but, I’m just not a runner…

20130701-161304.jpg My first 5K. Check out the form and all the cotton!

The other day, I heard some of my coworkers talking about how they could never be runners. The conversation went a little like this:

Coworker #1: “So, you had to swim and then run? How far was the run?”
Coworker #2: “Just two miles, but it was really hot.” (walks away)
Coworker #1: “I could never be a runner.”
Coworker # 3: “Yeah, me neither, some people can just run like that, I’m just not a runner.”

For me, it’s so funny to know how different all of us are, but yet, we sometimes share the same beliefs about what we are capable of doing. Most people don’t start off running with the thought that they will eventually run a marathon or do a triathlon. A lot of us start off the same way. We realize something in our lives needed to change for the sake of ourselves or our families. Don’t get me wrong, some people can slap on a pair of shoes and head out of the door and never look back. But, for the average person, this is not the case. For me, this was far from the case. Here are some tips on how you can become a runner:

1) Do Stuff You Love!
My running journey began very gradually. I love to play soccer, so that’s where it began. Every weekend I was lacing up my cleats to play on my indoor soccer team. Many weekends I would be scheduled for one game, but would be asked to sub for other teams that needed a girl player. One game became two, which led to my entire weekends being spent at the soccer arena. I didn’t really think about the running, because I was distracted by my love for the game of soccer. I thought to myself, if I am able to run around a field for hours on end, why wouldnt I be able to run? So, whether it be soccer, kickball, tennis, Zumba, Prancerising, or a plethora of other activities, start with something you love to do.

2) Find Accountablity!
Find someone that has clear goals for themselves as well. We’ve all fallen into the accountability trap where you find an accountability partner, but the second it’s too hot, too cold, or too perfect outside, they’re a no-show. Okay, I’m totally guilty of this. I HATE cold weather. Your accountability partner can be a friend, coworker, or a group of people. I’ve found strong accountability through my running club and blogging networks. One morning I overslept for a group run, and the next weekend several runners asked where I was. I would suggest letting your accountability partner know that you want them to be your accountability partner.

3) Celebrate Small Victories!
Lets face it. Most of us are to hard on ourselves. Remember to celebrate the small victories. My first victory was running my first 5K race as an adult and not stopping. I didn’t win anything, but I told everyone how I ran this race and didn’t stop at all. That was exciting for me! Runners are excited to share and celebrate personal achievements with you. But, don’t bog yourselves down!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! Hope that these are helpful tips you’re able to use if you’re just getting started.

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