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