Start running – 12-stage plan

I’ve always wanted to be a runner but I failed at every attempt.  And I attempted it several times over the years.  I walk and hike a lot but could never stick to running.  I still don’t consider myself a ‘runner’, not just yet, but I can at least run for 30 minutes.  Granted I’m running slowly, but at least I’m running.  That was the key for me.  Go slow!

I discovered a book at the library entitled “Run Your Butt Off” by Sarah Lorge Butler.  The plan is in 12 stages.  I completed each stage in a week, but you can take it slower than that.  The plan progresses from walking 30 minutes, four days a week to running 30 minutes four days a week.  The key is go SLOW.  In fact, they suggest running at the same page you walk.  Well, for me, that was the key.  I made it through the plan in 12 weeks and now I’m gradually increasing my speed.  I’m still running 30 minutes 4-5 days per week, and I actually look forward to it.  The book also includes an eating plan, success stories, and motivational chapters.

My first long term goal is to be able to run 5 miles.  I don’t plan on running any races.  But I’m very motivated to see where this takes me.  If you want to become a runner, check out this plan.