Last week I shared with you all a little bit of insight into how I got into running, and it has been a crazy journey!
I get it, running isn’t for everybody. But if you’ve ever secretly wanted to try it, but were too intimidated, or didn’t have a clue on where to start, then keep reading because today’s post is for you!
This week I wanted to let you guys in on my two best running tools for beginners, or as I like to call them, my running “coaches”. Both have inspired me and taken me from the very definition of a couch potato to crossing finishing lines like a champ!
It’s important when you decide to begin any new fitness program to have some guidance when you begin. This is especially important for running. Having some sort of training program can help prevent injury, keep you motivated and help you navigate these first few days as a runner.
Also, the nurse in me wants to make sure to remind you that you should always talk to your doctor before beginning a new fitness program, especially if you have any pre-existing medical condition. Let’s be safe and healthy, m’kay?! Great!
When I first started even thinking about running, my first fear was that I had no idea what I was doing or where to even begin. I was WAY too self conscious to put myself out there and ask around! No, no, no, my friends…I knew the beginning of my running journey was not going to be cute. It was going to be gross and slow and sweaty. Not something I wanted to share with people I would have to socially interact with.
Maybe that’s not an issue for you. Which, high five my friend! Because that’s awesome!
But if you’re anything like me, and don’t feel ready for running buddies and group training, then that’s where something like Couch 2 5K comes in!
Couch 2 5K is a free podcast through Itunes brought to you by Running Mate. It’s my number one recommendation for anyone interested in running no matter what their fitness background. This is the very podcast that I started with all those many years ago when I couldn’t even run a full 3 minutes without needing to stop, let alone 3 miles!
What’s great about C25K (besides being a free podcast!) is its broken into an 8 week program that is designed for people with zero running experience. Robert Ullrey guides you through each week as you gradually progress from “couch potato” to running a full 5K (3.1 miles). He has added great running music to the podcast, and cues you when its time to run and when its time to walk. It’s such an awesome resource that even when I come back from long hiatuses and feel really rusty, I will still refer back to it because its just that good!
Now for my girlfriends who are still on the fence about starting something like C25K, let me introduce to my other running “coach” while you’re deciding…
Allow me to introduce you to my very best running friend, “The Non-Runners Marathon Guide for Women” by Dawn Dias.
Even if you have no desire to ever run a marathon, this book is still a hilarious read for anyone who just enjoys a good laugh. Dawn is a self-proclaimed anti-runner, who on a whim decided to sign up to run a marathon. Her book is her experience of her training once the gravity of what she had just committed to set in! Her transparency holds little back when discussing the good, the bad and the ugly of race training. And her hilarity will remind you that you are not the only one wondering if you should have your head examined for paying good money to run these crazy distances.
What I loved most about this book is that it feels like I’m chatting with a girlfriend. Also, she has training programs and tips littered throughout the book to help you. So if you do decide to train for a race, you feel like you have her training right along side you. Which, fair warning, her book is so inspiring its what made me finally commit to my first half marathon! And I used her training plan to do it!
Seriously though, I can not say enough good things about these two resources! Both are geared towards beginners, who come with little to no running experience.
I would encourage you that if you’re at all looking for a new fitness challenge, that you would consider giving running a try, and using one of these resources to do it! Grab some sneakers and some water and get going! I promise, there is no harder step than the first one out the door!
So what do you think? Ever consider giving one of these options a try? Have one you’d add to the list? Let me hear about it below in the comments!
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