Am I am runner yet?

A couple of days ago I blogged about getting into exercise. One of the things I have been doing is going for a jog.

I want to be the kind of person how loves going for a run. and I want to look good doing it.

I go through phases with it and it is normally wanting some exercise to help with weight loss which makes me start going.
But I’m not very good. Once I am out I enjoy it, but I don’t seem to have the motivation to go as often as I would like, and once I am out I don’t really think I push myself to go further or go quicker.
I change my mind constantly about whether I would rather work on my distance or my speed. I just can’t decide!…but I don’t do both!
Although I do other bits of exercise here and there as well, I like ‘running’ as I get a sweat on and it makes me feel I am actually working!
Recently I have been going about 3 mornings a week and I have 2 little circuits I do. One is 3 miles and the other is only 2 miles.
I generally feel good that I have done it – but is running these distances actually achieving anything? Can a 3 mile steady jog even be classed as ‘going for a run?’ :)
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Are there any runners out there who can offer advice? I think if I had a goal I would be more motivated but I’m not sure what kind of goal to set? Should I aim to go further first? or aim to do what I am already doing but get quicker?
To help me get into it a bit more┬áto help me keep it up I have signed up to do the Canon Hill Park 5k Race for Life…is anyone else doing this one?

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4 Responses to Am I am runner yet?

  1. Louisa June 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    The only advice I can offer is limited – I’m a lapsed runner/jogger!
    A few years ago I did a beginners 5k running course and although I didn’t look forward to each session, by the end I had really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I didn’t keep it up and I’m pretty sure I’d have to start from scratch again.

    I keep meaning to start the NHS Couch to 5k programme – I’d like to just pop out for a run whenever I want but life always seems to get in the way!

    I think signing up for the Race for Life is a great goal though! x

    • Sarah June 10, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks – I am hoping to get my sister to sign up as well as I think the extra support (or maybe competition) will help with motivation too!

  2. Ruth June 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Like Louisa said I’d definitely recommend a ‘couch to 5k’ programme. It’s great for real newbies like me (i can barely run a few mins before keeling over…) but it steadily builds until you can run for a steady half hour or so. Might be worth a go, although it sounds like what you’re doing is great :) Well done! Very inspiring! x

    • Sarah June 10, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Thank you! I am pretty happy that I can actually run 5k without stopping now, so I should try and improve my time there…as I am rather slow. :) I think I need the next programme up, maybe there are ones for increasing from a 5k to 10k maybe?

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