Four Myths About Running That Are Keeping You On The Couch: – Jill Angie
Running looks like fun, doesn’t it? At least that’s what it seems like when you see those Instagram #sweatyselfie pictures of your friends, smiling and drinking a kale smoothie after running 5 miles before work.
Maybe I should try running? Hmm…
But then reality sets in, because you know that you’ll never be a real runner. You’re too fat, too slow, you can’t run for more than 30 seconds without wanting to puke, and you pretty much hate anything with kale. Besides, the other runners would just make fun of you, right?
Time to debunk these myths, so you can lace up your trainers and give running a try.
Myth 1 – You have to be skinny
Despite what you see on the cover of almost every running magazine, not all runners are thin. In fact, many of them are average or even plus size!
Myth 2 – Real runners are fast
If you look the word ‘running’ up in the dictionary, there’s no speed listed in the definition. It is literally just “faster than a walk.”
Myth 3 – Runners always run and never walk
There’s no rule that says you can’t walk when you need to. The truth is, most runners take walk breaks.
The run/walk method has been around for years. To get started, try running for 30 seconds and walking for 60, then repeat 10x. If you get out of breath on the run portion, just slow down.
Myth 4 – Runners are a snobbish, exclusive group
Nothing could be further from the truth. The running community has some of the most inclusive/supportive people I’ve ever met! Everyone has to start somewhere, and experienced runners are always happy to help newbies learn the ropes.
One of my favorite groups is the Not Your Average Runner group on Facebook. It’s free to join, and full of amazing curvy women that are ready to help you get started. Check it out here: www.notyouraveragerunner.com/jointhecommunity.
Now there’s nothing left to do but put on your running shoes and walk out the door. What are you waiting for?