I’ve always hated running, ever since I was in elementary and we had to run relay races, I was always the slowest runner and I gave up so quickly. It’s taken me so long to learn to push myself mentally and physically when it comes to running and that’s what I’ve learned to love the most about this running journey.
A couple of months ago, I started running a mile every day on the treadmill, my mph was atrocious (12mph), but little by little I started pushing myself a bit more, adding more miles to my run.
Shortly after, my boyfriend pushed me to go for a 5-mile run. Running with a partner is great, it keeps you accountable and pushes you until the end, however, if they’re anything like my boyfriend you’ll be pushed till your legs physically can’t move anymore. Below I’ve written my running schedule to help you get an idea at how I’ve managed to increase my pace from 12 mph to 8:30 mph in just one month and enjoy running.
Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday – Run 2-4 miles. I started at a slow pace at the beginning, which helped me build up endurance rather than speed.
- Start incorporating sprints into your routine to help increase your pace.
- One day out of the weekend – Go for a long run either outdoors or on the treadmill. I recommend outdoors, the time goes by a lot quicker and next thing you know you’ve completed your a long distance run.
One of the things I’ve noticed really helps while I’m running on the treadmill is listening to a podcast. When you’re running outside you have the scenery to look at but when you’re on a treadmill, staring out the window can be incredibly boring, so I really suggest listening to a podcast. Quick tip, choose a podcast that’s longer than 40 minutes, it’ll make you want to keep running, you won’t want to stop in order to finish the podcast.
Running has honestly become like a meditation practice for me. I look forward to my runs now. In the beginning, I used to run to burn off the calories and lose weight and while all of that is great, I’ve learned to appreciate the art of running. Running to clear my mind, to see how far I can go. I used to think I could never run more than 3 miles, I thought marathon runners had superpowers, but guess what, with a little faith, confidence and good shoes 😉 you can do just about anything.
People ask me why I got into running and to be honest, I think I got into running because I wanted to be good at something I was really bad at. I don’t consider myself GREAT at just one thing, I think I’m good at several things but there’s not that one thing that I can say I’m really good at. So that’s where it all started.
I’m currently training for the half marathon and completed my first 10 miles this weekend. Took me 1:35, it was absolutely brutal but I didn’t stop, I turned on worship music and asked God to give me strength. I’ll post all about my half marathon experience next month!
I’d love to hear about your running experiences, do you love it or hate it?