January 26, 2010

A Run Around the Block

So today I went for a run around Kearny (and half of Harrison). While I was out on my 7 mile run I started to think about where I was a year ago.

January 2009 I was back at work from maternity leave and weighed 168 pounds. I was still breastfeeding and completely inactive. At that point running 1 mile was practically impossible, but here I am…a year later and able to run 7 miles like it’s nobody’s business. That’s why today I dedicate this blog to all those who are frustrated with their weight, unhealthy life style, and inactivity. You will never start off by running 1 mile…and believe it or not, not even ½ mile.

I encourage you to start by taking a run around the block. Work on that for a few days. Then run around 2 blocks and work on that. Eventually, you will find that you can run 1 mile, then 2, then 3.

Building your endurance is like anything in life…it takes time and it takes practice. If running a marathon seems like a nearly impossible task, that’s good and it should. That’s what makes running a marathon so rewarding. Instead of putting that overwhelming feeling in front of getting out there and doing it, forget about the marathon – for now. Find a 5K (3.1 miles) race. You may decide to stick with that distance or you want to challenge yourself further. You can then move to a 10K, then a 15K, and maybe even a ½ marathon. Then who knows, maybe at some point running a marathon won’t seem so impossible and you will decide to run a 26.2 mile race.

But before you are overwhelmed again with the idea of running a marathon, I want to remind you of the first step – a run around the block. I’m sure that running around the block seems much more doable. It may even seem like too little. It’s not a literal statement, it’s a starting point and everyone’s starting point is different. Always start small and build from there. One day you will look back and be amazed how starting with a run around the block has helped you achieve things you never thought you would be able to do.

Until the next time…


  1. wow that's very inspirational andy! Thank you for making this blog. I always wanted to be a runner, but always felt that it I can't, that's I'll never be that person. I am definally going to start to challenge myself. Please keep sharing your experiences, It's very motivational!

  2. Great post Andrea! I'll be sharing it on facebook! You should add the facebook share button to your page.

  3. I loved that entry Andrea! Awesome! I'm joining the gym next week SO excited for my pilates class!