It wasn’t until after I had two kids when I fell in love with running. Even after I decided to start running, it took a while for me to get comfortable. But now, it is a part of who I am. I feel strange if I go more than a couple of days without going for a run.
For those of you who “wish you liked to run,” I promise, you can! It is a learned hobby that takes time.
Five Tips to Start Running
Start running slowly
Set a goal for week 1 — say, 10 minutes of running as slowly as you can without stopping. After you have mastered that, make your week two-goal be running slowly for 15 minutes, and so on. Once you get to 30 minutes, you can focus on running faster. I found that when I focused on the amount of time I ran rather than my speed, it was much easier to build up and much more enjoyable too.
Get a good pair of running shoes
I am a size 6.5 but wear a size 8 running shoe. It is important to find a running store that will help you find the best sneaker for your running form and type of foot. I pronate my feet a lot (my feet turn inward on its sides as I run) and I also tend to mid-strike my feet as they land. Also, with running, our feet tend to swell with distance, so it is good to have some room in your shoes. If you ever feel like your feet are “sore” from running, your shoes are most likely too small.
Start running in a pretty setting
Is there a trail near your house, or a park you can drive to that feels serene? For me, running is my meditation. I love being able to look at the ocean waves crashing and the birds flying in the sky along the coastline. It helps take me away from my everyday thoughts to a place where I can feel “quiet” as I run.
Make a great playlist
If there is one thing I can’t live without, it is music during my runs. It lifts me up and motivates me. When the beats per minute are consistent with my stride, it keeps me on track for the speeds I’m trying to achieve. Lately, I have been listening to running stations on Pandora. I love that Pandora changes it up on each run, without me having to worry about the playlist.
Set long-term goals
Make a goal to be able to run 3 miles in 2 months, or get a friend to sign up with you for your first 5k — something you can commit to, and someone who can keep you accountable will keep you motivated.
After I ran 6 miles consistently for a year, I signed up for my first half marathon. Once I completed this, I did a few more. Then I signed up for my first full marathon, and then another! I love to set goals and achieve them.
Read about my journey in the 2014 New York Marathon to get even more excited about running! If you ever run a marathon, this is the one to run. It was magical! If you’re not inspired to run yet, this running video has to work!
You can do this. I know you can! Believe in yourself and it will happen. If this topic interests you, visit my other posts in this category and follow me on Instagram where I hang out most to see what healthy ideas I’m discovering each day. I’d love to hear from you!