I’ve had people ask me how to start running. I’m not a particularly talented runner but, I can run and I like it. Over the past 20 years, I’ve run a ton and I’ve completely stopped for periods of time. Here’s the only thing I know for sure. To start running you must do a bunch of uncomfortable, shitty runs.
Some things require some up front payment-running is definitely one of them. For a good bit of time, you’re a bad runner. Breathing hard and discomfort are a part of that. Even worse, there can be terrible weeks of hard runs even when you’re in shape.
In the past few weeks I’ve been making myself get out and run. I’ve had a ton of shitty runs. On Friday morning, I literally made myself run two miles. Two….Seriously… The whole time my legs felt like angry, heavy logs I dragged down the trail. The very next day I had a pretty good run. I ran 13 miles without any significant pain. I think the two miler helped by waking up my leg muscles.
Why run? You might ask at this point. I mean, I’ve made it sound so appealing.
After a few weeks of discomfort, there’s a moment that feels like you’re flying down the trail. Literally, everything is easy and relaxing. That moment feels a lot like being a kid again. The wind on your face, a little sweat and whole lot of joy. The run ends and you honestly say ‘that was fun’, even though you ran 10 miles.
After a bit, your body begins to change in a great way. Walking upstairs, keeping up with your kids or going for a walk suddenly become easier.
Also…eventually people start to comment on your weight loss. Running is one of the best ways to slim down. Even better, you’ll notice the same eventually.
Takeaway, running or any other exercise will help your, mind body and soul. Get outside or to the gym or yoga studio or pool and give your bod some exercise.