I am an a runner, and not a "runner" (in quotes) as I used to refer to myself. I first took up running when my husband and I moved to the small town we now live in. At the time, there were no local fitness classes and I decided to take up running. He bought me a book (The Complete Book of Running For Women) and joined me as I ran more and walked less in the intervals. As soon as I could run without stopping, he quit running with me because he "hates running." What a great guy.
I quit running for the most part when my kids were wee, but two years ago I decided to start up again. I downloaded the Couch To 5K app and followed the prompts to run/walk/run/walk. Soon, I was able to run 5K and my sister-in-law suggested that we run a local 10K race. I downloaded the Bridge to 10K app and after six weeks, we ran the race and I completed it in 1:05. I ran in three different 10K races last year and my PR (Personal Record) is 57:55.
My sister-in-law and I are now running partners and having the company (and encouragement) has pushed me to run more, to run longer, and to run faster. She's convinced me that we need to run a half-marathon this year, and we've started increasing our mileage.
Are you a runner? Do you have any advice for those who are getting started? Do you have a running partner?