Stop Making Excuses - Stop telling yourself you don’t have time, or that the weather is bad outside. Go early in the morning or late at night to beat the heat. That time you’re spending on Tumblr right now could be spent running.
It’s Okay To Walk - The first time you go running you’re probably going to suck, and that’s okay. It’s okay to walk a little, it’s okay to walk a lot. Walk as much as you need to and walk a little bit less each day. Don’t be afraid to push yourself but also don’t be afraid to give your body a break.
Don’t Get Hung Up On The Past - Maybe this isn’t your first time running. Maybe you were a track star in high school, maybe you were running regularly a few months ago but stopped because of an injury, maybe it’s soccer tryouts again and last time you ran was last season. Whatever it may be don’t be discouraged by the fact that you may not start where you left off. Before you stopped running it took time for you to build up endurance and speed to become as good as you were. Don’t immediately try to jump right back into running with the mindset that you’re still just as good after a few months, or maybe even a few years; because you won’t be.
Take Care Of Yourself - Drink lots of water. Get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Eat fruits and veggies. Get in enough protein and calcium. Prone to sunburn? Don’t forget sunscreen if you’re running outside. Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. Ice after every workout. The first couple of weeks be prepared to be sore the day after workouts. Ice. Ice. Ice. Pay attention to your body. If you’re running and something starts to hurt, STOP. If the pain continues go see your doctor. If your doctor tells you to stop running for while till you heal LISTEN to them. They didn’t go to med school for eight years for you to think you know better than them.
Don’t Care What Other People Think - There are so many haters out in this world, so it’s best you don’t pay attention to them. Ignore the people who may be staring at you in the gym. Have confidence in the fact that in a few weeks you will be even more bad ass than you already are.
Quick Little Tips - Bring music. Athletic earbuds help a lot to keep your music from falling out of your ears and are worth the extra five to ten bucks. Set a goal. Whether your goal is to lose ten pounds or to just feel better about yourself, have something in mind and don’t stop after you reach that goal, make a new goal. We can always strive to be a better version of ourselves. Give yourself a break. Don’t run every day. It’s good to have a day or two, or maybe even three to relax and unwind. Not only will you appreciate it but your body will too. Get a good pair of shoes. If this is something you really want to do then don’t be afraid to invest a little money in some quality footwear. Your feet and your knees will thank you. And most of all have fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself then pick up a different form of exercise. Try swimming or kickboxing, whatever interests you. Running isn’t for everyone and don’t be upset if it isn’t for you. Find something you enjoy and everything will fall into place :)
When you think about Boston, Harvard and M.I.T. are the brains of the city, and its soul might be Faneuil Hall or the State House or the Old Church. But I think the pulsing, pounding heart of Boston is Fenway Park.