Thirteen miles sounds so far, but I have been walking/running when possible, just to see how quickly those miles add up. What a surprise. After a few days of walking/running, using the stairs instead of the elevators, etc., I am starting to realize I can do it! WooHoo!
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Set a goal. I use marathons (half marathons, 5 or 10 k's) to motivate me to exercise. The goal is not to "win," but to DO IT. I just finished the LA Marathon on March 21st. 7 hours, 1 minute and 23 seconds! 7 hours of steady 16-minute miles. And you get a t-shirt! Start training early! 198
Once you pay the entry fee, it is throwing money away to abandon the goal. Once you get out there and begin to see results, you simply do not want to quit! Get others on board. Do it with friends and colleagues. Do it for a charity. Just DO IT! It is so much fun, challenging and satisfying.
Sign up for an up coming 5km, 10km event or even a half-marathon. I find working towards a tangible event makes me get off my couch and go outside to train. I have been training for an upcoming half-marathon (my first) and I am really doing well. I can now do 8.5km 4 days/week pain free!
look for upcoming races/events in your area - usually you can pre-plan 6-8 months prior to the event if it is a yearly event.
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