How to Start and Maintain Your Running Routine

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Pixmac000012022491I got started running through a group of Mom friends who decided one summer to form a running group.  I mostly agreed to join because it was a chance to get out of the house, included playtime for my boys with their friends, and I knew I needed to start some sort of an exercise routine anyway, so it might as well be running.

Unfortunately, this mindset didn’t get me very far.  My running schedule was sporadic, at best.  Like one of our expert contributors, Joanie Jacobsen, it wasn’t until I entered my first 5K race that I started to take my training seriously.  And, you know?… I think that was the ticket – that race changed my thinking from “social hour” to “training hour” and that was just what I needed to give my new hobby a kick-start in the right direction.

So, if you’re a beginning runner, don’t get discouraged! Learn a few valuable tips from our experts about starting and maintaining a running routine that is right for you:

“Never run when the sun is high! Your shadow will go before you, adding 10 pounds, and discourage you! Run early, or late. And consistently! It takes six weeks to develop a habit — commit to running every other day for six weeks. Even a half a mile will do it, if that’s all you can muster. Remember basic physics: a body in motion remains in motion, a body at rest remains at rest.”

Jennifer Graham, http://www.endyrunners.com

“What worked for me was to enter my first official organized race, which was a 5k. Running was not part of my exercise regime, but my daughter convinced me to enter with her. After completing the race and receiving my results I was hooked (must have been the endorphins) and was immediately searching for my next race.

I had a great sense of accomplishment by simply finishing, however my competitive self was telling me that I could do better the next time. I started running in my hilly neighborhood, which was difficult at first but it did get easier and I did improve my time by 6 minutes in race number two. I know that some trainers take the interval approach, but for me I just keep an even steady pace.

I now run a 5k every month and I only started running, or jogging as I call it, in February of this year.”

Joanie Jacobsen, http://babyboomerway.com/

How do you hold yourself accountable to keep running when you don’t really want to?

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