Running Motivation: You don't have to be a "Superman" or "Wonder Woman" to start a running program.

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Starting a running routine.

Superman is the epitome of being able to do super human things. I figured he would be a good comparison to use in the point I'm trying to make. A new year is closely approaching us, which means that many people will be making resolutions for 2013. One of the most common resolutions that people make is changing their health. This is the time of the year where memberships at various gyms rise, and we begin to see more people frequent the tracks and parks. One of the most popular exercises people are aware of is jogging. Whether you're a runner or not, I'm willing to bet that you've seen someone running or jogging somewhere in the area where you live. Although jogging is a popular form of exercise, starting a running program can be intimidating, especially if you're beginning after sometime or even years off. This article will provide a bit of motivation for those planning on starting a running routine.

Don't be intimidated.

If you decide to begin a running program, you're most likely going to see experienced runners wherever you decide to run. You may notice that some of them may run extremely fast, which will most likely intimidate you - don't let it. You do not have to be a "Superman" or "Wonder Woman" in order to run. Nobody comes into this world able to walk. We crawl first, and then we learn to walk. That's the way you have to view running when you start out. Your main goal at first shouldn't be about speed or distance, but rather getting your heart rate up, and allowing your body to adapt to the new stress you're putting on it. As you begin to progress into your running, you'll find that it will become easier to do - and you'll also become faster as you become better at doing it.

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Personal example.

My sister and I went to the park a few days ago to burn off some of those Christmas calories we took in. We decided that we would walk one mile, and then do some running. I already run 3 to 4 times a week, but I decided to accommodate to my sister since she doesn't run as much as I do. After the mile walk, we began to run at a slow and leisurely pace, just enough for me to hold a conversation with her. After half a mile or so, I asked her if she wanted to stop and walk for a bit. She responded by saying no, and that she wanted to run an entire mile. We continued to run, and both finished the 1.03 mile mark together. I didn't time the run like I normally do with myself, but she was worried about how slow we were going. I told her not to worry about the time it took. Regardless as to how long it may have taken to run the mile, the only thing that matters is getting your heart rate up, which is exactly what we both done.

Conclusion.

Just remember that you don't have to come out and overdo things if you want to start running. Next time you're at the park or the track and you feel the urge to run, just do it. Never be intimidated by experienced or avid runners. Also, if you're an experienced runner, offer tips and support to new runners if you see them. They all had to start somewhere just like you. Also keep in mind that running isn't for everyone, so make sure you consult with your healthcare physician to make sure you're physically fit enough to run. Before I end this, I want to say I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2013. Now get out there and run.

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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Hi, my friend! I really needed to read this article. At first, when I clicked on the link, I thought I was going to be treated to one of your cool fantasy football hubs. But when I saw the title, especially in light of my goals for 2013 hub, I knew I was meant to read this. Thank you so much for helping me psychologically prepare for January 1st when my goals program kicks off. I used to run like a gazelle 25 - 37 years ago. Time, distractions, and the aging process slowed the gazelle down until he was only motivated to walk to the couch (ha-ha!)...but I am bound and determined to get moving again. What's impeding me is this notion of how ridiculous I'll look, and that's where your hub really helped me out tonight. Blessings on you for that, my friend! May God shower you abundantly with His favor this coming year. Thank you, PB!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there my good friend hawaiianodysseus. I'm planning on writing my final fantasy football review sometime this week. Anyway, glad you found this article necessary to your goals for 2013. Although I'm younger than you, I can relate to what you mean as far as starting a running program again. I was an athlete throughout high school, but like you time, life, and getting a bit older equated to weight gain etc. I was very intimidated when I started back running, but I got through it. Don't worry about what others think of you. Just do your thing, and run your own race. The slow and steady race always wins. Thanks for your feedback good sir. Looking forward to seeing what you have in the works as far as hubs this year, and I wish you nothing but the absolute best for this new year.


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Abbasangel 3 years ago from Australia - The land down under

some really great ideas, to keep working on it until you get there.


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LisaMarie724 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Thanks for this. I always wanted to start running but felt like I couldn't do it because I'm not super fit. You just gave me the motivation to tackle it!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Abbasangel, Thanks a lot for your feedback. Patience and effort is the key to reaching our goals.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@LisaMarie724, You're welcome my friend, and thank you for taking out the time to read it. You don't have to be super fit. Just give it a go, and pace yourself. Slow and steady always wins :)


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EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

The biggest thing I had to get past was the endurance part. I knew my legs could handle it but I wasn't sure about my lungs. I was never known for extended air intake during running drills. Thankfully I've improved a lot since I started a couple months ago. It's still hard at time but I don't regret I did it for a second.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@EJ Lambert, Hello sir. Thanks for viewing and commenting. When I first started running, I knew that I could physically do it, but I had stamina and breathing problems, which I guess is understandable since it was new. After 7 years of doing it regularly, I find that breathing while running is no problem, however, I have knee and foot problems, which has slowed me down a lot. Running is still one of my favorite things to do though, and I plan on continuing on going for as long as I'm able. Best wishes to you in your running ventures. Thanks again!

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