I started off with the 5k, and found this article amazing and very true. Below is just an excerpt from the article that is posted on Yahoo Health section via Runners World. Great tips and the information for those who are trying to get into running.
Running: Starts Here
By David Alm, Runner’s World
The first step out the door is often the hardest, and not just for beginners. Greg Hamilton was training for an ultramarathon when illness forced him to take a nine-month hiatus. In his first attempt to return to the roads, he made it 14 grueling blocks at a pace not much faster than a walk. “It was so bad,” says the 24-year-old manager of Jack Rabbit Sports in Brooklyn. “I didn’t think I’d be able to run again.”
Whether you’re returning to the sport after taking time off or you’re just starting out, the mental and physiological barriers that stand between you and your inner runner may seem insurmountable. Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., a human evolutionary biologist at Harvard University and marathoner, says most people seem to have a threshold to cross when they start—or restart—the sport. “It takes time for blood vessels to respond, for your heart to get bigger and stronger, to add mitochondria to your muscles,” he says. “But the good news is that our bodies are incredibly adaptive.”
Returning runners know there’s a payoff to sticking with it. Eight months after his 14-block slog, Hamilton ran a 1:36 half-marathon. Still, it’s easy to get discouraged, especially when other runners glide past you, breathing as if they have some secret supply of oxygen. Here’s how to overcome common early frustrations.
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