I ran cross country for one season in high school and I liked it but I was too lazy to be much of an asset to the team. Since then, every once in awhile, I will start running again, but generally lose interest after a few months.
Then about four years ago I started running again. The first time I went I thought I was going to die. I was in terrible shape. After my first son was born, other than long walks with my friends, I got little to no exercise at all. But I found this blog and followed her advice. It works: 30 minutes every other day and run so slowly you could probably walk at a faster pace.
I quit for awhile when I was pregnant with my second son, and then started back up as soon as he turned three months old. Senior citizens would pass me on the running path, but I tried not to let that get me down. After a year or two I started setting small goals for myself: 5 km in 30 minutes. 10 km in an hour. 10 miles in 90 min.
This past weekend I ran 20 km in one hour and forty minutes and I still suspect I miscalculated the time because if I actually did cover that distance in such a short amount of time I have no idea how I did it.
A couple of people have asked me about running, and my advice is this: if you are thinking about taking it up, go for it! Check out the doctor mama blog, or at least her post on “how to start”. In a nutshell, she says you’ll need comfortable running shoes, a supportive bra (if applicable) and to stop making stupid excuses. 30 minutes is not a lot of time. Anyone can find 30 minutes to run!
So go! Run! NOW! You will thank me. (Maybe not the first couple times, you will more likely be cursing me then, but after that, you will be glad you did it.)