Hi there everyone. My name is Horatio Rendon. Mark requested that I write a little about my running experience. I do not know if I am the right person for the job of telling others about running because I am so new. However, Mark asked so I will try.
The first Sunday morning I went running I was very excited. I had my favorite pair of exercise pants on and my headphones to take off for my jog. I started at a slower pace knowing I had a mile and a half to get through that morning. Even with my slow pace I was only half way through before I wanted a break. I will admit I was a bit disheartened. I knew that I was going to have problems at the start but this was just a sad attempt. That is when I learned the hardest thing about running alone is there is no one else to push but yourself so you have to try harder
Skip on some weeks of running and waking up ungodly early to have the time and icing my weaker ankles I did the same run again. I ran 1.5 miles again. The difference was astounding. I did not stop once. I did it in 9 minutes and when I was done I felt like I had not even run I thought it was so easy. I got back to my home and felt amazing. After only a month of running I can now run around 4 miles without stopping. I know it is not as amazing as running a marathon but much like accounting it builds.
So here a few tips for fellow starters.
- Get a running buddy, I wish I had one because they push you to be better, to run better, and give you someone to chat with at 6 am
- Get some running gear. This is something I am still working on myself but I now realize how much help it is. Having good running pants and something to hold my keys would make my runs so much easier. I think it will be worth the money
- Set goals early on. I have had many mornings where I wanted to sleep in. I was up late working or I was with my family and waking up at 6 am seemed like a nightmare. But I have a goal, a easily attainable and seeable goal. It helps me to push forward on the hard mornings.
- Asking for help when you need it. I am stubborn, I think you have to be when you have a loving (insane) finance like Mark. What that also means is I dislike asking for help much. But when my asthma started to act up I needed help. There is no shame in asking. It is better to ask and stay healthy.
I hope this helps everyone. I am still very new so any advice or tips for marathon training is very much appreciated, I want to do my best.