Running has always been a part of my life, or so it seems. I started running with my mom when I was in 7th grade. I decided to join her in a 5k at the last minute while wearing Keds. I stood at the finish line when my dad completed his first half marathon in La Jolla. Wanting the attention of a high school crush, and not being athletic enough for softball, I joined cross country. The rest is history. I ran on and off for years until in 2006 I decided to run with my mom in America’s Finest Half Marathon. That is when I was bitten by the racing bug. Running became more about my pace than my miles. To this day, I compete on the road with me, myself and I . . . and it costs less than a race entry fee.
I am not an expert, but after running 15 half marathons, and one full marathon, I’ve learned a few things.
Running is not for everyone, I get it. However, it is available to anyone that wants to try. Like anything else, a plan and a routine will help you along.
First, figure out your reason for wanting to run. The big WHY:
Your why will keep you moving forward.
- Weight loss
- To be an example for your children
- Relieve stress
- Start a healthy habit
*My ‘Why’, is Me Time, to stay healthy, and inspire my girls to find something they enjoy.
Plan your course
- Do you live in a light traffic area?
- Are there trails near your home?
- Do you have a treadmill available?
- Are you willing to drive for the scenery?
Driving might not work for everyone.
Running Gear — Don’t be fooled, it doesn’t cost a fortune to run
- Grab a lightweight, breathable tank or tee shirt
- Pull on comfortable leggings or shorts
- Slip into cushioned running shoes. I recommend going up half, or a whole size, it allows your foot to wiggle and stretch out
- Listen to a book on Audible, a podcast, or make a music playlist to keep you moving
Running Side Notes
- Start slow
- Enjoy yourself and breathe
- Be consistent. It takes two weeks to form a habit
- Stick with a time of day that works for you
- Don’t be afraid to walk when needed
- Be safe. Tell people where you’re going, if heading outside
- Set a time that works for you!
Here is a sample of a running schedule to start with; switch it up each week.
Run 5 mins Walk 1 min – a total of 30 mins
Run 7 mins Walk 1.5 mins – total 34 mins
Run 10 mins Walk 3 mins – total 36 mins
Set a goal of running for a full 30 minutes or try for a 5k, 3.1 miles
It helps to have a goal to aim for… after that you’re free to take off!
I hope you’re encouraged to start your own running routine.
One foot in front of the other. “Run with your heart, not with your legs.”