In April 2010 a friend asked me if I’d be interested in running a marathon with her. It was something I’d always wanted to do. There was only one problem… I HATED to run. It wasn’t just a dislike or a something that might be tolerated. It was pure hatred, unless there was a point to it. I’ll runif I’m playing a sport. Run for Soccer? Check. Run for Volleyball? Check. Run in Softball? Yep you guessed it, Check. I could see the point in running durning games. I still hated running in practice you know, Indian drills and such. I tolerated them only for the end result. Playing in the games.
I wasn’t sure how I would manage. I hadn’t ran for about 11 years. YIKES. I now had a goal though, so my running had a purpose. The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer is a great resource for those just beginning running. Other’s have used the Couch to 5k Running Plan. At first I ran on the treadmill. The idea of running more than a few miles on one of those though sent me quickly out side. I didn’t end up running the marathon, but that’s another post.
I stated slow. So slow that others said to me that they could walk a mile in the time it took me to jog one. I stumbled on this image
It didn’t matter that my mile was 15 min. I was out running, and it felt so good. Whether you a fast or slow, it doesn’t matter. Get out, enjoy the movement of your body. And who knows, you may find a new hobby and love in life. I know I did.