This week we want to know “What advice would you give your new runner self?”
Think back to a time when you didn’t know what a fartlek was, or that a Yasso 880 was even real. Back to when you thought the “free sport of running”…was fact. (How cute were we?) And when you ran in cotton socks and department store “running” shoes.
If you were writing a letter to that person that you were, what advice would you give?
What I’d Say To Beginning Runner Me
Look at you. A (gasp) runner! Your high school soccer coach would never believe you willingly ran more than a mile. On purpose. Without being chased.
Heck, neither would your family or any of your friends that have known you for more than 5 minutes.
Yet, here you are. Putting on the wrong socks, the wrong shoes, the wrong sports bra…alright, hey, there’s time to fix all that.
Let’s focus on what you are doing right.
You are running. You are brave enough to get off the couch and go get your first 5K. And I’m proud of you.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind as you progress on this journey. Some may not make sense right now, but trust me, you’ll know what it all means when the time comes.
It won’t always hurt.
It won’t always suck.
It also won’t always be wonderful.
Vasoline is all you need. It’s cheap, it goes on everywhere, and you will never leave home without it.
When your sports bras go on sale, stock up. Those suckers aren’t cheap.
Ditto running shoes.
Your favorite cushiony socks.
And any other gear that you will need to regularly replace.
On this topic: Amazon Prime is the best investment you will ever make.
Nike Plus is a big fat liar.
Spring for the Garmin.
You can walk. It’s a “thing”.
It’s worth it. All of it.
Your kids will think you are awesome. And that’s why you will keep doing it.
The runners high: it’s real. You just have to keep running until you experience it for yourself.
Your body needs this, but your mind needs it more.
So you are running to lose weight? BAZINGA.
You won’t care. You’ll keep running anyway.
You will make the best friends you never knew you wanted or needed.
You will be pushed by them to do things you are quite sure you never ever planned to do.
And you will thank them for it.
You will wear a tutu. And a big goofy bow. And love every moment of it.
You can stop. You can quit. You can give up and let it all go.
But you won’t.
With much love,
Current Runner You (dozens of 5Ks, 10Ks, 19 half marathons and one really long full marathon later)
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)