Getting Started Running

A friend of mine has asked me to post about how to get started running.  First off I have to say that I am not a personal trainer and am currently only a student of physical therapy (no credentials yet).  Before you start running, it is good to check in with your doctor and make sure everything is A-okay with them.  Most likely, he/she will be thrilled and more than supportive!

In my opinion, the best way to start running is to start walking.  Set a realistic goal of time (I like to say to start between 20-30 minutes) and go for a brisk walk for this amount of time.  Once this is attainable, the schedule below is a great place to start.  I formulated this for a friend that was running her first 5k this past summer.  She said it really worked well for her and she really enjoyed the race…she did the Color Run (I was super jealous!).

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Disclaimer about starting running!

I have met very few runners in my life that loved it from the first time they laced up their sneakers.  Its may take some time to actually find that you love going every day, but before you know it, it becomes a part of your every day life and the days you don’t go running feel wrong.

Since today is Monday, its a great day to get started!

Cliche but true!

Cliche but true!

Another Great Book: Divergent

Quite a while ago, a friend of mine recommended The Hunger Games to me.  Two chapters into the first one I texted her and said “This is strange, why did you make me read this?”  Two chapters after that, I promptly apologized.

If you share my love of The Hunger Games Triology, I highly recommend Divergent.

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This book is very Hunger Games-esque but you don’t have to worry about a repeat of the same story.  It has a very different plot line but with all of the action that makes it relevant for all readers!

Best part?  Well, I always think its the best part but then I am usually disappointed… it is going to be made into a movie coming out March 2014.  Until then, I have already put Insurgent (the second in the series) on hold at my library and am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival!