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7 truths for new runners

I get so excited when someone tells me they’ve started running. I wanna hug them and shout, "Welcome to the club!" For me, running is more than an activity – it's a lifestyle. And it's definitely a growing community as more and more people across the country have lined up at a starting line in recent years.

I've written before about how I got started, but now that I've been at it a while, I wanted to reflect back and add some more. So, if you're new to running, here's a list of seven things you'll likely find to be true: 

1. It’s going to suck. At least, it will suck at first. I’ve never heard a story of a new runner who took off and swiftly covered three miles. If you’ve never run before or if it’s been a long time, you’ll want to start off with running/walking intervals to ease into it. I used the Couch to 5k app on my smartphone, and it told me when to walk and run during my workouts over the course of eight weeks.  

Running makes us all a little crazy, but we'll never be alone!
2. You’re going to want to quit. It’s tough to start any new routine, especially a new and challenging workout routine. No one likes panting like a dog and limping around on sore muscles. But in time, you’ll feel like Superman. Don’t give up!

3. The endorphins will keep you coming back for more. Even though you’ll have bad days, there will be lots of good ones, too. Ever heard of runner’s high? That’s the rush of endorphins you’ll get after a good sweat session. It rocks.

4. You’ll want to run too much/too far/too fast. That awesome rush may have you riding a wave, but don’t ride it too far. If you’re tempted to run more than your training plan calls for, be smart. Overtraining can lead to injury, and you could be forced to take a break and start all over. In addition to physical and mental strength, improvement takes TIME. Don’t rush it. 

5. Your friends/family will think you are crazy. Most people will be supportive, but haters are still gonna hate. Their probably just jealous – don’t let them get you down! Invite the Negative Nellies to join you for a local 5k, even if they just walk it. Maybe they’ll catch the bug, too!

6. You’ll start to wonder if you really are crazy. Getting up at o-dark-thirty for workouts? Spending your fun money on new running clothes? Planning your family vacations around races? Yeah, it seems a little insane. But trust me, there’s an entire community of crazies out there who are just like you. 

7. You’ll start to feel like a new person. Finding the runner inside of you is like finding a buried 
treasure. Running has changed me, my marriage and my work – all for the better. It’s given me the confidence to try new things and push myself to new limits. It’s also given me a new joy and appreciation for life. Running transformed me into someone I never knew I could be. 

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