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:
- “OMG, what? No. I don’t run.” ‘Why?’ “Because I don’t”
- “My knees!! You see, I uh, had this injury one time…”
- “Do you see my size? NO Runner I know, looks like this! I’ll have lose about 50 pounds before I can run”
- “How long is 5k? More than a mile? Nope.”
- “I am a MOTHER, I don’t have time to run”
- “I can barely walk fast”
- “My elliptical is my best friend”
- “Sorry, no runner’s body here”
- “I sweat A LOT when I run”
- “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.