Running was a hobby that my husband and I started over a year ago. At first, it was a simple way to get active after we decided to change our lifestyles. For the sake of our children, we knew that we could not continue down our previous path. We were unhealthy and that wasn’t the sort of example we wanted to set for our children. Of course, we had no idea the journey this decision would take us on! Although I am still content to train for a faster 5k time my husband has moved on. After a half marathon last fall he has set his sights on another goal. Marathon training is a new path for us but I know we aren’t the only ones out there pursuing this goal. Follow our journey as I keep you updated on my husband’s progress and the tips, tricks, and pitfalls that we find along the way!
PS – You can also follow his journey on Instagram by Following @KeithwentRunning
Marathon Training: Journey of a First Timer Part 1 :
Get to Know Our Runner!
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- Name – Keith Harris
- Age – 44 Years Old
- Time Running – 1 1/2 Years
For a bit of fun, I decided to write this article as an interview. So, I sat him down and asked him all the question’s below while transcribing his replies.
Why Did You Start Running?
Running seemed like a natural progression when we started living a healthy lifestyle. We started by changing our diet and eventually hiking and walking. I decided one day to see how far I could run and when it turned out to be harder than I expected it I decided to be stubborn and prove to myself and others that I could.
Why Do You Love Running?
I’m not always sure that I do! The first mile always makes me question my sanity, by the second mile I’m telling myself it’s not so bad and by the third mile, I don’t want to stop. It’s not that I go out because I love it, I do it because it makes me feel good and I love the end results.
Running has turned into a way to clear my head. If I’m having a bad day a run always seems to make it better. It’s a challenge and completing a good run makes me feel good about myself.
What Is Your Favorite Running Gear?
- Trekz Air Bone Conduction Headphones
- Running Belt, alternating between a Nathans and a Sport2People version
- Solomon Running Vest for long runs
- Garmin Vivo Active 3
How Do You Keep Motivated While Running?
Anything under 3 miles is less about motivation and more just to keep up my level of fitness. For long runs, I try to plan my routes so that by the time I’m lacking any motivation I’m so far away from the house that I don’t really have a choice but to keep running to get back!
Why Have You Chosen to Run a Marathon?
Because I haven’t done one yet! I like to challenge myself and I need to have a goal or I tend to lose interest in a hobby. I want to prove to myself that I can do it and I don’t want anyone telling me I’m too old for such things.
What Is Your Proudest Running Achievement To Date?
I have two actually! The very first time I did a 5k – it took me about 40 minutes and I had to walk a fair bit of it but I did it! It was the first time I had ever gone out for something like that and just completing it was great. My second achievement was completing the Atlanta Halloween Half Marathon last October.
Do You Have Any Advice For New Runners?
- Don’t think that just because you haven’t done it doesn’t mean you can’t.
- Running slow is still running!
- If you get into running and find you enjoy it look around for new places to run and enjoy the scenery.
- Above all else – be really picky about your shoes! I recently went through three pairs before finding a pair I liked.