I haven’t always liked running, and by “haven’t always liked,” I mean I sometimes Hated running — hated with a capital “H.” It hurt: my lungs burned and my legs felt rubbery. I felt like I just couldn’t take one more step. For years I tried to get into running, but I never could stick with it for longer than a week or two. It was always easier to talk myself out of going, even though I always felt so much better even if I just ran up the street and back. That negative inner voice would whisper, “Why bother? It’s too much work. It hurts too much,” while the couch and episodes of LOST on Netflix beckoned.
With a lot of support and motivation, I’ve been consistently running for over a year. Hundreds of miles logged, I can now even call myself a runner. On Saturday, I will run my first half-marathon, finishing 13.1 well earned miles. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me considering that when I started I could barely run one minute, let alone one mile.
Running has forced me to put myself first at times, and while it’s hard to take time away from my kids, it’s been SO worth it.
I don’t think that everyone is meant to be a runner, but there are things that can help at least give yourself a running chance (see what I did there? Running chance?! Get it?!). Becoming a runner is something I am proud to have accomplished and with these tips, you can become a runner, too.
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What tips can you share for beginning runners?
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