New Runners - Let's get the excuses out of the way

This is the time of year where people start asking about running programs. 

And I fall for it every time. 

I get wrapped up in my love of running and give them advice, coaching, support. 

And more often than not I see them drop out before they give themselves a chance to be a runner.

I know it’s them not me but I am disappointed that my love for running doesn’t magically rub off on people.

They have excuses – they get tired.  They get sore.  They get busy at work. 

And they tell me I’m lucky. 

The truth is I get tired, and sore, and now, more then every, busy at work. 

And I am lucky. 

I’m lucky because even though I get just as tired and sore and discouraged as the next guy, I didn’t give up at the beginning when it was the hardest. 

I kept putting one foot in front of the other when I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning.  I got up early, really early, so I could get my run in before I had to be at work for a 7:00 meeting.    I got up early on Saturday and Sunday to get a long run in and still have a day ahead of me to enjoy with my family.

Because I’m not easily discouraged, and I always want more people to run with, I’m going to get off my blog rant and commit my next few blog posts to helping wanna-be runners get started.

I’ll talk about gear, how to start, treadmill running vs outdoor running, and finish with tips on racing.   

This is the time of year to get all your shoes in a row and start dreaming about crossing the finish line for the first time. 

Happy Running!