I'm a finisher of 2 half marathons and you know what I realized? This is a sport that almost anyone can participate in. And I'm not over exaggerating. If you have always wanted to be a "runner" and/or complete a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon? Guess what. You can! Here's how...
First thing's first... why should you listen to what I have to say?
Cause I've been in your shoes. You look up to others who "go out for a run" (...for fun)! You desire to experience and complete a race, no matter the distance. You want to get back in shape. You want to set a goal and accomplish it. I've been there.
One of my goals before turning 30 was to run a half marathon. I'm 27 and am happy to report, I have now ran two half marathons and just signed up for my 3rd! But I, like every other runner you meet, I had to start somewhere. We don't learn to walk, then learn to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles straight days later. No one does. It comes with time.
While running this race I saw people of different ages, body shapes, athletic ability, races, and age. Runners don't fit one mold. Anyone can run. It's easy. And you, my friend, can do it, too. So without further ado, let me share some easy steps and tips.
Here are 3 easy steps to become a runner:
1. CHOOSE A RACE
Yes, this is the first step. Because if you're like me... you won't actually get out and train if there's nothing to train for. I need a deadline. Also, paying for something changes things, am I right? If you pay $25 or $100 in advance for a race, guess who's going running?
Races I've run and recommend (in order of completion):
- The Color Run 5K - so fun!
- Run For Wellness 5K - it's FREE!
- Justice Run 10K
- YMCA Turkey Dash - You can choose to do the 5K or 10K. 5K = 3.14 miles | 10K = 6.2 miles
- The Davy Crockett Bear Chase - You can choose to run the half marathon, full marathon or 5K.
- Cypress Half Marathon - You can choose to run the half marathon or 5K.
- Other races can be found at Houston Running Calendar or Running In The USA.
2. CHOOSE A PLAN
This step is crucial. While step 3 is of utmost importance. Don't go to step 3 without completing this step. YOU NEED A PLAN. A goal without a plan is set up to fail. There are hundreds of plans on the internet. Countless pins on Pinterest, apps, books, and websites. Here are some of my favorites:
3. GO FOR A RUN
Given the fact that you have a good pair of tennis shoes and appropriate running attire already - if not, make this step 2.5 and go shopping ;) - all that’s left to do is walk outside your door, and start running! Maybe you run a little at first and then need to walk. Or maybe you jog slowly and after a while you pick up the pace. No matter what, you’re out there doing it! And that, ladies and gents, it’s how it all begins.
So, pick your race, stick to your plan and run consistently. Before you know it, race day will come and words can't describe the feeling that will come over you once you've...
c r o s s e d t h a t f i n i s h l i n e!
SOME FINAL TIPS:
> Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Water intake is key.
> Watch what you eat. Fuel your body with GOOD things.
> Invest in high-quality running shoes.
> It's okay to walk. Listen to your body.
> Stretch after runs.
> Celebrate all progress.
We tend to make things more complicated than they should be, running included. With that said, I hope these 3 easy steps helped give simple and clear direction.
Share with me if you start, and know you've got a fellow runner here rooting for you! If you have any other questions, comment them below and I'll respond. Or if you have tips of your own, share the knowledge!
I’ll borrow Nike’s words to close. . .
Happy running, friends!
Ps. My next race will be the Katy Half Marathon on Saturday, February 3rd. If you're interested in registering for the race and running with, let's do it! Register for the Katy Half by clicking here.