Running: Where To Begin?

Posted: July 11, 2011 in physical activity
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I run for many reasons. First, running is a great cardiovascular sport. Second, it helps clear my mind, release stress, and when I’m finished, I’m usually more focused, relaxed, and ready to conquer the day at hand. Recently a friend asked, “What did you do to start running?”

When I started running, I could barely run 15 minutes before I was out of breath. I normally ran two to three times a week. I did this for about a month. Each time I ran, I set a goal of increasing my minutes on the treadmill anywhere from two to five minutes more than the last run.  As time went on, I begin to read websites such as Marathon Rookie and Runner’s World to learn more about the sport and improve my ability. As I begin to increase my speed and really commit to running, I decided to get my gait tested at a specialty running store. This is probably something you should do when you first start because the right person can really determine whether you need a neutral shoe for cushion versus a stability shoe for support. Buying and running in the wrong pair of shoes can cause serious injury to your feet, especially if you’re training for a half-marathon or marathon. In addition to wearing the right gear, I also found a running buddy. Running with others is fun, and it also challenges you, as well. (Accountability, anyone?)

How about you? Why do you run? If you’re not running, it’s never too late to start. We all start somewhere.


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