If you’re reading this, you’re a human being.
(Pretty sure. It is amazing what cats can do these days.)
And as a human being, there’s a primal fight-or-flight response that kicks in when you run.
So when you say, “I’m so slow,” “I feel like I’m being chased,” “What if I fall and hurt myself?” or “I look dumb . . .”
. . . What you’re really saying is, “I’M GOING TO DIE!!!”
The good news?
You are going to die one day. But probably not from running.
Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you about how to put more funning in your running.
(And as someone who cried her way through her first 5K, I would know.)
I’m Coach Beth, Chief Running Officer of Running Evolution, and I know how bad running sucks . . . until it doesn’t.
I’m a certified running coach through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and a certified personal trainer.
I’ve personally coached almost 2,500 non-runners to run distances from 5Ks to marathons.
Before founding Running Evolution in 2006, I co-coached Seattle Fit from 2005-2007, training 300+ new runners to run or walk the Seattle Marathon. I love being a running coach in Seattle because it’s a beautiful place to run.
But before any of that, I was just a non-runner who took a whole year to run her first 5K . . . a long and agonizing year full of crying, cussing, and tantrums. It took me so long because I was scared.
Scared I was going to die, scared that I looked dumb, and scared that I was going to have to stop feeding my body garbage wrapped in beer cans. I even worried that if I was a runner, I wouldn’t be cool anymore. (I was never cool, by the way.)
Eventually, I fell in love with running . . . and I knew if I could overcome a few of my 10,000 fears and start, then I could show other people how to do the same. In less time. With fewer tears. But I also remember how shitty it felt at first, which is why I’m the perfect person to get you through those hurdles and into your 5K and beyond. Anything new is hard at first.
Once you’ve built the habit, though, you’ll see that the Boss was right all along . . . you were born to run.