Time to start running

I’m not a runner, but I’m working on it.

Let me just start off by saying— I don’t like running. I love lots of other cardio but the handful of times I’ve tried to go for a run, I’ve basically felt lost and aimless. Where am I supposed to go? How fast should I be going? How far should I run? Where is this “runner’s high” I keep hearing about?! 

However, in the back of my mind I’ve always felt like running would be a great addition to my fitness regimen. I don’t need to be able to run a hundred miles, but I would like to be able to go for a quick run and not hate it. And for someone like me that travels a lot for work, running is the easiest and most practical workout to take with you. You can do it anywhere in the world at any time of day and it doesn’t cost a penny— all you need is a pair of running shoes and a little sense of adventure!

Finding Motivation

I want to like running— for all I know I might be decent at it! At the very least it would be a great personal challenge to overcome. So how do I get my butt out there and start running? To keep me motivated, I need to set solid goals. Over the weekend, I decided  to pull the trigger and sign up for a road race. How about a marathon!?? Hold your horses, Pia.. baby steps.

Let’s start with a 5K. I chose the one closest to my home, the Santa Monica Classic 5K. 

Where:  Santa Monica, CA
When:   Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 (giving me 5 weeks to train)
Goal:     Under 25 minutes (about 8-minute mile pace)

So now what?

Since I’m already in pretty good cardio shape, I just need to get my body used to consistent running. After talking to some friends that are lifelong runners, their advice was that I start very slow with a combination of running and walking and try to run every other day. Gradually I’ll start reducing the number of walking breaks and increasing the running distances. Yesterday, I went on my first real run and I actually didn’t hate it! It looked like this:

Run 2 minutes
~walk 2 minutes~
Run 3 min
~walk 2 min~
Run 4 min
~walk 2 min~
Run 3 min
~walk 2 min~
Run 2 min

My running total was about 1.5 miles over 14 minutes, which is a 9-minute mile pace. I felt like I could go faster, but my friends told me that I should not push the pace at all until I am running without walking breaks. Running every other day, I have 15 more runs to go between now and the 5K! Any other aspiring runners out there? Wish me luck!😳😁