What makes a runner? Is it how fast she runs or how much time she puts in to the sport?
Some might disagree, but in my opinion, it’s not the speed that makes a runner. It’s the effort.
Don’t let the name “runner” intimidate you even before you attempt to become one. It’s not a name reserved for those who clock in under 8 minutes in the mile run. You can be a runner.
Just follow John Bingham, my marathon-running hero, who is known to enjoy life in the slow lane. Can a runner have a “blazing” pace of 12-minute miles in a race? You bet.
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A quick disclaimer: Before you set marathon goals – or any fitness goal running or whatever – consult a physician.
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I wasn’t born a runner. I’m not naturally fast, either. OK, I’m not fast period. But, I became a runner.
I used to play soccer in high school, but I let myself go in college. When a dear friend of mine saw me after a few years post-graduation, she gently advised me to take care of myself. I tried running the next day and made it about 2 minutes. Ouch.
It was 2004, and I set a goal that year: I was going to run the Chicago Marathon in two years. But first, I had to become a runner.
It was slow going but I became a runner.
Another great beginner plan to check out is by a well-known running coach, Hal Higdon.
It’s a 30-minute, 30-day plan. I like its simplicity and the fact you are obligated to walk in it.
Take a look at these two plans. Does either look like something you could do?
To my running friends, how did you get started?