In mid-March I ran in my FOURTH half marathon. That feels pretty damn good to be able to say. I know many of you are long-time readers, but I have a lot of people who find me via Pinterest and don't know me - so let me share a couple things about me. (1) I am not an expert; I'm just a woman who wanted to be healthy, in order to be a positive role model for my family. (2) I had never run until I was 30-years-old and could only run for one minute intervals when I started. (3) I am a working Mama to three littles, and wanted to make a change and be healthy, but didn't want to sacrifice time with my family. I wanted to find balance.
If you haven't run and you're feeling like you want to get healthy and want to make some changes in your life - but have no idea where to start or how to do it, let me help you. I have been there. Believe me when I say that anyone can do a half marathon, if they want to.
Tip 1. Decide what you can run and stick with it. If you can run for 1 minute, do a 1 minute interval run with a 1 minute walk. If you can run for 30 seconds, start there. Just start somewhere. For me, I did my first half marathon at a 1:1 run:walk ratio. That was all I could commit to. I had never run in my entire life (I was an athlete and a dancer, but I had never run farther than the length of a volleyball court...or the once a year mile I did in middle and high school). I didn't start out wanting to be a runner, either. I just knew I wanted to get healthy for my family. So, download a timer app for your phone (or invest in a watch, if you're thinking you're going to stick with this running thing) and get started. HERE is the timer I started with and HERE is the Garmin watch I now have.
Tip 4. Buy a few running supplies. I know when I first started running, I didn't buy actual running stuff. I just went out there and walked and ran. If you want to do a half, there are some things you really should have. However, if you want to go out and do shorter distances, you should be fine without some of these.