yes! Love everything about this! You have accomplished a lot in 3 years – wow!

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Tamara June 9, 2017 - 2:51 pm

I remember when I started powerwalking, and I just broke into a run because I couldn’t imagine not running. I do believe it’s inside me, but I’ve never done any kind of training or consistency.

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Kenya G. Johnson June 29, 2017 - 4:31 pm

Awesome! #11 My boobs are too heavy. I use to run track in high school but I was a sprinter. You’ve motivated me but I don’t know if I’ll really do something about it. I’ve just ordered to new sports bras that I’m excited to get. That’s a motivator too ?

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Nellie June 29, 2017 - 4:33 pm

Girl. Sports bras make a huge difference!! Life changing. You will do it!! You better report back when you do!!

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Kenya G. Johnson June 29, 2017 - 5:20 pm

If you and my bras make me get out and run I certainly will hunt you down and let you know! LOL!

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