Running races have jumped in popularity the past decade. Women, especially, have taken to participating in foot races in droves. Honestly, I avoided running at all costs growing up. I was never very fast and I found it akin to torture at the time. Now that I’m older and wiser, I appreciate the benefits of walking, jogging and running. It’s good for our hearts, not to mention good for your self image as your thighs slim down and tone up. Your clothes will fit better and you’ll love your new physique (assuming you stick to a healthy and balanced diet, of course).
My brother is a seasoned runner, having participated in dozens of races in his young life. He is now into “ultra marathons” and is currently in Mexico running a 100k (or 62 miles) race! Talk about goals! He inspired me to get off the couch and into a pair of running shoes during one of his visits to San Francisco. We were relaxing in my apartment watching a documentary called “The Spirit of the Marathon”. One of the characters featured in this inspirational film was 80 years old. I was astounded and thought “My gosh, if he can do it, I can do it!” This experience sparked the fire in my belly to embrace running as exercise.
Keep in mind, you might not be “built” like a runner, but everyone has the capacity to ease into running, even if you are overweight. The keywords are “ease into”. The last thing you want to do is run 3 miles when you haven’t done it in years, or even months. This is a recipe for injury. If you have health issues, consult a doctor before you start on your epic running journey.
Here are some easy steps to get you started:
The great thing about running is anyone can do it. I like to run alone because it’s a huge mental challenge for me and I like to “get in the zone” during a long run. I enjoy my “alone” time; I feel relaxed and at peace when finished. But others find running much more enjoyable with another person or in a running group. The important thing is to get out there and get started! Set a realistic goal for yourself. The hardest part is always resolving to take the first step.
Helpful links for novice runners:
Best Running Apps
Running for Beginners
11 Tips for Newbie Runners