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.
Just in case your wondering, I write how I talk. And when I talk, I’m easily side tracked. Lucky you!
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.
You can thank the Type A in me for the detailed logs.
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.
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.
In case you would like to really ease into running, you can follow the run/walk plan below.
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 email@example.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?