Now, how do I get started???

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Have you ever wondered why someone started running?  We’re they inspired by someone? Were they trying to lose weight? Did they do it on a dare?  Well, there may be as many “why’s” as there are people who have ever run. 

Today I want to talk about the “how.” How do you start something that can be so hard, so tiring, and so intimidating?  Really, have you ever watched a long race or seen an ad that features a runner?  They are tall, fit and often tan.  I kind of hate them.  But if you keep watching that race, past the winner, the people look more like the rest of us.  The difference is that they just did something you haven’t tried yet.  Well, here are some ideas on how to get started on your running journey.

  • Walk.  Just walk.  Get up off the couch and walk around the block.  Tomorrow, walk around the neighborhood.  Then walk a little faster.  If you never get farther than walking 30 minutes 3-4 times a week, then you are doing better than most. Be proud of this.
  • Sign up for a race.  Not a long, crazy race.  Find a one mile fun run.  There is a short race in almost every town at least once a month.   Check out Active.com for races. This is a great resource to find an event close to you or anywhere in the U.S.  You can also check out local running stores for a schedule of runs in your area.  A lot of them also have weekly runs.  Normally there is no cost, there are experts right there to ask questions of and you are running with a bunch of people of all skill sets.  This is a great way to get a feel for the sport. Remember, you are not trying to win, you are showing your self that you can finish.
  • Get a group together for a 5K.   There is a contagious energy at the starting line of a race and it is so much better with friends.   And you can beat that feeling of crossing the finish line with your friends and or family.  It is indescribable.  Plus you will  have a great support system as you get ready for race day.  Remember to encourage one another. Cheer each other on.  The first official race can be intimidating so why not make sure you have all the support you can gather. 
  • Sign up for a run around a vacation.  We did our first race at Walt Disney World.  If you have a chance this is a definite must-do.  RunDisney.com list the races for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. You get to run through the parks before they open! And there was plenty to do in the days before and after the race.  If not Disney, go somewhere else.  Again, there are lots of runs around the country in places you want to visit anyways.  Ask around and do some searching online.  I am sure you can find one that fits your fitness level and travel plans. 

These are just a few ideas of how to start your running journey.  How did you start? How do you want to start?  I would love to know.  Please leave your stories or questions in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading and until next time, I will see you at the starting line!