Hi there, and welcome back to my blog for those of us who are just getting started with running.

Today I’d like to talk about something a little bit embarrassing, but it was the major issue I faced on my very first run – a sheer and utter lack of stamina. If you’re feeling bashful about your inability to jog a mile without huffing and puffing, trust me, you’re not alone!

When I set out for my first run I had it all built up in my head. I had my shiny new shoes on, the motivational music was pumping in my head, I was all set to begin my fitness journey like a champion. The reality of the situation was…a little different.

Five minutes into my first 5km and I felt awful! Now that I’m in my mid-thirties my stamina just isn’t what it used to be and especially after having two kids, I really couldn’t just jump right into it. It’s not like being a teen where I could eat to my heart’s desire, never stretch, and still manage to keep going on…

I’m sure lots of people can relate – as we get older our lifestyles become more settled and our physical activity decreases. This is especially true for people with a desk job or stay-at-home parents who don’t get out much and it’s why it’s important to make some time each day to be active. Everybody has to start somewhere.

I was a bit crushed to realize my sedentary lifestyle meant I couldn’t immediately become a fitness goddess!

But you know what, the important thing was that I worked through that feeling and finished up my very first run. I have to say: I still felt pretty proud of myself after all and I hope if you’re reading this as you start out on a similar path, then you feel proud of yourself too.

Until next time, keep at it!

Patricia.

My First Run Didn’t Quite Go As I Hoped

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