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Learning to Run

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Learning to Run

I used to be a runner. A long, long time ago. Not the kind who raced or anything, or felt part of a running community, but the kind who ran for fitness. In 1985, I was 24 (had a 4-year-old kid) and weighed 115 pounds. I also rode my bike and lifted weights. I was totally buff and had a really hot secret boyfriend with six-pack abs. Now, I weigh more than he did then—and probably more than he does today.

I have excuses galore. I got busy. I started working long hours. I met an Italian and learned to cook. We got married and had kids and bonded over food. I worked even harder and took care of an ailing mother for many years. For years, I was slightly ashamed that I was an owner of Runner’s World magazine but didn’t really care for running. But something clicked this year and I decided it was time for me to get back in shape. No diets for me—it’s all about exercise, and that means running, not walking.

How to Start Running

All my peers who used to run slowed down and got knee replacements and hip replacements. But thanks to 15 years of yoga, my knees actually feel better than ever before. However, I had a weird toe ache. So first I checked in with “Doctor” Budd Coates, our amazing fitness director and super runner, and he made me stay off my foot for a few weeks (which I did for two whole days in Tennessee), and it did the trick! I started taking omega-3s (Wholemega by New Chapter). Then, I received a wonderful gift of Adidas Adizero Tempo running shoes from David Willey, editor at Runner’s World. He had heard me complain that my feet get hot when I wear any sort of sneaker, so he found a shoe that not only keeps me cool, but also is light as air and actually makes me feel like running.

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2:24PM PDT on May 23, 2013

Walking for me...and I must start doing more of it as I have gained weight AGAIN.. oh dear me..

6:08AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Simple but powerful

4:15PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

gladly noted with thanks

11:10AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Beautiful story! What an inspiration for us all, and especially for your children!

5:01PM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Hi....
I used to play softball but stopped about 5 years ago now I'm 24 so still doing fine, a little lazy though..I go to the gym 3 times a week after work, take abs classes and run a little bit.... sometimes I go for a run at great green area in front my place...I hope I can do that for a long time. After buying nike+ chip...the one that goes on ipod I felt more inspired to run.

8:12PM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Nice, thank you

3:25PM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

thanks :)

9:31AM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

My wife used to run in high school, and decided to start again after a 20 year break. She injured herself twice within the first two weeks. But then she joined the Running Room, got proper shoes and was taught how to run correctly. She's been running injury-free ever since, and she's just about got me convinced to start running to. So if you're serious about starting to run, you may want to join a class.

4:03AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

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2:27AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Walking is good for every one.

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