Welcome to the World of Running! You're gonna love it. In HS I couldn't run for anything. I would always get a bad side ache. Then in my early 20's I decided to give it another try and I ran for years. Until I had kids that is. Now after 20 something years, I've lost the weight and I'm back at it. Plus I'm running better than I did 20 yrs ago! You've gotten good advice about running. Just don't over do it at first! Most of all, Have Fun!
It's funny that you mention that, my mother in law (a daily runner) just passed along 2 boxes of fitness magazines and I just bought 3 books on the topic from Amazon. I'm glad to see I'm not way off base on the idea of reading up about it. :) Thanks for the suggestion.
Hi, my name is Pam and I just recently tried out a treadmill for the first time. I've always been scared to try one. I imagined myself flying off the back of one and making a fool out of myself so I just avoided them all together and decided that running just wasn't for me. When I was younger I hated running, I ran flat out and ran out of steam so quickly that I gave up because "I can't run, running isn't for me."
But then one crowded day at the gym I decided to try it, swallow that lump of fear in the back of my throat and get on a treadmill. I set it to the pace I typically kept on the elliptical and instead of running flat out I was at a comfortable pace. I found my rhythm and pushed myself to do my best. I even got to 1mph faster than my typical elliptical speed without reaching my burnout level. I felt strong, capable....I CAN RUN!
I bought myself some runners because my cross trainers were quite heavy and the next time I got on the treadmill I felt even more light, free and dare I say, happy.
So here I am, I've decided that I can run and that running can be fun. Now I just have to learn to do it properly to avoid injury and how to reach my potential as a runner. I welcome all constructive advice and tips from you guys, like I said I'm new to this and want to learn to do it well.
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