So last week I went out in the rain and run. And walked. And run. And walked again. I've been running for more than 15 years now. I take some time off, I start to dislike it, I get excited with some new fitness class. And then I go back and run. It's so much part of who I am now.
And so that you don't think I'm a marathon girl, or a crussader, I say I've never run more than 16km. And my regular, beautiful, liberating run is not more than 8km-that's on the good days.
If you never run, if you have no knee issues, or injuries...go out and run. If getting a coach is stressing you out, if you are afraid of the commitment you need to make...go out and run. If you feel stuck, if you are tired, looking for inspiration...go out and run.
You don't have to be athletic, into sports, slim, or fit. It'll better to be fit of course but that's not even the point. What counts is what you're taking away with you each time you run. And you need to be open to change. It's confrontational and that's a good thing.
How to start:
- Set a realistic goal. With running it's different. You don't have to set a glorious goal in order to leverage your maximum strength. Start with a minimum distance, whatever feels possible: 2km, a short park lap, or your neighbourhood block. But set a goal.
- Get the right shoes and wear the proper clothes. You can't run without proper running shoes. See this as an opportunity to go shopping (well, it's a motive for some of us). Buy shoes and sport-wear you like, it'll help your motivation at the beginning. Don't overdo it, you don't need much. Really.
- Start with walking. Even if this means you'll only walk the first times. Walk, run, walk, till you reach your goal.
- The first times choose to run in a place that you know well and feel comfortable with. Also avoid busy places and paths that you'll have to change your pace due to obstacles.
- Check your pace. Don't go too fast too soon. You risk injuries, and you'll easily wear yourself out.
- Make a playlist with upbeat, inspiring songs.
- Use an App. It'll give you perspective, motivate you, and keep you on track.
- Take time to recover. And don't skip your warming-up and stretching exercises.
Don't think about it too much. Just wear your shoes and go. After the first times you might lose motivation. Stick to it as much as you can.
Not everything is for everyone but running is for more than a few, me says. It'll change your life, same as any other exercise or life-changing experience. It's easily accessible and allows you to be totally with yourself.
If you have questions or you need me to share more information on the products and techniques I use, please let me know. I'll be happy to share. If more people are interested I'll write a post with all the details.
You run your body!