Runner Wanna-B

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-05-2011
Runner Wanna-B
Fri, 09-13-2013 - 2:19am

Hi everyone

I might be crazy that I'm posting here but I have always had this desire to be a runner. I just turned 36, I have a husband that loves to run along with two small boys. I hate the gym because I just get so board! Every time I see someone outside running I think.... I wish I could do that, I wish I could just go out there and run....

So two years ago, just 1 year after my son was born I ruptured a disc in my lower back and had to have emergency back surgery. I’m now about 50lbs over what I was and where I want to be with my weight.

I guess I finally decided to take the plunge and start here. Does anyone have any advice on how I should get started? I do have to admit I have tried to begin before and I find it so hard to push though. Maybe its because I try too much at once and then it’s over whelming… I have no idea. I might just be a big baby. (wink)

Hoping you guys can help!

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Registered: 09-10-2012
Fri, 09-13-2013 - 12:27pm

Everyone told me to start with doctor to make sure you are okay to run then go get good shoes. Once I got my shoes I hit the road. I started with one time around the block jogging and then walking for the rest until I had been out for 30 minutes. Every few days I increased a minute running until I got up to running the entire 30 minutes. Then I increased until I got up to 45 minutes slowly and that is where I am at now. It seems like it took forever but now that I am in the habit, I really enjoy myself. My husband and I have two 5ks.

Good luck and make sure you are in comfortable clothes. Take your time and relax and don't stress over it. Make it a fun goal rather than a chore and you will succeed.