I’m not a runner, I hear you say.
I didn’t think I was a runner either, until I ran.
Being a runner doesn’t mean completing marathons or even joining a local running club. It doesn’t mean competing or living a certain kind of lifestyle.
It simply means having some trainers and running in them. Running isn’t for everyone but it is great cardiovascular exercise, it’s free, gets you out in the fresh air and almost everyone (certain health conditions aside) can do it.
Parkrun is a free, timed and local 5K that takes place in thousands of locations all over the world on Saturday mornings. If you search online you will be able to find your nearest group – and I cannot recommend it more highly, especially for new runners. You will find a warm and welcoming community. There will of course be the superfast runners, but there will also be people walking, joining in with dogs or pushchairs, and no one cares if you aren’t very fast.
If you don’t want to join a group, the Couch to 5K app is great. You can simply plug in your headphones and follow the instructions that include running and walking combinations, slowly building your abilities until you can run the whole way.
Starting to run might sound like big and scary thing to do. It might not sound like ‘you’. But you don’t know what you are capable of until you try. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
If you try running, remember that slow is just fine. You are still lapping everybody sitting on the sofa. And at an event like park run, DFL (Dead F***ing Last) is always better than DNS (Did Not Start).
You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go.