Today I am excited to introduce to you today the first post in our new Passion Project series! The goal of the Passion Project is to introduce college and millennial women with ways to get involved in new hobbies in a hopes that they will discover a new passion and learn more about themselves in the process. Molly is here today to talk about her passion, running, and what you need to get yourself started as a runner. To learn more about The Passion Project, and even how to submit your own post to this series, click here.
5 years ago if someone had told me I would have run 5 marathons by now, I would have looked at them as if they had two heads. Running a race was not even in my list of top 10 things I wanted to do, much less something I would enjoy. In fact, I did not enjoy it in any way shape or form. I was a soccer player in high school and had always dreaded when we had to go on runs to train.
However, in college my brother ran one and I started to think about how cool that would be to say I’d run 26.2 miles. But, when I would go on a quick jog, I still didn’t enjoy it. Nor could I go very far. Nevertheless, my dad, my sister and I all signed up for a marathon together to prove we could run one and thus training began.
It took me awhile to actually enjoy training. I could hardly run three miles at the beginning, but after a few weeks I noticed a change. I could run three with ease and had started to look forward to see how far I could make it without needing a break. Through the training process, I fell in love with running. I fell in love with the way it made me feel after, the way it challenged me to push myself harder and harder, and the way it gave me time to clear my head.
I’ll be honest with you. Running is not very fun when you’re not in shape. But, if you push yourself for even just a few weeks, you’ll start to see a change and crave it. You have to push yourself to get to the point where you will love it. Before you start your running process, though, I believe you need 5 things to become a runner:
A solid pair of running shoes
You won’t make it very far if you start to get shin splints or feet feel squished. Head to a local running store and get fitted for a proper pair of shoes that will help you succeed.
Even if you aren’t signing up for a race (not for everyone!), you still need a plan. Carve out time for your runs and plan to at the bare minimum tweak your eating habits if they aren’t the best. Don’t let excuses get in the way of your run!
Be EXCITED about starting your running journey! Don’t let the setbacks get you down because honestly, there probably will be several. Your heart has to be in it in order for you to give it your all.
Music gets me going and helps me to push through even when I don’t think I can. I personally never run without having an awesome playlist; my biggest tip would be to make sure it includes all songs you like because you don’t want to have to fiddle with it.
Proper running gear
Besides the most important item you need, aka the shoes, you will need other items to help you along the way. You can find what I pack in my race day bag here. Make sure to find socks that will prevent blisters, an arm band, headphones for those jams and a foam roller to stretch it out.
I promise that if you head into your running journey prepared, realistic and excited, you won’t fail!
What is holding you back from running?
Molly is a lifestyle blogger living in Dallas, TX, celebrating life’s littlest pleasures and biggest adventures. During the day, she keeps a busy pace working in Media Relations and at all other times you can find her usually searching for color, constantly craving a sprinkle donut, always dreaming about her next adventure and probably plotting her next race get-away. Find her at her blog, Molly on the Move, as well as on Instagram, Facebook and Pin