In January of this year I started running. Regularly. And I haven’t stopped. Which, to be quite honest, I never thought in a million years I’d ever be doing. I was never athletic and have always hated running. I’d give it a try a few times and it would hurt so I would tell myself that I didn’t have to be a runner. I could go to spin class or step class to get my cardio.
I can not tell you exactly why (actually I can give you a few reasons, that’s a whole other post), but my approach to running this time was completely different. I researched different 5K plans and found one I wanted to follow. I went to the local running store and got fitted for shoes (Brooks Adrenaline GTS). I put my plan on paper and taped it to my bathroom mirror and crossed off every day as I completed the workout. I signed up for a 5K the first week of May in my hometown of Frederick, MD. Having this race to run gave me a reason to keep at it. I also publicly declared on Facebook that I was going to become a runner this year. This added another level of accountability (I couldn’t just quit – I had people to answer to now).
The first month went really great. So great, in fact, that I signed up for a 10K that was at the end of May. By the end of March, I was able to run for 30 minutes on the treadmill with no breaks. Seriously?!
Then I took the show on the road, literally, and that’s where things got tough. I actually ran a little faster outside, but the hills – OMG the hills! So I take walk breaks. Even though I’m on the slow side, I’ve seen improvement and it feels awesome.
So since January, I’ve run four 5Ks and one 10K. In a little less than two weeks I start training for my first half marathon. I can’t believe I’m here…and that I’m really doing this.
So that’s my super-condensed “how I got started” story.
How did you get started? Any words of advice as I embark on my first half marathon?