Want to fall in love with running but have no clue how to get started? If you’re reading this with no running background, I believe in 2-3 months you can develop a long term running habit.

I’m not a running coach, a physical therapist or certified to instruct fitness in any way, shape or form. So why am I writing this post? Because I am a person with nearly no natural athletic talents who has fostered a real love for running and fitness.  If I can, you can. I also learned how to ride a bike age 30, so I have some experience picking up hobbies at a mature age. (You know when the threat of failure is fully realized.)

If you’d ever thought to yourself “I wish I could run.” I’m here to tell you, “YOU CAN!”  I have a some easy advice that just might work for you.  First, let’s define the goal: You are a runner if you run. You don’t need to break a record or stand on a podium to be a runner. You just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Here’s a step by step plan that will guarantee you become a runner:

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Hi Everyone. Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. There’s still time to enter the raffle to win $25 to REI. What do you have to lose?

Now for this week’s workout diary!

Every time I worked out last week

Monday: I took a walk in Jamaica State Park in Vermont with the ski crew. The trail was a sheet of ice. The first thing I thought when got out of the car was: “Oh, here is where I sprain my ankle.” But luckily no such accident occurred.

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walking in Jamaica State Park

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Is it Thanksgiving yet? No? Okay.  I am just binge eating for sport in that case.

Song of the week:212” by Azealia Banks ft  Lazy Jay. This is one of my favorite running songs and it is 0% safe for work.

Last week’s workouts:

Monday: Nothing. I made a $25 donation to Refine Method by paying and being too tired/lazy to show up to class. You’ll see this is a trend in this post.

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What if my bitmoii self is my best self?

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Somehow I only worked out 4x this week. Is that right? I’m fine with it, but it’s very unlike me! Here’s what went down:

Monday: Didn’t work out. I pulled a muscle in my butt and wanted to rest.

Tuesday: Spin class at Flywheel with Lissa.  Earned my highest Torq score in a while (263). Totally recommend Lissa’s class if you’re looking to push yourself.

Wednesday: I ran 4.3 miles. I ran by destination, not distance which was a great change of pace. I decided to run to the reservoir, do a loop and run home instead of holding myself to set mileage.

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I was in NYC all week! It’s been months since that’s been the case. To celebrate my homecoming, the greater Manhattan area eschewed the sunshine-y spring we all expected and brought back winter winds and a lot of rain. I am tired of running in pants. And a hat. And gloves. (Aka what I wear when its anything below 49 degrees F.)

In between huddling to stay warm, I worked out. Here is my weekly fitness recap:

Monday: I didn’t workout, since you know, I raced 10 miles the day before. Also I  was doing a cleanse. OK not exactly. By “cleanse” I mean I had jury duty and you can’t eat in the jurors’ lounge. On a typical work day I will snack on the half hour. So jury duty was an exercise in forced restraint since I was only able to eat at actual meal breaks. Hashtag detox! Super zen right?

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