Running... such an intimidating word to so many. As I walked into the door of Fleet Feet/Off'n Running for the first time, I immediately retracted to the statement, "I'm not a runner, but I sure would like a new pair of shoes to walk or run in." So many of us define runners as those crazy people that have these great bodies and endless energy. That's not me, of course. All I can remember is a stitch in my side. That was until I drummed up the courage to sign up for my first 5K.
The First Steps
Those first steps are always the hardest. I would always have the New Year's Resolution that this is the year I'm going to get in great shape and run a lot. And then a couple weeks later my running shoes are back in the closet. I wanted to run, but I just couldn't figure out how to stay motivated and I didn't think that I had the right body type to be a runner.
It Takes a Village
It turns out I am not the only one of my kind. There are many of us "non-runners" out there that come in all shapes and sizes. There is a whole community of "non-runners" that encourage and relate to each of us. Finding a running group is the best way to keep you honest and motivated.
Making a Plan
I was encouraged to join a training program where I could slowly build stamina and reach my goals. I didn't have to go out there and run a 5K tomorrow. I had a community of support around me make strides each week.
What Makes You Tick
Registering for a 5K is great motivation to keep your training regular and consistent. The difference between exercising and training for an event is that every workout is purposeful when training and you're less likely to miss a session if you have a target ahead.