Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Can I become a Runner?
     On most days, I feel like these lovely woman from Picasso's painting "Two Women Running on the Beach" and think I could never be a runner. I feel overweight, and tired. These ladies do look happy though, don't they?

     Over the next eight weeks, I am going to do a program I found in Runner's World Magazine online. It is a program that turns a walker into a runner. It alternates walking and running over the span of 30 minutes for four days per week, walking for two days, and rest for one.

     I have always wanted to run but let myself believe that I just was not built for it. Lately I have noticed (via Facebook) that a lot of my friends run. I know it will be a lot of hard work and determination, but I think I am finally ready to join them!  Fellow runners, please share your pearls of wisdom with this noob! I need all the help that I can get and it is very much appreciated.

     Hopefully, in the next eight weeks, I can post that I can continuously run two miles. That is my first goal. Wish me luck!

My new shoes and pink watch!
 Went on my first run tonight.  It was tough, but I stuck to the program and did great!


  1. Good for you! I started running a few years ago, and LOVE it. It took me all through college to figure out how to believe in myself. Once I got passed that (and my first two mile run), I felt confident enough to do a few 5k races. Now I have even done four half marathons and am training for a full! I have a few fall races coming up, so I should start posting more about my training. Ask me any questions, and I will be sending good thoughts your way. There is a Runner's World book for women that I have that really helped me. I will find it and give you the name of it in case you are interested. For me, the mental aspect is much more difficult than the physical. Stay positive!

  2. Thank you so much for the sweet message. I wanted you to know that seeing your blog was I think the last push I needed to get going with it. You really inspired me.
    I completed day three today and though I am sore; I feel stronger already. I would love the name of that book whenever you find it. I'm so glad that I picked the program I did to get started. It is what I would usually do when walking (to add in some jogging here and there) but this really pushes me to run longer and more often. I am really excited to get in the habit of running so I can stay consistent with exercise. One day at a time...go me!

  3. Sounds like you are off to a great start! The book is Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running:The Best Advice to Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury-Free, Be Safe, and Train for Any Distance. The author is Dagny Scott Barrios. The girl on the cover is wearing coordinating pink shorts and sports bra. I have no idea of the ISBN# because it seems that one of the dogs had a snack of the back cover! I got it at the bookstore and felt like it was one of only running books for women that didn't look like it was from the 80s!