I began running in June 2015, two months shy of my 46th birthday to reclaim “ME” and get back in shape. I was challenged to run or walk one mile every day for a week.
When I tried to run, I couldn’t do it for even a minute. I completed the week challenge and pretty much walked most of the miles that week, but on occasion I would run a little (30 sec) at a time while also walking. A little discouraged that I couldn’t run a mile, I decided to set out and accomplish this goal no matter how long it took me to master.
First things first, I realized I needed to “learn” how to run. I began reading everything I could about proper running form, breathing, etc. and every day I attempted to run a little longer than 30 sec and walk a little less. It took me a while but eventually I ran a full mile (without stopping) and I felt like I won the lottery!
I quickly became addicted to running, realizing the wonderful feeling it gave me. I had such a great sense of clarity in my mind when I ran and when I finished, I always had a ton of energy with such a “runners high”. I soon had the desire to do some races starting off with 5ks and 10ks.
After some success on those distances I quickly decided to train for my very first half marathon, just 6 months after I started running. My new goal is to one day run in all 50 states. What a great way to travel and see the world and also do what makes me feel so wonderful (with such wonderful people). To date I have participated in 5Ks, 10Ks, 12Ks, and half marathons.
ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS: Get out and give it a try but always listen to your body. Run when you feel good enough and walk when you feel you need a rest or walk break. Don’t get discouraged if you feel you cannot run far, it will happen over time. And find a running buddy for a couple of reasons: it’s safer to run with someone outdoors and It’s more fun to run with someone. Lastly, enjoy the run!