Sometimes I catch myself saying, "One day I will be a REAL runner!" Then, I have to take a step back because this is exactly one of the million things wrong with me. Perception. Strive for perfection. I am never going to be the "perfect" runner. I don't have a six pack. I don't run marathons in under 3 hours. I don't run a 7 minute mile. But, I LOVE to run! One thing I truly love about the running community is unity. In the races I have participated in, everyone is so encouraging and supportive of one another. Yes, even complete strangers! Running truly unites people. You see people of all shapes, sizes, and speeds running 5k's, half marathons and even marathons!
The thing is - sometimes it is not about a set speed or even distance, it is just about getting out there and running. You can run fast or slow. You can run short or long. It just starts with doing SOMETHING.
When I first began running a few years ago, I almost cried through a half a mile. Ok, maybe a quarter mile with my husband. Who laughed at me. I made up excuse after excuse. I need mints or I will gag. I can't run that long - my knee hurts. Blah blah blah. I can equate this to life also. We can either make excuses or we can make progress.
Maybe you are striving to begin the wonderful journey of running. How?
Just start! Tie up your shoe laces and hit the pavement!
It was once said that, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Just get out there. Walk and then run for a minute. Do whatever your body is comfortable with to start. Download a running app that talks you through it. Grab a friend and get out there together. Do what you can right now! Do not stress a set distance or time. Do not try to compare yourself to someone who has been running for ten years. Begin with developing a love for running (and I can't speak for everyone, but I went from HATING it to it being my form of therapy).
Stay tuned for a list of fun races you might enjoy .... even if you are not that fond of running!
Lizzy is a 2X New York City Marathon Finisher, former Athletic Director, and avid runner. Stay tuned for creative "the kids are always with me" workouts, run re-caps, and other fun mommy running must-haves.