Running to be healthy! NOT SKINNY!
I ran my first 5K (3.1 miles) last March in 33:41. Then I ran a 10K (6.2 miles) in 69:50 in September. As part of my birthday celebration, I participated in a 5K and completed it in less than 28 minutes. I’m getting stronger. As I train for my first half marathon, I look back at how far I have come with running. The beginning was ugly and hard but worth it. I have participated in four 5Ks, and one 10K. I’m getting ready to sign up for a couple more 5Ks and a 10K. But I’m training for my first half marathon. I’m no longer afraid of distance. Well, I say that but I’ll check in periodically to let you know how my training is going. I’m in Week Four! In the meantime, here are a few tips I can offer to any beginner runner <– just know that it isn’t all inclusive. I’m not an expert but I can speak from experience.
~You have to start somewhere. Don’t expect to be Flo Jo
~Set milestones! (If you haven’t been getting cardio don’t expect to be able to run a mile nonstop right off)
~Listen to your body! (Avoid injuries)
~Be consistent, extended breaks are not good! (Too much time off will make you feel like you are constantly starting all over)
~Good running shoes are a must! (They are your foundation)
~Do your research! (There are a lot of good running groups that provide valuable information on stride and breathing techniques)
~Think of running as a hobby and not a task! (Change your mindset and be positive)
~Join a group if you need the extra motivation or accountability!
~STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH!!!!! (It’s so important to stretch before and after your run)
~You will ache and be sore BUT you should NOT be in PAIN!
~Sign up for an organized race. Crossing the finish line is an amazing feeling of accomplishment and it will motivate you to train!
Running is free therapy. When I run I leave all the BS, frustration, irritation, stress, life’s problems and all other foolishness on the pavement. I get in my zone and run. You will feel better. Before I started running, I dealt with stress by spending money (that I didn’t have most of the time). I would shop for clothes and shoes but now I run. My bank account and closet appreciate the changes I’ve made. I run to be healthy! NOT SKINNY! Try it…It is rewarding!!!