I got a new running jacket for Christmas from my parents, my dad being a reluctant ex-runner after a hip operation. My motivation is now my new, posh jacket - Ronhill: recommended! - and debriefs with my dad afterwards. I think even he is motivated to attempt a steady trot around the block!
A great article - thank you.
Great tips for the starter and re-starter.
Also might find it helpful to use the 'Good Selfish' tip, which is don't let your friends, children, partners, parents, co-workers, neighbours etc etc stop you, as your strength of mind can be seen to challenge the way things are now. Read the Mary Oliver poem 'The Journey' extract here below'
It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do-- determined to save the only life you could save.
© Mary Oliver.
Did my first ever run yesterday and started a 0-5k program today
I'm using an iPhone training app that starts with 15 second runs, because I can't yet run for even one minute! Still, I'm on a 12 week plan and I have to start somewhere...
I remember both! The teacher who told me I was good at English,
and the PE teacher who shouted at us run around a field 20 times telling us we weren't going fast enough
I took English Lit A level and never ran again until now because I thought I was rubbish......I'm not, but as a kid I thought the teachers knew it all!
Have been out for my 3rd run this year and loving it.
Just go and do it!
Loved this article!
I'm trying to get myself back into running after a 2 year lull.Had a day off and had been procrastinating all afternoon about going to the gym/for a run but finding excuses. Read this and within 10 mins was out running.
I was only out for 20 minutes, but felt pleased with myself for having done it and fully motivated to get up tomorrow and go to the local parkrun.
And, I'm having chips for tea!!
It got me out of my armchair, went for my first run for years on New Year's Day and will be out again on Sunday morning. Just hope I can keep motivated.
Have a look at the Bupa website, they have a excellent run/walk programme which will slowly ease you to a 10k in 10 weeks.
Good luck and well done!
I have recently started running. I was bought a pair of training shoes for £20. I would still be deciding what pair to buy had it not been for a friend who bought them for me. I kept promising myself to go out and buy some which I never did.
Although, now I have a pair. I enjoy going for runs when ever I can. Maybe I start to fast. Another friend said to start off slow.
I would like to run a marathon but this is my first year which I read somewhere "you have to be running for a year before considering a marathon. This is my first few weeks of a journey that will hopefully help me to acheive my GOAL
It could almost have been me who wrote this... It is how I started and the more people I told, the more I couldn't stop. Even when someone said to me, I wouldn't have the guts to be seen by people I know, running around town, like you do... as I was 18st 6Ibs, I kept going. After 8 months and -6 stone, I was still running 3-4 times a week and still am, nearly 2 years later. I often compete in races, just for the fun, as I am not fast enough to ever win anything.
Really good article and great advice. After a couple of failed attempts on 0-5k plans I just started going out the door and running till i had enough. within a few months 5,10,15k's were a regular thing for me.
Why be so sensitive? We have all had a bad teacher that takes a dislike to us, it does not make the others bad. It was a good article (I hope your essay marking is not so harsh).
I had been putting off going for my first run (in over a year) but after reading this article I decided to go and get my trainers, get changed and went out for a run.
I set out a course in my head before leaving, it was only 1.76 miles that I made it which involved splitting it over 4 parts running and 4 parts walking, I feel this is an achievement though as by doing it in 22 minutes then next time I will be able to see if I can go that little bit further and remove one of the parts of walking so each part of running becomes further slowly but surely.
Oh and the best part which makes me happy is that 1.76 miles is something like 2.8km which means to me that I am training towards my first 5k.
My own overall goal is the great north run 2013.
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