Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Guest Post from Jesse: Learning to Run

Say hello to Jesse from A Journey Thru Life. Jesse has a love of running and wanted to share some inspirational words with you guys!

I wasn't always a runner. It was the summer of 2007 when I first got interested in running. I talked to a friend who is a runner and who ran a lot of local races and she suggested the Cool Running Couch to 5k Program to get started. Ever since then, I've never looked back!

 It doesn't take much to be a runner. It a very popular activity because there are low costs associated with getting started and you can do it anywhere! The most important thing anyone should do before beginning running {of course after checking with your doctor} is to get properly fitted for running shoes at a running store with knowledgeable staff where they will be able to help you find the best pair of shoes for your foot type. A quality pair of running shoes will cost $80-100+ and will last 300-500 miles {depending on the shoe}. The next thing to remember is to ease into your running gradually to avoid injury and to allow your body time to get use to this new activity.

 You can start with a simple plan, like the Cool Running Couch to 5k Program, or search for another plan that would best suite YOU. When I started the run/walk Couch to 5k Program I set the goal of wanting to complete local 5k road races. Since I started running in 2007 I have completed 37 races --- from 5k's and 10k's to half marathons and even a FULL marathon! When I started running I had no idea that my running would evolve as much as it has. It was not always easy and I've had to overcome many obstacles, and injuries, but it has always been worth it. When I first started I had no idea that I would ever want to run a full marathon, or even a half marathon, but here I am training for my third half and my second full and looking forward to the future. Each day I am a stronger runner than I was the day before. It's been a long road, and I learn more every single day --- about running and about my abilities and my limits. I've learned to "never limit your challenges; challenge your limits!"

 Get out there. Get started. Start slow. Run for time instead of distance. Slowly build your speed. Listen to your body. Walk if you need to. Take rest days when needed. Sign up for a race. Find a running buddy. Join a running group. Learn to push your limits.

 The best advice I can give anyone who is thinking about becoming a runner is: what are you waiting for?

 "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." {Lao-tzu}.

Thanks so much for sharing your story. A full marathon! Quite an accomplishment. Best of luck in your training!!

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