I have always wanted to run. Really I have, the feeling of running just relaxes me. Sometimes I just need to get out and run. I have always had an excuse as to why I'm not going out and running. Heck I have had an excuse as to why I am not even exercising. Since starting on my Challenge though I have started running. I actually finally have the energy to do it. I made one big mistake though. I didn't ease into running. I got injured, that put a stop to my running for a bit. I lost momentum and I fell back on to the excuses wagon. That is a very bad place to be. While I have hit a plateau with my weight loss I know getting out again will help kick start things.
My plan for this next time is going to be walk / run combinations. I will be starting with three minute run with a 2 minute walk. I will do 5 sets of this for two weeks three times a week and then I plan on going 5 minute run with a one minute walk. I will take it from there seeing how I am feeling. I would like to be able to run a 5k in by my birthday in September. I have three weeks and if I keep at it I know I can do it. To best improve my health I plan on trying to run three times a week. That will be a bit more challenging with vacationing, but I know if I commit myself and give no excuses I can do it.
Now if you are needing a bit more motivation many running clinics offer beginner classes. Check for one in your area. I know the Running Room is very popular and has great programs. Also the couch to 5k program is supposed to be very good and they have an app now too!
4 Things to really consider before starting running to prevent injury
- find a training program
- good running shoes
- know how to stretch
- proper warm up and cool down
Get out and have some fun. If running is not enjoyable why bother doing it.