I have not always been a runner. Absolutely not. Mostly because I was never an athletic kid. But I started. And now nothing can stop me, and I believe that can happen to anyone. I think something that’s super important to remember when you’re just getting started is it gets easier. I think my first few times running I kept thinking “Ugh, everyone’s always saying how awesome it is to run and how clear their mind feels. This isn’t awesome.. I feel like death… I’d really like to stop now”. But I kept at it. Doing it every day or every other day. I’d try to push myself. Pushing myself is just the best feeling in the world. It’s one of those things, where you just know it. I know after every run if I pushed myself. If I ran that extra block before stopping, if I ran just a little harder, just a little longer. And that’s how I got where I am today, pushing myself. Just remember, start out small, baby steps, and push yourself. You don’t have to be great at it. You don’t have to look pretty doing it. You don’t have to be better than anyone else. You just have to do it. I read once that half the effort was just getting your shoes on, and I think that’s kind of true. Once you’ve gotten your running sneakers on you’re not going to say “Ah, nevermind I’ll just watch some YouTube videos for 6 hours” you’ll get out there and do something, even if it’s just walking.
Most importantly, I have never regretted going for a run. It just doesn’t happen [because of endorphins, gotta love ‘em]. You’re not going to go for a run, go home and say “Man, I wish I’d stayed home (unless you get hit by a car or something)” It always feels better to run. So just do it.
Also— I’m a toe runner. This basically means I’ve stopped running like humans have started to, heel-toe, and gone back to running somewhat like a toddler, I run with my toe first, my heel quickly touching the ground, then pushing up. It has been really really helpful for me knee injury, really. Ask me about it! At first it was hard because 1) learning to run again is hard and 2) you use a totally different group of muscles, so it hurts for a little while, but the benefits are great. I have much more stamina, I feel better, and my legs hurt so much less (I have serious lower body issues.. long story) Ask more about it if you want to know!