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Secrets of Success: How to Turn a Non-Runner Into a Runner

July 20, 2018

Secrets of Success: How to Turn a Non-Runner Into a Runner

As someone who spent 20 years eschewing all things athletic, it’s always interesting to me how you ‘make’ a runner out of a non-runner. Over at MapMyRun, I was super inspired by my younger sister finally, gradually, getting into running and actually keeping it up. So, naturally, I wrote an article about it, pulling from my own story as well as that of a few other diehard ‘non-runners’ who became runners. The secret, I think, is that running has moments of beauty and greatness and, dare I say it, fun… But at the same time, there are just as many hard moments, blisters, stomach upsets, out-of-breath moments where everything sucks.

From my own experience came this point: “Running is hard. Any of us who’ve been running for a long time can point to runs in the last month of training that were just plain not fun. Sure, we wax poetic about how great running is, but when we first started, we all struggled to get through mile 1.”

We got really honest in this article—but we also talk about how runners turn those sticking points, like getting through that first mile on those first few runs, into triumphs instead of defeats. For some people, like my sister, it’s taken a few different attempts to become a runner, and I’m so stoked that this recent attempt has stuck. But don’t take my word for it here, check out the whole story!

Click to read: Secrets of Success: How to Turn a Non-Runner Into a Runner

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