The Ten Stages of Beginning to Run
by Meredith Winnett
We all have those friends who are avid about getting into shape. Strangely, they all run. They’ve all lost so much weight and feel really good about themselves. You learn that running can strengthen your immune system, which is good for those winter months. This running thing is starting to sound like a good idea. Let’s try it!
Starting to run takes time and dedication. You have to ignore the overwhelming voice that says you can’t do it. No matter how badly your shins hurt, no matter how big the blisters on your feet get, you have to keep going to see the benefits of running.
“Yeah I’m totally gonna run ten miles today and it’s going to feel so good! I’m not scared at all!”
“Ugh, how far have I gone?! ONLY A HALF A MILE?! I’m not in nearly good enough shape for this…”
“WHY DOES MY WHOLE BODY HURT.”
“There is no way I’m trying that again.”
- Second wind.
“Hey! I don’t hurt anymore! LET’S GOOOOOO!”
“Just please let me eat everything in the kitchen.”
“Why haven’t I lost weight? Why can’t I run more than three miles? WHY WHY WHY?”
Probably because of all the snacking you’ve done…
“I ran five miles. That’s enough justification to sleep all day, right?”
- Runner’s High.
“So that mythical feeling my friends tell me about is real?! I love everything!”
Your endorphins are going crayyyyzayyyyy! P.S. Endorphins make you more attractive.
“I did it! I ran without passing out! Bring on the next challenge!”