If you can walk, you can run. OKAY, so I’m not gonna go all Kanye with this post. Obviously there are some medical reasons that people can’t run. But for the most part, for MOST people, if you can walk, you can run.
And run you should!
Why I love running, in no particular order:
- Runner’s high (YAY endorphins!)
- Amazing running community
- Improved lung capacity
- Meditation in motion
- Ability to physically challenge myself
- It’s a great way to chat with friends for an hour or two!
- I appreciate my yoga practice more after a run
- It allows me to eat more yummy amazing things, like bacon. Guilt-free.
- SLEEP!!! Anyone who has ever done a long mileage run will tell you that the SLEEP that comes after is oh so amazing.
- I love the great outdoors. Just be careful, you can end up with some funky tan lines on long runs in the summer! (Especially if you wear calf sleeves!!)
And you don’t have to go from Crossfitter or couch sitter or zumba-enthusiast or occasional yogi to marathoner over night. In fact, you don’t ever have to do a race to enjoy the benefits of running. (But I think they are super ridiculously fun. Plus, they provide new goals and challenges for me. I am always looking for ways to improve myself!)
You don’t need much to get started. A good pair of shoes, properly fitted for you. Some quality running gear (you don’t want to end up with chaffing…yuck!). And a mindset that’s ready to get started!
There are wonderful ways for beginners to start…couch to 5k apps, books and training programs from wonderful coaches like Jeff Galloway (photo of Jeff and I, below), running clubs, training clubs, you name it! But the most important thing is to check in with your body and then just put one foot in front of the other and begin!
You don’t ever have to do the Boston marathon. But you do need to get out there and run. Our bodies are made to move. Baby, we were BORN to run. (Sorry, had to slip that Bruce Springsteen in there!)
Just keep putting one foot in front of the other! You can do it!!!
Are you a runner? What got you started? What keeps you going? Let me know, in the comments below!i