Getting Started…

As I think back to when I first started running in June of 2008, there are a few key pieces of information/advice that I wish someone would have shared with me!  I am not a professional runner, exercise physiologist,  or physical therapist so the following are just mere suggestions.  As always, it is important to listen to your body and check with your health care professional before beginning any new exercise routine.

Start Slow

I think when people decide that they want to get into running, they tend to adopt an “all or nothing” mentality.  I can tell you from personal experience that running is a sickness.  Once you catch the bug, it takes a hold of you.  Running starts to become a part of your identity.  When you aren’t actually running, you will begin to feel the urge to talk about running.  I was that girl who decided to sign up for a marathon after her first half mile trot around the neighborhood. I think people often times get discouraged and give up when they first start because they don’t see themselves improving fast enough.  Running is hard!  Make sure you are good to your body and don’t do too much too soon.
When I first started running, I followed the Couch to 5k program.  You can download it for FREE!  It is a 9 week training program designed to take you from a sedentary lifestyle to running non-stop for 30 minutes, or close to a 5k (3.1 miles).  Basically the program utilizes a walk/run method in which you are able to build your endurance in a safe and gradual manner.

Race Reviews

Current Personal Best Race Times:

Marathon: 5:41
(Kiawah Island Marathon 12/10)

Half Marathon: 2:28
(Greer Earth Day Run 4/10)

5K: 29:07
(Electric City Gobbler 11/10)

2011 Race Reivews

Charleston Riverfront Half Marathon