Running is a relatively easy sport. You just need to put on a pair of shoes and head out of your front door. Right?
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller
“The big truth we have seen with all different types of athletes is that running is a sport that happens between the ears.” — David & Megan Roche
Let’s face it, beginning a run program is not easy. Many people try to do too much, too soon and either are discouraged because it is too hard or get injured before they really get going.
“Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests … No one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.” — Charles Darwin
Even after over 20 years of running, I still find new and interesting tidbits of advice. When I was first getting started, and again when I jump-started my run regimen in my 20s, I wished I had some of the wisdom I do now.
“It’s very hard at the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” — George Sheehan
By the time February rolls around, those resolutions set at the beginning of the year often seem to have lost their luster. The gym starts to empty out as people go back to their old habits and those Super Bowl snacks don’t feel like such a guilty pleasure.
After experiencing both a (left) foot and (right) leg injury last year, I struggled a lot with one side of my body being much stronger than the other.