A Simple Message New Runners Need to Hear

And a friendly reminder for experienced runners

When I first started running, I could barely cover more than a half-mile without being forced to stop at the risk of passing out.

I was big, bulky, and very inexperienced.

As I started to run consistently, I experienced some slight improvements in my technique, physique, and running ability.

I was breathing easier, running smoother, and experienced some minor weight loss.

The thing was, the more consistent I was, the more slight changes I would notice. I continued to experience these slow, incremental improvements.

Whether it was crushing my longest run, running faster than I thought, or losing a couple of pounds — the small changes are what kept me coming back for more.

It was addicting.

Looking back at the start of my journey nearly three years ago, I’ve made some incredible improvements in just a few short years.

From a 12 minute/mile pace to a 7 minute/mile pace.

From barely being able to run a half-mile run to running two marathons.

From not knowing what a triathlon is to winning my age group at a local race.

And now, to training for an IRONMAN 70.3 — a long-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and a 13.1-mile run.

But it didn’t happen overnight. It took nearly three years, hundreds of runs, and a whole lot of consistency.

Be patient. Be consistent. And trust the process. Put in the time and the work, and slowly but surely, you will see incredible results.

It worked for me, and I guarantee it will work for you too.

It takes time to get become a faster, stronger, and more fit runner. Believe me. It will happen — it just won’t be overnight.

You have to give your body time to adjust to the new stress that running puts on your bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. The body is incredibly resilient. It can adapt to nearly any stress or change that you put it through. That said, it takes time, and running is no different.

Be patient. Stay consistent. And treat it as a long-term investment.

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