Remember when you had do sprints in gym class and were supposed to make it to the finish line in under 30 seconds? And if you didn’t, you had to start all over? And remember that annoying girl who never made it in 30 seconds and forced you to run them again? Well, that girl was me. And I’m sorry about that.
Running is something I’ve never felt confident about but have always wanted to be great at. And I’ve tried over the years. Kinda. I’d jump on the treadmill from time to time and stop after a minute because I was exhausted and really self-conscious about my technique. But when I found out about this new thyroid thing I have, I felt more determined than ever to work harder on my health. So…I decided to learn how to run. But I wasn’t exactly sure where to start.
And then two weeks ago, I saw a Runner’s World magazine at the airport and, without hesitating, I bought it. The cover had a callout for a guide for beginner runners. And that was enough to reel me in. The day after I bought the magazine, I saw a friend on the street and told her what I was doing. She was on her way to buy running shoes, because she wanted to learn to run too! So now we’re doing the plan together. It’s made it so much easier having a buddy – especially a buddy that’s a beginner like me. We don’t live close to one another, so we check-in via email or quick texts.
Wanna run with us?! Don’t be scared. This guide starts with a lot of walking. And I needed the walking part to get started. It’s also designed for people who are already working out at least 3-5 times a week. If you aren’t there yet, no problem! Start walking a bit more and then start the guide. Share it with a friend so you can do it together.
**If you’re already a runner and don’t need the guide, share this post with a friend. And pretty soon, maybe you’ll be running together. And if you decide to join me, please make sure to post a comment or shoot me an email to let me know. I’m so excited to start our virtual OPP Running Club!