How do you get started running?

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Registered: 05-09-2010
How do you get started running?
Sun, 01-12-2014 - 9:41am

It seems to me that I see more and more women around my age or size out running lately and I am considering trying it. How do I get started?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 8:32am

Hi Nancy,

I recently read somewhere that more middle-aged women were running than ever before. I think it's great! I am part of a running group where the youngest person is 45. We aren't breaking any records but we are having a lot of fun and feeling great.

When I decided to start, I went out and got myself a very good pair of shoes and a couple of cool running outfits.  I started out very slowly just running a few minutes here and there and increasing a little bit each week. I was already a heavy duty walker so I set my goal on running part of my daily walks.

You may want to check out some programs out there to help you plan and keep you motivated like Couch to 5K or Nikeplus Coach (you can download it to your phone if you have a smartphone).

Good luck and let me know when you get started. :-)