As some of you might know I am training to run a half marathon in the end of May. I have NEVER NEVER NEVER before in my life liked to do cardio, especially not running. But in the summer 2013 some of my friends and I decided that we wanted to implement the 21,1 kilometers. We made a plan and decided that we would start the training in the beginning of 2014. But! The friends I’m running with are all boys and they are always in much better shape (so unfair right?) so I decided to start out a little sooner. I started in November running only one time pr. week. I have been playing soccer for many years (notice that I stopped about a half year ago) but other than that I have only been doing cardio on the cross machine at the gym. My body had to get used to the new type of exercise – in the beginning I could only run 5 km before my muscles would start hurting. Oh and the day after I would be so sore!
But as the time went by I started feeling more and more comfortable while running. I started to feel happy and flowing – suddenly I couldn’t wait for my weekly run. I didn’t take long before I could run 2 times a week. I also started to increase the length of my routes – first 6 km, then 7 km, then 8…
Now January is about to end and I am in my best running shape ever. I run with my friends 3 times a week and I can (almost) easily follow their pace. Even though the snow is falling and it’s zero degrees outside I am still looking forward to my run. The longest I’ve been running is 12 km, and I am 100% sure I will be ready for that half marathon.
If anybody out there want to start running I have a few advises:
– Buy some proper running shoes! Really!
– Push your self HARD! But when you start to feel unnatural pain STOP! Injuries are not fun.
– Make a plan – write down WHEN and how LONG you are going to run. Then follow it!
– Make a playlist! A good motivating one.
– Run beautiful places. By the water or at the forest
Really hope you can use it. You might not feel like a runner right now, but maybe in three months you will. Think about it. Three months. (That was all it took for me)