How I started running & how you can too

So you want to take up running, uh?  If you just nodded and said yes to your screen, we should be BFF’s.

Be still my heart.

Okay so let me start this out by saying I’m just an average girl who loves to run way too much, although I don’t really think that’s possible.  I’m not a trainer or professional, unless we’re talking about coffee, so take what I say as a grain of sea salt.

First I’d like to share with you how I started running. 

A few years ago I found the healthy living blog world through Cristin’s Eat Like Me blog at SELF.com. 

On a side note, I am stoked to become real life friends with Cristin!  She is incredibly sweet.

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Just in case your wondering, I write how I talk.  And when I talk, I’m easily side tracked.  Lucky you!

Moving on, from there I found Carrots ‘N Cake and then Healthy Tipping Point.

I’ll never forget the first time I read a post on Catlin’s blog about how she was training for a race. 

My jaw dropped, I was like whaaaaat??  Adults actually run races?  How did I not know about this!?  My gosh, I’m such a goober.

Anyway after reading about running & racing for a few months I gathered up the courage to google local races and give it a shot.

I’ve always been competitive & athletic.  Playing soft ball, volley ball, track along with taking skating, tap, jazz & gymnastics lessons growing up and this seemed like the perfect outlet for me to get moving again.

So on September 9, 2009 I headed out for my very first run on this street.  One quarter of a mile at a time. 

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You can thank the Type A in me for the detailed logs.  

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Once I knew I at least kinda liked running, I signed up for my first race.  The Susan G Komen 5K

Hot dang, this is where my true love for running was sparked.   

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Back then, I didn’t have a Garmin or snazzy running gear.  I just laced up an old pair of tennis shoes, grabbed an old stop watch and ran.

My advise for anyone that wants to start running is to check out the Couch to finish line training plan put together by the famous Olympian, Jeff Galloway.  I think it’s similar to the Couch to 5K plan and since I’m cheap, I found a free version.

Running Programs  Beginner 5K Training Schedule   Shape Magazine

In case you would like to really ease into running, you can follow the run/walk plan below.

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Don’t forget to stretch, strength train and cross train.  I have a post in the works for those too.

I’m open to your questions and would love to help you in any way I can.  Even if you just need a little encouragement!  Leave me a comment or feel free to email me at skinnychickblog@gmail.com 

Keep in mind, the only thing I’m a professional in is drinking my weight in coffee.

I would love to hear about how you started running!  It would really make my day!

Seasoned runners, what’s your best advise?

Do you follow a training plan?  If so, which one?

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0 Comments on “How I started running & how you can too

  1. I played basketball through college and after graduating college I realized what an impractical basketball is – while i still love going out and shooting around and love a good pickup game if I can find one but those are few and far between. I knew i needed to do something and running seemed like the only good option, mind you I HATED running more than a mile when in basketball but I decided to go at it one mile at a time and slowly but surely I have learned to love it. Now I can’t imagine not running. My favorite races are the half marathons. I haven’t quite worked up to a full marathon yet.

    I love Hal Higgins training plans (also free, I am cheap too).

  2. I can’t wait to share my how I got started running story with you all !!!!!!

  3. I use to run x-country in middle school and played soccer in high school and I also danced but then I got hurt badly was out of EVERYTHING for two years. Even gym class- and it was the worst! Life continued and I went to college and never really got back into being athletic. But after college my cute little married life was starting to fall apart and I began to run with my dog around two blocks in my neighborhood to clear my head. And then my father passed away suddenly and running became my saving grace. I threw myself into running. I found pure enjoyment and a release. Sometimes when I was first becoming a runner (in my mind at least) I would even cry on a run and while that seems awful, at the time those were my favorite runs. I struggled with my life but it seemed like I was only truly myself when I was running. And now almost three years later I still feel the same way when I run.

    • I can totally relate. There’s something about a run that can be so freeing. I really feel like running is more mental than anything else. Thanks for sharing your story!

  4. When I started running (last year) I got the couch to 5k app. I actually never finished it haha. I just increased my mileage every week. I used Hal higdon for my first half and right now I’m actually loosely following a training plan for a sub 2:30 half on the RunKeeper app. I really like it and can see myself improving my speed!

  5. I got started with PodRunner Interval training, as a way to move, in an effort to shed some weight. I’m not your average runner. I’m the mom of 3 kids, married to the love of my life for 23 years, and had slowly gained alot of weight over the years after having the kids and being inactive due to my job. I lost my mom to breast cancer in Oct 2011, and became depressed. The following year I decided I needed to do something, so started using Herbalife. Lost a few pounds, but wanted to start moving. Started PodRunner in March, “graduated” the same week our oldest daughter graduated high school, and registered for my first 5K. I have been running ever since, and I can’t imagine life without it. We live in Northeast Missouri, so the winters are really crazy. Ended up buying a used treadmill so I could continue to run during the winter. Have currently lost a total of 44 pounds, feel great, off all prescription and OTC meds & continue to use Herbalife! Working on increasing my distance and lowering my time…run at least 3x a week. Running is my stress reliever! Hope to run a half this summer!

  6. I love the voice of your blog. I also like to write as if I am speaking….which is ALL over the place! 🙂
    I ran two 5k’s last year and I’m thinking of a few this year. I really need to get back into a running routine.

  7. I love your blog! I use to run all the time +12 years ago (ran races and enjoyed it) then stopped about 4 years ago from an injury. I can’t seem to get started again. Sad to say I am unmotivated and find lots of excuses not to run. When I do try to get back into running I will do it for a couple of weeks but can’t seem to keep it going. Any suggestions on how to get back in the groove?

    • When I start loosing my running mojo, I like to sign up for a race. Maybe a 5 or 10K. Once you invest in the race fee, I think your more likely to stick with it. Plus there’s something about racing that makes you fall in love with running all over again.

  8. It was actually in college when I first ever went outside and ran.. I would do that about 2-3 times a MONTH.. yes, I said a month. After college, I was bored. I wasn’t as into drinking everyday anymore and I needed an activity to entertain myself. I started do things like hiking and rock climbing. I signed up for a 5K on a whim with a friend and really enjoyed it! From then on I would sign up for a few 5K’s every year… A few years after college I moved to NYC.. The land of no mountains to climb, so I started running more… and more… and then I decided to try out a half marathon… then BAM I was hooked!

    Now I’m completely obsessed with running and running races! I asked my friend earlier today if she thought I’d be okay running two half marathons two weeks in a row….. I think she officially thinks I belong in a nut house.

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