My addiction did not take hold the first time I ran. The first month or so that I really started training was terrible. I would say I hated it about 40% (or more) of the time. Running wasn't as easy at 35 as it was when I was as a teenager. I was running 7 minute miles in Jr. High and now I could barely run 7 minutes. That realization really got into my head. It made running mentally and physically challenging for me. I struggled so much during those first weeks.
Then one day it happened. I became a runner. I wish that I could tell you that I had some epiphany; that the Running Gods smiled down upon me, their latest follower, and opened up the heavens while hosts of Heavenly Angels sang the Hallelujah Chorus. It was a little more subtle than that. My runs started to suck less. I could run up the hills I previously had to walk up. More and more, I looked forward to my runs.
The rest is, as they say, is history. I got better and better with each run, and I continue to get better each time I go out. The best part - I still have a long way to go. Each run is a challenge in its own right.
To answer Mel's second question as to how she can become addicted, well, I can provide some pointers.
- Get out there and run.
- Pace yourself. So much of my trouble during my first runs resulted from me running too fast too soon.
- Sign-up for a 5k. This will give more reason to get out there and run. This is especially helpful when you first start out running.
- Join a Couch-to-5k program. You will be running with other beginners and that could make all of the difference.
- Find a running club in your area. The running club I belong to is a tremendous support team.
Before starting this or any other exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor. I did.