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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

how to become a runner

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If you're a home schooling girl like I am, and you aren't really into sports, but you want to do something, this post is for you. Actually, this post is for anyone who wants to get into running. You don't have to be serious about it, but maybe you just want to be able to run a mile (or maybe 6 miles) without fainting. Here's a few tips I've learned over the year or so I've been running. Note: I am no expert. I'm just sharing some tips that have helped me, but they might not exactly work for everyone.

ONE) Start out slow. I know lots of people say push yourself, but when you're first trying out, don't make it harder than it already is. Let's say you've never run before. Don't just tell yourself you're going to run a five miles everyday. Start out doing something like 3 miles a week, and walk some of it.

TWO) Make running fun. Don't make it something you dread everyday! I know, running is hard. Sometimes you do have to just force yourself to get out the door and run. But try really hard not to make it a burden. Trust me, it helps.

THREE) Sign up for some 5K races once you're used to running. Even if you can't run the 3.1 miles without stopping, it's still fun! There are normally prizes and it's great to meet other people who run too.

FOUR) Find somebody to run with. You don't know how much this helps me. When I'm running with my dad, I always run faster. But when I'm running by myself on a little country road, it's tempting to stop and walk! It's also nice to run alone, but try to drag your sister or friend out to run with you once and awhile.

FIVE)Warm up and stretch before running. I'm not always great with this, but I try my best. It's so good for you just to jog lightly for five minutes, stretch for five, then go for a run instead of just taking off..

SIX)Find a place to run near you that isn't completely isolated, but try to avoid busy streets. Running alone in a strange neighborhood isn't the best idea. Listening to music on busy roads is also dangerous.

SEVEN)Get some good shoes. Even if you're not really serious about running, or you think they're too expensive; please get some good running shoes. I got a pair this week, and they help so much. Also, all the running gear isn't completely necessary. I just run in an old t shirt and shorts.

EIGHT)It's okay to walk. It's okay to take a break. Don't wear yourself running too much. I think there are two kinds of runners. The kind that don't do enough, then the kind that are too hard on themselves. I'm afraid sometimes I'm way too hard on myself if I skip a run. It's okay, just move on!

A 'bad' run is better than no run. Running will get easier, it just takes some getting used to. Lace up your shoes, grab your ipod, and get out the door! Running has given me time to think through my day, given me more self control, and even if it isn't always true, I think it's fun.

Let me know if you have any more questions, or feel free to give me some advice too.

In Christ,
Kendra

ps: thanks for all your nice comments on the last post. I like the design too, but no, I did not create it. The lovely Hannah did. Don't you think she did a great job? ;) 

20 comments:

  1. I kind of want to start running now... but I still hate it enough to not want to all that much. Lol. Although... maybe. :-P

    ps. i just did the design on my blog over... would love to have your opinion. and it's like my second time doing it so it's still a little bad.

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  2. pps. also, another reason i don't really want to run is we live out in the country and i'm terrified of being out by myself. because a coyote could come eat me or something. highley unlikely, but it's a leetle bit freaky. :-P

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    1. Ack! I know what you mean! I live out in the middle of nowhere. We have coyotes at night too. They probably aren't going to do anything to you, even if you do spot one. They'll probably take off running AWAY from you. But like I said, we do have coyotes, and I've never seen one or heard one on my afternoon or morning runs. I used to run at night in the summer, and THAT'S when I would hear them. So just stick to afternoon/late morning runs, and you should be totally fine.

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    2. LOL, here the coyotes are VERY bold. They've come all the way up to the house and fought with the dog... and yah. they're freak me out. ;p and there's TONS of them.

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    3. Also, quick question. I tried to make my blog layout not as wide using template designer, and it says not applicable on this template. I really need to make it narrower because it's too big for most computers i think. do you know how?

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    4. Wait... nevermind. My header was just to big. Off to redesign it again. :-)

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  3. I think I also might be one of those runners who push themselves too hard. ;) Once I start running, I force myself to NOT (no matter how tired I am) stop until I'm done with my course. Sometimes it's very hard, but like you said, having company really helps (I love running with my dad too ;).
    Oh, the new design is lovely! Hannah did an amazing job! I noticed though, that you seem to have an 'S' missing on the header. Thought I'd point it out. ;)


    eve @ essence of eve

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    1. Thanks for telling me. ;) I noticed it before too, and Hannah is going to fix it soon . . .

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  4. I just visited your book list page and saw you read Bourne. I finished it yesterday. IT WAS AWESOMELY AMAZING, wasn't it?!?! Sorry, I'm just kinda feeling overexcited right now. ;P


    eve @ essence of eve

    p.s. Are you on Goodreads?

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    1. Okay, seriously?!? I so need to read it... sorry to intrude :P

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    2. Yes, I know! It was amazing! I gulped it up. ;) Oh, and I AM on goodreads. Sorta. I rarely get on. I did see your invitation, but I just don't get on much anymore. No offense to you though!

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    3. And Jessica, don't worry about "intruding". This is what comments are for!

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  5. I have been meaning to get out and run every morning... unfortunately, my parents have certain restrictions in place that make this rather difficult. However, that is no excuse -- I could run in place!

    xoxo,
    Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul

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    1. Or, you could buy a five thousand dollar treadmill . . . joking. ;) You could try getting a membership at the local YMCA or community center if you really want to run. They don't cost much for one person.

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  6. I ran once before and after that I gave up. I konw, I'm terrible. I gave up because there was no where to run and I had no one to run with! :( P.S: If I ran with my dad, I'd probably get a guilt trip about how unfit I am 'cause he'd run RIGHT ahead of me!

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    1. My dad runs ahead of me too! But normally he has to stop and walk, and then I pass him up. haha. Just try, my brothers are faster than me but I still run with them sometimes. As long as you can see him ahead, it's fine.

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  7. Mm. Running. Hard + wonderful. I am definitely the type that pushes myself beyond the comfort zone..I do not allow myself to stop/walk until I have reached my half-way point (if it's a seven mile run or above), and then I take a five minute stretch. The other day, I ALMOST stopped during my weekly ten-miler--there was this ginormous hill that felt like a mountain, and it was two miles long, and I was dying...but, I did it. I slowed to a crawl, but I made it. :)

    It is just the best feeling--and I hope to always call myself a runner. :)

    -lucia

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    1. Eeek. Seven miles or so each day? and a two mile hill? I run about four or five miles every day (some days just three miles and others I take the whole day off and play basketball), but on weekends I try to do a ten mile run or so. :) You go girl!

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    2. Wowww!! Y'all are really good! :P

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  8. this reminds me...I should go run.

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