Okay, so today's title isn't completely true. I love other things like my husband and my kids and an empty laundry basket but for the purpose of today's post let's assume that all those other things are well, assumed and let's focus on running.
I started hitting the streets (with my running shoes, not in a hooker sort of way) about 7ish years ago. I'd been walking most days with a few friends and that helped to take the baby weight off and keep me sane but I wanted something more. I made the mistake of talking about this to a super runner friend of mine and she told me about a half marathon at the end of summer. It was still early spring so I figured it was doable. Never mind that I had never run more than 2, maybe 3 miles and if I did run once a year I figured I was almost an Olympian.
So let's review: didn't run consistently, check. Not a distance runner, check. Not in super great shape, check and check.
Long story short, I did the race, thought I was going to die, swore to do something evil to my former friend and I sort of broke my foot in the process. BUT, BUT, BUT wait, when I finally crossed the finish line I felt so good. Not physically but emotionally, man I was flying. I couldn't wait to do another race and soon please.
After rehabbing the foot and learning the importance of good shoes I started running again and this time I followed training plans, I ran with friends and most importantly, I consistently ran. My running partner and I have a saying "time on the legs". One of the most important things that any runner can do is just run. That's what will make you a better runner. That's what makes you love running.
So here's my advice if you're just getting started, just start. Be kind to your body. You're starting something new and it takes time to get comfortable. Take lots of walking breaks and don't feel like you have to run for hours, leave that crazy stuff to the marathon weirdos!
Most of all, have fun! Remember what it was like to be a kid flying down the hills? That's your goal, to feel that way again.
PS- go here for an excellent beginner plan.