How do you start running?

As my running partner and I were  sweating balls this morning, we were pondering how we went from walking to running. It wasn’t that long ago that we were so impressed with our bad selves that we could walk around the 2 mile loop two times!  Wow, we are going to be so skinny!

I’ve never actually liked running, but have always known it  to be the fastest way to lose weight for me.

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Build Endurance: For us, the walking helped build our leg muscles and  endurance. We were getting to be crazy walkers.  After walking 12 miles a pop,  there’s really no where else to go but to start running!

Run Short Spurts: Start by playing games with yourself. For example, “I’m going to run to that tree”.  Keep making your goal farther and farther and before you know it you are running.

Get Tools: There are lots of fun gadgets  to track time, miles, distance, calories etc. These are great for motivation. I am a fan of Nike Plus shoes  with my iPod Nano. Not everyone likes Nike running shoes and I think they are alright but I love NikePlus and didn’t want to deal with rigging a different type of shoe.

Running is mental. You have to look forward to the next tree and not think or feel the pain. You will be rewarded in the end.

What mind games do you play with yourself?


About Anjanette Wiley

Runner, Co-founder @RiverRunClub, vegetarian, being ladylike is not my forte.

Posted on October 12, 2009, in Half Marathon Training and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Running is mental-having a GREAT running partner to work through it with is key. I remember the days of -“just make it to this point” and although the distance has increased significantly since then, I suppose it’s always a “just make it…” kind of mental trick I play with myself.

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