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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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did anyone else get stuck in Saturday’s torrential downpour? I sure did.

Also, help a sister out: Is anyone registered to run the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon this August? I was thinking of signing up and TOTALLY blanked and now of course it’s long sold out. Anyone have a bib (or two bibs) they’d like to offload?

One more thing, you know, while you’re here. I have entry to the NYC Marathon this November. (AHHH!) I’m already nervous! Does anyone have a first-timers marathon training plan to recommend? SEND IT MY WAY!

Here is a review of this week’s workouts:

Monday: Didn’t workout
Tuesday: Did some PT exercises in my apartment
Wednesday: Didn’t work out
Thursday: 4.3 mile run in DC

running in washington dc

I love running around the monuments in DC. Here was my 4.3 mile route.

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Oh hello. Does anyone have any tips for not binge eating over the holidays? I don’t have a single one. It’s been cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner over here. All of my protein intake comes from the whole milk I use in hot chocolate, so that’s nice. Balance?

Monday: Soulcycle theme ride with my sister. (The theme was Taylor Swift vs Her Exes). I didn’t love this class, I’ll be honest. I hate how cramped the room is at the 77th Street studio. The rider-in-front-of-me’s ass is unavoidably in my face. I don’t feel like there is any room to do the arm work (at least not with my wingspan). I loved hanging with Jill though. Also,is it basic to go to a Taylor Swift-themed Soul class then get salads with your sister? Asking for a friend.

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Hi lovelies.  How was your week?

Does anyone else read Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog? It’s on my Feedly feed, but I don’t read it every week. But I happen to take a look recently, and a post really hit home for me. I’ve been feeling a bit stressed. (I wrote about it here.)  Leo wrote about his method for dealing with stress and I thought it was worth sharing.

In other news, I want to start sharing a song of the week with these weekly fitness rundowns. Interested? Great. Let’s start right now.

This week’s tune: “I’m glad I hitched my apple wagon to your star” by The Boy Least Likely To

It’s not new, but I re-found it and re-fell in love with it. It’s upbeat and has a unique yet catchy sound.

Now for our regularly scheduled recap:

Monday: I took a class called “Endurance” at Uplift Studios. It was a fabulously fun and challenging workout. Lot’s of jumping around and tons of strength work with weights. Also, great 90s music.

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I had the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in Washington DC on my calendar for a long time. The lottery is held in December so for months it was on my radar in a loose “ah the future is so far away!” manner.

I lived in DC for nearly 6 years and never ran this race, so I was super excited to run through a city I used to call home.  I also love showing Matt around DC. We’ve been to DC together 5 or 6 or 7 times in the last few years and I visit for work often. I’m pretty sure he loves hearing  (EACH VISIT) about every hotel I’ve stayed in, and what every restaurant/bar was called in 2007 when I was 22 and went out. I am a well-rounded tour guide.

But that’s not the only thing that imbued this race with a whole lot of special. This was my first race longer than a 10K since a series of ankle sprains. I approached this race in the months preceding with a careful hope. When April 3 came around, I was uninjured albeit a bit undertrained. I don’t love winter running, so I wasn’t as diligent as I aspired to be in following a plan, plus I’ve been traveling pretty much not-stop since January. </excuses>

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