11 Ways to Get You Off Your Bum and Run (even if you have never run before)

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I Love to run. I especially love to run in the spring and when the weather is getting warm. I'll be honest.... I didn't always love it. In fact I hated it in high school unless it consisted of running after a soccer ball. I really had a hard time running over a mile until  I got married and a friend invited me to run with her. I almost died.  But a few months into it I ran my first 5K (yes I did walk some of it). :) After that race, I decided I needed to run another one to beat my time.... and my running started from there.
I have now run a marathon, many 1/2 marathons, Ragnar, 10ks, 5ks, a Triathlon, and a Mud run. Sometimes I'll admit that running is still hard to do with kids and when I'm tired... so here is my list of 10 ways I get motivated to Get off my Bum and Run!

1. Start Small...
If you have never run before, or just had a baby, or any other thing that got in the way of running... I suggest starting slow. I had 3 good friends do the Couch to 5K program and it was AWESOME!!! All three were up to running 3 miles in 2 months. The Couch to 5K is a walk/ jog system so that anyone could do it!

2. Find a Running Partner
I used to run alone, jam to my music, and suffer through the run. When I started running with people I not only enjoyed it.... I could run a lot more miles and not even realize it! I have also gotten to know many girls that have become my best friends.

3. Run at a Pace that is Comfortable to you
I used to run with my husband.... and it killed me! I would dread going because he was A LOT faster than me. I believe you need to push yourself but if you are going to fast... you won't go on another run for awhile. Once I found girls that could run the same pace as me I really enjoyed running.

4. Get Some Music
Although I love running with people I do enjoy going by myself from time to time.  I love downloading new music and running to the new songs on my Ipod.

5. Join a Gym
I never really had a gym pass until I moved to Missouri, and I will never be without a gym again! I run 4 days a week, and lift 1 to 2 times a week. I love the change up. Most gyms also offer other classes like spinning, yoga, zumba, etc. If you join a gym you are more likely to get out and use it so you won't waste your money.
If you have children some gyms even provide child care. (Mine does and it is the best!)

6. Sign Up For a Race

My husband Ammon doesn't run all year long. He only runs when he signs up for a race.  Ammon and I have run a couple of races together including the Provo half marathon and the Phoenix Mud Run.  I just have to say that the Mud Run was one of my most favorite races because we laughed through a lot of it! Another fun run that I received an e-mail about is called Hero Rush . Instead of running through the mud you get to run through simulated challenges that firefighters face everyday. Runners will climb ladders, scale steep roofs, bust through windows and doors, drag massive fire hoses, crawl through smoke-filled mazes and more. There are also small Hero Runs for the kids to participate it!

7. Get Running Shoes
If you are going to get serious about running I suggest getting good shoes. I'm not talking k-mart $20 shoes. Go to a running (or athletic) shoe store and try on GOOD shoes. I always write down which ones I like best and then go buy them online -  You can get them much cheaper!!!! My favorites are Asics Gel Kayano. They make them for women and men. My husband also likes Asics Kayanos.

8. Get Running Clothes
You are probably thinking that I'm crazy, but getting new running clothes makes me feel awesome as I run. I usually don't spend the big bucks on clothes. I always go to the clearance racks just to see if there are any good deals. But when I get new running clothes you can bet I'll be running the next day and be wearing them.

9. Track your Route
Just running anywhere is hard for me. I like to know where I am going and how long I will be going. www.mapmyrun.com is the best website! It will help you step by step on where to map your run if you want to run 1 mile or many miles. I also have a Garmin GPS watch that lets me know how fast I am going. You if you are interested you can find cheap ones on eBay.

10. Set a Goal
Whether you are running to lose weight, to get in shape, or beat your time - you need to set a goal. Track everything from when you start... while you are going... and when you finish. Go for 2 months and if you stick with it everyday - you will be surprised at the outcome.

11. You Can Do It
Have support. Tell people that you are starting to run. It is a lot harder to back out of things when lots of people know about it.  I got a group of 28 Moms to run a half marathon  or full marathon with me. Some of these ladies had never run more than 1 mile. They are doing awesome!!!! Our race is on April 21st and all 28 of them are planning on doing it! Having support makes all the difference!

Good Luck and Happy Running!!!!
When I run all the weight I'm trying to lose literally melts off. If you are interested in the Six Sister's 8 Week Weight Loss Challenge to help you lose weight while you run - you can find it here.

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  1. Torrie says:

    I love all these! I am currently training to run my first marathon, and it’s crazy for me to think that about two months ago, I could only run 2 miles, and just last Saturday I ran 18!

    One thing that I would add to this list (besides strongly saying that signing up for a race is the best motivation!) is to keep yourself accountable. I blog about my marathon training every week, and it definitely helps me to stay on track with my goals. Thanks for the post!

    http://autodidacticambitions.blogspot.com

  2. LadyLike says:

    This is a great post. I used to run a few years ago until I got a serious hamstring injury. I’m 61 yo and I didn’t start running until I was 56. I thought I was going to die the first 15 seconds of running. My husband is a runner and he taught me how to train properly. I was an avid walker so this really helped but it’s two different activities. I loved it so much and lost around 35 pounds in 7 months. Within four months I was up to 6 miles but I started getting too excited to push for longer distances and up popped the hamstring. We were planning on running the 10 mile Pear Blossom Run (he runs it every year) but it didn’t work out for me. I learned a lot about myself during this training time. I truly miss it but want to try to run again. I love being on the road with my music or watching my husband in front of me. Love your blog!

  3. LadyLike says:

    Oh I forgot to mention….I kept a daily journal of my walk and run distances and times. I could see my improvements and that was a big motivator. I still have that journal and it keeps looking at me waiting for a new entry. Best of luck to everyone.

  4. Great advice! This is the best weather to run in — especially here in Florida. I LOVE to run too. On my iPhone I have the Runkeeper app which helps keep track of my pace, calories and miles. I’ve done a ton of 5k and 10k runs. Completed my first half marathon two years ago (26.2 with Donna for Breast Cancer). There was a point where I never thought I’d run unless someone was chasing me…ha! But once you start it becomes quite addicting. Our 13 yr old son is running his 5k next month with me :)

  5. I totally agree with all of your tips. I am also a soccer player turned runner. It’s funny how much soccer players run, but how much they hate it when it’s not on a field! I’ve run all distances from marathon on down, including the Goofy (1/2 marathon and full in the same weekend). My favorite race was Ragnar since it is such a team race. You really get to know people quick when you spend over 24 hrs with them in a van! I’d add keeping a daily running journal to track your progress as well. You can use http://www.mapmyrun.com for this too.

    Melissa
    http://www.lovebugliving.com

  6. Stephanie M. says:

    I just recently found this blog, and I’m so glad you posted this! I wasn’t much of a runner until recently, but I’m now on Week 8 of the Couch to 5K program, and running a race next Sunday! Like you said, the program is great and it really works if you stick with it. I use an iPhone app called 5K Runner and iMapMyRun to keep track. Anyway, great post!

  7. Oh my goodness you dont know how much this helped me!! I was an avid runner 6 months, I got up to 6.2 miles and I was so so proud of myself! In Jan, my shins were severely injured, causing me to stop running alltogether. Its been over 2 months and im itching to get out now that my splints are gone! This was a very motivating post..thank you!! I’ll be running a 10K in provo June 9th, thats my goal. Wish me luck on getting off the couch and getting my buns out there! LOVE your blog, New follower!

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