Hello Carrots N’ Cake Readers, this is Monica from Run,Eat,Repeat.
One of the questions I get asked most often is “How do you run so much? I could never run x miles”¦”
Well, I didn’t always run folks. Good ol’ Run,Eat,Repeat started by walking.
After graduating from high school I wanted to lose weight. I had always been a little overweight (sometimes more than others) and was determined to lose weight and get healthy! I started by walking. I would take walks with my BFF, but when she wasn’t around I would walk on my grandma’s treadmill.
After a while I got my own treadmill and set it up in my bedroom. I would walk 5 days a week. I really enjoyed it and I was losing weight and getting in shape.
After a few months of walking on the ‘mill, I began to get bored of it and attempted to run for a bit. I did just a few minutes on and off for the duration of my work out and really loved it. I did that for a week or so and ran a little more, and then a little more, until I was running for one hour at a time before school.
I was still too embarrassed to run outside so I stuck to the treadmill for about a year. Finally, my boyfriend at the time agreed to go for a run with me at the beach. I ended up running six miles non-stop (and completely losing him!). It felt so good and I was so proud of myself. I was a runner!
A few months later I ran a 10K with a friend. Then, I did a half marathon and the rest is history”¦. I love running. Now it’s a very important part of my life.
But, I always remind my readers and friends – I started with walking. It took a long time for me to get where I am today (which is training for a marathon!). It did not happen overnight, and part of the fun was the journey to get me here. Every race I’ve trained for has taught me something. And I’ve actually learned the most from my “bad” runs! You learn a lot about yourself when it’s just you and the sound of your feet hitting the ground. Enjoy that part, live in the moment – it’s part of the process.
If you are a beginning runner I suggest checking out a Couch to 5K program. If you’re looking to increase mileage and are having a hard time with injuries or stamina, a walk/run program like the Galloway Method is great.
Beginning Running Rules to Remember:
- Listen to your body, be patient
- Fuel yourself well (if you’re asking your body to perform like an athlete, fuel like one)
- Rest enough (I am currently running 4 days a week, 2 days of active rest)
- Don’t increase mileage more than 10% per week
- If you are in pain, don’t push it – injury prevention is better than injury treatment
- Be patient with yourself, you’ll get there. Enjoy the ride, or should I say – “Enjoy the run!”
Have fun and thanks for reading! For more running stories, tips and motivation check me out at Run,Eat,Repeat.