I got the running bug later in life.
I was 35 when I became in the words of John Bingham “an adult onset athlete”. I despised running of any sort up until this time. I thought people who ran marathons were either crazy or the most athletic people out there. I was wrong on both accounts.
I found that runners in general, are a pretty awesome group of people. People of all sizes and ages take part in races across the world every week. When you need questions answered, there are many awesome social media running groups to be a part of.
You don’t need to run long distances. Some people love short distances to get out and get some exercise and I know others who run ultra marathons. They are all runners.
The best thing about running is that it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are. The only goal the average runner should have is to beat your own goals. And this is what keeps me getting out the door day after day.
Before I found running, I have to admit I was not the most active person. I had two small children that took up all my time and I was exhausted.
What I have found is that we make time for things that are important to us. When I started training for my first marathon, the time the training took was huge. My schedule opened right up to make accommodations once I got focused on that goal. Interesting how that works…
How To Start Running: How did I get there? And why?
It started with a bit of sibling rivalry. My three siblings were going to run a local 5 K race, would I like to join them? Well, I was not going to sit on the sidelines if they were all going to put the work in. I downloaded a couch to 5 K app and got to work. I really liked the app. It blended walking with running, and you didn’t need to dedicate a lot of time. You worked up to 3.1 miles in 9 weeks.
I still think no matter the distance you are running, those first 3 miles are the hardest. So if you get discouraged, stick with it, you will be so proud of yourself!
After I realized I could run the 5 K, I downloaded the 10 K app and went on to run our local 10 K race.. After that I was kind of hooked. I went for the 13.1. One of my proudest moments was completing that half marathon. I decided if I could do that, I could do a full marathon, 26.2 miles. Yikes!
I completed my first marathon in the same race, one year later, that I ran my first 5 K. I proved to myself, that no matter the goal I set, I can work hard and achieve it. I hope I am teaching my children the same thing.
So grab a pair of sneakers and head outside. I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Have you contemplated starting to run? Need a bit of encouragement? Let me know below. I will be your biggest cheerleader:)